A Fairytale Wedding

Although not quite “childhood sweethearts,” Jessica (Eason) and Garen Holman met in junior high and began dating at the end of their junior year of high school. that meeting led to the eventual traditional wedding held on a beautiful summer day. 

Both attended First United Methodist Church in Russellville so the church’s sanctuary was the natural choice for their ceremony. Brother Mackey Yokem, who had known both throughout their childhood, officiated the double-ring ceremony.

Though the couple did not officially hire a wedding planner, family friends Becky Smith and Kay Dodson, both of Russellville, volunteered to be serve as wedding coordinators “and did an amazing job,” praised the Holmans.

Parents of the couple are Richard and Cindy Holman, and Lonnie and Gina Eason. All reside in Russellville.

To be able to reflect back on the special moments, Jessica and Garen selected Ryan White of RC White Photography to document the wedding day. He began the session capturing the preparations before, during and after the ceremony.

“Ryan was our photographer, and we highly recommend him to all of our friends,” said Garen. Rather than employ a professional videographer, the couple had a few friends offer to capture the events on video tape.

The amazing display of fresh florals were designed by Joe Turner of Cathy’s Flowers. “Joe is amazing!” they agreed.

Jessica’s sister, Elizabeth, served as Maid of Honor while Cole Cioppa stood by Garen’s side as Best Man. Other friends and family members joining the couple at the altar included bridesmaids Ashley Graham, Mallory Hardin, Beth Tucker, Jennifer Morshedi and Lindsey Bailey. Groomsmen were Michael Phillips, Brandon Ayers, Rye Bailey, Ryan Cutler and Caleb Jones.

Connor Eason served as junior groomsman while Haley Eason was junior bridesmaid. Flower girl Paige Phillips was joined by Caleb Eason serving as ring bearer.

When searching for a place to host the wedding reception, the couple drove to Mount Nebo State Park in Dardanelle and immediately fell in love with the location. The rustic charm of the large pavilion, coupled with the incredible view of the valley below, made it a natural choice for gathering some 250 to 300 family and friends who celebrated their marriage.

A combination of tulle, lights and florals turned the rustic pavilion into a fairy-tale reception complete with horse- drawn carriage. Guests dined and danced throughout the evening while the young couple greeted and gabbed with family and friends.

After their marriage, the couple enjoyed a week in Florida, visiting Daytona Beach, Walt Disney World, Clearwater Beach, and Busch Gardens. Following, they left for a one-week Caribbean cruise which began in Tampa, FL, traveling to Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, Belize City; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico.

The pair currently resides in Austin where Jessica is working as a registered nurse at Brackenridge Hospital. Garen is working as a graduate student on my PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

What began as a picture perfect June day at the altar of their home church ended with an amazing sunset atop one of Arkansas’s most beautiful locations. Surrounded by family and friends, Jessica and Garen couldn’t recall an embarrassing or amusing moment. “It went by too fast!”

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