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Jun
24

Tablescapes: What’s Your Wedding Style?

Jason Masters

We took to Instagram to ask real Arkansas brides how they’d describe their wedding — and brought five of the most popular and unique responses to life.

More photos of each tablescape can be found after clicking the links.


“Contemporary Korean floral wedding” –@rrissalawson

Brought to life by TANARAH LUXE FLORAL, Little Rock

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“Boho meets industrial” –@sam_eckelsx

Brought to life by CABBAGE ROSE FLORIST, Little Rock

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“Romantic vintage” –@sydneystonershelton

Brought to life by J. PARKEY, Little Rock

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“Whimsical garden” –@_janjy_

Brought to life by PIGMINT Floral Studio, Fayetteville

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“Southern chic” –@kelseyqueen94

Brought to life by TIPTON & HURST, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway & Pine Bluff

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Jun
17

Lindsay's 7 Top Tips for Getting Started on Your Arkansas Wedding Day

Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

I tend to use this reference a lot in my line of work — editing magazines is hard work, y’all — and I’m continually met with the same perplexed look when I say it. Although a bit odd, Twain is saying that when you have a big job to do (like planning a wedding!), it’s best to knock out the hardest tasks first and as early in the process as possible. I have always taken this advice to heart when juggling my daily to-dos, but I feel it applies perfectly to busy brides too.

So what’s your “frog?”

Choosing a venue? Interviewing wedding planners? Finding your dream wedding dress?

And where do you begin?

Well, reading this magazine is a great start!

Arkansas Bride is absolutely essential for planning a Natural State wedding. We know you’ll want to grab every planning notebook at Barnes & Noble and pin all the things on Pinterest, but Arkansas Bride is your go-to source for finding the best local vendors — and seeing the genius of these pros come to life in creative styled shoots and real weddings.

Lindsay Irvin, Editor

For this issue, we wanted to spotlight the art of getting started in your planning process with a special feature dedicated to your to-do list —  “10 Things to Do Immediately After Getting Engaged.” In addition to the fabulous advice you’ll find in that feature, we invite you to visit our planning tools page for seven downloadable worksheets to help you stay organized, on time and on budget. Plus, our monthly, personalized e-newsletter will send you to-dos and reminders to keep you on track.

Of course, this edition — our thickest issue ever! — is filled to the brim with beautiful weddings, including those of former Miss America Savvy Shields, LA Rams quarterback Brandon Allen and CMT reality TV star Jessica Mack. There are also 25 pages of bridal fashion, tablescapes, trends and styled shoots to inspire every aspect of your big day.

Enjoy! And don’t forget we’re right here alongside you as you plan — find us on Instagram, Facebook or email us at Info@ArkansasBride.com if you ever need advice or recommendations. We love to help!

Sincerest wishes to you, dear brides, for the happiest time ever planning the wedding of your dreams.


After 10 years in the biz, here are my ...

7 Top Tips for Getting Started

1. Don’t pick a date right away.

2. Hire your photographer first — you’d be shocked how far in advance they’re booked.

3. Next, lock down your dream venue (secure a wedding date based on your venue’s availability).

4. Hire professionals. Limit the use of friends with a camera, DJ equipment or a new calligraphy set. You’re just going to have to take my word on this one.

5. Don’t assume you can’t afford a wedding planner. Take the time to interview a few wedding planners. They can actually save you money thanks to their vendor connections, designer discounts and vast experience.

6. Look for “Wedding Vendors We Love” throughout this magazine — these pros are among the best and most reputable in Arkansas!

7. Oh, and promise me that you won’t skip videography. Our polled bride readers who passed up this service unanimously agree it was their biggest regret.

Jun
11

Introducing the Arkansas Bride Fall/Winter 2019 Issue

Jason Masters
Taegan Lovelace appears on the cover of Arkansas Bride's Fall/Winter 2019 edition, wearing a dress from She Said Yes Bridal. See more in this issue's Fashion section.

It’s here! Our latest pride and joy arrives this week to an office full of excited staffers. We poured our hearts and souls into this one, y’all!

The Fall/Winter 2019 edition is 172-pages of beautiful and creative wedding ideas. I mean, just wait till you see all the INCREDIBLE Real Weddings featured inside! From former Miss America Savvy Shield’s wedding and Chris and Jonathan of Little Rock’s cool South on Main I dos to an epic airplane hangar wedding in Hope and the vineyard nuptials of an NFL quarterback (former Razorback Brandon Allen), there are so many amazing details to see.

Many of our featured couples’ wedding videos are included alongside their story and photos, such as Drew and Ashton's, shown above. (Betwixt Magnolias)

We traveled to northwest Arkansas to photograph our bridal fashion spread at the historic Inn at Carnall Hall. It was a wonderful experience working with Sabra and Haley of their events team and capturing gorgeous dress trends from our favorite bridal boutiques in such a storied Southern setting.

You’ll also find our personal picks for bridal beauty must-haves, fab new items for your registry and unique paperie and party goodies. We couldn’t resist the urge to share the things we are loving now in our “Trends” section!

As always, you’ll find pages upon pages of preferred vendors to trust with your big day—as well as comprehensive guides to local Venues, Caterers & Bakers, Music and more!

Perhaps one of my favorite details in this edition is the Tablescapes section. We asked you, dear readers, on Insta stories how you would describe your wedding style. Then, using a handful of the most popular and unique answers, our beloved florist and event designer friends brought those styles to life! Go see. Did we use yours?

Enjoy this issue. We hope it not only inspires you but also guides you to the perfect local pros for bringing your wedding day dreams to life.

Best wishes!

Xo,

Jun
10

Kaitlyn's Bridal Hat Moment is One for the Books

Kailey Beth Photography

We are living for this hat moment, y'all. 

We love it when brides decide to think outside the box when it comes to their bridal wardrobe. For Kaitlyn Shuffield, she decided to honor her mother by wearing the very same hat that her mom wore on her wedding day in a few of her bridal portraits. 

The Details: 

Photography: Kailey Beth Photography
Venue: Grandeur House, Little Rock
Florals: Zuzu's Petals & Gifts, Fayetteville
Gown: Unveiled Bridal Collection, Little Rock

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