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Jul
18

A Taste of Summer on Southroad Terrace

Jonathan Parkey

Just in time for summer, our friend Jonathan Parkey of J. Parkey — a one-stop-shop for all your wedding and event planning, branding and interior design needs — has designed the dreamiest garden party! 

We chatted with Jonathan and got the inside scoop on the inspiration behind his design and how to make your guests feel right at home. 

 
After getting married in Little Rock last October, Chris and I have been waiting anxiously for the weather to turn, our garden to bloom, and the perfect opportunity to treat the most important Southern women in our lives to a summer luncheon. The inspiration behind the party was to say thank you for the love and support these wonderful ladies showered us with during our wedding season.
As a wedding planner, I always speak to my couples about how they might go about thanking these important individuals after the dust has settled, and Chris and I couldn't think of a better way than a classic Southern summer luncheon.

Jonathan Parkey

Jonathan Parkey


Early on, these high-spirited ladies taught Chris the essentials of hosting, cooking, and knowing the difference between a soup and gumbo spoon. Adding that to my years in the event industry created a great deal of pressure for us to "put on the dog." As an event designer, I wanted to make the day bright and cheerful and also utilize our wedding china, silver, and gifts we received last year.

Jonathan Parkey

Calling on the seven years I spent in the New York fashion scene, I also wanted to flip a few things on their head. My motto has always been "know the rules and then break them" and that's why our Queen Elizabeth sterling cracker scoop makes the perfect ice scoop for making cocktails. Further, I took inspiration from Mottahedeh's Blue Canton pattern and the ever-classic, Tobacco Leaf and opted for colorful free spirit roses with a mix of green, blue, and white hydrangeas.

Jonathan Parkey

Tied neatly into a square knot, bright blue, pink, and orange grosgrain ribbons adorned the acrylic Chiavari chairs that also held the place cards. With the Southroad Terrace gardens consisting mostly of various types of perennial shade plants such as a wide range of hosta varieties, four types of Japanese maples and alocasia, these punches of color added interest and sophistication without being over-the-top. 

Jonathan Parkey

The ladies were greeted with Gloria Ferrer's Blanc de Blanc or a zippy lemon lavender mint vodka spritz and a few appetizers such as onion souffle, mini lox bites and a fruit and cheese grazing board. Quick to point out that recipes serve more as guides than the gospel, Chris drew menu inspiration from the summer suppers his grandmother used to whip up at noon during the growing/farming season on her Delta farm as well as ideas from Julia Reed's "South," Little Rock Junior League's "Big Taste of Little Rock" and a few handwritten recipe cards that are stuffed in an old United Methodist cookbook. 

Jonathan Parkey

Jonathan Parkey

Creating a taste of summer with a fresh tomato gazpacho paired with tomato sherbet, hot fried chicken breasts with a summer corn and field pea succotash and accompanied by Presq'uile Chardonnay and Gobelsburg Rose, we rounded out the luncheon with my grandmother's famous banana pudding in cobalt McCarty bowls of all sizes. Amongst the gossip, laughter and tall tales, we heard most loudly, "I sure hope they pull together A Taste of Fall."

Jonathan Parkey

Local Vendors

Tables + Chiavari Chairs: Hanks Event Rentals, Little Rock
Invitations: By Invitation Only, Little Rock
China: The Everyday Chef, Little Rock

Be sure to check out Jonathan and Chris' beautifully Southern wedding featured in our Fall/Winter 2019 issue!

Jul
18

Styled Shoot: White Haute Hippie

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Modern, monochromatic wedding style for brides with attitude...

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


THE DETAILS

WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE
Photography & Videography Erin Wilson Photography and Films
Cakes Rick's Bakery, Fayetteville
MORE VENDORS
Planning Jessica Johnson of Daymaker Design, Fayetteville
Florist ZuZu's Petals & Gifts, Fayetteville
Venue The Ballroom at I Street, Bentonville
Wedding dress Joon Bridal, Fayetteville
Groom's attire Beau's Tuxedos, Fort Smith
Rentals Victory & Co., Little Rock
Jeweler Evermore Jewelers, Fayetteville
White boots Sam Edelman
Hair and makeup Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville
Models Mary Kerr Winters
Matt Evans


Submit Your Styled Shoots!

Vendors, share your work with us for a chance to be featured in the next issue. For more info, email us at Info@ArkansasBride.com.


Jul
18

Janey's Stunning Bridal Sesh at Angelo's Garden

Uche Onyeyiri

Now that Janey Johnson has tied the knot with Michael Lewis, we can finally share the photos from her beautiful bridal sesh at Angelo's Garden! Janey's stunning gown from The Bridal Cottage is complemented by a lush bouquet from Uneek Events.

The Details:

Photography: Uche Onyeyiri

Bridal boutique: The Bridal Cottage, North Little Rock

Venue: Angelo's Garden, Mayflower

Bouquet: Uneek Events, North Little Rock

Make up: Ciara Burnett

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Uche Onyeyiri

Jul
17

We're Obsessing Over the Romance in this Arkansas Styled Shoot

Kylie Farmer Photography

This bohemian styled shoot at Petit Jean State Park is giving us alllll the moody winter vibes. Kylie Farmer Photography created this romantic shoot to emphasize wedding day simplicity, and we can't stop staring.

The Details:

Photography: Kylie Farmer Photography

Bouquet: Double R Florist and Gifts, Jacksonville

Dress: Reclamation

Suit: Amazon

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography