Blake, Norton exchange vows


Amanda “Mandy” Leigh Norton and Charles Zachary Blake exchanged wedding vows at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall, Ark. Dennis Owens officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Norton of White Hall, Ark. Grandparents are Mrs. Rosemary Miller and the late Donald Joseph Miller of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; Mrs. Cathy Threlkeld and the late Cliff Threlkeld and Donald Norton all of Pine Bluff, Ark.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blake of Natchitoches, La. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm DeBlois and the late Charles Blake all of Slidell, La. Catherine Knight of McComb, Miss., and the late Earl Knight of Baton Rouge, La.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white strapless Italian satin bodice with sweetheart neckline combined with beaded embroidery and delicate chiffon and tulle that draped down into a chapel train. She wore a white single tier veil with scattered rhinestones and carried a bouquet of hand tied pink, coral, red and white roses.

The wedding party included Erika Griffin of Little Rock, Ark., as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, Alicia Webster, of Vinita, Okla., Savannah King of Lubbock, Texas, and Cherish Billingsley of White Hall, Ark.

Hope Farmer of Sheridan, Ark., and Liberty Carter of Natchitoches, La.; both nieces of the groom served as flower girls.

The ring bearer was Caleb Carter of Duluth, Ga., nephew of the groom. Bride’s book and program attendants were Grayce Culbreath, of Hot Springs, Ark., cousin of the bride; Carley Faith Miller, of Bismark, Ark., cousin of the bride and Dashia Camp, niece of the groom of Duluth, Ga.

Kirk Blake of Natchitoches, La., brother of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen included John Carter of Natchitoches, La., brother of the groom; David Carter of Duluth, Ga., brother of the groom; Daniel Farmer of Sheridan, Ark., brother-in-law of the groom and Scott Mabry of Pine Bluff, Ark.

After the wedding, a reception was held at Centennial Fellowship Church hall. Music for both the wedding and reception was coordinated by Justin Wendel and James Rushing.

Dewayne and Beverly Courtney catered the reception. Servers were Andrea Wendel, Pam Arnold, Ann Bost, Grayce Culbreath, Angela Wood, Lisa Ferguson, Sue Minton, Tina Lewis, Jeff Falcon, John Myers and Barry Parker.

Lisa Dominique served as the wedding/reception decorator and Joanna Deck was the floral decorator. Following a honeymoon to Panama City Beach, Fla., the couple will reside in White Hall.

The bride is a mental health paraprofessional for Arkansas Counseling in White Hall and the groom works for Priority 1 at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Ark.

The couple was honored with a rehearsal dinner Friday, May 12 with Cajun cuisine prepared by the groom’s father.

The bride was honored with a Norton family shower on April 6 hosted by Doris Vailes, Glenda Norton, Judy Gibbs, Helen Kulbeth and Ruth Ann Norton.

Centennial Fellowship Church honored the couple with a shower on April 14 hosted by Mandy Herring, Rhonda Johnson, Dianne Wood, Sandra Hill, Cherish Billingsley, Angela Wood, Ann Bost, and Kaylynn Johnston.

Sheila Hardin, Erika Griffin and Cherish Billingsly hosted a bachelorette party for the bride at the Pine Bluff Country Club on Friday, May 12.