Whitney Farris and Leo Cummings III, both of Conway, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. April 6, 2013, in a non-traditional ceremony in the bride’s grandmother’s backyard, performed by Pastor Mark Dance of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of William Jefferson Farris, Jr. and Susan Farris of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Beneva Farris of Conway and Mary Light of Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The groom is the son of Leo Cummings, Jr. and Veletta Cummings of Conway. He is the grandson of Claudia Cummings of Conway.
The decorations were minimal for the outdoor wedding. The guests were seated "in the round" with all seats facing the circular platform where the bride, groom and pastor stood.
Guests were encouraged to sign in at the guest table and leave a note on the 100-year-old window frame that was original to the house. Presiding at the bride’s book were Allyson Luethy and Ashley Leopoulos.
Sam and Tim Trawick played acoustic guitar and violin during the seating of the wedding party and family.
The bride wore a full A-line, strapless gown with sweetheart neckline and corset closure. She was escorted by her father.
Maid of honor was Beth Reinhard of Conway. She wore a strapless, sheath floor-length chiffon dress in teal with a sweetheart neckline.
Bridesmaids were Lauren Farris of San Francisco, Calif., Leah Farris, Carrie Farris and Abigail Farris, all of Conway. They all wore dresses that matched the maid of honor and carried bright yellow bouquets made of lilies, tulips and roses.
Ring bearer was Max Farris of Conway, and flower girls were Ellie Farris of Conway, and Victoria Sorrell of New Orleans, La.
Best man was TJ Johnston of Conway. Groomsmen were Brent Turner of Rogers, Ark., Josh Robinson of Conway, Keenan Sorrell of New Orleans, and Landon Davis of Little Rock.
The bride’s mother wore a rose-colored chiffon, tea-length dress, while the groom’s mother wore a shimmery silver top and jacket accompanied by black pants.
During the bride and groom’s exit from the ceremony, Sam and Tim Trawick sang, "Isn’t She Lovely."
The reception was held at the Conway Country Club. The reception hall was adorned with rustic chic decorations, including elaborate florals, mixed with candle-lit lanterns covering each table.
After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, Mr. and Mrs. Cummings reside in Conway.