Brittni Stephens and Alex Fitzhugh exchange wedding vows


FORT SMITH — Brittni Lynn Stephens and Alex Caulder Fitzhugh exchanged wedding vows on June 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Ark. The Rev. Kris Crawford and the Honorable Michael Fitzhugh, father of the groom, officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Debbie Stephens and Jim Stephens, of White Hall. Grandparents are Catherine Storz of Pine Bluff and the late James Storz; Donna Stephens of Mountain View and the late Carroll Stephens.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Fitzhugh of Fort Smith. Grandparents are the late H.L. and Cherry Lubker and the late Vernon and Clara Fitzhugh.

Given in marriage by her brother, James Bracy Stephens, the bride wore an ivory gown by Enzoani. The strapless bodice featured a sweetheart neckline with a horizontal ruched bodice of silky dupioni featuring a v-back. The full trumpet skirt, with a chapel train, was adorned with cascading gardenias of Mikado and asymmetrical ruffles. Her veil was a single tier of illusion. A monogrammed heart with the words “I love you Papaw”, in memory of her Grandfather Storz, was sewn in the bride’s dress. She carried a clutch bouquet of roses, hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus and cymbidium orchids in white. Loops of bear grass surrounded the blooms and were tied with champagne ribbon and pale blue trim, fabric from her Grandmother Storz’s wedding dress.

Jennifer Cope of White Hall, served as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Haley Hornbeck and Hannah Grace Hornbeck, cousins of the bride, of Little Rock; Ashley Ahlert, sister of the groom, of Fort Smith; Jennifer Fitzhugh, sister-in-law of the groom, of Fayetteville; Heather Sheppard of Texarkana; Carolyn Yates of Searcy; and Mallory Hauskey of Rogers. They wore various designs of full length gowns of chiffon in shades of champagne. The bridesmaids continued the theme of the bride’s bouquet.

Jason Fitzhugh, brother of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Tommy Hadley, Alex Hoge, Kelsey Edwards and Brian Ahlert, brother-in-law of the groom, all of Fort Smith; Breck Farrell of London, England; Jonathan Cook of Memphis, Tenn.; and Bracy Stephens, brother of the bride, of Fayetteville.

The flower girls were Izzy Ahlert, Kayli Fitzhugh and Ella Fitzhugh, all nieces of the groom. The ring bearer was Bennett Ahlert, nephew of the groom. He carried the bride’s grandfather Storz’s Bible.

The acolyte was Mikenna Fitzhugh, niece of the groom. The guestbook and program attendants were Abby Merry of Little Rock, and Laura Hadley of Conway.

Ushers were Tyler VanVeckhoven and Skylar Hartmann of Little Rock; Jordan Gray of Conway; and Nicholas Fair of Dallas, Texas.

Music was provided by Dr. Mi Kyung Hwang, organist; Hollye Dickinson, harpist; and Amelia Meena, vocalist.

The Fianna Hills Country Club was the venue for the reception. The band, Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes, of Fort Smith, entertained the guests.

Following a honeymoon to St. Martin the couple resides in Memphis, Tenn.