Miss Samantha Nicole Small and Mr. Kevin Austin Carter of Conway were united in marriage on June 5, 2010, at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway. The 6 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Rev. Paul Hudson of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Small of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Maxine Malone and the late Mr. Jerry Malone of Pine Bluff and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Small of North Little Rock.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Carter of Conway. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hendrix of Conway and Mr. and Mrs. Don Carter of Little Rock.
The entrance and foyer of the church were decorated with large ferns, bronze iron lanterns and candles accented with mocha ribbon. The sanctuary aisles were marked with tulle and mocha ribbon. The center aisle displayed a full-length monogrammed aisle marker with the letter "C" for the bride to enter upon. The Chancel area displayed large bronze candelabras, lanterns with candles, hurricane lanterns and ferns. The bride and groom exchanged vows under a tall arch topped with two large arrangements of the brides chosen flowers.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a wedding gown of silk taffeta by Christina. The bodice featured a sweetheart style that pleated across in an asymmetrical pattern to the high hip. The waist was accented with a rhinestone and crystal beaded band around the waist to the back. The outstanding skirt used gathered pickups at various sections along the fullness of the wide A-lined and was embellished with crystals and rhinestone. The bride completed her look with a rhinestone edged French Tulle veil to the fingertip, which was previously worn by her mother and her sister. Her jewelry was a long back dropped crystal and pearl necklace and earrings, which were custom-made for her, a gift from her parents. The bride carried a bouquet composed of white Hydrangea, blue Delphinium, and Curley Willow with Lemon Leaf.
The musicians for the ceremony were organist Wrenetta Austin and pianist Donna Gober, both of Conway. Grandfather and aunt of the groom, Eugene Hendrix and Julie Dodge sang "The Lord’s Prayer." The Processional was "Canon in D," by Pachelbel and recessional was "Trumpet Voluntary," by Clark.
Matron of Honor was sister of the bride, Danielle Small Creswell. Bridesmaids were Ashley Camp, Lauren Burroughs Castleberry, both of Conway; Leigh Counts of Nashville, Tenn., Katy Freyaldenhoven, Elizabeth Huett, Abbie Weaver, and sister of the groom, Leslie Carter Lloyd, all of Conway. Cousin of the bride, Kassidy Powell, served as flower girl. The bridesmaids wore mocha satin knee length dresses with sashes on the waists. Their jewelry was a single strand of chocolate pearls given to them by the bride. They each carried a clutch of baby blue Hydrangea. The flower girl wore a tea length white satin dress with a mocha sash.
The groom’s brother, Stephen Carter served as best man. Groomsmen were Bobby Banister of Nashville, Tenn., Armondo Fonticiella of Little Rock, brother-in-law of the groom, Chris Lloyd, Tyler Morehart and John Newsome, all of Conway; Reid Shipley of Fort Smith, and Drew Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Cousin of the groom, Drew Dodge and brother-in-law of the bride, Ryan Creswell, served as ushers along with Andy Singer and Daniel Wolf, all of Conway.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception at the Conway Country Club. The entrance doors of the club were framed with large planters of spiraling Green English Ivy, Tall bronze lanterns with candles and blue satin accents, and large ferns. Upon entering, the foyer table displayed a large bell jar encircled by a wreath of blue hydrangea containing the couple’s engagement photograph. A large portrait of the bride was displayed on an iron easel.
The main dining room, outdoor porches and adjoining rooms were filled with round tables draped in white linen with blue organza overlays. Arrangements of varying heights of blue and white Hydrangea, White Calla Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, green Belles of Ireland and English Ivy were displayed on the tables with bronze candle lanterns and bell jars. The bay windows in the hearth room displayed three elevated large arrangements of the brides chosen flowers. The fireplace mantle was draped in falling Asparagus Fern and filled with varying shades of blue Hydrangea.
The focal point of the dining room was the custom-designed six tiered bride’s cake with traditional colors of Wedgewood blue and white. The cake sat on top of a beautiful cherry round cake stand made for the bride by her father. A rhinestone monogrammed "C" topped the cake .The table was covered in white linen and blue organza overlay.
The groom’s table featured a three tier German Chocolate cake sitting on a black iron square stand with an inlayed iron deer design. Topping the cake was a cluster of duck calls to highlight the groom’s love for hunting and championship calling. The table displayed other decoys, duck calls and memorabilia special to the groom.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at the Conway Country Club on Friday night. The hearth room was decorated in a mixed theme to reflect the elegance of the bride and the groom’s love for the outdoors. Tables were draped in white linen and blue satin with the bride’s chosen flowers of blue and white hydrangea and English Ivy with curly willow. Alternating tables displayed lanterns, duck decoys, special mounts, and other outdoor décor. Bronze candelabras and photographs of the couple taken by the groom’s brother were displayed throughout the room.
After a honeymoon in St. Lucia the couple is at home in Conway where the bride is attending Graduate School in Speech Pathology and the groom is employed by University of Central Arkansas and Avery Outdoors.