Anna Lauren Edwards and Bradley David Baxley, both of Conway, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2013, in a double-ring ceremony at Greene Chapel on the campus of Hendrix College, officiated by Larry White of Conway.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Karen Edwards of Conway. The groom is the son of Karon and Sherry Baxley of Nashville, Ark. He is the grandson of Mrs. Alene Sims, also of Nashville.
Entering the chapel, the foyer had an elegant vintage feel with an old table adorned with a silver candelabra holding an arrangement in the center of hydrangeas, roses, pink stock and greenery. Laid across the table was a wedding ring quilt made by the bride’s late great-grandmother. Programs were handed out from this table by KK Bradshaw and Leigh Masterton, cousins of the bride. To the side of the table was a beautiful linen bench where an engagement photo of the couple was positioned in an old window and a grouping of candles were lit to the right.
The center aisle of the chapel had a personalized aisle runner with the couple’s monogram printed in black. Flanking the aisles were wrought iron candle stands adorned with an arrangement of Anna roses and greenery. The banister in the chapel held a garland of fresh greenery and lights, and the stage was breathtaking with vintage columns and an arch. Woven through the arch was champagne fabric and an elegant arrangement of hydrangeas, roses, stock and greenery in hues of blush pinks and whites. A table was set to the side complete with a glass etched unity candle stand with the bride and groom’s names and three taper candles; one for the bride, groom, and the groom’s daughter, Lauren Baxley.
The prelude for the ceremony was "Lovers Waltz," performed by Joe Snell, violinist, and Annalisa Crosmer, pianist. Mothers of the couple were escorted into the chapel to "Canon in D." A duet of "The Wedding Pledge," was performed by Todd and Sharon Morris, vocalists. The attendants entered the chapel to the theme from "Legends of the Fall," performed by Joe Snell. During the lighting of the unity candle, a duet, "The Prayer," was performed by Todd and Sharon Morris.
Abbey Edwards of Jonesboro and Jake Baxley of Greenwood, Ark., preceded the bride down the aisle with a vintage sign, which read "Here Comes the Bride." The bride was escorted by her father and entered the chapel to "Trumpet Voluntary," performed by Nathan Cunningham, trumpet, Lyle Rupert, organist, and Joe Snell, violinist.
The bride wore a La Sposa ivory gown with a strapless neckline. The dress was accompanied with a vintage grey sash adorned with crystals and pearls. A similar antique comb held her veil in place and she wore a diamond ring, given to her by her late grandmother.
Laikan Johnson of Conway served as maid of honor. She wore a black cocktail length Pois de Sois dress with a ruffled neckline and flat bow detail across the waist. Lauren Baxley was the junior maid of honor. She wore a mocha full length lux chiffon dress with a shirred slight scoop neckline.
Bridesmaids were Kami Curtis, Katie Bruich and Cassie Howard, all of Conway. They wore cocktail length dresses identical to the maid of honor and they all carried bouquets of pink roses, white hydrangeas, white button mini mum and dusty miller.
Ring bearers were Adam Edwards of Jonesboro and Kason Baxley of Nashville. Kaylee Baxley of Nashville was flower girl.
Karon Baxley served as best man. Groomsmen were Bob Edwards of Conway, Dr. Clint Edwards of Jonesboro, brothers of the bride, and Rodney Baxley of Greenwood and Todd Baxley of Nashville, brothers of the groom.
Ushers were Rob Edwards and Ryan Edwards, nephews of the bride. Emily Cato presided at the bride’s book.
The mother of the bride wore a two-piece, four point silk dress with color blocked dolman sleeves of black, silver and ivory. The mother of the groom wore a black chiffon pants suit with a sequin jacket.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple left the chapel to "The Wedding March," performed by Nathan Cunningham, Lyle Rupert and Joe Snell.
Lauren Baxley preceded them with a vintage sign which read "And they lived happily ever after."
The reception was held at the Conway Country Club. At the entrance there were fresh plamosa wreaths on the doors, lanterns on each side of the doors and wooden benches flanked with ferns. Inside the entrance was a vintage door with a chalkboard on which was written, "Welcome from the Baxley’s." Lining the hall were groupings of park-hill lanterns. An entry table held a candelabra and attachment, as well as the guest book and old vintage typewriter. As the guests walked on, there was a bench with the same quilt from the bride’s great-grandmother draped over it and a sign that said, "Mr. and Mrs." placed on the bench. Another table held a display of old family photos of couples that have shaped them over the years.
As guests entered the dining room they were greeted by candlelight and beautiful arrangements made by the groom’s mother. Each table had gold Chiavari chairs with olive green table linens. A burlap runner, with "B" monograms at the end ran down the center of the tables. A variety of lanterns with arrangements spilling out of them, Mint Julep cups with arrangements, large candelabras with arrangements and candles made up the center pieces on the family style dining tables. Also as guests sat down there was a thank you from the bride and groom in each place setting with a timeline of the night and a confetti packet for throwing inside the thank you bag. In the center of the tables were chalk boards encouraging the guests to write a note to the bride and groom on their anniversary.
The brides’s cake was displayed on a table with pink iridescent table linens. It was a six-tiered cake, both whimsical and vintage, in hues of pink, yellow and ivory. Behind the table were 10 foot vintage doors with a green moss "A" and "B" hanging from them for Anna and Brad. In another room to the left of the dining hall was a surprise for the guests when the clock struck 8 p.m. It was a buffet of family favorite desserts and treats made by family and friends of the bride. The guests were asked to get a bakery box and fill it with treats to remember the night of fun at the wedding. The room had vintage cloth pennants hanging behind the table and old doors adding to the backdrop of the buffet. There was also a photo booth area where guests could come and take pictures provided by SoHo Photography.
On the menu for the night was lemon rosemary Osso Buco, coconut shrimp, vegetable, cheese and fruit trays, a roast beef carving station, guacamole, Pico de Gallo, spinach dip and pita slices, and cranberry chicken salad, served with tea, water and coffee.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Los Angeles, Calif., and are residing in Conway.
Event planners for the wedding were Ricky Williams and Jennifer Mouser, both of Conway.
A rehearsal dinner was held the evening before the ceremony at Hole In the Wall Café hosted by the bride’s parents.
A bridesmaids brunch was hosted on Friday, Jan, 4, at the home of Kaye Fowlkes, aunt of the bride. Co-hostesses were Karen Jumper, Leigh Masterton and KK Bradshaw.