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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK
Putting together my first issue of Weddings in Arkansas felt a little like planning my own wedding: Where to even begin in picking the right flowers, the perfect cake, the best invitation suite, that wow-ing gown? But this time, luckily, I didn’t have to narrow it down to just one of each—which made this task arguably more fun. Our team got to bring some of our wildest wedding-planning dreams to life, including a succulent-inspired celebration (page 11) and bridal fashion fit for a fairytale princess (page 25). We were also so inspired by the many ways in which our Real Weddings brides and grooms infused their celebrations with personality. Whether that meant donning a beloved older sister’s veil (page 48), coordinating the color scheme around a jeweltoned fruit (page 52), or finding the “cutest sparkly heel” for the big day (page 44), these couples remind us that it’s the little things—the details that maybe only you and your soon-to-be-spouse will notice—that really matter. If you’re reading this and planning for your own wedding, we hope you’ll find something here that sparks an idea to fill in a blank on your ever-growing to-do list. Remember, though, this part is all just for fun; the most important decision was the one you made when you said “yes.” DIGITAL EDITION
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Defining Elegance Established in 2001, The Goodwin Manor is a large country estate located on the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas. Based in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, The Goodwin Manor offers unparalleled views and ambiance found no where else in the state. •
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From desert decor to retro music and rosy metallics, these three themes will get you thinking creatively about paper, posies, and pastries for the big day PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK STYLING: LAUREN CERRATO
Succulent and protea boutonnieres. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Fall/Winter 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 11
STUCK ON YOU ELEMENTS OF THE SOUTHWEST CAN BRING COLOR AND LIFE TO A CASUAL WEDDING CELEBRATION
SWEETS Succulents top a twotier chocolate cake with drizzled vanilla buttercream frosting and silver accents. Just Desserts by Zara Abbasi, Little Rock
Cactus sugar cookies. Ann Potter Baking, Little Rock, annpotterbaking.com FLORAL Pink roses, succulents,
thistle, seeded eucalyptus, protea, and silver brunia combine in a hand-tied bouquet that is finished with satin ribbon. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com PAPER Clockwise from top: “Sedona” invitation with matching envelope liner and save-the-date card by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 5211778, shindigpaperie.com
Gold-foil letterpress “Viceroy” invitation by Jessica Downs for Bella Figura. By Invitation Only, Little Rock, (501) 975-8902, byinvitationonlylr.com Gold-foil “Annabell” invitation by Brenda Fox for Bella Figura. Shindig Paperie Calligraphy on all pages provided by Kate Edwards. Quill & Curl Calligraphy, quillandcurl.com 12 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall/Winter 2017
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YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ’ROUND VINYL RECORDS AND VINTAGE ROCK ’N’ ROLL MEMORABILIA PROVIDE INSPIRATION FOR THIS RETRO-MEETS-CLASSIC THEME
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SWEETS Two-tier chocolate naked
cake with chocolate buttercream, a white chocolate ganache drip, and fresh floral accents. Sweet Lavender Bake Shop, Little Rock, sweetlavenderbakes.com FLORAL A rounded clutch of white
roses, white ranunculus, white lilies, silver brunia, and white poppies that is finished with a salal leaf collar. Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, 501-372-1400, tanarahluxefloral.com PAPER Clockwise from top: Black invitation with ornate white script. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929
Ecru William Arthur invitation with trumpet detail. By Invitation Only, Little Rock, (501) 975-8902, byinvitationonlylr.com Signature Envelofold in Bullion Ginger by Envelopments. By Invitation Only Black and gold art deco invitation with envelope liner and custom favor card. The Social Type Square letterpress invitations on 2-ply stock by Smock/Bella Figura. Both from By Invitation Only
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TO HAVE AND TO ROSE GOLD
GOLD AND SILVER TAKE A BACKSEAT TO THIS SOFT, COPPERY METALLIC 16 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall/Winter 2017
DESSERT Three-tier classic white wedding cake with salted caramel buttercream icing covered in fondant and brushed with edible rose gold paint. Sweet Love by Kelli Marks, Cathead’s Diner, Little Rock, (501) 613-7780 FLORAL Novia roses, white O’hara
roses, white astilbe, grevillea, seeded eucalyptus, peach hypericum berries, variegated pittosporum, and plumosa gathered with ribbon. Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway, (501) 327-7731, yeoldedaisy.net PAPER Clockwise from top:
Rose gold-foil letterpress invitation with mixed typography. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929 “Bohemian” invitation by Kamal Patel for Bella Figura. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com Rose gold-foil letterpress invitation with script. The Social Type Ornate floral rose gold-foil invitation. By Invitation Only, Little Rock, (501) 975-8902, byinvitationonlylr.com Fall/Winter 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 17
Eli Murray Photography
You Deserve the Best From the elegant glass and wood walls to sweeping views of the Little Rock skyline, the Clinton Presidential Center will leave an impression on all of your wedding guests. With a variety of venues to choose from, you can rest assured we will exceed your every expectation. Call today to reserve your space.
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SHAYLA COPAS INFUSES A WEDDING-WEEKEND TRADITION WITH HER SIGNATURE STYLE
When Shayla Copas started planning this rehearsal dinner, she knew exactly where she wanted to have it: her friends’ recently renovated farmhouse in west Little Rock. “The inspiration was a farm-to-table yet elegant feel,” Copas says. “I wanted it to feel magical yet grounded.” By setting luxe accents against the location’s wooden tables, tall ceilings, and exposed beams, Copas created a polished and inviting atmosphere that complemented the rustic beauty of the venue.
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Gilded wine glasses, vintage china, and monogrammed linens elevated the feel of the early evening farmhouse dinner, while high and low floral arrangements of hydrangeas, tulips, succulents, and roses filled the tables with fresh color.
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FEAST OF LOCAL FARE
Chef Tim Morton with RH Catering prepared a threecourse menu stacked with homegrown staples, starting with a salad of Arkansas heirloom tomatoes, fried okra, and fresh Gulf shrimp on a bed of micro greens. The main course featured a smoked prime Stone Creek filet accompanied by smoked Petit Jean baconwrapped green beans and Vidalia onions stuffed with lump crabmeat and corn. For dessert, guests enjoyed a pan-fried pound cake.
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During a rehearsal dinner slideshow, women opened gifts of embroidered handkerchiefs with an accompanying poem, reading: “May you have tears of joy, tears of laughter, tears of happily ever after!”
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Event design: Shayla Copas, Shayla Copas Interiors, Little Rock Catering: Chef Tim Morton, RH Catering, Little Rock Floral design: Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas Paper goods: By Invitation Only, Little Rock Photography: Erica Payne Rentals—chairs and tables: Hank's Fine Furniture, locations statewide Venue: Private residence
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FEMININE DETAILS, SUCH AS BALL SKIRTS, BEADING, TULLE, AND LACE, LEND AN AIR OF ELEGANCE TO THE LATEST BRIDAL GOWNS
PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK MODEL: BREE BATY, THE SCULP AGENCY HAIR AND MAKEUP: JESSICA JOHNSON, FACE YOUR DAY SALON ART DIRECTION: LAUREN CERRATO
Gown and veil shown here from Low's Bridal and Formal. See page 28.
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Statement earrings in 18k white gold and diamond earrings featuring round and pear-shaped diamonds are complemented by an 18k white gold and diamond Riviera necklace, and a diamond engagement ring and matching wedding band. Sissyâ€™s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, (870) 336-0066, Little Rock, (501) 663-0066, Pine Bluff, (870) 879-3040, sissyslogcabin.com Gown provided by Inverness Bridal Couture. See page 29. Opposite page: Couture by Eddy K A-line lace ball gown. Lowâ€™s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley, (870) 734-3244, lowsbridal.com
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GOWN The “Dakota”
gown from Blush by Hayley Paige is an ivory Marrakesh A-line dress featuring a beaded cap sleeve, V-neck bodice, and a full net skirt. The gown is complemented by a crownstyle headpiece. Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway, (501) 358-6100, invernessbridal.com EARRINGS
Chandelier-style drop earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, (870) 336-0066, Little Rock, (501) 6630066, Pine Bluff, (870) 879-3040, sissyslogcabin.com Opposite page: Randy Fenoli gown featuring a tank-style bodice with a bow accent at the waist and a ball gown skirt with appliqués with beaded lace. Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley, (870) 734-3244, lowsbridal.com
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JB Star platinum engagement ring, featuring a 1.70ct cushioncut diamond, paired with a Marco Bicego threestrand, 18k white gold and diamond bracelet. Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers, Fayetteville, (479) 443-9289, romancediamond.com Gown provided by Tesori. See opposite page. Opposite page: GOWN The Pronovias
â€œDrailâ€? off-white gown is a mermaid-style dress with an illusion neckline, tulle drop sleeves, and a crepe train. Tesori, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, tesoribridalformal.com BOUQUET Quicksand roses,
blue thistle, red dahlias, pink spray roses, Scabiosa buds, peach hypericum berries, 'Knifeblade' acacia, privet berries, Eucalyptus gunnii, David Austin 'Juliet' peach roses, and leucadendron are gathered with a silk ribbon. Silks A Bloom, Little Rock, (501) 228-6989, silks-a-bloom.com
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GOWN Allure long-sleeved bridal gown with lace train. Jessica’s Bridal & Formal, Bay, (870) 781-3334, jessicasbridal.net BOUQUET This fall-inspired
bridal bouquet features ‘Black Pearl’ roses, red and pink hydrangeas, burgundy dahlias, agonis, blue thistle, silver brunia, orange spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, goldenrod, and rosemary, all of which are banded together with green silk ribbon. Cabbage Rose, Little Rock, (501) 664-4042, cabbageroseflorist.com
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Silks A Bloom is committed to ensuring everything is perfect for your wedding day or special event. our floral designers are able to design the most unique fresh florals and bouquets that evoke your unique style. Weddings & Special Events | Everyday Design | Seasonal Design #MoreThanJustSilks 5507 Ranch Dr #2 | Little Rock, AR 72223 | (501) 228-6989 SiLkS-A-BLoom.com
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On-site Catering in Trio’s Pavilion Room and The Atrium of Pavilion in the Park Full-service, Off-Premise Catering
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Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown is a one-stop venue for brides. The hotel, which reopened in September 2016 following an $8 million renovation, can host ceremonies, receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and brunches, plus offer a Romance Package for your honeymoon. All of this is in addition to providing accommodations for out-of-town guests and hospitality rooms for groups to gather. They make the booking process easy for the bridal party and guests, too, by supplying brides with a dedicated booking link, which she can share with guests. Whether youâ€™re looking for a ballroom atmosphere or prefer a poolside cocktail party, they offer all the amenities you need for your big dayâ€”from catering to a dance floor and linens. Most of all, the staff truly cares about their clients and strives to make your special day perfect!
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Contact them to learn more about this superior central Arkansas venue. Four Points by sheraton LittLe rock Midtown 925 South University Avenue Little Rock, AR 72204 501-664-5020 fourpointslittlerockmidtown.com
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C helsea & Nick DWYER
JUNE 10, 2017 // FAYETTEVILLE A FAMILY FRIENDLY VENUE
MEANT-TO-BE MEETING “Even though it is silly and cliché to say, I remember meeting Chelsea for the first time like it was yesterday. Honestly, if there is such a thing as true love at first sight, then that is what happened for me,” Nick says of the first time he and his future bride laid eyes on one another at a post-Christmas gathering of friends. Lucky for him, Chelsea gave him her number that night and the two began dating shortly thereafter.
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For Chelsea’s birthday, Nick planned a day of activities for her to enjoy, including a massage followed by a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum. When the couple found an ideal spot, they spread out their blanket and Nick told Chelsea he had one more surprise for her. He dropped to one knee and popped the question, to which she immediately said “yes.” “I have never ever felt like that in my life, and I’m pretty sure it was the first time I ever cried tears of pure joy!” Chelsea recalls.
Prior to meeting Nick, Chelsea had envisioned being married by a lake in her hometown. However, after meeting his mom and stepdad and seeing their beautiful home—Autumns Ridge, which is also a popular Northwest Arkansas wedding venue—she knew they were meant to be married there. “I fell in love with it, and it quickly became one of my ‘happy places,’” Chelsea says. It was also special that Nick’s mom and stepdad, Lee Anne and Mark Henry, were married on the property.
Chelsea grew up in Rockwall, Texas, and the couple currently lives in Dallas. Both Chelsea and Nick are big fans of Tex-Mex food and decided to bring a bit of The Lone Star State to Arkansas. “We knew we wanted to do something different, and I loved the idea of having the food be interactive,” the bride says. “We had a chef from Table Mesa [a Bentonville restaurant] onsite grilling the meat and fish in front of everyone for their tacos. We also did an open bar with margaritas as our signature drink. Everything was amazing!” In addition, they also had chefs from Fayetteville’s Wasabi create sushi rolls—another favorite of the couple’s—during the cocktail hour.
Tradition in the Making
Chelsea’s uncle, Dave Arundel, married the couple. “He married my mom and dad as well as my sister and brotherin-law, so it was very meaningful and special for him to marry us, too!” Chelsea says.
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Wedding Day Must-Have
â€œI had to have good food and drinks! I have been to many weddings and those are the two things people always remember,â€? Chelsea says.
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Accommodations: The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville Cakes: Harps Foods, locations statewide Catering: Table Mesa Bistro, Bentonville; Wasabi, Fayetteville and Whataburger Ceremony director: Lauren Barnette, San Antonio, Texas Floral design: Alison Hobson, Eden in Bloom, Fayetteville Hair: Metropolis Salon, Fayetteville Lighting: Dancenhance Entertainment, Fayetteville Music—reception: Brock Entertainment, Rogers Photographer: Stephanie Parsley Photography, Little Rock Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning, Fayetteville and Hank’s Fine Furniture, locations statewide Tent: Intents Party Rentals, Fayetteville Transportation: Pinnacle Car Services, Rogers Venue—ceremony and reception: Autumns Ridge, Fayetteville
First Dance Song
“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
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Emily & James PHOTOGRAPHY: STERLING IMAGEWORKS
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Emily & James WOOD
MAY 27, 2017 // BENTONVILLE BONDING IN BOSTON
Emily is from Bentonville, while James, whose dad is an economic diplomat, has lived around the globe. Luckily for them, a common cause and post brought the two together in Boston. They met while working at a high school for at-risk students during a year of service with AmeriCorps.
Both Emily and James’s grandparents were a part of the wedding in several unique ways. Emily’s grandfather hand-made the couple a wooden ring box, which they used in the ceremony. James’s mother embroidered a handkerchief that belonged to his grandmother for Emily to have during the ceremony, while a brooch from Emily’s late paternal grandmother adorned her bouquet. Finally, the bride’s maternal grandmother contributed her famous “road runner” chocolate bars to the sweet selection at the reception.
Aisle Serenade Rather than a first dance song, Emily opted to have her favorite ballad played as she walked down the aisle. Accompanied by a string quartet, Chris Brown, a lifelong friend of the bride, performed Kishi Bashi’s “Manchester,” which Emily describes as a “hauntingly beautiful love song.” When she first heard it in 2011, before she knew who she would marry or when she would wed, she recalls immediately thinking she would have to incorporate this song into her wedding.
FUN FACTORS Emily and James had a number of activities for guests to enjoy following the nuptials, including yard games, an Emily-andJames-themed crossword puzzle, Mad Libs, and an ice cream truck ready to scoop up attendees’ favorite treats.
PERSONALIZED VOWS “We really took care to make the ceremony our own,” Emily and James say. “We are both reflective and intentional people, and to us the wedding was very much about celebrating what brought our relationship to that point both as individuals and as a couple.” Emily read a quote from her favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally, and James recited a portion of a love letter that writer Leo Tolstoy had written to his wife.
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A Ring to It
Prior to proposing, James talked with Emilyâ€™s parents. He did not yet have a ring and thought that Emily might like to choose her own. For the proposal, Emilyâ€™s mother gave him a ring that she had been given when Emily was born. Today, she enjoys wearing both rings together to honor their engagement.
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Let It Snow
As a nod to their new shared last name, the couple used #SnowMuchLove on all their party pics from the big day. They also exited the reception in a shower of white confetti that mimicked snow.
Audio technician: Lamplighter Productions, Rogers Cakes: B’s Cakes, Bentonville and Harps Foods, locations statewide Coordinator: Kim Mertes, Bentonville Floral design: Autumn Crowder, The Floral Godmother, Lowell Hair: Hannah Lamp with Sola Salon Studios, Bentonville Makeup: Brushed by Shae, Fayetteville Music—ceremony: Chris Brown & Company, Rogers Nails: Luxe Nails & Spa, Bentonville Photography: Sterling Imageworks, North Little Rock Rehearsal dinner: Fred’s Hickory Inn, Bentonville Rentals: Hitchin’ Post, Fayetteville; Intents Party Rentals, Fayetteville, and Pretty Old Stuff, Northwest Arkansas Venue—ceremony and reception: Bride’s parents’ home, Bentonville
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Ann & Nick
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Ann & Nick
APRIL 22, 2017 // LITTLE ROCK Southern Fare FINDING THE ONE Nick proposed to Ann on the couple’s one-year anniversary of dating. He led her to believe they were going to dinner to celebrate. However, when she arrived at his downtown Little Rock condo, he asked her to join him on the rooftop for a drink. Once there, he popped the question. A number of their friends were waiting anxiously in the room across the hallway, ready to toast the bride- and groom-to-be.
“We wanted to stick with Southern-style food, and The Capital Hotel’s selection made this so easy,” Ann says. “We created our own menu and had a mini tasting. This was definitely one of the highlights of the planning process.” The menu included miniature ham biscuits with jam, fried green tomatoes, and bacon bites—all of which were passed before dinner. Next, a cocktail buffet featuring pork sliders, pimento cheese, shrimp and grits, and deviled eggs was opened for guests to enjoy. Additionally, a carving station served beef tenderloin, potatoes, and green beans while a separate station created chicken-anddumplings gnocchi.
To complement the main course, guests had the option of the groom’s cake, which was a cheesecake with numerous toppings from which to choose, or a classic white cake with buttercream icing that served as the bride’s cake.
Their Advice to Engaged Couples “Enjoy this special time of celebration together and focus on the things that really matter to both of you.”
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Ann and Nick’s Wedding Day Must-Haves
“We had to have a big bride’s cake, plenty of food, and I had to have my wedding day shoes. They had the cutest sparkly heel,” Ann says.
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First Dance Song
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
Ann and Nick made their grand exit through a tunnel of ribbon wands held by well-wishers. However, they were staying at The Capital Hotel that night so continued to hang out with friends and family in the lobby as well as at Capital Bar & Grill.
Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cake—bride’s: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock Catering, cake—groom’s and venue— ceremony and reception: Capital Hotel, Little Rock Floral design: Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas Groom’s attire: Greenhaw’s Men’s Wear Groomsmen’s and usher’s attire: Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock Hair: Red Beauty Lounge, Little Rock Lighting and sound: CWP Productions, Little Rock Makeup: Bridget Baltimore, Little Rock Music—reception: Rodney Block, Little Rock Paper goods: By Invitation Only, Little Rock Photography: Stephanie Parsley Photography Rentals—furniture: Hank’s Fine Furniture, Little Rock
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Kyleigh & Alex
PHOTOGRAPHY: KATI MALLORY PHOTO & DESIGN
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Kyleigh & Alex
NOVEMBER 19, 2016 // LITTLE ROCK INSTANT CHEMISTRY
New Year, New Name
Kyleigh and Alex met as freshmen at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 2011. During the first week of school, they were randomly assigned to be lab partners in biology. “We were both science majors and had several classes together, which gave me an excuse to text him about study guides or chemistry problems. Our study sessions were not terribly productive as we would always end up laughing and talking about basically anything besides biology,” Kyleigh recalls.
Alex and Kyleigh dated for more than four years before Alex popped the question. During a discussion about their future, he had once told Kyleigh they would be engaged by the start of 2016. However, she began to wonder as she watched Thanksgiving, her birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve pass in 2015. True to his word, Alex surprised her on New Year’s Day by getting down on one knee in front of the Little Rock skyline. The couple’s friends and family were there to celebrate the engagement and even had a party planned following the big event.
Kyleigh knew that she wanted white flowers, lots of greenery, and candles as part of the wedding décor. “I love trying new trends and fun colors, but at the end of the day I am always going to lean toward classic looks and neutral colors,” the bride says. “My whole vision was a wedding that we could look back on for years and not think, ‘Oh, no! Why did we pick that?’ I have to be honest though, my vision wouldn’t have been a reality without AnneClaire’s [of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design] talent for bringing things to life.”
Kyleigh wore her husband’s grandmother’s fur coat following the ceremony. She also donned her sister’s veil, which “any little sister knows was basically a dream come true,” she says.
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Their Advice to Engaged Couples
â€œTake time to prepare for your marriage. In the end, the wedding is just a day while your marriage is for the rest of your lives. Also, give lots of graceâ€”to each other, yourself, and all of your friends and family who are investing their time into the planning.â€?
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Kyleigh’s Favorite Memory of the Day
“Aside from actually getting married, my favorite memory of the day was having the DJ play Alex’s favorite song from college, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ by Eddie Money, as the last song. Alex got so excited, and we had all the people we love most dancing and laughing with us as we closed out the night.”
RESOURCES Accessories—large wooden logo: Gibson’s Sign Mart, Jonesboro Beverage supply: O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor, Little Rock Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: Sweet Love by Kelli Marks, Cathead’s Diner, Little Rock Catering: Boulevard Bread Company, Little Rock Event planning: Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, Little Rock Floral design: Silks A Bloom, Little Rock Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Paul Morrell, Little Rock Hair: Juli Waits, Red Beauty Lounge, Little Rock Makeup: Paige Ghahremani Music—ceremony: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock Music—reception: Tyler Bjornson (Moose from Alice 107.7), Little Rock Paper goods: By Invitation Only, Little Rock Photo booth: Arkansas Selfie Stand, Little Rock Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design, Little Rock Venue—ceremony and reception: Noah’s Event Venue, Little Rock Videographer: Whitney Butler Media Fall/Winter 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 51
Tori & Andrew PHOTOGRAPHY: BENFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY
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Tori & And rew
POHLNER BOGNER FEBRUARY 18, 2017 // FAYETTEVILLE JUST BEACHY A spring break trip to Destin, Florida, with mutual friends brought Tori and Andrew together. “We spent a fun night at AJ’s Oyster Bar and wound up making the 14-hour drive home together. We’ve been inseparable ever since,” Tori says. Four years later on another beach in the Dominican Republic, Andrew asked for Tori’s hand in marriage.
Tori’s Timeless Traditions SOMETHING OLD
A guardian angel pin given to Tori by her grandmother before she passed away SOMETHING NEW
Matching Badgley Mischka shoes, earrings, and a bracelet SOMETHING BORROWED
A ribbon from her dear friend Sara’s toss bouquet that Tori caught years before her own engagement and wedding. Sara saved the ribbon and gave it to Tori when she got engaged. SOMETHING BLUE
A special secret she shares with her Zeta sorority sisters FLAVORFUL FAVORS Andrew’s uncle distills moonshine in Kansas. He created sample-sized bottles, complete with labels that read, “I love you more than the moon loves to shine!” for the couple to give to guests as they departed.
Fruitful Endeavor “I embraced pomegranates and ran with them as far as I could,” the bride says of her wedding day décor. “From cake topper to place cards, I used them any place that they wouldn’t roll away.” Tori notes that the fruits were almost out of season by mid-February, and she struggled to find enough to fully carry out the theme. “I’d be remiss not to include Aldi in Fayetteville, the last store in Northwest Arkansas to carry the precious pomegranates that were so vital to the theme!” she says of the lucky find. WINTER GARDEN Tori had initially imagined an outdoor wedding; however, when she and Andrew chose a February date, she knew the event would be indoors. Working with Jules Design, they created an elegant indoor garden at The Chancellor Hotel, which served as the site for the ceremony and reception. Boxwood hedge walls, eight large wreaths suspended from the ceiling, and a pair of statement-making large-scale arrangements brought the space to life.
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First Dance Song
The couple took the floor to Jon Wolfe’s “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” performed by the bride’s musically inclined cousin, Parker Francis.
RESOURCES Accommodations, catering, and venue—ceremony and reception: The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville Bride’s gown and bridesmaids’ attire: Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion, Fayetteville Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Calligraphy: Hedgehog Creative, Fayetteville Floral design: Jules Design Event Florals, Fayetteville Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Beau’s Tuxedos, Fayetteville and Fort Smith Hair: Nikki Gibson, B.Lush Salon, Rogers Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville Makeup: Adriann Duncan, Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville Music—ceremony: Fayetteville String Quartet, Fayetteville Music—cocktail hour: Smoothman Music Productions, Fayetteville Music—reception: Boom! Kinetic, Fayetteville Nails: Gloss Nail Lounge, Fayetteville Paper goods: Elle Bee Designs, Fayetteville Photographer: Dale Benfield, Benfield Photography, Fayetteville Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville Rings: Underwood’s Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville Transportation: Tony Salerno, Salerno Street Rods, Springdale Travel planner—honeymoon: Destinations, Fayetteville Videographer: Austin Gilliam Cinematography, Mountain Home Wedding coordination and design: Amanda Reed Weddings, Springdale
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Cassidy L obaugh, owner of H igh S ociety Party & Event R entals , is a party planner at heart. When she saw an opportunity to become a vendor for celebrations, she jumped at the chance, knowing vintage cars and recreational vehicles were the perfect niche for her. “I have always loved style and design, and this was really my way of getting into the event world,” she says. The collection, which Lobaugh says she is still in the process of curating, currently includes an Airstream trailer along with the 1956 Ford Thunderbird pictured here. Lobaugh notes that the Airstream is its own mobile cocktail lounge or DJ station, making it great for corporate events and tailgating as well as weddings. As for
A GRAND GETAWAY PHOTOGRAPHY: JO JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY
“THE GETAWAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING DAY.” —CASSIDY LOBAUGH
the authentic T-Bird, Lobaugh relates there were only a few of these made, and she and her husband are just the third owners of this particular car. “The getaway has always been my favorite part of a wedding day. There’s something about that lasting impression that it leaves, and I like the idea of the happy couple riding off into the sunset,” she adds.
Leslie and Eric Redmon on their engagement photo shoot.
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