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Oct
16

Colorful, Fruity Wedding Inspiration at The Loft at Stone Oak

Kim Christopher Photography

Heart eyes for this peachy keen shoot at The Loft at Stone Oak. From the fun fruity details to the gorgeous gown, there's so much to love about this shoot.

The Details

Photography: Kim Christopher Photography
Venue: The Loft at Stone Oak
Planning: Britt Jones Co.
Florals: Samantha's Garden
Cake: Rick's Bakery
Gown: Tesori
Suit: Beau's Tuxedos
Invites and stationery: Line Avenue Calligraphy
Beauty: Kari Wein

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Kim Christopher Photography

Oct
14

Elizabeth + Matthew's Beautiful Jackson, Mississippi Wedding

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Elizabeth and Matthew Bates first met on New Year’s Eve. Elizabeth accepted an invitation to spend the evening with a friend-of-a-friend in Jackson, all the while expecting she would know no one there and would most likely not have the best time. That night, Elizabeth struck up a conversation with a young man named Matthew who shared her love for the Delta. The two had such a great time that Matthew invited Elizabeth to lunch the next day at their favorite Mexican restaurant Cazadores. 

“The next weekend we were trapped in Jackson because the roads were iced over. Looking back, I am super thankful for that winter storm because that truly is when we got to know one another,” Elizbeth says. “The weekend after the ice storm, I had my wisdom teeth removed, telling the surgeon and my mother all about this ‘boy I was going to marry.’ I guess it's true what they say about love at first sight since it only took us 14 days to know we would be where we are now.”

The two decided to marry in the place where their love story began — Jackson, Mississippi. The couple chose Duling Hall as their venue, which was only .02 miles from the church they got married in, which was a major perk for Elizabeth as she wanted to cut down on guest’s travel time. 

Read on for more of Elizabeth and Matthew’s detail-filled, totally unique wedding day in the Mississippi Delta.

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On the couple’s wedding rings:I love the story of our rings! My paternal Grandmother played a huge role in my life. I was her only granddaughter so I feel like that’s one reason why I treasure her so much. She had a tennis bracelet that my aunt split between the families. Each individual got four diamonds from the bracelet. My dad has had two of the diamonds made into diamond stud earrings, and another one a drop necklace. Both of these were done at Sissy’s Log Cabin in Memphis. It was not a question that my fourth and final diamond would be my engagement ring, but I was having trouble finding a setting I liked. The earrings and the necklace remained in the original setting, and it was important to me that the ring did too, however, it was round diamond set in a square white gold setting and it would have been odd to have four really pointy sides. I ended up finally finding a ring that had a square setting with rounded corners and it was perfect. Together, we went to Sissy’s and met with Mary, the jeweler who did my other pieces, and she made my vision come true. On top of the center diamond being my grandmothers, the diamonds down the side were actually given to my mother by that same paternal grandmother to make her wedding band. She then gifted them to me for my band. As far as Matthew’s ring, my dad actually gifted him his wedding band. So we are just all about family jewelry in this family!”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On getting to design her stationery herself: “I did everything myself and this was probably the most fun part of the wedding planning. I studied graphic design for three years in college and typography is my element. I was able to use matching fonts and themes on every piece of stationery: from the engagement announcements to the rehearsal dinner invitations to the menu, actual wedding invitation, detail cards, to the programs, welcome bag notes, itinerary and personalized thank-you notes. I was and am so proud of the paper products I created for our day!”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On her bridal fashion: “I found the belt at Low’s and then did lots of research on what I wanted to wear in my hair. I really wanted a “birdcage” type of veil but did not want anything covering my eyes. I finally decided that I just needed to create my own. So, I found a hair comb on Etsy that was an EXACT match and took it to the sweetest seamstress in Helena (Maureen Jones of Haute Pare). She attached some netting to the comb and it was perfect! I received so many compliments and it was just what I wanted.”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On what inspired her wedding style: “I pretty much came up with this theme on my own. I knew I wanted mauve, of course, and wanted to include a burgundy/wine/maroon because Matthew is a HUGE Mississippi State fan. Of course, I Pinterested and Googled things here and there, but I had a traditional vision of what I wanted and had the team that brought it to life.”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On her ceremony décor: “We had very limited ceremony décor per my request. We did have flowers above the altar with six candles in memory of loved ones. I wanted the candles specifically in the middle of the flowers. I had no idea this was not common and it was a total pain trying to find REAL candles and candlesticks that would work. I was finally able to find glass candlesticks tall enough at Kirkland’s. I wanted pew markers to be the only greenery, but not the lighter greenery like sand dollar eucalyptus. With the help of my wonderful florist, we chose Italian Ruscus on the pews, and two matching wreaths with a hydrangea attached to the church doors.”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On her reception style: “I wanted every single detail to have a meaning. I mean everything. The style at our reception was completely us and no one else. From the koozies with our dog on them, Delta food station, to the Early Bird Station with my maternal Grandmother’s biscuits, to the Kid’s Fishing Station (with real goldfish!), and traditional flowers, it was our style.”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On the music played throughout the reception: “Motown. But, I did have Baby Shark played on the dance floor for our little friends!”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On her best wedding planning advice: “Don’t involve more people than need to be involved. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what other people think or want, it’s just what makes you and your husband happy, which in my case was making it all about ‘us’ in regards to food, songs, drinks, koozies, etc.”

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

On her favorite wedding moment: “Matthew is the most laid back person ever and throughout planning our wedding, I learned he would have my back no matter what. I think that’s super important. We have no secrets, which makes life easy. I think my favorite moment of the night is when he looked at me and said, ‘This is all so perfect.’ I said, ‘Duh!!!’”

 

The Details

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography and Films

Videography: Emma Allen

Day-of coordinator: Stephanie Cummins

Florist: Grapevine Cakes, Catering and Floral, Greenwood, Mississippi

Furniture rentals: Pretty Presentations Catering and Event Rentals, Meridian, Mississippi

Lighting/tents: Alpha Tent & Event, Benton, Mississippi

Fish cookies and candy at the Kid’s Fishing Station: Pretty Presentations Catering and Event Rentals, Meridian, Mississippi

Doughnuts: Shipley’s Donuts

Caterer, cake and groom’s cake: Pretty Presentations Catering and Event Rentals, Meridian, Mississippi

Drink service: Hal & Mal’s, Jackson, Mississippi

Band: 1-900 Band

Ceremony music: Mary Catherine Fehrenbacher, Pianist 

Invitations: Created by the bride and ordered via Mingo Press

Wedding dress: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley

Veil, shoes, garter, other accessories: Haute Paré, Helena 

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Jeweler: Sissy’s Log Cabin

HMUA: Christina Crowley

Honeymoon travel agent: Peggy Edgmon with Gulliver’s Travel, Memphis

Rehearsal dinner venue: The Iron Horse Grill, Jackson, Mississippi

Oct
9

Kaitlyn & Jack's Timelessly Modern Little Rock Wedding

Kailey Beth Photography

Kaitlyn Brown and Jack Shuffield said their I dos at Grandeur House on March 8, 2019, amidst a gorgeous sea of colorful blooms, personalized touches and one gorgeous cake. 

Kaitlyn made this magical day a reality by working with the pros at JLK Weddings and ZuZu's Petals & Gifts for almost a year before she and Jack were even engaged. 

"Getting to know these women and their staff made the experience of planning our own wedding all the more delightful and stress-free," she says.

Read on to find out more about this timelessly modern and colorful March wedding.

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On that gorgeous gown: "My wedding dress was so different than I would have imagined but I love it all the more for that reason. Betsy, Unveiled's owner, felt like a true fairy godmother the day we picked out my dress. She was able to narrow down the options and help guide me to the modern timeless dress I fell in love with." 

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On her favorite bridal fashion elements: "Hands down one of my favorite details from the wedding was getting to wear Jack’s mother's veil in the ceremony and the hat my mother got married in to leave in. Getting to honor them while wearing a piece from both of their wedding days was something really special to me. I also really felt like 'Parent Trap' vibes were coming through with my mother’s hat, which is always an added bonus." 

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On her wedding style: "Classic garden-esque design with modern touches. I have a deep love for flowers after working at the flower shop so there were hand-painted floral elements throughout the wedding (cake, envelope liners, and more)."

Kailey Beth Photography

On the wedding day blooms: "My bridal bouquet was a mix of textures and tones. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres were full of colors and I couldn’t have loved each one anymore. There were kumquats, tulips, garden roses, poppies, etc. throughout all the blooms and it was such a delight! It felt like ZuZu’s picked a flower from every garden in the best way!"

Kailey Beth Photography

On the ceremony decor: "Asymmetrical ceremony focal point full of greens and muted and citrus tones with pops of brighter blooms mixed in. The white Chiavari chairs in the ceremony created a minimalistic blank canvas to allow the floral designs to pop."

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On their reception style: "Our reception was inspired by a classic garden-esque design with modern touches. It truly felt like a timeless garden party." 

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On that beautiful cake: "A modern, hand-painted, work of ART. Sweet Lavender Bakeshop went above and beyond to create the most beautiful cake for us."

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On wedding day snafus: "Thankfully there wasn’t really any chaos the day of the wedding. The only slight hiccup I found out about after the wedding was that Jack’s wedding band got stuck on his brother's finger for a little while… oops."

Kailey Beth Photography

Kailey Beth Photography

On the feeling of being pronounced husband and wife: "Relieved, overjoyed, excited… but mostly thankful to finally be husband and wife."

Kailey Beth Photography

 

The Details

Photography: Kailey Beth Photography
Venue: Grandeur House, Little Rock
Videography: Alex Blakenship
Planning: JLK Weddings, Bentonville
Florist: ZuZu’s Petals & Gifts, Fayetteville
Linens: Party Time Rental & Events, Little Rock
Cake and groom's cake: Sweet Lavender Bakeshop, Little Rock
Other desserts: Fork & Crust, Fayetteville & Rogers
Caterer: Gina’s Catering, Benton
DJ: DJ Mario
Invitations: Designed by couple's friends
Wedding dress: Unveiled Bridal Collection, Little Rock
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS, Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom and Dillard's
Groom/groomsmen attire: The Black Tux
Jeweler: Kyle Rochelle and Kenneth Edwards
Hair: Kayla Lybrand
Makeup: Jessica Humerick, Little Rock 
Transportation: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock

Oct
4

Meet Tesori Owner Lindsey Stavely

Photo courtesy of Tesori

In anticipation of the upcoming INSPIRE Wedding Shows, we'll be sitting down with a few of the show's partners and getting the scoop on their business, what they offer brides and grooms and what they're looking forward to at the next INSPIRE show! 

First up is Lindsey Stavely, owner of Tesori in Fayetteville. This beautiful bridal boutique carries a wide assortment of gowns from designers like Hayley Paige, Pronovias and Allure. 

Read on to find out more about Lindsey and the story behind Tesori!

What inspired you to start your business?

Lindsey Stavely: "Tesori started out as an upscale women’s boutique that over time transitioned to formalwear with a natural introduction of wedding gowns. We saw a need in northwest Arkansas to offer brides not only designers but a shopping experience that was out of this world so they didn’t feel the need to travel out of town to find their dream dress.

We pride ourselves in seeking out the best and most current designers at the world’s biggest bridal markets. It’s important to us to not only stay relevant with designers but also offer looks that you don’t see every day."


Has the wedding industry always been something you’ve been interested in?

LS: "Not really. As a business, if you want to be successful you have to listen to your customer's wants and needs and although I never imagined working with brides, once I got the opportunity I knew it was what Tesori was always supposed to be. It was natural and it made sense — it was so rewarding to be part of a person’s wedding day. A day they will never forget!"


What’s one of your favorite things about your job?

LS: "Connecting with our brides and customers, we are helping them for what will be one of the biggest and most memorable days of their lives. I can always tell when a dress is 'the one' and there is just something really special about that. It is truly a privilege to be part of the process. It never gets old!"


What’s a typical day-in-the-life like for you?

LS: "It’s usually something different every day, which I love because I’m pretty spontaneous. I think people look at owning a bridal store think it’s all glitz and glam… and don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of that! However, owning a business and operating a business entails two totally different things. I’m proud to say that me and my business partner, Erin Bridges, do both, which is pretty rare.

We do a lot of the behind-the-scenes business things but you’ll often catch us out on the sales floor working with brides, too. It was important for us to connect with our customers and also to show our staff that you aren’t working for us… you are working WITH us. I handle all the social media, event planning, placing orders along with buying, so depending on what all we have going on I’m working on one of those things. I’m really big into health and wellness so I make it a top priority to get a workout in either before or after work — gotta take care of yourself to be able to take care of others."


What do you love about getting to help brides find their dream dress?

LS: "Oh, I could go on and on about this one! A wedding is essentially signifying the rest of your life with your person — so getting to be part of this process is so special and not something we take for granted. I always say that brides may not remember my name but they will remember how I made them feel and how special their experience was at Tesori. I often think about the stories brides will tell their daughters about Tesori and it truly gives me butterflies. Getting to be part of such a special story and essentially family history blows my mind!"

Photo courtesy of Tesori


Tell me about the lines that you all carry. What are some of your favorites or the most popular?

LS: "We pride ourselves in bringing Hayley Paige and Blush by Hayley Paige to Arkansas as the first store to stock the line when we first opened with bridal in 2014. It was a big deal and still is — Hayley Paige is regarded as THE bridal designer among her peers and we were thrilled to bring that to brides locally being that she was mostly in bigger cities at the time.

We love Pronovias as well, it’s a line out of Barcelona and is known for its insane lace that has just a touch of modern sophistication but also offers streamlined and clean fabrics such as crepe that we can’t get enough of!

We just picked up a new line called BECCAR and we are one of six stockists in the entire United States that carry it and is exclusive to us here in Arkansas. The line is like nothing we have in the store with amazing texture details and most gowns have coordinating veils that are truly the icing on the cake.

Allison Webb is the Audrey Hepburn of bridal and has the most amazing and architectural gowns. One of her newer gowns has a plunging back with a gorgeous black bow that is truly breathtaking and I’m pretty sure if I could marry the same man but new dress that’s what I would choose because it’s so memorable."


What’s your favorite gown silhouette?

LS: "I got married in a sheath silhouette so I’m biased! It’s definitely not for everyone however I love it for its simplicity and oftentimes being understated."


What are your favorite trends you’re seeing in the industry right now?

LS: "We are seeing pops of black like I mentioned earlier about the Allison Webb dress, which I’m loving! We have continued to see a lot of texture on gowns whether it’s layers of layered lace or 3D applique. I truly can’t get enough of the texture and details."


What’s your go-to advice for brides looking for their dream dress?

LS: "I would say the most important thing is to keep an open mind when you are shopping. It’s definitely important to have an idea of what you like but it’s truly hard to know until you start trying on. When you go into a bridal store to shop I would focus on what you think you love but listen to the bridal consultant because of all their expert advice."


What are you looking forward to the most with the upcoming INSPIRE show?

LS: "The overall aesthetic of the INSPIRE show is so different than any other bridal show we’re involved in. Tanarah and her team think outside the box and is a breath of fresh air with their designs so we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. We got to see a sneak peek of the theme and we can’t wait for everyone to see!"

For more info about Tesori, click here. For more about INSPIRE, read our latest blog post about dates, locations and how you can snag tickets.