My heart has a special place reserved for high school sweethearts. It’s right there next to baby kisses and little kittens learning to walk. They are maybe the sweetest, ever. So when a set high school sweethearts all grown up has a wedding beautifully captured by both Nathan Willis Wedding Films and Cottonwood Studios Worldwide, my little heart feels like it could burst with happiness. Care to join me?
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From the gorgeous bride… Daniel and I met in the 5th grade in elementary school and became best friends around the 9th grade. Our sophomore year of high school, he asked me to the Christmas Dance and that night we officially started dating. Throughout college we long-distance dated. It had been 7 years on July 22, 2012, when he asked me to marry him on a wooden bridge at Pinnacle Mountain, our favorite spot in Little Rock. Complete with balloons, candles, and secret photographers, it was an engagement to remember.
Eight months later, April 6, 2013, we exchanged vows and finally became a married couple. We had a limited budget and a big guest list, so we decided to have a simple wedding outside, because we both love the outdoors. With that in mind, we chose our theme to be a mix of simple, rustic, and woodsy ideas. “Less is more” was our way of thinking. All of the decorations and even the groom’s cakes were made by family and friends. My favorite color since I was younger is yellow, so I chose the colors yellow and grey. Our wedding was at sunset so our guests could enjoy our reception under a lighted-up tent complete with desserts, drinks, and dancing.
Photographer: Cottonwood Studios Worldwide | Videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Dress: Allure Bridal from Low’s Bridal | Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse | Caterer: Simply the Best | Bride’s cake: Community Bakery | Rentals: Confetti’s | Band: Great Forest | Florist: Tipton & Hurst | Hair: Catherine Grant Salon, by Laura Hart | Makeup: Glo | Invitations: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Ring: Jared | Bride’s Ring: Fletcher Smith Jewelers
Fact. A good dose of yellow does a wedding good. And when it comes to perfectly perfect sunshiny affairs, one needn’t look further than this darling Little Rock soiree. From the brightly clad bridesmaids to the bundles of cheery blooms to the million and one light filled images by Drew Cason Photography, it’s a yellow-infused love-fest in every.which.way. Care to soak in all of the HAPPY? Join me in the gallery for more.
From the Bride… Tyler and I grew up together and had been dating for eight years when we got married. Because of this, we wanted our wedding to be a big celebration full of the family and friends who watched us grow up together. When I was younger, my dad use to buy me yellow rose bushes for us to plant in our garden. Ever since this tradition started, my favorite flowers were yellow roses, so of course they were a big inspiration behind the look of our wedding. We tried to tie in old and vintage with southern and fun ideas. I was able to wear my mom’s veil that she wore when she married my dad. The tables were lined with burlap and lace, which were homemade. We used a lot of tree stumps, old lanterns and blue mason jars to help decorate the tables. The invitations were designed and printed by my best friend and me. For our candy table, all of the jars were homemade, as well as the “Sweet Love” sign. The candy bar was full of my favorite candies. Our food was all themed around our favorite types of cuisine. We had three food stations — one station had homemade gourmet pizzas and supreme salads, the second station had mini homemade slider burgers with a nacho bar, and the main food station had honey barbecue chicken, spinach dip and pasta salad. My favorite drink is Coca-Cola, so of course we had to a have an old boat full of glass Coke bottles. Our guests really enjoyed the photo booth filled with lots of fun props for them to use. We added a little southern charm using a carriage for the bride to arrive for the ceremony in, as well as the dove release that took place during the ceremony. What made our wedding the most fun was having all of our close friends and family there with us to celebrate our love story.
The proposal: On the morning of January 13th 2011, I woke up with a sweet phone call from Tyler telling me he had a surprise for me. He told me he made a scavenger hunt and ask if I would go to the first spot. The first clue sent me to my car, where he had cleaned it and filled it up with gas. There was a letter inside explaining how he promised to take care of me and do the sweet little things like clean my car and fill the tank up with gas every day for the rest of my life. The next clue took me to my room where he left bracelets for me and a letter. In this letter he explained how beautiful he thought I was and what an honor it would be for him to spend the rest of his life showering me with jewelry. As his clues lead me around the house, each place had a sweet love letter and a small gift. The final place lead me to a restaurant where he was. We ate dinner at the restaurant and then began to head home. On the way home he stopped at one final place. He took me to our high school football field. He made me stand in the exact spot I was standing when he first saw me eight years ago, then he then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.
Wedding Photography: Drew Cason Photography / Second Shooter: Austin J. Walker Photography / Wedding Venue: Alda’s Magnolia Hill in Little Rock, Arkansas / Floral Design: Teresa White (A Family Friend) / Wedding Cake: The Blue Cake Company / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the Bride + Her Best Friend / DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment / Rentals: Party Time Rental and Events / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
We’ve been known to mix things up every now and again and this week we’re pulling yet another fab switcheroo with a Thursday lineup of NINE gorgeous weddings and a morning, noon and night of sweet, sweet inspiration. A Wedding Wednesday, sans Wednesday, if you will. So, grab that cup of coffee, shut off those phones and cozy on up for all of the pretty. It’s going to be amazing.
Up first in our lovely lineup is a traditional Little Rock affair captured by Eli Murray Photography. A glorious marriage of heartwarming moments and uber-stunning details, it’s a classic soiree boasting beautiful florals by Tanarah — Luxe Floral & Event Styling and a whimsical meets modern vibe that is all sorts of fabulous. Finishing Touch Event Design styled every moment to absolute perfection and it’s all just waiting to be devoured in the full gallery of images. Join me there for more.
From Finishing Touch Event Design… Mary Shannon and Aaron were married in a traditional Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their reception followed at the Country Club of Little Rock and was a fabulous party from beginning to end. Everything about their wedding was perfectly southern, from the custom calligraphy invitations to the sweet “just married” cake topper. It was elegant, classy and so much fun! The most fun moment of the reception was the groom’s family tradition of drinking from a shoe. The bride and groom filled shoes with champagne and shared a drink for good luck! Then they continued to fill the shoes for their family members and guests, who all shared in the wonderfully crazy tradition. The most special moment of the reception was after the bride surprised her grandfather by changing into her late grandmother’s wedding dress (which she’d had shortened). The band played a song by her grandfather’s favorite artist, Frank Sinatra, and they shared a very sweet dance.
Wedding Photography: Eli Murray Photography / Ceremony: Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, Arkansas / Reception: The Country Club of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas / Event Design + Planning: Finishing Touch Event Design / Floral Design: Tanarah — Luxe Floral & Event Styling / Wedding Cinematography: Fresh Focus Films / Wedding Cake: Mickey’s Special Affairs / Wedding Invitations: Molly’s Paperie / Band: Dance Street Band / Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment / Tent: MaHaffey Tent & Event Rentals / Trolley: Arkansas Destinations / Transportation: Vintage Motor Cars / Wedding Dress: Proposals Boutique