Miss Lana Michelle Hazel of Conway and Mr. Stephen Russell Counce of Memphis, Tenn., were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 2011, in a double-ring ceremony at First Baptist Church of Conway, officiated by the Rev. Johnny Lewis of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of Ms. Marlene Hazel of Conway and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hazel of Clarksville, Ark. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Norma Hazel of Russellville, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Tucker, and Ms. Mary Tucker.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Counce of Memphis, Tenn. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Counce and the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Thieben.
Guests entered the church through doors decorated with peacock and silver wreaths and flanked by various wrought iron lanterns surrounded by poinsettias and small Christmas trees. The book table was draped in a peacock satin cloth, and held a large arrangement of red and white flowers. The table included various photos of the bride and groom. Beth Spicer, cousin of the bride, presided at the bride’s book, while Denise Ashley and Jennifer Clark handed out wedding programs to guests.
The sanctuary stage was decorated with a five-arm candelabra flanked by four white columns draped with white organdy fabric. Two large floral arrangements of red and white roses, hydrangeas, gladiolus, and lilies topped the larger columns. White pillar candles topped the shorter columns. Christmas trees of varying heights with white lights also decorated the stage. The steps were covered in 72 red poinsettias and lighted garlands and wreaths decorated the stairway banisters and balcony.
Nathan Clark and David Dugas provided piano, guitar and vocal selections including, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing." "Largo," by Bach was played as the family was seated, and the bridal party entered to "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring." The bridal processional was "Praise to the Lord," by Cottrell. "The Glory of It All," by The David Crowder Band, was sung during the lighting of the unity candle. The bride and groom exited the ceremony as Handel’s, "Hallelujah Chorus," was played.
The bride was escorted by her father. The bride wore an A-line gown of white satin with a halter neckline and chapel-length train. The dress was covered with appliqués of bridal lace encrusted with pearls and iridescent beads. The hem of the dress was edged in ornate bridal lace. The bride wore a teardrop pearl and rhinestone necklace and earrings. A rhinestone tiara and elbow-length veil accented with pearls and rhinestones completed her attire. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white and green roses, hydrangeas, freesia, stock, green spider mums and red hypericum berries.
The maid of honor was Laura Peery of Conway. Bridesmaids were Sydney Lessig and Kara Hollinger, both of Conway, and Julia Counce, sister of the groom, of Memphis, Tenn.
The bride’s attendants wore matching floor-length, sleeveless gowns of peacock chiffon, with satin sashes at the waist and low-cut backs. They carried hand-tied bouquets similar to the bride’s.
The best man was Robert Counce, brother of the groom, of Memphis, Tenn. The groomsmen were Kirby Clark of Fort Smith, Ark., Jeff Hazel of Conway, brother of the bride, and Andrew Counce, brother of the groom, of Memphis, Tenn.
Ushers were Samuel Peck, Brock Barlett, step-brother of the bride, and Brandon McKay.
The mother of the bride wore a floor-length gown of slate blue shimmery satin with a tiered skirt, an embellished empire waist, and a bolero jacket.
The mother of the groom wore a gray floor-length gown with an asymmetrical neckline and shirred bodice.
The reception was held at Centennial Valley Events Center in Conway. The entrance to the reception featured a bridal portrait on an easel surrounded by Christmas trees. Guest tables were covered in floor length white cloths with peacock and silver satin toppers. Large floral arrangements in tall vases placed on mirrors and surrounded by votives centered the tables. A five-tiered almond wedding cake topped with flowers and displaying the couple’s monogram was featured in the center of the room. The cake table was draped in a peacock cloth with a sheer lace overlay, with lights underneath the table. A three-tiered chocolate groom’s cake decorated in various sports logos was also served. The buffet table was centered with a large floral arrangement and flanked by two candelabras. Numerous photos of the bride and groom were placed on the table. Various hors d’oeuvres were offered including pork loin sliders, meatballs, ham, turkey and chicken salad sandwiches, a mashed potato bar, spinach dip, black bean dip, vegetables with dip and mixed fruit. Guests also were treated to a candy buffet that included the bride and groom’s favorite candies.
Upon arrival at the reception, the couple enjoyed their first dance to Kris Allen’s version of "To Make You Feel My Love." The dance floor was encircled by pub tables topped with floating candle centerpieces and fresh flowers. Several Christmas trees were placed around the room as well as white painted trees with up lights. Music N Motion provided the music and disc jockey service.
The couple honeymooned at the Sandals Resort in Negril, Jamaica.
Mr. and Mrs. Counce currently reside in Memphis, Tenn.