Megan Noel Smith
Blake Thomas McAfee
Miss Megan Noel Smith and
Mr. Blake Thomas McAfee were united in marriage on Saturday, October 12,
2013, at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Hot Springs Country Club
in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend
Rusty Ross of the First Baptist Church of Fordyce, Arkansas. The bride
is the daughter of Ms. Tami Smith of De Queen, Arkansas, and Mr. David
Smith of Texarkana, Texas. Megan is the granddaughter of Mrs. Judy
Smith of De Queen and the late Mitchell and Neldene Smith. She is also
the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyndall Smith of De Queen and Mrs.
Linda Riley of Gillham, Arkansas and the late Mr. Bud Riley. Blake is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick McAfee of Hope, Arkansas and the grandson
of Mrs. Myrl Thrash of Hope and the late Pennix Thrash.
The bride was escorted
down the aisle by her father and was given away by her parents. Maid of
Honor was Bonnie Hunter of Savannah, Georgia, best friend of the bride.
Bridesmaids were Suzy Smith of Conway, Arkansas, sister-in-law of the
bride and Tiffany Shea of West Memphis, Arkansas, step-sister of the
bride. The best man was Rick McAfee, father of the groom. Groomsmen
were Kyle McAfee of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, brother of the groom and Tom
Thrash, uncle of the groom, from Houston, Texas. Flower girl was
Camille Thrash, cousin of the groom, from Houston, Texas. Ring bearer
was Collin Thrash, cousin of the groom, also from Houston. Ushers were
Dustin Smith, brother of the bride, from Conway, Arkansas and Kyle
McAfee of Arkadelphia. Guest book attendant was Jessica Smith of
Russellville, Arkansas, cousin of the bride. Reception attendants were
Emilee Smith and Sarah Smith of Rogers, Arkansas and Ella Johnstone of
St. Louis, Missouri; all cousins of the bride. Vocalist was Whitney
Broadway of Little Rock, Arkansas who sang “I Will Be Here” by Steven
Curtis Chapman. The wedding and reception director was Carol Scrivener
of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Wedding music and reception music was
provided by Eddie Buie of Prescott, Arkansas.
The bride wore an ivory
satin ball gown by Allure Couture with a strapless bodice featuring a
sweetheart neckline. Swarovski crystals encrusted the entire bodice.
Her single-layer ivory tulle finger-tip veil was also edged in
crystals. Bridesmaids wore dresses of Regency Purple satin that were
tea-length and strapless with a sweetheart neckline. Intricate beading
surrounded the waist. The flower girl wore an ivory satin tea-length
ball gown featuring a bodice with wide spaghetti straps. Encircling the
waist was a Regency Purple sash with a bow at the back. The groom and
his attendants wore black tuxedos with Regency Purple vests and ties.
The bridal bouquet was
created with white hydrangeas, lavender and pale pink carnations and
lavender and pale pink roses. The stems were wrapped in lavender satin
ribbon and accented with the bride’s antique crystal brooch. The
bridesmaid’s bouquets included white hydrangeas and pale pink and
lavender carnations with a lavender satin wrap. The flower girl carried
white rose petals in an ivory satin basket and wore a halo wreath of
baby’s breath. The mothers of the bride and groom wore pin-on corsages
of light lavender mini-carnations and white spray roses with crème
ribbon. The groom’s boutonniere was a light lavender carnation and the
boutonnieres for all of the groom’s attendants and the minister was a
medium lavender carnation.
The altar area where the
ceremony took place was decorated with a large antique mirror. The
table in front of the mirror was covered with a satin, Regency Purple
tablecloth overlaid with an antique, ivory crocheted tablecloth in the
Wedding Ring pattern. The cloth was hand-crocheted by the bride’s
great-grandmother, Fronie Elizabeth Smith. Two large Boston ferns
flanked each end of the table on wooden plant stands that were
handcrafted by the bride’s great-uncle, Ray Sims. The altar table held
two large purple, mosaic, cut-glass vases holding loose bouquets of
white hydrangeas, pale pink roses, lavender daisies, lavender stock and
draping, seeded eucalyptus. In between the flowers and centering the
table were a collection of various sizes of purple, mosaic vases and
mercury glass candle holders holding lavender candles.
The guest-book table was
decorated with a Regency Purple table runner with a large purple,
mosaic, cut-glass vase full of white hydrangeas, pale pink roses, and
lavender daisies with lavender stock. Kindergarten pictures of the
bride and groom in white frames completed the setting.
Tables at the reception
were covered with ivory tablecloths with a mixture of Regency Purple
voile toppers and Regency Purple table runners. In the center of each
table were a collection of various sizes of purple, mosaic, cut-glass
vases and silver mercury glass candleholders. Trails of English Ivy and
lavender mini-berry garlands were intertwined through the candlesticks.
The outside grand
staircase leading up to the balcony where the ceremony was held was
draped in white tulle with Regency purple voile bows dispersed along the
way. Two large Boston ferns sat at the base on each side of the stairs.
The bride observed the
traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something
blue and a sixpence in her shoe”. The “something old, something new”
was her engagement ring which was newly designed by using the old
solitaire diamond from the groom’s mother, Francis McAfee’s, engagement
ring. The “borrowed and blue” came from a small fabric heart that was
cut from a blue shirt belonging to the bride’s beloved grandfather,
Mitchell Smith, who passed away the previous March. The heart was
attached to the hoop skirt underneath the dress as a memorial to him.
The “sixpence in her shoe” was brought back from England in the 1980’s
by the bride’s great-aunt and uncle, Jerry and Anita Thomas,
specifically to be used for family weddings.
The bride and her
attendants entered the wedding hall to “Unforgettable” by Irving Gordan
and sung by Nat King Cole. At the end of the ceremony, the couple and
their attendants recessed to “Our Love Is Here to Stay” by George and
Ira Gershwin and sung by Nat King Cole.
Guests at the reception
were served a southern themed buffet along with the bride and groom’s
cakes. The bride’s table was covered with a Regency Purple satin
tablecloth and the cake was a four layer white cake covered with white
buttercream frosting with fillings of raspberry, apricot, and
buttercream. The cake was decorated with fresh flowers of pale pink
roses, lavender daisies and lavender carnations. The groom’s cake was a
strawberry cake with cream cheese filling decorated with a Texas Rangers
theme. Texas Rangers napkins and a large red bowl filled with “peanuts
and crackerjacks” completed his table.
After a honeymoon trip to
Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya in Mexico, the couple is at home
in Hot Springs where the bride is an occupational therapist at Hot
Springs Nursing and Rehab and the groom is a golf professional at Hot
Springs Country Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Rick McAfee
hosted a rehearsal dinner for Megan Smith and Blake McAfee on Friday
evening, October 11th at the Bayshore Condominiums Clubhouse
at Bayshore Cove Gateway in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Guests were served
barbeque and all the trimmings from McClard’s Barbeque of Hot Springs.
Patio tables were decorated with mason jars filled with baby’s breath.
Tied around the mouth of the jar was a handcrafted ceramic heart with
the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date inscribed on the
heart. The bride and groom presented their gifts of appreciation to all
of their wedding attendants at this time.
Shower for Megan Smith
First Baptist Church of De
Queen, Arkansas was the setting for a miscellaneous shower for Miss
Megan Noel Smith, bride-elect of Mr. Blake Thomas McAfee on Sunday,
August 25th, 2013. Hostesses for the shower were Patti
Clay, Sharon Dykes, Kathy Heagwood, Terri Hill, Brenda Leeper, Gina
Leeper, Patti Nealy, Tracy Ochoa, Shirley Taggart, Sue Tollett, Angelina
Ward and Belinda Williamson. The hall was beautifully decorated in the
bride’s chosen colors of Regency purple, ivory, lavender and pale pink.
Refreshments centered around cupcakes placed in the shape of a
beautiful, white, wedding gown with Regency purple accents. The cake
was crafted by Genita Whitley.
Shower for Megan Smith
A miscellaneous bridal
shower and brunch was held honoring Miss Megan Noel Smith on September
21, 2013 at The Atrium at Serenity Pointe in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Hostesses for this event were Megan’s co-workers Whitney Broadway,
Allison Griffin and Karen Thomas. Tables were decorated with tall glass
cylinders containing fresh flowers in fall colors. Guests were invited
to write down suggestions for special evenings out after the marriage
and participated in several wedding shower games.