A Fort Smith Wedding - Drennen Dozier Dallas and Brogan Lopez
She wanted a “Fort Smith” wedding, not just a wedding in Fort Smith. That was fine with her love, a Memphis guy. So Drennan Dozier Dallas and Brogan Lopez wed at Immaculate Conception, with hometown loyalty in all the details of their plans.
While planning from Tennessee, Drennan relied on the formidable talents of her mother, Daren, and support of her dad, Col. J.R. Dallas, former commander of the 188th Fighter Wing.
Knowing that an I.C. wedding is always beautiful, the couple focused on entertaining their guests with a downtown hotel as a base and reception location. They held a rehearsal dinner at 21 West End’s atrium.
Brogan and the groomsmen spent the wedding day watching a Razorback game and having a meal kindly provided by friends of his mom. The bridesmaids dressed at St. Anne’s Convent. But she and her mother slipped away to a hair salon.
“It was a very relaxed hour and a half,” she said. “It was nice to have some time with my mom. We’re so close it was nice to just be the two of us.”
The bride and groom had a “first look” moment on the convent’s balcony, where they read letters to one another. They elected to take group pictures before the ceremony, under a cathedral of trees at the National Historic Site. They traveled on the city trolley bus.
At last, Drennan stood at the doors of the sanctuary on her father’s arm. Any tension broke when their youngster ringbearer not only went up the aisle, but did a running loop around Father John and the altar and back down the aisle.
“He was having the time of his life,” she said. “Everybody was laughing.”
He was apprehended.
Seeing each other from opposite ends of that long, solemn aisle was when they both say they truly realized “this is it!”
Drennan loves that in a Catholic service, the couple sits facing all the people they love.
They were wed and blessed. As they turned to leave, her very long, trailing veil popped right out of her up-do. She just smiled and kept walking.
Their reception was exactly as they had hoped. The DoubleTree by Hilton produced their wishes perfectly, offering heavy hors d’oeuvres, which starred big charcuterie boards and champagne. The band, Memphis Soul, was Brogan’s touch.
“I didn’t want to leave,” she said. “We stayed until the band was packing up!”
On Sunday, her parents held an open house in their own just-completed home. The couple stayed to see off guests with goodie bags of authentic Fort Smith favors they had selected.
Tuesday morning, they were back in school. A honeymoon cruise came a month later – “It was much more relaxing that way,” she said.
The tips she shares? It was a 15-month engagement. She credits her mother endlessly, appreciated that I.C. provides a “liaison” person for weddings and highly rated the services of their hotel reception venue. She chose services and from many friends and familiar, local vendors.
The romance that began in Fayetteville moved to a marriage proposal atop Memphis’ Peabody Hotel, was sealed in Fort Smith and has the achievements of graduations ahead. It will come full circle when the couple resides here.
This article appears in the June 2019 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.