Megan Rebecca Middlekauff and Christopher Martin West were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on July 24, 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Conway.
The Rev. Charles Murry of Conway First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ed Matthews of Little Rock, uncle of the bride, and Father Aaron Pirrera of St. Benedict Church, Subiaco officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Laura Middlekauff of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mauzel Beal and the late Rev. Jim Beal of Conway, and Dallas and Alice Middlekauff of Hot Springs Village.
The groom is the son of Bobby and Anita Forst of Subiaco and Roger and Connie West of Clarksville. He is the grandson of Wanda Kleck and the late Jerome Kleck of Paris, Jerome and Delores Forst of Subiaco and Jean West and the late Ed West of Charleston.
The church sanctuary was decorated with ferns and white floral arrangements of alstroemeria, gladiolas, hydrangeas, stock, spider mums, asiatic lilies, gerbera daisies, and roses.
Nuptial organ music was provided by Betty Cohen.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a strapless ivory taffeta dress with a sweetheart neckline. The fitted bodice and A-line skirt featured back draped pleats extending onto a chapel length train. She wore a fingertip length veil accented with lace. Her accessories included diamond earrings, which were a gift from the groom, and a strand of pearls. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses.
Molly Middlekauff, sister of the bride of Conway, served as maid of honor. Junior bridesmaid was Sydney Forst of Subiaco, sister of the groom. Bridesmaids were Kate Morgan of Dallas, Texas, Sarah Clark and Nikki Rickman of Conway and Tasha Cozens of Maumelle. The attendants wore short black dresses with Y-neck detailing and pleated skirts. They carried clutch bouquets of white stock flowers.
Hayden McDonald of Charleston served as best man. Junior groomsman was Devin Forst, brother of the groom, of Subiaco. Groomsmen were Brec Schluterman of Scranton, Chad Komp of Subiaco, Andrew Cozens of Maumelle and Ryan Bradley of Fayetteville.
Ushers were Brian, David and Dallas Johnston of Wynne, cousins of the bride, Craig Forst of Scranton, Jared Schluterman of Paris and Cliff Leflor of Coal Hill.
Hannah Bartrow of Conway and Erin Garay of Sherwood provided scripture readings during the ceremony. They and other sorority sisters of the bride served as honorary bridesmaids. Each wore a black dress and carried a single white rose.
Bailey, Brooke and Blythe Thompson of Opelousas, La., cousins of the bride, served as program attendants. A white floral arrangement in the church foyer was dedicated to the memory of the couple’s late grandparents and the bride’s late uncle, the Rev. Roger Beal.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Conway. Guests were greeted by Scotty and Debbie Bell and Frank and Kathy Earney. The bride’s three-tier white cake was outlined with black icing and topped with a "W". The groom’s cake was a chocolate layer cake in the shape of a duck. The groom’s table was a duck hunting theme. The bride’s book table featured wedding pictures of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents. Guest tables and serving tables featured white floral arrangements and black and white decorations.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Jamaica. They are at home in Conway.
On Friday evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Knights of Columbus for the bridal party, family and close friends. The highlight of the evening was a video production prepared by Debbie Bell featuring pictures of the bride and groom from childhood to present.
The bride and her bridal party were honored at a luncheon at Mike’s Place on Friday before the wedding. Hostesses were Debbie Bell, Sue Farris, grandmothers of the bride Alice Middlekauff and Mauzel Beal, and aunts of the bride Nancy Thompson and Susan Johnston.