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May
24

Arkansas Bride Presents 14 Real Weddings from the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue

You've got the white dress. The bridesmaids confirmed. You've set the date. You've even been promised somethings old, new, borrowed and blue. But what kind of personal touch can you put on your big day? Check out these 14 real weddings in Arkansas from the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of Arkansas Bride for some great ideas that you can put to use in your own way.

Former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley & Country Star Shay Mooney

Natural Dam


Amelia Coates & Riley Marquis

Eureka Springs


Shelby Lovelace & Lane Bradshaw

Little Rock


Sela Barrow & Trey Hanna

Leachville


Soon Howard & Nick Glover

Centerton


Cameron Housley & Beau Sutherland Jr.

Bentonville


Mary Lauren English & Beau Britton Jr.

Hot Springs


Theera Rojanapremsuk & Michael Clarke

Mountain Home


Blakelee Lane & Justin Rausin

Glenwood


Cynthia Thompson & Jakeb Durham

Hot Springs


Hannah Browning & Koby Long

Roland


Allison Marie McMinn & Tyler David Rooks

Stuttgart


Hannah Ruth LeMay & Jesse Lee Barker Davidson

Little Rock


Brittany Cason & Esteban Rodriguez

Hot Springs


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
3

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Wedding: Aileen + Grant

Two Carters Photography

We couldn't help but fall in love with Aileen Ramos and Grant Hignight's incredible wedding fiesta at The Ravington. And what better day to share it with you all than Cinco de Mayo? Enjoy!

The Couple

Grant and Aileen are both buyers for Sam’s Club. The two would see each other and hear about each other at meetings, especially since Aileen was on the team that bought K-cups and Grant was on the team that bought Keurigs. They dated for a few months during the winter of 2014 before they really knew it was love.

The proposal happened during a trip to Washington D.C. and New York City with Aileen's parents. All the while, Grant had been planning a secret proposal during their time in NYC. He proposed in front of the Flatiron Building, which happens to be Aileen's favorite building in the city. He sent out emails with maps on where everyone needed to hide and even flew his parents up so they could be there for the big proposal. "I was shocked and said yes after a lot of ugly crying," Aileen says. "That was a great day."

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

The Wedding

Date: March 30, 2018
Venue: The Ravington, Centerton
Headcount: 200 guests 

The Inspiration

When it came time to plan their wedding, Aileen knew she wanted to draw on her family's Mexican heritage. The result was a totally unique and colorful celebration of life, love and family.

"I also LOVED the movie Coco," she said. "After I watched that, I knew that we could do something special and unique that celebrated both of our cultures."

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

How They Customized

Since the entire wedding was already a special marriage of Grant and Aileen's family cultures, the couple went all out with the Mexican fiesta vibe. Aileen's aunts who were coming from Mexico brought in colorful decor for the Ravington's patio that included papel picado (the fun hanging banners), the talavera vases for the reception tables and the tissue flowers which were used for the arches. The couple also had Yeyo’s outside with a taco cart making food on the spot, as well as Wright’s Barbecue inside for dinner.

Grant and Aileen also had a local Mariachi band that joined the guests for cocktail hour, which added great entertainment and really brought the outdoor area to life. Since no fiesta is complete without tequila, Aileen's mom brought some small jugs for shots. Not only were they adorable and festive, but they were great gifts for guests to remember the wedding by.

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

One of Aileen's favorite moments of the night happened during the reception. The couple hired Boom Kinetic for to play during the reception and they invited Grant up on the stage to show off his drumming skills. 

"He drummed to the song 'Brown Eyed Girl' and I ran up on the mic and sang some parts of the hook," she says. "That was a total blast and will be one of the most memorable parts of our wedding."

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

Two Carters Photography

The Details

Photographer: Two Carters Photography, Bentonville
Event planner/designer: Gala Garage, Fayetteville
Florist: Enchanted Designs, Bentonville 
Rental companies: Eventfully Yours Parties, Rentals & Gifts, Fayetteville, Gala Garage, Fayetteville 
Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville
Cakes: Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville 
Caterer: Yeyo’s Mexican Grill, Bentonville; Wright’s Barbecue, Johnson
Drinks service: Gala Garage, Fayetteville
Mariachi band: Mariachi Esencia de America
Band: Boom Kinetic, Fayetteville
Ceremony music: Brenda Cox, harpist
Wedding stationery: Moxy Ox, Springdale
Bridal boutique: Couture Bridal, Springdale
Veil: Tesori, Fayetteville
Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal
Groom/groomsmen attire: Suit Supply
Engagement ring and band: Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, Rogers
Hair: NWA Occasions, Bentonville
Makeup: Genoa Falar Walls
Rehearsal dinner venue: Tavola Trattoria, Bentonville
Staffing for setup, food service and the cleanup crew: Bohemian Geeks, Springdale 

Apr
30

Arkansas Bride: Whitney Mullins

Kelly Kate Photography

Whitney Mullins and Nathan Elsinger of Conway said their vows on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and now we can share her beautiful bridal portraits. Kelly Kate Photography took these stunning bridals of Whitney at Lake Willastein in Maumelle, and we are in love with the way the venue showcases her gorgeous, long lace veil and gown while also showcasing her jewelry.

The Details

Photography: Kelly Kate Photography
Bridal boutique: David's Bridal
Bouquet: Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe
Venue: Lake Willastein, Maumelle 
Makeup: Kayla Andrews 
Hair: Lauren Cook, The Beauty Bar

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography

Kelly Kate Photography