Freeman & Wright.
The gardens of Mrs. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller in Little Rock, Arkansas, provided the setting for the June 7, 2008, nuptials of Liza Harrell Freeman and Jon Christopher Wright. Wedding guests, encircled by the rose garden, created the backdrop for the six o'clock evening ceremony with William Carlton Freeman, brother of the bride, officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harrell Freeman of Metairie, Louisiana. Her grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Carlos William Landrum of Laurel and Mrs. Harry Burge Freeman and the late Mr. Freeman of Waynesboro. Also attending the wedding were honorary grandparents, Ms. Loretha Starr and Mr. and Mrs. James Hansel Thomas.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joe Wright of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. His grandparents are Ms. Margaret Kezia Fairfield of St. Augustine, Florida, and the late Mr. Fairfield and Mrs. Aubrey Henry Wright and the late Mr. Wright of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ecru silk faille gown designed by Kenneth Pool. The strapless gown featured a pleated crumb-catcher detail at the top. Crystal and pearl beading embellished the dropped-waist bodice and chapel train. Crystal buttons extended the length of the back of the gown. She wore a pearl and crystal encrusted tiara and chapel-length veil with the same beaded detail of the gown. The bride carried a cluster bouquet of peonies, roses, tulips, and stars-of-Bethlehem. Nestled in the bouquet were her maternal grandmother's wedding rings.
Kimberly Starr McCleney served as matron of honor. Also attending the bride were Laura Lake Smith Kincade, Nia Summitt Wright, Sarah Rene Wages, Anna Christine McCulloch, Alexis Julien Kopp, Victoria Lauren Strickland, Gracen Lynn Kopp, Natalie Nicole Strickland, and Summitt Kezia Wright. The bridesmaids wore dresses of dawn luminescent silk taffeta with draped midriffs and self-sashes.
Serving the groom as best man was Thomas Joe Wright Jr., brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Matthew Ryan McCulloch and Thomas "Trey" Joe Wright III. Ushers were Michael Tyler Wages, William Gordon Rockefeller, Colin Kendrick Rockefeller, John Alexander Camp Rockefeller, and Louis Henry Rockefeller.
Guests enjoyed a reception on the croquet lawn. Tables were draped with apple-green bengaline cloths and overlaid with garden toile. On each table, clay pots held arrangements of peonies, roses, tulips, and hydrangeas intertwined with ivy. Chairs were tied with matching green sashes. The reception included a dinner buffet and music by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. The wedding cakes were showcased in the pergola. The bride's cake was a seven-tiered confection decorated in buttercream icing with rolled-fondant flowers and pineapple filling. The cake was placed on an antique silver plateau. The groom's chocolate buttercream cake, a favorite family recipe made by the mother of the groom, featured the couple's monogram and was displayed on a marble base.
The groom's parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Little Rock Club on the eve of the wedding. Saturday at noon, the bride's parents entertained with a bridal buffet on the mezzanine in the Capital Hotel. The wedding party and guests gathered on Sunday morning for a wedding prayer service followed by a New Orleans style celebration brunch in the Capital Hotel Salon hosted by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Harry Burge Freeman, and the bride's aunt, Ms. Emily Freeman Pinkston, with music by classical guitarist Rico Novales.
After honeymooning in New York City, Liza and Chris are at home in Little Rock where Liza is with The Winrock Group, Inc., and Chris is manager of strategic sourcing at Alltel Communications.