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Jun
26

Amanda + Logan's Classy Boho Wedding in Centerton

Freckled Fox Photography

Amanda and Logan Ballew met years ago at a St. Patty's Day pub crawl on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, and now they're husband and wife!

Logan surprised Amanda with a proposal at the top of Mount Sequoia in Fayetteville, which overlooks the whole town. Logan pointed out important locations and memories that the couple had acquired throughout their relationship before telling her how all of those memories down below had led him to know he wanted to marry her.

For the next year, Amanda worked with Arkansas vendors to create a wedding that reflected the personality of the duo's relationship. She says her mom continuously reminded her to stick to instinct and forget what she thought a wedding was "supposed" to look like.

The couple said "I do" in February 2019 at Kindred North in Centerton. Here are a few shots by April Walsh with Freckled Fox Photography of Amanda and Logan's classy boho wedding.

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On bridesmaid fashion: "My number one concern was that everyone feels beautiful and confident. They are all so unique in their own right, so I wanted their dresses to reflect them! Each bridesmaid chose their own dress, and black felt like a timeless but unique color choice and foolproof to match!"

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On the wedding gown: "The dress is Ti Adora and we found it at Tesori in Fayetteville. I just fell in love with the way I felt in it; it was simple, traditional, and I was able to customize the dress to lower the back, add buttons, and add straps. My goal was to feel confident and beautiful, but not too trendy. I think I'll look back on these photos with my daughter and still love the timeless style of the gown."

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On the vows: "We actually did private vows before the ceremony at our first look. I loved that we were able to share the most intimate words we have ever spoken with just each other, and not in front of a huge crowd. It took the pressure of the ceremony away while still being able to express our vows in the most genuine way possible."

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On the ceremony decor: "The goal was to make the space feel cozy and nature-inspired, with modern and bohemian accents. We went all out with the candles to bring warmth in the winter, and the cozy rugs added an intimate feel. My favorite pieces of decor were the scattered modern bud vases throughout the head tables that added an effortless design and got to highlight the stunning stems that Kindred Blooms chose."

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On the cocktail hour: "We served wine, beer and we each had a signature drink. Mine was a cucumber lemon vodka spritzer and Logan’s was an old fashioned. We served tomato bruschetta with garlic crostini, a jalepeno and bacon puff pastry and phyllo shells infused with goat cheese and fig jam."

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On the venue: "The bones of Kindred North were so clean and simple, which is very much our style. We fell in love with the venue's charm and a clean slate. It allowed us to add to its natural beauty and make it ours with just some simple touches! The team there was so helpful and creative and they took our vision and made it come to life in the most beautiful way possible."

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

Freckled Fox Photography

On the cake: "We actually aren't big cake people so we decided to go with mini bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes! They were a huge hit and people were able to grab them all night."

Freckled Fox Photography

On the feeling of being married: "One of my favorite wedding moments was walking down the aisle and as we exited. I turned to Logan and said “We just got married!” and his entire face scrunched up and he started hysterically bawling. I had been preparing a year for that moment and talked so much about it I think I had already processed the significance of it, but I don’t think it hit him until right then. We have a series of pictures of us laughing and crying, feeling so overwhelmed with emotion and happiness and I am so grateful that April the photographer was able to capture the pure emotions at that moment."

The Details:

Photography: April Walsh with Freckled Fox Photography
Day-of coordinator: Samantha Daniels with Kindred North
Florist: Kindred Blooms
Furniture rental company: Kindred Collective
Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Little Rock
Caterer: The Event Group Catering, Fayetteville
Drinks service: Tie 1 On NWA, Rogers
DJ/Band: DJ Derrick Events, Fayetteville
Wedding stationery: Minted
Bridal boutique: Tesori, Fayetteville
Veil: Tesori, Fayetteville
Groom/groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank
Engagement ring: Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers, Fayetteville
Wedding band: EVM Jewelers, Fayetteville
Hair and makeup: Olivia Blair Yeager with Dead Swanky Salon, Fayetteville
Transportation: Pinnacle Car Service, Rogers
Rehearsal dinner venue: Crabby’s, Rogers

Jun
11

15 Real Weddings from the Arkansas Bride Fall/Winter 2019 Issue

Grab some tissues and get ready to have goosebumps! Here are 15 beautiful Arkansas couples and their inspiring I dos.

Many of our featured couples’ wedding videos are included alongside their story and photos! Go ahead, binge watch (waterproof mascara recommended) and make note of the awesome videographers these local brides hired.

So check out these 15 real weddings in Arkansas from the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Arkansas Bride for some great ideas that you can put to use in your own way.








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Jun
7

Sadie + Bryan's Black and White Wedding at Legacy Acres

The Papes

Sadie Smith and Bryan Casillas met through graduate school at the University of Arkansas. A trip to D.C. for a transportation conference brought the two together, and Sadie says she doesn't think there's a day after that that they haven't talked. 

When it came to planning their wedding, Sadie and Bryan turned to planning geniuses, Anne-Claire Allen and Natasha Gates. The couple chose to say their I dos at Legacy Acres in Conway because of the venue's wide variety of perks. 

"I loved the idea of being able to get ready the day of as well as host the ceremony and reception all in one place," Sadie says. "We even had the rehearsal dinner at the outdoor pavilion at Legacy Acres the night before our wedding! On top of all this, the staff at Legacy Acres goes above and beyond to ensure they provide the highest quality service and accommodate you however they can."

Dive into the couple's gorgeous day filled with abundant greenery, a sleek dance floor and precious flower girls.

The Papes

The Papes

On the planning experience: "Truthfully, our planning process went very smoothly. I think this was largely because my mom and I love to-do lists and accomplishing tasks, Bryan was very helpful and supportive in any way he needed to be, and we had the planning genius of Anne-Claire Allen and Natasha Gates."

The Papes

The Papes

The Papes

On her wedding theme: "I wanted our wedding to be timeless. And I tend toward a classic, simple style typically. So the black and white theme Anne-Claire and Natasha helped bring to life exceeded my dreams."

The Papes

The Papes

On flower girl outfits: "My cousin, Chelsy, actually gets full credit for the amazing outfits our flower girls and ring bearers wore. The girls wore dresses with feather skirts that were an absolute show stopper. There were black feathers all over the dance floor at the end of the night, and it was hilarious."

The Papes

The Papes

The Papes

On bridal jewelry: "The rest of my bridal fashion was mostly jewelry. I wore white Kate Spade earrings to match the black earrings my bridesmaids wore. Outside of my engagement ring and wedding band though, the most special piece of jewelry was a ring my mom gave me to wear as my something blue. It was a ring my grandparents had given her for her 18th birthday that she had intentionally saved to be the something blue in her daughters’ weddings someday. I can’t wait to pass this sweet heirloom down to my sister on her day."

The Papes

The Papes

On her wedding cake: "The cake kept with our classic and simple look. It was a tiered cake with smooth, white icing finish and beads bordering the bottom of each tier. White flowers were placed cascading down the cake. Our cake topper was my grandparents’, and then my parents used it as well. So this was another fun family heirloom we incorporated into the day!"

The Papes

The Papes

The Papes

On that amazing dance floor: "Anne-Claire and her husband Chris Owens helped bring in and set up the eye-catching center of our reception — a black and white checkered dance floor. The dance floor was centered under the breathtaking chandelier in the reception hall at Legacy Acres. Tables were arranged around the dance floor so that even if people weren’t dancing, they still felt a part of what was happening in the center of the room. We wanted the people who had come to celebrate our wedding with us to feel a part of our night and to enjoy themselves!"

The Papes

The Papes

Sadie's favorite moment of the night: "Some of my bridesmaids weren’t happy with the previous last song that had been chosen, so they requested a song they knew would be fun to end on. I remember dancing with Bryan, all of my best friends, and family to this last song and feeling so completely happy in this moment. I’m smiling right now as I type this. It was the most fun day, and this was the perfect end to the night — having all of our people right there with us!"

Sadie + Bryan | Wedding Teaser from Jessica Whalen Films on Vimeo.

The Details

Photography: The Papes
Venue: Legacy Acres, Conway
Videography: Jessica Whalen Films
Planning: Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, Little Rock
Florist: Magnolia Belle Floral, Conway
Furniture rental companies: Hank’s Event Rentals, Little Rock; Confetti’s Party Rental, Little Rock
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Cakes: PattiCakes Bakery, Conway
Caterer and drink service: Jill McCollum
DJ: DJ T-Rose with Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Invitations and save-the-dates: Minted
Programs and ceremony signage: Hobart Print Studio, Bryant
Thank-you notes: Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville
Wedding dress: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Groom/groomsmen attire: Walker Brothers, Fayetteville
Jeweler: Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers, Fayetteville
Hair: Lauren Musich with Joel’s Salon, Little Rock
Makeup: Merry Kline and Ashton Lewis with Belle & Blush, Little Rock

May
29

Emily + Cory's Classic Winter Wedding in Rogers

L A Y E R S

Rogers natives Emily Cox and Cory Martindale's relationship came full circle when they said their I dos in the same spot that Cory proposed. But the couple's pull towards Hunt Chapel goes back even further than that. 

Early on in their relationship, Cory took Emily home to see his family. The two drove by Hunt Chapel and she remembers it being the most beautiful place she'd ever seen. After that, it became the couple's favorite place to take their black lab Olive on walks. 

Three years later on what seemed to be an ordinary Thursday in March, the couple took Olive on a walk to Hunt Chapel. Little did Emily know, both Cory and Emily's entire family was hiding on the other side waiting for Cory to propose. "Twenty people from four different states had come into town for the occasion," Emily says. "It was something I will never forget."

We loved the couple's moody winter wedding in northwest Arkansas so much that we had to share it with you all.

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On their ceremony and reception venues: "We loved the idea of an evening, winter wedding as the sun was setting with dim lights and windows to look outside. We felt Pinnacle Country Club would have a similar ambiance as Hunt Chapel when the lights were dim. Everything came to life exactly as we had imagined."

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On her wedding dress: "I knew I wanted a lace dress but didn’t know what style. I thought my grandmother was the most beautiful, elegant bride, and her dress was lace. The one I chose reminded me of hers."

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On her theme: "Cory and I both love winter, so we wanted a classic winter wedding (not Christmas) with muted, smoky tones, gold elements and a few pops of color."

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On the lovely florals: "I chose the traditional white peonies and garden roses with burgundy and yellow ranunculus. To make a more wintery-looking bouquet, we added seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller to drape throughout and brunia for an added touch of something different."

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On reception decor: "I put all of our flowers at the reception venue – I wanted flowers everywhere. We had large and small arrangements and bud vases throughout with equally as many candles and votives. My favorite part was probably our photo guest book. We had a large frame draped with flowers for guests to take their pictures and distressed white easels to display the photos."

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On the cake: "I wanted a simple, but large wedding cake, so we chose a five-tier, ivory cake with greenery and our wedding flowers surrounding each tier. It was three different flavors — pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple, and butter almond with raspberry — and no one could choose a favorite."

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The Details:

Photographer: LAYERS Photography, Springdale
Planner: Amanda Reed Weddings, Springdale
Florist: ZuZu Petals & Gifts, Fayetteville
Furniture rental company: Hank’s Event Rentals, Little Rock
Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville
Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale
Caterer: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers
DJ/Band: Smoothman Music, Fayetteville
Bridal boutique: Tesori, Fayetteville
Bridesmaids attire: Tesori, Fayetteville
Groom/groomsmen attire: Mr. Tux NWA
Hair: Rebecca Kessler at Savant, Bentonville
Makeup: The Lash Studio Aesthetics & More, Fayetteville