Weddings in Arkansas Fall 2014

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in this issue 6 Editor’s Note

Inspiration 9 Botanical Bliss

Floral-inspired details add feminine flair

12 Putting on the Glitz

Metallic accents to make your big day shine

15 Southern Grace

Autumn Ridge Plantation debuts as Fayetteville’s newest wedding venue

Real Weddings

18 Vintage Charm Jenn Bowman & Andy Tatum 22 Enchanted Garden

Haley Stobaugh & Andreas Pfeffer

26 Fairy-tale Fête

Brittany Short & Derek Allen

32 Love Takes Flight

Jessica Buckland & Brad Hampton

35 Destination Arkansas Courtney Phillips & Will Parrish

Special Section

47 The Wedding Experts

Arkansas’ industry leaders share their wedding advice

Fashion & Florals 38 True Love

The season’s latest gowns and amazing fall bouquets

The Top Ten List

56 Finding the One

Dorcas Prince of Low’s Bridal and Formal shares tips for selecting your dream dress On the cover: The wedding of Jenn Bowman and Andy Tatum. Floral design by Pigmint. Photography by MGB Photo. See page 18. Shown here: Pronovias wedding gown from Proposals Boutique. See page 38. The preceding is a list of some of the products, manufacturers, distributors and retailers represented in this issue. Space limitations prevent sourcing of all items. Although extreme care is taken to provide correct information, At Home in Arkansas TM cannot guarantee information received from sources.

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It’s no secret that most little girls love to dream about their wedding day. From the flowers to the cake (strawberry, please!), the dress, and the groom, countless hours are spent prospecting the details of the day. However, when your future husband gets down on one knee and opens a small ring box everything suddenly becomes very real—dreams become plans. I remember well the day my husband proposed and all the joy that came along with that moment. However, as the days passed, my attention turned to a larger box—one that my mom and I filled with inspiration clippings, appointment notes, and other wedding planning essentials. A sweet local photographer had given us the box as a part of her presentation, and we thought it was the perfect way to keep ourselves organized. I’m sure people thought we were crazy each time we brought out that brimming box, but it served us well. Now, a year and a half later, my husband and I have yet another box—a wooden one made by his great-grandfather that is tucked away in the back of our closet. The contents of this box—much like the one he offered on the day he proposed—mean the world to us. Inside, we’ve placed concert tickets, funny notes from each other, and even the receipt from our very first date. It’s stuff that anyone else would consider trash, not treasure; but these little scraps of memories are an important part of what makes us a couple. They serve as a reminder of the times we’ve shared and all the fun we’ve had along the way. As I write this, the box is already overflowing with these “pieces of us,” so much so that the lid will barely close. However, I have no plans to stop saving these special markers. Worse case scenario? We’ll build a new box. While you may need a box (or two) of your own to hold all of the ideas for your dream wedding, I hope the details and stories in this issue will be a part of the inspiration you need to plan and create memories of your special day.

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Autumn Ridge Plantation, Northwest Arkansas’ newest wedding venue, welcomes guests with a private, serene setting, stunning views, and plenty of Southern hospitality Fall 2014 | 15

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Lee Anne Henry, owner of Whiteline Designs, and her husband Mark exchanged vows at their Fayetteville home several years ago, guests raved about the venue. Not only was it a meaningful choice for them, but it also had the all makings of a perfect wedding locale for any discerning couple. Lee Anne and Mark welcomed several other close friends and family to use the home—known as Autumn Ridge Plantation—as the location for their weddings, and before long they were thinking, “Why not offer our home as a wedding venue?” says Lee Anne. “We wanted everyone to be able to experience its beauty,” she adds. Located on ten acres on the edge of Fayetteville, Autumn Ridge Plantation offers a sweeping view of the Boston Mountains from the home’s back lawn, while the façade and interior architecture were inspired by plantations built in Natchez, Mississippi. Couples that select the venue have full use of the grounds as well as access to a newly designed bridal suite and groom’s quarters both located inside the home. While couples may choose their preferred vendors to hire, Lee Anne and Mark worked with a talented team of friends and industry experts to bring their own vision of an ideal day at Autumn Ridge Plantation to life for our pages.

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1. Soft pink and white floral displays created by Tanarah Luxe Floral blend with a pairing of lace and sequin runners for an elegant look with a hint of whimsy. 2. Oversized urns filled with shaped greenery sit atop a rustic, wooden table—which was actually crafted by Mark—for a look that is equal parts natural and refined. Guests can take in an amazing view of the Boston Mountains from the home’s south lawn. 3. Bates~Reed Brides juxtaposed the setting with soft tabletop elements from Eventures for a gracious result. 4. A vintage convertible is adorned with a garden garland. 5. The home’s mostly white interior creates a stunning backdrop for portraits. The bride shown here is wearing Hayley Paige’s “Dori” dress from Tesori.


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Jenn Bowman & Andy Tatum THE DATE March 22, 2014 HOW THEY MET Jenn and Andy met while working together at Starbucks. After a year of working side by side, Andy switched jobs and the friendship between the two became stronger and led to two and a half years of dating. THE ENGAGEMENT In July 2013, the couple took a trip to Jenn’s home state of Maine. Andy mentioned that he wanted to see a lighthouse on their trip, so they went to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. They went up into the lighthouse and asked a lady to take a few pictures of them. Andy asked for one more picture, and then got on one knee. He took a sock out of his pocket—where he had been hiding the ring during their trip— and asked Jenn to marry him. “When he began to ask me, I just remember shaking my head ‘yes’ and forgetting to speak. It was a perfect moment,” Jenn says. THE PLANS The couple decided to marry in Northwest Arkansas since Andy is from Rogers and they knew they would be living in the area after they were married. While Jenn took the reins when it came to planning, she relied on the support of her mother and Andy’s mom, who was familiar with the local venues and helped the two to find a place for the ceremony and reception. “I happened across a photo of The Garden Room, and we decided on it once we toured,” says Jenn of the Fayetteville venue located on Dickson Street. From there, the couple set out to create a day that was intimate, rustic, classic, and, above all, a true reflection of them as a couple. They used Andy’s antique and vintage book collection as well as decorative pieces from their shelves at home to give their wedding setup a personal feel. THE BIG DAY Jenn surprised Andy by walking down the aisle to “Falling Slowly” by The Frames / Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, a song that was meaningful to both of them. “It’s beautiful and talks about falling in love slowly, which was us,” Jenn says. “I chose the song and didn’t tell him. I wanted it to be a good surprise, and it was.” Andy now says it was one of his favorite memories of the day. Against a backdrop that Jenn planned and sewed herself along with altar arrangements of spring flowers in birdcages, which reminded Jenn of her mother and grandmother, the couple exchanged the vows they wrote for each other. After the ceremony, guests toasted the couple with Andy’s favorite local beer, Core Brewing Company's ESB, while sampling a variety of artfully made berry and citrus pies (Jenn’s favorite), tarts, and cheesecakes. When it was time to leave, guests took home magnets with a block print of the couple and salted caramels that Jenn and her mom made from scratch. Fall 2014 | 19

Jenn' s Lasting Impression: "The wedding just felt so us and had things that probably only we would notice."

Wedding coordinator and director: Claire Garrett, The Garden Room, Fayetteville Ceremony and reception location and caterer: The Garden Room, Fayetteville Bride’s gown: The White Dress Boutique, Rogers Bridesmaids’ attire: Altar’d State, Rogers Cakes: Chelsea Everts, Fayetteville Florist: Pigmint, Fayetteville Hair: Guillotine Hair Lounge, Fayetteville Makeup: Scarlett Howell, Metropolis Salon, Fayetteville Photo booth: Arkansas Picture Booth, Conway Photographer: Mallory Berry, MGB Photo, Fayetteville Rentals: Dance King Productions, Bentonville Rings: Helzberg Diamonds, Fayetteville

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Haley Stobaugh & Andreas Pfeffer THE DATE May 24, 2014 HOW THEY MET Haley and Andreas met through a mutual friend and dated for three years before becoming engaged. THE ENGAGEMENT The couple has a tradition of going to Garvan Woodland Gardens each Christmas to see the light displays. They took their annual trip on December 18, 2013, and it turned out to be the most special one yet. Andreas had asked Haley’s parents to accompany them. While they were walking through the lights, her parents became separated from them but they continued on the tour. Andreas asked a lady to take their picture in front of one of the displays and told her he was going to ask Haley a question. When he got back to Haley’s side, he got down on one knee and proposed. Fortunately, the lady taking the photo switched the mode to video and captured the entire proposal for the couple. THE PLANS Haley and Andreas knew they wanted an outdoor wedding and chose May for its spring temperatures. Haley already had the perfect venue in mind—her grandmother’s property at Win-Meadow Lake in Greenbrier. “Even before Andreas and I met, I thought it would be the perfect place to get married. After we got engaged he loved the idea of having it there as much as I did,” she says. When it came to inspiration, Haley says, “I knew I wanted it to be whimsical with vines and hues of green and blue, but at the same time classic with a lot of white flowers and linens.” The couple also didn’t want anything overly ostentatious, so they created an atmosphere that was more laid-back and in tune with their personal tastes. When it came to the floral selections, Haley says she put total trust in Jessica Zimmerman of Conway’s Zimmerman (formerly A Southern Tradition). “I basically told Jessica and her team my color scheme and showed them a few pictures and they designed the entire thing. I couldn’t have been happier.” THE BIG DAY Haley and Andreas exchanged vows on the scenic property with 100 guests on hand to celebrate with them. Next, they headed to Conway’s The Brick Room to dine on an Italian buffet and tiered wedding cake, which featured red velvet, Italian cream, and traditional white layers. Rather than a traditional groom’s cake, Andreas opted for a cheesecake bar, which included a selection of sauces, nuts, and fruit for toppings. The couple shared their final dance of the night to John Legend’s “All of Me” before their guests gathered at the front entrance to shoot confetti as they exited the reception and headed to Punta Cana for their honeymoon. 24 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014

Haley’s Words of Wisdom for Newly Engaged Couples “Enjoy it because it goes by fast! While I was planning the wedding I remember telling everyone that was single to elope. But after it was all said and done, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! We had the most perfect day!”

Wedding coordination: Zimmerman, Conway Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Conway Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley Bridesmaids’ attire: The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock Cakes: Debra’s Cakes, Bryant Caterer: Gina’s Catering, Bryant Florist, rentals, and stationery: Zimmerman, Conway Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, locations statewide Hair: Shear Inspiration Hair Company, Conway Makeup: Face Your Day Studios, North Little Rock Music— ceremony and reception: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock Lighting and location—reception: The Brick Room, Conway Location—ceremony: Private family residence, Greenbrier Photographer: Christopher Nolan Photography, Little Rock Rings: Jared, locations statewide Fall 2014 | 25

PhotographY BY Stephanie Parsley Photography

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Brittany Short & Derek Allen THE DATE June 7, 2014 HOW THEY MET Brittany and Derek were introduced to one another at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner at a pizza restaurant in Fayetteville. They dated for two-and-a-half years before they became engaged. THE ENGAGEMENT The couple took a Disney cruise with Brittany’s family in 2012. The second night aboard the ship was a formal dining night, and everyone in their group dressed their best. The cruise director chose a few children to interview on the red carpet for the night’s show, and Brittany’s cousin, Madison, was selected. Brittany and Derek joined Madison on the red carpet as she answered questions about Cinderella and Prince Charming. As this was going on, Derek dropped to one knee and asked Brittany to marry him. The proposal was filmed by the crew and broadcast on the ship, so the two received lots of well wishes from their fellow passengers. THE PLANS Brittany and Derek chose June 7th as their date because it is a good time of year for an outdoor wedding and doesn’t conflict with SEC football schedules. The couple knew they wanted both the ceremony and reception to be outdoors and fell in love with Horton Farms for the setting. Aside from the outdoor location, peonies were another feature that Brittany dreamt of incorporating into the design. “I knew I wanted peonies no matter what,” she says. They worked with Fayetteville’s Flora to incorporate these into arrangements and bouquets wherever possible. From there, the couple turned the planning efforts over to Bartus Taylor of Buzz Events. “He was my saving grace,” says Brittany. “I told him what I wanted and he made it happen.” THE BIG DAY Brittany wore an Eve of Milady gown. Due to her interest in fashion design, she had been a longtime fan of the label, and this was one of her must-haves on the wedding wish list. For her “something old,” Brittany wore her great-grandmother’s wedding ring, which will be 100 years old next year. The couple exchanged vows in the airy outdoor setting with more than 200 guests present. Derek surprised his bride by having doves released at the altar during their first kiss. At the reception, guests dined on chicken Marsala from Bordino’s before tasting both a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake. The bride’s cake featured different flavors on each tier and was topped with fresh floral in the wedding palette. The groom’s cake was a nod to his love of the Razorbacks and duck hunting. When it was time to say farewell, everyone lit exit lanterns and released them into the night sky for a beautiful ending to the day. 28 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014

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Favorite Memory of the Day:

She Said: “Derek wrote me a note and a handwritten poem for me to open right before I walked down the aisle. It was attached to a set of pearls. I cried like a baby when I read the note. It was the sweetest thing anyone has ever written me.” He Said: “Seeing Brittany walk down the aisle and releasing the doves whenever we had our first kiss as a married couple.”

Wedding coordination and design: Bartus Taylor, Buzz Events, Fayetteville Accommodations: Aloft Hotel, Rogers Bride’s gown: Bridals by Lori, Atlanta, GA Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Caterer: Bordinos, Fayetteville Florist: Flora, Fayetteville Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, locations statewide Hair: The Diva Den, Fort Smith Lighting: JTH Audio, West Fork Location—ceremony and reception: Horton Farms, Gravette Makeup: Makeup Lounge, Fort Smith Music—ceremony: Hollye Henson Dickinson, Fayetteville Music—reception: DJ Shortfuze, Fayetteville Photographer: Stephanie Parsley Photography, Little Rock Rentals: Eventures, Fayetteville Rings: Diamond Center, Fort Smith Stationery: Inscriptions, Fort Smith Videographer: Colley Bailey, Fayetteville Fall 2014 | 31

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Jessica Buckland & Brad Hampton THE DATE April 5, 2014 HOW THEY MET The couple met through mutual friends and dated for seven years before becoming engaged. THE ENGAGEMENT Brad and Jessica were visiting New York City with friends. On the last day of the trip, Brad took Jessica to Rockefeller Center where the two took pictures from the building’s top observation deck. While Jessica was awestruck by the view, Brad pulled her back for one more picture, and then got down on one knee to propose. Not only did he capture Jessica’s attention, but also the eyes of the 50 or more tourists who happened to be there as well. “It was an absolutely perfect proposal and October 7, 2013 [their engagement date] will always be one of my favorite days,” Jessica says. THE PLANS The couple knew they wanted a short engagement and chose April 5, 2014 as their wedding day to ward off the possibility of a heat wave at their selected venue—Fayetteville’s Drake Field. I knew instantly that’s where we would get married,” Jessica says. Not only did the venue have plenty of space for their 350 guests, it also had “so much character with the wooden barrel ceiling and old planes and cars,” she adds. The couple chose a light palette of blush, gold, and taupe and carried these colors throughout the event. Jessica actually saw her dress two years before the wedding; it was one of the must-haves on her list. However, her mother made it extra special by adding a personal touch—a cloth heart that she cut from Jessica’s late grandmother’s wedding dress and stitched on the inside of her gown. “I could not have loved my dress any more as it was, but that addition made it even more special,” Jessica says. THE BIG DAY As with most weddings, there was an unexpected surprise on Jessica and Brad’s wedding day; Brad woke up with a stomach virus. Luckily, he was able to compose himself and the wedding was only stalled for 45 minutes. Jessica walked down an aisle lined with baby’s breath where she and Brad exchanged vows. They shared their first dance to Lady Antebellum’s “When You Got a Good Thing.” Guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, and later the couple cut into the bride’s cake, a five-tiered confection, which featured edible gold paint, and Brad’s groom’s cake, which featured two squirrels, a nod to his Winslow, Arkansas, high school mascot. They exited the museum through a line of well-wishers holding sparklers. The two enjoyed a honeymoon in Playa Mujeres before settling into their home in Siloam Springs.

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LOVE LET TERS To share their love and encouragement on the couple's wedding day, Jessica and Brad asked their parents to write a letter to each of them individually as well as a letter to them as a couple. They plan to open these on their first anniversary to reflect on the day.

Accommodations: The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville Bride’s gown: Berrybridge Bridal Boutique, St. Louis, Missouri Florist: ZuZu’s Petals, Fayetteville Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: JCPenney, locations statewide Hair: Rachel Tate, Ultra Studios, Fayetteville Jewelry: Dillard’s, locations statewide Lighting: Jackson Sound Company, Siloam Springs Location— ceremony and reception: Drake Field Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Fayetteville Makeup: Gott Makeup, Bartlesville, OK Photography: Photo Love Photography, Bentonville Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning, Fayetteville and Rogers 34 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014


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Courtney Phillips & Will Parrish THE DATE November 2, 2013 HOW THEY MET Courtney and Will graduated from high school together in their hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. Several years after they graduated, they reconnected through a mutual friend, and then the pair dated for two years before getting engaged. THE ENGAGEMENT While visiting their hometown and families over the 2012 Christmas holiday, Will made plans for his family and Courtney’s to have dinner together at her parents’ home. That night he surprised her with an early Christmas present—a bible with her new name, Courtney Phillips Parrish, engraved on it. While she was opening the bible, he dropped to one knee and proposed. “I was completely surprised by the proposal,” Courtney says. Afterward, the couple celebrated with family and close friends. THE PLANS Courtney and Will knew they wanted to have a destination wedding, but wanted the venue to be close enough for friends and family to travel to easily. On the suggestion of a family member, they visited Hot Springs’ Garvan Woodland Gardens. “As soon as we stepped into Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens we both immediately knew it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney says of the stunning Arkansas venue. They chose a fall weekend that would offer a beautiful backdrop of foliage, yet didn’t conflict with Ole Miss or Mississippi State football schedules to keep their friends and family happy. Since they were planning the wedding from afar, they relied on the help of family as well as Randi Slick with Signature Events of Hot Springs. Using local Arkansas vendors, they were able to create a beautiful, laid-back weekend in this historic area of The Natural State. THE BIG DAY Courtney and Will exchanged vows in front of 200 guests in the stunning Anthony Chapel, which features floor-to-ceiling glass walls. During the ceremony, both sets of parents joined them for a unity prayer at the altar. “They each took a turn praying over our marriage, which was very special to us,” Courtney says. After moving to The Regency for the reception, guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner featuring everything from fried ravioli to salmon and cream cheese canapés along with a traditional layered wedding cake. In place of a groom’s cake, the couple treated guests to bread pudding, which is both Courtney’s and Will’s favorite dessert. The two shared their first dance to Ray Lamontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” The bridal party and guests danced the night away to the sounds of RAM Entertainment’s Funkytown before wishing the couple well, as the new Mr. and Mrs. Parrish headed for their honeymoon in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. 36 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014

Courtney' s Advice to Newly Engaged Couples: Plan the bulk of the wedding early, so you can enjoy the rest of the time and have a shorter engagement period.

Wedding coordinator and director: Randi Slick, Signature Events, Hot Springs Accommodations: The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs Bride’s gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley Cakes: Ambrosia Bakery Co., Hot Springs Catering: The Regency, Hot Springs Florist: Monroe Cranford, Flowers & Home, Bryant Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: King of Hearts, Hot Springs Hair and makeup: Jennifer Horton, A More Beautiful You, Hot Springs Photography: Photography by KES Weddings, Little Rock Location—ceremony: Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs Location—reception: The Regency, Hot Springs Rentals: Signature Events, Hot Springs Rings: Danwerke Jewelers, Little Rock Fall 2014 | 37

Produced by Tiffany Adams & Mandy Keener Art Direction by Mandy Keener Photography by Nancy Nolan Model: Isabel Ensminger, Sculp Agency Hair and makeup: Angela Alexander

From ball gowns to Grecian-inspired silhouettes, the latest bridal styles are all about finding the perfect match for you

GOWN Allure ball gown with an illusion-top sweetheart neckline, accented with Swarovski crystals, a crystal-embellished belt, and a hemline that features a stunning lace appliquĂŠ. Available in other colors. She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers, (479) 631-2006 JEWELRY Sylvie 18K yellow gold engagement ring with 1.25-carat center stone and 11.50mm freshwater pearl earrings. Tara & Co. Diamonds, Searcy, (501) 268-4684, BOUQUET Fall-inspired bridal bouquet featuring dahlias, roses, hypericum berries, millet, and bupleurum, finished with a neutral burlap ribbon. Tipton-Hurst, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, West Little Rock, (800) 666-3333,

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GOWN Hayley Paige “Luca” silk gown with a layered flounce skirt, v-neckline, and beaded straps. Tesori, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, JEWELRY 4.78-carat TW round diamond earrings. Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock, (501) 664-9000, BOUQUET Waterfall cascade with “Patience” David Austin garden roses, white dendrobium orchids, white freesia, white ranunculus, snow berry, silver sage, honey bracelet, calcynia, dusty miller, and agonis “After Dark.” Cabbage Rose, Little Rock, (501) 664-4042,

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GOWN AND HEADPIECE Lightweight gown with beaded bodice and waistline details. Beaded ivory tulle side headpiece. Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley, (870) 734-3244, JEWELRY 18K white gold, diamond Y-shaped necklace with cutouts and matching earrings. Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock, (501) 6649000, BOUQUET Modern bridal bouquet featuring kiwi hydrangea, “Black Out” lilies, pixie carnations, “Safari Sunset” leucadendron, coffee berries, seeded eucalyptus, and wild grasses, finished with a berry-colored satin ribbon. Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400,

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GOWN AND VEIL Illusion neckline, lace-and-tulle gown shown in Café Ivory with a satin, beaded sash and two-tier, beaded-edge veil. The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock, (501) 753-4138, BOUQUET Bridal bouquet of red roses, purple wax flower, purple thistles, “Safari Sunset” leucadendron, and purple stock tied with a sheer ribbon and accented with rhinestones. Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, Conway, (501) 327-7731,

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GOWN Pronovia’s “La Sposa Enid” gown featuring a sheer V-neck bodice with a lace and sheer overlay, extended length button sleeves, and a sweeping train. Proposals Boutique, Little Rock, (501) 661-4696, JEWELRY 2.45-carat tw diamond drop earrings. Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock, (501) 664-9000, BOUQUET Hand-tied bridal bouquet featuring orange mini calla lilies, burgundy dahlias, orange ranunculus, blue thistle, green trick dianthus, and silver brunia with the stems wrapped in antique gold ribbon with an orange satin braided ribbon overlay that is accented with an antique brooch. Flowers & Home, Bryant, (501) 847-5511, Hot Springs, (501) 525-0444,

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Wondering who you should turn to when it comes to planning your dream day? The following pages are filled with local wedding specialists who are ready to help you turn your vision into a reality.


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.

casey’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: 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? They can expect undivided

attention when they register at The Full Moon. No appointment is necessary. We like for the bride to walk around and get an idea of what interests them first, and then a knowledgeable associate will help guide them through creating a well-rounded registry. We offer free delivery for any gifts given to the couple, or they may opt to pick up their gifts here at the store. All gifts at The Full Moon are wrapped free of charge, and we ship out every day via UPS. Every couple that registers with us receives a very special engagement gift.


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entertain in style

Julia Knight’s unique barware will help you entertain year-round. classic dinnerware

Juliska’s “Berry and Thread” pattern is a timeless choice for durable, everyday pieces.

Let us help you create

your unique bridal registry. Vietri’s “Lastra” pattern & others available at

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weddings expert: the attire

The Bridal Cottage

The Expert: Lindy Blackstone Lanford, Owner Known For: Customer-focused, full-service bridal shop capable of outfitting your entire wedding party Background: In July 2011, Lindy walked into The Bridal Cottage to select her dream wedding gown. While she knew it would be a memorable occasion, she didn’t know the experience would be a life-changing one. While working with the staff, she realized she had found her calling in life and purchased The Bridal Cottage from its previous owners in December 2011, just two months after her wedding. Today, she and her staff strive to give every bride and bridal party the same memorable and fulfilling experience.

Lindy’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: When you say “full-service bridal shop,” what all does this entail?

It means we can handle all the needs for every member of your wedding party including the bride, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, and mother of the bride. We offer gowns, shoes, tuxes, suits, and all the accessories you need in one convenient location making it easy for you to see your look pulled together in its entirety.

What are some of the trends you are seeing in wedding attire? For

brides, we are seeing three standout trends:

Bridal Cottage Bride

First, the bohemian style is very popular right now and will be a part of our 2015 line. Secondly, lace is still in and isn’t going anywhere. It really complements the downhome Southern feel that many Arkansas weddings have. Third, the back of the dress has become the star of the show with low dips, illusion shaping, and lots of lace or fully beaded details. When it comes to bridesmaids, it’s all about color. We are continuing to see blush and taupe as popular hues along with coral and oyster or charcoal gray dresses. Greens, such as mint and jade, are also on the horizon for 2015. Many brides are choosing either one color and allowing maids to select different dress styles in this color, or they are choosing one dress style and ordering it in different colors. When it comes to the guys, suits are definitely the go-to choice now. A lot of couples want a more casual feel, and suits in tan, navy, or charcoal are popular options to achieve that look.

What can a bride and her bridal party expect when they shop with The Bridal Cottage? Before they step

foot in the shop, we will have had a brief phone consultation with the bride to tell her what to expect the day she shops. From the moment they walk in the door, we want them to feel at home and be excited about finding their dream dress. Each bride has a personal consultant and we offer two-hour appointments to make this dream a reality!

Easy Elegance

This vintage bohemian inspired tulle, A-Line wedding dress features diamante-embellished lace detailing.

Maids in Steel

Sorella Vita’s strapless floorlength gown with a pleated tulle bodice and flowing skirt is stunning in the color Steel.

Floral Fantasy

Light gold floral appliqués glisten along the length of this gorgeous Maggie Sottero open-back lace sheath dress.

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weddings expert: the BAKER

Natalie Madison’s Artisan Cakes

natalie’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: What can a bride and groom expect when working with you and what should they bring to an initial consultation? Open by

appointment only, we are a custom cake shop, and do not offer pre-decorated cakes in refrigerated cases. We set aside an hour for each consultation. I ask questions that help me understand their personalities, their taste levels, and the overall design of the wedding. I love seeing the couple’s Pinterest boards, magazine tear sheets, and pictures

of the wedding details. I want as much information as possible to help me build the perfect sketch for a wedding cake. They should also bring their sweet tooth for the amazing cake tasting. We usually include our top eight trending cake flavors and at least seven basic buttercreams.

What are some of your Specialties? We offer cakes baked from scratch,

buttercreams made with real butter, and fondants made right in our shop that will actually surprise you with delightful flavor and texture. In addition to traditional cakes, we offer cupcakes, French Macarons, decorated sugar cookies, basic cookies, rustic desserts, and candy bar items.

edible details

From the pearls to the beautiful gumpaste bow, all of the elements on this wedding cake are consumable.

How far in advance should they place an order? Peak weekends (April

through June, September and October) are often booked 12 months or more in advance. Even if the planning process is just beginning we recommend putting down a deposit to reserve your delivery date. Generally, we take only two weddings per day.

Are there any special considerations couples should make when selecting a cake? Couples planning

outdoor weddings should definitely consider fondant as an alternative covering to withstand Arkansas heat and humidity.

{Trio of wedding cakes featuring a blend of buttercream and fondant techniques, such as ruffles, damask, scrollwork, and a handpainted tree to compliment the wedding invitation.}

floral & lace

Each orchid on this black lace and blue dendrobium orchid cake was hand formed. Groom’s cake

The base of this deer is sculpted from cake, while the head and antlers are rice cereal treats and chocolate.


dessert items

Groom’s Cakes

Sculpted Cakes

Birthday Cakes

Custom cakes & more!

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Bow-wrapped cake Photo by Whitney Bower Imaging

The Expert: Natalie Madison, Owner and Sugar Artist Known For: Highly detailed wedding cakes and fun-loving groom’s cakes that taste as good as they look Background: Natalie has a background in art and design with extensive experience and continuing education in cake decorating and the wedding industry. She honed her skills at Rick’s Bakery in Fayetteville before moving to Little Rock and working with Dillard’s as both a wedding registry coordinator and an assistant buyer. During this time she continued to create cakes for family and friends and broadened her horizons with exposure to trends and ideas through her career. After 15 years, she decided to open her own cake studio where she combines art, design, and sugar work.

weddings expert: the rentals

Party Time Rental and Events

The Expert: Ray Imbro, Owner Known For: Everything to rent for your special event Background: Party Time Rental and Events has been a trusted Arkansas resource for 33 years. Prior to purchasing the company in 2005, Ray worked as a corporate executive with a Fortune 50 company. In this role, he hosted numerous events and dinners. This experience gives him insight into what a client needs to host a successful wedding and create a dream day. Since taking ownership of the business, he added event planning to the company’s services, which he believes has helped the business to earn top honors as Arkansas’ source for all rentals for the last seven years.

ray’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: What type of rentals might a couple need for their big day? There

are numerous things you may want or need in order to set the scene. Party Time offers a complete selection of wedding accessories, including chairs and pews, candelabras, and columns. We have tents, which can feature custom lining, custom drapery, up lighting, and air conditioning. We also have the state’s largest selection of linens. All of these elements can come together to achieve the atmosphere you want.

Are these rentals available statewide or do you work with

select venues? We work with all the

venues in the state, from private fields at farms to public venues in cities around Arkansas. We will be happy to deliver and set up wherever we are needed.

In terms of meetings, delivery, and setup, what can a couple expect when they work with Party Time?

We work by appointment so we can give our clients our full attention. The first meeting will take place in our showroom so we can get an idea of the wedding’s look. Then we will do an onsite walk-through of the venue where we take pictures and define the vision. From there, the couple will receive a computer assisted drawing of their space with our proposed layout of the event’s setup. We work with them to perfect this until they are happy with the result. When it’s time for the event, we deliver all the items one to two days prior to the wedding. We offer the option of setting everything up for you or leaving it to you. When the event is over, we can take it down or you can deconstruct and we will pick up.

Any other advice to help couples navigate this process? Know your

budget. We have a budget calculator tool on our website that can help you estimate every aspect. We also recommend working with a wedding planner. We have a phenomenal team with decades of wedding experience as well as over 3,000 square feet of showroom space to help you envision your perfect wedding setting.

imagine drama

The Party Time team created a custom-draped topless tent at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

imagine character

Antique doors and burlap linens set the mood at a vintage-themed outdoor wedding. imagine scale

1500 pristine white chairs for an event at the Clinton Presidential Library; no event is too great a challenge for Party Time.

Your premier party rental and event company

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weddings expert: the photographer

Whitney Bower Imaging

The Expert: Whitney Bower, President and Lead Artist at Whitney Bower Imaging Known For: Creating modern bride and groom portraiture and weddings with more of an editorial flair Background: Whitney has been photographing weddings for over five years and surpassed the 150 wedding mark this year. Prior to devoting her time to weddings and family photography, her photography background was in commercial fashion work, so she loves fashionable brides and weddings with beautiful details.

Whitney’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: What are a few of the top considerations to make when selecting a wedding photographer? I think it is

important to choose a photographer that specializes in weddings. Wedding photography is so different than any other type, in that the flow of the day is very fast paced and cannot be repeated. You want a photographer that can anticipate moments and be there in time to catch them when they happen.

In terms of meetings and the big day, what should a couple expect when working with you? Do you have a process you follow? I love

getting to know my couples and laying out all of our plans for a perfect day at the beginning of the planning process. We’ll plan as precisely as possible to make the day

seamless and full of joy. From dressing in the bridal suite to the sparkler exit, we’ll have everything organized so that I can perfectly document every special moment.

Do you create a wedding day shot list or any other helpful guides for each couple? My couples hire me because they trust me and my expertise in this area. I know the flow of a wedding day and my shot list is in my head. We will discuss any special things that need to be considered, but I never need to be tied to a list to do my job well.

What do you feel sets you apart from other wedding photographers? I love being involved in the

planning process of my couples’ weddings. I never want to just show up and break out my camera. I want to know their families, their stories, their triumphs and tribulations in planning for the big day. If a decision has an effect on getting the most amazing wedding photos on a couples big day, I want to help and be involved in that decision—as much as a couple wants me to, anyway.

Ashley + Aaron, wed May 24, 2014

happily engaged

Amanda + Chris, to wed November 8, 2014

Any other advice for brides when selecting a photographer? Make sure you like them as a person. You are going to be spending one of the most important days of your life with this person, front and center. He/she will be there for very intimate moments of your day. You want to make sure your personalities mix with theirs and you want to truly like being around them. | 52 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014

happily married

happily ever after

Kevan Beth + Stephan, wed May 3, 2014

weddings expert: the florist

T ipton Hurst

The Expert: Chris Norwood, AIFD, CFD, and Vice President of Tipton Hurst. Norwood is also the only PFCI in Arkansas. Known For: Creating stunning floral arrangements that transcend time and accentuate venues. Norwood is also featured weekly for floral design and décor on Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas. Background: Tipton Hurst has been a Central Arkansas staple for floral design since 1886. Over the past 128 years, they have continued to grow, evolve, and innovate when it comes to both design work and service—always seeking to create remarkable results for their clients. Part of this effort means working with the best designers. Vice President Chris Norwood has 30 years of floral design experience and has worked in almost every venue around the state. His keen eye for palette and placement along with this knowledge set him and his team apart.

Chris’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: What can a couple expect when working with Tipton Hurst for their wedding? At the initial consultation,

we look over Pinterest boards, magazine tear sheets, and any other inspiration they bring for us to see. From there, we give them a cost estimate that is broken out so they can decide where they want to be budget-wise and what elements are most important to them. We look forward to working with our brides and are happy to meet as many

times as necessary to achieve the look and level of comfort required for this special day. Also, when we start to put the floral bouquets and pieces together, we text or email pictures to the bride to show her how everything looks and give her the opportunity to make changes along the way. We offer full-service delivery, pick-up, and cleanup to make it easy for the couple and their families. In any scenario, we will help you as much as you would like or step back and let you take more control.

What are some of your best suggestions for making the most of a floral budget? You want guests to be

wowed when they walk in the door, so I suggest putting your budget toward one or two big statement pieces that will make a lasting impact rather than trying to cover every area. Also, try to use seasonal flowers, which are more readily available. And, be mindful of supply shortages or extra fees if the wedding date is near a holiday.

Stunning Setting

A wedding cake displayed on a full-length floral tablecloth is set under a canopy of orchids.

As far as the design, are there trends you are drawn to now?

My work is known for having a ‘Southern elegance’ style. Our arrangements are both beautiful and timeless. The forms may be fuller and the elements may tweaked, but overall they are classic. With that said, I’m always happy to incorporate the bride’s vision and fashion-forward trends, and Tipton Hurst has a huge selection of props and rentals available to achieve this.

Classic Elegance

Columns of hydrangeas and roses create a timeless look. Bold Statement

A centerpiece canopy of free spirit orchids is accented with hanging jewels.

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weddings expert: the jeweler

Romance Diamond Co.

The Expert: Brittany Adair, Co-owner Known For: A trusted source for bridal rings, designer fine jewelry, and custom pieces Background: Brittany Adair’s family has been in the jewelry industry since 1944. They have experience across a range of industry platforms, including manufacturing, wholesale, and retail, and use this experience in the daily operations at Fayetteville’s Romance Diamond Co. They have been working with customers for many years to make the perfect gift-giving occasion surpass their expectations. They pay close attention to detail and strive to make quality products at a great value.

brittany’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: Do you have any advice for prospective grooms who are looking to purchase an engagement ring? The diamond purchase is always

exciting! This is one of the most valuable jewelry purchases. Therefore, you must work with someone you trust to give you good advice and an honest value. Always go with quality because this ring will not only be a cherished piece, but it is also an investment.

date so you aren’t concerned about this in the days leading up to the ceremony. We also recommend that the couple come in together and talk through the options because different bands will fit certain engagement rings better than others.

What styles and materials are popular for bands right now? We are selling rose gold bands for both ladies and gentlemen right now. Clients are also mixing metals together and not necessarily going with a perfect match for his and her bands.

What suggestions do you have for wedding day jewelry? We like

simple looks. For example, single diamond drops or pieces that match the theme or wedding style. Our brides can register for a special piece of jewelry that bridesmaids or close family friends might go in together to get for her. For grooms, we see a lot of brides buy a nice Swiss watch that can be engraved as a present for him on the wedding day.

What can a client expect when working with Romance Diamond Co.? We always want our customers to feel

What about wedding bands—how like a part of our family. We are loyal to far in advance should a couple them and work daily to create the best value and best service for everyone that walks order those? Usually custom or special orders could take up to six weeks. Allow plenty of time ahead of your wedding

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through our door.

will you...

Say “Yes!” to this breathtaking Platinum and diamond oval ring from Jewels by Star.

i do!

Choose a delicate, diamond wedding band by Armadani for a classically elegant look.

for the groom

For the discerning gentleman, these platinum and 18K gold wedding bands by Diana Classic are a perfect fit.

weddings expert: the venue

Magnolia Gardens

The Expert Claudia Slezak, Wedding Coordinator/Facility Manager Known For Creating dream weddings at the four unique, indoor and outdoor ceremony and/or reception venues within Springdale’s Magnolia Gardens Background For the past few years, Claudia has dedicated her time to helping brides create a memorable and enjoyable wedding day. In addition to Magnolia Gardens, she also supervises catering services for The Event Group’s off-site catering division. She knows what to look for in a facility and how to best accentuate the positive at each venue location.

Claudia’s Advice for Brides-to-Be: What are the top three considerations couples should make when selecting a venue? First, consider your

anticipated guest count. The facility needs to comfortably handle guests and all the other aspects of the event (entertainment, dance area, food and beverage, etc.). Secondly, decide if you want an indoor or outdoor reception or a combination. The weather may be a factor, so consider rain plans and temperatures. Lastly, look at the amenities included in the venue. Are tables and chairs included? Set-up? These are items that might cost extra or need to be rented. The more the venue includes, the better.

Beyond the location, what type of services does Magnolia Gardens offer? Our package plans include

tables, chairs, china, silverware, parking attendants, full day access from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., separate changing rooms for the bridal party, a pre-wedding day two-hour engagement or formal bridal photo session on the grounds with their photographer and more. We also handle the catering and bar service. In addition, we make recommendations on any other vendors they might need.


The Magnolia Grove is a beautiful backdrop for guest seating.

How far in advance should brides plan to book the venue? For popular months, such as May, June, September, and October, they should book as soon as possible—at least one year out. Off months or off dates (Sundays-Fridays) have a lot more flexibility.

From start to finish, in terms of planning, preparation and the actual day, what can a bride expect when they book with Magnolia Gardens? A bride can expect help along


Magnolia Hall comfortably seats 150 guests and can be arranged in numerous ways.

the way in regards to every aspect of the wedding and reception from layout and timeline to menu selection. Coordination service is also available for an extra fee or we will refer brides to one of our vendor partners.


The lower lawn/gazebo area features a Koi pond and gorgeous shade trees.

{by appointment only} 501 N. Main St. | Springdale, AR

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Finding the One

The Top Ten List

For many brides, finding a gown is one of the most cherished and important tasks of planning HER wedding. Dorcas Prince, owner of the storied Low’s Bridal and Formal shop in Brinkley, shares her ten rules for selecting the perfect dress

gown eight to twelve months prior to the wedding. Gowns typically take four to five months to arrive once ordered, and you’ll want to allow plenty of time for alterations and portraits.

2. Find Inspiration Before you go

shopping, look for examples of gowns you like. Bring these examples with you when you shop.

3. Set a Budget Discuss budget with the people that are helping to pay for the wedding. We never want a bride to fall in love with a gown only to find out it is out of her price range.

6. Verify the Designer Make sure the shop you choose to work with is a certified dealer of the designer you have chosen. Some stores and many websites offer great deals that may sound too good to be true. Your wedding is very important, and you don’t want to be ripped off by imposters.

7. Select the Complete Look Pick out

accessories when you chose your gown. This will assure you that everything matches.

8. Break In Your Shoes Wear your

shoes around the house before the wedding day. If your venue has stairs, practice going up and down a staircase.

4. Keep an Open Mind

9. Soak It In

5. Stay True to Yourself

10. Make It Your Own A wedding should be a dream come true. Add special touches that are representative of you two as a couple. This applies to attire as well as the overall plan for your wedding day.

Don’t be surprised if you find a gown you fall in love with that looks nothing like your examples. A good consultant may offer to pull gowns that are not necessarily from your inspiration pieces, but may suit your taste and fit better than you imagine. When shopping for the dress have fun but make sure you get the gown of your dreams— not someone else’s. Experts in our industry advise taking only three to four people with you to shop. Make sure these people have your best interest at heart.

Take a deep breath and slow down for just a few moments. This is a wonderful time to make special memories with family and friends. You will remember this for the rest of your life.

Dorcas Prince, Owner Low’s Bridal and Formal 56 Weddings in Arkansas | Fall 2014


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