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REAL WEDDINGS

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Erin Riley to James Nicholas

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Alyssa Sims to Dean Malthouse

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Anna Green to James Puckett

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Christa Lee to Pat Robey

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Trudy Moore to Jarrod Cansler

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Brooke Conly to Robert Gray

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Heather Neal to Neal Kiser

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Sarah Sparks to Greg Schwartz

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Carissa Rogers to Jacob Simmons

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S c o t t a n d Ve n u e L i l l i s

HELPFUL INFO

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Erin Bass to Dillon Ward

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Wedding Planner

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Miranda Doty to Braden Dodson

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Haley Scott to Jason Harris

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Alyssa & Dean

Alyssa Beth Sims to Dean Malthouse

January 1st 2011 Central Christian Church Texarkana, Texas

How They Met... Dean came from Melbourne, Australia to Texarkana College on a baseball scholarship in 2006. Alyssa was working part time and going to school part time, also at TC. It was Christmas break, and Alyssa knew Dean’s roommate and noticed Dean on his myspace friends, so she randomly added him. Dean messaged her after a couple of days, and they chatted a little that night on myspace. Dean was in Canada for Christmas break and said really wanted to meet Alyssa when he came back to Texarkana. Alyssa didn’t think much of it, but when Dean got back in town he messaged her and asked for her number. Alyssa gave it to him, not realizing he would call her immediately! When she didn’t answer, Dean left a voicemail. Alyssa remembers, “At that point, I was a little timid, wondering why is this guy calling me? I thought this is just some crazy Australian boy that will probably end up being a jerk.” After texting for about a month and talking occasionally, the two became pretty good friends. Dean told Alyssa that he liked her a lot and that she was exactly what he had been looking for, but Alyssa admits she wouldn’t give him the time of day. “I never wanted to give my heart to a boy unless I knew it could last,” Alyssa says. Dean and Alyssa finally met in person in January. Alyssa found that Dean was just as nice in person as on the phone, and they became really great friends. Alyssa dated here and there, but she found herself always thinking about just hanging out with Dean because it was enjoyable and comfortable. Alyssa says, “I did break Dean’s heart on Valentine’s Day. He took me to dinner, but later that night, I told him he was a great friend but that we would never be more than friends. He said he would wait as long as it takes, but I knew he’d be waiting forever! I would put Dean off a lot for spending time with my family, but he said he loved that about me and never got mad. Dean was very close to his family in Australia and was missing his home and family time too.” 34

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Alyssa missed Dean, so the two set up another date for March 31st to see a movie. Alyssa prayed that whole day because she really wanted to like Dean and didn’t want to break his heart again. “I remember praying that if Dean was the one for me, that I would just know that night because I knew he would be the perfect boyfriend, but the romantic attraction had not been there before. From the beginning of our date, the attraction was there! We had the greatest night! Dean grabbed my hand walking out of the movie, and I could feel those butterflies,” Alyssa remembers. That night, Alyssa and Dean had their first kiss and became a couple! In the American summers, Dean would go back to Australia, and Alyssa stayed in Texarkana. Distance was tough that first summer apart, but Dean called every single day and Alyssa realized she loved him very much! Two summers later, Dean transferred to play ball at SAU in Magnolia. That summer, Alyssa went along to Australia to meet Dean’s family for the first time, and it was wonderful! When Dean was at SAU, the couple saw each other on weekends but during baseball season sometimes not for weeks. They always looked forward to seeing each other again, even if Alyssa drove up after work for only an hour or so. Alyssa says, “Our weekends were always precious, and Dean and I loved spending time with my family and each other. We are both so happy that God brought us together, even though we were brought up worlds apart.” After being apart for five months after their wedding, Alyssa and Dean are finally together again living in Melbourne, Australia.

The Proposal... Alyssa tells us, “Dean had just finished his last baseball season at SAU, and he was leaving in a week to go back to Australia. He would be coming back to SAU in the fall to graduate in December. Dean took my dad to lunch at their favorite place on Wednesday, May 26th. He bought my dad lunch, and asked him if he could marry me. That afternoon, Dean and Dad came to see

me at work and help me pack up my school classroom for the end of the year. Dean said that he and I needed to be somewhere by 4:45.” Alyssa had no idea where she was going, but Dean took her to Time in a bottle day spa, where he had a one hour full body thermal massage set up for her! “After that, we went to my house and got dressed to go to Cattleman’s steakhouse for dinner. Dean told me that he had one more place to take me. He took me to the Texarkana Baseball field, where we have so many memories! Dean and I got out of the car he held my hands, kissed me and proposed. We were both so shaky and nervous but excited! It was definitely a night to remember,” Alyssa says.‑

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Christa & Pat Christa Lee to Pat Robey

How They Met... Pat and Christa met in October of 2007, at Southern Arkansas University, while attending college. One of Christa’s friends was dating Pat’s roommate at the time. Christa’s friend invited her to go out to eat with them one night, and that was how she and Pat met. Christa says, “I remember thinking that this guy was very silly, however, he had something that was different from any other person I had dated before. I decided to give him a shot, and I said yes to a second date. We have been inseparable since!” While they were in college, Pat and Christa loved to go on weekend adventures. They went to several rock concerts together, went to see Mickey Mouse at Disney World, got “snowed-in” in a cabin in Ponca, AR and took many camping trips! Pat always wanted to surprise Christa and take her to do things that would be fun. He succeeded! When Pat graduated in 2009, he moved back to his hometown, Longview, TX, for a job, while Christa was finishing up school. The couple commuted for a year from Magnolia, AR to Longview, TX. They didn’t know how it was going to work, but it ended up being great! “God had a plan for us to be together, and we are so happy we stuck through everything. We know that God has great things in store for our marriage and we are excited to see what those are,” Christa says.

July 30, 2011 Garrison Gardens Genoa, Arkansas

Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Chris & Donna Lee Parents of the Groom: Charles & Kay Robey

The Proposal... Christa went to Longview to see Pat for the weekend on April 1st. It was a normal weekend. The couple spent time with Pat’s family, watched a movie and hung out together. On Saturday morning, Pat left to coach his baseball team for a few hours, while Christa got her nails done. That night, Pat took her to Los Pinos Ranch & Winery in Pittsburg, TX. They had never been there so, of course, Christa was very excited! The two had dinner and listened to a jazz band play. When they finished eating, Pat walked Christa around in the vineyards for a long time, working up his nerve. After walking down every aisle of the vineyard, Pat finally stopped Christa on aisle 3, got down on his knee and asked her to make him the happiest man in the world! Christa remembers, “I grabbed the ring before I even said “yes,” but in my head, that’s all that I was thinking!” After she stopped crying, Christa finally said “YES”! They were both so excited, the couple called everyone they could think of to share the news. Only four months after getting engaged, Christa and Pat were married, and they are so happy together today.

Matron of Honor: Chelsey Rogers Bridesmaids: Whitney Taylor Sara Grigg Kristen Weigand Sarah Carpenter Amanda Pharr Best Man: Jose Cueto Groomsmen: Andy Hiles Jorge Ciurcina Blake Robey Scott Manley Chad Robey Flower Girl: Gracyn Upton Ring Bearer: Carter Rogers Officiant: Bro. Jim Turley Hostesses: Caitlin Harrison Carly McCluskey Laura Bass Ushers: Taylor Gregg Matthew Weigand

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Photography: Kendal Dockery Photography Florist: H & N Floral Cakes: All in Good Taste Catering: Sugar and Spice Catering and Smokey Joe’s Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal Tux Rental: Squire’s Music: Cody Lee Hair: Millie O’Corr at Silver Scissors Make-Up: Amanda Woodruff February 2012

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Brooke & Robert Brooke Conly to Robert Gray

November 19, 2011 First Baptist Church Atlanta, Texas

How They Met...

The Proposal...

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Robert and Brooke met in youth choir at First Baptist Church Atlanta, in July of 2005. After a choir tour to Augusta, Maine they became an official couple. Robert was going into his Junior year, and Brooke was going into her Freshman year at Atlanta High School. They spent two years dating before Robert left for college at Louisiana Tech University in the Fall of 2007. The couple made the long distance work for two years before Brooke decided to join him at Louisiana Tech in the fall of 2009! College was a different world for the couple full of new challenges, new friends and new surroundings.

It was on June 12, 2011, that Robert proposed. After a dinner night out, Robert took Brooke to watch the sunset along the river in Shreveport. After talking for a while, he turned to her and asked if she wanted to hear a short history lesson. Brooke thought he was being silly and agreed to hear a “history lesson”. He began very convincingly that one-hundred years ago, on June 12, 1911, in the very spot they were standing, nothing really very important happened. Disappointed that the story wasn’t very interesting, Brooke jokingly said back, “Thanks, that was such a good story!” But Robert turned to her and continued on saying, “Well, on June 12, 2011, in this very spot, Robert Gray asked Brooke Conly to marry him.” As Brooke began to tear up in disbelief, Robert got down on one knee, revealed the most gorgeous ring Brooke had ever seen and asked, “Brooke Conly, will you marry me?” She agreed without hesitation! Before the night was over, the date was set for November, 19 2011, and they began plans for their dream wedding.

Parents of the Bride: Geniece and Scott Conly

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Parents of the Groom: Cindy and Steve Gray Maid of Honor: Jerrie Conly Bridesmaids: Mallory Cox Mallory Thompson Kimberly Cool Sara McCullough Honorary Bridesmaid: Kinsey Hornsby Flower Girl: Addison Conly Best Man: Jordan Smith Groomsmen: Carter Hogan Blake Ainsworth Lance Rodrigue Jesse Willis Ring Bearer: Tanner Purifoy


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Heather & Neal Heather Neal to Neal Kiser

Heather’s Story... Life had led me down a road I didn’t want to be on. I was a divorced mom of 3. I never dreamed that I would be in the position I was in. I finally realized, through the Word, and a lot of prayer, that Christ was all I needed, and I would be content with Him, only, until He showed me His ultimate plan. One Sunday, I had family in from out of town, and all of us decided to all go to my sister’s church in Atlanta, rather than our own churches, so we could all be together. This guy came up and shook my brother-inlaw’s hand. I asked my sister who he was, simply curious, and she answered that he used to coach with her husband, and we went on about the worship service. By the end of the afternoon, the guy from church had sent my sister a message asking about me. She told him my name, which was funny because my last name at the time, was in fact, his first name! She told him, under my instruction, that I had just gotten out of a relationship, but she also slipped him my phone number. He called me later that night and we talked an hour or so. I thought he was nice, but again, wasn’t looking for a relationship. He called a few more times, but I would only text him. We texted for a couple of weeks, and the more I “talked” to him, the more he started growing on me. My friend kept telling me, “You should go out with him. He might just be the man of your dreams!” We finally agreed to meet at one of his friends’ houses so we could travel together to the Boardwalk in Shreveport. My friend had to talk me into keeping the date because I was so nervous. It’s hard to describe, but from the minute I stepped out of my car and saw his sweet face, this feeling of peace just flooded over me. It was as if God himself said, “Here, Heather. Here is the promise I made you all those nights you didn’t understand these changes in your life. Here is the man I have created just for you.” We went on to the Boardwalk, where we had the best time just walking and talking, window shopping. Neal was so sweet and such a gentleman. He opened every door and said “yes ma’am” to everything I said. He would guide me into a store with his hand on the small of my back. These little things were HUGE to this old fashioned girl! I didn’t want to leave him, and I talked about him on the phone the whole way home. We started talking everyday, went out that

September 24, 2011 Garrison Gardens Genoa, Arkansas weekend and then he left for a week to go camping in Colorado. I couldn’t talk to him or text. I thought I was going to die! It was that week that I realized I was falling in love with this sweet man. Every date we had, he showed more signs of being the Godly man that I needed and desired in mine and my kids’ lives.

Some people thought it was too soon, or that we hadn’t known each other long enough. We disagreed. We felt like we were “home” with one another, like everything we both had endured had been in order to lead us to each other, and that made all the struggles and heartache worth it. There is no doubt in my mind that God completely ordained this whole union. Neal is everything I ever desired in a husband. With him, I feel safe, loved beyond measure, adored and cherished. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for me and no obstacle too great or small that we cannot overcome together, with God’s help. I am so grateful that when we cannot see the reason for things, we have a God who is gracious enough to plan a life that we could only dream of without Him.

Neal’s Story... I had not planned on going to church that morning, but at the last minute, I decided to go. I walked over to talk to a friend and his wife in the sanctuary, and I noticed a beautiful young lady sitting by them. I sat a few rows back, and I could not keep my eyes off her. Heather had attended church that morning with her sister and her husband. During the service my friend leaned over and said he knew of someone he could set me up with and pointed to Heather. I told him that I already noticed her!

We didn’t date long, and honestly neither of us can even remember when we first started talking about marriage. We just knew we were in love, and we wanted to grow old together. Neal proposed over a candlelight dinner that he cooked! It was sweet and romantic. Our wedding was perfect. I am really good friends with the Guilberts, who own Garrison Gardens, and I knew there was no other place I’d rather vow to this sweet man forever. The day was perfect. We were worried about the heat, but God worked all that out. I have never been happier than on that day. I was just reveling in the fact that my God loved me so much that He would lead me to this man, on this day, and make my dreams come true. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much! Neal was so handsome, with a smile that can melt your heart.

Later, I got Heather’s phone number from her sister. I called Heather that night, but she did not seem interested at all. After that conversation, I thought very hard about not pursuing her. For the next few weeks, we casually texted off and on. We gradually got to know each other through texts, but she refused to talk on the phone. I had gotten discouraged a few times and quit texting her, but every time I did, she messaged me and asked me not to give up on her. Finally, Heather gave in and agreed to go out on a date. I was finally able to officially meet this magnificent woman! Heather agreed to meet me at my friends house, and she pulled up to the house right behind me. When I finally laid eyes on her, a feeling came over me like no other. I knew, at that very moment, that she was the woman of my dreams, and I would spend the rest of my life with her. She was astonishingly beautiful as she walked over to greet me. We hugged, and chills went though my February 2012

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body. We went to the boardwalk and ate sushi and just walked around both sides of the river all night. As we were walking back to my truck to leave, she reached out and grabbed my hand and, again, sent chills throughout my body. The whole night was an amazing experience. From that moment on, I could only long for the next moment I got to see her again. We had set up another date for that Saturday night, and it could not get here fast enough. I was even more nervous meeting her friends than I was her, but the whole night went very well, and we had a good time. After bowling, we hung out at her place and watched a movie and I enjoyed being able to hold her in my arms. That was a feeling that I knew I wanted to feel the rest of my life. I hated leaving that night because I was leaving Monday to go to Colorado for a week. The old saying, “absence makes a heart grow fonder” is definitely true. While I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation, all I could think about was Heather, and I longed to get back to her and see her beautiful smile and hold her in my arms once again. By this time, I was definitely in love with this woman. After I got back, we spent as much time together as possible. Emotions and feelings grew very fast, and we soon committed to each other and both knew that we wanted to spend our lives together. We made that decision official the night I put a ring on her finger and asked her to marry me. We had a house lined up for her to move into that would accommodate our two families. Before she moved in, I had arranged for a friend of hers to bring her to the house one night to look at it, and when she got there, I had a romantic candlelight picnic set up! The look on her face was heartwarming, and she was surprised and giddy like a little girl on Christmas morning! I thought it was adorable! We had an amazing dinner, and afterwards, I got down on my knees and asked her to marry me. At that moment, an extreme sense of peace came over me like nothing else I have ever felt. On September 24th we said our vows and agreed to spend our lives together in front of God, our family and friends. This day was truly the most amazing day of my life. The wedding was beautiful and the bride, even more so. Watching her walk towards me as I waited with the preacher was breathtaking. God brought this woman into my life for a reason, and the moment we said “I do,” God’s plan for us officially began. God allowed us to bring our families together and brought this amazing woman into my life. I thank God every day for her what she has brought to me. I am very lucky and grateful for our story, and I can’t wait to continue to add chapters to it! 48

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Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Alan & Karen Hargis Parents of the Groom: Gary & Vicky Langley Bruce & Vertie Kiser Children of Bride and Groom: Olivia Kiser Noah Neal Edie Neal Aubrie Kiser Avie Neal

Photography: Niki Anderson Florist: Scooter Raney Cakes: Alaina Hamilton “Auntie A’s” Hair: Debbie McCartney Salon 4120 Minister: Bro. Jeff Taylor

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Sarah & Greg

Sarah Sparks to Greg Schwartz

June 11, 2011 The Home of Kevin & Beverly Sparks Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Kevin & Beverly Sparks Scott & Stacey Smallwood Parents of the Groom: John and Andrea Schwartz Maid of Honor: Elizabeth Snavely Bridesmaids: Allie Baldwin, Michaelyn Liles, Jillian Vire, Amanda ‘Schwartz’ Player, Katie Osment, Kendyl Smallwood Best Man: Andrew Summersett Groomsmen: Phillip Bridges, Jason Pugh, Stephen Ray, Warren Seals, Loyd Rieves, Sawyer Smallwood House Party: Holly Nicholson, Kate Alexander, Tara Williamson, Kara Primm, Lindsay Caldwell, Anna Fruchey, Amy Harrington Ushers: Kyle Player, Cody Martin, Tyler Lee, Bryce Faulkner, Stephen Johnson  Flower girl/junior bridesmaid: Jadyn Sparks Ring Bearer: K.C. Sparks Officiant: Brooks Anderson

Photography: Braeden RogersAmbient 11 Photography Florist/Coordinator: Michelle FarlandChapelwood Florist Cakes: The Baker Man Catering: Amanda HortonFlour Child Fine Foods Rings: Micah’s Jewelers DJ: Paul Whitt Tent Rental: Bounce-a-lot Other Rentals: Dot’s Rental

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Carissa & Jacob Carissa Rogers to Jacob Simmons

September 10, 2011 Prissy Chrissy Ranch Texarkana, TX How They Met... Jacob and Carissa grew up around each other most of their lives. The two shared mutual friends but were never introduced. Carissa saw Jacob with his friends one day, and she knew she had to find out who he was! That night, Carissa got online and messaged a mutual friend to ask about Jacob. She immediately found him on a social networking site, but to Carissa’s disappointment, Jacob had a girlfriend. A couple months later, Carissa checked Jacob’s page again, and his status showed, “Single!” Without hesitation, she messaged him, and she and Jacob talked non-stop for nearly 24 hours and then had their first date to see a movie!

Dating... Carissa says, “Dating was amazing with the two of us! We were each other’s high school sweethearts! We were able to attend each other’s proms, and we celebrated our graduations together! We discovered how many things we had in common and also things that were very different. Within a month of dating, we had both signed to play sports at East Texas Baptist University. He went to play football, and I went to play basketball. I believe it was fate that we were both recruited to ETBU. We knew from the very beginning that we would get married one day.”

The Proposal... Carissa remembers, “When Jacob proposed to me, he took me on a beautiful picnic. He was very romantic the entire time. As we got up, I turned my back to put my flip-flops on, and when I turned back around Jacob was down on one knee. He told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and wanted me to be the mother of his children.”

Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Ron and Donna Rogers Parents of the Groom: Ron Simmons and Paula Solley Honorary Matron of Honor: Donna Rogers, Mother of the Bride Matron of Honor: Erin Tannehill Bridesmaids: Michelle Bobbitt Sarah Spears Bailey Foster Flower Girls: Carly Spears Lilly Spears Best Man: Jonathan Tannehill Groomsmen: Kline Foster, Grandfather of the Groom Ron Simmons, Father of the Groom, Cody Rogers, Brother of the Bride Ring Bearers: Braxton Rogers, Nephew of the Bride, Aiden Smith Ushers: Daniel Spears and Blake Smith February 2012

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Erin & Dillon Photography: Kendal Dockery Photography Florist: The Flower Shoppe, Ashdown, AR Cake: The Bakerman

Erin Bass to Dillon Ward

September 24, 2011 Sundance Farms Texarkana, Texas

Catering: Randy’s Smokehouse

Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Nick Bass & Amy and Drew Norwood Parents of the Groom: Tim and Susie Brown & Doyal and Marnie Ward Maid of Honor: Whitney Friday Bridesmaids: Alex Flanagan Haley Houser Haylie Bass Christine Luciani Carson Corbell Jaime Ward Best Man: Doyal Ward III Groomsmen: Hunter Altenbaumer Tyler Cowling Kyle Bass Alex Norwood Casey Altenbaumer Mitch Thane Ring Bearers: Tate and Brody Bass Flower Girls: Laynie Horn and Ava Abney

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Erin & Ja mes

Erin Riley to James “Nick” Nicholas

June 11, 2011 St. Edward’s Catholic Church Texarkana, Arkansas Wedding Party... Matron of Honor: Holli Easley Best Man: Jerry Tullos Bridesmaids: Rachel Morrow Rebecca Nicholas Sayadian Martha Grace Nicholas Groomsmen: David Narens David Dodez Ryan Sikes Flower Girls: Anna Elizabeth Sayadian Lauren Emily Sayadian

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Photography: Hailey Rhea Photographer Florist: Jennifer Crawford-OgburnTwisted Vines Cakes: The Baker Man Catering: Pam ElliottCulinary Creations Beer and Wine: Villa Liquor Reception Venue: The Collin’s Home

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Anna & Logan

Anna Leigh Green to James Logan Puckett

Wedding Party...

November 5, 2011 Twin Creeks Lake Pavillion Genoa, Arkansas

Parents of the Bride: Joe & Anita Green Parents of the Groom: Kathy Dunlap & David Laura Puckett Maid Of Honor: Holly Green, sister of the bride

Best Man: Ethan Puckett

Bridesmaids: Ashton Puckett, sister of the groom, Sarah Guy, Suzy Trumble, Cassidy Kawawa & Brittany Draper Groomsmen: Kendell Wolfe, Casey Cox, Tory Williams, Justin “JC” Coats & Casey Parker Flowergirls: Brianna Puckett, sister of the Groom & Madeline Chloe Puckett, daughter of the Bride and Groom Ringbearers: Aidan Massey & Henry Puckett, Son of the Bride and Groom Honorary Ringbearer: Cruz Crosby

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Trudy & Jarrod

Trudy Lynn Moore to Jarrod Keith Cansler 

June 25, 2011 First Baptist Church Atlanta, Texas Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Randy and Teresa Moore of Atlanta, TX Parents of the Grooms: Melvia & the late Larry Cansler of Bismarck, AR Matrons of Honor: Heather White and Amanda Bickham Best Man: Keith Ritter Bridesmaids: Kristin Corriveau and Rachel Dooley Groomsmen: Josh Burks, Daniel Cansler & Brian Cansler Flower Girl: Elizabeth Bickham Ring Bearers: Charles Cansler and Drake White

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WE D DING PL ANNER Use this checklist to help you keep everything organized and ready for your big day! All the details make the difference! Nine to Twelve Months Before • Announce your engagement. • Set an initial budget. • Select a wedding date and time. • Select and book your ceremony and reception locations. • Book photographer and videographer. • Book caterer. • Book florist. • Determine who will officiate at the ceremony. • Set aside blocks of hotel/motel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Book band or DJ. • Sign up for your church’s premarriage counseling, if required. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Six to Nine Months Before • Start compiling the guest list. • Select the attendants for your wedding party. • Purchase the bride’s gown. • Purchase the groom’s tuxedo. • Purchase bridesmaids’ dresses. • Arrange for transportation for the wedding. Limousines, Horse & Carriage, vans, etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Four to Six Months Before • Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state. • Select and order the invitations and stationery. • Make sure all the men’s attire has been ordered. • Complete the guest lists. • Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper. • Finalize honeymoon details. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Two to Four Months Before • Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer. • Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception. • Select your wedding rings. • Buy a wedding guest book. • Set the dates and times with the officiant for the rehearsal. • Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon and any other parties. • Determine your resources for designing and printing the program for the ceremony. • Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests. • Plan a rehearsal dinner, time and place. • Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------68

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Six to Eight Weeks Before • Mail invitations and announcements. • Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait. • Select gifts for all your attendants. • Set appointments with any hairdressers and/or makeup artists. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Four to Six Weeks Before • Decide what your menu is going to be for the reception. • Buy a gift for the groom. • Purchase (borrow) all wedding accessories such as the ring pillow, goblets, garter belt, candles, etc. • Choose the music for your ceremony, first dance, parent dances, and party and give information to band, dj, or other musicians. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Two Weeks Before • Make arrangements to have your wedding gifts moved to your new home. • Handle business and legal details such as name changes, address changes, etc. • Get your marriage license and any blood tests which are needed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------One Week Before • Start packing for your honeymoon. • Give a final head count to the caterer. • Delegate responsibilities to reliable individuals on your wedding day. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------One Day Before • Get a manicure or massage to relax yourself. • Review and rehearse all the details of your participants. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Big Day • Allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed. • Be sure to eat properly. • Rest and relax with a good bath. • Prepare for your hairdresser and makeup appointments. • Enjoy your wonderful wedding and cherish each and every moment!


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Ark-La-Tex Resource

Guide Air and Heating Central Air 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212

Westwood Apartments 101 Redwater Rd. Wake Village, TX 903.832.8446

Texar Federal Credit Union Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.223.5626

Kraus Heating and Air 200 Industrial Blvd. Nash, TX 903.831.3912

Attire Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088

Apartments Arista Apartments 3515 Arista Blvd. Texarkana, TX 903.255.7869

Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056

Texarkana First Bank 3601 East 9th St. Texarkana, AR 870.772.0222 615 Sam Houston Dr. New Boston, TX 3625 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6955

Legacy at Pleasant Grove 5911 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 888.763.2676

Banks Guaranty Bond Bank 2202 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.792.8600

Richmond Oaks Apartments 2815 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.6150

Peoples State Bank 5600 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2300

Summerhill Woods Apartments 4501 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.7888

Red River Federal Credit Union 2700A University Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 903-735-3000 800-822-3317

Cakes Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Reception Arts Becky Risinger Ashdown, AR 870.898.5273

Caterers/Private Chef Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726 Chef on the Run Jeff Loving 903.276.8081 Christine Corley Private Chef 850.728.0900 Culinary Creations Pam Elliott 903.831.4674 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2700 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Church Highland Park Baptist Church 2401 Hazel St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.6996 Clothing Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088

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Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 OMG Lulu 3211 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.8135 116 Polk St. Jefferson, TX 903.665.8855 Cosmetic Surgery Carmony Oral, Facial and Dental Center 5305 Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.791.8405 DJ Services DJ C2 Christian Cisneros 870.397.0837 Dry Cleaning Holiday Cleaners Locations throughout Texarkana Area 870.773.4072 Entertainment Bounce-A-Lot Texarkana, TX 903.792.0113 www.bounce-a-lot.org Oaklawn Opry 124 Oaklawn Village Texarkana, TX 903.838.3333

Event Planner Elite Event Production & Rentals 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.eliteeventproduction.com Financial Planner Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management 1620 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.223.0011 Fitness Centers Anytime Fitness Richmond Road 3415 Richmond Road. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.794.5348 Minton’s Sportsplex 5610 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.838.4697 Zumba with Lyndsay Central Mall (Next to Sears) 903.293.3647 Florists Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891

Ruth’s Flowers 3501 Texas Bllvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6711 www.ruthsflowers.net Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2700

Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700 Hair Care Headmasters Hair Salon 3703 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.6261

Unique Flowers 4801 Loop 245 Texarkana, AR 870-774.1300

Style Studio Lisa Harris 3201 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.1719

Furniture Oak Creek Furniture 8024 West 7th St. Texarkana, TX 903.832.0793

Home Designs/Remodeling Red River Lumber Company Highway 71 North Texarkana, TX 903.794.0039

Gifts Dot’s Ace Hardware 3411 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0059

G&A Carpet 1019 N. Kings Hwy. Nash, TX 903.832.0553

Pleasant Grove Pharmacy Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545 Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891

Taylored Home Solutions 2840 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.278.2353 Hospice Dierksen Hospice 6500 N. Summerhill Road, Suite 2B Texarkana, TX 903.793.6350

Event Locations Garrison Gardens Texarkana, AR 71854 870.773.0275 www.garrisongardens.net Prissy Chrissy Ranch 915 FM 2148 South Texarkana, TX 75501 903.838.6121 www.prissychrissy.com Regional Arts Center Cabe Hall 321 W. 4th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.8681 www.trahc.org Prissy Chrissy Ranch 915 FM 2148 South Texarkana, TX 75501 903.838.6121 www.prissychrissy.com Silvermoon on Broad West Broad at Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX www.silvermoononbroad.com Twin Oaks Mansion 903.244.7070 www.twinoaksmansion.com

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Hospitals Christus St. Michael Health System 2600 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.614.1000 Health South Rehabilitation 515 West 12th St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.0088 Wadley Hospital 1000 Pine St. Texarkana, TX 903.798.8000 Hotels Best Western Texarkana Inn & Suites 5219 Crossroads Parkway Texarkana, AR 870.774.1534 Clarion Lacross Hotel 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.774.3521 www.lacrosse-hotel.com Courtyard by Marriott 5001 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.7400 Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott 4209 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.1000

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4545 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 903.223.0008 TownePlace Suites by Marriott 5020 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.8800 Insurance Brian Purtle Allstate Insurance 3301 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.5881 Elite Insurance Tammy McDowell 1705 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.794.0000 Farm Bureau Insurance 4140 McKnight Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.8707 Greg Cockerell State Farm Insurance 4807 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.7502 Kelli Ashbrook State Farm Insurance 3410 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.8100 www.kelliashbrook.com

Kristi Smith State Farm Insurance 418 Walton Drive Texarkana, TX 903.223.3276

Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007

Ron Morrow State Farm Insurance 3306 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.5505 www.ronmorrowagency.com

Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661

Jewelers Alexander’s Jewelers 3701 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.3557 Blue Isle Expressions 3402 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.791.9992 Crocker’s Jewelers 3117 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.832.8686 Micah’s Jewelers 2812 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.735.2336 Make-up Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056

Medical Equipment Respiratory Solutions 3101 Kennedy Lane, Suite 1000 Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.2110 Photographer Image Forward Photography 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.imageforwardtxk.com Kendal Dockery Photography Texarkana, TX 903.733.6444 Sage Duke Photography Texarkana, AR 870.571.0868 Physicians Express Care 5483 Summerhill Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.5931


Vision Source 4401 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.9063 Plumbing Central Air/Roto Rooter 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Real Estate Connie Walker Coldwell Banker United 3001 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.277.0100 903.832.2486 Impact Realty Bill and Tracy Spradlin 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Suite 104 Nash, TX 903.748.3186 903.748.2477 Satterfield Construction, LLC 903.832.4591 www.satterfieldservices.com Teresa Liepman Remax 5120 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.276.9464

Refreshments Bolls Distributing 700 E. Broad St. Texarkana, AR 870.774.9283 Vincent’s Fine Wines 6900 N. Stateline Texarkana, AR 870.774.7217 Rentals Bounce-A-Lot 903.276.2961 www.bounce-a-lot.org Dot’s Rentals 814 N. Robison Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.7011 3413 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0551 Elite Event Production & Rentals 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.eliteeventproduction. com Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700

Restaurants Amigo Juan Mexican Cafe 4301 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.6971 1200 N. Hervey Hope, AR 870.777.0006 611 Loop 59 Atlanta, TX 903.796.2400 Bryce’s Cafeteria 2021 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.792.1611 Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726 City Blends 600 N. Kings Hwy, Suite 5 Wake Village, TX 430.200.2814 Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653 Copeland’s Crossroads Business Park Texarkana, AR Daddy Dougaloo’s 905 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.791.0172

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Dairy Queen Locations throughout Ark-LaTex Golden Corral 3809 Sowell Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.8399 Ironwood Grill 4312 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.4644 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Los Agaves 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.773.2300 Shorty’s Donuts 2729 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.6686 Smokey Joe’s BBQ 300 W. New Boston Road Nash, TX 903.223.8227 Tasty Donuts 1443 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.838.0422

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Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700

The Magnolia 4205 Richmond Meadows Texarkana, TX 75503 903.838.7319

Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX

Spas/Salons All About You Diana Gregory/Lori Campbell 4100 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.7775

Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464

Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007

Retirement/Assisted Living Home Edgewood Manor 4925 Elizabeth St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.4645

Hawaii Nails & Spa 4280 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.0198

The Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661 Sporting Goods Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545

Wedding Attire Bridal Castle 3209 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.3886 Wedding Coordinators Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 damason@cableone.net Wedding Favors Pop Pop Shoppe 2011 Mall Drive, Suite B Texarkana, TX 903.793.0209 Wedding Planners Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 damason@cableone.net Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Locations Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354


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