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Our first staff meeting to plan an issue of Weddings in Arkansas is much like the day after a couple becomes engaged. The question of where to begin looms before us, and we search for inspiration. What have we seen recently that’s captured our attention, what feels current without being too trendy and what’s timely for a bride-to-be to know? In planning this issue, the fresh colors showing up in fashion and design were top of mind for our team—the petal pinks, brilliant blues, invigorating oranges, luscious lavenders and garden greens appearing on the runaway, in elegant rooms and in chic shops across the country. These oh-so-spring and summery colors became our launching pad, and art director Mandy Keener and special projects coordinator Lauren trother took the color wheel and ran with it, devising features showing how to incorporate these shades into all your wedding day details. One thing we learned along the way? hese shades are sheer fun. Bring them into your big day and guests are bound to be smiling as broadly as the bride and groom. njoy!

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*Look no further than your closet for the colors and styles that you favor—and don’t be afraid to accessorize!

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*Your stationery pieces are the first element your guests will see. Let them set the tone for the fun to follow.

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Use bold graphics and punchy colors to spice up a neutral space. Personal style adds pizzazz!

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*Let fashionable flair be your guide, from a boutonniere wrapped in ribbon to embellished frames as reception favors.


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ashley mclelland jamey henderson september 18, conway Interview by Julie Wax

If you’re willing to share, we would love to know all about the proposal. It was a casual Friday night dinner at Vino’s in Little Rock. When we headed back to the car, he turned toward me with a ring and proposed. It was November 13—Friday the 13th! Don’t believe in superstition, though, because our wedding was perfect. The setting of your wedding, a fruit orchard, is SO UNIQUE. I grew up in the country and always wanted to get married in a pasture. We looked at several outdoor venues, but I couldn’t find anything similar to what I had envisioned. A friend had attended a wedding in this orchard, so he suggested it and it was just the kind of place I had in mind. The peaches looked delicious enough to eat! Did you use them in your menu, or were they merely for decorating? The peaches were a big hit. We incorporated burlap, baskets and peaches throughout the decor. We didn’t use any peaches in our menu, but they were great favors. Most brides send out the standard invitation, but you sent postcards. What a great idea! We wanted to make our wedding casual, and standard invitations can be formal and expensive. We included two postcards with our engagement photos on both the invitation and RSVP card. Casual and homemade seem to be a common theme, as well as a vintage look. Tell us more about your inspiration for that style. To me, items are so much more special when they’re handmade. Jamey and his father made an arbor for the ceremony, using scrap wood from the orchard. Most of my ideas came from greenweddingshoes.com, and I did a lot of antique shopping for vintage finds, including the windows and shutters we worked into the decor. My mother-in-law made the burlap table runners. Several items came from Etsy, the online craft site. I purchased my decorated hair comb from the site. And I saw a guestbook tree, a framed piece of art with guests’ thumbprints on it, on a wedding blog, and knew I had to incorporate that idea into our reception. The tree is on our wall at home and reminds us of the people involved in our special day.  Did you work other items with sentimental meaning into the wedding? Our wedding bands. My grandmother willed her anniversary ring to me. There were three layers of diamonds, so Stanley Jewelers took apart the sides and I used the middle row. Jamey’s ring was melded from both his father and grandfather’s rings. Of course we love fashion, so you must spill on the wedding dress details. It was a Watters & Watters ivory strapless dress with silk taffeta and front pleats at the neckline, trumpet skirt with cutout flowers and chapel train. It was very lightweight without extra layers. I was so glad, because the day was much hotter than I had thought it would be. 

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WEDDING SOURCES PhotographY Crystal Goss Photography, Conway Ceremony/reception Collins Orchards, Conway Bride’s dress Proposals, Little Rock Cake The Cake Company, Conway Cake Topper Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Bryant Catering Julie Ann’s Deli, Mayflower Flowers Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway Hair Sheena Bauman, Studio H Salon, North Little Rock Rentals Central Events, A Southern Tradition, Conway Rings Stanley Jewelers, North Little Rock Shoes Antique Mall, Bryant

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Dress from Alfred Angelo, Little Rock. Veil from Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. 24-karat yellow gold and turquoise beads from Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock. Cake from Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale. Floral cake topper from Dillard’s, locations statewide. Earrings from Faux Pas, Little Rock. Facing page: Jasmine Haute Couture dress from Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. Jewelry from Faux Pas, Little Rock.

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Allure Couture dress from Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. 18-karat white gold hoops covered in 7.21 carats of round diamonds from Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock, Pine Bluff. Ring from Faux Pas, Little Rock. Facing page: Mori Lee dress from Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock. 12.56-carat peridot ring in 18-karat white gold surrounded by 1.17 carats of round diamonds from Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock, Pine Bluff. Clutch from Dillard’s, locations statewide.


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Forever Yours International dress from Tulle, Sherwood. White gold choker-style diamond necklace with bezel set yellow diamond accents from Wilkerson Jewelers, Stuttgart. Hair accessory, earrings and ring from Faux Pas, Little Rock. Facing page: W Too Brides dress by Watters and headpiece from Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. Earrings from Faux Pas, Little Rock.

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Weddings in Arkansas

through the years

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bowers Jr. August 25, 1957 West Memphis Grandparents of special projects coordinator Lauren Strother

Dr. and Mrs. Lacy Fraiser July 26, 1957 Little Rock In-laws of publisher Kelly Fraiser

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Keener November 21, 1969 Russellville Parents of art director Mandy Keener

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Revell July 7, 1974 Hot Springs Parents of account executive Kathy Condrey

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Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hall July 10, 1976 El Dorado Parents of advertising coordinator Laura LaRue

Mr. and Mrs. William Rodman September 21, 1946 El Dorado Grandparents of advertising coordinator Laura LaRue


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