Kelli Waters and David Gershner exchange vows in outdoor ceremony


Park on the River in Maumelle was the outdoor setting at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16, for the marriage of Kelli Cooper Waters and David Louis Gershner. Clark Colbert officiated the double-ring ceremony.

Parents of the bride are Mike and Libby Waters of Pine Bluff. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Noles and the late Earnestine Noles of Pine Bluff and Mr. and Mrs. Delfred Waters of Harrison.

Parents of the groom are Steve and Donna Gershner of Maumelle. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gershner of New Port Richey, Fla., and the late Norma Gershner of North Little Rock and the late Lawrence and Dorothy Heien of North Little Rock.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a chapel length strapless ball gown of silk taffeta. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice with a dropped waist with ruching detail. The skirting of the dress featured cascading floral appliqués centered with seed pearls and Swarovski crystals. She also wore a Swarovski encrusted head band. She wore sapphire and diamond earrings and necklace, gift of the groom, along with gold wedding bands belonging to her late grandmother and late great-grandmother, Anna Belle Cooper. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of blue hydrangeas, delphiniums and tweedia, white ranunculus and stephanotis with blue crystals and wrapped with white ribbon and ballet tied blue ribbon enhanced with pearl pins.

Hannah Bartrow of Galveston, Texas, served as the bride’s maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Dani Bench of Conway, Liz Collins of Russellville, Laura Duran of Conway, sister of the groom, Kelli Robinson of Russellville, and Holly Vance of Maumelle. They wore short Y-neck cotton dresses with a fitted waist and pleated skirting in shades of blue and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas, roses, stock and ranunculus and wrapped with shades of blue ribbon. Flower girls were Ashlin Suttle of Bald Knob, cousin of the groom and Dallas Young of Conway. They wore handmade tea length dresses of silk taffeta, smocked with crystals and pearls made by the groom’s mother. Honorary bridesmaids were Erin and Regan Bickley of Pine Bluff.

Kyle Suttle of Bald Knob, cousin of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Lynn Duran of Conway, brother-in-law of the groom, Drew Echols of Rogers, Kevin Shipp of Fayetteville, Bryan Tannehill of San Diego, Calif., and Paul Young of Conway. The ring bearer was Hayden Collins of Russellville. He carried a pillow handmade by the groom’s mother. Ushers were Jeff Cathey of Bentonville, Nick Morgan of Bentonville and Kirk Thompson of Fayetteville.

Meredith Maddox Hicks served as violinist for the ceremony.

A reception was held immediately following the ceremony at the Park on the River. Entertaining guests was the band, Lagniappe.

After a honeymoon cruise to the islands of Cozumel, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, the couple is making their home in Maumelle, where the bride is a kindergarten teacher at Lisa Academy in Sherwood and the groom is an attorney at the Davidson Law Firm in Little Rock.