Our Top 5 Trends from the Spring/Summer 2018 Issue

Jason Masters

The stats are in. These beautiful wedding details are on trend with the results of our 2017 Arkansas Wedding Report — and we’re loving them all.


Arkansas’ jewelers are some of the finest in the country.

Not only do they have exquisite pieces, but they treat their brides and grooms like family.

This might be why 41 percent of Arkansas brides said they purchased or were gifted fine jewelry to wear on their wedding day.

Consider these gorgeous earrings from LAURAY'S (left) or others from our fashion section.


Lela & Lyla Photography

More brides described their wedding color as “white/ivory” than any other color. This was a big shift to a more classic, traditional hue than when “pink/blush” was the No. 1 wedding color in 2015. Flip through our real weddings section to see just how many brides chose white/ivory.


Kati Mallory Photo + Design

Thirty-six percent of brides said they chose their caterer after being referred by a friend. Well, count us as your friend, and look inside our digital edition to discover the state’s best caterers and bakeries from each region.


Whitney Bower Imaging

Our survey revealed that 62 percent of brides used rental services (tents, lighting, etc.) to create their dream weddings. Throughout this issue, you’ll spot unique and versatile rentals, like these beautiful lounge rentals from Hank’s Event Rentals.


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It’s still more popular to have bridesmaids match (59 percent) versus letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses (13 percent). We’re still loving that tradition thanks to the options Arkansas’ bridal boutiques are carrying, like these dresses from Tesori.


New Venue Alert: Greystone Estate

Jason Hudson Photography

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind upscale wedding venue, Greystone Estate is just the place. The spacious estate located on Beaver Lake in Rogers has recently expanded its offerings from an executive retreat destination to a full-service wedding venue.

The History

When Samantha and Rowdy Mott became engaged, the two did what every other engaged couple does — they looked for the perfect wedding venue. The two already owned a ranch in Washburn, Missouri, but it wasn’t necessarily “wedding ready”.

“After much discussion, we decided that having our wedding at the ranch would be most meaningful to us, so we began renovations on what now is Rockford Grange,” Samantha says. “We’ve enjoyed sharing Rockford Grange with the public so much that when Greystone Estate was obtained by our family, we decided to go in the same direction and open it up for others to enjoy as well.”

Jason Hudson Photography

Coincidentally, Rockford Grange and Greystone Estate share quite a bit of history — not just the same current owners. Greystone Estate was built by Willard Robertson, a local icon to the area in the 1960s. His home base was Greystone Estate and he built what is now the venue, cabins, and other recreational accommodations at Rockford Grange for his Olympic training in martial arts.

“The previous owners of Greystone, the Soderquist family, also share ties to our family,” Samantha says. “Specifically, Don Soderquist who was a mentor to Randy, Rowdy’s father, during his career at Walmart.”

Jason Hudson Photography

The Space Itself

Greystone Estate was built in 1967, and has been impeccably reserved ever since. The entire home is constructed out of 2,000 tons of Ozark grey marble and took seven years to finish building. The home’s raw materials, furniture, lighting and décor were imported from various countries, Samantha says.

“Much of the home is lined with hand-crafted wood such as mahogany and English Oak and boasts several impressive Austrian chandeliers,” she adds. “Other parts of the home include imported marble countertops and floors as well as gold fixtures on the bathroom faucets and sinks.”

Luxury, indeed.

What Brides Can Expect

For brides looking for exclusivity in their wedding venue, Greystone Estate offers just that.

Jason Hudson Photography

“Greystone Estate is a unique venue in that there will be a limited number of weddings allowed each year,” Samantha says. “As one of the region’s most glorious and private estates, we intend to keep it exclusive in nature. The cost of a wedding package at Greystone ranges from $15,000-$30,000 depending on the use of the venue and if they choose the option to utilize our five-star overnight accommodations.”

In addition to overnight accommodations, Greystone Estate offers a variety of services including table and chair set up, valet parking and on-site concierge.

Looking Ahead

Since the Motts only recently opened Greystone Estate up for weddings, they haven’t yet hosted a wedding on the premises — but they are now taking bookings! In addition to weddings, the couple hosts many executive retreats that are scheduled through Milestone Leadership Powered by Soderquist.

“We look forward to sharing this space with Arkansas and the surrounding region and hope to see many brides and grooms celebrate their unification at Greystone Estate,” Samantha says.

Jason Hudson Photography

For more information about Greystone Estate or Rockford Grange, contact the Motts at 479-422-1444 or


Choose Your Wedding Venues: Arkansas' Best Reception, Rehearsal Dinner & Ceremony Spaces

Steph Smith Weddings

The Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm in Fayetteville | From the wedding of Riley and Kyle Ahern

From grand ballrooms to rustic barns and everything in between, Arkansas has a wide variety of wedding venues to choose from. But how do you decide between such amazing options? Or, better yet, how do you find a venue that fits all your criteria?

100 guests? No problem. 300? Easy. 500+? Done.

Want a place where you can bring in your own caterer or a venue that does it all for you? We've still got you covered.

Every venue we list in our print edition is organized by type and regional location in Arkansas, and to save you time, we went ahead and listed whether each location offers on-site catering, has an outdoor area, what each venues' max capacity is, and included all the contact info you need to reach out to the venue and learn more!

We know you'll find the perfect venue for your big day! But hurry, you want to book it before another bride does.

Happy planning!


Arkansas Wedding Cakes & Caterers: A Comprehensive List of Arkansas' Best Bakers

Kati Mallory Photo + Design

Macarons by Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock | From the wedding of Kara and Gary Jones

Your wedding cake will be the centerpiece of your reception. The bakers and caterers inside Arkansas Bride's comprehensive guide can help you deliver the goods on your big day.

  • Click here to browse through Arkansas bakeries and food preparers. You can search by keyword or by area.

  • Or click here to see the listings as they appear in the digital edition of Arkansas Bride.