Alison Ann Craddock and Christopher Peter Brunner were united in marriage on July 11. The double-ring ceremony was held at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas with the Rev. Leighton Bearden officiating.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Craddock of Conway and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Allen Brunner of Union Valley, Texas.
Grandparents of the bride are the late Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Champion of Cayce, Ky. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Craddock of Hickman, Ky. The groom’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dan Walden of Garland, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brunner of Tucson, Ariz.
A table in the foyer of the church held the bride’s book and a small fresh floral arrangement. In the sanctuary of the church, a black wrought iron unity candle stand and a single fresh floral arrangement of white oriental lilies, fuchsia stock, Bells of Ireland and large hot pink gerberas were in the altar area.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a gown of natural silk shantung featuring a sculptured strapless bodice detailed with vertical shirring to the empire and asymmetrical crossover draping on the midriff. The ruched skirt pulled up on the side to release the wide flounced hemline that encircled the chapel length train. She wore a simple waist-length veil. Prior to the wedding, the bride’s parents and aunt, the bridesmaids and the mother of the groom signed well wishes to the bottom of the bride’s shoes. A sixpence was also worn in her shoe.
She carried a hand-tied bouquet of hot pink roses, white freesia, white mini callas, white mini gerberas, pink dahlias and green poms. The stems were hand-tied in white satin ribbon overlaid with sheer hot pink ribbon. As an accent, centered around the stems just above where she held the bouquet was a small square diamante buckle ribbon slider on the hot pink ribbon.
The mother of the bride wore a fawn colored dress with a black shawl. A steel blue dress with matching shawl was worn by the mother of the groom. Both carried nosegays of hot pink roses, white freesia and green poms.
Amy Coates, sister of the bride, of Springdale served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Theresia Perin of North Little Rock, Shannon Beaumont of Little Rock and Christy Ussery of Conway. Attendants wore black strapless cocktail length dresses featuring bodice details similar to the bride’s gown. They carried hand-tied bouquets of hot pink roses, green viburnum, white freesia and hot pink gerberas wrapped in black satin.
Eric Brunner, brother of the groom, of Guildford, Surrey, England served as best man. Groomsmen included Brian Dungan of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and Billy Choate and Sydney Brown, both of Rowlett, Texas.
Ushers included Charles Maxwell of Benton, Shaun Reinhold of Ward, W.C. Borne of Murphy, Texas and Adam Quintana of Richardson, Texas.
The reception was held at Level Two in the historic downtown area of Dallas. In the entry were three large round tables, with floor length black skirting. The tabletops were covered with white scrunched fabric. One table held the bride’s book, two chargers with “Wedding Wishes” cards for the guests to sign, two large glass hurricane vases for the “Wishes”, and various framed pictures of Alison and Chris. There were also pictures of their parents and grandparents from their weddings and younger years.
Alongside the table, a black wrought iron easel held the bridal portrait. Two other identical tables, on the opposite wall held the bride and groom’s cakes. The bride’s cake was a white, three-tier square almond cake with almond filling. A narrow black ribbon trimmed the bottom of each layer, and the cake was topped with a silver “B” monogram. It was presented on a square silver plateau.
The groom’s cake, chocolate with a chocolate mousse filling, was a replica of a UFC octagon, designed by the bride and groom. Additional framed childhood pictures of the bride and groom were placed throughout the bar area.
Guest tables were covered with white tablecloths. Decorating the tables were single votive candles and small white boxes filled with Hershey kisses and wrapped with black ribbon and a “B” monogram seal. The boxes were the guest favors.
Guests were treated to assorted hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner. As the couple prepared to make their exit, guests proceeded outside and with lit sparklers created an archway through which the newlyweds passed.
Following the wedding and reception, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They now reside in Sachse, Texas.
The rehearsal dinner was held at Monica’s Aca Y Alla in the renovated warehouse district of Dallas. Along with the wedding party, family and out-of-town guests who had arrived early were included.