Miss Lee Ann Middleton and Mr. Ethan Trent Cardimona were united in marriage on May 28, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Greene Chapel at Hendrix College. Dr. Norbert O. Schedler officiated at the double ring ceremony. Mrs. Patricia Lewis Matthews read two poems selected by the bride and groom. Classical organ pieces for the ceremony were performed by Dr. Lyle Rupert.
The bride is the daughter of Berry and Glenda Middleton of Conway. She is the granddaughter of the late Glenn and Beda Byrd of Booneville and the late Berry W. and Alva Middleton of McGehee.
The groom is the son of Ms. Kathy Cardimona of Greenbrier and Joe and Brenda Cardimona of Pine Bluff. He is the grandson of Mrs. Aline Cardimona and the late Mr. Joseph Cardimona and Mrs. Elaine Rendleman and the late Mr. Charles Rendleman of Glendale, Wisconsin.
Outside the chapel, blue and purple hydrangea wreaths with the bride and groom’s initials flanked the entrance. Inside, the pews were decorated with white tulle bows trimmed with sprays of crystal stems. The altar was decorated with a five-tiered candelabra with a mixed purple spray. Before the ceremony the candles were lit by Mr. Clayton Middleton, brother of the bride; Ms. Brooke Cingolani, cousin of the bride; Mrs. Elaine Rendleman and Mrs. Aline Cardimona, grandmothers of the groom, in memory of the deceased grandparents.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a long ivory gown with off the shoulder Alencon lace straps. The bodice, ballgown skirt and chapel train were all trimmed with beaded crystal and Alencon lace appliqués sewn onto netting over silky satin and taffeta. She wore Swarovski crystal earrings and necklace, a gift from her mother.
Maid of Honor was Ms. Sara Baltunis from Houston, Texas, and the bridesmaid was Mrs. Cathy Lewis of Vilonia. They wore floor-length chiffon and charmeuse lapis dresses in the style of their choice and crystal jewelry, a gift from the bride.
Best man was Mr. Matt Thibault of Maumelle and the groomsman was mr. Harold Harris of North Little Rock. Ushers were Mr. Clayton Middleton and Mr. Justin Bell of Little Rock, and Mr. Kris Gates of North Little Rock.
The mother of the bride wore a long sage green sateen dress with matching jacket trimmed with crystals with crystal accessories. The mother of the groom wore a tea-length purple wrap dress of chiffon.
The twilight garden-themed reception was held at Centennial Valley Country Club. The entrance was decorated with hydrangea wreaths and greenery, an illuminated crystal tree, and a crystal bowl filled of gifts to the guests of personalized wildflower seeds and chocolates. The tables were decorated with small trees and crystals, crystal bowls of floating flowers, or candles on mirrors. Blue and purple accent lighting surrounded the room. A live band consisting of Dr. Michael Yoder on bass guitar, Mr. Dylan Melton on clarinet, Mrs. Sylvia Summers on alto sax and Mr. Gary Summers on drums performed music from the Big Band era.
The bride’s table was covered in white tulle underlit with white lights, and her cake was a three-tiered butter cream cake banded with purple ribbons and chandelier crystals, and was topped with purple flowers and crystal cake jewelry. It was mounted on a raised mirrored platter with strands of crystal beading. A tall crystal vase topped with purple hydrangeas and strands of crystals flanked the cake.
The groom’s cake was a chocolate lantern, lit from the inside and created by the groom’s sister, Mrs. Jerusha Kaffine.
The couple honeymooned for a week in a castle in Sommersdorf, Germany, where they toured the surrounding areas. They currently reside in Conway.