Lakeside United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas was the setting for the recent wedding of Carol Dawn Oakley and William Murphy Jones IV. The wedding ceremony held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, began at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Dawn Oakley, of Little Rock, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dennis Oakley of Romance and Mr. and Mrs., James and Leslie “Cissy” Green of Beebe. Dawn’s grandparents are the late Bruce Oakley of El Paso, Arkansas and the late Carrol Edwards and Sandra B. Edwards of Searcy.
William Jones, of Little Rock, is the son of Mr. and Mrs., William Murphy “Bill” and Sharon “Sharri” Wyatt, Jones, III of Pine Bluff. William’s grandparents are the late William Murphy Jones, Jr. and Marguerite “Sissy” Robinson Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holden and Sharon Stanley Wyatt, Sr. all of Pine Bluff.
Dawn, a 2007 graduate of Beebe High School and 2011 graduate of UCA in Conway where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and is employed as an accountant for
Bruce Oakley, Inc. in North Little Rock.
William is a 2009 honor graduate of Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff and in 2013 received a degree in Finance and Business from UCA in Conway where he was a member of PIKE fraternity. William graduated from the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, California in 2013 and is employed as Vice-President of Operations for Sissy’s Log Cabin Inc. and founder of JobShare.net.
For the ceremony, the bride wore a “Blue Willow” wedding gown by Anne Barge, “Leah” style featuring a V-neck with a beaded lace bodice, cummerbund waist and A-line organza skirt and carried a bouquet of white calla lilies. Her headpiece was train length tulle, gathered with seed pearls and tucked under her up swept hair. She wore diamond stud earrings and the single strand of pearls the mother of the groom was presented on her wedding day, gifts from the groom.
The bridesmaids wore black full length gowns of varying styles and carried bouquets of
red roses and white calla lilies.
Abby Joan Oakley of Maumelle served as her sister-in- law’s matron of honor. The
bridesmaids were Rachel Leanne Oakley, sister of the bride from Romance, Christa Leanne Attaway of Cabot, Miranda Rae Ferrell of Houston, Texas, Allison Michelle Hix of Little Rock, Blair Sipes Cook of Jonesboro, Anna Grace Anders, sister of the bride from Beebe, and Kayley Elizabeth Anthony of Conway.
The men in the wedding party wore classic black tuxedos with black ties and cummerbunds with red rose bud boutonnieres.
Wyatt Champion Jones of Little Rock served as his brother’s best man. Groomsmen were Justin Matthew Oakley, brother of the bride from Maumelle, Joe Wayne Cook of
Jonesboro, Chad Allen Taylor of Benton, Cameron Aaron Beene of Hinson, Nathan William Hogbin, Little Rock and Braden Kyle Bottoms and Bracey Cole Bottoms from White Hall.
The ushers were Wilton Robert Stephens, III of Little Rock, Reese Kincaid Anders brother of the bride from Beebe and Lucas Stephen Oakley brother of the bride from Romance.
The flower girls were Norah Joan Oakley of Maumelle and Ellieana Rose Juarez from Lakewood, California, nieces of the bride. They wore matching white lace V-neck dresses with tulle skirts and carried baskets of red rose petals.
The ring bearer was Ethan Thomas Juarez, nephew of the bride, from Lakewood, California.
Reverend James Stephen Wingo, pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church officiated the double ring Service of Christian Marriage assisted by Walton Lowe of Watson. William Harris Fox, Jr. organist, provided selections of traditional wedding music.
The bride entered the sanctuary on her father’s arm to the strains of “The Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn from “Midsummer Nights Dream”. Bouquets of long- stemmed red roses in white washed concrete urns flanked the altar where the bride and groom stood to take their vows.
After the ceremony the wedding party and guests were invited to a reception where they
found the Pine Bluff Country Club adorned with bouquets of long stemmed red roses. Banquet tables lining the walls of the ball room featured black tablecloths with gold sequined overlays, gold candelabras and bouquets of red roses held in gold trumpet vases. Twin high backed, white upholstered sofas set in a semi circle and a golden, round Victorian settee were the focal point of the ballroom. The music for the afternoon was provided by Central Arkansas Entertainment and included personal selections of the bride and groom.
Members of the House Party included wedding coordinator and floral designer Terry Traywick, assisted by Patrick Petrus and Lauren Smith Lawson. Chef Jamie McAfee, CEC AAC, provided the culinary delights for the day, in partnership with Pine Bluff Country Club events coordinator Laurie McAfee.
After a honeymoon in Great Exuma and Eleuthra, the Bahamas, Mr. and Mrs. Jones will make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas.