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Jun
1

We're Crushing on Former Razorback Brandon Allen and Sarah Connley's Engagement Sesh

Special Moments Photography

We love a good Razorback engagement!

Former U of A QB and Fayetteville native Brandon Allen has recently made the move to Los Angeles to play in the NFL with the LA Rams. His fiancé, Bentonville native Sarah Connley, made the move from Arkansas to California with him, but the two are planning their spring 2019 nuptials in the state they fell in love in. 

Here's their love story in Sarah's own words: 

"We met in college at a Cody Johnson concert and found out we were neighbors. He use to invite me over to walk my dog and take him to the dog park. We both are huge animal lovers and obsessed with dogs so we had a great connection. Our first date was breakfast at Briar Rose and breakfast is my favorite type of food! We currently live in southern California and Brandon plays for the Los Angeles Rams. We have two dogs now: Teddy and Bogey."

The two will tie the knot at Sassafras Springs Vineyard on March 2, 2019. In the meantime, we'll be oohing and aahing over their adorable engagement session at Sassafras

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

Special Moments Photography

May
29

Little Rock Engagement: Morgan + Matt

Lela & Lyla Photography

Morgan Bookout and Matt Brunson are tying the knot! The couple will make things official on June 9, 2018, with a ceremony at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Chenal Country Club

Their engagement story told by Morgan:

"The couple headed to Memphis for their annual long weekend trip. While they were there, they enjoyed Central BBQ with some friends before going to Loflin Yards to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon. 

That night, the couple headed to the Peabody Hotel. They were seated just a few feet from the Peabody's gorgeous Christmas tree. Just like every year, the couple decided to get their photo taken to commemorate the trip. 

With nothing amiss, Morgan led the way, with Matt on the lookout for a photographer to capture the moment! The two quickly became the center of attention as Matt proposed to Morgan in the Peabody. 

After Facetiming their families to let them in on the big news, Matt and Morgan strolled a few short blocks away to attend Flight, where they were treated to champagne and enjoyed a long, celebratory dinner on the patio."

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

May
24

It’s Here! Inside the New Fall/Winter 2018 Issue of Arkansas Bride

Heather Payne Photography

For the first time in Arkansas Bride history, we decided to feature a real Arkansas wedding on our cover. And you just might know the cover subject — it's former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley Mooney, the wife of Shay Mooney of the country music sensation Dan + Shay. We fell hard for their gorgeous, intimate wedding on Shay's family farm in Natural Dam, and we think you will too!  

That said, we're more than pleased to present to you our one-of-a-kind Fall/Winter 2018 edition! (Take a peek here.)

We hope you’re as obsessed with the new issue as much as we are, and share it with your fellow brides and bridesmaids! Here are just a handful of our favorite things to discover inside:

  • Registry inspo for all the couples in your life. Our Tastemakers from across the state delivered some darling ideas to make your friends feel the love. From gift ideas for the "preppy" couple to the "entertainer" couple, we've got you covered. 
  • 14 Real Weddings bursting with creative décor and ideas: look for fairy-tale details, a night-club reception, French-inspired nuptials, stunning gowns and personalized details to consider for your big day.
  • How to save on your Arkansas I dos: We talked with the experts and found dozens of ways for you to save on your wedding without having to sacrifice your vision. 
  • A brand-new Hot Springs wedding guide: We have a new crop of show-stopping Hot Springs weddings to share with you in our annual supplement for Spa City planning.  
  • It's electric. You don’t want to miss our fall/winter fashion spread featuring bright, bold bridal fashion for both the classic and modern bride.
  • Hidden gems: We tasked Arkansas' best florists and planners with creating tablescapes inspired by jewels
  • Plus, three incredible styled shoots from the state's best vendors.

If you can believe it, there’s even more than we’ve spotlighted here. We invite you to pour a glass of wine (or champagne if that's more your style!), and go cover to cover, soaking up all the great content and ideas we curated for you in this edition.

And before you dive in, check out this perfect new music video for "Speechless" from both Dan and Shay's real weddings. SWOON. 

Happy reading!

May
22

Shelby + Brooks' Sweet Ice Cream-Filled Engagement Sesh

Shrewsbury Creative

Rowlett, Texas native Shelby Urban and Van Buren native Brooks White were friends for years before making it official. The two will tie the knot at Kindred North, (the Kindred Barn's new sister venue in NWA), on Saturday, June 23, 2018. We're loving their sweet ice cream-filled engagement sesh by Shrewsbury Creative

Here's their engagement story in Shelby's words:

"We were close friends for about two years before we began dating... not like Brooks wasn't interested though. He tried to pursue me a couple of times, but the timing was never on his side. It wasn't until we went on a mission trip to Haiti that I began to notice that he had a lot of qualities I'd always hoped for in a husband. When we began dating, we immediately noticed that a lot of our traits seemed to pair well together and that where one of us fell short, the other was able to thrive, encouraging and pushing the other to grow in that area.

Everything fell into place so quickly and naturally, so we soon began talking about our future together and engagement. Brooks planned the engagement so that my parents and sisters could all be there right before Christmas, and we can't wait to start our new life together and have the [sickest] dance party of all time with all our friends as well!"

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative

Shrewsbury Creative