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Miss Taylor and Mr. Oakley exchange vows at the Clinton Presidential Center

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 10:38am
MELISSA MCCROTTY PHOTOGRAPHY  Mrs. Justin Matthew Oakley
MELISSA MCCROTTY PHOTOGRAPHY Mrs. Justin Matthew Oakley

Miss Abby Joan Taylor of Conway and Mr. Justin Matthew Oakley of Beebe, Ark., were united in marriage on Nov. 16, 2013, at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., in a double-ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. Clif Ford of Conway.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick S. Taylor of Conway. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William N. John Jr. of Conway and Mr. and Mrs. Murphy R. Taylor of Fayetteville, Ark.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Oakley of Romance, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Green of Beebe. He is the grandson of the late Mr. Carroll and Mrs. Leda Edwards and Ms. Sandra B. Edwards of Beebe and the late Mr. Bruce D. Oakley and Mrs. Judy Oakley of El Paso, Ark.

The 4 p.m. fall ceremony was held outside on the terrace of the library. The altar was decorated with a three-section iron screen and two large wrought iron candelabras on each side that included floral arrangements of the bride’s various fall colors. Music was performed by the Central Arkansas String Quartet.

The bride was escorted by her father to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by Bach, and the recessional music was the “Wedding March.”

She wore an ivory embellished English net and custom design strapless gown with fluted skirt and sweep train by Watters and Watte. An elbow length veil edged in alencon lace and further enhanced by sparkling beads and sequins accompanied the bridal gown. Her bouquet was a mix of burgundy dahlias, Victorian orange ranunculus, smoke bush, bankisa protea, red charm peonies, kiwi vine, lotus pods, fern curls, burgundy scabiosa, agonis, burgundy amaranthus, and mango calla lilies. The bride’s jewelry was provided by Sissy’s Log Cabin.

Samantha Lyon of Yukon, Okla., served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Dawn Oakley of Maumelle, Ashley Taylor of Rogers, Natosha Smallwood of North Little Rock, Sara Reeder of Maumelle, Brittany McCoy of Bentonville, Shelby Anthony of Jonesboro, and Katie Segrest and Randi Ferrell, both of Conway. They each wore a lapis colored one shoulder long jersey dress with cascade back. Each bridesmaid’s bouquet was a mix of ivory hydrangeas, burgundy dahlias, mango calla lilies, agonis, chocolate lace, and Victorian orange ranunculus.

Wyatt Taylor, nephew of the bride, of Rogers, served as ring bearer, and Ella Taylor, niece of the bride, also of Rogers, served as flower girl.

Levi Hill of Beebe served as best man. Groomsmen were John Giessmann of Ward, Austin Allen of Little Rock, Justin Bryant, Richard Davis, both of Conway, Brandon Kerr, Reese Anders, and Zach Fort, all of Beebe, and Luke Oakley of Romance. All groomsmen wore black tuxedos, and boutonnieres were a mix of magnolia foliage, orange ranunculus, agonis, and green and burgundy amaranthus.

Ushers were Adam Page of Maumelle, Adam Mazander of Little Rock, Brady Lacy of Conway and Kyle Wilder of Chicago, Ill.

The mother of the bride wore a short latte chiffon shawl collar dress with beaded embellishments.

The greeters and the guest book were attended by Gracie Anders of Beebe, and Rachel Oakley of Romance, sisters of the groom.

The reception immediately followed in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center. The band Almost Famous of Memphis, Tenn., performed during the reception. Khaki covered tables were adorned with high and low floral arrangements accompanied by floating votive candles. The centerpieces included a mix of ivory hydrangeas, banksia protea, bosc pears, lotus pods, burgundy and orange roses, magnolia foliage, agonis, kiwi vines, crabapple foliage, burgundy scabiosa, chocolate lace, orange ranunculus, burgundy dahlias, green and burgundy amaranthus, and pampas grass. In the mix were various iron pieces, lanterns, and candelabras. Additional cocktail tables were adorned with clear glass cylinders that held the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

All floral arrangements were provided by Hudson Floral. Jessica Kersey of Finishing Touch Event Design was the wedding planner.

Prior to the wedding, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was hosted by the bride’s mother on Nov. 15 at Conway Country Club, and the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Sandbar-Riverfront in North Little Rock.

After a honeymoon in the Bahamas, Mr. and Mrs. Oakley currently reside in Beebe.

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