Ellen Elizabeth Ford of Conway and James Millard Bailey of Morrilton were united in marriage during a double-ring ceremony at Lake Point in Russellville. C.V. Ford, grandfather of the bride, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Ford of Conway.
The groom is the son of Richard Bailey of Blackwell and Kay Bailey of Madison, Va.
The aisle of the outdoor ceremony was lined by shepherd’s hooks holding vases filled with wildflowers. The aisle was sprinkled with lavender buds.
Nuptial music was provided by Tim Trawick of Conway on fiddle and Bill Nesbitt of Little Rock played guitar.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a diamond-white, duchess satin strapless with chapel-length train. The bodice had chiffon ruching with beading and pearls. She wore an elbow length veil with pearls that had been previously worn by both her aunt and cousin. The bride wore her mother’s pearls and white Chuck Taylors lined with Tiffany blue and embroidered with the wedding date. The bride also wore a family heirloom handkerchief embroidered with her name and wedding date as well as those of previous brides in the family. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of peonies, garden roses, tulips, daisies and chamomile wrapped with vintage ribbon. Serving as maid of honor was Meredith Ford, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mary Ford of Millegeville, Ga., cousin of the bride, Sarah Ford of Atlanta, cousin of the bride, Melissa Ward of Conway and Candace Cockrell of Hot Springs. They wore meadow green, v-neck, knee-length satin gowns with a chocolate satin sash. They also wore chocolate satin peep-toe pumps and chocolate pearls, a gift from the bride. They carried smaller, elbow versions of the bride’s bouquet. The best man was Jacob Braud. Groomsmen were Shawn Duvall of Fredericksburg, Va., brother of the groom, and Trey Skaggs of Hot Springs. Serving as usher for the wedding was Nelson Ford of Conway, brother of the bride.
The mother of the bride wore a pale pink satin dress with an illusion neckline and the mother of the groom wore a brown and blue two-piece ensemble. After the ceremony, a reception was held in the dining room of Lake Point and showcased a view of Lake Dardanelle. The reception tables were decorated with a hurricane lantern surrounded by a ring of flowers that included peonies, daisies, chamomile and hydrangea. Guest were served a variety of hot and cold hor d’oeuvres while being entertained by the fiddle and guitar duo. The buffet table had a tall vase centerpiece with flowers that matched the reception tables. The bride’s cake was a three-tiered confection consisting of a vanilla layer with lemon cream cheese filling. It was decorated with white on white butter cream scrollwork and the couples monogram. It was topped with two birds, hand sewn by the bride to replicate the couple’s attire. The couple used the same knife the bride’s parents used at their wedding. The groom’s table was decorated with an electronics theme. It featured cheesecake with an assortment of toppings and his award-winning robot. The couple left the reception amid a shower of sparklers.
After the ceremony the couple enjoyed a wedding trip in the Smokey Mountains.