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inspiration 13 DEFINING DETAILS BOUQUETS, CAKES, AND STATIONERY IDEAS FOR YOUR CELEBRATION

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real weddings 30 ROSEMARY HALLMARK + AARON NICHOLS 34 AMY YEALY + ANDY EDWARDS 38 KENADY NEAL + JORDAN GHENT 42 OLIVIA HUSSMAN + JOE RAMSEY

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For each issue, as we begin to pore over real weddings submissions, talk with local vendors, and dream up ideas for the pages of Weddings in Arkansas, I find myself thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun if I could do it all over again?” My patient husband listens to this nonsense, all the while offering a host of reasons why renewing your wedding vows after two-and-a-half years isn’t really a thing. For current brides-to-be, there is an exciting—albeit overwhelming, at times—selection of venues, menus, gowns, stems, cakes, paper goods, and any other element you could possibly want for your ceremony or reception. We’ve filled this issue with some of the latest trends for both classic celebrations and more whimsical fêtes, along with good-to-know advice from wedding industry experts and real brides. No matter your style, there’s so much fun to be had when planning a wedding, and we are here to make sure you are fully informed—and inspired. As for me, in hindsight, I don’t know that I would do it ALL over again, but there a few parts I would go back to in a heartbeat. For instance, many of the brides featured in our Real Weddings section mentioned how their mothers were heavily involved in their wedding planning and even offered jewelry, shawls, and other treasured pieces for their daughters to don on their wedding day. For me, spending time with both my mom and dad during the planning process is an irreplaceable memory. I will always remember being in a dressing room with my mom and finding the perfect gown, and I will definitely never forget the night my dad insisted that we all “brush up” on the steps to the electric slide in our living room. These are things you want to relive, so savor these precious planning moments and hold tight to the memories, as they’ll give way to new ones before you know it.

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FLORAL Mixed autumn bouquet, designed with a blend of green hydrangeas, viburnum berries, sunflower pods, Echinacea pods, Nigella pods, millet, feather celosia, sedum, and seeded eucalyptus, collared with Agonis and wrapped in antique white satin ribbon. Flowers & Home, Bryant, (501) 847-5511, Hot Springs, (501) 525-0444, flowersandhome.com

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GOLD STANDARD A HINT OF THIS METALLIC HUE ADDS POLISH TO BOTH TRADITIONAL AND TRENDSETTING AFFAIRS

CAKE Three-tiered cake featuring an abstract royal icing floral design, handpainted with gold luster dust on fondant icing. Ambrosia Bakery Co., Hot Springs, (501) 525-4500, ambrosiabakeryco.com

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PAPER GOODS Clockwise from top left: Letterpress “Elliotte” invitation by Elizabeth Hardin for Bella Figura. Shindig Paperie, Bentonville, (479) 553-7475, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com; Classic gold-bordered invitation. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929; “Bloomsbury” by Smock invitation with gold matte foil stamping and white, rose-patterned sleeve. Letterpress “Chatsworth” invitation with gold foil stamping by Amy Graham Stigler for Bella Figura. Both available through Shindig Paperie, Bentonville, (479) 553-7475, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com Fall/Winter 2015 | weddingsinarkansas.com 15


LOVE IN BLOOM BEDECKED WITH FLOWERS, THESE CREATIONS—AS WELL AS THEIR NATURAL COUNTERPARTS—ADD ORGANIC WHIMSY TO YOUR BIG DAY

FLORAL A gathered clutch of yellow tulips, white hydrangeas, blush pink roses, hanging amaranthus, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, and millet, finished with an ivory satin ribbon and pearl pin accents. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com PAPER GOODS Clockwise from top left: Script and blue flourish invitation by Dauphine Press. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929; Letter press invitation with flowers across the bottom. Blue, die-cut, frond-embellished invitation. Scalloped edge, watercolor flower invitation. All three available through Shindig Paperie, Bentonville, (479) 553-7475, Fayetteville, (479) 5211778, shindigpaperie.com 16 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall/Winter 2015


CAKE Three-tiered cake featuring a hand-painted bottom tier, a gold foil center tier, and a goldleaf-flecked top tier. The cake is accented with handmade sugar paste flowers. PattiCakes Bakery, Conway, (501) 205-1969, patticakesbakery.net Fall/Winter 2015 | weddingsinarkansas.com 17


IN LIVING COLOR EMBRACE A LIMITLESS PALETTE THAT EXUDES A SENSE OF VIBRANCY AND FUN

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CAKE Three-tiered cake, featuring a bottom tier completely covered in nonpareil sprinkles, a middle tier accented with a fondant ‘paper quilled’ heart in matching bold colors, and a top tier with six colored layers of cake. Sweet Love Bakery, Little Rock, (501) 613-7780, sweetlovebakes.com

PAPER GOODS Left to right, from top: “Blush” by Mariel Mirra for Bella Figura trifold save-the-date card. Shindig Paperie, Bentonville, (479) 553-7475, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com; Modern dot-print invitation. Green-and-white, geometric-print invitation. Gray-and-yellow save-the-date card. All three available through The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929 Fall/Winter 2015 | weddingsinarkansas.com 19


FLORAL Hand-tied bouquet of yellow roses, circus roses, pin cushion proteas, green trick dianthus, hotpink spray roses, purple alstromeria lilies, safflower, silver brunia balls, and succulents. Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway, (501) 327-7731, yeoldedaisy.net

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STYLE

Mori Lee empire ball gown with a full-lace, strapless, sweetheart neckline that features subtle beading along with tiers of soft netting, button-back detail, and a removable beaded sash. The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock, (501) 753-4138, bridalcottageonline.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK MODEL: GRACE MALCOLM, SCULP AGENCY HAIR & MAKEUP: ANGELA ALEXANDER ART DIRECTION: NORMA EDWARDS

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Victorian-style Matthew Christopher gown with a modernized, trumpet silhouette and high neckline that features corset boning peeking through the dotted Swiss and Alençon lace-covered bodice. A sweetheart neckline defines the underdress, while covered buttons finish the edge of the sleeves and trail from the top of the collar to the hem of the gown. with Jasmine Collection tulle Shown ball gown inasoft gold wreath-style ivory withmetallic a sweetheart neckline and a headpiece—by Ansonia— Tiffany train. Beau’s Bridal, Fort Smith, pearls and (479)adorned 452-7711,with beausbrides.com crystals. Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley, (870) 734-3244, lowsbridal.com 24 Weddings in Arkansas | Spring/Summer Fall/Winter 20152015


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Pronovias “Mariana� ivory-hued, mermaidstyle, tulle and lace dress with a deep V neckline that is finished with gemstones. Shown with an Erin Cole veil. Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, tesoribridalformal.com

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CELEBRATE at SASSAFRAS THE WINERY AT SASSAFRAS SPRINGS VINEYARD Enjoy exceptional wines inside our beautiful tasting room, under our covered patio next to the fireplace, or on one of our many over-sized decks. THE CHAPEL RUINS AT SASSAFRAS SPRINGS VINEYARD Create everlasting memories in the beautiful Chapel Ruins. THE STABLES AT SASSAFRAS SPRINGS VINEYARD Gather in the 3,500-square-foot newly renovated Stables for a variety of events.

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14kt white gold pendant with a .70cttw round diamond in the center of .19cttw custom mounting. 14kt white gold 1.36cttw round-diamond hoop earrings. 18kt white gold diamond engagement ring semi-mount with 1.0cttw diamond border around your choice of center-cut diamond. Romance Diamond Company, Fayetteville, (479) 443-9289, romancediamond.com Shown with a caramel and ivory tulle, dropwaist ball gown featuring a Venice lace bodice with a subtle sweetheart neckline. The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock, (501) 753-4138, bridalcottageonline.com

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Dancing the Night Away Three leading men got the opportunity to dance with the bride. First, Rosemary and Aaron shared their first dance to Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” Next, her father stepped in for a sentimental slow dance to “Stand By Me.” Finally she shared a very special dance with her 95-year-old grandfather, Clelan, who taught her how to two-step for the wedding.

HIS-AND-HER COCKTAILS Aaron: Whiskey Sour Rosemary: Blackberry Mojito Punch “I was very proud that I managed to create a signature cocktail that perfectly matched my bridesmaids’ dresses,” Rosemary laughs.

LITTLE ROCK

Just DIY After searching for footed, gold vases to use on the reception tables and only finding a few, Rosemary had an epiphany—she could create them. She rounded up candlesticks and glass bowls from local vendors and then spray-painted the candlesticks gold. After gluing the bowls on top, she had the perfect centerpiece containers and the entire project cost less than $30.

THE LOOK OF THE DAY

Flowers of Choice Ranunculi David Austen roses Hanging Amaranthus Anemones

Rosemary and Aaron wanted their celebration to feel sophisticated and minimalist, yet they valued a wooded setting. Rosemary liked the idea of the bold dresses and décor being juxtaposed against the greenery of the natural landscape. The pair even joked that their wedding theme was “J.Crew in the Woods.”

MOTHER’S BEST Rosemary wore her mother’s diamond earrings on the big day, and she also donned one of her vintage mink shawls when the chill of fall air arrived at the reception.

Rosemary on Her Favorite Things About the Experience “One of the things I loved most about our wedding was that it was a way for us to showcase the talents of our many creative friends and family members. My best man, Cody, is a singer, so he performed during the ceremony. Our good friend, John Willis, and Aaron’s brother, Steve Hudleston, were our ceremony musicians, and Aaron’s 13-year-old niece Sydney accompanied me on her violin, as I walked down the aisle. My good friend Autumn made the groom’s cake, my good friend Shannon was the photographer, and another friend, Angela, did my hair and makeup.”

A Tasteful Proposal Aaron proposed to Rosemary on February 23, 2013, the day after her birthday. He woke her up by bringing her breakfast in bed, including pancakes made from scratch, and asked her to be his wife.

MEANINGFUL VENUE “The first time I ever went to Wildwood Park I said, ‘This would be an amazing place to get married.’ It was outdoors, there was a lake, woods, and a tented pavilion for the reception, so we didn’t even consider any other venues,” says Rosemary. “It was really the perfect place and had everything we needed. My family and I are big supporters of the arts and we were happy to be able to support a place that we loved.”

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Bride’s headpiece and bridesmaids’ attire: Proposals, Little Rock Cake—bride’s: Sweet Love, Little Rock Cake—groom’s: Pies B4 Guys, Little Rock Catering: Simply The Best, North Little Rock Floral design and linens: Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock Groom's attire: The Independent, Little Rock Hair and makeup: Angela Alexander, Little Rock Music—ceremony: John Willis, Little Rock Music—reception: DJ Seth Baldy, Little Rock Paper goods—invitations, programs, and signs: Rosemary Hallmark Creative, Little Rock Photography: Shannon Sturgis Photographer, New York Rentals—chairs, glasses, plates, silverware, and tables: Confetti's Party Rental, Little Rock Venue—ceremony and reception: Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Little Rock

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AMY ANDY

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A WEEKEND ENGAGEMENT FLOWERS OF CHOICE Ranunculi Peonies Fresh Greenery

Showered with Love

Andy woke Amy up early one Saturday and surprised her with breakfast on a tray—an engagement ring was also on the tray. She immediately said “Yes.” Andy also planned a special celebratory weekend in Kansas City. The couple, who had been dating for a year and a half at the time, spent the weekend relaxing in the city and attending a baseball game— one of their favorite pastimes.

“I knew I wanted a spring wedding. I really wanted everything to be very simple and pretty. I didn’t want a lot of glitz and glam but mostly wanted to highlight the beauty of the venue.”

WEDDING MUST-HAVE

First Dance Song

“For me, it was definitely having so many people we love in one place; it was amazing.” —AMY “Turning around and seeing my bride for the first time and the excitement we both had at that moment.” —ANDY

A fraternity brother of Andy’s, who is a pastor, united the couple in marriage. They say having him pronounce them as husband and wife was a really special element of the big day.

— Amy

The couple made their grand exit down an aisle of well-wishers who tossed rose petals as they passed by.

FAVORITE MEMORY OF THE DAY

A “Well-Known” Officiant

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

HOUSE CALL “Micah of Early Bird Catering came to our house and let us sample an array of dishes; everything she cooks is delicious, so it wasn’t easy to choose,” Amy says of the caterer.

HANDMADE PIECES

“I’d highly recommend getting a ‘day-of’ planner to alleviate stress where at all possible,” says Amy. “Carolyn [Lee, of The Wedding Lady] was great and took care of everything, so I didn’t have to worry.”

Wooden boxes for the cakes and the centerpieces on the tables added to the natural, garden-like feel of the reception. These wooden pieces were handmade for the occasion by Andy’s dad, Danny, and his brother, Chris.

Honeymoon Destination

Confection Perfection When it came to the bride’s cake, Amy envisioned having a variety of different styles and flavors. So, rather than one large cake, she opted for three different cakes in three different flavors—vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate-and-vanilla marble.

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WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Bride’s gown and bridesmaids’ attire: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville Catering: Early Bird Catering, Fayetteville Floral design: Pigmint, Fayetteville Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, locations statewide Hair: Brieshi Salon & Spa, Rogers Music—reception: Brock Entertainment, Bentonville Photography: Jason + Anna Photography, Phoenix, Arizona with Jeramie Shoda, Seattle, Washington Rentals—lighting, plates, silverware, tables, tablecloths, and tents: InTents, Fayetteville Rings: Romance Diamond Company, Fayetteville Transportation: Pinnacle Car Services, Bentonville Venue—ceremony: Hunt Chapel, Rogers Venue—reception: Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, Fayetteville Wedding coordination: The Wedding Lady, Fayetteville

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KENADY JORDAN

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KENADY + JORDAN neal ghent JULY 25, 2014

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS + BENTONVILLE KENADY’S SOUND ADVICE

FAMILY TREASURES Kenady’s mother made a sequined tablecloth for the head table at the reception, the better to showcase the bride’s grandmother’s collection of solid brass candlesticks.

Double the Fun The bride says she has known from the time she was eight years old that she wanted to be married in the Nauvoo temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. To make her childhood vision a reality, the couple were married there and celebrated with a larger gathering of friends and family the next day at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville.

“Take your time when dating to really get to know each other and prepare for marriage. It’s great to have a beautiful wedding, but it’s more important to have a beautiful marriage.” HONEYMOON DESTINATION ~ PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

Where are They Now? The couple lives in Rexburg, Idaho, where they are both completing their final semester of study at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

AN EVENTFUL HOMECOMING The groom’s parents had been working as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador, for three years, and the couple set the wedding date for just two weeks after their return.

Declaration of Intent Mutual friends introduced Kenady and Jordan at a party. At the end of the evening, Jordan announced to the entire group that he would like to take Kenady on a date. She said yes, and they have been together since.

TRUST THE EXPERTS

PETAL PERFECT “I knew I wanted white flowers and a Southern feel,” Kenady says of her floral priorities. The bride and bridesmaids carried arrangements of white roses, anemones, and magnolias, wrapped in gold satin ribbon. At the reception, calla lilies added a touch of glamour to the tables.

Take the Cake Neither Kenady nor Jordan is a big fan of cake, so they let their guests enjoy the chocolate and white, raspberry-filled, three-tiered confection, which was offered in addition to a buffet of their favorite desserts: apple muffins with cream cheese frosting, pecan bars from the Green Bean Café, Krispy Kreme donuts, sugar cookies from the Green Apron, and petits fours from Rick’s Bakery.

Kenady says she trusted Barbara Tillman and the Crystal Bridges culinary team one hundred percent, when it came to the reception menu. In addition to a full carving station, they served catfish cakes, fingerling potatoes with dipping sauces, and a variety of breads and vegetables. “The food was beautiful and tasted outstanding!” Kenady recalls.

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Favors—monogrammed cookies: Lisa Bundy, The Green Apron, Bella Vista Flowers: Shirley’s Flowers, Bentonville Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: J. Crew, Little Rock Photography: Jessica Janae Photography, Salt Lake City, Utah Rentals: Eventures, Fayetteville Venue—ceremony: Nauvoo Latter Day Saints Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois Venue—reception: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

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KENADY JORDAN

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OLIVIA JOE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BENJAMIN KRAIN


OLIVIA + JOE hussman ramsey SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 COLOR CODED Romantic shades of pale pink, gold, and deep purple set the tone for this sophisticated celebration.

On a Personal Note The music was the most highly personalized part of the evening, the couple says. The string quartet played the bride’s favorite song—Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California”— during the ceremony, and the groom specified the entire playlist for the band at the reception.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS “We knew the secret to a great reception was a fun, solid band, so we got the Atlanta Showstoppers, who played Motown nonstop. Our reception was just one gigantic dance party.” – Olivia

LITTLE ROCK

“We only dated for eight months before Joe proposed. People always tell you, ‘When you know, you know,’ which I didn’t understand until I met my husband. When you meet someone who you know you’re going to marry, you don’t want to wait.”

Cake Tasting

— Olivia A Blank Canvas

The bride and groom met on a blind date at the Arkansas Arts Center in the spring of 2013.

TAKE THEIR ADVICE “Hire a videographer! We just celebrated our one-year anniversary, and we got to re-watch the most special moment of our lives, see our friends’ and families’ faces as we were getting married, watch ourselves saying our vows to each other, and relive the happiness we felt that day.”

The bride’s cake was a classic white cake, decorated with sugared gardenia flowers. The groom’s cake was a tribute to his favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals; a cardinal perched atop a baseball bat and little cake “baseballs” for the youngest guests were special touches.

Destination Paradise

HOME SWEET MATRIMONY Olivia had always pictured her wedding outdoors at her parents’ home, which has a stunning river view; Joe agreed, and together the couple decided that a sunset ceremony would create exactly the atmosphere they wanted for their special moment.

The couple honeymooned in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

FIRST DANCE

A Fortunate Proposal When Olivia gets a happy prediction from a fortune cookie, she keeps it. As Christmas of 2013 neared, she happened to get two hopeful fortunes back-to-back. One read: “A pleasant surprise is in store for you soon.” The other said: “A small lucky package is on its way to you soon.” Olivia’s sister secretly swiped these fortunes and gave them to Joe. One evening, as the couple was departing for a Christmas party, he returned them to her, along with a third fortune that foretold, “Joseph Ramsey is going to ask Olivia Hussman to marry him tonight.” Olivia said, “Yes!” and they celebrated afterward with friends and family at the party, which was, in fact, a surprise engagement party.

The couple took their first dance steps as husband and wife to “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke, a song title which is also an inscription inside Olivia’s engagement ring and Joe’s wedding ring.

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Cake and favors: Blue Cake Company, Little Rock Catering: The Capital Hotel, Little Rock Floral design: Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock Hair: Caracalla, Little Rock Makeup: Augusta Andrews, B. Barnett, Little Rock Music—ceremony: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Quapaw Quartet, Little Rock Music—reception: Billy Valentine and The Atlanta Showstoppers, Atlanta, Georgia Photography: Benjamin Krain, Little Rock Rentals and wedding coordination: Art of the Party, Little Rock Ring—groom’s: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Pine Bluff Transportation: Signature Transportation, Little Rock Videography: Carnes Audio Visual, Little Rock

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OLIVIA JOE

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BETHANY ROWAN

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATI MALLORY PHOTO & DESIGN


BETHANY hayes + ROWAN ledbetter NOVEMBER 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK

KEEPING THE FAITH Soon after moving from Ohio to Arkansas, Bethany met Rowan in passing a few times, because they had mutual friends. But it wasn’t until they were both serving as small group leaders for high school students at their church that they made a connection. The couple’s shared religious practice and beliefs have continued to be part of their relationship; on the day Rowan proposed, he gave Bethany a bible inscribed with her married name as an engagement gift.

Just Desserts The couple did cut a cake for the classic photo op, but the true dessert showstopper was pie. Bethany explains: “I insisted on having pie instead of cake, because pie was just a staple in the fall at my house, growing up. [Rowan and I] both prefer it.” The groom’s cake was made in the shape of a basketball, a nod to his time as a basketball player at Ouachita Baptist University, and it sat on a gym-floor-inspired hardwood base. S’mores fixings were also available as a nod to the camp setting.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION PLAYA MUJERES, MEXICO

Favorite Moment: Groom “I loved seeing Bethany for the first time and realizing that I am going to spend my life with this amazing woman by my side. It all just hit me at once, and it was the most exciting, wonderful feeling in the world.”

Favorite Moment: Bride “My favorite part of the day was absolutely the ceremony, particularly when we prayed together and focused on what the day was about. It was such a sweet moment, and I’ll never forget it.”

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal, locations statewide Cake: Sweet Love Bakery, Little Rock Catering: Excaliburger Food Truck, Little Rock Ceremony and reception location: Camp Aldersgate, Little Rock Floral design: Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas Groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A Bank, locations statewide Music— reception: Arkansas Premier Events, Maumelle Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design, Little Rock Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films, Little Rock

Food Truck Fare A college buddy of the groom’s is the owner and operator of a food truck—Excaliburger—and it felt like a natural fit for the couple’s style. Guests chose from four panini and soup combinations. The bride’s favorite? An apple, brie, and bacon panini with chili.

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HOLLY JOHN

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HOLLY shoemaker + JOHN

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HOMETOWN CELEBRATION Holly and John both grew up in Jonesboro, and both of their families still live there today. When it came time to select a place for the celebration, they knew they wanted to return home (from Dallas) to be married there. They were also set on having an outdoor wedding in a unique location. “When my parents’ home was suggested, we fell in love with the idea,” Holly says. The couple were married on the property near the family’s pond.

A Hike to Remember

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Jonesboro Bride’s gown and bridesmaids’ attire: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: Lou Burns, Marked Tree Catering: Sue’s Kitchen, Jonesboro Floral design: Bennett’s Flowers, Jonesboro Hair: Bonnie Argo, Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville Lighting: Ground Crew, Jonesboro Makeup: Olivia Yeager, Dead Swanky Salon, Fayetteville Music—ceremony: Pat Qualls, Jonesboro Music—reception: Everyday Life Band, Paragould Photography: Felicia Hausman Photography, Pocahontas Rentals— glassware, linens, silver pieces, and tables Elegant Party Rentals, Brookland Rentals—tent: Artents, Jonesboro Rings: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Pine Bluff Transportation: Jonesboro Limousine Service, Jonesboro Wedding coordination and ceremony director: Rita Degges, Details Event Planning, Jonesboro

Holly and John were in Fayetteville for his best friend’s wedding. The night of the wedding John tried to talk Holly into going for an early morning hike the next day before they were scheduled to meet their parents for brunch. John was persistent but Holly continued to refuse. The next morning he came to her room, woke her up, and eventually talked her into a hike at Devil’s Den State Park—the place where he had asked Holly to be his girlfriend. “I could tell he was starting to get nervous and moving quite a bit before he got on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I said “YES” as we hugged and was overjoyed at this moment. I couldn’t believe that he pulled it off without giving any hints, but he did so good at keeping this secret,” Holly recalls. They celebrated with friends and family afterward at brunch.

FIRST DANCE SONG “AT LAST” BY ETTA JAMES

Family Ties The bride’s uncle, Stephen Dickinson, who serves as senior pastor of Cabot’s First United Methodist Church, married the couple, which made for an especially memorable ceremony. “My uncle Stephen made the ceremony so personal to John and me, as he shared how the grace of God brought us together,” Holly says.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND

Holly on Their Wedding Day Style “John and I enjoy simple things and we love being outdoors; the style of our wedding was a reflection of these two things.”

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LEIGH JAKE

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LEIGH thompson + JAKE michael

FEBRUARY 7, 2015 LAKE VILLAGE Something Old, Borrowed & Blue

Advice for Engaged Couples “Get a great photographer; it’s worth every penny!”

The groom’s 95-year-old dear Aunt Izzy loaned Leigh diamond-andsapphire earrings to wear on her wedding day. This accounted for three of the attributes from the time-honored English rhyme that many brides still follow today.

LEIGH’S THOUGHTS ON HER GOWN “I knew I wanted a long sleeve, special cathedral gown. I wanted it to match our catholic wedding. I envisioned something classic and somewhat old school.”

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Accommodations: Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village Bridesmaids’ attire: Proposals, Little Rock Catering: Delinda Vaughn, Lake Village Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Ted Thompson, Paul Morrell Formalwear, Dumas Music—ceremony: Jana Mayo, Texarkana; Jim McMurry, Little Rock, and Ann Brigham, Dumas Photography: Benfield Photography, Fayetteville Rings: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Pine Bluff Venue—ceremony: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Village Venue—reception: Paul Michael Company Headquarters, Lake Village Wedding coordination and floral design: Ron Pepper, Little Rock

A Family Affair

THE FLOWER TRADE

Leigh and Jake were fortunate to have an arsenal of supplies and furniture when it came to setting up their reception site. Leigh notes, “Most everything from our reception came from Jake’s parents’ store [Paul Michael Company] and was built by Jake and the Paul Michael crew. Jake even made our stage for the reception out of old tin ceiling tiles from a building that had been torn down.” Additionally, the groom’s aunt made both the bride’s and groom’s cakes. The location of the reception—a Paul Michael warehouse—was also unique. It has only been used for small gatherings and family weddings.

Going for an outdoor, lodge-like feel, the couple opted for fresh greenery rather than traditional blooms. They cut cedar trees and brought these into the reception hall, along with tons of branches and limbs, 200 strands of lights, berries, greenery, and moss.

Love By the Numbers COURTSHIP:

eight years

ENGAGEMENT:

fourteen months

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ASHLEY ALEX

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISS ALANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY


ASHLEY odglen + ALEX cardiel

MAY 30, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE

Beachside Proposal While on a trip to San Destin, Florida with friends, Alex casually suggested the two have dinner at the Henderson Park Inn on a night when all of the couples were going out on their own. He had actually been planning to take Ashley there for a long time and had coordinated travel plans for both sets of their parents to be there for the big event, asking Ashley’s father to capture the moment on camera. The couple dined on the beach where two tables were surrounded by Tiki torches and rose petals. Timing his proposal for sunset, he popped the question, and Ashley said “Yes.” Their parents came outside to surprise her shortly thereafter, and they spent the rest of the night celebrating.

FLAIR FOR THE PAST “My ‘something old’ was an original 1920s bracelet given to me by Alex’s mother as an engagement present. I’ve always adored the 1920s and this really set the tone for our wedding, as Alex also enjoys jazz music and things of that era,” Ashley says.

Meant to Be in May INTIMATE CELEBRATION Ashley and Alex envisioned a day they would truly be able to enjoy without feeling rushed. “Neither of us wanted to spend the whole time trying to say ‘Hi!’ to everyone; we wanted to sit and soak up the experience,” Ashley says. To help accomplish this, they kept the guest list to 50 close friends and relatives.

Several of Ashley’s family members celebrate anniversaries in May. Since the month had been lucky for all of them, Ashley and Alex decided to join the club and chose their own date— May 30th.

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES Photographer: Alana Damron, Miss Alaneous Photography Venue—ceremony and reception: Autumns Ridge, Fayetteville Bride’s gown: Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion, Fayetteville Cake and Catering: Mermaids, Fayetteville Entertainment— ceremony and reception: Luda Jazz, Fayetteville Flowers: Shirley’s Flowers, Bentonville Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits: Men’s Warehouse, locations statewide Hair and makeup: Marisa Samavati, Solange Salon, Fayetteville Rentals: ASAP Rent-A-Tent, Springdale; Eventures, Fayetteville Rings: Romance Diamond Co., Fayetteville

NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL WEDDING CAKE Neither Alex nor Ashley cares for cake, so they opted for different desserts for the celebration. Alex chose a strawberry cheesecake, while Ashley selected a chocolate ganache with a raspberry reduction sauce. Both were sprinkled with real 24kt gold leaf to dress them up for the occasion.

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The Full Moon the expert: Casey Finch, Owner and Operator of the Full Moon knoWn For: Central Arkansas’ go-to place for creating a unique bridal registry, along with great ideas for hostess and bridal party gifts background: Casey’s first job was working at the Full Moon at age 15. Now, she has owned the popular hillcrest shop for over a year. she spent time living in st. Louis, where she worked in retail management at both Neiman Marcus and harold’s. With her retail background, and having worked at the Full Moon off and on for almost 25 years, she has a firm grasp on what is important to a bride when going through the registry process. she has also been able to see the transitions and identify trends when it comes to what the modern couple wants on their registry.

What are some oF the First steps a bride and groom should take beFore coming to register? First, they should consider the color scheme of their home as newlyweds, and ask themselves if they need any items to help tie together their existing home furnishings. they should also think about what they like to do as a couple. do they enjoy hosting parties, cooking together, watching the razorbacks, or any other number of activities? this can help them determine what to put on the registry list. What are some oF the essentials you recommend For a registry list? 1. dinnerware that is functional yet gorgeous! 2. Unique barware and serving pieces. 3. specialty items that the bride and groom can remember fondly and recall who gave the piece to them. 4. Items of all price points to give guests and well-wishers plenty of options. What are some oF the trends you are seeing on registries? Brides

are getting away from having formal china plus a set of everyday dinnerware. Instead, they are registering for beautiful dinnerware that is functional, timeless, and easy to clean! Also, more and more grooms are coming in to register with their fiancées. We love that! What can a bride and groom expect When they register at the Full moon? We like for the bride to walk around and get an idea of what interests her, and then a knowledgeable associate will guide her through creating a wellrounded registry. No appointment is necessary; and they can expect our undivided attention throughout the process. Every registrant also receives a special engagement gift. In addition, we now offer a discount on one fulfillment order of the couple’s dinnerware and a one-time hostess or bridal party gift discount. We offer free delivery for gifts purchased for the couple, or they may pick up at the store. Wrapping is free of charge, and we ship every day.

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1/ special giFts the Full Moon is the exclusive Arkansas retailer of McCarty pottery’s memorable pieces. 2/ classic dinnerWare Juliska’s “Berry and thread” pattern is a timeless choice for durable, everyday pieces. 3/ entertain in style the Full Moon is a Mariposa Key dealer.

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WeddIngS experT: The BAker

PattiCakes Bakery

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THE EXPERT: patti Stobaugh, Owner of pattiCakes Bakery KNOWN FOR: A welcoming, 100% handcrafted bakery dedicated to designing the cake of your dreams BACKGROUND: patti’s husband david opened Conway’s popular Stoby’s restaurant in 1980. In 1984, a russellville location followed and 22 years after that, a bakery—known as pattiCakes—was added there. While the russellville bakery has since sold, patti now uses her talents at the Conway location where she creates cookies, cupcakes, wedding cakes, and confections of all kinds. prior to opening pattiCakes, patti was a corporate accountant. Today, she is thoroughly enjoying her encore career!

WHAT CAN A BRIDE & GROOM EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH YOU? We strive to be extremely professional and thorough during the entire process. We do our best to make the cake tasting and design experience a fun and relaxing time. planning a wedding can be stressful, but we want the bride to look back on her experience with fond memories! WHAT SHOULD THEY BRING TO AN INITIAL CONSULTATION? We gather a lot of information by looking at a bride’s pinterest boards. She can also bring color swatches and inspiration pictures (either of cakes or the overall details of her wedding); this will give us a feel for the type of celebration she wants and how the cake fits into that. WHAT SETS YOUR WORK APART? We strive for perfection with our wedding cakes. not only is it important for the cake to be pretty and taste fantastic, but it also needs to be symmetrical and well built. It’s also important to note that we have never been late for a wedding cake delivery! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR SPECIALITIES? We are a full-service bakery, so we have many cake flavors from which to choose.

And many people come to us because our scratch-made buttercream icing is really, really good. We also offer a variety of other desserts if the bride and groom choose to have a dessert table. Our mini cheesecakes, pies, tiramisu, and cookies are very popular.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD A COUPLE PLACE AN ORDER? As soon as possible—especially if the wedding is in April, May, June, September, or October. We can usually squeeze in a last-minute wedding cake in the other months, but during those five months we book very quickly. ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS A COUPLE SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN SELECTING A CAKE? The venue is the number one consideration. Will the cake be in a temperature-controlled environment? If not, consideration needs to be taken if the temperature will be above 72 degrees. Buttercream and heat don’t play well together!

1/CLASSIC CREATION A five-tiered cake featuring buttercream icing in a horizontal rough texture and fresh flowers as a finishing touch; feeds 208. 2/SPARKLING SENSATION A multi-shape, tiered cake featuring buttercream icing with accents that include fondant, ribbon, bling, and a bow; feeds 250. 3/INITIAL SELECTION A three-tiered cake featuring buttercream icing accented with ribbon, bling, and a letter “h” topper; feeds 128.

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WEddIngs ExpERt: thE cAtERER

Cajun’s Wharf, Capers Restaurant & Copper Grill

the eXperts: Marilyn greene and Mary Beth Ringgold known for: carefully designed menus, recipes that are made from scratch, and a highly trained staff that pays close attention to detail backgrounD: For Little Rock’s cajun’s Wharf, capers Restaurant, and copper grill (all of which are owned and managed by one partnership) catering was a natural extension of their brands. thanks to the three distinctive menus and personalities of these restaurants, the group is able to offer a wide array of food selections and styles to make your event deliciously memorable. what are some of your specialties? since we have three different restaurants, brides can choose from a variety of cuisines to build a distinctive menu. When we begin the collaborative process, we visit with the bride and discuss the style of her wedding, analyze the time of service, the budget and any specific requests for favorite recipes. then, we tailor-make special menus for her review. Afterwards, it is a process of making adjustments to get the menu just right for her big day. when shoulD a briDe anD groom begin to work with a caterer in the planning process? Ideally, the bride should contact her caterer as soon as she starts the planning process. When she begins thinking about other major elements, such as venue, photographer, and florist, she should also be thinking about choosing the best possible catering partner. Many times we can take care of so many of the details for her and help her think through all the best practices for style and efficiencies.

Do you offer tastings for your couples? Yes, we encourage brides and grooms to have tastings prior to the event; this helps us to ensure the cuisine is perfect for the big day and there are no surprises. in what types of venues are you available for catering? We are prepared to work in any venue and any degree of preparation area. If the reception venue doesn’t have an onsite food prep area, we can supply our own self-contained equipment. Also, keep in mind that we have three great local restaurants, situated from downtown to the banks of the Arkansas River to West Little Rock. Each one has the capability to provide appropriate space and specially designed menus for rehearsal dinners and bridesmaid luncheons. Just like our catering operation, we pride ourselves in creating special menus for your special gatherings. Our expertise is well developed to design beautiful events from ideas, impressions, thoughts or images. If you can imagine it, we can create it.

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1/ elegant Decor Marilyn and Mary Beth can also design the look and set up the linens and arrangements or accent for your tables. 2/ Delicious catering A wide array of menu options are available for your celebration. 3/ the best of both contact them to set up your reception or party and provide the catering services.

You bring the party, we bring everything else. Wedding Receptions • Corporate Functions • Cocktail Parties • Dinner Parties

From intimate gatherings to big events, count on Capers to cater to you. Choose from the finest chef-inspired, hand-made cuisine with flawless service from start to finish. With 25 years of experience, you can make one call and relax in knowing we will handle everything.

Our Private Copper Grill Room will accommodate 75-100 guests for large events or can be scaled for intimate gatherings.

(501) 375-3333 • CopperGrillLR.com

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Best Western Inn of the Ozarks THE EXPERT: Cathy Handley, Sales Director at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks KNOWN FOR: Creating beautiful reception settings with the help of a friendly staff that offers amazing service BACKGROUND: The Best Western Inn of the Ozarks is Eureka Springs’s largest resort. Surrounded by the Ozark National Forest yet still within walking distance of the city’s historic downtown area, the location truly offers the best of both worlds. What’s more, it’s just eight minutes from the area’s best-known ceremony site, Thorncrown Chapel. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOP CONSIDERATIONS COUPLES SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN SELECTING A VENUE? First, create your budget; this will help to guide you in terms of selecting the size of the event and the elements you want to include—both of which can be greatly effected by your venue selection. Second, be sure to choose a venue that can truly host your event properly. This goes back to the size restrictions and elements that you want to include (an outdoor setting, restrooms for guests, parking, etc.). Finally, you want to make sure the staff at the venue can provide the service that you deserve on your special day. Ask as many questions as you need to when meeting with a venue to ensure the service will be impeccable. ARE THERE ADVANTAGES TO CHOOSING AN INN OR HOTEL VENUE AS THE SITE OF YOUR RECEPTION? Yes, definitely. Not only can the Inn of the Ozarks offer rental facilities for indoor or outdoor events— including rehearsal dinners, luncheons and receptions—hosting your event at the Inn means guests won’t have to travel to offsite accommodations; they’ll already be at one of the finest lodging choices

in Eureka Springs. Unique to our venue specifically are the scenic views of the Ozark National Forest and the amazing service our staff provides to guests. We also offer onsite catering. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD A COUPLE BOOK THEIR DATE? Planning should begin as early as possible to ensure the couple’s date is reserved and plenty of time is set aside to focus on details. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF BOOKING WITH YOU? We offer a wide variety of lodging for your guests, including rooms with views of the forest, two-room suites, and rooms with Jacuzzis made for two. Our facilities are great for entertaining families, thanks to a game room, miniature golf, game court, and poolside movies, all of which are located onsite. Additionally, we strive to offer the best service imaginable.

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WHAT CAN A BRIDE EXPECT WHEN THEY BOOK WITH YOU? Your day to cherish, our day to shine.

Whether it’s a small and intimate ceremony or elaborate and unforgettable, your wedding here will be a memorable experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632 1.800.809.5392 | sales@innoftheozarks.com

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