Amanda May Gordon and William Christopher "Chris" Whiddon were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark. Officiating the ceremony was Rev. Matthew Pearson.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. May of West Monroe. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chandler of Homer and the late Ms. Lucille Hebert of Monroe and the late Roy May of Angleton, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan G. Whiddon of El Dorado. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. L. “Buddy” Couch of Junction City, Ark. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Guthrie Whiddon Sr. of El Dorado.
Given in marriage by her father, Amanda wore an ivory strapless Vera Wang ball gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline complimented with a cathedral length veil of imported sheer ivory illusion. It was embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The bridal bouquet featured pink, royal blue and green lilies accented with spray roses.
Serving as matron of honor was Tabitha Peters West. Bridesmaids were Caitlin Reynolds May, sister-in-law of the bride and Jessica McDonald. They wore strapless tea length satin royal blue dresses. Kaleigh Chandler served as the flower girl. She wore an ivory tulle dress with a royal blue sash.
Attending the groom as best man was Chris' brother, Dan Whiddon III (Trey). Groomsmen were Clark Tennyson and Ryan May, brother of the bride. Ushers were Clay Jordan and Robert Ramsey. Aiden Whiddon, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. Tripp Gordon, son of the bride, presented the Bible to Reverend Pearson.
Pianist Mary Worthen and soloist Robert Ramsey provided music for the ceremony. The reading was presented by Lea Ann Reynolds. Wedding coordinator was Brook Ramsey.
Emory Hamm of El Dorado surprised the couple with a horse-drawn carriage ride on this beautiful summer day to their reception at The Newton House Museum.
The couple honeymooned in Jamaica.