Marlsgate Wedding by Katie Day Photography + Finishing Touch Event Design
July 7, 2011

I'm a total sucker for a good ol' southern wedding. The big houses with even bigger verandas, the sprawling fields and gardens, and the beyond beautiful interiors all make for the perfect wedding venue. This cute-as-can-be couple encouraged their guests to rock bow ties by mentioning on their invites "bow ties welcome." Then they carried the theme throughout their day with yellow napkins tied in bows at each and every place setting. Adorable. Captured brilliantly by Katie Day and designed to a T by Finishing Touch Event Design, this Arkansas wedding is sure to become a fast favorite. Click here for even more.










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Bryant and I were both born and raised in Arkansas, yet we met and fell in love in Washington, DC.  He proposed in front of a famous engagement portrait painted by Leonardo Da Vinci at the National Gallery of Art. Since I also went to college out of state, many of our guests were going to be traveling and had never dreamed of visiting Arkansas before.  We immediately decided to show off the best our state had to offer in every aspect of our wedding.  From save the dates, to the breathtaking plantation home, to the food and the table decor - Arkansas and classic Southern details was our main focus.

Both our ceremony and reception were held at the historic Marlsgate Plantation in Scott, Arkansas.  We were married on the front porch and then proceeded to the garden for cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing in our reception tent.  Our signature drink was sweet tea vodka and lemonade in mason jars and we served peach glazed pork tenderloin, corn cakes, wild rice, asparagus and Southern homemade rolls for dinner.

Our color scheme derived from Bryant and his love of bow ties. We found the magnolia bow tie at Southern Proper and easily decided on bright yellow, pale green and ivory touches.  I also love poppy and used that as an accent color to spice things up a bit.  To pay homage to Bryant's Southern style, the napkins were tied in the shape of bows and we reminded our guests in our wedding invitation suite that it was a "bow ties welcome" event.

Wedding Photography: Katie Day Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Andrew Logan Price / Florals: David Garner, Marlsgate Plantation / Layout + Table Design: Finishing Touch Event Design / Ceremony + Reception Location: Marlsgate Plantation / Ceremony Music: Searcy String Quartet / Reception Music: William Staggers Trio / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Sincerely Yours Paper Inc. / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride's Hair + Make-up: Payton Place Salon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dillards / Flower Girl Dresses: The Toggery / Bow Ties: Southern Proper / Wooden Sign: Chocolate Butterbean / Wedding Cake + Catering: David Garner, Marlsgate Plantation / Rentals: Mahaffey Tent / Vintage Car: Vintage Motor Car Company

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