Caroline Ray & Jake Slaughter
November 14, 2020
Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens & Hot Springs Country Club
Caroline and Jake met in their junior year of high school and were friends for years before they finally started dating. When they started going to separate colleges, that dating had to be done long distance. Jake proposed by the water at Black Bayou in Monroe, Louisiana in fall 2019.
PLANNING DURING A PANDEMIC
In 2020, Jake’s baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19, so they spent the entire year in the same city together while planning. After spending such a long time doing long distance, it was actually a blessing for them.
JoBeth McElhanon of Lilias & Olive helped make their dreams of a classic, traditional and timeless wedding a reality, even with the challenges of a pandemic. They chose to get married at Garvan Woodland Gardens’ famous Anthony Chapel because it would not only be a beautiful location for a destination wedding, but also a testament to their faith.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
Caroline sewed part of her late paternal grandmother’s dress into her own dress from Unveiled Bridal Collection in Little Rock. She held her maternal grandmother’s Bible along with her bouquet as she walked down the aisle to carry on a family tradition and honor her grandmother who could not attend because of COVID-19.
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|WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE|
|Ceremony venue||The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs|
|Reception and rehearsal dinner venue||Hot Springs Country Club|
|Caterer and drink service||Hot Springs Country Club|
|Florist||Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock|
|Furniture rentals||Party Time Rental & Events, Little Rock|
|Ceremony music||Rebecca Bingham - Bingham Music Agency, Hot Springs|
|Wedding dress and veil||Unveiled Bridal Collection, Little Rock|
|Photography||Lela & Lyla Photography|
|Videography||NiLo Production Co., Van Buren|
|Wedding planner||JoBeth McElhanon of Lilias & Olive, Little Rock|
|More rentals||BBJ Linens and La Tavola, Hot Springs|
|Lighting||CWP Productions, Little Rock|
|Band||The Party Jammers (RAM Entertainment), Memphis|
|Invitations||By Invitation Only, Little Rock|
|Bridesmaid dresses||Revelry, Hot Springs|
|Groom and groomsmen attire||Men's Wearhouse|
|Jeweler||Juniker Jewelry Co. Madison, Mississippi|
|Hair and makeup||Adrianne Brooks of Whiplash Beauty, Hot Springs|
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