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story.lead_photo.caption Ariel Nicole Thorns (Michelle Gay)

Wedding vows were exchanged by

Ariel Nicole Wilson and Cameron Rashad Thorns at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel at the Venue at Oakdale, Sherwood. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Maron V. King.

Parents of the bride are Joyce and Andrew Wilson Jr. of Pine Bluff. She is the granddaughter of Helen Perkins of Pine Bluff, the late Arthur Shaw of Pastoria, the late Andrew Wilson Sr. of Oakland, Calif., and the late Hazel and Marvin Langford, also of Pine Bluff.

The groom is the son of Aria Elise Thorns of Little Rock and Doiron Nelson of Ponchatoula, La. He is the grandson of Clara P. Thorns and the late Curtis Thorns, both of Pine Bluff, Rosemary Daniels of Ponchatoula and the late Dalton Nelson of New Orleans.

Tall candelabra set in beds of blush pink rose petals lined the aisle. A canopy of white draped chiffon at the altar was held with bouquets of white and pink wedding flowers.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a fit-and-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline embellished with bead encrusted lace. The skirt extended to a cathedral-length train. She carried a cascade of white orchids, pink hypericum and blush and pink roses.

Ashley Bradley, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Saige Davis of Centerton; Cierra White of Carrolton, Texas; Stephanie Lilly of Columbia, Mo.; Stasha McDonald of Duncanville, Texas; Courtney Spland of Frisco, Texas; Ericka Vaughn of Memphis; and Brianna Allen and Aliyah Glover, both of Little Rock. Junior bridesmaid was Jayia Bradley of Sherwood, niece of the bride. They wore black matte-sequin gowns and carried small bouquets of pink hypericum, sahara spray roses and Hermosa roses.

Flower girls were Jaycee Bradley of Sherwood, niece of the bride, and Skylar McAfee of Little Rock. Ring bearer was Jace Bradley of Sherwood, nephew of the bride.

Best man was Ocie Brown III of Little Rock. Serving as groomsmen were Carlos Buie of Rogers; Korbin Watts of Austin, Texas; Anthony Walton Jr. of the Czech Republic; Tyjuan Lowe of San Antonio; and Keenan Thomas, Weldon Rawlings, Frazier McFadden and Dayton Artis, all of Little Rock.

Guests were seated by Kameron Buie of Rogers, Evan Gilliard of Little Rock and Jaylen McDaniels and John McDaniels of Jackson, Miss.

A reception was held at the Venue's Grand Hall. Tables were covered in blush pink cloths topped with black lace. Centerpieces were tall arrangements of white and blush pink hydrangeas, roses and anemone. A balloon garland lined the staircase banister. Assisting were Courtney Strickland, Taylor Willis, Madison Hawkins and Jakayla Foots.

The bride has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master's degree in mass communications from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a financial services representative at Arkansas Federal Credit Union.

The bridegroom also attended UAPB and is a customer care representative with Centene Corporation.

The couple will make their home in Little Rock after a honeymoon in Malibu, Calif.

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