Miss Emily Brooke Bussey and Justin Kerr McCarthy, both of Conway, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Dec. 17, 2011, in a double-ring ceremony at First United Methodist Church, officiated by their pastor the Rev. Charles Murry.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bussey of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kell of Conway and Mrs. Catherine Bussey and the late Mr. William Wayne Bussey of Wilson.
The groom is the son of Mr. Michael McCarthy of Fayetteville, Ga., and Ms. Konnie McCarthy of Conway. He is the grandson of Mrs. Mary Jane Kerr and the late Mr. Lamar Kerr of Calico Rock.
A Christmas wedding inspired by nature with bold pops of red decorated the church. On the outdoor landing were two wreath stands, inside white urns. Fresh greenery on top of the wreath stand, accented with large white sticks and tied with a big red bow. To balance the arrangement, A Southern Tradition also used fresh greenery and red hypericum berries spilling out of the white urn.
The outside stairs were decorated with large boxwood topiary inside tall white urns that were wrapped in red satin fabric.
The foyer entry table was decorated with an antique white urn of fresh greenery, red berries, white hydrangeas, white lilies and pinecones that had been dusted to look like they had been picked up in the snow. Flowers that consisted of fresh greenery, white tulips, red snap dragons, eucalyptus spilled out of an antique white drawer which was draped in red fabric, and also held the programs.
The aisles of the sanctuary were marked with fresh greenery, white lilies, red hypericum berries, wax flower, red roses, white pinecones and red snapdragon. The altar was adorned on either end with two large white poinsettias in memory of the bride’s paternal grandfather and the groom’s maternal grandfather. Smaller red poinsettias lined the altar.
While the organist played “A Gift of Love,” by G.F. Handel, the groom escorted his mother to her seat, followed by the mother of the bride on the arm of her son, Alex Bussey. The bridesmaids began the processional to “Canon in D,” by Pachelbel. “Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin,” by Richard Wagner, announced the bride and her father.
Brooke wore a full asymmetrical gown with a satin pleated bodice and a sweetheart neckline. The waistline was highlighted in Swarovski crystals while the tulle skirt was adorned with scattered lace. The bride chose a fingertip length veil outlined in the lace. Brooke selected shoes designed by Ivanka Trump made of red silk. The bride’s bouquet was composed of fresh greenery, red roses, red calla lilies, red berries, and dusty miller. It was wrapped with her mother’s wedding veil as her something borrowed. Brooke’s father presented her to Justin, and the couple joined the pastor and the wedding party at the altar.
Her matrons of honor were Kendra Clay of Little Rock and Valerie Ruhl of Conway. Bridesmaids were Kate Anderson, Jamie Cregger, Katie Harris, Samantha Johns, Jayne Sanderlin, Ashley Taylor, Sarah White and Julie Woodard. Their floor length crimson silky taffeta dresses were each accented with a wide sash at the waist in ivory, finished with floor length tails on the back. They each wore initialed pearl bracelets, a gift from the bride.
The flower girl, Brooklyn Ruhl, of Conway, scattered rose petals while Silas Spees, cousin of the bride, of Little Rock, accompanied her down the aisle as ring bearer. Justin’s best man was Brandon Ruhl of Conway. Groomsmen were Alex Bussey, Brett Creswell, Jacob Glover, Chad McCarthy, Landin
McCarthy and John Eric Stanton. Ushers were Zach Bussey, Dylan Gawlikowski and Kell O’Hara. Caty Bussey and Claire Shell presided at the bride’s book.
The bride’s mother wore a two piece silk chiffon lace dress in taupe featuring hand beaded lace trim. She carried a linen and lace handkerchief given to her by the bride and groom. The mother of the groom wore a black dress with blue whimsical swirls and sparkles. Her outfit was completed with a bolero jacket piped in blue along with a cross necklace given to her by Brooke and Justin.
The reception was held at Conway Country Club. The stone alcove held two fresh green wreaths accented with red berries and eucalyptus. The outside entrance held two iron vase stands with fresh greenery, white pinecones and white sticks. The bride’s portrait was on display in the foyer. The focal point of the buffet area were three large nickel vases filled with fresh greenery, red berries, white hydrangeas, white lilies, red roses and pinecones. Table linens were an ivory pintuck with ivory chair covers tied with red satin in a bow at the back for seating. All serving and bistro tables had similar flower arrangements with an overlay or sash of crimson. Fresh floral arrangements completed each table with mistletoe above the doorways. Friends and family dined on a cocktail buffet featuring a carving station of ham and turkey among other finger foods.
The band introduced Mr. and Mrs. Justin McCarthy when they arrived. Justin began the couple’s first dance to LeAnn Rimes’ “Some People.” Mr. Bussey welcomed everyone to the celebration after a dance with Brooke to Stevie Wonder’s, “Isn’t She Lovely.”
After the dances the couple made their way to the dessert area of the venue. The bride’s cake, designed by Cakes by Catie, was five tiered, red velvet with cream cheese filling. Covered in a piped dot detail of pearls, flowers cascaded down each layer. A monogrammed “M” was placed on the bottom layer in butter cream icing. The groom’s duck-themed cake was three-tiered, vanilla and chocolate marble with butter cream icing, topped with an edible mallard duck. A special surprise for the bride was a calligraphy written and framed quote by Bob Marley.
Guests of all ages enjoyed the entertainment of The Fabulous Steelers from Memphis, Tenn. A photo booth was great entertainment for the guests as well.
The night ended with a train of sparklers as Brooke and Justin exited to their limo. The newlyweds chose the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas, for their honeymoon.
On Friday evening, a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom was held at Conway Country Club. Advice, toasts, and songs were sung for Brooke and Justin. Special placemats were created with an alphabet of “A Few of Our Favorite Things.” A video montage of Brooke, Justin, family and friends from early years to present was shown for all to enjoy as dessert was served.
Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy reside in Conway where the groom is employed by Southwestern Energy of Conway. The bride is a territory manager with Heartland Payment Systems.