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Sep
21

Lonoke Engagement in Florence, Italy: Erica + Grant

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

High school sweethearts Erica Brewer and Grant Dewey recently got engaged at the San Miniato Al Monte in Italy while Erica is studying abroad! Grant gave Erica the most romantic and dreamy surprise of a lifetime as he got down on one knee atop one of the highest points in Florence on July 20, 2017. Although the couple has not yet set a date, we can tell by the looks of their gorgeous proposal photos that their big day will be nothing less than perfect! Both are natives of Lonoke and will be seniors at the University of Arkansas in the fall.

Here is the story of their picture-perfect proposal in Erica’s words:

“Grant had planned to come visit me while I was here. I had no idea that he was planning to propose! On the day of the proposal I thought we were going to a very fancy dinner at the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo and then we were going to meet up with friends. When going to dinner Grant said he wanted to stop at the church on the way. We walked around a little bit and just as the church bell rang at 6:00 Grant got down on one knee and proposed. I never cry, but the tears of joy were running rampant! I was so shocked and the view was so romantic. Surreal is the only word I can think to describe it! Grant had also arranged for some of my friends to greet us after and a photographer was there to take pictures of us during the proposal and after. It was amazing. His proposal and the ring were beyond my wildest dreams.”

While we are waiting on their engagement pictures and wedding date to be set, take a look at these sweet moments captured by Alberto from Flytographer in Florence. Major heart eyes!

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

Alberto from Flytographer in Florence

 

Sep
18

What Hurricane Season Means for the Zika Virus

As the floodwaters in Texas and Florida recede, what's left is a perfect storm for growing mosquito populations. Although the heavy rains will have washed out many mosquitoes in both states, as the water levels recede, many pockets of standing water will remain.  

Since the pesky insects can breed in as little as one inch of water, a spike in mosquito populations following both hurricanes is probable. 

So what does that mean for Arkansas?

Depending on where a hurricane makes landfall in the United States, storms may travel up to the Natural State. Mosquito season is in full-swing until temperatures dip below 50 degrees consistently, which means we're not out of the woods quite yet in central Arkansas. 

There are steps you can take to prevent mosquito breeding until the season is over. Here are some tips from MosquitoMagnet.com

1. Cover potential water-collecting objects when not in use. Keep these items covered when you’re not using them, or overturn them to prevent mosquito access.

2. Be vigilant after rainstorms. Summer rains can create puddles and pools that are sure to attract mosquitoes. Patrol your property after every rainfall and take action to dry these wet areas whenever possible.

3. Keep your swimming pool clean. If you don’t use your pool for an extended period of time or fail to keep it clean, they’ll likely be drawn to the stagnating water. 

4. Use Mosquito repellents. There are a number of commercially available mosquito repellent products you can use in an effort to deter mosquitoes. Citronella candles can sometimes work well in smaller, confined areas. Other options include sprays, coils, and bug zappers. 

5. Use personal mosquito protection. When outdoors, cover as much of your body as possible with light-colored clothing. For some of the best insect repellents to keep mosquitoes at bay, read our story here. 

Sep
18

Fayetteville Engagement: Sela + Trey

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

After meeting at the University of Arkansas and traveling across Europe together, El Dorado native Sela Barrow and Fayetteville native Trey Hanna are officially tying the knot! They are getting married on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Bo Adams Estate. While we anxiously await their wedding-day photos, we're excited to share their precious engagement photos by Kati Mallory Photo + Design! 

Here is a little more about their story in Sela's words:

"Trey and I's love story started at the University of Arkansas three years ago while I was a junior and he was finishing up his senior year. We met while I was having a night out on Dickson with some of my sorority sisters. After exchanging numbers, we had talked on the phone every single night while I was at home on Christmas break in El Dorado. After a month of dating, he asked me to be his girlfriend. I knew that he was going to be the guy that I would marry when we backpacked [through] Europe together. I remember laying underneath the Eiffel Tower thinking to myself, 'This is the one.' Fast forward to two and a half years later, and he proposed to me under a 1,500-year-old oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina. I see lots of traveling and adventure in our future, and I thank God everyday for putting him in my life. I can't wait to marry him!"

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Sep
15

Arkansas Bride: Annie McFadden

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Annie McFadden, a beautiful Arkansas bride, got married on May 27, 2017, to Michael Cross. From the long veil to the downtown vibe of the cobblestone streets and brick pavers, her bridals are certainly unique! We wish Annie and Michael the happiest forever! 

The Details: 

Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design
Bridal boutique: Maggie Louise 
Bouquet: Silks A Bloom
Venue: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and the Terry House
Stylist and Planner: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design
Makeup: Megan Allen Irwin
Hair: Evin Knighton at Headwaves 

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design

Kati Mallory Photo & Design