Mary Claire Thomas and Mitchell Alexander Dowden

Mary Claire Thomas became the bride of Mitchell Alexander Dowden at 6 p.m. on September 18 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The pastor Amy Dafler Meaux officiated.

June and Jeffrey Thomas from Little Rock are the bride’s parents. She is the granddaughter of RH and the late Marion Morrow and Carol Anne and the late Mike Thomas.

The groom’s parents are Denise and Jeffrey Brian Dowden of Fayetteville. He is the grandson of Bobbie and Bill Cunningham, Barbara Hilburn, and the late Ben Dowden.

White wedding arrangements made from delphiniums, snapdragons, hydrangeas and tulips adorned the altar. The music was played by the organist Colin MacKnight.

The bride, accompanied by her father, wore a strapless A-line dress made of silk brocade and a bouquet of lilies of the valley.

Honorary matron was Olivia Morley Thomas, sister-in-law of the bride, and maid of honor was Sarah Catherine Alexander, both from Little Rock. Bridesmaids were Lauren Elizabeth Dowden, the groom’s sister, and Courtney Elizabeth Cole, both of Fayetteville; Meghan Elizabeth McDonald from Houston; Macy Kaitlin Easley from New Orleans; Savannah Janine Wolfe from New York; Helen Spradling Hathaway from Washington; Kathryn Anderson Travis of St. Louis; and Michelle Cooper Dailey of Nashville, Tennessee. They wore chiffon dresses in soft blues, greens and grays and wore bouquets of white flowers.

The flower girl and ring bearer were Parker Marie Kees and Ford Michael Thomas, both of Little Rock.

John Davis Trice from New York served as best man. Groomsmen were Bradley Thomas Blaylock of Louisville, Ky; Avery Williams Littrell of Washington; Dr. William Hamilton Moore of Memphis; Paxton Samuel Thomas and Dr. Reed Michael Thomas, both from Little Rock and brothers of the bride; Keaton James Vann from Dallas; Dr. Stephan Alexander Castellanos from Baltimore; Robert Ty McGowen of Houston; and Austin Jared Powell of Cambridge, Mass.

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the bride’s family home. Guest tables covered with French blue cloths had brightly colored flower arrangements. Music was from Motown.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and art history. She is the Grant Manager at the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue & You Foundation.

The groom is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications. He graduated with a Masters of Laws in Agricultural Law and Policy from the University of Arkansas School of Law and is an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Arkansas Department of Energy and the Environment.

After a honeymoon in Punta Maroma, Mexico, the couple will live in Little Rock.

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