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In Little Rock, the Sessoms-Grimes wedding

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On Mount Nebo, the HaygoodGreenfield wedding

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50 In Little Rock, the Fess-Cooper wedding

44 The preceding is a list of some of the products, manufacturers, distributors and retailers represented in this issue. Space limitations prevent sourcing of all items. Although extreme care is taken to provide correct information, At Home in Arkansas cannot guarantee information received from sources. At Home in Arkansas Weddings in Arkansas is published 2 times a year by Network Communications Inc. Opinions expressed in articles, letters or advertisements, unless otherwise noted, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publisher or the staff. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information presented in this issue is accurate and neither At Home in Arkansas, LLC, nor any of its staff, is responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Copyright© 2011 Network Communications Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without the permission in writing from the Publisher. All pictorial material reproduced in this book has been accepted on the condition that it is reproduced with the knowledge and prior consent of the photographer concerned. As such, Network Communications Inc. is not responsible for any infringement of copyright or otherwise arising out of publication thereof. We make every effort to correct factual mistakes or omissions in a timely and candid manner. Information can be forwarded to Paulette Pearson, Associate Editor; At Home in Arkansas ; 2207 Cottondale Lane; Little Rock, AR 72202 or by email at ppearson@athomearkansas.com. Volume 9, Number 2

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In Little Rock, the Means-Reed wedding

56 In Fayetteville, the Kretz-Love wedding

FASHION 60 An Enchanted Evening LAST LOOK 74 A Golden Glow


FROM THE EDITOR It’s all about inspiration. Planning your special day begins with inspired ideas and evolves into taking care of each and every detail in a unique and creative way. We aim to be the source for those a-ha moments, wowing you with a floral bouquet that’s unlike any you’ve seen, or a dress that has just the stylish shape you had in mind. That’s the reason we pack the pages of every issue with the latest looks in invitations, cakes, flowers, dresses, jewelry and more, plus show examples of how other brides created their dream day and what suggestions they have to pass along. And now, we’re pleased to offer you even more inspiration on a daily basis with the Weddings in Arkansas blog and our enhanced digital edition. You’ll find both at www.weddingsinarkansas.com, allowing you to: t4FFSFBMXFEEJOHT QSPKFDUJEFBT UIFMBUFTUDPMPSQBMFUUFTBOE NVDINPSFWJBEBJMZCMPHVQEBUFT t'MJQUISPVHIUIFQBHFTPGPVSEJHJUBMFEJUJPO PGGFSJOHFYUSB  GFBUVSFTOPUTFFOPOPVSQSJOUFEQBHFT t1FSVTFXFEEJOHSFTPVSDFTBOEBDDFTTUIFNEJSFDUMZUISPVHI  MJOLT t4IBSFJEFBTFBTJMZXJUIGBNJMZBOEGSJFOET Join us online and let the idea sharing begin! We promise a daily dose of wedding day inspiration.

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Monogrammed coaster from By Invitation Only, Little Rock. Boutonnière from Tipton Hurst, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock. Yellow floral note card and navy/white paper background from Molly’s Paperie, Little Rock. Branch invitation and Save the Date from Something Blue Paperie, Conway.


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VINTAGE, LIVELY AND FUN were key words for Annslee when she began planning the big day. “Nothing stuffy,” she says. “We wanted everyone to have a good time.” From her glamorous gown, netting veil and feathered accents to a classic car and vintage-inspired table settings, a retro look added to the festivities. ONE THING I LEARNED “Even with the best-laid plans, something will always go awry,” says Annslee. “Don’t stress over it; just roll with the punches and enjoy yourself.”

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Dark suits and turquoise dresses were accented with red—ties for the boys, heels for the girls, flowers, and even beaded necklaces Annslee made as gifts for her bridal party.

CUTE COUSINS Annslee’s cousins led the way down the aisle with windmills instead of flowers. “They were so intrigued, they didn’t have a chance to be nervous,” she adds.

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Circular bouquets of red carnations topped simple cylindrical vases with blue tinted water. “I love turquoise and red,” says Annslee. “They’re bright, spunky, cheery…just like us.”

“I used to work in the bakery where we ordered the cakes, and I liked all the flavors too much to choose just one,” says Annslee. Instead, she selected seven, decorated with variations on the red and turquoise theme and offering something for everyone.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Aus10 Photoartists, Siloam Springs CEREMONY St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable, Fayetteville RECEPTION, CATERING Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas-Hotel, Spa & John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Rogers BRIDE/BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley CAKE Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville ENTERTAINMENT Boom Kinetic, Northwest Arkansas FLOWERS Shirley’s Flowers, Rogers MAKEUP Tara Stiegler, T Michaels Salon, Rogers RENTALS Clothconnection.com TUXES, SUITS Men’s Wearhouse, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 39


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ONE THING I LEARNED “We opted for a morning ceremony because it was a great fit for our families, and now I think it was one of our best ideas,” says Jennifer. “We had the entire day to leisurely celebrate.”

JENNIFER AND BEN MODIFIED the typical wedding day timetable and began the festivities by dawn’s early light, meeting dressed in their finery for photos before the morning ceremony. “It was such an intimate moment and was very special to see each other and share that time together,” says Jennifer. “It was still intense to stand at opposite ends of the aisle in the chapel, but we enjoyed that we had shared that private time before.”

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FAVORS & FLOWERS The couple opted for wintry white and peach as morning fresh hues for the event, showcased in bouquets with garden roses and gifts of peach preserves for guests.

The couple walked down the aisle to the sounds of a piano and trumpet. “Live music seemed to fit the morning event,” says Jennifer. “A quartet played at the reception, but it wasn’t just classical—Coldplay, The Beatles and Kings of Leon surprised everyone.”

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Jennifer’s brother, Jonathan, who occasionally works with the event’s floral designer, devised the concept of using birch, oak and sycamore from the Edwards’ family property in Eastern Arkansas as a personal touch in the rustic setting. Floral sprays and a multi-tiered cake with buttercream frosting rested on thick slices of wood.

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TABLESETTING Wooden chargers and votive candleholders mixed with garden fresh florals on the head table. “We donated the flowers to a nursing home after the event, so they could be enjoyed longer,” says Jennifer.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Benfield Photography, Fayetteville CEREMONY Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista RECEPTION Cedar Ridge Event Center, Bentonville BRIDE'S DRESS Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers CATERING GC Catering, Rogers ENTERTAINMENT Music Art Productions, Pinnacle String Quartet, Northwest Arkansas FLOWERS Flora, Fayetteville HAIR Studio 8, Fayetteville RENTALS Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning, Fayetteville, Little Rock, Rogers; Festivities, Springdale RINGS David Adams, Fayetteville STATIONERY The Party House, Fayetteville TUXES, SUITS Mr. Tux, Fayetteville www.weddingsinarkansas.com 41


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NOVEMBER 13, LITTLE ROCK “WE HAD A RATHER WHIRLWIND ROMANCE,” says Jenna, who dated Julian for seven months before he popped the question. They set a wedding date for seven months later, and used the time spent planning to get to know each other’s family better. “My mom and Julian’s mom both came to Little Rock; I called my maid of honor, and we all took a road trip together to Brinkley to look for my wedding dress,” says Jenna. Not only did the group have a good time and get to know each other, but Jenna also found her dress and veil that day. “It was the best kind of girls’ trip,” she adds.

ONE THING I LEARNED “We used a wedding coordinator, and that was a wonderful decision for us,” says Jenna. “She kept us on track and took the stress out of the event so we could all enjoy ourselves.”

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The sculpture shapes of succulents and maidenhair ferns caught Jenna’s attention, and her floral designer complemented the green plants with colorful dahlias, ranunculus and celosia worked into bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnières.

WEDDING SOURCES COORDINATOR Amy Hardin, Details Weddings & Events, locations statewide PHOTOGRAPHY Studio Intrigue, Bentonville CEREMONY Trinity Episcopal Church, Little Rock RECEPTION Junior League of Little Rock, Little Rock BRIDE'S DRESS Low's Bridal and Formal, Brinkley BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES J.Crew, Little Rock CAKE Mickey’s Special Affairs, Little Rock CATERING Capers, Little Rock DJ, LIGHTING Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock FLOWERS Distinctive Designs by Tanarah, Maumelle STATIONERY Molly’s Paperie, Little Rock RENTALS Festivities, Springdale RINGS-ENGAGEMENT Cecil's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock RINGS-HER BAND Creative Jewelry Salon, Fort Smith RINGS-HIS BAND Underwood's Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville SUIT Greenhaw's Fine Men's Wear, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 43


ONE THING I LEARNED “Make it your own, and focus on your relationship,” says Laura. “This day is about the two of you becoming a family."

REAL WEDDINGS

OCTOBER 2, LITTLE ROCK

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AS A BRIDAL STYLIST, Laura had insider insight when it came to planning her own wedding. “Making the event unique and personal,” she says, “is what makes memories.” For Laura, who lived in New York, and Ben, a first lieutenant in the Army who was based in North Carolina, personal meant returning to their hometown of Little Rock. As for unique, they opted for a navy, green and yellow color palette, which Laura says “isn’t the norm for a fall wedding,” and chose a nature-inspired theme based on Ben’s pet name for Laura, “bird.”


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Laura and her father used blue Ball jars, green river stones, votive candles and navy ribbon to create lanterns that lined the aisle. “We had a good time making these,” says Laura, “and those are the moments you remember.”

With all the navy accents, Laura had multiple “something blues,” including her satin heels. A vintage handkerchief emblazoned with an Arkansas map wrapped the stems of her bouquet.

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BIRDHOUSES A variety of birdhouses topped each table, many found at flea markets scoured during road trips between the cities where the couple resided during their engagement.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Punam Bean, punambean.com CEREMONY, RECEPTION The Terry House, Little Rock CAKE Mickey’s Special Affairs, Little Rock CATERING Simply the Best Catering, North Little Rock ENTERTAINMENT Central Arkansas Entertainment, Benton FLOWERS Fairy Tale Florals, North Little Rock MAKEUP Tess Wilmans-Higgins, Glo Limited, Little Rock RENTALS Party Time Rentals, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 45


REAL WEDDINGS

OCTOBER 2, MOUNT NEBO

THE BIG SKY MOMENT at sunset atop Mount Nebo was part of the impetus for Britney and Aaron to exchange vows at the picturesque state park, along with the fact that the natural setting meant decorations could be secondary. “It’s beautiful with big open views and the sun setting, so anything else was just for fun and to make it more personal,” says Britney. The orange and red hues of fall foliage and sky blue became the color palette for the event.

ONE THING I LEARNED “We incorporated lots of do-it-yourself ideas to stick to our budget,” says Britney. “But ultimately, the projects were fun and became memory-makers, adding to the time we spent with our family.”

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PROGRAM The couple put together their own programs, using materials from Hobby Lobby and their home printer. “It kept us busy right up to the wedding, but our families pitched in on projects whenever they could,” adds Britney.

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WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Stacy Kinzler Photography, Little Rock CEREMONY Sunset Point, Mt. Nebo State Park, Dardanelle RECEPTION The Summit House, Mt. Nebo State Park, Dardanelle BRIDE'S DRESS David’s Bridal, locations statewide CAKE Amanda Leamons Cakes, Little Rock CATERING Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, Little Rock ENTERTAINMENT CindyWoolf.com FLOWERS Sweeden Florist, Russellville RENTALS Let’s Celebrate, Russellville RING Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock SUIT Mr. Wicks Men’s Clothing, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 47


ONE THING I LEARNED REAL WEDDINGS

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SWEETHEARTS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, McKinley and James dated throughout college and were nearing graduation when James proposed. McKinley was off to graduate school shortly, so they opted for a hometown ceremony during winter break. “I always envisioned a spring or summer wedding, but December worked so much better for us,” she says. “So I embraced it, and decided we’d make it a winter wonderland, with wintry colors, candlelight and accents that evoke snow and ice. ”Winter white, shimmery silver, rhinestones, crystals, pearls and more decked the halls elegantly. 48 fall/winter weddings 2011


< WINTER WHITE McKinley opted for a Maggie Sottero dress with sparkling Swarovski crystal beading that complemented the winter wonderland theme. After the evening event, a fur stole that belonged to her grandmother kept her cozy.

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CHAPEL ACCENTS Beaded crystal wreaths tied with ribbon graced the entrance to the pews in the chapel, where satin and rhinestone-wrapped candleholders lined the aisle. “I grew up attending church here, and candlelight services during the holidays were always especially lovely,” says McKinley. “I wanted to bring that feeling to our ceremony.”

A combination of wintry white flowers, including hydrangeas, orchids, roses and calla lilies, adorned the tables at the reception and were accented with crystal-clad branches.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY KES Weddings, Little Rock CEREMONY First Presbyterian Church, Batesville RECEPTION, CATERING The Course at Eagle Mountain, Batesville BRIDE'S DRESS Proposals, Little Rock BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock CAKE D & D Cake Craft Inc., Batesville DECOR, FLOWERS, RENTALS Tresa Elms, Batesville ENTERTAINMENT Walden Sound, Batesville HAIR, MAKEUP Kim Stobaugh, Batesville JEWELRY-BRACELET Heritage House, Batesville JEWELRY-EARRINGS, HAIRPIECE The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock RINGS Kay Jewelers, Little Rock STATIONERY Batesville Printing Co., Batesville TUXES, SUITS A Formal Affair, Batesville www.weddingsinarkansas.com 49


REAL WEDDINGS

Rebekah Fess

Lucas Cooper

OCTOBER 9, LITTLE ROCK “SOMETHING OLD” was an important part of the big event for Rebekah and Lucas, a home renovation expert. The couple shares an affinity for historic homes, heirloom antiques and flea market treasures, which made the Greek Revival-style Terry House, an 1840s estate in downtown Little Rock, a natural choice as their wedding and reception venue. “In the fall especially, with the big trees and the gardens surrounding the house, it’s such a beautiful place,” says Rebekah. “It was just the right fit for us.” They played up the historic style of the home by adding a dozen vintage chandeliers suspended from trees and heirloom antiques as a backdrop for the gathering.

ONE THING I LEARNED “Traditional elements can be a wonderful part of the event, but don’t be afraid to modify the routine to suit your personality,” says Rebekah. “Finding ways to make the event personal can make it more fun for everyone.” 50 fall/winter weddings 2011


< FLOWERS & FINDS “My sisters, my mom and I love to shop flea markets,” says Rebekah, and the family pulled together cherished finds as unique centerpieces, including a vintage toolbox.

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A garden arbor flanked with antique candelabras was the backdrop for the ceremony, after which guests proceeded to an outdoor dinner where tables were set with vintage cloths in fall colors.

Rebekah’s great-grandmother’s dresser and other favorite family heirlooms enhanced an entry point to the event, showcasing family photos and ceremony programs. “Every piece has a story to it, and including these meaningful items made the setting more cozy,” says Rebekah.

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Lucas and the groomsmen wore gray as a less-formal option to basic black, and Rebekah wore a ruched light gray dress that complemented the event’s vintage style. The bridal party wore gray dresses of their own choosing as well.

Lucas and his father strung outdoor lights around an area of the garden used for dancing, and after the evening dinner, dancing commenced.

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FLORAL ACCENTS Elegant bouquets of deep red roses with casual white and purple floral accents complemented the garden setting.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Ocken Photography, Little Rock EVENT PLANNING Bates Marketing & Events, Fayetteville, Little Rock CEREMONY/RECEPTION Terry House, Little Rock BRIDE’S DRESS Proposals, Little Rock CATERING Simply the Best Catering, Little Rock SUITS Walker Brothers, Fayetteville www.weddingsinarkansas.com 51


REAL WEDDINGS

Amy Cary

Jason Gramlich

NOVEMBER 7, LITTLE ROCK

“FALL IS MY FAVORITE TIME of year, with the coolness in the air and all the colors,” says Amy. She and Jason selected early November as the ideal time for the outdoor wedding of their dreams, and scheduled it for mid afternoon so the ceremony would be complete and the reception well underway before dark. “It also gave our family members—mine from El Dorado and Jason’s from Fort Smith—plenty of time to arrive,” says Amy. The wooded setting inspired her to opt for a dress that was shorter in the front and without a train, a custom creation handmade by her mother. “She made her own wedding dress and has made a few for other people, and when I was a little girl we always talked about her making mine someday,” says Amy.

ONE THING I LEARNED "You’ll hear many opinions; don’t let people dissuade you from the elements that are most important to you," says Amy. "For me, it was an outdoor wedding, which can be risky this time of year. But it went off without a hitch, and we were so happy we stuck with that decision." 52 fall/winter weddings 2011


The rustic setting included a red wagon loaded with the season’s best desserts, including pumpkin, pecan and fruit pies, cheesecake parfaits, apple cobbler and all the fixings for s’mores, as well as a nearby fire pit for roasting marshmallows.

GRAND ENTRANCES The couple made full use of the locale’s wooded setting near a pond, with Jason and his brother canoeing to the ceremony and Amy and her father arriving in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Seasonal accents topped reception tables, and the fivelayer wedding cake sported faux bittersweet vine cascading past ribbon-wrapped tiers.

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WEDDING RITUALS After exchanging vows, the couple released a pair of white doves. Following the ceremony, Amy and Jason escaped for a newlywed canoe ride around the pond.

Amy's mother handmade her own wedding dress, dating back to the 1970s, which was displayed at the ceremony along with other heirloom wedding dresses from Amy and Jason's families.

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PARTY GIRLS Fall shades of purple, orange and chocolate served as the palette for the event, and Amy played up the hues with bridesmaids’ dresses in all three colors. Complementary pashminas, which Amy, a teacher, purchased on a recent educational study trip to the Himalayas, became evening wraps.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Lori Sparkman Photography, Little Rock CEREMONY, RECEPTION Alda’s Magnolia Hill, Little Rock BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES David’s Bridal, Little Rock CAKE A Cake for You…Designed by Tracie, Bryant CATERING Catering Creations, Little Rock CORSAGES, BOUTONNIERES El Dorado Florist, El Dorado HAIR Alison Mounts Waggener, Tease Salon, Little Rock RINGS Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock TUXES, SUITS Men’s Wearhouse, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 53


REAL WEDDINGS

Candice Means

Julian Reed

SEPTEMBER 4, LITTLE ROCK A CENTRAL LOCATION was a key decision for Candice, who hails from Russellville, and Julian, who’s from Pine Bluff. Having each resided in Little Rock for several years, they knew the capital city was not just a gathering point for their friends and family around the state, but would also be an accommodating locale for their extended family and guests flying in from around the U.S. “We had lots of family arriving from the East Coast and the Midwest, and welcomed several hundred guests to the ceremony,” says Candice. “We tried to make it easy for everyone to join us.” An evening reception at Chenal Country Club in West Little Rock offered guests an opportunity to enjoy the wooded setting. ONE THING I LEARNED "Our reception included a seated dinner, so it was important to have an accurate guest count," says Candice. "Many people don’t RSVP by the requested date, so be prepared to send a follow up note, and make sure you have time as the event nears to double check your guest list and seating chart."

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The Cupcakes on Kavanaugh shop is a favorite snack stop for the couple, who opted to share their favorite treat with guests in lieu of a traditional groom’s cake. Tiers of classic vanilla, red velvet and chocolate cupcakes were topped with a chocolate monogram.

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“My favorite color is blue, and we used blue velvet and Capri blue throughout the event,” says Candice. The multi-tiered wedding cake featured a deep blue monogram and accents, plus light blue rosettes.

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After trying on a variety of styles, Candice decided a satin halter dress with an A-line skirt had the simply elegant look she envisioned. Her something borrowed? A veil, which her sister wore at her own wedding a few years prior.

Candice and Julian spent a week honeymooning in Saint Lucia following the big day. “Touring the city, taking a sunset cruise, exploring the area…there was so much to do, it was a wonderful getaway,” adds Candice.

FLOWER GIRL Three-year-old family friend Eva Nazario tossed rose petals from a white basket tied with blue ribbons.

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BOUQUETS Classically simple calla lilies comprised the bride’s bouquet. Blue hydrangeas and white roses became bridal party bouquets, and mixed in with lilies for reception décor.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY Blair Photography/B2 Studio, Mountain Home CEREMONY St. Augustine Church, North Little Rock RECEPTION, CATERING Chenal Country Club, Little Rock BRIDE/BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES, JEWELRY David’s Bridal, Little Rock CAKE-BRIDAL Mickey’s Special Affairs, Little Rock CAKE-GROOM Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Little Rock ENTERTAINMENT DJ Hollywood, Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock FLOWERS Phil Cato’s About Vase, Little Rock RINGS Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff TUXES, SUITS Men’s Wearhouse, Little Rock www.weddingsinarkansas.com 55


REAL WEDDINGS

Kayla Kretz Shiloh Love SEPTEMBER 25, FAYETTEVILLE "WE’RE CASUAL PEOPLE,” says Kayla, who agreed with her fiancée, Shiloh, when he decided Converse athletic shoes would be a comfortable option for their garden wedding. The wedding party concurred as well, as Kayla and Shiloh made casual apparel a priority, including a pair of Converse for each groomsman. “We’ve all been in each other’s weddings, and our wedding was the fourth one just that year,” says Kayla. “We wanted our friends to enjoy themselves and be comfortable.” Kayla purchased off-the-rack dresses and shoes as gifts for her crew, hoping that the classic styles could be worn for other occasions. Likewise, Shiloh rented suits for the groomsmen, and presented each with his shoes. “The clothing can be such an expense, we thought we would make that process easier,” adds Kayla.

ONE THING I LEARNED "We had a simple wedding, but it still required a lot of planning," says Kayla. "You can’t imagine the amount of detail work involved. The fact that we allowed a year for preparation worked well for us."

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< WEDDING PARTY A close-knit group of friends and family assembled from a multi-state area for the event, and Kayla and Shiloh opted to host the wedding and reception in one locale for transportation ease. The party sported a casual mix of Banana Republic dresses and Calvin Klein rental suits.

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“We planned a September wedding because we knew this site would be beautiful then,” says Kayla. “We timed it for cooler temperatures and lots of green foliage.”

Blue-gray and lilac became the color palette for the event, based on the men’s suits and the early fall event date. Mixed bouquets of casual ivory and lilac flowers tied with satin ribbon graced the chairs along the aisle.

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Since Kayla’s dress featured an organza sash tied in a bow and adorned with a flower and feathers, her floral stylist recommended a bouquet that could be held to the side and wouldn’t upstage the dress’ design. “I’ve always loved orchids and they worked well to hold in my arms instead of in front,” says Kayla.

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Both bride and groom are pharmacists, and in a play on their profession as well as their last name, the maid-of-honor created “From the Pharmacy of Love” medicine jars topped with a prescription for a happy life and filled with purple and white jelly beans as gifts for guests.

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EVENT ACCENTS Satin shoes with bows matched Kayla’s dress, while low heels made walking on the mixed outdoor surfaces a breeze all evening long. She opted for an additional touch of tradition for the ceremony and wore a full-length veil.

WEDDING SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY The Hudsons Modern Photography, Fayetteville CEREMONY, RECEPTION, CATERING The Garden Room, Fayetteville BRIDE’S DRESS/VEIL She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers CUPCAKES Bliss Cupcakes, Fayetteville FLOWERS Rose of Sharon, Fayetteville RENTALS Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning, Fayetteville SUITS Mr. Tux, Fayetteville www.weddingsinarkansas.com 57


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RUFFLED REFINEMENT Martina Liana dress from She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers. Roberto Coin 18-karat gold bracelet with diamond clasp, 18-karat stretch bracelet with diamond station, 18-karat link bracelet and fresh water cultured pearl bracelet from Robersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock. Matte gold link earrings from Faux Pas, Little Rock.


MAGICAL MOMENTS Watters Brides dress from Proposals, Little Rock. Joia 16inch latte pearl necklace from Faux Pas, Little Rock. Marco Bicego Paradise 18-karat yellow gold necklace with mixed stones and pearls from Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers, Fayetteville.

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SUBTLE ACCENTS By Marco Bicego: Siviglia 18-karat yellow gold bracelet, Jaipur 18-karat yellow gold bracelet with mixed stones and Paradise 18-karat yellow gold bracelet with mixed stones and pearls, plus Jaipur 18-karat yellow gold earrings with citrine, all from Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers, Fayetteville.

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STARRY STARRY NIGHT Watters Brides dress and Badgley Mischka heels from Proposals, Little Rock. Elen Henderson Designs feathered hairpiece from Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. Ivanka Trump 18-karat rose gold, rock crystal and diamond drop earrings on diamond French wire plus 18-karat rose gold chain necklace with rock crystal center stone from Cecilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Three-tiered cake with gold sparkle luster dust, inspired by a collection of vintage buttons, from Sweet Love, sweetlovebakes.com.


FLORAL NOTES Martina Liana dress from She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers. Roberto Coin 18-karat gold bracelet with diamond clasp, 18-karat stretch bracelet with diamond station and 18-karat link bracelet plus fresh water cultured pearl bracelet from Robersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock. Ring from Faux Pas, Little Rock. Bouquet from Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway.

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LUSTROUS LOOKS Stephen Yearick champagne satin dress from Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley. Ivanka Trump 18-karat rose gold, rock crystal and diamond drop earrings on diamond French wire plus black gold and diamond cuff bracelets by Lecil Henderson from Cecilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock. Ring from Faux Pas, Little Rock.


MOOD ROMANTIC Ivanka Trump 18-karat rose gold chain with mother of pearl and diamond necklace and 18-karat rose gold mother of pearl drop earrings from Cecilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock.


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