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inspiration 9 Shades of Blue Natural hues inspire a whimsical celebration 12 Lovely in Lace Traditional textures and a light palette lend a classic feel 16 Abstract Angle Modern shapes set a contemporary tone
style 19 Love at First Sight Bridal gowns, stunning jewels, and fresh bouquets for your big-day look
real weddings 30 Katya Griffiths + Peter Farmer 34 Danielle Loyd + Tyler Lower 38 Lauren Murphy + Preston Eldridge
42 Blair Mills + Kendal Norman 46 Bailey Mobbs + Rob Cavar
last look 56 Local Love Arkansas-made treats to delight your guests
special section On the cover: Model Jordan Hatwig photographed on location at the Albert Pike Masonic Center in Little Rock. Dress courtesy of Tesori Bridal, Formal, and Occasion. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 19.
51 The Wedding Experts Arkansas’s industry leaders share their advice and insights
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Hayley Paige strapless fit-to-flare “Leighton” gown in ivory, shown with a beaded belt and cathedral-length Hayley Paige “Londyn” veil. Tesori Bridal, Formal, & Occasion, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, tesoribridalformal.com Spring/Summer 2015 | weddingsinarkansas.com 19
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katya + peter griffiths farmer October 4, 2014 Flowers of Choice Tulips, Hydrangeas, English Roses, Ranunculi, and Bells of Ireland
The Feast Peter and Katya made their guests’ enjoyment of the reception a top priority, particularly when it came to the food. They offered a buffet of crowd-pleasing options, including fried pickles, miniature crab cakes, shrimp cocktail shooters, mozzarella-andbasil-stuffed tomatoes, pulled pork sandwiches on rolls, chicken skewers, stuffed mushrooms, a mac n’ cheese bar, pesto tortellini skewers, and miniature corn dogs. For the wedding cake, Katya chose strawberry cake for the largest tier, vanilla for the middle tier, and lemon cake with raspberry curd filling for the smallest. The groom’s chocolate cake was made in the shape of a Razorback.
Katya describes her personal style as “simplicity with a statement,” and she used this mantra as the inspiration for the décor at the ceremony and reception.
A Working Relationship
“When it was time for Katya to walk down the aisle, I remember the huge grin on her face. She was the happiest I have ever seen her, and it just made me feel so at ease knowing that I was marrying my best friend.”
— Peter Love Lights When it was time for the pair to depart, their 175 guests lit wish lanterns in a symbolic display of their support of the couple’s bright future.
Outtakes As the couple were taking their vows, the officiant dropped Peter’s ring. It bounced once before the bride did what Peter calls a “one-arm, shortstop swoop and grab” move to retrieve it. Friendly laughter from guests made the moment especially memorable and lighthearted.
The Honeymoon Katya and Peter waited three weeks after the wedding—a much-needed recuperation period according to Katya—before traveling to Italy for their honeymoon. They visited Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, the Isle of Capri, and the Amalfi coast.
Magical Monday After six-and-a-half years of dating, the couple knew—and had discussed—that they eventually wanted to marry and become partners for life. However, Katya was completely surprised by Peter’s proposal one relaxed Monday evening, while they were busy cooking dinner and unwinding from the workday. “I was tending to the stove,” Katya says, “and Peter had gotten down on one knee behind me.” When she turned around, and she saw him kneeling with the jewelry box in his hand, she was completely flustered. Not until he offered his heartfelt proposal did things come back into focus, and she said, “Yes,” without hesitation.
Katya and Peter were coworkers and friends for four months before a mutual friend told Katya that Peter had a secret crush on her. Excited to see if their friendship could evolve into something more, Katya gave him her phone number, and soon they were making plans for a first date.
Meaningful Accents Personalized accessories made the bride and groom’s attire on the wedding day uniquely meaningful. Peter’s cummerbund had whimsical golf-themed details, a nod to one of his favorite hobbies. As her “something new,” Katya wore a pair of earrings given to her as a gift from her grandparents, and her veil was one that her aunt and cousins had also worn for their nuptials.
Sources Ceremony and reception location: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock Wedding coordination and design: Bates-Reed Brides, Fayetteville Accommodations: Capital Hotel, Little Rock; Holiday Inn Presidential, Little Rock Bride’s gown and bridesmaids’ attire: Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley Cakes: TracyCakes, Little Rock Catering: Simply the Best Catering, North Little Rock Flowers: Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Little Rock Hair: Stilo Salon, Little Rock Makeup: Face Your Day Studios, North Little Rock Music and lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock Photography: KES Weddings, Little Rock Rentals: Confetti’s Party Rental, Little Rock; Tuft & Table, Little Rock Stationery—programs and event signage: Three Tea Design, Springdale Stationery—save the date and invitations: Shindig Paperie, Bentonville and Fayetteville Transportation: Arkansas Destinations, Inc., Little Rock Videography: Sunflower Films, Little Rock
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danielle + tyler loyd lower september 13, 2014
A Certain Ring to It Danielle’s engagement ring/wedding band were her maternal grandmother’s. Her grandfather proposed to her grandmother with it in 1957. A few years later, her grandmother misplaced the ring and eventually a new one was purchased. After time went by, they were unpacking boxes after moving, pulled out a baseball glove to play catch, and—much to their surprise—the ring fell out of the glove! Danielle has loved the ring since she was a little girl. She shared this with Tyler, who asked her grandmother for the ring a few months before his proposal. Her grandparents had the baseball glove where the ring was found bronzed, and it was displayed at Danielle and Tyler’s reception, alongside a picture of her grandfather.
Danielle on how she envisioned her wedding day
“Most importantly, I wanted everything to be easy and enjoyable. And I wanted to have my closest friends and family with us!” Honeymoon Destination ~ Iceland “We rented a car and drove around the country, staying in a different town each night. It was absolutely beautiful and we are already dying to go back,” Danielle says.
Danielle and Tyler had a caricature artist on hand to entertain guests with handdrawn portraits.
Each place setting used for the celebratory dinner featured a different vintage floral plate. Some of these belonged to Danielle’s grandmother, while others were purchased by her mother on treasure hunts to vintage stores and sales.
Family Affair The bride’s cousin, who is a graphic designer, created the couple’s invitations and programs for the big day, and her uncle served as the officiant for the ceremony. In addition, many of her family’s personal mementos were used in the décor. Her stepfather even custombuilt the head tables for the bridal party.
Handkerchiefs on Hand
Downhome Welcome The sounds of Lonesome Road, a bluegrass band assembled from Arkansas and Tyler’s home state of Missouri, welcomed guests during the reception.
Fairytale Meeting Danielle and Tyler met in Orlando, Florida. Tyler had gone to college there and stayed in the area after graduation, while Danielle moved to the city for the Disney College Program. During her transition to Orlando, a mutual friend of the two connected them thinking Tyler might be able to show Danielle around the area. They met for a round of putt-putt and dinner, and the rest is history.
To dry his or her tears of joy, each guest received a colorful, floral hanky from the bride's grandmother’s vintage collection upon entering the ceremony. Danielle also carried one of her grandfather’s hankies around the base of her bouquet.
Sources Ceremony and reception location: Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm, Goshen Bride’s gown: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers Cake: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Calligraphy: Dovetail Calligraphy, Bentonville Caricatures: NWA Caricatures, Siloam Springs Catering: The Event Group, Fayetteville Flowers: Jules Design Event Florals, Fayetteville Hair and makeup: Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville Invitations: Emily Steiger Jandak, Bentonville Music—reception: Lonesome Road Bluegrass Band Photography: Kati Mallory, Little Rock
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lauren + preston murphy eldridge may 31, 2014 The Feast The menu for the reception was a balance of special southern indulgences, such as cheese straws and candied bacon, and seasonal, healthful offerings, like asparagus and pea salad and strawberries with homemade cream. Lauren’s “cookie obsession” made warm cookies a must, in addition to other sweets.
Art Scene Lauren’s vision for her wedding day was of a “massive garden party” in a setting with a contemporary aesthetic. Her major in college was art history, so Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was a setting that was not only visually striking but also resonated with her interests. Since she and Preston both favor the look of modern design, they worked with wedding planner Todd Bagwell to infuse every aspect of the event with a linear, architectural theme.
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“I did not want to overpower the church or the museum with loads of flowers, so I chose smaller arrangements, especially for the reception, with which to punctuate and complement the character of the buildings,” Lauren says.
“Our first dance—it was the purest fun I’ve ever had.”
— Lauren Flowers of Choice: Lamb’s Ear White Roses Light Pink Peonies Lily of the Valley
Lauren’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: “Hire a wedding planner, especially if you know your wedding will have a lot of moving parts. You still have creative direction over your big day, but all the boring details are sorted out by someone else who can keep you on pace and on budget. You might even make a lifelong friend out of it.”
Mother Knows Best Lauren’s mother was the one who she says “choreographed” her first encounter with Preston. “She met [him] through her cousin, for whom Preston worked at the time, and she was determined to pair him up with one of her three daughters,” Lauren recalls. A mother’s intuition is often spot-on, and the meeting sparked a threeyear courtship.
First Dance Song: Barry White’s “My First, My Last, My Everything”
Old/New/Borrowed/Blue During the ceremony, Lauren wore her great-grandmother’s sapphire ring—a treasure both borrowed and blue—that her mother also wore in her own wedding. Preston’s mother took cuttings from Lauren’s mother’s wedding dress to make a handkerchief, which Lauren tucked into the pocket of her wedding dress and carried with her throughout the day.
A Fiery Proposal One weekend, the couple set out for the bride’s family’s lake house on Lake Ouachita to enjoy a quiet fall retreat. As Lauren prepared dinner the first evening, Preston turned his attention to building a fire in the fireplace. It wasn’t as easy as he had hoped, but Lauren remembers how, “sweating and winded, he finally managed to create a perfect, roaring fire.” Preston called Lauren over to appreciate his handiwork—which she did, though she was eager to return to her cooking—and at that moment he got down on one knee and proposed.
Inspired Cake For the cake, taste was top priority, but the couple also wanted it to fit visually with the surroundings. As inspiration, Lauren presented an abstract, copper Christmas ornament from Crystal Bridges to the cake maker, and the result was a striking, sleek, seven-tiered confection.
Sources Ceremony location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville Reception location and catering: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Wedding design and event coordination: Todd Bagwell, DTB Parties, Little Rock and New York Accommodations: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville; Aloft, Rogers Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Flowers: Pam Pemberton, Flora, Fayetteville Hair: Amber Waller, Affinity Day Spa, Fort Smith; Andrew Vongnarath, Black Sheep Salon, Fayetteville Makeup: Meghan Duncan, Glo Limited, Fayetteville Music—ceremony: organist Chuck Rigsby and the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir Music—reception: Atlanta Allstars, Atlanta, GA Photography: Whitney Bower Imaging, Little Rock Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville and Rogers Rings: Romance Diamond Co., Fayetteville Stationery—invitations and programs: Shindig Paperie, Bentonville and Fayetteville Stationery—save the date: The Social Type, Little Rock Transportation: Pinnacle Car Services, Rogers Spring/Summer 2015 | weddingsinarkansas.com 39
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blair + kendal mills norman march 8, 2014 Something Old The couple wrapped Kendal’s grandfather’s bible with burlap and lace to be used by the ring bearer.
Chalk It Up to Love Rather than printed programs, the couple used a chalkboard to write out the order of the service.
3 Words to Describe the Day
Year they first met
Years the couple dated
After driving around to look at Christmas lights, the couple was at Kendal’s parents’ home when he asked Blair to come outside so he could talk with her. “I walked out in the backyard by the pool and he said, ‘I wanted you to come outside so I could show you the last lights of the night,’” Blair recounts. When Kendal turned on the lights the words “will you marry me?” were spelled out along a wooden fence.
Honeymoon Destination ~ Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Planning Team Waving Goodbye As the couple exited the front steps of the Junior League Building in downtown Little Rock, well-wishers waved burlap flags personalized with the pair’s initials.
Numerous individuals worked to make the day a success. Debra Brown, a family friend, coordinated the wedding and also made the couple’s cakes. In addition, the bride’s sister, Brittany, who the bride says is “very creative and talented” pitched in to help. Finally, Kelly Efrid of Efrid Flower Events designed what Blair refers to as “a magical day for us.”
Blair & Kendal’s Advice to Newly Engaged Couples Take your time planning your wedding so that it will be exactly the way you want. It’s the one day that is all about you as a couple.
Days spent planning the event following their December 19, 2012 engagement
Sources Ceremony and reception location: Junior League of Little Rock Building, Little Rock Accommodations: Double Tree Hotel, Little Rock Bride's gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Bridesmaids' attire: David’s Bridal, locations statewide Caterer: On the Border, locations statewide Flowers: Kelly Efrid Flower Events, Hot Springs Groom's & groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, locations statewide Hair and Makeup: Danielle Chivers, Hairspray Salon, Benton Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock Music—ceremony and reception: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock; Sam Clark, Little Rock Photography: The Nolans—Wedding Photographers, Little Rock Rings: Kyle-Rochelle Jewelers, Little Rock
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bailey + rob mobbs cavar august 16, 2014 how they met Bailey and Rob were first connected by a mutual friend who encouraged the two to get to know one another better through Match.com, the online dating website. The couple dated for four years before becoming engaged.
St. Edwards Catholic Church, a majestic Gothic building in downtown Little Rock
reception William J. Clinton Presidential Center, a classically modern venue also in downtown Little Rock
Advice for brides-to-be:
“Slow down, laugh, communicate, and enjoy every second of this once-in-a-lifetime moment.” — Bailey
The Engagement One evening the couple attended a performance of Bailey’s favorite show in Branson, “Six.” They arrived a bit late and were escorted to front row seats. The performers called them onstage to slow dance during a love song as part of the show, and while they were dancing Robert dropped to one knee. The audience cheered wildly after Bailey said “Yes,” and to her complete surprise four rows of friends and family were there to witness and celebrate the proposal.
Fairytale Wedding Bailey wanted her wedding day to feel like a fairytale, right down to her fivelayer, custom tulle veil.
personal reflection Bailey and Rob agree on their favorite moment of the day: the first look. Before their ceremony the bride and groom had a moment alone to focus and to exchange gifts. Robert’s gift to Bailey was a canary diamond ring, intended as a gift for their future daughter on her own wedding day.
Honoring Family It was important to the couple to authentically weave the cultures of their ancestors throughout their special day. As a symbol of his Croatian heritage, Rob’s grandmother’s rosary beads were incorporated into the ceremony.
Honeymoon Destination ~ Thailand and The Maldives
Double Date The wedding date was already an important one to the couple, because it’s Bailey’s mother’s birthday. The bride loved the idea of making her wedding day extra-special by always sharing it with her mother, who she describes as one of her “greatest blessings.”
on the menu The menu selections included New Orleans pickled shrimp salad, herb-roasted chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and maple-baconbraised green beans, as well as hardseared American Wagyu beef, sliced over grilled potato planks, with brown butter carrots and chimichurri sauce. The show-stopping wedding cake stood five feet tall, with layers of yellow, strawberry, and chocolate cake with cream cheese icing.
Sources Ceremony location: St. Edwards Catholic Church, Little Rock Reception location: William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock Wedding design, flowers, and rentals: Zimmerman, Conway Accommodations: Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock Bridesmaids’ attire: The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock Cake: Sweet Love, Little Rock Catering: Forty Two, Little Rock Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: EM Jeans, Conway Reception lighting and music: Complete Weddings + Events, Little Rock Makeup: Stefany Ashley, English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Little Rock; Kristina Chudy, Conway Music—ceremony: Organist, Phillip Quick, Little Rock; Pianist, Tony Phillips, Little Rock Photography—bridal portrait: Cynthia Rankin, Thia Photographie, North Little Rock Photography—ceremony and reception: Paul Beck Photography, Branson, MO Rings: Phillip Long Jewelers, Little Rock Stationery: Conway Copies, Conway Transportation: Little Rock Limousine, Little Rock Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Film Co., Little Rock
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abby + zane mann richard september 27, 2014 Have Your Cake The couple’s bridal cake was a threelayer confection of white cake with white icing. The icing was then airbrushed to give the appearance of a tree with the couple’s initials and a heart “carved” in the middle. The whimsical cake was a nod to the pastoral setting and complemented the rest of the wedding’s décor. For the groom’s cake, Zane wanted to pay tribute to his family’s roots in Louisiana and his love of Louisiana State University. The bowl-shaped, chocolate cake with the LSU emblem was “filled” with crawfish and corn—all crafted from fondant.
conway The Proposal
Length of their engagement ~ one year
Abby and Zane’s Advice for Newly Engaged Couples “Go to premarital counseling! Communication is key in marriage, and participating in premarital counseling is a good way for you and your spouse to gain access to the fundamental skills necessary in order to have a successful marriage.”
After a family gathering at Abby’s mother’s home, Zane asked her to step outside. Here, surrounded by their close family, Zane dropped to one knee. Abby immediately covered her face and began to cry. Zane’s sister was able to capture the entire moment on video.
Abby’s Vision for the Big Day
First Dance Song “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
“I never wanted the fairytale wedding. I pictured my wedding as being a very laid back evening where my closest friends and family could all come together and experience our special day. I wanted a very natural setting, and for people not to get lost in looking at the decorations, but for the focus to be on us as a couple.”
Three Words From Abby to Describe The Big Day
Rustic + Intimate + Memorable
Big Cedar Lodge ~ Branson, Missouri
When it was time for Abby and Zane to make their exit, guests gathered at the entrance to the barn and blew bubbles as the new Mr. and Mrs. Richard headed off to their future.
The Perfect Location Abby and Zane toured several local venues, but nothing felt just right. Soon thereafter, a friend of Abby’s mom called to see if they would like to look at her land and barn as a possible site. The couple went to the barn and immediately fell in love with the entire setting. “It was everything we envisioned for our special day,” Abby says.
Sources Ceremony and reception location: Private family farm, Conway Wedding coordination: Justin Hoadley, Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal, locations statewide Bride’s gown: Proposals, Little Rock Cake—groom’s: Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Bakery, Conway Caterer: MarketPlace Grill, locations statewide Groomsmen’s attire: JR’s Hobby Horse, Conway Makeup: Kakki Jones, Little Rock Photography: Lance Johnston Weddings, Little Rock Stationery: Conway Copies, Conway
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seanne + tyler sain farrar july 26, 2014
Planning From Afar Since they were planning a destination wedding, Seanne and her mother knew it would be even more beneficial to have the advice and expertise of a wedding planner. They worked with Shawna Young of Young Designs. “Shawna was wonderful!! She helped my mother and I plan everything. Since, it was a destination wedding, we had to plan almost everything before we got there—which can be a challenge. Shawna was a great help before and during the wedding,” Seanne says. Shawna was also able to meet with the resort’s wedding planner to ensure all parties were on the same page and that the day would flow smoothly.
san josÉ del cabo, mexico Destination Known
Seanne and Tyler’s Advice for Engaged Couples:
“Have fun on your wedding day! Enjoy the moment; you will never have it again!”
A Special Christmas Present Tyler drove from his house in Springdale to Rector on Christmas morning and proposed while Seanne’s family was opening presents. Seanne had always said that she wanted her mom to be there, so Tyler felt that Christmas was a perfect time. He had just graduated from law school, and Seanne had just completed her counseling degree from John Brown University.
Seanne and Tyler’s 3 Words to Describe the Day:
Flowers of Choice: Hydrangeas, roses, and calla lilies—all in a palette of white and green.
The couple envisioned a small beach wedding for their nuptials, and Seanne wanted to be married in Cabo. She and Tyler searched until they found an all-inclusive resort they knew their family and friends would love as much as they did. Having stayed at a Secrets Resort previously, they felt that Secrets Marquis Los Cabos would be a fun and accommodating location for the wedding as well as their guests’ vacation. They chose a summer date, in hopes their 45 attendees would be out of school and ready for a tropical getaway to celebrate their vows. “We really wanted our wedding to be laid back and be a vacation. That is exactly what it was. We really wanted to have fun and enjoy the week,” Seanne adds.
Sources Cake, catering, entertainment—reception, hair, makeup, and rentals: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Mexico Wedding design: Young Designs, Little Rock Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley Favors: Skyline Printing, Maysville Flowers: Emporio Arte Floral, San José del Cabo, Mexico Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: By Request Men, Fayetteville Photography: Eli Murray Weddings, Little Rock Rings—bride: HPerry’s Jewelers, Fayetteville Rings—groom: Helzberg Diamonds, Fayetteville Stationery: Shindig Paperie, Bentonville and Fayetteville
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weddings expert: the Photographer
KES Weddings The Expert: Karen E. Segrave, Owner of Photography by KES Weddings Known For: Fun, fresh, as-the-moment-happens wedding day images that reflect you and your style Background: I have been a professional photographer for over 20 years. More importantly, I am a photojournalist. For more than 15 years, I was a full-time staff photographer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas’ largest newspaper. I have traveled throughout the country, as well as abroad, documenting the lives of others and telling their stories. I left that position to focus on my own business. I have now turned my documentary story-telling skills toward weddings. I was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995 with a degree specializing in photojournalism. WHAT ARE THE TOP CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE WHEN CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? In my opinion, it’s very important that all couples choose their photographers based on their own style preference, not just on price. There are a lot of talented wedding photographers in Arkansas, but their photography styles vary widely, ranging from traditional and literal to documentary and spontaneous. As a couple, you want your photographer to fit your personality. IN TERMS OF MEETINGS AND THE BIG DAY, WHAT SHOULD A COUPLE EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH YOU? Spending time with your photographer BEFORE the wedding on these photo sessions is so very important. I work together closely with my clients to schedule their engagement and bridal sessions. I love to see how my couples interact with each other (and with me) in front of the camera. I try to make them as comfortable and relaxed as possible so their true personality can shine. For the wedding day itself, we meet about two weeks before the wedding to
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finalize the timeline and to discuss their list of photos they want for family formals. I let the day flow as naturally as possible without interruption while working to keep everyone on time and on schedule. WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OR APPROACH TO WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY? My style is to provide my clients with natural and real wedding day photos. They don’t want anything that’s overly posed or contrived. They want real moments. Working for a newspaper has taught me one very important lesson—be ready before the moment happens. Because with a wedding—your wedding—there are no doovers. Sure, you can recreate just about any moment, but it’s just not the same. WHAT DO YOU FEEL SETS YOUR WORK OR BUSINESS APART? In addition to my photojournalistic style, I strive to set a high bar for customer service. As a consumer, I hate feeling blown off, brushed aside, or made to feel less than important. To give each client the time and attention deserved, I accept fewer than 25 weddings per year.
1/ bridal portraits Julie + Kyle Harriman, wed November 22, 2014 in Hamburg 2/ engagement sessions Lee Ann + Burke Jolly, wed July 26, 2014 at the Clinton Presidential Center 3/ wedding days Lucia + Jared Morris, wed November 1, 2014 at the Arkansas Arts Center
WeddingS expert: bridal lOungeWear
THE ExPERT: Jennifer Cumming, Owner of lavender KNOWN FOR: arkansas’s best selection of high-quality, fashionforward lingerie and swimwear BACKGROUND: i had always wanted a boutique and had a very strong vision for lavender. i watched as other large cities opened luxury lingerie and swimwear boutiques, and thought it was the perfect time to launch one in our state. lavender opened in May of 2013, and has been a destination for discerning shoppers ever since. We offer only the best lines featuring fine silk and hand-sewn lace. Fellow arkansans even selected our store as the best boutique in the state for lingerie just one year after opening our doors.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOP THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WEDDING DAY LOUNGEWEAR NEEDS? Comfort is key, so be sure to keep this in mind when selecting the necessary undergarments for your wedding day, while still choosing items that make you feel and look your best. no matter your style of dress or body type, we have everything you need for the perfect, most flattering fit. You may also want a dressing robe to wear while you’re getting your hair or makeup done. Many brides even have these available for their bridal party to wear as well. HOW DOES YOUR STORE STANDOUT IN TERMS OF PROVIDING SERVICE TO BRIDES? at lavender, brides can register with us, so their friends will know what size or style to purchase if they are hosting or attending a shower. We also offer in-store bridal showers. Hostesses may rent the store—which we close for your event—and bring in a cake or food for a fun, girly party. We’ll even provide champagne for the event.
ARE THERE ANY TRENDS YOU ARE CURRENTLY SEEING WITH THE BRIDES WHO COME INTO YOUR STORE? Color! White is no longer the prerequisite. Many brides are selecting green, black, purple, and a range of other hues. Overall, there is a desire for pieces that are both fun and pretty. TELL US ABOUT YOUR SWIMWEAR OPTIONS. We offer a full line of swimwear, cover-ups, and sun accessories year-round, so we can help with needs for a tropical honeymoon no matter what season you marry. WHY DO BRIDES ENJOY WORKING WITH YOU? Simply put, customer service. We get a lot of feedback from our customers on how easy it is to work with us, and we make every customer a top priority. We also offer special order items to make sure you have the best possible fit.
1/ FOR THE BRIDE luxurious silk and lace are natural choice for classic brides. 2/ SWIMWEAR AND MORE in addition to high-quality loungewear, lavender offers a year-round selection of swimsuits and warm-weather accessories.
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weddings expert: beauty
Belle & Blush THE EXPERT: Merry Kline, Owner of Belle & Blush KNOWN FOR: A girly candy land of a store—filled with makeup, skincare, gifts, jewelry, stationery, and makeup artists to help you look your best—located in the Promenade at Chenal.
IN TERMS OF WEDDING DAY MAKEUP, WHAT DO YOU OFFER BRIDES? Our makeup artists will travel offsite to weddings in order to adapt to the bride’s needs and schedule. We also have brides with smaller wedding parties come into the store the day of the wedding. Prior to the wedding, one of our artists will talk with the bride to learn more about her and create a wedding day makeup look that collaborates with her hair, dress, personality, and overall wedding concept. We actually have several makeup looks on our website that we can start from in order to determine the type of look a bride wants. DO YOU OFFER TRIAL RUNS TO PLAN OUT THE LOOK? Yes, trial runs are very important to make sure the bride is satisfied, so we include them in our bridal packages. We understand how personal and important makeup can be for the bride, so we always do a trial run prior to the wedding. We’ve even done them twice to make sure brides are happy! And, because we have makeup artists in the store and lots of makeup options, it’s easy for a bride to come here for customized service. WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR A SKINCARE REGIMEN PRIOR TO THE WEDDING? Start taking care of your skin ASAP! To avoid breakouts, don’t start a
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new skincare regimen a week before the wedding. Instead, start a few months out. Skincare should be adapted to each bride based on her needs. We try to encourage everyone to have a gentle cleanser, eye cream, moisturizer, and sun protection as part of their basic everyday routine. For brides who want to take it a step further, serums and exfoliators will brighten and smooth the skin even more. WHAT CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD A BRIDE MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO HER WEDDING DAY BEAUTY LOOK? Makeup is part of your style & fashion! These questions are among the first we ask: What does your dress look like? How are you going to wear your hair? What are the colors of the wedding? When brides are very conceptual about their wedding we really like to collaborate with what type of makeup works into their concept. For example, if someone wants to look bohemian, we suggest soft smoky eyes, pink cheeks, and soft pink lips. WHAT TYPES OF LOOKS TEND TO BE THE MOST POPULAR FOR TODAY’S BRIDES? This really varies but the most popular is different color variations of what we call the “Southern Belle.”
1/ southern belle Soft tones that are perfectly blended and sculpted to create an everyday face that can be worn anywhere. She’s going to the altar, church, office or just brunching with friends. 2/ blushing Belle Soft berry lips, pink cheeks and soft shadow tones create the perfect blend of natural and bold. She’s effortlessly chic and at the same time unique. 3/ bronze belle You almost can’t go wrong with bronzy glowing cheeks, a chocolate smoky eye and pink nude lips. A B&B favorite look that is perfectly balanced for an outing or a wedding.
weddings expert: the registry
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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