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!


6 Classic Arkansas Wedding Cakes to Inspire Yours

We'll have a piece of each, please. 

It's no big secret — wedding cake is one of the best parts of a wedding. And choosing your wedding cake is no easy feat. That's why we pulled some of our favorite cake photos from recently submitted weddings to inspire your wedding cake design dreams. You're welcome. 

Wedding: Lauren & Beau Britton
Bakery: Taste of Eden Bakery, Hot Springs

Whitney Bower Imaging

Wedding: Sela & Trey Hanna
Bakery: Sheryl’s Cakes N Goodies, Caraway

Kati Mallory Photo + Design

Wedding: Allison & Tyler Rooks
Bakery: Stephanie Boyd, Hensley

Meredith Benton Photography

Wedding: Hannah & Jesse Davidson
Bakery: Art Is In Cakes, Little Rock 

Lela & Lyla Photography

Wedding: Madison & Grant Murphree 
Bakery: Janice Butler

Erin Wilson Photography

Wedding: Shelby & Lane Bradshaw
Bakery: Art Is In Cakes, Little Rock

Sterling Imageworks

And if you're still looking for the perfect bakery to make your dream cake, we highly recommend these bakeries here. For more gorgeous cake inspo, check out some of the other Real Weddings we've featured in the past! 


Darby + Peter's Bloom-Filled Bentonville Engagement Session

Ashton Rail Photography

Centerton native Darby Laird and Fayetteville native Peter Ryan will say "I do" on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the brand-new Kindred North. We can't get enough of their lovely engagement sesh with Ashton Rail Photography. (Just look at those trees!!)

Here's their love story in Darby's words:

"Peter and I met when we were just 13 years old. He was the tall and skinny basketball player that all the girls had a crush on. I was the petite tomboy with my hair always pulled back in a ponytail. We 'dated' off and on for a few years, and by dated I mean sat beside each other during class, with the occasional hand hold and note pass. After switching schools in the 11th grade, we kept in touch off and on for several years.

P texted me our junior year in college to catch up one weekend he was home from college. He was still the tall, handsome guy I had known for years. But, something was different this time. We stayed out late talking for hours about life, our struggles, family, and relationships with the Lord. He came back home for the next couple of weekends and we continued to catch up and talk. I joke with P because it didn’t take him long to ask me to be his girlfriend with the sweetest letter that he mailed.

After two and a half years of memories, adding a sweet pup to our family, and lots of traveling back and forth to see each other, Peter asked me to be his wife. I’m pretty sure neither of us remember much of the words being said other than tears, 'wait, are you serious?' and 'YES!'"

Ashton Rail Photography

Ashton Rail Photography

Ashton Rail Photography


Top 4 Arts Venues in Arkansas

Whitney Bower Imaging

Arts venues make for a beautiful and unique wedding setting. Lucky for Arkansas brides, the state has a few incredible arts venues to offer. From a major American art museum in Bentonville to Little Rock's premier art museum — we've got you covered on the best of the best Arkansas has to offer. 

Arkansas Arts Center

Little Rock

The gorgeous Arkansas Arts Center is about to undergo a huge renovation and expansion with a projected opening date of early 2022. In the meantime, brides can choose to have their wedding or reception in one of the many spaces at the Arkansas Arts Center like the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.

Arkansas Arts Center

Life, Love, Stories by Carper Creative

Here's a fun real wedding we featured at the Walton Arts Center:

    Walton Arts Center


    The newly renovated Walton Arts Center is a stunning modern space for brides looking for something different than barns or ballrooms. The architecture of the building is stunning and features beautiful additions such as floor-to-ceiling windows, a signature chandelier, a grand staircase, an art gallery, a rose garden amphitheater and a black box theater — just imagine the photo ops! For more details about Walton Arts Center, read our feature on the venue here

    Miles Witt Boyer

    Miles Witt Boyer

    See how these wedding planners styled the Walton Arts Center:

      Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


      Of course, no arts venue roundup would be complete without the crown jewel of Arkansas museums, Crystal Bridges. This incredible venue's architecture alone makes for stunning wedding photos. Indoor spaces include the elegant Great Hall, with soaring wood-beamed ceilings and views of water on three sides. Crystal Bridges also offers outdoor beautiful lawns, gardens, and forest that sprawls across the museum’s 120-acre site.

      Miles Witt Boyer

      Stephanie Parsley Photography

      Stephanie Parsley Photography

      Here are two real weddings we've featured at the lovely Crystal Bridges:

      21c Museum Hotel


      For modern brides seeking a truly unique day, 21c Museum Hotel is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue in Bentonville. From rehearsal dinners to room blocks, outdoor ceremonies to rocking receptions, 21c offers an all-inclusive artful experience. 

      Steph Smith Weddings

      Lela & Lyla Photography

      Here are a few artsy real weddings we've featured at 21c: