Miss Natalie Claire Smith and Mr. John Luke Brownd were united in marriage on June 18, 2011, at Woodland Heights Baptist Church. Their pastor, the Rev. David Hatfield, officiated the double ring ceremony at six o’clock in the evening.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lander Smith of Conway. She is the granddaughter of the late Col. and Mrs. Harry T. Hall of Conway and the late Rev. and Mrs. Mack R. Smith of Fordyce.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brownd of Newport. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Brownd of Newport and Betty West and the late Mr. Charles West of Shreveport, La.
Guests were welcomed in both foyers by honorary junior bridesmaids and cousins of the bride, McCulloch Hall, Alexa Fleet and Anna Grace Fleet. The entry tables featured the bride’s book, framed photographs of the couple and tall urns with garden arrangements of white orchids, gardenias and English ivy. Iron baskets held monogrammed cones filled with rose petals and tied with pale pink, champagne or green ribbon. Mirrored candelabras and letterpress ceremony booklets completed the setting.
As the SOMA String Quartet performed music for gathering, guests were escorted to their seats by the groomsmen and ushers. The best man was brother of the groom, Bo Brownd. The groomsmen included Ben Abbott, Jase Black, Kyle Byrd, Corey Burgin, Shane Cathey, Blake Robertson, Eric Tennyson and Tye Throneberry. The ushers were Clark Smith, brother of the bride, Daniel Perez, Eric Robinson and Reece Pasley.
The sanctuary aisles were marked with iron candle holders featuring glass globes surrounded by antique green and white hydrangeas, Sweet Akito and Sahara roses, white stock and variegated pittosporum and ivy for greenery. The final section of the aisle was cordoned off by imported ribbon to keep the rose strewn path undisturbed until the mothers were seated.
While the string quartet played "Air on G," by Bach, the groom escorted his mother to her seat, followed by the mother of the bride on the arm of her son, Clark Smith.
The bride’s mother wore an ivory sheath, gathered at one shoulder and fashioned with a scrolling lace overlay in taupe. An attached grosgrain ribbon accented the waist. The mother of the groom wore a two-piece gown of champagne satin charmeuse, accented at the waist with a delicate crystal belt. Her skirt was fitted to the knee and then gently flared to the floor. Each mother carried a nosegay that complemented those of the bridesmaids. After the seating of the mothers, soloist Corey Kramer sang "The Prayer," accompanied by pianist, Donna Gober.
The bridesmaids began the processional to "Canon in D," by Pachelbel. Their short dresses by Priscilla of Boston were made of silk taffeta and featured sweetheart necklines, ruched waists accented with same fabric flowers, and full pleated skirts. They were petit four pink in keeping with the bride’s chosen colors of ivory, pale gold and blush. Hayley Smith served her sister as maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Hannah Bartrow, Dani Bench, Lauren Cromwell, Kendra Parrott, Katie Mae Peacock, Katie Ellis Scott, Chelsea Silvestri and Mallory Tate. They carried bouquets of Osiana peach roses, sweetheart spray roses, blush dahlias, pink lisianthus, white delphinium and freesia, accented with seeded eucalyptus and thistle, and each hand tied with French linen ribbon. Two flower girls, Hannah Nicholson, niece of the groom, and Natalie Breedlove, cousin to the groom, scattered rose petals while Tyler Nicholson, nephew to the groom, accompanied them down the aisle as ring bearer. The girls wore ankle length dresses of ivory silk sewn by the groom’s mother. Each had a waist sash of blush satin secured in the back by vintage brooches belonging to Luke’s grandmother. They carried ivory silk baskets filled with Osiana peach rose petals. Honorary flower girl was Aleigh Anna Brownd, youngest niece of the groom.
"Trumpet Voluntary," by Clarke, announced the bride and her father. Natalie wore an Anne Barge design in pearl white silk. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a bodice covered with alencon lace. It extended to a full, asymmetrically layered illusion skirt featuring alencon lace appliqués hand sewn throughout the layers and the chapel length train. Her waist was accented with a double-faced satin sash in champagne that featured delicate, organza flowers and hand beading. She wore a cathedral length veil of silk illusion. Natalie carried a bouquet of ivory peonies, French tulips, stock, ranunculus and freesia, accented with pale pink dahlias, Sweet Akito and spray roses, variegated pitt and seeded eucalyptus.
Natalie’s father presented her to Luke, and the couple joined the pastor and the wedding party at the altar. The ceremony took place under a lush canopy of magnolia leaves, lemon leaf and clematis vines. The greenery was filled with antique green and pink hydrangeas, Vendela, Sahara, Sweet Akito and Quicksand roses. Two iron candelabras were at each side. Arched alcoves to the rear of the chancel contained pedestaled urns filled with magnolia, variegated pitt, antique green hydrangeas and Sweet Akito roses. After the exchange of vows, Corey Kramer sang "Air I Breathe," as the couple took communion as husband and wife. The Rev. Hatfield presented Mr. and Mrs. Luke Brownd to their guests and the string quartet played "Water Music Hornpipe," by Handel as their recessional. Luke and Natalie were showered with rose petals as they made their way to the 1939, cream-colored Cadillac LaSalle that would take them to their reception at the Conway Country Club.
The stone alcove of the CCC held two-tiered urns planted with white begonias, gardenias and English ivy. The bride’s portrait was on display in the foyer. The focal point of the buffet area was a tall garden urn filled with branches covered in clusters of Sarah Bernhardt peonies and Vendela roses as the blooms. Hanging glass votives lit the tree. Table linens were ribbon taffeta in ivory with mahogany Chiavari chairs for seating. All serving and bistro tables had crushed taffeta cloths in pale gold with an overlay of beaded and embroidered ivory lace. Fresh floral arrangements of roses, peonies, hydrangeas and dendrobium orchids completed each table. They were varying heights with ceramic doves nestled in moss and roses at their base. Friends and family dined on beef tenderloin, shrimp cocktail, chicken satay, artichoke Parmesan pastries, spinach dip, seasonal fruits and vegetables with dips and artisanal cheeses.
Tom Hall introduced Mr. and Mrs. Luke Brownd when they arrived. Dr. Smith welcomed everyone to the celebration before he danced with Natalie to Stevie Wonder’s, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Luke cut in to begin the couple’s first dance as "Marry Me," by Train began to play. After the dances, the couple made their way to the dessert area of the venue. After a private toast, it was time to cut the cake. The four-tier bride’s cake was French vanilla and buttercream filling with fondant decorated to resemble ivory, alencon lace. Satin ribbon in pale gold and pink adorned each layer along with David Austin Phoebe roses and hydrangeas. The groom’s cake was styled as a golf bag to celebrate his love of the sport. A special surprise for the bride was a Ghirardelli chocolate fountain with fruit and assorted cookies for dipping.
Natalie had changed into her silk mini dress with beaded bodice by the time the band, Tragikly White, started up. Guests of all ages enjoyed their energetic set list. As the night drew to a close, departing friends and family stopped by the "Love is Sweet" bar to fill personalized bags. Crystal vases were filled with caramel corn, and assorted pink and gold wrapped candies. The centerpiece was a vintage mahogany birdcage decorated with pink peonies, ivory roses and burnished, green hydrangeas. Ceramic lovebirds nested inside. After saying their good-byes, Natalie and Luke hopped in to the waiting convertible and headed off in to the night. The newlyweds chose the Montage resort in Laguna Beach, Calif., for their honeymoon.
On Friday evening, a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents was held at Conway Country Club. Prayers, toasts and advice for Luke and Natalie, were plentiful. Hannah Nicholson, Luke’s six-year-old niece, honored the couple, by performing a violin solo of "Can’t Help Falling in Love." The maid of honor, Hayley Smith, created a video montage of Luke and Natalie from early years to present, that everyone enjoyed as the dessert was served.
Mr. and Mrs. Brownd reside in Conway. The groom is employed with Hewlett-Packard and the bride is a registered nurse at Conway Regional Medical Center.