Libby Kathleen Merritt of Conway and Benjamin Hardin Harrington of Hot Springs were united in marriage at 4 p.m. August 6, 2011, in a double-ring ceremony at Fellowship Bible Church in Conway, that was officiated by Ken Wilson of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of Jim and Debbie Merritt of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Stanley Russ and the late Nina Benton Russ of Conway, Tom and Betty Merritt and the late Peggy Merritt of Hubbard, Texas.
The groom is the son of Neal and Rhonda Harrington of Hot Springs. He is the grandson of Don and Velma Hardin of Hot Springs and the late Hugh and June Harrington of Jonesboro.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a white taffeta side-drape gown with a fit and flare skirt, adorned with beaded appliques. It also featured a lace up back and a sweep train. She carried a bouquet of purple lisianthus and white stock.
Donna Toney, the pianist, played the prelude and accompanied Colin Toney, of New York City, for "I Will Be Here."
The pews were decorated with silver and white tulle bows.
The bride and groom stood before a wrought iron arch with candle inserts and decorated with silver fabric and a purple flower arrangement. Communion tables held votive candles in remembrance of loved ones.
Maid of honor was Anna Ruth Merritt, sister of the bride, of Rapid City, S.D. Bridesmaids were Casey Jackson of Conway, Jenelle Kaske of McKinney, Texas, Joy Kelly of Waxahachie, Texas, and Kristyn Howk of Rowlett, Texas. They each wore a Lapis strapless dress with a ruched waist and pockets and carried a white bouquet with purple accent flowers.
Flower girls were Hope Cossey of Conway and Peyton Layne of Jonesboro.
Adam Harrington, late brother of the groom, was honorary best man. Best man was Phillip Wilkins of Jonesboro.
Groomsmen were Jason Kirk and Theo Hone of Harare, Zimbabwe, Taylor Bartel of Lucas, Texas, and Aaron Smith of Jonesboro.
Ushers were Russ Merritt, brother of the bride, of Lebanon, and Matthew Toney of Charlottesville, Va.
Program attendants were Nicci Fillinger and Rebecca Greenway.
The reception was held at Agora Conference Center.
The bride’s table featured a four layer silver cake accented with scroll work and adorned with a variety of purple flowers. The groom’s cake was a red velvet cake decorated with words typifying the groom and adorned with strawberries.
Presiding at the bride’s book were cousins of the bride, Kaitlin and Molly Russ, who helped guests sign rocks.
The couple took a wedding trip to Jamaica.
They are currently residing in Arkadelphia, where they will complete their degrees at Ouachita Baptist University.