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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
17

Arkansas Wedding Cakes & Caterers: A Comprehensive List of Arkansas' Best Bakers

Benjamin Martin Photography

Cake: Stephanie Boyd, Little Rock | From the November 2017 wedding of Jessica & Andrew Watson

Your wedding cake will be the centerpiece of your reception. The bakers and caterers inside Arkansas Bride's comprehensive guide can help you deliver the goods on your big day.

  • Click here to browse through Arkansas bakeries and food preparers. You can search by keyword or by area.

  • Or click here to see the listings as they appear in the digital edition of Arkansas Bride.

Jul
13

Music to Our Ears: Popular Arkansas Wedding Songs

Music plays such a huge role in weddings — from walking down the aisle to the first dance. Those chords and crooning lyrics set the tone as a bride dances with her father or a groom with his mother in front of all their friends and family. We took a look at all the real weddings in Arkansas Bride during 2018 to see what couples are dancing along to in Arkansas.

Processional

  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  • “Concerning Hobbits” by Howard Shore
  • “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  • “Be the Song” by Foy Vance
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

First Dance

  • “The Princess Diaries Waltz” by John Debney
  • “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams
  • “In My Life” by The Beatles
  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

(Fun Fact: "Perfect" is the only song we saw multiple times among the chosen Arkansas real weddings this year.)

  • “Stay With You” by John Legend
  • “Wilderness” by Jon Bryant
  • “She Likes It in the Morning (More than I Love Her)” by Clay Walker
  • “Then” by Brad Paisley
  • “For Your Precious Love” by Otis Redding

Father-Daughter Dance

  • “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “Daughters” by John Mayer
  • “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” by Linda Ronstadt
  • “Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores
  • “Always Stay Humble & Kind” by Tim McGraw
  • “You Love Is Mine” by I Am They

Mother-Son Dance

  • “Luven Me” by Nelly
  • “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

Bonus: Recessional

  • “Kiss the Girl” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

To look at other musicians we feature on Arkansas Bride, click here!

Jul
12

We're Smitten With Paper! (Inside the Fall/Winter 2018 Arkansas Bride)

Head over heels with wedding menus, maps and more used by brides of this season's Real Weddings.


1. STAMP OF APPROVAL

Erin Wilson Photography

Bride Hannah Long sourced these gorgeous vintage stamps from the Little Postage House for her Moss Mountain nuptials. LPH gathers unused vintage stamps from across the country to curate gorgeous postage suites for brides — from patriotic and playful to floral and architectural.


2. GOING TO THE CHAPEL

Erin Wilson Photography

We’re suckers for super personalized details, especially when it comes to invitations. They set the tone for the whole wedding, which is why we adore Amelia Coates’ paperie from Minted.com. Her invitations boast the silhouette of her venue, Eureka Springs’ gorgeous Thorncrown Chapel.


3. SLAYING IT

Lela & Lyla Photography

Cameron Sutherland doesn’t take things too seriously, opting for a wildly fun nightclub-themed reception, complete with custom stationery by Shindig Paperie. We love the casual cool wording for the RSVP card (“Heck yeah!” or “Ehh…Hard no.”) and the perfectly coordinated #ClubSuth hashtag.


4. TREASURE CREST

Lela & Lyla Photography

Lela & Lyla Photography

When Arkansas bride Hannah Davidson decided to incorporate a custom crest (complete with the couple's pets) into her wedding décor, she turned to the talents of artist Kortnee Senn of Studio Senn. The intricate crest was carried throughout the day, including on a watercolor venue map and on her wedding cake.


5. LOVE LETTERS

Jason Masters

Cabbage Rose Florist introduced us to the beautiful creations of Paper Supply Co., a husband and wife duo in Little Rock specializing in custom designs and lettering. Owners Courtney and Brandon Newell made the gorgeous placecards and menus featured in Cabbage Rose’s garnet-inspired tablescape.