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in this issue 8 EDITOR’S NOTE

inspiration 11 SOMETHING BLUE A PALETTE OF BLUE AND WHITE INSPIRES TRADITIONAL STYLE 14 MAIN SQUEEZE CITRUS HUES AND TREATS INSPIRE A CELEBRATION 16 ENCHANTING ELEGANCE EUROPEAN INSPIRED DETAILS MIX WITH ROMANTIC BLOSSOMS 19 RUSTIC MEETS REGAL ARKANSAS WEDDING PROFESSIONALS CREATE A GRACEFUL, ORGANIC SCENE AT MOSS MOUNTAIN FARM

style 23 NATURAL BEAUTIES THE LATEST IN BRIDAL GOWNS AND JEWELRY

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33 HALEY PALANCA + DANIEL HOPKINS 36 MEGHAN MCDONALD + DILLON HOHERTZ 40 DANIELLE DUDDING + WILLIAM IRVINE 44 CAROLINE MCCOMBS + JOSHUA MOTES 48 ELIZABETH SNEED + CALEB DAYER

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52 BROOKE BENNETT + GRAHAM HUMPHREY

final thoughts 56 THE BRIDE-TO-BE’S TO-DO LIST A YEARLONG CHECKLIST TO HELP YOU PLAN A DREAM WEDDING

33 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 ArkansasTM cannot guarantee information received from sources. At Home in Arkansas TM Weddings in Arkansas is published 2 times a year by Root Publishing, 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 Root Publishing, Inc. nor any of its staff, is responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Copyright© 2015 Root Publishing, 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, Root Publishing, 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 Katie Cooper, Editor; At Home in Arkansas TM; 2207 Cottondale Lane; Little Rock, AR 72202 or by email at katie@athomearkansas.com. Volume 15, Number 1

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Just a few short weeks ago, I married my best friend and made the jump from Katie Cox to Katie Cooper. It’s my first day back to work from my honeymoon, and I couldn’t ask for better timing to convey the joy of wedding planning, the surreal quality of the big day, and the range of emotions from start to finish. I feel extremely lucky to be able to deliver this message with fresh, firsthand experience. When I became engaged a little over a year ago, I certainly didn’t know everything that was in store for me. While living on cloud nine with a gorgeous new ring on my finger and a to-do list a mile long, I had the opportunity to join the Weddings in Arkansas team—the very magazine I had been using to plan my own wedding. Was this real life? Taking on a new career and planning a wedding has been one crazy ride that still seems too good to be true, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Whether you’re the bride-to-be or helping host the big day, it’s easy to be consumed—and often times overwhelmed—by details large and small. Where do you start? That’s where we come in. From local vendors (who can take care of it all!) and the latest in wedding gown fashion, to a trusty timeline to keep you on track, our team has researched the trends and gathered real wedding inspiration to make the planning process a little easier for every bride. There’s one thing throughout this process that everyone told me, and I didn’t quite understand it until now. I was repeatedly encouraged to slow down and take in everything. I always thought to myself, “It’s the most important day of my life. How will I not remember it?” As cliché as it may sound, it flies by. So soak it up. Take in the small moments. BREATHE. And when it’s all over, enjoy reliving it over and over again. Hashtags aside, take it from me when I say, it is truly the best day ever.

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TABLESCAPE White tulips, white O’Hara roses, blue hydrangeas, blue hyacinths, blue delphiniums, dusty miller, olive branches, and hosta leaves arranged in blue-and-white ginger jars and ceramic containers. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com

INSPIRATION

SOMETHING BLUE SHADES OF THIS FAVORITE HUE SET THE TONE FOR A CLASSIC CELEBRATION

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BRIDAL BOUQUET Bouquet of white freesia, Playa Blanca roses, blue hydrangeas, blue delphiniums, hosta leaves, and miscellaneous greenery. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com

INVITATIONS Gold-matte foil stamped “Cora” invitation. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com Blue floral letterpress invitation. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com Cobalt letterpress “Anderson” invitation. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929

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JEWELRY Three-stone engagement ring featuring a 1.75 ct sapphire. Romance Diamond Co., Fayetteville, (479) 443-9289, romancediamond.com

CAKE A textured, two-tiered gluten-, soy-, and nut-free cake with egg- and dairy-free cream cheese icing that is adorned with blue floral branches. Dempsey Bakery, Little Rock, (501) 375-2257, dempseybakery.com BRIDAL BOUQUET White and blue hydrangeas, white roses, Dendrobium orchids, blue iris, tree fern, seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus greenery combine in this bouquet. Ye Olde Daisy, Conway, (501) 327-7731, yeoldedaisy.net INVITATION Classic calligraphy engraved invitation with gold edging. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929

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MAIN SQUEEZE CITRUS-INSPIRED COLORS AND TREATS ADD PUNCH TO THE PARTY

BRIDAL BOUQUET Bouquet of orange Asiatic lilies, yellow alstroemeria, green buttons, yellow irises, High & Magic roses, and variegated pittosporum. Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway, (501) 327-7731, yeoldedaisy.net INVITATIONS Left to right from top: “Gwyneth Paige” letterpress invite. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929 Smock salmon-colored invite with gold matte foil stamping. By Invitation Only, Little Rock, (501) 975-8902, byinvitationonlylr.com Abstract watercolor invitation with rose gold foil stamping. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com

JEWELRY JB Star yellow diamond ring with 2.28tdw. Romance Diamond Co., Fayetteville, (479) 443-9289, romancediamond.com

BRIDAL BOUQUET Hand-tied bouquet of Phalaenopsis orchids, bleeding hearts, white mini calla lilies, Coral Charm peonies, Eskimo roses, viburnum, yellow parrot tulips, and orange field tulips. Cabbage Rose, Little Rock, (501) 664-4042, cabbageroseflorist.com

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TARTS Lemon tarts topped with chopped pistachios, Key lime tarts with lime zest, and cream tarts with blueberries and fresh mint. Mia Tarts, Northwest Arkansas, (479) 871-3893

INVITATION Dandelion invitation. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com Summer 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 15


ENCHANTING ELEGANCE ROMANTIC BOTANICALS AND EUROPEAN-INSPIRED DETAILS RADIATE GRACE

BRIDAL BOUQUET Taupe-blush Quicksand roses, white O’Hara roses, huckleberry, salal, and eucalyptus combine in this loosely gathered bouquet that is wrapped with silk and cotton ribbons. Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, tanarahluxefloral.com INVITATIONS “Rowan” foil-stamped bronze shine invitation and save-the-date card. Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com “Blossom” letterpress invitation and save-the-date card. By Invitation Only, Little Rock, (501) 975-8902, byinvitationonlylr.com and The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929 16 Weddings in Arkansas | Summer 2017


CENTERPIECE Taupe-blush Quicksand roses, white O’Hara roses, huckleberry, salal, eucalyptus, peach-hued talisman snapdragons, and dusty miller are arranged in a washed black stoneware compote bowl. Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, tanarahluxefloral.com CAKE Elegant French-Baroque-inspired cake that is modernized with clean crisp lines. Natalie Madison’s Artisan Cakes, Little Rock, (501) 240-6102, nmartisancakes.com

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WITH MOSS MOUNTAIN FARM AS THE BACKDROP, LOCAL WEDDING PROFESSIONALS CREATE A DOWNTO-EARTH YET ELEGANT INSPIRATIONAL WEDDING SCENE

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If there’s one thing our state graciously gives us,

it’s the beauty and divinity of its natural landscape. P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm certainly celebrates this gift. Through a warm color palette and organic florals, Jessica Zimmerman of ZIMMERMAN along with a team of talented Arkansas wedding industry professionals created a luxurious experience highlighting natural elements and scenic views in this dreamy wedding inspiration shoot. “Nestled along the Arkansas River is P. Allen Smith’s garden home, Moss Mountain Farm, a magical place known for promoting education and conservation, as well as experiencing what the land provides us. I simply wanted to work with the beauty of the natural landscape, allowing it to control the direction for my design,” Zimmerman says. Playing off the landscape, she further describes this vision, “I share in Smith’s desire to let the land be his inspiration, so I wanted to create a moment that embodied what his farm has inspired in me, celebrating all that is organic and pure.” Creating an intimate ceremony setting and a dinner-party-style reception, the color palette was pulled from the lush surroundings and varying textures in the garden Summer 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 19


INSPIRATION

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and farm. “I started off with a warm, soft color palette that effortlessly reflects the environment. I chose warm rust tones to tuck inside the florals, echoing the shades of the garden plants and the brick walls,” Zimmerman notes. “The color palette was chosen to seamlessly coexist with the flora and architecture. I didn’t want anything to distract from the natural beauty of the surroundings,” she adds. Zimmerman’s muse of nature left no detail untouched in creating a fullbody experience from sight to sound to taste. “I wanted everything from the groom’s boutonnière to the cuisine to express the rich heritage and organic nature of the farm.” A large farm table seats guests and seems a natural fit to further the ambience. “Platters of farmto-table courses were served on the simple cheesecloth runner that adorned the table. Soft, bistro style lighting was strung overhead transforming the garden party into a romantic evening,” Zimmerman adds.

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Resources

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Event design and florals: Jessica Zimmerman, ZIMMERMAN, Conway Bridesmaids’ attire: Scarlet Boutique, Little Rock Cakes: Natalie Madison's Artisan Cakes, Little Rock Catering: PattiCakes, Conway Groom's attire: J. Crew, Little Rock Lighting: CWP Productions, Little Rock Makeup: Jessica Humerick, Little Rock Hair: Lindsey Powers, Dry & Dash, Little Rock Photography: Erin Wilson Photography, Central Arkansas and B.Matthews Creative, Central Arkansas Rentals: Party Time Rentals and Events, Little Rock Rings: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Pine Bluff Venue: P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm, Roland


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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 you’re looking for a ballroom atmosphere or prefer a poolside cocktail party, they offer all the amenities you need for your big day—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! 24 Weddings in Arkansas | Summer 2017

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


STYLE

Allure Couture gown featuring beaded Alencon lace with a tip-of-theshoulder neckline and trumpet skirt. Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley, (870) 734-3244, lowsbridal.com A clutch bouquet featuring variegated liriope grass, lime Cymbidium orchids, Orange Flame pincushions, Gold Strike and Saligna Folium Leucadendrons, and Hakea foliage bound with complementary ribbon. Flowers & Home, Bryant, (501) 847-5511, Hot Springs, (501) 525-0444, flowersandhome.com

Natural

BEAUTIES THE SEASON’S LATEST GOWN STYLES FEATURE ROMANTIC FORMS, EXQUISITE BEADING, AND SOFT LACE

MODEL: STARR DEUSCHLE, THE SCULP AGENCY HAIR, MAKEUP, AND STYLING: ANGELA ALEXANDER ART DIRECTION: KATIE COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK PHOTOGRAPHED ON LOCATION AT THE CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER

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Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge “Leah� dress featuring a V-neck with a beaded lace bodice, cummerbund waist, and A-line organza skirt. Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway, (501) 358-6100, invernessbridal.com

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The “Arlo� by Hayley Paige bridal ball gown features a rhinestone-encrusted bodice with alabaster and hologram accents, a V-neck with crossing back straps, and a full light gray tiered tulle skirt. Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, tesoribridalformal.com Bridal bouquet featuring Free Spirit garden roses, pincushion proteas, purple calla lilies, magnolia leaves, and miscellaneous greenery. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com

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Badgley Mischka’s satin “Abigail” gown features a full-length mermaid skirt, illusion bateau, classic v-neckline, and low U-shaped back along with modern beadwork. The look is complemented with rhinestone and pearl drop earrings. The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock, (501) 753-4138, bridalcottageonline.com

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Signature Henri Daussi cushionshaped diamond halo engagement ring in 18k white gold with a coordinating Henri Daussi band, shown with 18k white gold and diamond earrings featuring round and pear-shaped diamonds with 11.59tdw. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Jonesboro, (870) 336-0066, Little Rock, (501) 6630066, Pine Bluff, (870) 879-3040, sissyslogcabin.com

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Strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace overlay, shown with a fingertip, beaded-edge veil by Giselle Bridals. Jessica’s Bridal & Formal, Bay, (870) 781-3334, jessicasbridal.net

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Bride’s jewelry: Roberson’s, Little Rock Bride’s gown: Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock Cakes: Cupcake Factory, Little Rock and Sherwood Catering: Gina’s Catering, Benton; Larry’s Pizza, locations throughout central Arkansas Ceremony director: Sherlyn Bates, New Life Church, North Little Rock Floral design: Anna Rogers, Magnolia Belle, Conway Groom’s and groomsmens’ attire: Jos. A. Bank, locations statewide Hair and makeup: Cassie Vick, Sherwood Music: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock Photographer: Sterling Imageworks, North Little Rock Venue—ceremony and reception: Cold Springs Wedding and Event Center, Paron Videographer: Betwixt Magnolias, Searcy


Haley PALANCA &

Daniel HOPKINS THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF OCTOBER, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN • PARON HALEY’S THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE BIG DAY Romantic, Classic & Rustic

Favorite Florals Haley notes Anna Rogers of Magnolia Belle captured the intimate feel of the day through the floral design while balancing it with a natural look. “There were roses to keep it romantic, but also lots of greenery and neutral hues to speak to the rustic feel I wanted as well,” Haley says. “The flowers were one thing that I really wanted to go all out on since I love them so much,” she adds.

The Fireworks of Love

Haley’s Advice for Brides-to-Be

Haley—along with both her family and Daniel’s—had been anticipating the engagement for almost a month. Daniel wanted it to be a complete surprise. On June 5, 2016, he invited her to an Arkansas Travelers game with a few friends. He knew there would be a fireworks display at the end of the game and timed his proposal to coincide. He also knew Haley wouldn’t suspect anything since the plans were made at the last minute. He popped the question during the display, and she said, “yes.” The announcer even caught the moment and gave a shout out to the newly engaged couple.

“Many people may try to tell you that you can’t put together an awesome wedding in a short time and get all the things you want or have to have. We did it in five months, and it was perfect! It’s also important to take time during the wedding planning process to slow down and love your guy. This will help both parties remember why you’re getting married in the first place and really stop to see what’s important.”

THE OUTDOORSY HYPE Haley opted for a fun and trendsetting “naked” (or un-iced) cake, which she felt had a more rustic feel than traditional fondant-covered or iced versions.

First Dance Song “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

CLASPING HANDS On her wedding day, Haley requested that the photographer take a picture of her, her mom’s, and her grandmother’s hands together to show their wedding bands. “I’m very happy I did this because my grandmother recently passed away, and now I have that picture that I will cherish forever,” Haley says.

PIZZA PARTY Haley & Daniel treated their guests to pizza and salad at the reception. Haley notes that it was a huge hit with the guests and also reflective of the couple since pizza is their favorite food.

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Meghan MCDONALD &

Dillon HOHERTZ THE SEVENTH OF MAY, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN

Down-Home Menu Traditional Southern and creole fare was the inspiration for the menu. A grits station, featuring wild mushrooms, crawfish tails, and Italian sausage for toppings was one of the highlights. Later in the night, tacos were passed out to guests who may have worked up an appetite on the dance floor.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION Costa Rica

HOT SPRINGS Natural Proposal

MEGHAN & DILLON’S FAVORITE MEMORY OF THE DAY “One of the best parts of the day for both of us was our first dance. We had originally agreed that we were just going to take it easy and do a simple two step, but we ended up getting really into it and did lots of dips and twirls. It definitely set the tone for a fun rest of the night!”

Bridal Party Match Their wedding was not the first time Meghan and Dillon had walked down the aisle together. “Dillon was the best man, and I was a bridesmaid in his brother’s wedding in November 2009 in Dallas,” Meghan says. “We hit it off on the dance floor and dated long distance between Dallas and Houston for over four years.”

SWEET & SOUTHERN Rather than a groom’s cake, guests dined on Dillon’s favorite desserts—cherry and peach cobbler.

Dillon proposed on April 25, 2015 in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. “Over the years we grew to love camping because it gave us a break from the constant journey back and forth between Dallas and Houston. Big Bend was always on our bucket list and now it is even more special for the both of us,” Meghan says.

DOUBLE DATE The pair knew they wanted to be married at Meghan’s family’s lake house in Hot Springs during the spring season before temperatures got too warm. They chose May 7, 2016, and realized it was also the date of the famed Kentucky Derby. They added hints of the Derby to their celebration by serving mint juleps and passing out fascinators for female guests to don.

First Dance Song “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton

MEGHAN’S ADVICE FOR NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES “Get a really good wedding planner and let go of the reins. The day goes by so quickly that your time should be spent enjoying family and friends.”

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Dillon

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Resources

Cakes: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock Catering: Capers Restaurant, Little Rock Favors: The Bath Factory, Hot Springs Floral design: Becky Clement, Inspired by Nature, Little Rock Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A Bank, locations statewide Hair: Freedom United Salon, Hot Springs Makeup: Adrienne Brooks, Hot Springs; Samantha McDonald, Los Angeles, California Music—ceremony: Hot Springs Four Seasons String Quartet, Hot Springs Paper goods: By Invitation Only, Little Rock Photographer: Shaun Menary, Shaun Menary Photography, Dallas, Texas Venue—ceremony and reception: McDonald Family Private Residence, Hot Springs Wedding planner: Shelia Vaught, Little Rock

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Danielle DUDDING &

William IRVINE THE THIRTEENTH OF AUGUST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN • LITTLE ROCK FIELD-WORTHY FLAIR The arrangements and boutonnieres included cotton as a nod to the Southern elements that flowed throughout the wedding.

The Laws of Love

Southern Fare

Danielle and William met on the second day of orientation at Vanderbilt Law School. “I sat down at his table with some friends on our lunch break, and the rest is history,” Danielle says.

“Food is a big part of our life,” Danielle says. “We love to cook and our travels tend to center around restaurants, so we wanted our guests to experience delicious, Southern food. For us, that meant the Capital’s famous pimento cheese along with shrimp and Arkansas grits.” Guests also enjoyed barbecue sliders, gazpacho shots, and a carving station. During the cocktail hour, appetizers of smoked duck, tuna tartare cones, and fried macaroni and cheese were also served.

Custom Cakes HIS: William’s cake, which was in the shape of a pyramid complete with a Bass Pro Shop sign, paid homage to his hometown of Memphis. Carrot cake was his flavor of choice. HERS: Danielle’s cake spoke to her childhood love of Disney and fairytales by having a glass slipper as its topper. It consisted of alternating layers of almond and strawberry.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Crescent City Proposal The couple were spending a weekend in New Orleans. On Sunday morning, William took Danielle to iconic Jackson Square where he got down on one knee to ask for her hand. Danielle—who was completely surprised—recalls tourists in the square taking photos for them of the special moment. “We spent the rest of the day celebrating in a city that certainly knows how,” Danielle says.

CAPITAL CHARM Danielle is from Fort Smith, and the couple had been to Little Rock’s Capital Hotel on several occasions. They fell in love with the downtown icon’s Southern allure and knew it would be the perfect venue for an Arkansas wedding.

SAY “OM” The bride chose to start her wedding day with a workout with friends. She invited Kayce Johnson of Arkansas Yoga Collective to the hotel for a private yoga class with her bridal party. “It was such a great experience that I would highly recommend to anyone,” she says.

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Danielle &

William

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Resources

Accommodations: The Capital Hotel, Little Rock; The Doubletree, Little Rock; The Marriot Downtown, Little Rock Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: TracyCakes, Little Rock Catering and venue—ceremony and reception: The Capital Hotel, Little Rock Ceremony director: Gigi Magill, Little Rock Favors: The Popped Popcorn Company, Fort Smith; Winston’s Pipe and Cigar Emporium, Fort Smith Floral design and rentals: Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas Hair and makeup: Angela Alexander, Little Rock Music—ceremony: Dave Holland and Brandon Patterson, Fort Smith Paper goods—programs: Inscriptions, Fort Smith Photographer: Amy Hutchinson, Memphis, Tennessee

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Caroline MCCOMBS &

Joshua MOTES THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF MAY, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN • FAYETTEVILLE LET IT GLOW As the night began to wind down, glow sticks were handed out to all the guests. The pair ran through a tunnel of neon light to make their grand exit.

Art Inspiration Art is one of Caroline’s passions, and the Rococo movement is a favorite period for her. She used this as the vision for the couple’s wedding day. She notes that “Rococo Art was characterized by asymmetrical values, pastel color palettes, and an overall whimsical garden theme. It is very similar to what the garden looked like in the 1993 movie The Secret Garden. So, I asked for floral arrangements that looked whimsical and organic in design. We had ranunculus, garden roses, succulents, lavender, willow branches, and more.”

HONEYMOON DESTINATION Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Caroline and Joshua were set up by a mutual friend who knew the pair would be perfect for each other. The friend, Charles, called Caroline and Joshua independently and invited them to dinner. He told them they must come because their future spouse would be in attendance.

Ceremony Sweetness Caroline and Joshua wanted the ceremony to be not just about them but also praising and glorifying Jesus for what marriage symbolizes. To incorporate this idea, they asked their families to come to the altar and place their hands on them to pray after communion. “It was such a sweet moment before we said, ‘I do,’” Caroline says.

The Trip of a Lifetime After a year of dating, Caroline and Joshua took a quick trip to Dallas. They drove down from Fayetteville early on a Saturday morning. Caroline said she didn’t know any of the day’s details but had a few suspicions. Joshua took his soon-to-be-bride to his grandfather’s land north of Dallas—a place he grew up visiting as a child. Caroline recalls looking out at the view and then turning around to see Joshua on his knee. Since Joshua is from Los Angeles, it made sense for the couple to celebrate at In-NOut Burger, which originated in L.A.

WORLD’S FARE A portion of Caroline’s childhood was spent living abroad in the Netherlands. To pay tribute to this, she asked the chef at Ella’s (the restaurant within Inn at Carnall Hall) to recreate her favorite Dutch miniature pancakes, known as Poffertjes, for a late-night snack. The pancakes are served with butter and powdered sugar, adding to their delectableness.

CAROLINE’S ADVICE FOR NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES “Remember to have fun and have lots of grace for one another! Engagements are a weird time because in a sense, you have one foot in and one foot out. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety leading up to the big day; just take it one day at a time and be in the moment! You have forever to be married.”

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Caroline &

Joshua

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Resources Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cake: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Catering: Ella’s Restaurant, Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville Floral design: Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock Groom’s and groomsmens’ attire: Jos. A. Bank, locations statewide Hair: Claire Williams, Shag Salon, Fayetteville Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville Makeup: Sarah Spoon, Sarah Ellen Makeup, Fayetteville Music—ceremony: Maestro Quartet, Fayetteville Photographer: Eugene Grace Weddings, Fayetteville Paper goods: Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville Venue—ceremony: Old Main Lawn, Fayetteville Venue—reception: Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville Wedding coordination: Amanda Reed, Bates-Reed Brides, Fayetteville

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Elizabeth SNEED &

Caleb DAYER THE TWELFTH OF MARCH, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN • DINNER AND A PROPOSAL After dinner and ice cream to celebrate an anniversary, Caleb suggested the couple go sightseeing at the state capitol. Growing somewhat impatient with Caleb being constantly on his phone and seeming very distracted, Elizabeth admits she didn’t know what was coming. “He pulled me over to the side and said, ‘Lizzy, I have something I want to tell you.’ My heart was racing SO fast as soon as he said this. It was such a blur! Then he dropped to one knee, pulled out the ring box, and asked me that one anticipated question: ‘Elizabeth Sneed, will you marry me,’” she recalls.

Elizabeth’s Advice For Newly Engaged Couples “Have fun and enjoy the process! Spend time with friends and family. Love your people. Also, don’t neglect what is most important: the marriage. The wedding day is important and beautiful, but that only lasts a day,” she says of the celebration.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION Cannon Beach, Oregon

Green with Beauty

Led by the Light While searching for venues, natural light and photographic appeal were extremely important to Elizabeth, who is also a photographer. “I knew I wanted to find a venue with a lot of natural lighting. Having a wedding in March can be a little bit of a risk with the unpredictability of the weather. Many indoor venues have extremely poor lighting. I searched all over the state of Arkansas and kept coming back to Kindred Barn. It had everything,” she says.

Meaningful Jewels Caleb’s father, Tommy Dayer, put together Elizabeth’s engagement ring. He and his brother were the former co-owners of Dayer Jewelers in Conway, and he used his talent to give the ring a meaningful touch that was special to both Caleb and Elizabeth.

MULBERRY

Elizabeth’s bouquet consisted only of greenery. This simple and relaxed yet elegant approach was carried throughout the wedding, including the table décor, bridesmaid bouquets, and the couple’s exit, where greenery stems were given out for guests to wave as the pair ended the celebration.

ACTS OF SERVICE The couple chose symbolic acts to represent a selfless, loving marriage. During the ceremony, the couple washed each other’s feet. “After the ceremony, before Caleb and I sat down to eat, we put on our matching Mr. & Mrs. Dayer aprons, and we served our guests at the reception. We wanted this to represent how we wanted to live our lives: serving others before we served ourselves,” the bride says. Elizabeth notes this was a wonderful way to greet every single guest.

Three Words to Describe the Style of the Big Day •Organic •Relaxed •Airy

WEDDING DAY TIP FROM ELIZABETH “Do a first look! You will get so many more beautiful and intimate photos to keep forever. This also cuts down on the stress of having multiple photos to take after the ceremony.” Summer 2017 | weddingsinarkansas.com 49


Elizabeth &

Caleb

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Resources

Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: Paul’s Bakery, Van Buren Catering: Mountain Top Catering, Mountainburg Floral design: Cody Griggs, Conway Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A. Bank, Little Rock Photographer: Weddings by Christopher & Nancy, Little Rock Rentals: RSVP Event Rentals, Fort Smith Venue—ceremony and reception: Kindred Barn, Mulberry Wedding coordination, design, and paper goods: Jennifer Mouser, Martha-Ann Events, Conway

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Brooke BENNETT &

Graham HUMPHREY THE SECOND OF JULY, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN • BENTONVILLE BROOKE & GRAHAM’S WEDDING DAY MUST-HAVE “Hands down, we had to have live music, and Boom Kinetic made the entire evening,” the couple says.

Planning Success “The wedding would absolutely not have happened without our planner, Amanda Reed of Bates-Reed Brides. She organized everything and provided us with choices she knew we would love. Since we were both finishing our final year as undergraduates, we were super busy,” Brooke says.

FAVORITE MEMORIES OF THE DAY

SHE SAID: “It’s so hard to choose just one! I would have to say a combination of the actual moment we became married, the amazing moments we had with the band, and the after party with close friends and family.” HE SAID: “Just being together with friends and family that I do not usually get to see.”

Holiday Meeting Brooke, who is from Plano, Texas, and Graham, who grew up in Hot Springs, met during their freshman year at the University of Arkansas. A mutual friend invited them both to a Halloween get-together.

An Engagement Abroad In the summer of 2015, Brooke was studying abroad at Oxford and Cambridge through a program with the University of Arkansas. At the same time, Graham was working at an internship in London. During their time overseas, they took a weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium. During that stay they decided they wanted to become engaged and marry as they left college. They were engaged for close to a year and married just after they received their undergraduate degrees.

The Perfect Venue Since the bride’s family is from Texas, the two decided to get married where they met and were living at that time—Northwest Arkansas. “Our phenomenal wedding planner, Amanda Reed, suggested a variety of locations based on our overall wedding ideas, “ Brooke says. “We instantly fell in love with 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville for the fantastic modern art displays and aesthetic, as well as the delicious food.”

ARTFUL EXIT When it was time to leave the celebration, Brooke and Graham exited through a tunnel of sparklers to the 21c Museum Hotel “art car.” This car, known as Making Change, was a 21c-commissioned artwork by artist Monica Mahoney. It is a Fleetwood Cadillac limousine covered with nickels, dimes, and pennies. The work was inspired by Walmart’s Bentonville origins. Brooke and Graham were lucky enough to drive around town in the car for a bit after making their grand exit.

STUNNING STRUCTURE Brooke and Graham were married under a contemporary four-post acrylic structure that was adorned with branches from which hung teardrop vases filled with vivid flowers and berries.

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Brooke

Graham &

Resources

Bride’s gown: She Said Yes, Rogers Cake: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Caricature artist: Jon Huckeby, NWA Caricatures, Siloam Springs Catering: The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville Floral design: Jules Design Event Florals, Fayetteville Groom’s attire: Dillard’s, locations statewide Hair and makeup: Kimberly McGuire Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville Music—reception: Boom Kinetic, Fayetteville Paper goods: Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville Photography: Delyn Stirewalt for Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective, Bentonville Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville Rings—his: Overstreet’s Jewelry, Inc., Bentonville Transportation: 21c Museum Hotel Art Car, Bentonville Venue—ceremony and reception: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville Wedding coordination: Amanda Reed of BatesReed Brides, Springdale

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FINAL THOUGHTS

The Bride-To-Be's To-Do List

CONGRATULATIONS BRIDE-TO-BE! THE TEAM AT WEDDINGS IN ARKANSAS IS SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO BEGIN THIS JOURNEY. IN THE WORLD OF WEDDINGS, REMEMBER THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO EARLY. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR CHECKLIST TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK AND ON TIME THROUGH ALL THE VENDOR SELECTIONS AND BIG DAY PREPARATIONS.

When You Get Engaged

4 Months Before

Set a budget Begin brainstorming dates Start gathering inspiration for theme, colors, and flowers Begin searching for venue options Insure your ring

Book honeymoon Renew passport, if needed Buy or rent groom’s and groomsmen’s attire

Up To 12 Months Before Start saving dress ideas Finalize wedding date Begin creating a guest list Create your wedding hashtag

Up To 10 Months Before Book venue for ceremony and reception Hire photographer Book wedding planner

Up To 8 Months Before Book caterer Book bar service Choose wedding party Register for gifts Buy wedding dress

Up To 6 Months Before Finalize the guest list Send save-the-date cards, if you plan to do so Book cake baker Book videographer Book band or DJ Book florist Choose bridesmaid dresses

5 Months Before Order invitations Book rehearsal dinner venue Book hotel block for out-of-town guests

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2 Months Before Mail wedding invitations

1 Month Before Make a packing list for the honeymoon Buy any needed dress accessories Confirm catering menu Finish ceremony outline Complete and print ceremony programs Mail rehearsal dinner invites Buy gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parents

2 Weeks Before Get your marriage license Pack for honeymoon Finish any DIY projects Create weekend timeline and communication game plan

1 Week Before Review details with wedding party Finalize payments with vendors Put tip money aside Prepare speeches and toasts

The Day Before Rehearse and rest!

Wedding Day Get MARRIED! Remember to relax, breathe, eat, and stay hydrated. And most importantly, enjoy your big day!


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