Miss Melanie Kathryn Glover of Little Rock, Ark., and Mr. Andrew Jay Howard of Lonsdale, Ark., were united in marriage at 6 p.m. June 15, 2013, in a double-ring ceremony in the Sanctuary of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, officiated by the Rev. Steve Butler of Hot Springs Village, Ark.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. Ronnie C. Glover and Mrs. Kathy Glover of Conway. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. B.J. and Mrs. Martha Daugherty, and Mrs. Sibyl Glover of North Little Rock and the late W.C. Glover.
The groom is the son of Mr. Regie Howard and Mrs. Judy Howard of Lonsdale. The groom is the grandson of Mrs. Regenia Howard of Lonsdale and the late Richard Howard, and Mrs. Helen Bryant of Hot Springs and the late Jerry Bryant.
As friends and family entered the Gathering Hall of the church, three tables were decorated with lanterns and arrangements of hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, asiatic lilies and lily grass. The lanterns and flowers were placed there in remembrance of the bride and groom’s grandparents.
Presiding at the bride’s book and assisting with wedding programs were Mrs. Jennifer Glover, sister-in-law of the bride, Mrs. Melissa Howard, sister-in-law of the groom, and Mrs. Ashley Boyce, sister of the groom.
Pew markers were of ivory ribbon, cascading orchids and fatsia. Wrought iron candelabras with pillar ivory candles had lush garden rings of Italian ruscus, ivory gladiolus, dendrobium orchids, Asiatic lilies and garden lisianthus adorning the stage for the ceremony along with the unity candle. "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" was played by organist, Lyndon Finney for seating of the parents and grandparents.
The scripture reading of Jeremiah 29:11 and Mark 10:6-9 was read by Mr. Matt Glover, brother of the bride.
Julie Gunter, soloist, sang "How Beautiful," before the ceremony.
The bride, escorted by her father, made her entry to "Trumpet Voluntary." The bride wore an Ivory strapless, A-line silk and organza gown with a ruched bodice adorned with a flower and jewel embellished sweetheart neckline. The finger tip length, double tiered tulle veil with crystal beads was borrowed from her matron of honor. The bride also wore watermelon heels to match the color of her bridesmaid dresses. The bride chose summer hydrangeas, Vandela garden roses, fragrant matthiola, delicate freesia in Euro-hand-tied bouquet in shades of ivory. Her bouquet was also hand-tied with her mother’s handkerchief and wrapped with her maternal grandmother’s gold locket.
Fran LaForce of Searcy, Ark., served as matron of honor. She wore a strapless, floor-length watermelon chiffon gown with sweetheart neckline with empire waistline and crisscross bodice. The Matron of Honor carried a bouquet of bright touches of Kermit green buttons, Bells of Ireland, orchids, and watermelon pink godetia.
Bridesmaids were Mrs. Heidi Glover of Fayetteville, Ark., Miss Danielle Daugherty of Little Rock, Mrs. Elizabeth Puckett of Paragould, Ark., Mrs. Marian Skelton of Cabot, Ark., and Miss Bailey Glover of Conway, served as junior bridesmaid.
All bridesmaids wore dresses matching the matron of honor and carried same bouquets. Kennedy Glaze of Benton, Ark., and Anna Tipton Puckett of Paragould served as flower girls. They were dressed in ivory silk dresses with flowing organza skirt and wore halos of Italian ruscus, springeria and gypsophillia in their hair.
"I’ll Be Here," was performed by soloist Julie Gunter during the unity candle ceremony.
Mr. Adam Howard, twin brother of the groom, served as best man.
Groomsmen were Mr. Matt Wingerter, Mr. Todd Gunter, Mr. Ashley James, all of Benton, Ark., Mr. Aaron Rasburry of Lonsdale, and Cole Glover of Conway served as junior groomsman.
Ring bearers were Samuel Howard of Bauxite, Ark., and Jack Puckett of Paragould, Ark.
Ushers were Mr. Jacob Glover, Mr. Chase Shelnutt, Mr. Jay Brothers and Mr. Zach Barker. The men of the wedding party wore loops of lily grass and watermelon pink godetia on their lapels.
"Canon in D" was played for the processional of the wedding party.
The bride’s mother wore a jade colored chiffon floor-length dress with empire jeweled waistline and jacket with draping and sheer sleeves.
The mother of the groom wore a dress with lavender layers of chiffon with cap sleeves and floral bodice detail.
Each carried nosegays of soft pastels sweetheart roses, lisianthus and watermelon pink godetia.
The bride and groom made their way out of the church to "Wedding March," played by Lyndon Finney on the organ.
The reception was held in the St. Andrews Ballroom at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock immediately following the ceremony. The bride’s entry table was a variety of clear glass lighted cylinder vases containing dendrobium, orchids and roses.
The guest tables in the ballroom were decorated with clear glass cylinder vases with lighted bases and long stem glass goblets showing various heights of summer hydrangeas, watermelon color peonies and cascading orchids. The five layer bride’s cake had alternating layers of strawberry cake and white wedding cake with white buttercream frosting. The cake was decorated with ivory roses and the top layer with letter "H". The groom being an avid fisherman had a double layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and a decorative fish on top made out of the cake. A fishing lure of the groom’s choosing was placed on the cake. Friends and family were served an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres around a buffet decorated with wedding flowers and an elevated ice sculpture of the letter "H". There was also a carving station of smoked beef tenderloin and an action station of cheese grits with shrimp. Best Little Rock DJs provided the music for dining and dancing. A photo booth was very entertaining as the guests dressed up in costumes and had their pictures made.
The couple took their wedding trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard currently reside in Lonsdale.