Alexis Yasmine Hefner and John Blake Burckart were joined in Covenant Marriage at the First Presbyterian Sanctuary in Oklahoma City on July 6, 2013 officiated by Rev. Matt Meinke.
Alexis is the daughter of Carol and Robert Hefner IV of Edmond. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sam Coury of Edmond and Mr. Robert A. Hefner III of Oklahoma City. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian School and The Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.
Blake is the son of Susan and J. Robert Burckart of Bentonville, Arkansas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Pinky Davis, the late Mr. John Burckart and Mrs. Barbara Platner of Rogers, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Bentonville High School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas’ Walton School of Business and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Given in marriage by her father, Alexis wore a couture Monique Lhullier of diamond white Spanish tulle featuring an encrusted belt of crystals and seed pearls. The trumpet gown enhanced the Bride’s silhouette with asymmetrical tucks with a sheer portrait décolleté that draped her shoulders finishing in tiny knots at her shoulder points. Her scalloped cathedral veil and blusher of gossamer silk tulle was designed by Toni Federici and featured sparkling hand set crystals and pearls accented by a large hair embellishment of pearls and Swarovski crystals also by Federici. She carried a bouquet of white crystal peonies, roses, white phlox, jeweled stephanotis and lysimachia with wrapped stems featuring “something blue”, an antique batiste handkerchief from her late great grandmother embroidered with her new monogram and wedding date. “Something old” were heirloom earrings given by her father. “Something new” was her wedding ensemble and crystal embellished garter and Blake’s Lambda Chi fraternity pin nestled next to her Kappa pin inside her bodice represented “Something Borrowed.” She carried a sixpence in her shoe rounding out the tradition.
Bridesmaids wore sparkling column gowns designed by Ralph Lauren which featured wrapped “v” necklines and ruching at the waist. They carried white peonies, hydrangea, jeweled stephanotis and lysimachia wrapped in crystal buttoned champagne organdy. Groomsmen were outfitted in Vera Wang and sported monogrammed pocket squares.
Serving as Matron of Honor was sister of the Bride, Iman Hefner Berglan of Oklahoma City. Sister of the Bride, Gabrielle Hefner of Edmond served as Maid of Honor. Also serving the Bride were sisters-in-law, Brooke Burckart Sanderson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Kellie Hefner of Oklahoma City. Others were Jamy Green, Las Vegas, Nev., Colbie Magness of OKC, Jordan Watkins of Bentonville Arkansas, Hannah Glover of Houston, Texas, Allison Davis of Santa Monica, California, Lindsey Lookadoo of Bentonville, Arkansas, Elizabeth Leggett of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Serving as House Party attendants were the Bride’s cousins, Mia Solheim, Allie and Maddy Coury, and friends Ryan McNitt, all of Edmond, Oklahoma. Kappa Sorority sisters, Joanna Reed of Atlanta, Georgia, Danielle Pestel and Hollin Koh of Dallas, and Rae-Marie Busby of Little Rock, Ark. Party attendants wore variations of lavender and wristlets with customized embellishments.
Best Man was Richard Watkins III of Bentonville, Arkansas. Groomsmen included brothers-in-law, Robert Sanderson of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Robert Alexander Hefner V of Oklahoma City. Also, Cody Kees and Justin Bentley of Fayetteville, Ark., Nash Thomas, Brad Secrist, and Mitch McCuistian of Oklahoma City, Jordan Greer of Bentonville Arkansas, Robert Spears of Denver, Colorado, Will Morrow of Houston, Texas, and Thomas Welch of Dallas.
Ushers were Kane Davis and Brad Siamakoun of Dallas, Zach Berglan and Kellen Anderson of Oklahoma City, Brian Lookadoo of Bentonville, Ark., Brett Fleck and Andrew Shelor of Fayetteville, Ark., Will Moore of Edmond, and Jordan Greer of Fayetteville, Ark.
Carrying the heirloom family Bible was Tristan Berglan and Ring Bearer was Beckett Berglan, nephews of the Bride from Oklahoma City. Miss Charlotte Davis, cousin of the Groom, was Flower Girl and Bell Ringer was Nicholas Davis, both of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Guests celebrated the couple at a glittering reception following the ceremony. The historic First National Bank Lobby was aglow with illuminated glass bubbles suspended in air flanked by tiers of shimmering vessels with orchids, peonies and lilies dripping down the layered metal stands all created by George Catechis of the Fleuriste. The venue was chosen to honor the Bride’s family heritage as her great-grandfathers, Charles Gunter and Robert A. Hefner Sr., were strong influences in Oklahoma City’s design and establishment during the early part of the state’s history.
Ascending the grand staircase, the expanse featured gilded trees with tiny firefly lighting and fresh flowers with the Bridal cake elevated and lit from above. The hall shimmered as light dappled the Corinthian marble columns and paneled art deco ceilings creating ever changing medallions. Lounge seating imported from New York and Los Angeles offered intimate settings around the hall with glistening tables of imported table draping customized and designed by Eventures Inc. Varied centerpieces of leaves over metal graced each table with white dendrobium orchids, calla lilies, peonies and hydrangea trailing down the soaring structures. The centerpiece of the room was the 5-tier confection designed by Mischele Handy featuring a crystal monogram and heirloom brooches gifted from the Bride’s ancestors with accents of roses and peonies. The Groom’s German Chocolate cake featured a Razorback football helmet and school fight song with a tiny Razorback Hog peeking out from under an iced tier and rows of chocolate covered strawberries accenting the confection. The Groom’s table also featured a favored accompaniment of milk shots. A European inspired Croque-en-Bouche tower of coconut macaroons, the Bride’s favorite, was drizzled with caramel and chocolate with trailing dendrobium orchids. A lavish global strolling dinner representing the many travels of both families was served including selections from every continent.
The Think Big Band and orchestra from Dallas, Texas entertained the crowd providing for an evening of revelry as they danced the night away. The last surprise course was presented at the conclusion of dancing with tiny individual pizzas served in miniature white boxes emblazoned with “Happily Ever After,” provided by Good Egg Dining Group as guests gathered to view the first glimpse of the wedding film production by Von Wedding Films.
At the stroke of midnight, the newly married couple descended the grand staircase with the band’s horn section leading the way to the tune of the Razorback fight song, a tribute to the beginning of their romance. They emerged into the gorgeous nightscape where guests flanked the walk and cheered showering the couple with white rose petals and fresh lavender as they were whisked away by horse-drawn carriage.
The couple retreated for their honeymoon to a private resort in the Caribbean. They will be at home in Oklahoma City where Alexis is a Credit Specialist in Business Banking with the Accelerate Career Track Program at Bank of Oklahoma and Blake is a Corporate Attorney with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.