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Jul
23

Real Hot Springs Wedding: Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter
Dec. 6, 2014

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church
Reception: Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Photography: Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Sarah French was just doing her job, reporting on the Boston Red Sox Centennial celebrations, when she caught the eye of pitcher Chris Carpenter from Bryan, Ohio. He made his move on Twitter and somehow won her over. He later proposed to her in Paris, France on the romantic Love Lock Bridge. She said “yes,” and they pitched their keys into the Seine River.

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

The Details

Growing up in Hot Springs, Sarah was no stranger to the beauty of the Spa City. She wanted to accentuate the Arlington’s architecture with décor that was as elegant and timeless as the famous hotel itself. White hydrangeas, roses, stock, snapdragons and dendrobium orchids overflowed from every table, radiating pure luxury and grandeur. Music played a big part in the wedding. Sarah and Chris asked friends and family with musical abilities to fill the day with meaningful music. Sarah’s 13-time Grammy award-winning cousin Jerry Douglas played the dobro and an original song, a friend who sings country music in Nashville performed; and Sarah’s church choir teacher and opera singer sang with her husband.

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

The Professionals

  Photographer: Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper, Little Rock
Event planner/designer: Randi Slick of Signature Events, Hot Springs
Florist: Kelly Efird Flower Events, Hot Springs
Cakes: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock
Caterer/drinks: The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs
DJ: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Ceremony music: Arkansas Symphony String Quartet, Little Rock
Invitations and programs: By Invitation Only, Little Rock
Jeweler: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock
Limo service: Classic Luxury Limousine Service, Hot Springs
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Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Sarah French & Christopher Carpenter

Jul
21

Real Arkansas Wedding: Callie Jackson & Mike Slider of Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Callie Jackson & Michael Slider
Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Photos by Drew Cason Photography

Maumelle’s Callie Jackson and Little Rock native Mike Slider met on just another regular night at a bar in The Heights district in Little Rock. The proposal, however, had a little more dramatic flair. The couple took separate weekend trips, Callie to Fayetteville and Mike to Tulsa, or so Callie thought. When she asked Mike for pictures of their cat to make sure it was ok before he left, he wouldn’t send one. Little did Callie know, he was in Fayetteville, too. She was already suspicious, but she knew exactly what was happening when a photographer stopped and asked for help modeling at Crystal Bridges Museum the next day. Mike appeared, proposed and then whisked his new fiancée off to dinner where their parents were excitedly awaiting their arrival.

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

The Inspiration

Bright, airy and thoroughly Southern—that’s what comes to mind when you look at Callie and Mike’s wedding day. They played off the historic venue with elegance, the architecture playing as much of a decorative role as the florals, giving the attendees a rustic garden party that echoed Southern grace and hospitality.

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

How They Customized

Aside from the stunning décor (including handpicked cotton in the floral arrangements and a 4-foot-tall monogram serving as a guest book), the menu was the perfect reflection of the couple’s laid back personalities. Not ones for fancy dinners, Callie and Michael chose to serve treats like mac and cheese bites, chicken tenders and mini “Sliders.” And to put the icing on the Southern cake, the couple held a tea bar in lieu of a cocktail hour where guests could enjoy different types of teas and lemonades.

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Drew Cason Photography
Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

The Professionals

Photographer: Drew Cason Photography, Benton
Event designer: Monroe Cranford of Flowers & Home, Bryant & Hot Springs
  Day-of coordinator: Meredith Bagby Fettes, Little Rock
Florist, rentals, lighting: Flowers & Home, Bryant & Hot Springs
Cakes: SweetLove Bakes, Little Rock
  Caterer/drinks: Gina’s Catering, Bryant
  Wedding stationery: Dear Madeline Designs
Wedding gown: The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock
  Bridesmaids' attire: David’s Bridal, Little Rock
  Groom/groomsmen attire: Jos A Banks, Little Rock
  Jeweler: Custom design by Danette Haley, Little Rock
  Hair: Ariel Asquith, Cosmetique Hair Salon, North Little Rock
  Makeup: Charlotte Angeli, Chanel Makeup Artist
  Transportation: Little Rock Carriage Company
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Callie Jackson & Michael Slider Oct. 4, 2014 • Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Jul
16

Real Eureka Springs Wedding: Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan
Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Photography by Miles Witt Boyer Photography

An unforgettable Fourth of July fireworks finale proposal for Beth Irsik from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Jacob Sullivan from Shelbyville, Illinois, ignited plans for what would eventually be an equally memorable wedding. But there would be no red, white and blue color story for Beth’s big day. Instead, Beth wanted a soft, vintage feel. Blush pinks, shades of lavender and pops of gold transformed the space into a garden party complete with sparkles and Depression glass family antiques.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

A lover of all things shiny and fashionable, Beth decided on single-serve champagne bottles and stemless flutes as guest favors, and even sported two dresses and three pairs of shoes. The festivities wouldn’t have been complete without the true stars of the day: Sophie and Matilda, the couple’s English Bulldogs. They made an appearance at the reception both in person and in statue form in the centerpieces.

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Miles Witt Boyer Photography
Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

The Professionals

  Photographer: Miles Witt Boyer Photography, Bentonville
Venue, caterer and drinks: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs
  Event planner/designer: Finishing Touch Event Design, Bentonville
  Florist: Hudson Floral & Events, Little Rock
  Table linens: BBJLinen.com
  Cakes: Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville
  DJ/Band: Rough Ryder
  Wedding stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
  Wedding gown: Norman’s Bridal, Springfield, Missouri
  Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal
  Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse
  Transportation: Pinnacle Transportation, Rogers
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Elizabeth Irsik & Jacob Sullivan Aug. 9, 2014 • Thorncrown Chapel and 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs

Jul
14

Real Hot Springs Wedding: Molly Gardner of Little Rock & Clay Parker

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Molly Gardner & Clay Parker
Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Photography by Sterling Imageworks

Vilonia native Clay Parker lives in Kigali, Rwanda, and works for Rwanda Trading Company—a company owned by Westrock Coffee of Little Rock. It was only fitting that when he met Little Rock’s Molly Gardner on a brief visit home that he take her out for coffee. He returned to Rwanda the next day, but over time, the calls and FaceTime dates only grew longer and more frequent.

While Clay was on his way home for Christmas, he met Molly in Europe for a pre-holiday vacation. It was on the first day of their trip—while overlooking Prague—that Clay proposed while reading Molly a journal entry he had written about meeting her for the first time. It was a true Czech Republic fairytale.

Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

The Inspiration

To coordinate with schedules, the couple wasted no time, planning an entire wedding in just over 30 days, allowing them to get back to Rwanda as a married couple and start their lives together there. The whole vibe of the wedding was tied around the comfort of the winter season, something the couple wouldn’t experience in Rwanda. The warm reds and navy, the mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen, it all came together in an elegant, inviting, warm and wintery occasion with a touch of vintage flair.

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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

How They Customized

Clay’s journal entry from the proposal was just the beginning. The couple incorporated many of the couple’s favorite vintage books that held special meanings for them, including “Anna Kerenina,” “This Side of Paradise” and “Wuthering Heights.” The guest table also included a vintage typewriter that displayed a quote from Clay’s journal.

Molly and Clay of course couldn’t forget about Rwanda. Clay’s mom decorated the groom’s cake table with Rwandan touches; they served Rwandan coffee at the reception, and even gave Rwandan coffee out as party favors.

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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

Sterling Imageworks
Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

The Professionals

Photographer: Sterling Imageworks, North Little Rock
Florist: Kelly Efird Flower Events, Hot Springs
Cakes: Ambrosia Bakery, Hot Springs
Caterer/drinks: The Arlington Hotel
  DJ: Jefferson Talbot, Hot Springs
  Wedding invitations: By Invitation Only, Little Rock
Wedding gown: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Wedding bands: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock
  Hair: Missy Henson, Malvern
  Honeymoon travel agent: Poe Travel, Little Rock
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Molly Gardner & Clay Parker Jan. 31, 2015 • The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs

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