Couple weds in Oct. 6 beachside ceremony
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Kelly Fay Dansby and Barrett Michael Little were united in marriage at four o'clock in the evening on Oct. 6, 2012, at a beach ceremony in Gulf Shores, Ala. Minister Chris Butler officiated the double ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Michael Little
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dansby of Philadelphia. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edmisson of Dickson, Tenn. and the late Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Dansby Jr. of Philadelphia.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dougless Little of Van Buren, Ark. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Williamson of Philadelphia and the late Carol Williamson and the late Mrs. And Mrs. Gene Little of Van Buren, Ark.
The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, wore a sumptuous court-tiered, floor-length mermaid style gown covered in lace. The backless gown contained a sweetheart neckline and form-fitting bodice which extended into a short train made exclusively for a beach wedding.
As an alternative to the traditional veil, she wore a massive hairpiece covered with crystals and pearls that complemented her dark beach waves. The bride wore a pearl encrusted gold necklace completed with diamond baguettes, which was a sentimental gift from her mother.
She also wore a gift from her father; an exquisite gold wristwatch, a keepsake of her late grandmother, Fay Dansby, after whom the bride was named, was delicately suspended on her wrist. She carried a hand-tied nosegay of pink roses, baby's breath, and pink and yellow alstroemerias.
A collection of the bride and groom's favorite songs were compiled and played during the ceremony by cousin of the bride and DJ John Williams. Classic songs such as "Unchained Melody" and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" were chosen to be presented acoustically. A soft, piano version of "Canon in D" was played for the bride's grand entrance.
The bride and groom, along with the bridal party and family, exited the ceremony to the song "I Can See Clearly Now."
Serving as Matron of Honor was the bride's sister, Jill Dansby Rushing.
Bridesmaids were Brittany Madere Grant, close friend of the bride; Lindsey Williams Eakes, cousin of the bride; and Amber Hendrix Butler and Debbie Sullivan Hancock, friends of the bride. The bridesmaids wore lilac, tea-length puckered cotton gauze beach dresses. The shirred crossover bodices with petal-like strands of fabric formed the straps and a flattering empire waist.
The dramatic hemline and subtle train in back enhanced the graceful silhouette and drape of the dress.
Attending the groom as best man was the groom's father, Milton Dougless Little. Groomsmen were Pete Williamson, grandfather of the groom; Payton Little, brother of the groom; and Jay McCalister and Sid Williams, friends of the groom.
Honoring the wedding with their presence were Flower Girl Laura Frances Eakes, daughter of Lindsey and Bo Eakes and Ring Bearer, Thomas Hutt Rushing, son of Jill and TJ Rushing. Laura Frances wore an ivory lace and crochet floor- length gown named "The Amelia" by the Tea Princess Collection, which was made in Australia.
Hutt wore a pure, white pique shorts outfit complete with suspenders by Monday's Child. Both children strolled barefoot down the aisle; Laura Frances threw fresh rose petals while Hutt carried a vintage homemade ring pillow made by a church family friend. Ushers were Payton Little and TJ Rushing, brother-in-law of the bride.
The wedding coordinator was Mickie Edmisson Williams.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to attend a poolside reception at a beach house near the ceremony. Reception decorators were the bride and her family. SugarBug Bakery of Gulf Shores, Ala., catered the event by providing a Low Country Boil containing a spicy blend of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob,and new potatoes. Other foods included potato salad, slaw, rolls, and a fresh fruit platter.
The bride's three-tiered "pearl" cake and the groom's "University of Arkansas" cake were also provided by SugarBug Bakery.
The bride and groom also provided a "candy station" served exclusively for all the children attending the ceremony. John Williams, DJ of the reception music, provided the bride and groom's favorite songs throughout the evening.
Sidney Jackson Williams, cousin and a close friend of the bride, and Ashley Brooke Allen, also a friend of the bride, worked together to provide exceptional photography for the entire wedding experience.
The couple exited through a mass of bubbles, blown by family and friends.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents hosted a private rehearsal dinner at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The restaurant provided incredible food including chicken tenders, twice-baked potato casserole, green beans, and fresh rolls. The bride and groom chose this night to distribute special gifts to their bridal party and family.
After a short honeymoon in Gulf Shores, the couple is making their home in Philadelphia. Barrett and Kelly would like to take this time to thank everyone who made their fantasy wedding a reality.