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Jun
22

Real Little Rock Wedding: Maggie Griffith & David Guarno of Bryant

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Maggie Griffith & David Guarno
December 12, 2015
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Most people don’t expect to marry their first high school boyfriend, but that’s exactly what Bryant native Maggie Griffith did. She met David Guarno from Rochester, New York, when he moved into her town. The teenage sparks flew, and even when they broke up, they remained close friends. In time, the two moved back to central Arkansas, reconnected and began the rest of their lives.

A New Year’s Eve spur-of-the-moment trip to New York City served as the backdrop for Maggie and David’s proposal story. But instead of choosing a packed and noisy Times Square, he decided to pop the question on New Year’s Day as they set out for a fun night to see the city.

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Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock


The Inspiration

These days, many couples opt for quick ceremonies and blowout receptions. Maggie and David, however, dreamed of a small, intimate event that felt like an actual wedding, not a party. They planned a morning ceremony and simple champagne brunch dressed with classic elegance and shades of gold and ivory.

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Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock


How They Customized

With the plan of keeping things intimate, the couple hosted a welcome dinner for friends and family the night before the wedding, as well as another get-together after the reception where they enjoyed additional time with loved ones from out of town.

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Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

At the reception, the fabulous breakfast spread took the spotlight, including a waffle bar and the crowd favorite: bacon. They had a proper British tea as a nod to Maggie’s heritage, and they swapped out a traditional groom’s cake for an Oreo tower and milk shooters.

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Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

The McElmurrys
Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock


The Details

  Photographer: The McElmurry's, McRae
Florist: Tipton Hurst, Little Rock
Rentals/Lighting: Party Time Rentals & Events, Little Rock
  Cakes: Mickey's Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock
Caterer/Drinks: Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Center
  Wedding Stationery: Zazzle.com
Bridal Boutique: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Jeweler: Helzburg Diamonds, Little Rock
  Hair/Makeup: Pam Burke of High Maintenance Salon, El Dorado
  Trolley: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
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Maggie Griffith & David Guarno December 12, 2015 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

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Jun
20

Real Arkansas Wedding: Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson of Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson
October 17, 2015
The Terry House, Little Rock

Many a modern love story begins online, and that’s exactly how it happened for Samantha Strong and Benjamin Lawson. Samantha had just moved back to her hometown of Little Rock and started using Match.com when she came across Ben, who was on the verge of deleting his account. It only took one casual date for the two to know there were sparks.

After a year had passed, it came time for the couple to exchange Christmas gifts. Samantha was excited for Ben to open the painting she’d purchased as a special thank-you for helping out while she finished up a stressful rotation for her physician assistant program. But she got even more excited when she open a small box that read “Be my person?” with a ring inside.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


The Inspiration

For Samantha, it was important that the wedding blend a variety of styles that reflected who she and Ben were as individuals and as a couple. This resulted in an eclectic setting with bright, vibrant, seasonal shades. A former florist job meant flowers were a vital part of her plans, adorning each surface with yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and reds.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


How They Customized

The ceremony incorporated many nontraditional elements that were special to the couple. Officiated by Samantha’s aunt, it included a poem, a Navajo prayer and a homily on the importance of nurturing your marriage. The two even held a unity tree ceremony where they added earth from their childhood homes to a bonsai tree as a symbol of two becoming one.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

At the reception, the wedding cake was topped with tiny wooden figurines of Samantha and Ben, while the groom’s cake celebrated his lifelong favorite team. Samantha and her mother — who are famous for their frosted sugar cookies — made wedding cake-shaped batches to send home with guests.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


The Details

  Photographer: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography, Little Rock
  Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Shelia Vaught, Little Rock
  Florist: Becky Clement, Inspired by Nature, Little Rock
  Tent/Table/Chair Rentals: Confetti's, Little Rock
  Lighting: Inspired by Nature, Little Rock
  Cakes: Mickey's Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock
Caterer/Drinks: Simply the Best, Little Rock
  Band: Almost Infamous, Little Rock
  Ceremony Music: University of Central Arkansas String Quartet
  Wedding Invitations: The Crown Shop, Little Rock
  Wedding Programs: Etsy.com
Wedding Gown: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Bridesmaids Attire: Nordstrom
  Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A Bank, Little Rock
  Groom/Groomsmen Ties: Greenhaw's
  Suits: Jos. A Bank Men's Wear, Little Rock
  Engagement Ring: J. Oliver's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock
  Wedding Bands: Roberson's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock
  Hair: Jessica Talley, Red Beauty Lounge, Little Rock
Makeup: Merry Tweddle-Kline, Belle & Blush, Little Rock
  Trolley & Vintage Car: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
  Honeymoon Travel Agent: The Travel Shop, Little Rock
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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

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Jun
16

Real Fayetteville Wedding: Tracy Rowan of Little Rock & Christopher Terry of Pine Bluff

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry
October 17, 2015
Fayetteville Town Center

Having a family that looks out for you is one of life’s greatest treasures, especially when they call you up on a Monday night with plans to set you up with a coworker. But Pine Bluff native Chris Terry heard his cousin out about this girl named Tracy Rowan from Little Rock, and after a quick Facebook search, decided he was in.

After five years of dating, Chris made another big decision. He planned to propose at dinner on New Year’s Eve, but his nerves got the best of him. Then, right after midnight, he got down on one shaky knee and popped the question.

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center


The Inspiration

Owning a stationery business meant Tracy was used to paying attention to details, a skill set that played a huge role in pulling off the classic, timeless, romantic wedding of their dreams. They weaved shades of gold, black and blush into a setting that also paid homage to their own personalities and interests.

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center


How They Customized

Those interests fell into two major areas: Chris’s love for golf and Tracy’s passion for design. Both the groom’s boutonniere and bride’s bouquet contained golf tees, and guests went home with custom, gold foil-embossed golf tees after getting slices of the golf-themed groom’s cake. Tracy’s creative eye shone through in the invitations and programs, as well as the welcome bags for hotel guests that sported an image of Arkansas and contained snacks and a custom “do not disturb” door tag for after the reception.

The couple also worked to make guests’ comfortability a priority. Before the big day, they ditched the traditional rehearsal dinner and went bowling and ate pizza instead. They also arranged a cigar lounge outside the reception and a send-off brunch the next morning.

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective
Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center


The Details

  Photographer: Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective, Bentonville
  Videographer: Stephen Mark Media, Little Rock
  Photo booth: From Me 2 You Creations, Fayetteville
Event Designer: Amanda Reed, Bates-Reed Brides, Fayetteville
  Florist: Flora, Fayetteville
  Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville
Marquezette Weddings, Fayetteville
  Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville
  Cakes: Harps' Bakery, Fayetteville
  Caterer: Herman's Ribhouse, Fayetteville
  Drinks: Tie 1 On Bartending, Rogers
  DJ: Derrick Dansby/DJ Derrick, Rogers
  Wedding Stationery: From Me 2 You Creations, Fayetteville
Wedding Gown: She Said Yes, Rogers
Bridesmaids Attire: Tesori, Fayetteville
  Groom/groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse, Rogers
  Jeweler: Blakeman's Fine Jewelry, Rogers
Kay Jewelers, Fayetteville
  Hair: Brandy Jones, Salon U, Springdale
  Makeup: Ann Scott & Jodie Franklin
Guest Accommodations: The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville
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Tracy Rowan & Christopher Terry October 17, 2015 Fayetteville Town Center

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Jun
13

Real Arkansas Wedding: Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni in Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni
October 17, 2015
Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

It’s a small world after all. Kat Ocampo of Fords, New Jersey, and Fayetteville native Ricco Ardemagni should’ve met in New York. The two lived just a few blocks apart, even sharing the same view of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it wasn’t until a mutual friend’s Little Rock wedding years later that the two finally met.

Two years later, Ricco surprised Kat with ringside seats to a championship boxing fight in Los Angeles for her birthday. He even arranged a tour and the chance to take pictures in the ring between fights. After the photo, he handed Kat a gift bag containing a boxing glove autographed by her favorite fighter, along with a note that ended with a proposal. When she looked up, Ricco was on one knee, and a few thousand people watched as she said “yes” in her favorite boxer’s corner.

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

The Inspiration

Comfort and intimacy were key to Kat and Ricco, and they found exactly what they were looking for at Moss Mountain Farm. Its classic Southern elegance allowed the couple to leave the stuffiness behind and enjoy a romantic, inviting atmosphere with family and close friends surrounded by warm fall colors, soft lighting and vintage details.

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

How They Customized

The vintage details began as arriving guests were met not with a traditional guestbook, but Kat’s collection of postcards from places the two had called home: New York, New Jersey, Spain, Italy and of course, Arkansas.

Choosing to focus on a climate of happiness brought with it wedding favorites like conga lines, family-style dinner tables and a money dance. On a day already filled with laughter, even more broke out when the officiant’s pronouncing of the two as husband and wife was met with an eruption of Razorback hog call noisemakers from the crowd, and the couple made the return trip up the aisle wearing bright red hog noses.

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

Pictures by Katie
Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland


The Details

  Photographer: Pictures by Katie, Little Rock
  Videographer: Klayton Seyler, Little Rock
  Event Design & Flowers: James Sumpter & Mandy Shoptaw of P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm, Roland
  Day-of Coordinator: Anne-Claire Allen Owens of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, Little Rock
  Rentals/Lighting: Moss Mountain Farm, Roland
  Caterer, Drinks & Cakes: Moss Mountain Farm, Roland
  Band: Bijoux, Little Rock
  Ceremony Music: Sam Clark
  Wedding Stationery: Hobart Printing, Bryant
Wedding Gown: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Bridesmaids Attire: Neiman Marcus
  Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Strong Suit, Little Rock
  Jeweler: Stanley Jewelers, North Little Rock
Hair & Makeup: Kakki Jones, Little Rock
  Transportation: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
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Kat Ocampo & Ricco Ardemagni October 17, 2015 Moss Mountain Farm, Roland

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