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Real Hot Springs Wedding: Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell of Los Angeles

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell
Oct. 12, 2014

Ceremony: The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Reception: Hot Springs Country Club
Photography: KES Weddings

Los Angeles residents Stephanie Powers and Randy Ferrell met while working on the TV show “True Hollywood Story.” Six years later, after a surprise proposal and an exhaustive wedding venue search, the couple decided to leave The Golden State behind to exchange their vows at the beautiful Anthony Chapel, nestled serenely in The Natural State.

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

KES Weddings
Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

KES Weddings
Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

The Details

The Ferrells started with the goal of a classic black and white palette, but when matching shades of white proved more difficult than imagined, they added light pinks in overlays, table runners and lighting to break up the contrast.

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

Stephanie and Randy wanted a special experience from the moment guests walked in the door, starting with the photo book they asked attendees to sign. They ditched the unity candle for a handcrafted hourglass instead; made sure their pup was well represented in the photos used for table numbers and even punched things up with origami paper flowers.

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

KES Weddings
Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

Randy showed off his great style with two separate looks for the ceremony and reception. He also sported a pair of black sparkly loafers to complement Stephanie’s glittering 5-inch heels.

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Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

KES Weddings
Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

KES Weddings
Stephanie Powers & Randall Ferrell

The Professionals

Photographer: Photography By KES Weddings, Little Rock
Florist: Flowers & Home, Hot Springs
DJ and lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Cakes: Simply Delicious Desserts, Hot Springs
Caterer/drinks: Hot Springs Country Club
Wedding gown and bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal
Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rehearsal dinner: The Porterhouse, Hot Springs
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Jun
29

Real Arkansas Wedding: Raksha Soora of Little Rock & Brad Petkovich of Mountain Home

Lori Sparkman Photography
Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich
Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Photography by Lori Sparkman Photography

Despite growing up in Little Rock, Raksha had never climbed up “the hard side” of Pinnacle Mountain just outside the city. She and Brad Petkovich from Mountain Home met in medical school and dated throughout a matched residency program in Rochester, New York.

It was on a trip home to visit family in Arkansas that the couple went for a hike, and Brad suggested climbing “the hard side.” Just before they reached the top, he proposed. When they summitted the mountain, Raksha found her parents waiting to surprise her and a perfectly gorgeous backdrop!

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

The Inspiration

Raksha and Brad’s festivities were something she likes to call an “Indian fusion wedding.” Everything during the weekend revolved around the merging of traditions, from the henna ceremony and the peacock and paisley-covered sangeet (a dance celebration for the couple’s families the night before the wedding) to the red and gold nuptials to the bright purple reception. It was all about being bold, using vibrant colors and enjoying the company of loved ones.

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

How They Customized

The couple incorporated traditions like having a bridal party and exchanging rings, but also used Hindu traditions like placing jaggery (a coarse dark brown sugar made in India) and cumin on each other’s heads to form the sacred bond between man and wife, the groom tying a necklace around the bride (the Indian wedding band), placing garlands around each other’s necks and taking seven steps together symbolizing seven steps in life.

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Lori Sparkman Photography
Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Lori Sparkman Photography
Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Blending Cultures

After the ceremony, they used the cocktail hour to completely flip the venue, turning it into a traditional American-style reception with more vivid colors, more music and way more dancing!

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Lori Sparkman Photography
Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

The Professionals

Photographer: Lori Sparkman Photography, Little Rock
Event designer & florist: Elegant Affairs, Dallas, Texas
DJ and lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Chairs: Party Time Rental & Events, Little Rock
Cake & cupcakes: Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Little Rock
Caterer: Desi Den Indian Cuisine, Bryant
Drinks: Little Rock Marriott
Catering for the Sangeet: Curry Pointe Indian Cuisine, Bentonville
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Raksha Soora & Brad Petkovich Aug. 31, 2014 • Little Rock Marriott

Jun
25

Real Hot Springs Wedding: Amy Crain & Kirk Gober of El Dorado

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Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

Amy Crain & Kirk Gober
Oct. 4, 2014

Ceremony: Home of Buck & Meredith Smith
Reception: Hamp Williams Building
Photos: Queen Bee Studios


Despite the size of the town, Amy Crain and Kirk Gober of El Dorado never crossed paths growing up. It wasn’t until Amy moved back from San Antonio that their mothers decided the two should get together. Looks like mother really does know best.

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Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

Queen Bee Studios
Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

Queen Bee Studios
Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

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Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

The Details

When the time came to talk marriage, it was decided the ceremony would take place at a family friend’s house overlooking Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, and Amy and Kirk knew exactly what they wanted: natural elements with a touch of “Boardwalk Empire”/1920s. Big brooch bouquets, simple greenery and floating candles, deep shades of navy and bright silver helped pull everything together in on seamless evening. A few standout details of the day: the couple served a signature drink named after their English Bulldog Scarlett and instead of a getaway car, the wedding party set sail at sunset for a lap around Lake Hamilton.

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Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

Queen Bee Studios
Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

Queen Bee Studios
Amy Crain & Kirk Gober

The Professionals

  Photographer: Kattie Hansen of Queen Bee Studios, Little Rock
Event planner: Randi Slick of Signature Events, Hot Springs
Caterer/cakes: The Haute Chocolatier, Hot Springs
  DJ: Henry Frisby, Arkansas
Wedding gown: Proposals, Little Rock
  Bridesmaids’ attire: JJsHouse.com
  Groom/groomsmen attire: Jos. A Bank
  Jeweler: Jones & Son Fine Jewelry, Little Rock and Diamond Treasures, Dallas
  Hair: Laura Hart of Serenity Salon, Little Rock
  Makeup: Jane White Cosmetics & Beautiful U Aesthetics, Little Rock
  Transportation: The Ohio Club, Hot Springs

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Jun
23

Real Fayetteville Wedding: Kylee Petersen of Jonesboro and Landon Fisher of Omaha

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher
Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Photography by Weddings by Christopher & Nancy

When Jonesboro’s Kylee Petersen left to attend law school in Florida, it wasn’t easy on Omaha native Landon Fisher. A few years of long distance and countless hours on the phone, the couple took a Christmas trip to Grand Cayman—a trip Landon planned for the two of them. Kylee was suspicious, yet Landon managed to convince her not to set any big expectations. She was blown away by his grand design, however: a gorgeous, private dinner on the beach, where he proposed at sunset. “Hearing my best friend ask me to become his wife was the most beautiful moment of my life,” Kylee said, “and of course, it was the easiest ‘yes’ I have ever said.”

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

The Inspiration

It was the stunning simplicity of the Botanical Garden that caught Kylee’s eye immediately. Neither she nor Landon were interested in anything flashy, or even a true theme. They both wanted the natural beauty to shine through, but when the gardens flooded days before the wedding, they scrambled to find tents. Although it didn’t look exactly like they had planned, the soft purple and gray hues helped the couple pull off an understated classic and romantic day nonetheless.

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

How They Customized

Although the day may have been a little gray, all of Kylee and Landon’s personal touches still lit up the setting. The flower girl’s basket was trimmed with lace from Kylee’s mother’s wedding dress. The gift table featured a mailbox Landon made on their first Christmas together- a nod to the dozens of letters they wrote while they were apart. They almost ditched the photo booth at the last minute, but were glad they didn’t, using the photo booth prints instead of a traditional guest book.

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

The Groom's Idea

Landon made only one request during the planning: He wanted all of the boutonnieres to be made from empty rifle shells. Kylee was hesitant, but they turned out to be an adorably unique touch that was all the groom’s.

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

 

The Professionals

 
  Photographer: Weddings by Christopher & Nancy, Little Rock
  Florist: Rose of Sharon Floral Designs, Fayetteville
  Rentals: Intents Party Rentals, Fayetteville
  Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville
  Tents: Rent-A-Tent
  Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale
  Caterer/drinks: The Event Group, Fayetteville
DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
  Photo booth: Arkansas Picture Group, Little Rock
  Wedding stationery: JWDesignStudio via Etsy
  Wedding gown: Loretta Bridal Boutique, Fort Myers, Fla.
  Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Angelo Bridal
  Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse
  Bride’s rings: Helzberg Diamonds
  Groom’s band: NorthWood Rings–Etsy
  Hair & makeup: Olivia Yeager of Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville
  Groomsmen bowties: Bespoke Knots–Etsy
  Groomsmen cufflinks: Arete Designs–Etsy
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Kylee Petersen & Landon Fisher Oct. 11, 2014 • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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