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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
13

Don't Wait — Submit Your Real Wedding by August 24

Meredith Benton Photography

It's that time again! We're accepting your Real Wedding submissions for a chance to be featured in our 2019 Spring/Summer issue!

Be just like Allison and Tyler Rooks (pictured above), who were featured in our 2018 Fall/Winter issue, by submitting your wedding photos to us! Photographers, you can see your photos published inside our nearly 200-page magazine, just by doing the same.

Deadline is August 24 for...

  • Real Weddings: For full instructions on how to submit your Real Wedding, click here.
  • Styled Shoots: As always, we're including styled shoots in our Spring/Summer issue, but we're always looking for styled shoots to post on our blog. Click here to submit

Please do not submit anything you've already submitted to another magazine. We only feature exclusive content in print.

No deadline ever for...

  • Blog submissions: ArkansasBride.com is where 1,000-plus bridal visitors come daily for the scoop on Arkansas weddings. If you submit for print and we can't use it, we just might use it on the blog! Or you can send submissions year-round to be featured on the blog — from engagements and bridals to real weddings and styled shoots! Here's how to submit for the blog.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@arkansasbride.com.

Jul
10

Meet the Photographer: Erin Wilson

Photo courtesy of Erin Wilson

If you know anything about wedding photography in Arkansas, you're going to recognize Erin Wilson's name. Erin is an incredible photographer working in both the digital and film mediums. Her work has been featured in online and print publications across the country such as Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Southern Weddings, 100 Layer Cake, Adorn, The Knot, and countless times in Arkansas Bride

Beyond photography, Erin is adept at designing, branding, website designing and blogging. She recently aided Vase and Vine with this company rebrand, which is stunning in its own right

Without further ado, we'd like to introduce the woman behind the camera:

How long have you been a professional wedding photographer?

I am on my fourth year of wedding photography.

What did you do before?

I owned my own hair and jewelry accessory business for four years where I did everything from designing, distributing, branding, website designing, blogging to product photography which is where I fell in love with photography and decided to start pursuing wedding photography.

How would you describe your photography style?

I am a fine art film photographer focused on organic romantic imagery and moments.

What are moments you make sure to capture on a wedding day?

I really love the moments that happen after something big at a wedding, like after the bride puts her dress on and her mom just looks at her and her eyes well up with tears and they hug. I love the excitement right after the ceremony when everyone is hugging and congratulating. Another one of my favorite moments to see (not as photogenic) is to see the groom look at his hand over and over again and touch his new ring. I'm always a sucker for a gorgeous first dance... when I see a couple that just can't stop looking at each other and are swept up in the moment... it's beautiful to photograph.

What do you love about being a wedding photographer?

I love knowing that these beautiful images are preserving one of the most important days in a couples life. I know the way I look back at my wedding photos and I know how important these images will be to them in 10, 20, 30 years from now so being there right from the start and documenting their day is so important to me. I love that I get to work with the sweetest coolest couples that let me create art as part of their love story as well as documenting their entire day. It's just really special to be a part of something so important to them.

What’s your favorite part of photographing a wedding?

This is a good one... I love it all honestly but in the moment as I'm photographing and I step back I love seeing the entire day as a whole and seeing my couples surrounded by everyone that loves them. It's so amazing when you see how excited all their friends and family are as they become husband and wife. I think that's why I love seeing the excitement right after the ceremony when everyone is hugging and congratulating. As a photographer, I really love my time with portraits of just the two of them and especially when the groom cannot get over how gorgeous his bride is!

What’s one piece of advice you like to give brides on their big day?

I would love to answer this in two parts. First, as a female to female, just truly soak up and enjoy the day. Don't worry about what could go wrong or worry about tiny things.... just be in the moment and focus on the fact that you are getting married to the love of your life. The day will fly by so fast and I urge brides to just soak it up! It's the beginning of your lives together and I hope that all brides can just take that in. It's such a special day.

Secondly, as a photographer to a bride, I would advise looking around at all your favorite venues and vendors first before choosing a wedding date. I have had to say that I am not available way more than I can ever say I am available for a date because so many brides get married on the same dates. So if you have your heart set on somewhere or with certain vendors maybe check around first before you set your date! I also recommend booking plenty of time with your photographer so you can slow down your wedding day and take time to be with everyone and enjoy the day instead of packing in loads of photos in a short amount of time and not taking the time to soak in the day.

What price points can brides expect?

My couples can spend on average of $5000+ for a full wedding package and sessions and I give TONS of images! I also shoot film and digital and film is the most gorgeous dreamy medium to use to document my amazing couples.

When you’re not shooting weddings, what do you like to do with your spare time?

I am a pretty busy as I travel all over Arkansas and all of the U.S. this year but when I do get a precious little slice of time I love to spend it with my family (my husband Josh and two children — my daughter Penelope Lane who is 10 and my son Emerson Gray who is 4). We throw parties and get-togethers and have people over at our house. We started a garden this year and love cooking fresh foods together. I'm obsessed with HGTV and home design as well as beauty and fashion. I have a huge passion for traveling which I get to do with my job and in my spare time, too. I absolutely love seeing a new place and culture and simply walking the streets and soaking up everything around me.

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy wedding weekend?

The most ideal wedding wind down the day after a wedding would be getting a pedicure, reading some fashion magazines, picking out pretty tile for a home renovation, cooking a yummy fresh meal for my friends and family and winding down watching some HGTV.

To reach out to Erin about wedding photography, click here. To see more of her work that we've featured on Arkansas Bride, click here

Jul
9

Katie Jo's Heber Springs Bridals Dramatic and Gorgeous

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Katie Jo of Heber Springs and Willy Pickhardt of Fayetteville exchanged vows on May 12, 2018, so now we're happy to present her gorgeous bridal shoot. Caitlin Trickett Photography took Katie Jo's portraits in Heber Springs, the bride's hometown, and we are in love with the venue's dramatic flair.

The Details

Photography: Caitlin Trickett Photography
Bridal boutique: Low's Bridal and Formal, Brinkley
Venue: Heber Springs

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

Caitlin Trickett Photography

For more bridals and engagements, click here!