Renee Lawrence and J.D. Stone were united in marriage on July 11, 2009 at Second Baptist Church in Conway. The bride is the daughter of Dee and LaVone Lawrence of Conway and the granddaughter of the late Rev. Sheryl and Lillian Blake of Conway and the late Doyle and Carrie Lawrence of Vilonia.
The Groom is the son of Royce and Kathie Stone of Conway and the grandson of Cecil and Beverly Hickerson of Ashdown, Kennith and Margaret Hooper of Mena, Joan Gunter of Maumelle and Mary Lue Stone and the late William C. Stone of Conway.
The Rev. Greg Kelley, brother- in- law of the bride, was the officiator along with executive pastor Paul Hudson of Second Baptist Church lead the opening prayer and administered the couple’s communion.
The 6 p.m. wedding began with candles being lit by candle lighters Taylor Baney and Emile Shaw to the music Trumpet Voluntary, written by Purcell and played by pianist Geneva Day aunt of the bride.
The seating of the parents and grandparents was to Parents Prayer from a recording of Steven Curtis Chapmon.
A slideshow presentation was viewed by guest of the couple growing up and starting their life together. While nieces and nephews of the bride played the song "I have and Always will." Jessica Kelley, Mathew Kelley, Nathan Kelley, Lawren Gill, and Drew Gill
The processional began with the honorary bridesmaid Rebecca Kelley, Ruella Gill sisters of the bride, Jessica Kelley, Lawren Gill Nieces of the bride, Sarah Marsh, Janae Tune, and Morghan Cheney friends of the bride. They all walked down the middle isle in the church to the recording "Feels Like Home," By Chantal Kreviazuk. The honorary bridesmaid wore black dresses with an accent rhinestone earrings and bracelet given as a gift from the bride. Each Honorary Bridesmaid carried a bouquet of red roses.
Rita Stapleton, sister of the bride served as matron of honor, bridesmaids were Sharon Lawrence, sister-in-law of the bride, Krystal Shipp, Jill Randleman, Nicole Hanks and Laura Williams friends of the bride all walked down to the song "Love of my life" by Darla Day and sung by Karen Bartosh friend of the bride.
Bridesmaids wore a long strapless red gown with a lace bodice that meets an asymmetrical side drape, trimmed with rhinestone buttons, on the a-line gown. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of white roses and wore rhinestone earrings and bracelet given as a gift from the bride.
The flower girls were Katlyn Stapleton, Laken Lawrence and Addison Lawrence, all nieces of the bride. They wore tea-length white satin dresses with a high waistband accented with crystals and beading. They carried red rose petals in white wicker baskets decorated with baby red roses and crystals on atop of the baskets. Katlyn and Laken wore a rhinestone headband given as a gift from the bride. Addison wore a rhinestone barrette in her hair given as a gift from the bride.
Josh Stone, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Randy Lawrence, brother of the bride, Nathan Ragan, Josh Deaton, Clint Johnson, friends of the groom, Rick Stapleton, brother-in-law of the bride. Ring Bearer Carter Stapleton, nephew of the bride
The bride was escorted and given by her father Dee Lawrence down the center aisle of the church where it was decorated with rod iron aisle markers accented with hurricane lamps with white candles and red roses cascading garland.
The bride wore a white strapless taffeta A-line dress featuring a stunning allover swarski crystals gown with beading and an intricately embroidered motif highlighting the couture draping from the sweetheart neckline to the bodice and down to the softly flared skirt. The gown also includes a slimming corset back bodice with a chapel length train.
She wore a white satin chocker accented with swarski crystals that was a gift from her mother, and a three tiered cathedral length veil edged in swarski crystals that her mother made. To compliment her gown she wore a chandelier pair of earrings and two rhinestone bracelets.
The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of red roses and accented with rhinestone, the stems were wrapped in white satin ribbon and held together with rhinestone pins. Tucked within the bouquet was an embroidered white handkerchief.
Ushers were Tom Day, Terry Gill, Jay Downey, and Jordan Bell. Guest book attendants were Meagan Austin, Karen Bartosh, and Arline Coatney. Program attendant; Jennifer Davison, Rebekah Pratt, Chelsea Raye and Bernee Thurow. House party attendants, Annette Bradley, Erin Bradley, Brooklyn Brooks, Jordan Brooks, Logan Brooks, Phyllis Cullum, Pam Hickerson, Marsha Jones, Cristy King, Makayla King, Brooke Mooneyhan, Helen Stout, Tina Wilson, Elsie Rose Wright.
The reception was held at the Old Gin Event center. After the anticipating of the arrival of the bride and groom, the guests, enjoyed light h’orderves and soft drinks. After the couple arrived they enjoyed their first dance to Brad Paisley "Then."
A meal was served at the wedding of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, roll, and a salad. For party favors the bride and groom provided a candy table full of sweet treats for their guest to take with them and enjoy.
The bride’s cake was placed atop a silver plateau and consisted of five tiers. Each layer was of strawberry cake frosted with cream cheese icing accented with a butter cream swirl design. The layers were separated with dozens of red roses encircling each layer. The top layer was adorned with a rhinestone monogrammed "S" surrounded by red roses. The brides’ punch was a red strawberry slushy punch, which was served next to the cake table.
The groom’s cake consisted of a four-tiered square German chocolate cake with a basket woven design and chocolate covered strawberries throughout. The groom’s punch was a mock champagne punch that was served from a five-tiered fountain.
After a surprise wedding night stay at the capital hotel in Little Rock the couple enjoyed a seven-day honeymoon at the Excellance Playa Mujeres Resort and Spa in Mexico. The couple reside at their new home in Conway.