By Francisca Jones
Log Cabin Staff Writer
Brandy Aleese Hedrick of Vilonia and Lonnie Doss Holland Jr. of Quitman were wed in a double-ring ceremony at 1 p.m. on March 19, 2016.
The bride is the daughter of William Thomas "Tom" and Sandra Gordon Hedrick of Vilonia. She is the granddaughter of Stanley and Sammye Gordon of Vilonia and the late Bill and Jo Hedrick of Jacksonville, Arkansas.
The groom is the son of Lonnie Doss Holland Sr. and the late Veda Ann Holland of Quitman. He is the grandson of the late Alvin and Ruby Holland of Quitman and the late Amos and Delma Wilcox of Greenbrier.
The bride’s grandfather, Stanley W. Gordon, officiated the double-ring ceremony, which was held at Mars Hill Church of Christ in Vilonia.
Inside the church, four lanterns were accented with greenery and white candles. The main table was draped with a regency purple runner and a square of burlap.
Before the ceremony, the groom, attired in a black tuxedo with vest and a purple tie, and with the aid of his father, Lonnie Holland Sr., escorted down the aisle daughters Maddie Holland, who wore a begonia-pink dress; and Lucy and Lily Holland, who each wore Malibu-blue dresses. "Napoleon’s Retreat" played to their entrance.
The mother of the bride, Sandra Hedrick, was escorted by the bride’s brother, Brett Hedrick.
The bride entered to an instrumental version of Christina Perri’s "A Thousand Years," and was escorted down the aisle by her father, Tom Hedrick.
She wore a white strapless gown with an A-line silhouette. Its bodice and skirt were embellished with beads, while the back of the dress featured a lace-up back that trailed downward to its split skirt and chapel-length train.
She carried a bouquet of purple roses, white and purple lilies, a mixture of flowers in varying shades of purple, all accented with white flowers.
Two shades of sand, one green and one purple, were blended together in a sand-blending ceremony to signify the blending of the bride and groom and their families; this was performed during the playing of "When I Say I Do," by Matthew West.
Nicole Childers of Vilonia was the bride’s maid of honor; Kay Burkhart-Reppond of Pine Bluff served as her matron of honor and Shannon Grimmett of North Little Rock was her bridesmaid. All three wore crepe sheath dresses in matching regency purple, each with a slit on one side and a plunging cowl back. They carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet, including roses and lilies in shades of purple and white.
The mother of the bride wore a champagne-hued gown of subtle crinkled detailing with a full-length bodice and matching jacket.
Gordon Eichelberger of Quitman served as best man; Aaron Hill and Jason Gueringer, both of Quitman, were groomsmen.
Byron and Harmon Sawrie of Mount Vernon, serving as ringbearers, each wore a suit with a regency purple tie.
The flower girls were Emma and Kylee Fenley of Quitman, both great-nieces of the groom. They were adorned in identical white dresses, each with a purple tiebow sash with removable flower, and regency purple rose petals wrapped in fluffy tulle at the bottom of their dresses.
Brett Hedrick, brother of the bride, was dressed in a black tuxedo and regency purple tie identical to that of the groomsmen and father of the bride; he, along with Jed and Noah Myers, Seth and Luke Gordon, all cousins of the bride and all of Vilonia, were ushers for the occasion.
At the reception that followed in the church building, tables clothed in white alternated with draped runners of regency purple, Malibu blue and begonia pink. On each table, a Mason jar was filled with sand in the three colors of the table runners. The center jar was placed on a cross-sectioned piece of round wood. It was flanked on either side by a smaller Mason jar, in each of which floated a candle on a surface of water and sand.
Guests were treated to a buffet set on a table decorated with purple candles and lanterns; upon another table decorated with purple flowers was a chocolate fountain with fruits and marshmallows.
The cake table was layered with various cross-sectioned slices of round wood. The couple’s wedding cake was a three-tiered affair that overflowed with chocolate-covered strawberries arranged to cascade down one side. In place of a second cake, the groom’s pastry of choice was cupcakes, each decorated with their married initial of "H." Both pastries and food were catered by Julie’s Sweet Shoppe. Servers for the wedding were Kaylee Partee, Becky Martin and Barbara Ausbrooks. Lydia and Hannah Gordon of Vilonia, cousins of the bride, presided at the bride’s book.
Kim Wells of Conway and Debbie Moody, Nicole Childers and Rosalind Childers, both of Vilonia, were the wedding planners. Sara Beth Shock Blair handled the slideshow presented at the wedding; Josh Moore was the sound technician and Brandy McCroskey Howard was in charge of photography.
The couple took a wedding cruise to the Bahamas, and have since settled into their newlywed residence in Quitman.