Trends: Tastemaker Alex DeJohn Takes You Through Saying Hello

Even though the showroom just opened in November 2016, Alex and Bella Bridesmaids have become an authority in bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. When she is not making dreams a reality, Alex enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog Jasmine, traveling and enjoying the Natural State. Below, Alex acts as tastemaker for “Hello” trends, the best ways to welcome friends and family

Welcome Notes, THE SOCIAL TYPE Party Cups, Napkins, & Chocolate, SOUTHERN LIFE Party Straws, THE SOCIAL TYPE Mini Champagne, COLONIAL WINES & SPIRITS “Prepared for the Party Kit", TARGET Cute Box, HOBBY LOBBY Local Beer, COLONIAL WINES & SPIRITS Koozie, TotallyWeddingKoozies.Com

Photography by Jacob Slaton

The Details

Welcome Notes The Social Type, Little Rock
  Party Cups, Napkins & Chocolate Toffee Snacks Southern Life, Little Rock
Party Straws The Social Type, Little Rock
  Mini Champagne & Local Beer Colonial Wines & Spirits, Little Rock
  "Prepared for the Party Kit" —
Mini Advil Packet, Mints, Sunscreen
Target, statewide
  Cute Box Hobby Lobby, statewide
  Koozie TotallyWeddingKoozies.Com
Wedding Vendor We Love

Styled Shoot: Fig & Berry

A bounty of beautiful details can inspire your Natural State I Do's.

Photography by Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

The Professionals

  Vision, Floral Design & Styling Clarksville Florist, Clarksville
Photography Erin Wilson Photography
  Venue Heritage Acres Venue, Clarksville
  Cake Kneading Hands Bakery, Russellville
  Invitations Valerie Riordan
Wedding Gown Danielle's Bridal, Clarksville
Bridesmaids Attire Danielle's Bridal, Clarksville
Groom's Attire Danielle's Bridal, Clarksville
  Models Rashelle Smith (bride)
Cody Underhill (groom)
Addie Lasater (bridesmaid)
Halle Taverner (bridesmaid)
Wedding Vendor We Love

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Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Flowers

After all the big decisions like the venue, dress and color scheme have been made and your wedding vision is clear, the icing on the cake is always the florals.

While flowers are often the finishing touch, they are crucial to making a wedding vision come to life.

We discovered Arkansas brides are more into their florals than ever. Forty percent of brides surveyed said florals were one of the most important aspects of their big day in our 2017 Arkansas Wedding Report.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to pick your favorite blooms. First things first, check the wedding floral budget breakdown to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Find out what season your favorite flower peaks, what the experts are calling "Best in Bloom and then find a cheaper alternative to pricey blooms (read: peonies).

And, of course, if you’re still shopping for the right florist, browse the list of our favorite floral experts in the Vendors section.

Floral Budget Basics

The Cheat Sheet

Best in Bloom

Splurge vs Save


Hidden Gem Venue: Blue Spring Heritage Center

Melanie Myhre Photography

Blue Spring Heritage Center, located in Eureka Springs, is rich with Native American history and beautiful blooms during every season. There is over a mile of winding trails through the venue, and the gardens include crops, plants, flowers and healing herbs of the Ozarks. The historic bluff shelter, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and the second largest natural spring in Arkansas can both be found on the property. This venue is a true sanctuary of natural beauty that's perfect for picturesque, romantic wedding ceremonies.

The History

The property first began when it was purchased for just $1 an acre in 1857. Since then, the Blue Heritage Farm has been many things, such as a place for Girl Scouts and horseback riders. Today, the property belongs to John Cross. As a young boy, Cross grew up on the property with his grandfather, where they pushed cattle to the WPA sign that still hangs at the entrance.

“As a young native Eurekan, I grew up on the White River in the cattle business on my grandfather’s several White River Farms,” Cross said. “I not only pushed cattle back and forth across the river, but I was fishing, trapping, learned to swim in it and even got baptized in it.” 

In the late 1940s, a new owner turned the property into a tourist attraction by creating a garden that tourists paid to see. But after that wasn’t able to sustain itself, the bank ended up with the property and the John F. Cross Family Limited Partnership bought it.

Before the property was turned into the venue it is today, an archeologist and his students from the University of Arkansas uncovered 10,000-year-old artifacts that belonged to cave people and native Americans. Because of these finds, the property became a national registered site in 2002.

Melanie Myhre Photography

The Vision & Accommodations

From intimate gazebos nestled in the gardens to the Spring Terrace that can accommodate 500 guests, the natural history and beauty of Blue Spring Heritage Center has been restored and beautifully maintained.

After the site was nationally registered, the property was renamed Blue Spring Heritage Center and now consists of 250 acres with the second largest spring in Arkansas on its property. The spring produces 38 million gallons of water every day. The water it produces is drinkable and the purest in the area, according to the National Conservancy.

The property is also home to three miles of shoreline on Table Rock Lake (White River), and an old trading post that was used by Native Americans and Civil War soldiers as a resting place.  

For more information or to book your wedding or event, contact Blue Spring Heritage Center and their staff at or (479) 253-9244.

About the Photos

Melanie Myhre Photography shot Tyler and Kristine's wedding at Blue Springs this past fall, with a reception after at the Crescent Hotel. 

The Details:

Photographer: Melanie Myhre Photography 
Flowers: Carey’s Cassville Flowers
Wedding dress: David’s Bridal, Dallas
Tux: Mr. Tuxedo, El Dorado