Janina Heird of Conway and Mark Cambiano of Morrilton, Ark., were married in a double-ring ceremony at the Church of San Camillo de Lellis in Rome, Italy, on June 9, 2014. The officiants were Father Gregory Apparcel of Italy, Father Clement Machado of Canada and Father Joe McManus of the United Kingdom.
The bride, who collects vintage clothing, wore a bias cut cream silk satin and lace wedding gown that was handmade in France, circa 1935. It featured a ruched bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a coordinating long sleeved jacket with point cuffs at the wrists. The dress was accented with an Art Deco rhinestone belt on a matching satin ribbon. She also wore antique jewelry from her personal collection, including an Edwardian era crystal and silver necklace. Her engagement ring, an antique Asscher cut diamond, circa 1910, continued the theme.
Music during the wedding mass included a rendition of "Ave Maria," which was a personal favorite of the groom’s late father. After the wedding, the couple treated their guests to celebratory drinks at the historic St. Regis Grand Hotel and then an elegant four-course dinner with perfectly paired wines at the world-famous La Taverna Flavia Ristorante in Rome.
The couple honeymooned in an apartment overlooking the Piazza Navonna in Rome after the wedding. They spent two weeks exploring the ancient sites of the city and surrounding area, with the groom introducing his bride to his home away from home. The groom is of Italian descent with dual American-Italian citizenship and lived in Rome for several years.
On May 11, the couple surprised their family and friends with a civil ceremony conducted by Justice of the Peace Lauralee McCool in the backyard of their Conway home. The bride was escorted on a red carpet to Sam Cooke’s "You Send Me," by her son, Christian Eggensperger. Her daughter, Audrey Eggensperger, served as her maid of honor. The bride wore a vintage 1950s prom dress made of cream colored lace and satin. The dress was strapless and had a full calf-length skirt with tulle layers. Her jewelry was a mid-century rhinestone necklace and matching earrings, set in silver. The guests enjoyed a catered lunch after the ceremony, with additional music from the 1950s and 1960s. The wedding cake was a tribute to Old Hollywood with a red carpet, stars and movie-themed decorative elements.
The bride is the daughter of Joe and Joyce Heird of Conway. The groom is the son of June Cambiano and the late Joe Cambiano of Morrilton.
The couple is at home in Conway. The bride works at Hendrix College and the groom owns Petit Jean Land Company in Morrilton.