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Nov
9

Stunning Sunset Styled Shoot at White Rock Mountain

Lee Powers Photography

This intimate, elopement styled shoot is absolutely breathtaking and goes to show that it pays off to pack into a car and get off the beaten path for your wedding or bridal portraits. Photographer Laura Powers of Lee Powers Photography kept the shoot simple and minimalistic, but with a beautiful modern gown that matched the hues of the sunset. 

Laura says the crew packed into Danny's 4-Runner at around 4 p.m. and headed to White Rock Mountain. Driving down the Pig Trail, they decided to stop at the famous Pig Trail Bypass Country Cafe for some "hooshburgers." "It's not just any roadside cafe/ convenient store, this is actually a significant place near the Ozark National Forest," Laura says. "It was named to have the best burger in Arkansas, made by owner Hooshand Nazarali who moved here from Iran and created the kebab/cheeseburger known as the hooshburger."

Lee Powers Photography

Lee Powers Photography

Lee Powers Photography

"There's nothing better than heading to an elopement with your best friends, downing cheeseburgers in the car with the windows down laughing and listening to good music," Laura says. "White Rock Mountain is breathtaking with a 180-degree view of the mountains."

Lee Powers Photography

Lee Powers Photography

Lee Powers Photography

Lee Powers Photography

"[White Rock Mountain] is a prime location for any elopement ceremony. Once you drive to White Rock it's only a five-minute walk to the overlook. There are even plenty of cabins at the top of the hill of guests and friends to stay after the ceremony."

Lee Powers Photography

The Details

Photography: Lee Powers Photography

Venue: White Rock Mountain

Models: Kelsey & Danny Henkel

Gown: Carol Hannah Kensington Tank + Mulberry Skirt from Lovely Bride, Dallas

Suit: Dillards 

Nov
1

Fall Bridal Fashion Inspiration at Legacy Acres

Reid & Brittany Photography

With the weather finally starting to dip below 80 degrees, we can finally get excited about fall fashion. Brittany Riggan with Reid & Brittany Photography curated this styled shoot featuring all the fresh new styles available at She Said Yes in the Heights. We're loving all the lace, low-back and full-skirt moments in this styled shoot. 

The Details

Photography: Reid & Brittany Photography 
Venue:
Legacy Acres, Conway 
Dress Boutique: She Said Yes in the Heights, Little Rock
Hair & Makeup: Urban Society Salon, Conway
Flowers: Petal Chik Designs, Little Rock
Dress Designers: Dessy (bridesmaid dresses); WToo; Enzoani; Martina Liana 
Models: Kayla Johnson, Kaitlyn Jensen, Crystal Elrod 
Planning: Brittany Riggan with Reid & Brittany Photography 

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Reid & Brittany Photography

Oct
9

Meet Corson Beauty: A New All-Natural (And Local) Skincare Company

Corson Beauty

We all know how important the pre-wedding skincare regime is and we know of a new all-natural skincare company that just might be the answer to our prayers. 

Originally from northern Minnesota, sisters Bridget Corson Ford and Marilyn Corson couldn't find the type of skincare products they were looking for. Instead of settling, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The sisters decided to create their own 100 percent plant-based skincare company called Corson Beauty — made right here in Little Rock. 

The products contain no fillers and no water. Bridget and Marilyn use only non-comedogenic and low-comedogenic oils (read: non-clogging) to moisturize skin. The company is very transparent — their website dives deep into the thought process behind each product and why it's natural and effective. Even the product's fresh, often fruity smells are 100 percent natural. The sisters use pure essential oils to lightly scent the products. 

Staff member Lydia has been trying the products for a little over a month and can attest to the incredible smells and textures of the products. Her personal fave? The toner. She likes to keep it handy for a mid-day skin refresher on these somehow still hot Arkansas days. 

Corson Beauty

We also asked Bridget what her recommendations are for getting skin wedding-day ready. Here are her tips:

  • Collagen. Bridget puts a bit in her smoothies, oatmeal or coffee. 
  • Sunscreen. She recommends applying every day before putting on your makeup. Her brand of choice? Suntegrity available at Winc Beauty
  • Lots and lots of water. She recommends a Birkey water filter (available on Amazon). 
  • Face masks. Because a little self-care never hurt anyone. 

Corson Beauty is available online or you can shop in-person at Winc in the Heights and Box Turtle in Hillcrest. For more information on the brand or the products, head to the website

Oct
1

Meet the Stylist: Adrianne Brooks

Courtesy of Adrianne Brooks

Next up in our "Meet the Stylists" series is Adrianne Brooks of Whiplash Beauty. Adrianne has been in the wedding business for six years, and in 2013, she opened Whiplash Beauty. She's worked on all sides of the beauty industry, and she talked with us about prep work, the best part of being a stylist and what she does when she's not working.

Let's take a look into the life of Adrianne Brooks.

What did you do before?

Before becoming a makeup artist, I worked in corporate product development before venturing out on my own to create a cosmetics manufacturing company. I eventually sold the cosmetics manufacturing company and went to beauty school and now have come full circle in the beauty industry!

How would you describe your beauty style?

My beauty style for my clients is fairly natural  the complete opposite of my beauty style. About 85 percent of the weddings that we do are out-of-state brides, and the majority request a natural bridal look. So we have worked really hard to tailor to the natural side of beauty to enhance the beauty of a "Natural State" wedding. But don't get me wrong, we LOVE the glam side, too!

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

My main focus is to really hear what my clients are saying. This includes a lot of reading between the lines in what they want, what their fiancé wants and the overall theme of their wedding. We always do a trial beforehand to work out issues in their look and to make sure that the bride and her fiancé feel 100 percent confident in their day-of look.

What do you love about being a stylist?

I love the people that we have the honor of working with. This is one of the biggest days of their lives, and it is a huge responsibility to me and my team to make sure that they love their wedding look and feel amazing. The look on a bride's face when she sees herself all put together to meet her groom is the most accomplished feeling that you can have!

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

To relax and let us do our job. It is our responsibility to work with the coordinators, family, maids of honor, moms, etc. to make sure the day runs smoothly and to keep all the pressure off the bride. This is why we do a trial beforehand, as well. When we show up to a wedding, we like to go in as prepared as possible, and we will do all of the prep work to ensure that the day runs smoothly on the beauty end.

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

More makeup! There is always someone around who wants to go makeup shopping or to try new techniques or to just discussing trends and products. My mom is into beauty as well, and she is always sending me new suggestions on products and treatments to try. My husband also owns a gym in Hot Springs, Flex Fitness, so I spend a lot of time there as well.

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

Mexican and margaritas! Or a day on the lake works wonders, as well.

To see more of Adrianne's work at Arkansas Bride, click here!