The wedding day of Tennessee girl Jennifer Ann Cantrell and New York native William Lewis Conrad III was held Nov. 11 in an outdoor ceremony at Deer Path Farms in Rock Island.
The bride is the daughter of Carl and Pam Cantrell, and the granddaughter of Eleanore and the late Warren Swoape, and the late Joe P. and Lucille Cantrell.
Mr. Conrad is the son of Barbara and William Conrad Jr. His grandparents are the late Rita and William Conrad Sr., Robert Davenport and the late Donna Rios, all of New York.
A taste of rural Tennessee was expressed in the venue, with the ceremony taking place on a stage at the barn’s entrance. Full burlap curtains were draped to each side, showcasing a large wooden “C” representing both families. Wooden barrels were placed on the stage holding fresh magnolia leaves, and decorative dried grass, accented with river birch branches.
The intimate ceremony was conducted by the groom’s former teacher, Jesse Holt, from Oxford, Mich. Musical selections were provided by Jason Gross.
Guests were greeted at the registry table by the bride’s cousin Elena Holder. They had instant photos made and placed in a book, along with a handwritten message to the couple.
Jenn was escorted by her father, and she chose an ivory long sleeve sheath bridal gown, featuring an illusion bateau neckline with piping details. Sheer lace accents were placed at the hips of the silk crepe skirt. Her illusion veil was attached to a comb belonging to her sister. The bridal bouquet featured ivory roses, plum calla lilies, succulents and assorted greenery.
Heather Mullins was her sister’s matron of honor, wearing a floral print chiffon dress. Bows on the high-neck bodice gave way to a full and flowing skirt with a matching sash tie. She wore a pearl headband, and carried a bouquet similar to her sisters.
Mike Rois, cousin of the groom, served as the best man. The groom’s brother-in-law Spencer Mullins was the wedding usher.
A reception was held for the couple, with guests enjoying a dinner of assorted entrees and side dishes. The bride’s interest in “Alice in Wonderland” was present in the table decorations, with each table holding an antique teapot filled with assorted fresh flowers. Antique books, rabbit statues, keys, time pieces and tea cups were nestled on green moss.
A three-tiered red velvet and pumpkin spice cake, placed on a brass stand, was perched on a wooden slab. The unique confection featured a layer with black stripes, a shimmering gold layer, topped with a floral layer. It was topped with a gold Mr. & Mrs. beside an open pocket watch with cascading chain.
The cake was made by Lisa Holder, and was assisted in serving by Meredith Cantrell, both the bride’s aunts. At the groom’s request, stack of donuts and take-out bags were placed on a red checked table covering adorned with Chicago Black Hawks hockey memorabilia.
The new Mrs. Conrad is a Warren County High School graduate, and is a Georgia Career Institute graduate. She is employed at Rooster’s in Brentwood. Will is a co-partner at Stacked Bistro.
The couple took a week-long cruise to Mexico, and are making their home in McMinnville.
Out-of-town guests included Mark and Karen Truty of Ottawa, Ill.; Tom and Marilyn Willis of Tonica, Ill.; Gary, Tanya and Jacob Osterhout, sister and brother-in-law of groom, of Granby, Conn.; Scott and Teri Webster of Schenetady, N.Y., Tina Davenport and Kim Kennedy of Charleston, S. C.; Jesse and Andrea Holt of Oxford, Mich.; and Robert and Gina Law of Pallenville, N.Y.