Hannah Claire Banwarth Richard Lawson Vassar
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville hosted the 5:30 p.m. wedding on Saturday August 14 of Hannah Claire Banwarth and Richard Lawson Vassar. The celebrant was Kent Webb, uncle of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Jill and Norman Banwarth of Bentonville and the granddaughter of Marilyn and the late Bill Webb, also of Bentonville, and Cheryl and Norman Banwarth of Red Bluff, California.
The groom’s parents are Terri and Rick Vassar from Little Rock. He is the grandson of Becki and Larry Vassar of Sherwood, the late Linda Caldwell Lain of Little Rock and the late Wayne Welch of Lonoke.
A tunnel of fresh silver berries, hydrangeas, and candlelight garden roses decorated the entrance to the driveway, and groupings of white delphiniums and roses lined the rest of the driveway. An altar was framed by large white arrangements in cast iron urns. The music was from the Matt Smith Trio. Guests were greeted by Katherine Hinson of Washington and Hayley Kate Webb of Searcy.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an off-the-shoulder A-line dress in lace and tulle embellished with floral appliques. The backless bodice had a sweetheart neckline and the skirt extended to a cathedral train. She was carrying a white bouquet of garden roses, lisianthus, peonies and tulips.
Amanda Isabell of Bentonville was her sister’s matron of honor. Bailey Younger of Dallas was a bridesmaid.
The bridesmaids were Celina Banwarth, Hannah Bigger and Haley Roberts, all of Fayetteville; Briana Barganier of Denver; Jordan Gore of Saint-Louis; Emi McGhee of Nashville, Tennessee; Lauren Peterson, Jessica Sonnentag and Lauren Vassar, sister of the groom, all of Dallas; Mandy Stefanic of Bentonville; and Cassandra Trexler from Tontitown.
They wore long sleeveless ivory crepe dresses with halter-style necklines and wore small white bouquets.
The best man was Alex Flemister from Little Rock. The groomsmen were Cody Adcock and Jonathan Medlin, both of Memphis; Hunter Banwarth, brother of Fayetteville’s fiancée; George Friedmann, Alex Harrod, Foster Pollock, Connor Reddick and Daniel Vogel, all of Little Rock; Alex Gosser of North Little Rock; Ryan Isabell of Bentonville; Jake Rogers of Camden; and LJ Wallace of Dallas. The bearer of the ring was Jack Isabell of Bentonville, the bride’s nephew.
A reception at the museum took place after the ceremony. The guest tables contained white cherry blossoms and garden flower arrangements. A bar tent was decorated with garden greenery and centered with a large arrangement of white wedding flowers. Cocktail hour music was provided by Smoothman Jazz Ensemble, followed by music from the 12 South Band of Nashville.
The bride graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in clothing merchandising and product development. She is employed by Sam’s Club as a children’s clothing and crew merchant.
The groom has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from college and is an associate merchant at Walmart in outdoor lighting.
After a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, the couple will live in Fayetteville.