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Nov
15

Leah + Andrés Beautiful Vineyard Engagement Sesh

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Leah Horak and Dr. Andrés Vargas Estrada met while working in a lab in Iowa a little over two years ago. Andrés was finishing his Interventional Cardiology fellowship and Leah was an Interventional Radiology Technologist. 

"We joke because we first met one another showing nothing but our eyes, due to the hat and mask we were required to wear during the procedures," Leah says. "So essentially, my eyes are what won him over."

Andrés proposed last December at Leah's family home in Iowa. He took her outside on Leah's parents' 3.5 acres and dropped down on one knee. The two will say their I Dos at Heritage Acres on Nov. 16, 2019. 

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Nov
14

Sunny + Bright Farmhouse Styled Shoot at Kindred Barn

The Montoya Collective

It's as if Joanna Gaines dreamt up a colorful and bright farmhouse-inspired wedding day and we're 100% here for it. We love this sunny and sweet styled shoot created by Kate & Company Arkansas and captured by The Montoya Collective. Scroll on to see some of our favorite details.

The Details

Designer/planner: Kate & Company Arkansas
Photographer: The Montoya Collective
Florals: Stems by Em
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Bridal gown: Tesori
Makeup: Pa Moua with Makeup With Pa
Venue: Kindred Barn

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

The Montoya Collective

Nov
12

Mary + Derek's Moody, Romantic Bentonville Wedding

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Mary Semon & Derek Walker

April 19, 2019 / Bentonville
Record

Thank goodness for retail jobs! Mary Semon and Derek Walker met while working at Abercrombie & Fitch after college. Derek recognized Mary and he asked her out quickly after they started working together. 

Years later, the two took a trip to New York City during Christmastime. While they were there, they looked at rings — so Mary knew a proposal was coming soon. The year passed, holidays passed, and two days before their fifth anniversary, Derek proposed. 

“Derek had spent weeks planning and tricked me by saying he was in meetings all day, but really had left work early to decorate our kitchen,” she says. “I walked in after my workout (disgusting) and was completely surprised — he had strung lights all over the kitchen and had candles everywhere. He had put together a playlist and it was all perfect. And then we had our favorite dinner from Saiwok to celebrate.”

Read on to find out the details behind the couple’s beautiful modern boho wedding at Record Downtown in Bentonville. 

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On the gown: I reached out to Joon Bridal and scheduled a fitting. Beth was so sweet and helpful, and we tried on dresses until finding the one — a romantic lace Made with Love gown with a train. I added a front slit for a little drama, and a long veil for the ceremony.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On those pretty florals: We worked with Zuzu’s and Cindy was incredible with what she designed. I wanted the cake wall to be dramatic. Cindy used greenery, palms, pampas and blooms, which were then repeated on the ceremony arch. The boutonnieres were a mix of greenery and blooms. My bouquet was mostly white, and the bridesmaids mixed in some roses.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On flower girl fashion: Jade wore a tiered white tulle and lace dress. She had a basket with petals to throw but instead walked down the aisle holding her puppy and her flower crown. We were just happy she had finished her Sonic fries.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On the venue: We wanted a modern venue, one that was minimal and could be decorated to our style. The Record was perfect because we were able to set up the North Room for both the ceremony and reception. We love Bentonville and the square, so having it there allowed for us to do the pictures on the square after the ceremony, and for our guests to go out after the reception ended.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On her wedding style: I wanted the flowers to be the focus, and the room was built around the cake wall and the ceremony arch. The bar has a massive arrangement in the middle and then two of our favorite candles to make the whole room smell like Volcano. We love Bentonville and had Yeyo’s cater a taco bar. We went outside after the ceremony and walked through our friends tossing flower petals which was fun and gave us some of my favorite pictures.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On wedding decor: We had long farmhouse tables, eucalyptus runners, candles and grey linen napkins. The head table had an arrangement that spilled over the front of the table. We used two peacock chairs for our chairs, and moved the ceremony arch behind our seats during the reception. I had cocktail napkins made that said “Drunk in Love” and “Love on the Brain.” My friend built the easel for our wedding sign. As a fun surprise, we had cookies that were our cat’s face on the favors table. Outside Victory & Co. created a seating area.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On her cake: Earth and Honey made us a three-tiered cake that was champagne with lavender on two layers and the middle was lemon. The icing was textured and Zuzu’s added some blooms.

Stephanie Parsley Photography

On the moment they were declared man and wife: We were so happy! My friend officiated the ceremony and he actually forgot the rings! We wrote our own vows, and then did the traditional vows and Gabe went straight to the end. We had to say, “The rings!” So we were laughing up to the end.

The Details

Photography: Stephanie Parsley

Month-of coordinator: Victory & Co., Little Rock

Florist: Zuzu’s Petals & Gifts, Fayetteville

Furniture rentals: Victory & Co., Little Rock, Hank’s Event Rentals, Little Rock, Somthin Borrowed, Rogers

Cake: Earth + Honey Cakes, Rogers

Other desserts: Alexander Baking Co., Rogers

Caterer: Yeyo’s, Bentonville

DJ: DJ Afrosia, Fayetteville

Invitations: Minted

Wedding dress: Joon Bridal, Fayetteville

Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN and Asos

Groom/groomsmen attire: Indochino through the Black Tux

Jeweler: Catbird, New York City

Hair: Anna Evans

Makeup: Adriann Duncan

Venue: Record Downtown, Bentonville

Nov
6

5 Ways to Shower Your Hostesses with Thanks

Photo courtesy of Tipton & Hurst

When it comes to hostess gifts, brides often tell us they feel they’ve “been there, done that.” They’re over the standard monogrammed dish towel and tote bag. They want a unique way to show their appreciation to family and friends throwing them wedding showers and parties.

To help them out, we’re sharing our top five Pinterest-worthy picks:

Bud vases

You can never go wrong with a bud vase. With near-endless options at every price point, it’s easy to find one that fits your hosts’ styles. Fill with seasonal bulk or wholesale flowers and tie with a ribbon for a picture-perfect gift.

Candles

These are at the top of our list, and for good reason. From fan-favorite Volcano to the sophisticated Michael Aram line, you can choose from any number of candle brands for a quick, simple and reliable gift.

Glassware

A true classic, glassware is always in style. Go all-in on the wedding theme and show your love with a Simon Pearce heart. If you’re more of a traditionalist, opt for a small catchall bowl.

Home accessories

For those who are willing to splurge, consider china. Beautiful and timeless, we recommend porcelain items like Herend’s monogrammed coasters, small baskets and wedding cake figurines.

Frames

Is there such a thing as too many picture frames? We think not. Whether you choose metal, wood or plastic, this affordable gift item can be easily personalized to each recipient.

Wedding planning can be stressful. But picking the right hostess gift doesn’t have to be. With these ideas as your guide, you can relax and enjoy the celebrations instead. Cheers!

Chris Norwood is the vice president of Tipton & Hurst, the state’s leading florist since 1886 with five locations in central Arkansas. For more information, visit TiptonHurst.com.