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
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
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