Anne Claire Trieschmann & Christopher Post
October 26, 2019
Hamp Williams Building, Hot Springs
Chris Post locked eyes with Claire Trieschmann on the University of Arkansas campus in March 2016 and sparks flew. A few weeks later, Claire’s sorority and Chris’ fraternity had a function together at a skating rink. A mutual friend of theirs made sure Chris and Claire’s friend groups would meet up once they got to the rink.
“As if going up to Claire and introducing myself wasn’t hard enough, I had the added difficulty of doing it on skates,” Chris says. “After a few laps, I gathered enough courage to skate up to her and say hello. She had a warm welcoming confidence about her, and we ended up talking for the rest of the night, which resulted in me asking her to ice cream sometime over the next couple of days. She said that she’d love that, so I got her number, and the rest is history.”
It wasn’t until planning was underway that Claire’s theme came about. She fell in love with earthy colors and the idea of a modern boho wedding with traditional touches. Claire enlisted the help of Randi Slick of Signature Events who helped Claire translate all of her ideas into a seamless day. The couple chose to get ready and do their first look photos at Pine Hill Estates, located on Lake Hamilton. The ceremony and reception took place at Hamp Williams Building in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.
The wedding had a rich color palette of wine, champagne and cream. Claire dressed her bridesmaids in cabernet dresses and her house party wore champagne. Claire’s bouquet was a European hand-tied bouquet with white peach roses, pink ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, red hanging amaranthus, pepper berries and seeded eucalyptus.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
With 350 guests, the ceremony had to take place inside instead of in the courtyard. Claire’s dad created a massive distressed wood wall to use as their ceremony backdrop that Claire didn’t see until their rehearsal. The space was filled with warm candlelight cast by glowing lanterns lining the aisle, and a rustic wood arch with hanging protea, pampas grass, peach snapdragons and greenery turned the indoor space into a lush garden.
While the ceremony space was being flipped for the reception, Chris and Claire stole away for a private dinner and a special moment alone together. Meanwhile, guests were treated to a cocktail hour featuring wine and cheese in the courtyard. The wine had a special significance to the couple. Chris’ family owns Post Winery in Altus, Arkansas, and all of the wine at the wedding was Post. They paired a variety of Post wine with a massive charcuterie board displayed atop wine barrels. The bartender also served Post grape juice to the little ones.
As for her reception style, Claire’s vision was for it to be like walking into an Anthropologie store. The room was decorated with wood farmhouse tables, vintage-inspired lanterns, dried flowers, greenery and mix-matched vases. Couches with bohemian rugs and standing bar tables flanked the room. They used the courtyard for additional seating with pillows, blankets and a s’mores bar, as well as a hot chocolate and coffee bar for the chilly fall evening.
Claire’s go-to tip for fellow brides is to find a time to be alone with your groom on the big day. “Whether it be to pray, have a meal or whatever you think up,” she says. “It truly helped me stop and take a second to soak everything in, while also allowing me to cherish a sweet moment with my new husband.”Claire wanted the room to feel like walking into an Anthropologie store, with farmhouse tables, lanterns, dried flowers, greenery and mix-matched vases.
|WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE|
|Venue||Hamp Williams Building, Hot Springs|
|Planning, rentals, lighting||Signature Events, Hot Springs|
|Florist||Kelly Efird Flower Events, Hot Springs|
|Cake||Ambrosia Bakery, Hot Springs|
|Caterer||Taco Mama, Hot Springs|
|Rehearsal dinner venue||Hot Springs Country Club|
|Photography||Kelsie Crockett Photography|
|Linens, vases, wood tables||Host Rentals, Bentonville|
|Drink service||Post Winery, Altus|
|DJ||DJ Xavier Riley|
|Invitations||Minted.com and Kwik Print, Hot Springs|
|Groom & groomsmen attire||Mr. Tux, Fayetteville|
|Engagement ring||HPerry Jewelers, Fayetteville|
|Wedding bands||Evermore, Fayetteville|
|Makeup||Adrianne Brooks with Whiplash Beauty, Hot Springs|
|Transportation||Hot Springs Trolley|