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Jun
21

Styled Shoot: Cozy Couture

Erin Wilson Photography

Luxe winter wedding inspiration brimming with warmth.

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

The Details

  Vision & Design JLK Weddings, Bentonville
Photography Erin Wilson Photography
  Venue Loft at Stone Oak, Greenwood
  Florals Vase & Vine, Clarksville
  Rentals Dandy Roll Home, Rogers
Eventures, Fayetteville
  Wedding Paperie Every Little Something
  Cake Mary's Little Sweets, Bentonville
  Coffee Fort Smith Coffee Co.
Wedding Gown Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway
  Bridesmaids Attire E.Leigh's, Fayetteville
  Groomsmen Attire Soho Clothiers, Rogers
  Hair & Makeup MUAH by Abbey Lee
  Models Merideth Darnell, Mackenzie Curvin, Summer Sanders, Addison West, Brock Denton, Breahna McCool, Jordan Wright
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Jun
21

Romantic Vintage Styled Shoot with Stunning Flowers + a Puppy Appearance

Kim Christopher Photography

We can't choose a favorite detail from this romantic vintage styled shoot from Kim Christopher Photography, but we sure do love anything with a cute pup involved!

The Details

Photographer: Kim Christopher Photography
Venue: Kindred Barn
Florals: Vase and Vine
Hair and makeup artist: Kristin Cranford
Dress: Beaus Bridal
Cake: Sweet Lula Mae's
Stationer: Pixie Paper Co.

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

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Jun
20

Everything You Need in Your Emergency Wedding Day Kit

Many little girls start dreaming about their wedding day as a child, and when that moment finally comes, she wants it to be absolutely perfect. Brides spend months preparing for their big day, coordinating everything from location and menu to their dress and what their makeup will look like. In the midst of all of the planning, brides often forget small essentials that they might need at the last-minute as they get ready to walk down the aisle and say “I do.” What are some items that you should consider as a bride-to-be?

  • Sewing kit: A needle and thread, as well as an extra button (if applicable to your dress) and small scissors is a must for brides. Whether you have to resecure your bustle, fix a small tear or reattach a lost button, a sewing kit will give you peace of mind that you can keep your gown together and look perfect.

  • Fabric tape: Ideal for securing fabric, straps, pads and other wardrobe pieces, fabric tape can hold everything where it should be.

  • Strapless bra: Many gowns have sheer tops, are strapless, have thin straps or other intricate designs. Nude strapless bras are a great solution for providing brides with support and coverage, without taking away from the beauty of the dress’ neckline.

  • Small manicure set: Whether you opted to have your nails done or are going with a natural look, consider a manicure set that includes clippers, a nail file, a nail buffer and clear nail polish (or a matching color) to handle hangnails, scuffs or scrapes. Hands are the center of many wedding photos and should be taken into account when getting ready.

  • Makeup bag and essentials: The makeup artists at Salon Scarlet or Salon Karizma know what they're doing, but sometimes you need to fix something yourself. Find a small makeup bag that will keep all of your essentials easily accessible, and consider items such as waterproof mascara, concealer, SPF face products and lip balm.

  • Bobby pins: Intricate updos and loose waves both require styling, which often entails bobby pins. Even if your hair stylist has all of the hair tools you need, it’s not a bad idea to have some extra pins on hand so you can secure loose strands or add body where needed.

  • Hair tie: Many women have a hair tie handy on her wrist or within her purse, but it might not be the first thing you think of for your wedding-day bag. If your hair gets in your face while you’re dancing, or you simply want to throw it up at the end of the night, have a hair elastic on hand.

  • Hairspray: There are many anti-frizz hairsprays out there that can help keep your hairstyle looking perfect throughout the entire evening. If you’re getting married outside, be sure to look into options that combat humidity.

  • Thank-you cards: Thank-you cards aren’t just for the guests that bring you a gift. They are also great for vendors and other unexpected wedding-day helpers. It’s an extremely nice gesture to pass along a quick thank-you to those that helped make your day perfect.

  • Gift for your bride or groom: Brides and grooms often give each other a small gift on the morning of their wedding. Sometimes it’s something simple like a note, but other times it’s cufflinks or jewelry. Get an idea of what your husband- or wife-to-be is planning and make sure you have something ready as well.

These are just some of the items worth considering for your big day. As a bride or groom yourself, think about what’s most important to you and what’s going to make you feel the most stress-free for your wedding. After all, no one wants to be worrying about a wardrobe malfunction or bad hair day when it’s time to celebrate love and happiness with your friends and family.

For more inspiration, tips and real weddings, check out other posts on our blog! Arkansas Bride also offers a plethora of planning tools to help you feel confident and ready to say “I do!”

 *This post was compiled by ThirdLove. ThirdLove helps women find the perfect fit, feel, and style of bras, making them feel confident and comfortable inside and out. For more information about ThirdLove, click here

Jun
19

Meet the Photographers: Following Splendor Images

Following Splendor Images

We love learning about the work behind the photographs we use on the Arkansas Bride blog, so we're happy to continue our "Meet the Photographers" series with Vonda Murdock of Following Splendor Images! Vonda hasn't always been a wedding photographer, but she's devoted herself to the business, and her dedication shows in her work.

So here's a peek into the life of Vonda Murdock.

How long have you been a professional wedding photographer?

I am entering my fifth year in wedding photography after years of landscape and portrait photography.

What did you do before?

I am a sign language interpreter, and I continue to be in love with the language. You can find me every Sunday at Hope Baptist Church in Sherwood interpreting.

How would you describe your photography style?

I love classic and timeless images. I want my couples to be able look back 20 years from now and still love their wedding photos. I create natural moments that make my couples feel comfortable and confident all day. I am a very hard worker and take my business very seriously. I develop a relationship with my couples that extends far beyond the wedding day.

What are moments you make sure to capture on a wedding day?

I am there from the first touches of makeup to seeing yourself in the mirror. Families coming together, the beauty of a perfect dress, that split second as the expression spreads across the face of a groom as he see his bride — all the way to that last dance and the last hug before you ride off into the sunset.

What do you love about being a wedding photographer?

My love for weddings is very complex, born from and sustained by all that inspires me — my love for a great story, a craving for beautiful things, my desire to create memories for others. I've been drawn to the spectacular three-act play of an unfolding wedding day and all of the love that flows throughout the day. That's why I'm a wedding photographer. It's my job and my honor to capture those sublime moments, so you can cherish them forever.

What’s your favorite part of photographing a wedding?

I love the time when it’s just the bride and groom. Whether it’s after the First Look or after the I Do's — I make beautiful art with just the two of them. Everything is calm, and the joy of the day is so very evident on their faces. It’s like the world all fades away as two hearts become one. 

What price points can brides expect?

Collections start at $1,500. All my collections include an assistant and a beautiful wedding album that will become a family heirloom. 

What’s one piece of advice you like to give brides on their big day?

Breathe. Enjoy every moment. It all goes by so fast — drink it all in! Make it a day you love. Eat the cake — order real flowers and make it a day you remember with joy in your hearts.

When you’re not shooting weddings, what do you like to do with your spare time?

I am an avid reader, and I love the theater — any theater. I love being with my husband and children. We love to cook together, and we love the outdoors. And it seems like our lives revolve around our fur baby named Remy! 

For more of Vonda's work at Following Splendor Images, check out what we've featured on Bride.com!