Kristi Leigh Hendricks and Brandon Alec Epps were united in marriage at 6 p.m. May 8, 2010, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Teri Daily.
The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Robin Longing and David and Anna Hendricks, all of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Ed and Veaundella Hendricks of Conway and the late Claude and Patsy Fiddler of Conway.
The groom is the son of Roy and Rebecca Epps of Texarkana, Texas. He is the grandson of Eva Christine Epps and the late Troy Dean Epps of Hooks, Texas, and the late Charles Dedrick Stiles and Martha Sallye Ellis Stiles of Texas.
The church altar was decorated with candelabras and one large arrangement of ivory roses, calla lilies, gladiola and belles of Ireland. The narthex tables were adorned with arrangements of ivory hydrangeas, a large black and ivory basket filled with programs and an easel holding the engagement portrait.
The house party greeted guests, distributed programs and presided over the bride’s book.
The seating of the mothers and grandparents was to Clair de Lune with pianist Patty Oeste. The house party, bridal party and the bride entered to The Revelation Song, sung by soloist Wendy Shirar.
The bride, given in marriage by her father and stepfather, wore a modified, mermaid cut gown fashioned of silk ivory satin. The strapless gown featured asymmetrical pleats to the hip and flowed into soft rusching and then into a chapel-length train. The back closure was adorned with covered buttons and crystal clusters. Her veil of illusion was elbow length. Her jewelry was pearl drop earrings and a pearl bracelet. Her clutch bouquet of ivory roses, calla lilies and freesia was tied with an ivory satin ribbon. She also carried an heirloom handkerchief belonging to her maternal grandmother.
Maid of honor was Tiffany Robinson, sister of the bride. Bridesmaid was Sarah Wendell. They each wore black knee-length dresses. Their jewelry, a gift from the bride, was pearl earrings and bracelet. They carried a bouquet of ivory roses tied with ivory satin ribbon.
The house party consisted of Amy Beam, Lauren Davis, Elisha Moeller and Summer Moody. They wore black dresses and also wore matching pearl jewelry, a gift from the bride. They each carried a long-stemmed calla lily.
Blake Barlow served as best man and groomsman was Justin Wright. Ushers were Jonathan Davis, Tanner Epps and Cal Young.
Biblical readings were given by Summer Moody and Amy Beam.
The guests were invited to participate in the couples’ first communion as husband and wife. Eucharistic ministers were Beth Knife and Kitson Rogers. Eucharistic ushers were Tom and Karen McNutt. Soloist Wendy Shirar sang Ave Maria during communion.
After the bride and groom rang the church bell, guests gathered outside the church to throw rose petals on the couple as they departed for the reception. Rose petals were distributed by Madison and Leanna Epps, twin nieces of the groom. The couple left in a 1949 Lincoln owned by Jim Decesaro.
The reception was held at Conway Country Club. Guests were served heavy hors d’oeuvres. The buffet centerpiece was a large glass cylinder with a massive arrangement of ivory hydrangea, roses, calla lilies, belles of Ireland and curly willow.
The guest tables were covered with black linens and featured alternating arrangements of tall cylinders of belles of Ireland, bouquets of ivory tulips, roses, hydrangeas and large ivory candles.
The bride’s and the groom’s tables were draped in black linens with ivory scarves. The four-tiered bride’s cake was white cake with cream cheese icing and decorated with black and ivory accents and ivory anemones. The bride and groom topper was used on the groom’s parents cake in 1972. The groom’s cake was three-tiered chocolate with chocolate icing featuring Texas stars. The bride and groom shared a champagne toast.
Entertainment was provided by the band, Six Strings Down, of Conway.
After a honeymoon in San Antonio, the couple is at home in Conway.
The evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Michelangelo’s. Guests included parents, family, wedding party and close friends. Elisha Moeller made a slideshow of the couple that was presented after the meal.