Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart Jr.
May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Photos by Ashley Carson Photography

When Rochester, N.Y. native Tom Hart, Jr. and Margaret Hart, originally of Little Rock, were invited to a Los Angeles-based bash for the 2011 Super Bowl, they never suspected that a mutual friend intended to turn the football matchup into a matchmaking ploy. The pal’s game-day guise inspired an unforgettable introduction, kicking off a yearlong romance. After asking Margaret's parents for her hand in marriage, Tom surprised Margaret with a proposal at the St. Regis on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in May 2012.

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

BRIDE'S INSPIRATION

The couple went for "California wine country chic" in a pastoral Southern setting for their wedding. To highlight the elegant, rustic setting, designer Todd Bagwell chose a khaki/taupe foundation color and used some of Margaret’s favorite “punchy” shades, such as oranges, pinks, yellows, pale reds and others, as accents. He used linen and silk fabrics in floral, polka dot and geometric prints to “add a whimsical, yet sophisticated flair to the furnishings and tabletops,” she says.

“Having been to a number of friends weddings in the South, it was important to me that the occasion not be anything most people, particularly Tom's New York-based family, had experienced,” she adds.

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED

All of the tiny details played a huge role on the big day. The custom save-the-dates for guests set the tone for the wedding. The couple played up the barn theme by selecting a horseshoe as the wedding logo, using it on burlap gift bags for guests staying at area hotels, on cups within the bags and on the wedding-day stationary and tea towels. They also created small linen cocktail napkins monogrammed in the same color that the wedding invitations were engraved in. And they used all of Margaret’s mother and grandmother’s linen napkins during dinner.

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

HAPPY FEET

Since Margaret works for YouTube, the part of the reception when the entire wedding danced to viral video sensation “Gangnam Style” by Psy was a big highlight. “Everyone from 5-year-olds to the 70-year-olds were giving it their best ‘Gangnam Style’ dance interpretation,” Margaret says.

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

THE DETAILS  
  Photographer: Ashley Carson Photography, Little Rock
  Event Designer: Todd Bagwell, Little Rock & New York City
Florist: Tipton Hurst, Little Rock
Catering/Drinks: Café 1217, Hot Springs
  Cakes: Tracy Cakes, Little Rock
  DJ: DJ Blake Ward, Dallas
Ceremony Music: John Jarboe String Quartet, Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
  Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon, Los Angeles
  Bridesmaids Attire: Neiman Marcus
  Groom’s Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue
  Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos.Com
  Jeweler: Donna’s Jewelry, Chicago
  Hair: Joel’s Salon, Little Rock
  Transportation: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
     
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