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Aug
22

Mark Your Calendars for Bella Terra's Say Yes Sunday Event

Bella Terra Estate

Bella Terra Estate is hosting their first-ever Say Yes Sunday Open House on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The event will be a perfect time for brides to meet with vendors to see what they can do to make wedding dreams come true. 

Located in Cabot, Bella Terra is a beautiful wedding venue with over 6,000 square feet of heated and cooled space. The barn has a huge towering ceiling featuring exposed beams, iron chandeliers, and elegant lighting and a built-in reclaimed wood bar, wrap-around balcony and multiple his and her bathrooms. 

Explore the space and meet with a variety of central Arkansas vendors on Sept. 22. For more info, reach out to Jennifer at jennifer@bellaterraestate.com or call (501) 231-1728. 

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Aug
22

WINNER: Your Love Captured Contest Couple Revealed!

We received dozens of beautiful submissions for our “Your Love Captured” contest, but Katelyn Sims and Layne LaBudde’s engagement photos at Marlsgate Plantation took the cake.

After five years of dating, Layne pulled off a surprise proposal at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. When she walked downstairs for breakfast, Katelyn saw her mother holding flowers and Layne’s mother holding a box as Layne got down on one knee.

Natalie Smith Photography

Katelyn Sims and Layne LaBudde
Marlsgate Plantation

"Layne thought of absolutely every detail for the engagement and made it very thoughtful. He even made sure my nails were done for the occasion."

- Katelyn


Your Love Captured
by the numbers...

65
entries

20
finalists

1,479
votes

1
winning couple

Aug
19

Choose Your Wedding Venues: Arkansas' Best Reception, Rehearsal Dinner & Ceremony Spaces

Myranda Randle Photography

From grand ballrooms to rustic barns and everything in between, Arkansas has a wide variety of wedding venues to choose from. But how do you decide between such amazing options? Or, better yet, how do you find a venue that fits all your criteria?

100 guests? No problem. 300? Easy. 500+? Done.

Want a place where you can bring in your own caterer or a venue that does it all for you? We've still got you covered.

Every venue we list in our print edition is organized by type and regional location in Arkansas, and to save you time, we went ahead and listed whether each location offers on-site catering, has an outdoor area, what each venues' max capacity is, and included all the contact info you need to reach out to the venue and learn more!

We know you'll find the perfect venue for your big day! But hurry, you want to book it before another bride does.

Happy planning!

Aug
19

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Being Featured in Arkansas Bride

Jo Johnson Photography

Much like planning a wedding, putting together each issue of Arkansas Bride is a labor of love – with an emphasis on both "labor" and "love". It would sound like a cliché to say we couldn't do it without the wonderful submissions we receive from readers, but if it weren't for the brides, you'd see a lot of blank pages in this publication.

We can't publish every wedding photo, but we can offer these five tips on how to make your appearance in the next issue of Arkansas Bride:

1. Make It Personal

The weddings we love the most are generally ones where the bride and groom personalized the day around their love for each other or their loves. Every couple is unique and the ones whose wedding day reflects that always stands out to us! 

2. Make Sure to Hire a Good Photographer

Sadly, some gorgeous weddings with amazing ideas and personalizations slip through our fingers due to poor photography. (Remember, you can always trust our partners!)

3. Make Do With the Budget You Have

Some of the best ideas we’ve seen resulted from brides needing to save money, so don’t feel pressure to break the bank.

4. Make Sure to Submit Your Photos

We choose weddings of all kinds, all budgets, all styles and from all regions of the state. Don’t hesitate to share. You never know what we might need or want to feature in the next issue! Submit at ArkansasBride.com/Get-Featured.

5. Make Sure We Can Follow You

Use #arbride if you want us to follow your bridal journey (if your account is set to private, be sure to accept us as followers!).

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