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Apr
25

Dreamy Springtime Wedding Inspiration

Natalie Smith Photography

While we wait for spring to officially arrive in Arkansas, we'll be getting lost in this dreamy spring styled shoot by Natalie Smith of Natalie Smith Photography. 

The Details

Planning + design: Natalie Smith
Photography: Natalie Smith Photography
Florals: Vase and Vine, Clarksville
Venue: Todd Sweeden’s private residence
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Bridal boutique: Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway
Videography: Whorton Films, Russellville
Invitation suite + paper goods: Sydney Beth Designs, Wichita, Kansas
Silk ribbons: Illume Silks
Engagement ring + wedding bands: Lee Ann's Fine Jewelry, Russellville and Conway
Hair: Mallory Jones
Cake decorator: Michelle Linda Mayer, Russellville 
Models: Susan Gray and Tyler Pogue

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Apr
24

Sherwood Engagement: Sloane + Dustin

ma.Designs

Color us in love with Sloane Lancaster and Dustin Keathley's sweet engagement sesh by ma.Designs. The two are tying the knot in Scott at All Souls Church on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Here's their love story in Sloane's words:

"Dustin and I have dated for four years. In July of 2017 we went on a vacation with my family to Cabo San Lucas. On the first day there, my dad and Dustin were planning excursions for the week. [They] came back and said we are going on a sailboat on Wednesday night, ATV riding on Thursday and snorkeling on Friday.

So Wednesday rolls around and we go on the sailboat and get to lover's beach and the arch that is famous in Cabo. The sailboat stopped and the photographer on the boat was taking pictures of everyone. It comes to our turn and we stand up and take the picture and once we get done I go to sit back down and Dustin says, “Wait, hold on.” I turn around to him getting down on one knee saying my full name and asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was such a dream with my family being there and on an amazing trip!"

Congrats, you two!

ma.Designs

ma.Designs

ma.Designs

ma.Designs

ma.Designs

ma.Designs

Apr
22

Sunny + Sweet Styled Shoot at The Loft at Stone Oak

Jade Graves Photography

This styled shoot at The Loft at Stone Oak is just the type of spring inspo we needed. Oh and we're a tad obsessed with that rose arbor and the yummy looking desserts. 

Styled Shoot Details

Photography: Jade Graves Photography

Wedding gown: Beau's Bridal, Fort Smith

Florals: Booneville Flower Shop, Booneville

Tablescape: "I Do" Wedding Consulting, Greenwood

Makeup: Joshua Odom Aesthetics, Fort Smith 

Hair: Sheena Costa with Blondies Salon, Booneville

Cake: Sweet Boutique, Fort Smith 

Stationery: Camilla & Co. 

Venue: The Loft at Stone Oak, Greenwood

Model: Joni Laster 

Jade Graves Photography

Jade Graves Photography

Jade Graves Photography

Jade Graves Photography

Jade Graves Photography

Jade Graves Photography

Apr
21

New Venue Alert: The Orchard in Bentonville

Striegler Photography

The Orchard is a brand-new venue in Bentonville with impressive amenities and gorgeous views to boot. 

Originally, owners Jeremy and Andi Pratt, had plans to build a venue in Fayetteville. They planned and designed their dream venue in 2017. Shortly before breaking ground, they happened upon an existing venue in Bentonville with everything they were working so hard to create.

“The day after we found the property, we halted our Fayetteville concept and went head first into a remodel at the existing property,” Andi says. “We cannot be more excited to showcase our hard work to the community this spring.”

The Space Itself

Before becoming The Orchard, the property was built as a wedding venue in 2006. It served many brides until it was sold as a private residence in 2011. The Pratts purchased the property in January 2018 with the intent of restoring the space to its original purpose.

Today, The Orchard has a beautiful indoor space, outdoor space, an area for Jeremy and Andi’s horses and stunning views right in the heart of northwest Arkansas. The venue boasts five guests suites, making it a one-stop-shop for the event and lodging. Brides can expect to pay around $5,500 for a full wedding weekend. But in 2018, a Saturday would run less than $4,000.

When it came to design, the Pratts goal was to integrate the natural beauty of the space and natural light to create a picture-perfect atmosphere. Huge windows adorn the south wall of the indoor space, showing off the vintage barn and beautiful pond-scapes.

Striegler Photography

Striegler Photography

Brides have a variety of locations to choose from for ceremonies and receptions at The Orchard. The main structure is Georgian Revival architecture, which translates to a formal style with the classic columns and ornate trim. The outdoor space is wide open with beautiful views in every direction. The vintage barn was built in 1928 and is the perfect background for a bride looking for a rustic ambiance.

Oh, and did we mention horses? There are three horses on-site owned by the Pratts and all of them can be available for a photoshoot if desired.

“Weddings take a village to pull off these days,” Andi says. “Having a venue that can host a Friday rehearsal, a wonderful family celebration, a full day of decorating and then a beautiful ceremony was hard to find in NWA. We can fill this need.”

Bridal Perks

The venue’s perks are hard to pass up. Here are just a few Andi mentioned:

  • Longer and overnight hours for a less stressful setup and teardown
  • Open functional kitchen to cook for special events
  • 5 suites with sleeping for 16-18 guests and air mattresses for up to 26 guests (overnight accommodations are included in Saturday or full weekend bookings)
  • Large bridal suite with room for the bridal party to get ready in style
  • Paved parking for about 50 cars
  • Located conveniently 2.5 miles from XNA airport
  • 4 high top tables with farmhouse steel bar height chairs for the patio space
  • 4 low top tables with farmhouse steel chairs
  • White china, glass stemmed tumblers and silverware for 115 guests

The Orchard

Striegler Photography

See it for Yourself

The Pratts are opening their brand new venue on April 8, and have already booked three weddings. To see the space for yourself, attend one of the many open houses coming up in the next few weeks:

  • April 8 from 1-5 p.m.
  • April 12 from 6-8 p.m.
  • April 15 from 1-5 p.m.
  • April 19 from 6-8 p.m.
  • April 22 from 1-5 p.m.
  • April 26 from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Pratts at (479) 531-8773 or head to the website