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Stephens/Fitzhugh vows exchanged

Brittni Lynn Stephens and Alex Caulder Fitzhugh exchanged wedding vows at 6:30 pm on Saturday, June 2, at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, AR. The Reverend Kris Crawford and the Honorable J. Michael Fitzhugh, father of the groom, officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Ms. Debbie Stephens and Mr. Jim Stephens, both of White Hall. Maternal grandparents are Ms. Catherine Storz of Pine Bluff and the late Mr. James Storz. Paternal grandparents are Ms. Donna Stephens of Mountain View and the late Mr. Carroll Stephens.

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

The bride was given in marriage by her brother, James Bracy Stephens. She wore an ivory gown designed 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 of dupioni, 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 bodice of the bride’s dress. The bride carried a clutch bouquet of garden roses, hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus and cymbidium orchids, all in white. Loops of bear grass surrounded the blooms and as a finish, all were tied with champagne ribbon and pale blue trim, fabric from her Grandmother Storz’s wedding dress.

Jennifer Rae Cope of White Hall, served as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Haley Nicole Hornbeck, cousin of the bride, of Fayetteville; Hannah Grace Hornbeck, cousin of the bride, of Little Rock; Ashley Fitzhugh Ahlert, sister of the groom, of Fort Smith; Jennifer Marie Fitzhugh, sister-in-law of the groom, of Fayetteville; Heather Ann Sheppard of Texarkana, TX; Carolyn Kay Yates of Searcy; and Mallory Jean Hauskey of Rogers. They wore various designs of formal, full length gowns made of chiffon in shades of champagne and latte. The bridesmaids continued the theme of the bride’s bouquet with all white garden roses, hydrangeas and stock tied with champagne and white ribbon.

Jason Lubker Fitzhugh, brother of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Thomas Keith Hadley, Alex Rollins Hoge, Kelsey Thomas Edwards and Brian Scott Ahlert, brother-in-law of the groom, all of Fort Smith; Breckinridge Oliver Farrell of London, England; Jonathan Dodd Cook of Memphis, TN; and James Bracy Stephens, brother of the bride, of Fayetteville.

The flower girls were Haven Isabella Ahlert, niece of the groom, of Fort Smith; Kayli Madison Fitzhugh and Ella Marie Fitzhugh, nieces of the groom, of Fayetteville. The ring bearer was Bennett Scott Ahlert, nephew of the groom, of Fort Smith and he carried the bride’s Grandfather Storz’s Bible.

The acolyte was Mikenna Elexis Fitzhugh, niece of the groom, of Fayetteville. The guestbook and program attendants were Mary Abigayle Merry of Little Rock, and Laura Elizabeth Hadley of Conway.

Ushers were Tyler Stephen VanVeckhoven, of Little Rock; Skylar Clark Hartmann of Little Rock; Jordan Michael Gray of Conway; and Nicholas Harley Fair of Dallas, TX.

Music for the ceremony 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 following the ceremony. The band, Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes, of Fort Smith, entertained the guests.

The rehearsal dinner was held at the Reynolds Cancer Support Center in Fort Smith with catering by Wade York.

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