Miss Anna Kathryn (Kate) Morgan and Mr. Derek Allen Abrams, both of Little Rock, Ark., were united in marriage at 6 p.m. June, 29, 2013, in a double ring ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Conway, officiated by Pastor Mark DeYmaz, also of Little Rock.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. Will Morgan and Mrs. Sara Morgan of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Ann Schreit of Paragould, Ark.
The groom is the son of Mr. Dan Abrams of Moyock, N.C., and Ms. Valda Branson of Sherwood, Ark. He is the grandson of Mrs. Yvonne Newman of Alpine, Texas, Mrs. Evelyn Abrams and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Baynor of Chesapeake, Va., and Mrs. Betty Branson of North Little Rock, Ark.
Two entry tables, located in the foyer of the church, were decorated with lanterns and arrangements of blush roses. A pictorial guest book was available for the guests to sign, along with Jenga wooden game pieces on which they could share their best wishes and marriage “advice” for the couple. Presiding at the bride’s book and assisting with wedding programs were Ashley and Taylor Abrams, sisters of the groom. Pew markers were of white roses and draping greenery tied with ivory ribbon. Two iron candelabras adorned with swags of blush gladiolus, white larkspur, Bells of Ireland, curly willow and hanging amaranthus were placed at the front of the sanctuary.
A solo before the ceremony of “You’re Beautiful,” was sung by Mr. Nathan Kelley while playing guitar, which was followed by the Hendrix String Quartet performing “Canon in D,” by Pachelbel, for the seating of the grandparents and parents.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore an Ivory strapless ball gown of Dutchess satin with an embroidered waistline of crystal beading and a sweetheart neckline. Her cathedral length veil was accented with beading along the entire edge. The bride’s bouquet was a European clutch containing ivory Sahara roses, white akito roses, blush roses, white hydrangeas, white ranunculus, ivory sweetheart roses and dusty miller. Her jewelry consisted of diamond stud earrings that she borrowed from her mother, and a diamond necklace, which was a family heirloom gift from the groom.
Christal Cicero, sister of the bride, of Conway, served as matron of honor. She wore a strapless, floor length pewter chiffon gown with sweetheart neckline, criss-crossed pleats on the bodice and an empire waistline.
Miss Rebecca Morgan, sister of the bride, of Little Rock, served as maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Miss Sarah Clark and Miss Christy Dean, both of Little Rock, Mrs. Megan West of Conway and Mrs. Sarah Morgan, sister-in-law of the bride, of Denver, Colo. They all wore dresses matching the matron of honor and carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.
The Hendrix String Quartet performed “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by J.S. Bach, and “Such Great Heights,” by Section Quartet, for the bridesmaids and bridal processional.
Best man was Mr. Stephen Abrams, brother of the groom, of Pacific Grove, Calif.
Groomsmen were Mr. Chris Forney of Arlington, Va., Mr. Patrick Voldness of Durham, N.C., Mr. Kyle Shultz of Portland, Ore., Mr. Aiden Mette of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dr. Joe Morgan, brother of the bride, of Denver.
Silas and Dylan Cicero, nephews of the bride, of Conway, served as ring bearers.
Ushers were Mr. Ted Blackshear, Mr. Steven Blackshear and Mr. Ethan Morgan, cousins of the bride, and Mr. Evan Pence.
The Hendrix String Quartet performed “How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor, and “La Rejouissance,” by Handel, as the recessional music.
Upon leaving the church, rose petals were tossed by the guests as the newlyweds made their way to the reception, which was held at the Conway Country Club.
A variety of floral arrangements consisting of the wedding flowers, along with pillar candles and lanterns, were placed throughout the Country Club with some of the florals elevated on tall, silver candlesticks. The three layer bride’s cake had a middle chocolate layer and white buttercream icing. The cake layers were elevated with fresh flowers tucked in between. The groom’s cake table reflected the groom’s interests in Lacrosse and his college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha and the groom’s cake was chocolate with chocolate buttercream icing, topped with dipped strawberries. Guests were served an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres along with a roast beef carving station. A “How Sweet It Is” candy bar was provided for the guests along with music by a local disc jockey for dining and dancing.
The couple took their wedding trip to Excellence Resort at Playa Mujeres, Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Abrams currently reside in Little Rock.