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Oct
4

Sarah and Sam's Fall Wedding at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Jessica Brown Photography

Sarah Stone and Sam Hicks' love story began at Arkansas State University. Sarah was a freshman in the fall of 2014 and Sam was a sophomore. The two ran into each other during welcome week festivities and the two fell head over heels for each other.

Sam graduated a year before Sarah, so the two had to make long-distance work for a year. At the end of the year, Sarah was busy studying for finals so she hadn't made plans to see Sam. 

"As I was studying in my apartment, I heard a knock on the door and went to answer it (mind you, I looked like I had taken 30 finals at that point) and he was there on one knee," Sarah says. "I was confused and concerned, thinking he tripped because Sam is super clumsy. I asked him what he was doing and if he was hurt and he said 'Nope, just wanna ask you if you’d marry me?' and he pulled a box out of his pocket. You know I said yes!"

Read on for more of the lovely photos of Sam and Sarah's October 13 wedding in Hot Springs! 

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

On the dress: "I picked my wedding dress out because it was flattering and it came in blush (which is perfect for my Irish skin tone). It had lace detailing and a scalloped hem and made me feel beautiful."

Jessica Brown Photography

On the rest of her bridal fashion: "My shoes were my 'something blue' —velvet block heels that were super comfortable! I wore Tiffany’s pearl earrings I received as a college graduation present from my parents and wore a pearl necklace Sam got me for my birthday several years ago, and a pearl bracelet a dear family friend gave me as a high school graduation gift."

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

On the groom's look: "Sam wore a navy suit like the grooms and wine tie. My wedding present to Sam was dinosaur cuff links — he loves dinosaurs!"

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

On Sarah's wedding style: "I love Italian Ruscus and definitely wanted it in my florals. Sam and I are very outdoorsy and it's part of the reason why we chose our venue since you can see nature out of the many windows in the chapel."

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

On ceremony decor: "We kept ceremony decor very simple since the chapel radiates elegance and we didn’t want to overdo it!  We had pew markers made up of eucalyptus and Ruscus signifying the family rows and sprays hanging from the candelabras that framed the stage. At the guest book, a bouquet similar to reception flowers was present."

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

On the reception style: "We wanted everyone to feel welcome and ready to celebrate! We had a sweetheart table instead of a long table with the whole wedding party because we wanted guests to be able to find us easily and come say hi! Instead of having separate father/daughter and mother/son dances, towards the end of our first dance, we had our parents join us on the dance floor and had a couple’s dance!"

Jessica Brown Photography

Jessica Brown Photography

Sarah's wedding advice to any bride-to-be: "Plan the wedding you want — don’t listen to anyone else’s advice because only you really know what you and your future spouse want."

Jessica Brown Photography

On the feeling of being pronounced husband and wife: "Joyus, relieved, and excited. All the painstaking planning had been completed and we were married and it was time to party!"

The Details

Photography: Jessica Brown Photography
Venue: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
Florist: Johnson Floral Company, Hot Springs
Furniture and other rentals: The Warehouse, Hot Springs
Cake and groom's cake: Ambrosia Bakery, Hot Springs
Caterer: Catering Temptations, Hot Springs
DJ: Bill Remow
Invitations: Democrat Printing and Lithographing, Little Rock
Wedding dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom/groomsmen attire: JCPenney
Engagement ring & wedding band: Blue Nile
Groom’s wedding band: Kay Jewelers
Hair: Haley Morton
Makeup: Ashton Hill
Rehearsal dinner venue: Brick House Grill, Hot Springs

Oct
2

Megan + Austin's Romantic Fairytale Garden Wedding in Star City

Whitney Bower Imaging

Megan Mullikin and Bryan "Austin" Logan met on a beautiful snowy night when a mutual friend invited them to the same party. The heavy snow made Austin's truck the only safe vehicle to drive, and after riding together, the two spent all night talking and laughing. Austin asked Megan out a few weeks later, and the next semester he transferred from Arkansas Tech to UAM to be with her.

Austin proposed to Megan on the patio of her grandparents' condo on Lake Hamilton. During the meal beforehand, Austin accidentally spilled ketchup on Megan's blouse while trying to feed her a french fry. Megan's sister kept telling her that she needed to change clothes, but Megan, who thought they were just going bowling, saw no need. After Austin set up, Megan's sister told her to come to the patio to see someone on the lake.

Here's the story in Megan's words:

"When I opened the door, he was on his knee inside a flower petal heart holding my ring. Both of our families and close family friends were hiding on the patio to watch the surprise proposal. It was dusk dark outside and garden lights were twinkling overhead. Gold balloons that spelled out will you marry me were hanging up. We celebrated by having champagne and handmade engagement cookies with everyone as the sun set over the lake. It was absolutely beautiful, even with a huge ketchup stain on my shirt!"

Megan and Austin tied the knot at a stunning wedding at First Baptist Church of Star City. The unique reception at Star City Civic Center incorporated rich jewel tones of gold, sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple, crystal white and dark pink.

From the bright colors to the suspended cake, we can't get enough of this romantic fairytale garden reception. Here are a few photos from Megan and Austin's big day (and the stories behind them).

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

On the bride's fashion: "Attached to my bridal bouquet were two gold filigree hearts. One was to symbolize my late father and one was to symbolize my late Nana. The diamond bracelet that Austin gave me on our first look, was also worn during the wedding ceremony and reception. It was absolutely beautiful and a complete surprise."

Whitney Bower Imaging

On the reception theme: "Our reception style was inspired to be like a romantic fairytale garden. We wanted the reception to feel as if you were walking into a romantic fairytale garden at night. We both have always loved being outside so our vision was to bring the outside, inside. We wanted florals everywhere, especially cascading from the ceiling! We incorporated walls and hedges of boxwood greenery everywhere. There were crystal glowing trees throughout the wedding. Mine and Austin’s favorite color is blue and along with the other rich jewel tones they really set the night to be so romantic and a true fairytale!"

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

On the cake: "The bride's cake was suspended from the ceiling as if it was floating in air. There were cascading florals around the base of the cake that almost touched the floor. It was huge! This cake was one of the centerpieces of the room. One touch that we loved was the drawing of the cake that was framed next to the real cake that Natalie Madison drew when we had our meeting together. The two huge butterflies were my absolute favorite! They looked real and as if they had just landed on the cake."

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

On the groom's look: "Austin looked timeless for his wedding day. Austin was dressed in a traditional black tuxedo that was tailored to his measurements. He wore a floral pocket square instead of a traditional boutonniere that was so neat. The boutonniere covered the entire pocket, unlike the traditional boutonniere. He wore a gold and silver oyster Rolex watch given to him by me as a wedding gift. Austin had always dreamed of a Rolex, so it made the perfect accessory for him to have. He hopes to keep the Rolex in the family for many generations as an heirloom."

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

On the escort: "My Daddy Bill (grandfather) escorted me down the aisle. He is 91 years old and the sweetest man in the world. He has always been a big part of my life. We grew up a few blocks from my grandparents and after my father died when I was a little girl, he has always been by my side for any daddy-daughter events. He is known around our home town as Daddy Bill by everyone."

Whitney Bower Imaging

Whitney Bower Imaging

The Details:

Photography: Whitney Bower Imaging

Videography: Supi Photography

Photo booth: Arkansas Selfie Stand

Planning: Young Designs

Florist: Silks A Bloom, Little Rock

Furniture rentals: Hanks Event Rentals, Little Rock

Silverware, plates, glasses: Confetti’s Party Rental Company, Little Rock

Faux trees, hedge boxwood walls: White Door Events, Memphis

Lighting and dance floor: Landers' Vision, Riverside, Missouri

Cakes: Art Is In Cakes, Bakery & Supply, Little Rock

Caterer, Ice Cream Sunday Bar, Drink Service: Pine Bluff Country Club

DJ/Band: Aces Wild Band, Little Rock

Ceremony pianist: Andrea Thomas

Ceremony vocalists: Eddie Beard and Lindsey Weast

Invitations: By Invitation Only, Little Rock

Wedding dress and veil: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley

Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Little Rock

Groom/groomsmen attire: Jos A. Bank, Little Rock

Jeweler: Sissy's Log Cabin, Little Rock

Hair: Lindsey Weast at Just Teasin’ Salon, Star City

Makeup: Reagan Mosley

Honeymoon: Vicki Koch at Sue Smith’s Vacations Travel agency

Rehearsal dinner venue: The Village Steak House, Star City

Sep
19

Maddison + Cameron's Romantic Hunting Lodge Wedding Day

Miles Witt Boyer

Maddison Stewart and Cameron Stone met through mutual friends after graduating from the University of Arkansas. They were both agriculture majors but their paths didn't cross until they were both in Fayetteville at a football game in the fall of 2015. 

When it came time to propose, Cameron popped the question in the perfect way — in fact, it was exactly how Maddison wanted to be proposed to. Maddison's family has land and a duck lodge in Fair Oaks. It's her favorite place in the world.

"On the land, there is a dirt road nestled in trees that my dad calls, Maddison’s Road," she says. "He took me to my road and asked me to marry him. It was such a special moment for the two of us with no one else. I love that only he and I were in that moment. It’s such a sacred conversation and it means so much that we will share that experience together forever."

Little did Maddison know that Cameron had asked their friends to come to the lodge to celebrate the lovebirds. 

It seemed like a no-brainer for the couple to have their reception at the hunting lodge since it already played such an important role in their love story. They decided to have the ceremony at the First United Methodist Church of Wynne, which was the church Maddison grew up attending. 

Read on to find out more about Maddison and Cameron's beautiful, rustic wedding day complete with fun reception decor and incredible florals. 

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On her wedding dress: "My wedding dress is something special! I bought it at BHLDN and absolutely loved it! But when it came in, the fit was just completely off. I took it to get altered and it turns out that the top of my dress was made completely wrong. Our seamstress bought new fabric that matched the skirt of my gown and completely rebuilt the top and added new sleeves to the dress. My dress originally had straight sleeves with the lace down the arm and Mrs. Galinda put those awesome flowy sleeves on there ONE WEEK before my wedding! My dress did not get finished until the Sunday before the wedding!"

Miles Witt Boyer

On the bridesmaid dresses: "My bridesmaid dresses were from BHLDN, too. The cool thing that I love about those dresses is that my mom and I bought those dresses, so the girls didn’t have to spend money on another bridesmaid dress. We are donating them to dress shops across the state and country. I wanted them to go to girls that wanted the perfect prom dress but couldn’t afford one. The dresses deserved to go to someone who would love them."

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On Maddison's favorite fashion element from the day: "On the wedding day, I gave my mom a charm bracelet. The meaning behind this goes way back! She used to have a charm bracelet that was stolen not long after I was born. On that charm bracelet, she had a charm that held a seed pearl my daddy found when he was eating oysters. I’ve heard her talk about that charm bracelet as long as I can remember. Her wishing she could just have that one piece of jewelry back. Just before my parents' 30th wedding anniversary, my dad found another seed pearl... and a 30th anniversary is a pearl anniversary! HOW CRAZY! So, I took that seed pearl, had a charm made and gave that to her as a gift to show how appreciative Cam and I are for her."

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On wedding flowers: "Oh. My. Gosh. I cried when I saw my bouquet. It was so heavy but the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen. I have no idea what type of flowers were in it honestly. It just looked natural and just like my personality. My bouquet and Cam’s boutonniere had pheasant feathers in them. Those represented my Papa that passed away a few years ago. Also, on the stem of my bouquet was a string of pearls that belonged to my grandmother that I never got to meet. My mother wore those same pearls on her wedding day."

Miles Witt Boyer

On ceremony decor: "Our church is so pretty on the inside so we kept it really simple on decorations. Just a few flowers and candles. We had seven candles on the altar in the sanctuary that represented family and loved ones that Cam and I have lost that we wished so badly they could be there. My brother and Cameron’s sister lit those candles before the ceremony started."

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On the groom's fashion: "Cam wore a very sophisticated and classic navy tux with black lapels and a black tie along with his black cowboy boots. I have to say, when I saw him at the end of the aisle (because that’s the first time we saw each other), I thought, 'Dang! I’ve got one handsome soon-to-be husband!'"

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On their wedding cake: "Our cake was very simple. White cake and some twigs, berries and branches as decorations. We used my parent's wedding cake topper! So, that was special for us."

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On their first dance song: "Our first dance was to 'The Sweetest Thing' by JJ Grey and Mofro. We love JJ Grey! We had a live band that sang it. It was perfect."

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

Miles Witt Boyer

On her favorite thing about her spouse: "It’s hard to pick ONE thing I love most about Cam. He is just such a good person. But I think what I love most about him is he is fearless. He is sure of himself, has never questioned our relationship and will do anything to make our marriage work. He doesn’t care what it will take to take care of us, he is just fearless. And he makes me fearless. With him on my side, we can do anything together."

Maddison & Cameron // The Highlight Reel from Brandon Buccheri on Vimeo.

The Details

Photography and videography: Miles Witt Boyer
Planning and florist: Thread-Design & Events, Wynne
Furniture rentals and lighting: White Door Events, Memphis
Cake and groom’s cake: Kathy Melton
Caterer and drink service: Pink Flamingo Catering, Memphis
Band: Memphis Soul Revue
Invitations: Designed by bride
Wedding dress: BHLDN and revised by Mrs. Galinda in Jonesboro
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
Groom/groomsmen attire: Black Tux
Jeweler: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock
Hair and makeup: Genna Thompson and Kelsey Smith
Honeymoon travel agency: Heather at Peacock Travel Group, Little Rock
Rehearsal dinner venue: Cajun Express, Wheatley

Sep
12

Katelyn's Breathtaking Bridals in Lush Central Arkansas

Natalie Smith

Maumelle native Katelyn Sims and Cabot native Layne Labuddle are officially married! The couple tied the knot on Saturday, June 8, 2019, so we can finally share Katelyn's beautiful bridal session at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock and Marlsgate Plantation in Scott.

The Details:

Photography: Natalie Smith 

Bridal boutique: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley

Bouquet: Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Venue: Old State House Museum, Little Rock & Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Hair: Whitley Cowart

Makeup: Lauren Benét

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith