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Dec
11

Madeline + Hayden's Winter Wonderland Wedding

Levi Miller

Madeline Phillips & Hayden Balgavy

December 22, 2018 / Little Rock

Junior League of Little Rock

After meeting in high school, Madeline Phillips and current THV11 Sports Anchor Hayden Balgavy reconnected in 2014 and were completely smitten with each other. Knowing the engagement was on the horizon, the couple was gifted a trip by their families to New York City.

The city held a special place in their hearts after the couple visited for the first time in 2015. It was their first time traveling out-of-state so they did plenty of research before arriving. Madeline wanted a rooftop view of Times Square, so the couple found Bar 54 atop the Hyatt in Times Square.

"Across from the rooftop is the H&M headquarters building, which we initially did not notice until someone pointed it out in the photo we posted online from our trip," Madeline says. "So ever since then, we’ve always traveled to NYC about once a year for our H&M (Hayden & Madeline) photo atop the Hyatt. This is where Hayden proposed!"

We can't get enough of their holiday wedding complete with gingerbread houses, real evergreen trees and plenty of winter whimsy. Read on to find out all the details about this gorgeous day brimming with creative inspo. 

Levi Miller

On the gown: "I’d known for years what type of dress I wanted— long sleeves, lace, off-white low-V neckline. No beading. We went to Inverness in Conway, a shop I had been following for a while on Instagram. The dress I chose was the fourth one I tried on! It was exactly what I wanted in every way. I wasn’t concerned about the name of the designer, but was pleasantly surprised to see my gown would be made by Pronovias."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On the rest of the bridal fashion: "I wore a gorgeous diamond pendant necklace Hayden had given me for Christmas a couple of years before we were engaged. I wore diamond studs to match, also a gift from Hayden. The ring I wore was a silver spoon ring with a Taurus emblem and emerald stone, representative of my zodiac sign and birthstone, which was given to me by my Grandmother when I was a teenager. Although they couldn’t really be seen, I wore pink velvet shoes for that little eccentric touch that was just for me! At the end of the reception, I changed into a one-piece dress with a white wrap top and silver-sequined skirt."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On the venue: "We chose the Junior League of Little Rock Ballroom for several reasons. We loved its central location in downtown Little Rock, which is special to us because we live in Little Rock and one of our first apartments together was downtown. We love old charm and beauty, and the JLLR ballroom is exactly that. It also provided something else we wanted — the ability to have the ceremony and reception in one place, instead of asking our guests to travel to more than one location. We loved, too, that JLLR was walking distance from our rehearsal dinner location and from the hotels where our guests stayed."

Levi Miller

On the wedding inspiration: "The style and theme was largely inspired by all things Christmas! We told our designer we wanted to walk into a winter wonderland, and he made it happen."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On the ceremony decor: "The Junior League Ballroom was transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland as guests were met [with] the scents of fresh-cut Frasier and Douglas Fir trees ranging from 4 feet to 7 feet, grouped around the ballroom. The trees were lit with small warm twinkle lights and filled with silver and gold painted Grevillea and hundreds of black and white photos of the bride and groom hung with soft white ribbons. Billows of soft, snowy tulle were wrapped around the bases of the trees."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On the fun centerpieces: There were actually three different centerpiece concepts that graced the tables at the reception. One of them featured floral arrangements of blush and cream roses, hydrangea, cymbidium orchids with accents of pine, cedar, holiday ornaments and green hypericum berries. The second concept featured a clear glass cylinder of gold and silver holiday ornaments topped with white birch branches and hanging black and white photos of the bride and groom. The third centerpiece featured gingerbread tree forests with royal icing snow and a sprinkle of sugar.

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On that adorable gingerbread house: "There was a custom-designed miniature replica of the bride and groom’s new home, entirely in gingerbread, complete with royal icing snow and sugar. Loblolly Creamery designed the piece from a photo. This showstopper was placed at the back of the ballroom between the bride and groom’s cakes."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On their first dance song: "We chose 'Golden Hour' by Kacey Musgraves, who is one of our favorite musicians. The lyrics really represent what we mean to each other — we are each other’s 'golden hour,' now and always. One of the lines that repeats is 'I know everything’s gonna be alright,' which is always true when we’re together."

Levi Miller

Levi Miller

On what Madeline loves most about her groom + her favorite moment of the night: "I love the fact that Hayden is as cool as a cucumber all the time. He is the calm in any storm. He makes me laugh every single day. He is supportive and encouraging through all things! His level of patience and understanding is unparalleled. My favorite wedding moment was when Hayden was reading his vows after I’d read mine, and we realized we’d both referenced cheeseburgers and fries in our vows. It was just too funny!"

Levi Miller

Madeline and Hayden Wedding Film from Forestland Films on Vimeo.

The Details:

Photography: Levi Stephen Miller Photography, Little Rock

Videography: Anthony Byrnes

Planning and florist: Selby Brown Making Nice

Day-of coordinator: Carol Ann Conner McAdams

Furniture rentals: Confetti’s Party Rentals, Little Rock 

Cake: Sweet Lavender Bakeshop, Little Rock

Groom’s cake: Cheyenne Stokes 

Other desserts: Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock

Caterer: Cathead’s Diner, Little Rock

DJ: DJ Nick Hud

Invitations: Elli

Wedding dress: Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway

Bridesmaid dresses: Venus

Groom/groomsmen attire: Jos A. Bank

Jeweler: Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock

Hair: Lynlee Wyatt

Makeup: Jessica Humerick, Little Rock

Rehearsal dinner venue: Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, Little Rock

Dec
5

Emily + Neil's Classic Winter Wedding at Inn at Carnall Hall

Emma Farr Photography

Emily Draughon says it was fate that she bumped into Neil Braddy on Dickson Street in Fayetteville a few years ago. The couple has talked every day since they met, and now they've said their I dos!

Neil popped the question on Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville the day before Emily graduated with a master's degree, and the Razorback fans decided to tie the knot on the edge of their beloved U of A campus at the Inn at Carnall Hall.

We can't wait for you to see these photos from Emily and Neil's classic winter wedding!

Emma Farr Photography

On the jewelry: "One of the favorite fashion elements from my wedding was actually the jewelry. Everything was sentimental. When I was a little girl I had received a pearl necklace from my grandparents and family friend. Every birthday they would add another pearl. I also wore a blue topaz ring that my father had given my mother."

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

On the Christmas theme: "I wanted to have a classic wedding, but our wedding was also in December. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I wanted to include that in the theme. The venue was already decorated with lights and Christmas trees for the holidays. It is such a cheerful time of year and it was the best decision to have a December/Christmas wedding."

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

On the venue: "Neil and I had both attended the University of Arkansas. Neil was a national champion and 13-time all-American runner and I had received both my undergrad and a graduate degree from the U of A. It made perfect sense for us to get married on campus since we were both proud Razorbacks. Both of my parents had also attended the U of A and met on campus."

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

On the reception: "I wanted everyone to have a lot of fun at our reception. I really only cared about everyone having a good time. We played Christmas music during cocktail hour and dinner, which really put everyone in a cheerful mood. After dinner, we moved to the dancing room where we had lights and glow sticks for everyone to wear."

Emma Farr Photography

Emma Farr Photography

The Details:

Photographer: Emma Farr Photography

Venue: Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville

Planning: Shay Hopper

Florist: Zuzu's Petals, Fayetteville

Lighting: Brock Entertainment, Fayetteville

Cake: The Cake Occasion, Springdale

Caterer: Ella's Table, Fayetteville

DJ: DJ Jason from Brock Entertainment

Invitations: Minted

Wedding dress: Neiman Marcus

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

Groom/groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse

Jeweler: Tiffany & Co.

HMUA: Olivia Yeager with Dead Swanky Salon, Fayetteville

Rehearsal dinner venue: Powerhouse Seafood & Grill, Fayetteville

Nov
20

Tiffany + Christoph's Fairy Tale Wedding at Goodwin Manor

Kylie Farmer Photography

Fate brought Tiffany Clark and Christoph Singer together and they never looked back. The two met at a ministry school in California that Tiffany came to from Arkansas and Christoph came to from Germany. The two both joined the BSSM cheer team for the yearly staff versus students basketball game. 

Christoph asked Tiffany on a date and from then on they became inseparable. "From then on we saw and/or wrote to each other every single day till about three weeks later when we officially started dating," Christoph says. "I am so thankful that my small group leader in BSSM first year got me to join the cheer team. It changed the rest of my life!"

The couple decided to have their big day on June 16, 2019. Tiffany took on the role of wedding planner for her big day with the help of Sarah with Graceful Events on the day-of. Tiffany and Christoph fell for Goodwin Manor and the rest of their wedding style stemmed from their venue choice.

"My husband and I loved it because it had the castle feel," Tiffany says. "I wanted to be a princess and he loved castles that reminded him of Germany. We also knew after looking at the venue that we then wanted our wedding outside, because my husband loves the outdoors, and we wanted the cross right in the middle since faith is so important to us and how we met. This venue was our most expensive part of our wedding, and we were so glad we splurged on it!"

Read on for more of Tiffany and Christoph's beautiful and romantic wedding day. 

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On the dress: "The dress was one of my favorite things about the wedding!! It was everything I dreamed of, and the back was the best part! It was V-neck with nude lining. It had pearls and beads on the top, and then when it got to the waist, it poofed out. I always knew I wanted a ballgown and to have the fairy-tale feel. The back was even more of a jaw-dropper and had strands of beads that laid on my back and connected on the other side. I loved everything about it and how it fits!"

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On the bridesmaids 'fits: "For my bridesmaids, I knew I wanted the cornflower blue color. I picked colors that made me feel good to look at. I knew the color was bright enough but still allowed the pink flowers to pop! I let my bridesmaids pick the styles they wanted because I wanted them to feel confident and look beautiful in what they personally loved!"

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On their wedding day theme: "Our theme was more of a garden, Happily-Ever-After theme. We wanted it to be a celebration and also feel very romantic and intimate. This describes our relationship the most when we have a day of fun but also intimate and full of celebrating our love for one another with the people we love!"

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On florals: "My bouquet was one of my favorite things about the day. I love flowers and Kelly with A Perfect Bloom did such an amazing job! I had decided between doing neutral colors or going full-on with the bright and fun colors. For me, it was important that the wedding really showed my personality, and fun and bright is what I went with to describe me! I wanted some blue flowers in there to really bring in the cornflower blue with all the other colors going on. It was important to me that there were several different shades of pink to make it even more colorful. My bouquet was full of oranges, yellows, pinks and of course the blues! It was a dream!"

Kylie Farmer Photography

On ceremony decor: "During our ceremony, we had the cross in the middle decorated with flowers. We also had two centerpieces on the sides of the isles, and a floating 'S' in the pool for people to see when they look up for me to walk down the aisle. The floating S was something that my mom thought of, and it was so fun to have it in the pool! The S was made out of light pink/white flowers and floated on an isle of greenery with some of the flowers that were at the ceremony!"

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On their reception style: "For our reception, growing up in the South, I wanted it to feel like a big Southern family reunion. I wanted people to feel at home and to have some of the colors pop throughout our decor. We had lanterns, greenery and wood decorations to blend with the farm tables. We also had the cornflower blue napkins from A Perfect Bloom to really bring in the color of the bridesmaid dresses. We had honey at every seat for our guests to take home. All of our guests had the German honey (that Christoph's parents make), and the German guests had American honey. We loved adding touches that really brought both cultures together."

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On their first dance song: "Our first dance song was called 'Known' by Tauren Wells. This song is actually intended to be a worship song about God and how he fully knows us. When I heard this song and the lyrics I knew that this song described how known I am by my husband, Christoph. The lyrics are, 'I’m fully known and loved by you, You won’t let go no matter what I do, And it’s not one or the other, It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace to be known fully known by you.' For me, this song describes our relationship and that it is such an amazing grace that I found the man that knows and loves everything about me. It really is a great feeling to be so known by someone, and to know that we will only get to know each other more for the rest of our lives."

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

Kylie Farmer Photography

On their getaway ride: "My parents and aunt and uncle actually surprised us with the horse and carriage as our getaway. It was the icing on the cake and really topped off the end of a perfect day that I had dreamed of since being a little girl. Christoph and I enjoyed being able to ride away feeling like we are in a fairy tale book, waving at all of our friends that were there the very end of the night. It was magical."

 

The Details

Photography: Kylie Farmer Photography 

Videography: Patrick Hawkins Videography

Photobooth: Just Peachy Balloons, Little Rock

Day-of coordinator: Sarah Keathley with Graceful Events 

Florist and rentals: A Perfect Bloom Florist & Wedding Rentals, Beebe

Cake and groom's cake: Angela Fraser

Caterer: N&N Catering, Jacksonville 

DJ: D.J. Rick Z

Wedding dress: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley

Bridesmaid dresses: Kennedy Blue

Jeweler: Michael Hill

Hair: Belle Cheveux Blow Dry Lounge, Little Rock

Makeup: Tania Brewer with Beauty By Brewer 

Horse and carriage: The Princess’s Carriage, Rose Bud  

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