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! 


New Venue Alert: The Brick Ballroom in Siloam Springs

Captured by Mary Photography

For brides looking for a beautifully renovated venue surrounded by a darling small-town downtown, The Brick Ballroom is just the place for you. The space, located in downtown Siloam Springs, features stunning plate-glass windows, a 2,000-square-foot dance floor and perks for days. This is one new venue you'll want to check out! 

The History

Southern California natives Heather and Jason Lanker fell in love with historic downtown Siloam Springs after moving there and owning a storefront for a number of years. 

The couple noticed a dilapidated building in the center town that Heather had always wanted to restore and use as an event center so others would be able to experience the town, too.

"So we jumped into the deep end of historic renovation in hopes that couples would fall in love with downtown Siloam and our venue as much as they have with each other," she says.

Captured by Mary Photography

The Space Itself

The 6,000-square-foot Brick Ballroom is located in the historic downtown Siloam Springs. Originally, the space was used as a Chevy dealership. It gradually fell into disrepair and had become an appliance repair shop before the Lankers bought it. The front of the building still had its original wood garage doors that cars would pull through to be serviced. Now, the front houses three retail spaces and the heart of the building is The Brick Ballroom, full of 100-year-old rafters and gorgeous iron–framed plate-glass windows.

Because the building is historic, the Lankers wanted to restore it using similar materials. So they replaced all the broken plate glass, refurbished a barn-like skylight above the dance floor, removed miles of pipes and power washed years of dirt from the aged rafters.

"My favorite, though, is the mezzanine," Heather says. "The original had to be torn down and rebuilt to code, but it was such an important part of the building that we built it back. It’s a perfect space that allows a band to play above the dance floor or could be used for introverts to just sit above the action and watch everyone enjoying the celebration."

Captured by Mary Photography

Overall, the Lankers tried to keep The Brick Ballroom a blank space that highlighted the unique features of this old building, while allowing our clients to make it uniquely theirs.

"The wood, concrete and brick are so well aged that they really hold the space together," Heather says. "But the windows and the trusses make you feel like you could float away, especially when you’re on the dance floor. Still, I think it’s the three humongous chandeliers that pull it all together. They bring a classiness that takes the space to another level."

What Brides Can Expect

Brides looking to book their wedding ceremony and/or reception at The Brick Ballroom can expect to pay $3,500 for Saturday rentals, $2,000 for Sunday and Friday rentals and $150/hour on weekdays (with a minimum 3-hour purchase). 

The Brick Ballroom offers lovely large windows that offer tons of natural light. There's also a 2,000-square-foot sprung dance floor perfect for a reception. There's also a large 40-foot-by-20-foot wall that can be turned into a backdrop for a video or photos with on-site projectors.

Captured by Mary Photography

"Couples can project almost anything thing they could think across the whole wall, but my favorite is when they project an outdoor scene," Heather says. "It really brings the outdoors in and makes you feel like you could walk right into another world."

When brides book at The Brick Ballroom, they're also getting the beautiful manicured Siloam Springs downtown, which makes a lovely backdrop for photos. In addition, there are also two beautiful creekside parks on either side of the venue. They both have a historic gazebo, a bridge and breathtaking views. 

Brides also get these perks in their booking:

  • 300 wood gold washed Napoleon chairs
  • 15 72” round tables that seat up to 12 people
  • access to the bar area, caterers space, mezzanine and bridal suite 
  • a separate entrance for caterers 

Captured by Mary Photography

Schedule a Tour

Heather says The Brick Ballroom already has 1-2 weddings per month booked through the summer. From the fall on, they have a steady flow through winter 2018 and into 2019.

If you're interested in seeing the space, Heather gives tours all the time. Call her at (479) 238-3376 to set up an appointment today. 

Wedding Details:

Bride and Groom: Bailey and Seth Long

Photography: Captured by Mary 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: