Dr. Lindsey Erin Bell and Mr. Erik Christopher Sward of Little Rock were united in marriage on May, 29, 2010, at the Terry Mansion in Little Rock. The 6 p.m. ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Paul Hudson of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Bell of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Zane Matthews and the late Mr. Zane Matthews of Conway, Ms. Jeanette Bell of Mayflower, and the late Mr. Louis Bell of Mineral Springs.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sward of Hot Springs Village. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baker of Heber Springs, the late Ms. Billie Sue Baker of Little Rock, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Sward of Stuttgart.
Wrought iron entry gates to the lawn were decorated with grapevine baskets filled with summer flowers in the bride’s chosen colors. The brick walk leading to the mansion was lined with antiqued bronze hurricane lanterns. The guestbook was placed on a burlap covered table featuring an antique garden urn filled with an arrangement of varying shades of orange roses, lilies, and French tulips.
Guests were seated in white garden chairs facing the columned veranda for the outdoor ceremony. The double entrance doors were draped in a garland of Italian ruscus and salal and served as a backdrop. Each door was adorned with a conical grapevine basket overflowing with orange Unique roses, Ambience roses, lilies, French tulips, pink peonies, Bells of Ireland, and magnolia branches. Antiqued bronze pew markers featuring summer flowers designated family seating. A pair of three-branched Italian candelabras completed the setting. Candles were lit in memory of the couple’s late grandparents.
The ceremony began with the chiming of the hour from the bells of the adjacent First Lutheran Church. Processional music was provided by the Jarboe String Quartet and soloist, Donna Bradley, who sang "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" for the seating of the parents and grandparents.
Nicole Hartz and Brita Deacon, sisters of the groom, served as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Sarah Bell, sister-in-law of the bride; Kara Dell, cousin of the bride; Lauren Kimbrough; Ashley Trover and Emily Richardson. The attendants wore strapless tea-length dresses of champagne dupioni silk. The dresses featured a large sash that wrapped around the waist tying in the back and a full pleated skirt. The bridesmaids carried clutch bouquets of orange Unique roses, Ambience roses and pink peonies wrapped in burlap ribbon and secured with white pearl pins. Their matching three-strand pearl necklaces were gifts from the bride.
The house party included Claire Beaumont, Britton Bennett, Katherine Garton, Laura Kruger, Leslie Lloyd and Lauren Pardue. They each carried bouquets of Ambience roses surrounded by tea leaves wrapped in burlap ribbon and secured with white pearl pins.
Matthew Stoltz served as best man. Groomsmen were Cam Deacon, brother-in-law of the groom; Matthew Bell, brother of the bride; Tyler Bell, brother of the bride; Scott Godwin; Richard Appleton and Peyton Maddox. Ushers were Kyle Buchanan, Kendall Buchanan and Mark Schulte. The groom and his attendants wore summer khaki suits with white shirts and brown patterned ties, a gift from the groom. Their boutonnieres were made of green hypericum berries wrapped in burlap.
Bell ringers were Zane Bell, nephew of the bride, and Alyssa and Blakely White. Each child rang an antique silver bell as they made their way down the brick walk announcing the arrival of the bride. Alyssa and Blakely wore white batiste bishop-style dresses hand-smocked by the bride’s mother. Zane wore a white shirt with khaki gingham button-on shorts also made by the mother of the bride.
The bride and her father arrived in a vintage 1957 black Ford Thunderbird convertible. She entered the ceremony on the arm of her father to "Trumpet Voluntary". The bride wore an ivory gown of silk satin and tulle with a strapless neckline enhanced by scalloped Alencon lace. The fitted lace bodice featured a V-back accented with covered buttons. The princess waist was highlighted with a silk belt embellished with rhinestones, crystals and silver embroidery in a floral design. The slim A-line skirt featured scalloped Alencon lace over a flair skirt of silk tulle. She wore a bubble illusion veil and ivory peep toe heels. Diamond drop earrings and a diamond pendant, a gift from the groom, completed her attire. Her clutch bouquet of white peonies, Avalanche roses, stock, freesia and lemon leaves was wrapped in ivory satin ribbon and pinned with a brooch belonging to her mother. The bride carried an antique ivory handkerchief with blue embroidery which had belonged to the groom’s paternal grandmother and had in her shoe a sixpence for luck.
Following the prayer of invocation, Morgan Cummins, cousin of the bride, read a passage from Psalms 100.
After the exchanging of vows and rings, the couple kneeled to receive Holy Communion as soloist, Donna Bradley, sang "Unfailing Love." Following the declaration of marriage, the couple was surprised by a gospel choir singing "Oh, Happy Day" and "How Sweet It Is" (To Be Loved by You). Choir members included Annett Roper, Barbara Smith, Charles Hunter, Milton Collier and Barbara Hill.
For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a pewter silk brocade knee-length dress accented with a hand-beaded waistband and a matching bolero jacket. The groom’s mother chose a sapphire blue silk tea-length dress with shutter pleating and a matching bolero jacket. Both mothers carried bouquets of Avalanche roses wrapped in satin ribbon.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited into the antebellum home to enjoy a buffet of southern favorites. The menu included pulled pork and smoked turkey on dinner rolls with lime BBQ sauce, grilled chicken skewers, fried green tomatoes topped with a corn salad, cheesy southern grits, hot spinach dip with seasoned pita chips, an assorted cubed cheese display with crackers, seasonal fresh vegetables with ranch dip and seasonal fruit with vanilla dip. The large serving table was covered in an ivory linen cloth and topped with three monogrammed table runners crossing the table horizontally. It was centered with an Italian iron six-branched candelabrum filled with orchids, Ambience roses, Unique roses, lilies, French tulips and freesia.
The bride’s four-tier French butter cake was placed in the front gallery on an ornate silver plateau. The cake was frosted with a custom butter-cream icing to the bride’s taste and the layers were separated with raspberry filling. An antique pearl brooch had a place of prominence centering a large champagne colored fondant bow draping the cake. Alternating layers were decorated with white fondant dots and each layer was banded with champagne colored fondant.
Placed in the dining room on a silver plateau, the groom’s cake showcased his favorite professional football team as well as his alma mater. The base of the chocolate cake was a three-dimensional Dallas Cowboy star. Sitting atop the star was a hand-molded fondant Razorback sporting a black top hat.
The grand stairway in the foyer of the mansion was draped in a garland of Italian ruscus and salal. The newel post was topped with a coordinating floral arrangement. A portrait of the bride was displayed in the front gallery and family wedding pictures adorned the mantels. Guests were seated inside at tables centered with crystal vases filled with orange Gerber daises and Ambience roses.
Guest tables covered with burlap cloths were also scattered on the lawn. They were centered with alternating arrangements of large garden lanterns encircled with grapevine wreaths adorned with Italian ruscus and Ambience roses and weathered garden urns filled with various shades of orange roses, lilies, French tulips, freesia and stock.
Drink stations were placed at various locations on the lawn. Iced tea, apricot nectar punch and limeade were served in large glass canisters. Guests were treated to a candy bar set up under the garden gazebo where glass canisters held the bride and groom’s favorite candies. The candy table featured a lollipop bouquet and a hand-lettered wooden sign that read, "Love is Sweet".
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Joe Giles Band. The band was set up on the bricked patio under a large white tent. The couple enjoyed their first dance to "You Look Wonderful Tonight".
At the close of the evening, guests gathered on both sides of the walk waving sparklers to see the couple off. The bride and groom left for the Capitol Hotel in the Thunderbird convertible. They have planned a delayed honeymoon in August in the Bahamas.
The evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Best Impressions Restaurant at the Arkansas Arts Center. A video presentation prepared by the groom highlighting pictures of the couple from childhood to the present was shown.