SAVANNAH NALL & CHRISTOPHER HART
June 4, 2022 | Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography | Private Residence in Brookland
Savannah & Christopher met through a mutual friend in downtown Little Rock in January of 2020. After the COVID-19 outbreak, the world shut down and they have spent every day together since. When Christopher was planning to propose, he brought Savannah to her childhood home for a birthday celebration with her family, or so she thought. When they arrived at the house, he asked her to go on a walk with him out to the dock that overlooked the pond in their backyard.
“While we were walking I started getting teary-eyed, knowing where he was leading me,” Savannah said. “It was the most thoughtful, perfect proposal. Then, we went to Jonesboro Country Club, where I was surprised [by] all our friends and family waiting to celebrate with us. It was truly the most perfect day.”
Savannah & Christopher’s wedding was held at her parent’s home in Brookland, the same place he proposed. Their wedding colors were white and green to emphasize the natural elements, plus touches of gold and black to elevate the formality of the day. They hired Jonathan Parkey as their wedding planner and Savannah is thankful for his thoroughness because it made the wedding day feel like a breeze!
Q & A
Q: What inspired your floral design?
“My dream was for the front tent to feel like a garden party with more greenery and the big tent to feel more formal,” Savannah said. “I wanted people to feel the intimacy of having it at my childhood home but I also wanted our guests to feel like they were transported to a ballroom in the big tent.”
Q: Did you hire a planner?
“Jonathan Parkey was my biggest blessing planning my wedding,” Savannah said. “He took care of everything. His level of expertise and commitment to my expectations was incredible…It took a huge weight off of my shoulders to delegate most tasks to him. He was so organized and there was nothing that I threw at him that he couldn’t handle.”
Q: What was one must-have detail from day one planning?
“I knew I wanted it to be an experience for our guests that traveled near and far to come and celebrate us,” Savannah said. “From the moment our guests arrived, we wanted them to know how truly thankful we were that they had come to our wedding. When our guests arrived at the hotel we had put together welcome boxes with a personalized thank you card, drinks, snacks, and personalized cookies of our two dogs.”
Q: What is your secret to wedding planning success?
“Bite off a little at a time. If possible, hire a planner and hire one that you truly trust. Delegate tasks and ask for help. Have fun and dream big!”
MOMENTS & MEMORIES
They decided to have a private dinner after the ceremony while the rest of their guests and vendors moved to the reception tent. No cameras, no guests to entertain—just the two of them for a few moments.
WEDDING GUEST HIGHLIGHT
“The Taco Bell,” Savannah said. “Everyone appreciated all the small formal details, but the thing that we have gotten the most comments on was the Taco Bell being served at the end of the night.”
TAKE IT FROM ME
“My advice for new brides is don’t sweat the small stuff,” Savannah said. “Hire a planner, they are there to make sure you don’t know about the small stuff on the big day. There are no rules, do your wedding however you want. And remember, it's really only about one thing, you and your person and your love.”
WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE
Design & Planning: Jonathan Parkey; Photography: Kati Mallory; Videography: Nelson Film and Photography; Tent & Rentals: White Door Events; Catering: Gina’s Catering; Bar: Kentreal Gentry; Wine: Casey Johnson with Scout and Cellar; Cake: Flour Garden; Stationery: By Invitation Only; Hair: Hannah McFadden, Vanstone Salon and Spa; Makeup: Sarah Meyer; Band: Memphis Soul Revue; Transportation: Arkansas Destinations, Tennessee Limousine