In its time

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Weddings - Story by BETH BRIGHT

It was all by chance that Court­nie Hall met Billy Maness as the two led com­pletely op­po­site lives.

Court­nie grew up in Hot Springs and at­tended Moun­tain Pine High School. Billy was born in Pine Bluff and moved to Hot Springs where he at­tended Hot Springs High School be­fore mov­ing to Ger­many with his mother be­fore re­turn­ing to the Spa City.

In 2006, the two met through mu­tual friends, but it was not love at first sight. When Court­nie’s fa­ther passed away just a few months af­ter meet­ing, Billy was there for her.

The cou­ple love spend­ing time to­gether with their daugh­ter Olivia, hav­ing fun re­gard­less of what they are do­ing. “There is noth­ing like be­ing mar­ried to your best friend,” Court­nie said.

The pro­posal: The pro­posal was what I have been dream­ing of since I was a lit­tle girl. I guess he lis­tened when I told him what my ideal pro­posal would be.

Billy and I were liv­ing in Ger­many at the time and we had de­cided that we were go­ing to spend a week in Paris to cel­e­brate our fourth an­niver­sary. The day we ar­rived, the first place we went to was the Eif­fel Tower. I had no­ticed that Billy started to act strange, es­pe­cially on the way up the tower. He wasn’t video­tap­ing or tak­ing pic­tures like he nor­mally would be. Once we reached the top, Billy took me away in a more se­cluded spot, he got down on one knee and with shaky voice and trem­bling hands, he pre­sented me with a beau­ti­ful ring and asked me to marry him. The only thing I could say was “Billy are you se­ri­ous?” fol­lowed by “YES!” We then spent a won­der­ful week cel­e­brat­ing our en­gage­ment in Paris.

The big day: June 22, 2013 Best Man and Maid/Ma­tron of Honor: Our en­tire bri­dal party was so spe­cial to us. The ma­tron of honor was my best friend Jes­sica Nac­carato and the maid of honor was my lit­tle sis­ter Whit­ney Hall. My sis­ter Tasheana Spencer, sis­ter-in-law Karen Hall, and great friends Jen Fraser and Hope Fos­ter proudly stood be­side me. The best man was Billy’s long­time friend Jamie Stewart. My brother Cody Hall also stood be­side the groom, along with his brother Derek Maness, best friend Evan Fraser and high school friends Clint Lo­gan and Ge­orge An­der­sen. Our daugh­ter Olivia was the flower girl and our “fur-baby” bea­gle, Chloe, car­ried the rings.

The lo­ca­tion: The breath­tak­ing Royal Ridge Barn in Royal.

The re­cep­tion: The re­cep­tion was held at the Royal Ridge Barn. Food was served buf­fet style by Bubba’s cat­fish. The cake was a four-tiered, red vel­vet cake with a smooth ivory col­ored fon­dant, with broaches and strands of pearls lin­ing the bot­tom of each layer and a crys­tal Eif­fel tower we pur­chased in France.

DJ Da­neger pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment. From the mo­ment he in­tro­duced the bri­dal party un­til the last guest left, he kept our party go­ing. He was en­er­getic, played a va­ri­ety of great mu­sic and was so fun to work with.

The dress: Find­ing the dress was fate. We had been to a cou­ple of shops and I found dresses that I liked but none that were me. From try­ing on dresses I knew the style I was look­ing for but couldn’t find the per­fect one.

I be­gan look­ing online and found the dress, a San Pa­trick one shoul­der organza ball gown with a drop waist with flower and jewel de­tails. We took the chance and or­dered it and it fit per­fectly.

I ac­ces­sorized it with “Cin­derella shoes” — Betsy John­son plat­form heels cov­ered in rhine­stones.

Grow­ing up, when­ever my dad and I got into an ar­gu­ment, he would al­ways make up with me by say­ing “Who’s go­ing to walk you down the aisle?” I would say “You are,” and the ar­gu­ment would be over.

As an ac­ces­sory, I wore a locket an­klet with his pic­ture in it so, my dad did walk me down the aisle.

The look: We went for a ro­man­tic sim­ple

el­e­gance theme that re­minded us of our week in Paris.

For the cer­e­mony, we used hy­drangea petals to cre­ate a de­sign down the aisle. The aisle was lined with rose po­man­der balls and para­sols. The guest chairs were cov­ered in white and adorned with satin wa­ter­melon col­ored sashes. The gazebo was dec­o­rated in chif­fon fab­ric with a beau­ti­ful chan­de­lier and crys­tal balls lin­ing the back side. A ta­ble was set up in the mid­dle of the gazebo to hold the wa­ter and dirt used for the unity tree plant­ing dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

At the re­cep­tion, lights were strung ev­ery­where in the barn. On the ta­bles were sim­ple white ta­ble cloths with metal lanterns, tealights and Hy­drangea bou­quets.

The groom and grooms­men wore tan suits with­out jack­ets, only vests and co­or­di­nat­ing ties.

The brides­maids wore chif­fon floor length strap­less dresses with a cas­cad­ing ruf­fle down the front in wa­ter­melon color from David’s Bri­dal.

Our daugh­ter’s dress had a satin white bodice with a pleated organza shirt in the same color of the brides­maid dresses. And our ring bearer, our bea­gle, Chloe, wore a gold col­lar ac­cented with pearls with our rings at­tached.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: Our wed­ding was so great from start to fin­ish. It is hard to pick just one mem­ory, but I would have to say that the most un­for­get­table mo­ment was when the ma­jor­ity of the guests were gone. It was one of the hottest days we had all sum­mer. Ear­lier that day I had made the com­ment that I was go­ing to jump in the pool and this was over­heard by Lani and Lilly, the daugh­ters of Angie and Dar­rell But­ler. As Billy and I were walk­ing out, a sweet lit­tle voice be­hind us says “Are we go­ing to jump in the pool now?” and it was Lani.

I thought they would be asleep when we left but she stayed awake pa­tiently wait­ing. So, in the pool we went dress and all!

Billy, my­self, the bri­dal party and we even con­vinced Dar­rell and Angie to jump in too.

The hon­ey­moon: Billy and I didn’t take a hon­ey­moon. We were pre­sented with a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity we couldn’t pass up. We took ad­van­tage of the time we had off work and be­came the new own­ers of Ablu­tion Day Spa and Salon. It was a great wed­ding gift to our­selves.

Pho­tos cour­tesy of SUN­SET EX­PO­SURES

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