Chris and Melanie dated briefly in high school in February 1992. Twenty-six and a half years later, they were both single, and Chris friended Melanie on social media. She immediately messaged him, “Hey stranger!” They began to talk and went on a date the next day. They continued to talk, and two and a half years later, they eloped.
It was special because…
Although we wanted our seven children, their spouses, and children at our wedding, it was impossible. So we planned the elopement and told only our closest family and a few friends. It was the most beautiful weather in the gorgeous Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. Melanie’s favorite flowers are tulips, and it was peak blooming season with over 150,000 bulbs.
Parents of the Bride: Larry Woodle, Sherry Davidson
Parents of the Groom: Ray and Shirley Earley
Pastor/Officiant: Michael Pounders
Flowers: Johnson Floral Co.
Bridal Make-up: Ashton Robinson
Venue: Garvan Woodland Gardens
Photographer: Debbie Brower Photography
Wedding Dress: LuLu’s
Wedding Jewelry: Micah’s Jewelers, Texarkana, TX