A Sur­prise Pro­posal

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Weddings - By Beth Bright, pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of Todd March­ese Pho­tog­ra­phy

Alice Naples, for­mer travel agent and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, forged a last­ing re­la­tion­ship with Terry Wal­lace, Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer, 37-year track an­nouncer and 32-year me­dia di­rec­tor for Oak­lawn Park, af­ter they met at a mu­tual friend's house on New Year's Day in 1990.

They dated for a few years be­fore part­ing ways to fo­cus on rais­ing their young chil­dren, but re­mained friends. In 1998, they started the Re­lay For Life of Gar­land County, which has raised more than $3 mil­lion since its in­cep­tion, and a few years ago they de­cided “it's a good time in our life to pur­sue our re­la­tion­ship again.”

“We planned to leave for Paris and river cruise the fol­low­ing Tues­day, but on a Fri­day evening as Terry was at the front door of my house he said `I have some­thing to ask you and you need to sit down,'” Alice said. “I had no idea what it might be. We had dis­cussed so many things about our up­com­ing trip, and I fig­ured it was one more thing to fi­nal­ize.

“So I sat down and Terry got on one knee, took my hand and said I'd like for you to marry me and I want to know if you will say `yes' be­fore we de­part for Paris.”

Terry said he wanted to be en­gaged while they were trav­el­ing.

“I wasn't ex­pect­ing this,” she said. “If any­thing, I would have thought he would pro­pose in Paris. He said `ev­ery­one pro­poses in Paris, I want to know now.' Of course I said `yes.'”

The big day: We had a pri­vate cer­e­mony on June 7 at our home. We had an af­ter­noon gath­er­ing of our friends to cel­e­brate our 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary, which would nor­mally be cel­e­brated in 2065 if we were to live that long. Terry's idea was to start at 50 and en­joy our later years first.

Best Man and Maid of Honor: We had all of our 11 chil­dren — and spouses — and 11 grand­chil­dren in at­ten­dance. The lit­tle girls were flower girls and the boys were grooms­men. It was a ma­jor fete to get all seven fam­i­lies here from Arkansas, Texas, Michi­gan, Ne­braska, Ok­la­homa and Ohio.

The lo­ca­tion: We got mar­ried at our home, on the back deck where the grand­chil­dren would be

more com­fort­able and could run and play with­out dis­turb­ing any­one and be­com­ing bored.

The re­cep­tion: The cel­e­bra­tion was held at the Elks Club. Our hope was to have our guests singing, danc­ing and hav­ing a fun time with a fam­ily in­flu­ence. We de­cided that a nice way to iden­tify our fam­i­lies to our lo­cal friends was to en­ter the Elks Club do­ing a Grand March singing the song “Happy” by Phar­rell Wil­liams. We ended the march with Dona Pettey of the Ohio Club singing “Signed, Sealed, De­liv­ered” for our first dance.

Our long­time friends Chris Dunkel and Su­san Whittaker of Stubby's BarB-Que catered our cel­e­bra­tion. Our wed­ding and 50th an­niver­sary cake came from Harps. Dona Pettey con­tin­ued the en­ter­tain­ment ac­com­pa­nied by DJ Larry Wil­son, of Hot Springs Vil­lage. Singer Shari Bales fin­ished the af­ter­noon cel­e­bra­tion.

The look: Pink roses and Calla Lil­lies from Hot Springs Florist.

The dress: I wore comfy, ca­sual cream slacks and top, a cus­tom head­piece, a gift from friends.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: Terry sang “My Funny Valen­tine” to me as I walked to him as the fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan.

The hon­ey­moon: Ni­a­gara Falls with stops in Cleve­land and Cincin­nati and Louisville.

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