Lindsay Edwards and Richard Lee Smart III exchange wedding vows


The celebration and blessing of the marriage of Lindsay Meredith Edwards to Richard Lee Smart III was held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at First United Methodist Church at Pine Bluff.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Steve Edwards. Her grandparents are Dorothy Blaney Hoggard and the late Randall L. Hoggard, and Leslie Raymond Edwards and the late Bertha Doss Edwards.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Smart Jr. His grandparents are Leila Wilkins O’Keefe and the late A.W. O’Keefe Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Smart.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore an off-the-shoulder natural white gown by Romona Keveza of re-embroidered alencon lace, which was accented by a deep sweetheart neckline and an ivory silk organza sash. The dress was fitted through the bodice and featured a soft fluted skirt, which swept into a chapel-length train. The bride chose a beautiful diamond white cathedral-length veil. The veil was trimmed in alencon lace, which complemented the lace on her wedding gown. The bride carried a hand-held bouquet of white anastasia roses wrapped with white French ribbon. Attached to the bouquet was a family heirloom broach from her special grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Hoggard. The bride wore a pearl necklace and pearl earrings, a gift from the groom.

The matrons of honor were Lesley Edwards Rasor of White Hall and Hannah Duell Clark of Fayetteville. The maids of honor were Rachel Kathryn Dill of Pine Bluff and Kathrin Ann Raines of Fayetteville. The bridesmaids were Madelyn Smart Ross, Mary Corinne Smart and Emily Louise Walker, all of Little Rock, and Laura Elizabeth Smart Ross of White Hall. The bride’s book attendants were Rebecca Marshall Edwards of White Hall and Peyton Lynn Rasor of Fayetteville. Hannah Elizabeth Bush and Mary Kathryn Bush, both of White Hall, served as program attendants.

Richard Lee Smart Jr. and William Hudson Smart, both of Pine Bluff, were the best men. The groomsmen were James Hunter Norton of Fayetteville, Stephen Paul Purtle and Bradley Joe Lawson, both of Little Rock, William George Purvis of Eureka Springs, Joshua James Euseppi of Pine Bluff and Randall Keith Edwards of White Hall.

The vocalists were Mandy Walker Cotten of Dewitt, Joel Thomas Anderson and Dr. Nancy Williams, both of Pine Bluff. William H. Fox Jr. served as the organist. Dr. Brent Shires played the horn and Dr. Cynthia Carrell played the trumpet.

A reception was held immediately following the ceremony at Pine Bluff Country Club.

After a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii, the couple will reside in Pine Bluff.