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Jul
20

Meet the Stylists: Rachael Reid

Rachael Reid

To take a break from our Meet the Photographers series, we're going to talk with another amazing beauty stylist. Rachael Reid of Salon Karizma is a veteran in the beauty business. She's been doing wedding hair for over a decade, and she's a national hair educator.

From the consultation to the post-wedding unwinding, Rachael gives us the inside look into her life as a stylist.

What did you do before?

I've always done hair, but alongside doing hair, I went to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and have taught modeling and acting. I have a passion for all aspects of the beauty industry.

How would you describe your beauty style?

My beauty style is always evolving. I like to focus on what's modern yet chic.

What are details you especially pay attention to with a client?

I enjoy listening to my guests' needs and making them feel confident by enhancing their natural beauty.

What do you love about being a stylist?

I love the ability to be creative while making and sharing memories. Each strand has a story.

What's your favorite part of preparing someone for a wedding?

My favorite part of preparation starts at the consultation. I love seeing the dress, talking accessories, exploring how she wants her hair to flow with her dress. Hearing all the details and making her vision come to life.

What price points can brides expect?

Price points vary with each bridal party. The bride needs to preplan her day with a consultation to decide if she wants both hair and makeup, lashes, hair extensions and any other services. She can also include her entire bridal party for hair and/or makeup. Don't forget your groomsmen  they can also need a little grooming as well! Ask about bridal packages.

When you're not working, what do you like to do with your spare time?

I love to be with my family, friends, dogs, going to the lake, volunteering and continuing my education.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy wedding session?

Relax and decompress by looking back at the memorable moments of getting each guest ready. I love looking back and remembering how beautiful the bride felt after her first look or how the flower girl felt like a little princess and couldn't wait to walk down the aisle and be the best flower girl. It's moments like this that make it worth it and help me unwind.

To see more of Rachael's work on Arkansas Bride, click here!

Jul
19

Taylor + Chance's Cute, Classy Little Rock Engagement

Erin Wilson Photography

Fort Smith natives Taylor Ghahremani and Chance Scamardo are tying the knot on November 17, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith, and photographer Erin Wilson captured the moment with this adorable engagement sesh. We love the beautiful flowers and fun Hillcrest neighborhood cameo!

Here's the tale in Taylor's words:

"In the summer and fall of 2017, while I was busy studying for medical school exams and applying for residency, Chance was secretly researching diamond cuts and ring settings, scheming with my friends and family (he even made a secret trip to Fort Smith to ask my parents), and I was none the wiser! On November 17th, 2017, I was with some of my girlfriends on the way to dinner in Fayetteville when we made a pit stop at the Inn at Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus. I was under the impression we were picking up tickets to the box seats for the football game the next day.

"When we got to the entrance, I saw Chance standing there with his hands in his pockets, looking at me and smiling. There were little tea candles and white rose petals. Even after nine years of dating, I was still completely surprised! He grabbed my hand and said, "We have different plans tonight." I can't remember everything he said because I was still in shock, and I'm not even sure if I said yes at the time! There was lots of hugging and kissing and happy tears, and a couple bottles of champagne. Afterward, he surprised me with a little party with our closest friends and family at the JBGB to celebrate, and it was absolutely perfect. We can't wait to make it official on the one year anniversary of our engagement in the town where we grew up together!"

Congrats to the happy couple!

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

For more bridals and engagements, click here!

Jul
19

The Best Places for Bridals & Engagements in Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel is a popular spot for Eureka Springs brides to tie the knot.

We asked Arkansas wedding photographers to share their favorite spots to shoot engagements and bridals in our fair state. Some revealed hidden gems, while others reminded us why the most popular spots are just that. See the locations they singled out below to find the perfect place for you and your main squeeze!

CENTRALCITYEDITOR FAVEVERY POPHIDDEN GEMOUTDOOR AREAINDOOR AREA
Dreamland Ballroom Little Rock      
Bernice Garden Little Rock      
Presidential Park Wetlands Little Rock      
Alda's Magnolia Hill Little Rock  
Argenta North Little Rock        
Arkansas State Capitol Little Rock    
Big Dam Bridge Little Rock      
Curran Hall Little Rock  
Downtown Conway      
Clinton Presidential Center Little Rock    
Marlsgate Plantation Scott    
Old State House Little Rock    
Pecan orchards Keo        
Red covered bridge in Burns Park North Little Rock      
Capital Hotel Little Rock  
Old Mill North Little Rock      
Two Rivers Park Little Rock      
Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock      
The Grandeur House Little Rock  
Goodwin Manor Little Rock  
Moss Mountain Farm Roland  
The Terry House Little Rock      
Loft 1023 Little Rock    
Pinnacle Mountain Roland        
111 N. Main Benton    
Cold Springs Paron  
Cross Iron Cottage Glenrose    
Wildwood Park for the Arts Little Rock      
Honey Hill Ranch Greenbrier      
St John's Chapel by the Creek Benton      
Legacy Acres Conway  •   
Trapnall Hall Little Rock    
NORTHWEST CITY EDITOR FAVE VERY POP HIDDEN GEM OUTDOOR INDOOR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Bentonville    
Mount Nebo Dardanelle      
Brayberry Farm Dover      
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs  
Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch Dardanelle    
Big Piney Creek Clarksville, Russellville      
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Fayetteville      
Dickson Street & Downtown Fayetteville    
Downtown & River Front parks Fort Smith    
Downtown Eureka Springs      
Petit Jean Mountain Morrilton        
Pratt Place Inn & Barn Fayetteville    
St. Anthony's on the Creek Lowell    
St. Catherine's at Bell Gable Fayetteville    
Subiaco Abbey Subiaco    
Thorncrown Chapel Eureka Springs    
University of Arkansas Fayetteville    
Walton Arts Center Fayetteville    
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville  
The Ravington Centerton    
Fairlane Station Springdale    
Kindred Barn Mulberry  
Ballroom at I Street Bentonville    
Sassafras Spring Vineyard & Winery Springdale    
Record Downtown Bentonville    
The Apollo on Emma Springdale    
Lakepoint Restaurant & Event Center Bella Vista    
Stone Chapel at MattLane Farm Fayetteville    
The Brick Ballroom Siloam Springs  
Old Main Fayetteville    
Lake Fayetteville Fayetteville      
Devil's Den State Park West Fork      
Bonneville House Fort Smith      
Loft at Stone Oak Greenwood    
NORTHEAST/DELTA CITY EDITOR FAVE VERY POP HIDDEN GEM OUTDOOR INDOOR
Searcy Art Gallery/Black House Searcy    
Arkansas Post Museum Gillett    
Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge Blytheville        
Craighead Forest Park Jonesboro      
Harding University Searcy    
Jacksonport State Park Courthouse Newport      
Lake Chicot State Park Lake Village        
Powhatan Historic State Park (on the Black River) Powhatan    
Saracen Landing Pine Bluff        
Bo Adams Estate Leachville      
Barn at Pine Mountain Quitman  
Cedars of Marion Marion      
Cherry Farm Events Poughkeepsie    
The Silos Bono  
The Barn at Cypress Meadows Plantation Howell    
SOUTHWEST CITY EDITOR FAVE VERY POP HIDDEN GEM OUTDOOR INDOOR
Bathhouse Row & Downtown Hot Springs    
Gulpha Gorge Hot Springs      
DeGray Lake State Park Lodge Bismarck        
Downtown Arkadelphia      
Downtown El Dorado      
Garvan Woodland Gardens Hot Springs  
Fordyce Ricks Estate Hot Springs      
Historic Washington State Park Washington      
Mountain Valley Spring Headquarters Hot Springs    
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia      
Windmill Ranch Hot Springs    
Hamp Williams Building Hot Springs    
The Warehouse Hot Springs      
The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa Hot Springs      
Homestead at Williamson Estate Pearcy    
Barn at Glazypeau Farms Mountain Pine      
Ausley Family Farms Bismarck  
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa Mount Ida      
Dee's Barn and Venue Ashdown    
Cedar Ridge Barn Ben Lomand    
White Cliffs Ashdown    

Erin Wilson Photography

We love Allie Doughtery Harris' bridal session at St. Catherine's at Bell Gable.

Whitney Bower Imaging
Crystal Bridges is THE spot for your artsy bridals or engagements.

Lela & Lyla Photography
The Ballroom at I Street offers an all-white interior with lovely chandeliers.

Erin Wilson Photography
Moss Mountain Farm offers dozens of locations for unique bridals and engagements.

Benjamin Martin Photography
The Hamp Williams Building in Hot Springs has the perfect mix of industrial and modern elements.

Kati Mallory Photo + Design
Bo Adams Estate is a one-of-a-kind Southern dream venue.

Shrewsbury Creative
Honey Hill Ranch is a great option for outdoor bridals or engagements.

Courtney Glaser Photography
The Ravington is a truly remarkable space in northwest Arkansas.

Lissa Chandler Photography
The lovely outdoor space is a staple in all Sassafras Springs Vineyard weddings.

Benjamin Martin Photography
Garvan Woodland Gardens offers unbeatable photo ops.

Tanner Burge Photography
The historic Marlsgate Plantation offers plenty of dramatic backdrops for your bridals or engagements.

Erin Wilson Photography
We love the Loft at Stone Oak's all-white interior.

Jul
17

Arkansas Wedding Cakes & Caterers: A Comprehensive List of Arkansas' Best Bakers

Benjamin Martin Photography

Cake: Stephanie Boyd, Little Rock | From the November 2017 wedding of Jessica & Andrew Watson

Your wedding cake will be the centerpiece of your reception. The bakers and caterers inside Arkansas Bride's comprehensive guide can help you deliver the goods on your big day.

  • Click here to browse through Arkansas bakeries and food preparers. You can search by keyword or by area.

  • Or click here to see the listings as they appear in the digital edition of Arkansas Bride.