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Oct
22

Melissa + Michael Little Rock Engagement

Erin Wilson Photography

Melissa Levy and Michael Barre grew up a mile from each other in Little Rock, but they never met until the day of a mutual friend's wedding. Now the two are getting married themselves!

Here's the proposal story from Melissa:

Around October, we had talked about getting married, and we had looked at rings, so I had a feeling it would be semi soon. Michael had asked me if there were any requests for his proposal. I told him I didn’t want it to be on a holiday. I felt like a holiday proposal would be too expected, and I wanted to be surprised. He said, “Ok so how soon after a holiday?” Every year his family does Thanksgiving at Red Apple Inn & Country Club in Heber Springs. We met them on the golf course the day after Thanksgiving for their annual family Thanksgiving scramble. After 18 holes of golf, Michael's family went to watch the Razorback football game.

Michael was putting his golf clubs in the truck, and he suggested we go to the club house to look at the pretty views of the lake. I thought it was a weird request, but I thought, whatever, I’ll just go. We get out on the deck, and he started acting super weird. I even called him out on it and jokingly said, “Why are you acting so weird? Are you about to propose?” He said, “No. Why would I do that here?” Well, 2 minutes later, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him! I asked for no holidays, so he proposed the day after! 

Photographer Erin Wilson took these incredible engagement pics, and we're happy to share them.

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

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Oct
19

Katy's Summertime Capitol Bridal Shoot

Meredith Benton Photography

Katy McGee Masters of North Little Rock married Taylor Masters of Bryant on June 30 in a summer wedding. Katy's lush green bridal portraits remind us of everything we love about summertime as well as the classic beauty of a white veil and earrings.

The Details

Photographer:  Meredith Benton Photography
Venue: Arkansas State Capitol & Downtown Little Rock
Bridal boutique: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers
Bouquet: Fairy Tale Florals

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

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Oct
19

A Guide to the Perfect Bachelorette Weekend in Little Rock

Lela & Lyla Photography

You booked the venue, sent out the invites and said yes to the dress, but what about that last fun night with all your closest friends? The bachelorette party is a time to celebrate your besties, but you need to do a little planning to make the night (or weekend) truly memorable. Whether you're a hometown bride or someone looking to get out of town, Little Rock is the place to be for the bachelorette party of your wildest dreams.

First, you need a place to stay. You probably have friends arriving from all over the state, and with last-minute wedding plans spread all over your kitchen table, you don't particularly want them at your place. Besides, you deserve a night in a fancy hotel before your big day.

Hotels

  1. Capital Hotel

Vibe: Classy, elegant and Southern.

Why You Should Book Now: The Capital Hotel is part of Historic Hotels of America and includes the restaurant One Eleven at the Capital, not to mention the Capital Bar & Grill. Plus, you can stay in a suite or king room.

Cost: The Grand Capital Suite is $195/night.

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

  1. DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock

Vibe: Fun, exciting and in the loop.

Why You Should Book Now: DoubleTree is in a convenient location in the midst of Downtown and close to the airport for your out-of-town friends. You also wake up to a gorgeous view of the Arkansas River.

Cost: A king bed, 2-room suite runs about $184/night.

  1. Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown

Vibe: Sleek, energetic and vibrant.

Why You Should Book Now: Hilton Garden Inn puts you in an ideal location where all of Downtown is within walking distance. You can hit the River Market for some fun or explore the classy business district. Plus, they have a new rooftop bar with a great view.

Cost: A king, queen and sofa bed, 2-room suite will cost you $189/night.

  1. Courtyard Little Rock Downtown by Marriott

Vibe: Modern, upscale and urban.

Why You Should Book Now: The prime location puts you right next to the River Market District, and ladies, there’s a Starbucks in the building. You can also eat dinner at the Bistro and enjoy the courtyard fire pit at night.

Cost: A king and sofa bed, 2-room suite is $179/night.

  1. Embassy Suites by Hilton Little Rock

Vibe: Chill, peaceful and natural.

Why You Should Book Now: Located in West Little Rock, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, but you have easy access to the city’s amazing features as well as the natural beauty of Pinnacle Mountain.

Cost: A king bed, 2-room suite runs about $139/night.

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Now that you've booked where you and your squad are staying for the night, you need primo dinner plans. Whether you're feeling classy, adventurous or casual, Little Rock has a restaurant for you.

Restaurants

  1. Trio’s Restaurant & Catering

Vibe: Chill, cozy and comfortable.

Food: Seafood, Tex-Mex, pasta and Southern-standard beef tenderloins and chicken. A little of everything.

Reservation & Cost: The Pavillion Room for 50 people or less is $50, but the reservation deposit is $100.

  1. Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Vibe: Elegant, memorable and exclusive.

Food: Prime steak, seafood and decadent desserts.

Reservation & Cost: The private Crystal Room holds 8-14 people. Entrees range from $22 to $52.

  1. Cache Restaurant

Vibe: Classy, fun and chic.

Food: Steak, seafood and pasta.

Reservation & Cost: You can reserve an upstairs balcony, Private Dining Room or Banquet Room. Entrees range from $19 to $56.

  1. Brave New Restaurant

Vibe: Old World, hipster and unique.

Food: French-inspired menu with seafood, steak and duck. Also wine and roasted coffee.

Reservation & Cost: You can reserve a private dining room, but the whole restaurant only seats 68 people. Entrees range from $16.50 to $37.

  1. South on Main

Vibe: Artistic, Southern and cute.

Food: Southern food including steak, chicken and fish.

Reservation & Cost: You can reserve private spaces for events.

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Activities

Treat yourself:

  1. Little Rock Day Spa & Lash Bar Treat yourself and your friends, too, with these great spa packages for an entire bachelorette party. You deserve a massage before the big day!

  2. Face Your Day — This beauty salon offers massage therapy and facial rejuvenation if you want another option for spa treatments for the whole crew.

  3. Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga If you’re feeling a little stressed but want more than the typical yoga class, then why not do yoga with your friends on the Arkansas River? SUP 501 offers private yoga classes, so you can go through your poses on a paddleboard floating in the water.

  4. Promenade at Chenal — Shopping is always a good idea, and now is the time to treat yourself to something special.

Have Some Fun

  1. Bowling — Reserve a few lanes and have fun with your girls with some bowling! Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge is a hip new spot in downtown Little Rock that's perfect for a more upscale bach party bowling experience. 

  2. Bike the Little Rock River Trail or Kayak the Arkansas River More of an outdoorsy bride? Head Rock Town River Outfitters to rent bikes and kayaks for a day on the Arkansas River or the River Trail. If you're feeling a bit nervous about being out on the water with little to no experience, they also offer guided tours. 

  3. Hike Pinnacle Mountain — Stretch your legs and enjoy a gorgeous view with your girls as you hike up one of Arkansas’ beautiful mountains.

  4. Mystery Mansion Escape Room — What better way to spend a memorable night with your besties than working together to solve a puzzle? The Mystery Mansion Escape Room offers a variety of rooms, and you and your group have one hour to figure out the riddles and escape.

  5. Paint & Sip — Painting with a Twist offers a fun night of painting (no need to bring any experience) and enjoying your beverage of choice (feel free to bring wine or whatever you want).

  6. Board & Brush — Similar to Paint and Sip, you can sign your crew up for a DIY wood sign workshop and you’re welcome to BYOB.

  7. Live Music/PerformancesThe Robinson Center hosts all manner of amazing shows, plays and musicals, so check the schedule to see if something interests you. For other live music spots, try South on Main, Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack or the White Water Tavern

  8. ESSE Purse Museum— What better place to take your lady friends than a museum celebrating the history of women and their purses?

Go Out on the Town

  1. ZIN Wine Bar If you want a classy intimate affair, the ZIN Wine Bar has a private party room where you and your girls can sample wine and food. They offer over 40 different wines.

  2. The Pantry Crest  If you’re feeling a more casual atmosphere, enjoy the cute and cozy vibes of The Pantry in Hillcrest. The food's great and the drink options are endless. 

  3. Lost Forty Brewing — Whether you come for brunch or the craft beer, Lost Forty is a great place to relax with your besties.

  4. Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar — Get a big city feel in downtown Little Rock at Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar located in the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn. Agasi 7 offers prime views and tasty craft cocktails. 

  5. Fassler Hall  This new German beer hall-inspired spot downtown is a great place to come for apps and drinks before heading out on the town. And when the weather's nice, the outdoor patio is the place to be. 

  6. Rock Town Distillery — Tour Arkansas' first legal distillery of any kind in Arkansas since prohibition and sample some of their whiskeys and vodkas. Tastings are just $10-15 and are held Tuesday-Sunday. Call (501) 907-5244 to check on times. 

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Oct
18

She Said Yes in The Heights to Host Girls Night Out Event

Jason Hudson Photography

Your Wednesday night just got 10x better. 

Drop into She Said Yes in The Heights on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for champagne, makeup tutorials, designer gowns, live models, gorgeous florals from Vase and Vine and yummy treats!

As if that wasn't enough, SSYITH is also giving away a grand prize valued at over $1,200 — including five complimentary fitness classes from Orange Theory Fitness, amazing spa services including mani/pedi, massage, facial and makeup application from Face Your Day Salon, beautiful florals from Vase and Vine, and a $500 gown certificate from SSYITH. 

For more info, follow SSYITH on IG at @shesaidyes_intheheights or head to their website.

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Drop in for Girl’s Night Out Wednesday Oct. 24th from 5:30-7:30pm at She Said Yes Bridal in The Heights✨ðŸ¥'Champagne, makeup tutorials by our super talented friends @fydsalon , @fydxpress , @aaroncharlescosmetics , designer gowns, live models, gorgeous florals from @vaseandvine, and yummy treats! When you come by don't forget to register to win for our grand prize valued over $1,200, including 5 complementary fitness classes from our friends at @otf_littlerock , amazing spa services including mani/pedi, massage, facial, and makeup application from @fydsalon, beautiful florals from @vaseandvine, and a $500 gown certificate from us just to name a few 😍 AND Stay tuned Thursday for our share to win instagram contest even if you CAN’T make it to our fabulous event for the mega prize - you don’t want to miss this!

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