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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published October 2, 2011 at 2:50 a.m.

Amanda Smith Tran

— Amanda Nicole Smith and Trung D. Tran were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Clinton Presidential Center. Tim Ebarb of Springdale officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Teresa and Rickey Smith of Sherwood. Her grandparents are the late Vivian and Thell Barber of Mena and the late Marie and Leo Smith of North Little Rock.

Parents of the groom are Phuong and Tai Tran of Little Rock. He is the grandson of Nong Nguyen and the late Quang Tran, the late Hoa Tran and the late Nhieu Le, all of Vietnam.

Vows were exchanged on the lawn under a garden pergola covered in vines and decorated with chandeliers, lanterns and crystals hanging from orange ribbon. Music was by the Jarboe String Quartet and soloist Shay Franklin. Readers were Courtney Miller, Ashley Peoples and Angela Boyd.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a strapless gown of douppioni silk. The skirt with an overlay of lace-embellished tulle extended to a semi-cathedral-length train. Her cathedral veil was edged with scalloped Alencon lace. She carried a cascade of flame calla lilies, fern curls, pincushion protea, dahlias, roses and orchids in shades of orange, red and terra cotta.

Johnjalyn Nelson of Little Elm, Texas, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jenni Dinger of Boulder, Colo.; Jenny Brungart of Coppell, Texas; Andrea Kruchinski of Lexington, Ky.; and Tessie Kentner of Little Rock.

They wore crimson silk douppioni knee-length dresses with bouffant skirts and sweetheart necklines and carried bouquets of calla lilies, roses, dahlias, berries and orchids.

Flower girl and ring bearer were Madison and Caden Hawkins of Humble, Texas, cousins of the bride.

Long Huynh of Lewisville, Texas, was best man. Groomsmen were Edward Fu of Chicago; Shakti Gauriar and Dan Huddleston, both of Little Rock; and John Henderson of Oakland, Calif.

A reception in the Great Hall followed the ceremony. The buffet held a grouping of tall manzanita branches and crystals, red orchids, bronze and orange calla lilies, roses and berries. Guest tables were decorated with autumn arrangements of flowers, berries and foliage in eclectic containers.

The bride graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also graduated with honors from the William H. Bowen School of Law with a juris doctorate. She is a certified public accountant licensed in Arkansas and a tax lawyer with Ernst and Young in Dallas.

The groom has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a sales director for Superior Communications in Irwin, Calif.

After a honeymoon in Napa Valley, Calif., and Kauai, Hawaii, the couple will live in Carrollton, Texas.

High Profile, Pages 49 on 10/02/2011




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