Callie Joanna Phelps of Conway and Benjamin Lee Stephens of Greenbrier were united in marriage during an 11 a.m. ceremony on Aug. 8 at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. The Rev. Kelvin Richardson of Conway officiated the double-ring ceremont.
The bride is the daughter of Henry "Hank" and Patty Phelps of Conway.
The groom is the son of Jeff and Anita Stephens of Greenbrier.
The chapel was decorated with two palms outside the chapel doors, one with a hand-painted "One Way" sign pointing down the aisle.
Flower cones lined the ends of the pews and were filled with fern leaves, white gerbera daisies and purple wildflowers. Each cone was handmade by the bride. The natural beauty of Anthony Chapel provided the main decoration. Programs were also homemade purple and brown fans for guests to use in the gardens after the reception.
Sky Howard, pianist, and Jacob Watson, vocalist, provided music for the ceremony. All songs were played on the grand piano in Anthony Chapel.
Music during the ceremony included "Come What May," "I’ll Follow you into the Dark," "The Luckiest" and "When the Stars Go Blue."
After the exchange of vows, written by the couple, and rings, the bride and groom created a unity bouquet from two smaller bouquets carried in by the mothers of bride and groom.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore an ivory English net, spaghetti strap gown with beaded cut-out net flowers on the bodice and skirt with fawn grosgrain ribbon at a shirred empire waist and a sweeptrain. Bride wore pearls of her great-grandmother. The bride also wore the garter that her mother wore 32 years ago in her wedding.
Maid of honor was Sarah Partida of Tyler, Texas. Bridesmaids were Sarah Henley of El Dorado, Cessany Ford of Paragould, Sydney Lessing and Stephani Johnson both of Conway.
They wore purple chiffon strapless, knee-length dresses accented with wide brown empire waist band and long, flowing bow. They carried lavender bouquets tied with brown ribbon.
Andrew Walchuk, of Conway served as bridesman. He wore a black suit, white shirt and a purple tie with lavender boutonniere.
Best man was Jeff Stephens of Greenbrier. Groomsmen were Teron Reed of Nashville, Matthew Stephens of Greenbrier and Zac Felts of Glenwood.
Ushers for the ceremony were Jacob Watson of Jonesboro and Michael Holland of Jacksonville.
The mother of the bride wore a knee-length, cowl neck amethyst satin dress with cap sleeves.
The mother of the groom wore a knee-length, halter style green satin dress with empire waist and was tied with brown ribbon.
A reception was held after the ceremony in the Magnolia Room at Garvan Woodland Gardens overlooking the garden’s Great Lawn.
Centerpieces were clear vases filled with small green pears and purple rock candy. Photos of the bride and groom were held by holders coming out of the vases; The bride’s cake was a 3-tier chocolate, yellow, and white with chocolate icing and dark chocolate accents. Cake topper was a porcelain bride and groom on a black motorcycle. The couple cut the cake with the knife used in the bride’s parents’ wedding.
The groom’s cake was two-tiers of red velvet with cream cheese icing decorated with brown icing with a tree carving on the top with the couple’s initials and date of their first date, June 7, 2006.
Servers for the reception were Lori Hilburn of Monticello and Jessie Sanders of Arkadelphia.
Presiding over the bride’s book was Kara Dell of Conway.
After a wedding trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the couple is at home in Arkadelphia where the bride attends Ouachita Baptist University, and the groom is a student at Henderson State University.
The groom’s family hosted a rehearsal dinner cruise on board The Belle of Hot Springs. The boat toured Lake Hamilton during the meal.