Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, was the setting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for the marriage of Katie L’aine Hilliard and Channin Austin Tacito. The Rev. J. Wesley Hilliard, uncle of the bride, officiated.
Parents of the bride are Anthony A. (Tony) and the Rev. Mary S. Hilliard of Pine Bluff. Maternal grandparents are the late Richard and Mabel Butt of Camden. Paternal grandparents are Wadene and the late Rev. Allan E. Hilliard of Little Rock. Parents of the groom are Andy Tacito of West Memphis, and Terri Smartt of Olive Branch, Miss. Maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Block of West Memphis. Paternal grandparent is Ms. Mary Tacito of Earle.
The candlelight ceremony was enhanced by red poinsettias and Chrismon trees placed in the sanctuary for the Christmas season. Festive greenery and crystal hurricanes with candles, adorned each window. Music was by organist Julia Hilliard Frost, aunt of the bride, who played an array of classical, as well as, seasonal compositions. Soloist, Robert L. Frost, cousin of the bride, sang “Ave Maria” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Scripture readings were delivered by cousins of the bride, Lindsay and Elizabeth Hilliard.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of ivory charmeuse overlayed in alencon lace. The elegance of the gown was shown in the sweetheart neckline of organza and lace flowers, with the embellished floral design of pearls, rhinestones, and crystals on the right shoulder. The fitted bodice of lace over charmeuse, featured a dramatic keyhole back accented with covered buttons, flowing into a full trumpet skirt of charmeuse overlaid in lace, with beautiful scallops of lace encircling the hem. Her cathedral length veil of illusion, complete with blusher, was trimmed in scallops of alencon lace, enhanced with beading, with additional trim of lace and beading fashioned slightly upward into the center of the cascading veil. She carried a European hand tie bouquet of white tulips and white anemones, interspersed with white spray roses, encircled by white hydrangeas, and finished with sapphire ribbon.
Kara Ann Hilliard of Chicago, Ill., the bride’s sister, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Scarlet Andrews, Britani Bach, and Mary Kathryn Daugherty of Fayetteville; Elizabeth Busby of Little Rock; Alicia New of Rogers, and Lindy Locke Schafer of Texarkana. They wore strapless formal gowns of sapphire taffeta, and carried bouquets of white tulips, anemones and hydrangeas, accented with silver ribbon. Carrying a pomander ball of similar flowers to the bride’s, Rhealee Claire Tacito, niece of the groom, served as flower girl.
Attending the groom as his best man, was Ross Bland of Memphis, Tenn. Groomsmen were Chad Tacito of Millington, Tenn.; Andrew Tacito of West Memphis; Bryan Bailey and Brandon Corn of Fayetteville; Jake Para of Dallas, Texas.; and Payton Smith of North Little Rock. Ring bearer was Caden Musslewhite, nephew of the groom.
East Square Plaza was the venue for the reception following the ceremony. Guests entered to a fantasy of light with numerous lit silver trees, and lit spheres and stars, amidst winter white draping and Italian lights. Guest tables were covered in white linen with sapphire organza toppers, with centerpieces of crystal pilsner vases of curly willow, ornamented with crystal prisms, and spheres of white and silver. Sterling silver sleigh bells and votive candlelight surrounded each centerpiece. Entrance to the refreshment lounge featured a ‘Story Tree,’ adorned in bridal colors of white, sapphire and silver, with photos depicting the childhoods and courtship of the couple. The band, DMP of Memphis, Tenn., entertained the guests.
Following a honeymoon to St. Lucia, Mr. and Mrs. Tacito will make their home in Fayetteville, where she is an analyst for Sara Lee Co., and he is a logistical fleet manager for Willis Shaw Express.