It’s vendors like Rose of Sharon who have shone a beautiful light on a state I had never given much thought to (until I moved there) – Arkansas. The weddings Rose of Sharon send our way out of the Natural State have me falling for the beautiful natural elements of the state, and this wedding from Photo Love is no exception. The stunning backdrop is one thing, but the DIY soiree at hand is the kind of thing dreams are made of.
From the lovely bride… The natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas is something I was excited for my out of town guests to experience. Justin proposed at the peace fountain on campus and we thought it would also be a beautiful place to exchange vows, when the leaves were at their peak.
I wanted to be reminded of my wedding day down the road by different cues like scent and color so I incorporated herbs like lavender and sage. I picked swiss-dot fabric and my mother made my wedding gown. I used the dot theme throughout the décor. I included succulents and wheat for texture and southern charm and added billy balls for shape and a pop of color.
One detail that truly made the wedding mine was having all of my friends and family make it to Arkansas from New York the same week they were hit by hurricane Sandy. Flights were canceled and some of my friends’ lost their houses but they were still there for me! Having them by my side made it even more special, knowing what it took for them to get here and how lucky we are to have them in our lives.
Pretty much everything was DIY. My mother is an amazing woman and made the dress of my dreams for me. Both of my parents inspired me to take the DIY approach. I made the decorations and the clutches and hair bows for my bridesmaids. One of my bridesmaids is a super talented floral designer and she did the mason jar arrangements. I actually worked at her shop for a little while and knew what flowers I wanted to use. For the big arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, cake and my hair piece I worked with Althea at Rose of Sharon by building Pinterest boards and she brought our ideas to life, everything looked even better than I could have imagined! The day went by so fast. Old Main Lawn was glowing with fall colors and the sun was in the perfect position. My maid of honor surprised us with a video she made with slide shows and mini-interviews from Justin and I that she had asked us to do during my bridal shower (which now makes sense) she showed the video during the reception and it was really emotional, it was such a beautiful gift from her heart.
From Rose of Sharon… Kristen and Justin requested flowers in yellow, green, white and lavender. They decided to create their own centerpieces and asked us to design the personal flowers. Kristen loved the small textured flowers such as Solidago, Limonium, and Seeded Eucalyptus contrasted with the larger Succulents, Ranunculus, Cushion Mums and Billy Balls. She also wanted to incorporate lavender–both the color and the flower. These flowers blended nicely with the natural beauty of their venue.
Photography: Photo Love | Florist: Rose of Sharon | Cake: Rick's Bakery | Shoes: Payless | Caterer: Bordinos | Makeup Artist: Luxe Beauty | Hair: Metropolis | Tuxes: Mr. Tux | Wedding Venue: The Garden Room | Bridesmaid's Dress: Ruche
Oh this Bride. Isn’t she darling? Any Bride that rocks a red lip like she does always gets my vote. And her Arkansas affair is equally as darling and vote-worthy. Her Groom couldn’t be more dapper in his seersucker suit and polka dot bow tie (both happen to be weaknesses of mine), and her detail-filled day is so cute I could pinch it’s imaginary cheeks. So maybe I have a little girl crush on the Bride. Can you blame me? See more of her beautiful day snapped up by Mellow Yellow Photography right here.
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From Melodie of Mellow Yellow Photography… Sara and Scott met in Vegas while at a minor league baseball trade show for business, there was a bit of a connection but it wasn’t until the following year at the same trade show that they decided they were really into each other. Sara lived in Arkansas and Scott in Virginia, thus beginning their long distance romance. Sara just recently moved to Virginia to be with Scott, but her family is still in Arkansas so the wedding was held here in Fayetteville. She was very involved with her school, the University of Arkansas and of course the Razorbacks, so it was only fit that she incorporated those loves throughout the day. They got ready and had their first look at the Inn at Carnall Hall on the university campus which was just a wonderfully beautiful old hotel.
I was squealing like a little girl when she busted out those Kate Spade glitter sling backs. How adorable are those!? And totally a perfect fit for Sara and her bubbly personality. Scott looked absolutely dabber in his seer sucker suit as well. I thought it was such a great choice with their blue and white color scheme. They had 7 cakes because they just simply couldn’t decide on one flavor and they had a local restaurant called the Catfish Hole come and fry up some fresh fish on the spot. It was a very laid back yet absolutely elegant reception. There was a cornhole game set up for some friendly competition which were built and painted by Scott with their beautiful monogram in blue. The evening ended with the sweetest sorority song and dance and a sparkler lit farewell.
Wedding Photography: Melodie of Mellow Yellow Photography / Ceremony Venue: Son’s Chapel in Fayetteville, Arkansas / Reception Venue: Bride’s Aunt’s Home / Floral Design: Bride’s Mother / Wedding Catering: Catfish Hole / Wedding Cake: Rick’s Bakery / Wedding Stationery: Elle Bee Graphics / Tent + Glassware Rentals: Intents / Blue Willow Plates: Borrowed from Bride’s Mother, Grandmother, Aunts + Neighbors / Corn Hole Boards: DIY / Pillows: Riffraff (whole heart) + I.O. Metro (graphic pillows) / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee via Low’s Bridal and Formal / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: JoS. A. Banks
One of the best things about my job is the virtual vacation I get to go on every day when I log in. And not only do I get to visit places all around the world, but I get to seem them in the prettiest way imaginable – by wedding. I’ve been to locales I’ve never thought I’d go – and I’ve added new spots to my never ending vacation bucket list. My favorite is when I am transported into an absolutely phenomenal wedding taking place in a land of which I have never spent much time thinking about, and I fall in love. This wedding, like all the weddings Details Weddings & Events sends our way, has had me itching to travel just one state east to Arkansas. The fabulous affair, captured wonderfully by The Hudsons Modern Photography, has me dreaming of a nice long stay in the Natural State. If the rest of it is as gorgeous as this bride and her beautiful wedding, I’m in for a treat. Click here for more!
From our first meeting with Lanye, I knew her wedding was going to ooze Southern Elegance. Her taste in everything from colors to florals was gorgeous and her choices made a truly beautiful wedding come to life. The Inn at Carnall Hall is the perfect choice for a quaint southern soiree as it’s historic pink brick and white columns provide the perfect backdrop for any event.
Lanye and Vance chose Memorial Day weekend to tie the knot, which was perfect as it closely followed Vance’s graduation from West Point.
Lanye decided to have her ceremony in the round under a dazzling hanging chandelier. From the ceremony, guests moved inside to experience the amazing food from Ella’s, Carnall Hall’s top rated restaurant. The evening ended with family and friends dancing the night away.
Photography: The Hudsons Modern Photography / Flowers: Shirley’s Flowers and Gifts / Event Design: Details Weddings & Events / Event Planning: Details Weddings & Events / Ceremony Location: The Inn at Carnall Hall / Reception Location: The Inn at Carnall Hall / Invitations: Molly’s Paperie / Rentals: Eventures / Entertainment: Dancenhance
When you think of a destination wedding, what comes to mind? Hawaii? Maybe Mexico? Perhaps Bali? How about Arkansas? That’s exactly what it meant to this New York City couple . They decided to bring all of their friends and family from the east coast to enjoy a good ol’ southern barbeque at the Pratt Place Inn and Barn in the Natural State, the bride’s old home sweet home. It just goes to show, destination can mean just about anywhere! And thanks to Benfield Photography we have a gallery full of images of this adorable Arkansas affair!
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From the Bride… When Jonathan and I started planning our wedding, the list of possible wedding venues was all over the world (Literally!), but each time we’d mention a destination to one of our friends it seemed they would always say “what about Arkansas?”- my home state. We met as students at the College of William and Mary and currently live in New York City, so most of our friends are from the East Coast and had never had the pleasure of visiting the Natural State, so with that in mind we began looking into a destination wedding in Arkansas. A couple of my friends back home mentioned Pratt Place Inn & Barn and as soon as we pulled up the driveway to Pratt Place we knew we had hit the jackpot. A goregous Inn with a big red barn = perfect for a fun Southern barbeque.
I love sharing fun facts about my home state so I couldn’t resist creating an Arkansas themed celebration -especially since this would be a first time visit for the majority of our wedding guests. We introduced our destination by mailing Save the Date cards in the shape of Arkansas, which were absolutely adorable and a huge hit! To continue our Arkansas theme the guests’ escort cards were outlined by the state and each table was named after a famous Arkansan (President Clinton, Johnny Cash and Sam Walton, just to name a few) and included a brief biography of the person. We had vintage glass piggy banks that we found at a local antique store on the head table and Arkansas shaped cookies for wedding favors. The bbq dinner menu was displayed on a super cute “swine & dine” poster and wine from local Arkansas wineries was served. And, I have to mention our tables. They were stunning…burlap linens with a lace overlay and mason jars galore and tall arragements of baby’s breath and white larkspar. Simple and elegant just like the Natural State!
Jonathan and I loved every single detail of our wedding but our very favorite detail was the vintage fireplace mantel displaying pictures of our family members, past and present. It was such a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by the beautiful faces of our families! (A big thanks to our wedding coordinator for finding the mantel!)
Wedding Photography: Benfield Photography / Wedding Cakes: Rick’s Bakery / Catering: Catering Unlimited / Floral Design: Jules Design / Music: Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes / Rentals: Festivities / Invitations & Paper Goods: Ashley C. Tucker / Wedding Coordination: J.Bailey Occasions / Wedding & Reception Venue: Pratt Place Inn and Barn / Videographer: NiLo Production Company / Bridal Gown: Lazaro / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Custom by Lord Willy’s