We preach this message year-round: “Make it your own. Mix it up. Break tradition. Personalize. Do something unexpected. Just do you!”

It stands to reason then, that we too must shake things up and do things differently. So we did.

Real WeddingTia Booth & Taylor Mock
Photography: Lela & Lyla Photography

In this special edition, we re-imagined a great deal. From skipping our fashion shoot (sort of) to adding an entire section on BRIDAL BEAUTY to plugging in 11-plus pages for REAL WEDDINGS (making room for 10 more I dos!)—cover to cover, there’s newness in every nook and cranny.

An exciting new INSPIRATION department, which debuted last issue, is home to destination weddings, elopements, pre-wedding fêtes we fell in love with, and styled shoots curated by creative vendors. This department is back and packed with even more fresh ideas.

The TABLESCAPES section is always a favorite, but we challenged our vendor friends to do something new with unexpected inspiration. Their décor was inspired by “the one”—dream wedding dresses and their vibes. You will be amazed by the creations Arkansas wedding planners and floral designers dreamt up for this assignment.

This edition is chock full of fanciful feasts for the eyes—none more so than the LATE-NIGHT EATS plated for your consideration on page 36. As frequent wedding guests, we know that comfort foods are crowd-pleasers (and practically ensure your friends and family are fueled till midnight). These foodie faves may not be typical catering choices, but isn’t it time to serve something unique? We thought so too.

Being true to yourself during wedding planning is one of the most important ways to guarantee your wedding is one-of-a-kind, but trusting the professionals is a close second. This is why one thing we never do differently is compile a list of reputable wedding pros to hire for your big day. Our WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE list is limited to partners we prefer to work with (and we know will work well with you!). Not just anyone can become an Arkansas Bride partner, because who we recommend to you matters. Positive. Personable. Honest. Experienced. Talented. Up-and-coming. Kind. Imaginative. Punctual even. These are just a few of the things we look for in the vendors you’ll find in this resource. 

Enjoy this issue of Arkansas Bride. I know you will find countless ways to make your wedding different—and I can’t wait to see the photos when you’re done!

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