5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Being Featured in Arkansas Bride

Jo Johnson Photography

Much like planning a wedding, putting together each issue of Arkansas Bride is a labor of love – with an emphasis on both "labor" and "love". It would sound like a cliché to say we couldn't do it without the wonderful submissions we receive from readers, but if it weren't for the brides, you'd see a lot of blank pages in this publication.

We can't publish every wedding photo, but we can offer these five tips on how to make your appearance in the next issue of Arkansas Bride:

1. Make It Personal

The weddings we love the most are generally ones where the bride and groom personalized the day around their love for each other or their loves. Every couple is unique and the ones whose wedding day reflects that always stands out to us! 

2. Make Sure to Hire a Good Photographer

Sadly, some gorgeous weddings with amazing ideas and personalizations slip through our fingers due to poor photography. (Remember, you can always trust our partners!)

3. Make Do With the Budget You Have

Some of the best ideas we’ve seen resulted from brides needing to save money, so don’t feel pressure to break the bank.

4. Make Sure to Submit Your Photos

We choose weddings of all kinds, all budgets, all styles and from all regions of the state. Don’t hesitate to share. You never know what we might need or want to feature in the next issue! Submit at

5. Make Sure We Can Follow You

Use #arbride if you want us to follow your bridal journey (if your account is set to private, be sure to accept us as followers!).

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

Olivia Fryer Photography

Cake from Rick’s Bakery, in Fayetteville and Rogers

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. Here are two ways to find the vendor who can bring the goods:


Lindsey + Justin's Timeless Late-Spring Wedding

Meredith Benton Photography

Justin Carney and Lindsey Horton have technology to thank for their paths crossing. The two met in a truly millennial fashion — through the dating app, Bumble. Justin asked Lindsey out through the app and they had their first date on July 31, 2017, at JJ’s Grill.

“We are very thankful for the app because I don’t think we would have met otherwise,” Lindsey says. “He grew up in DeWitt and went to Arkansas State University while I grew up in Little Rock and went to the University of Arkansas. I just don’t think we would have ever crossed paths.”

When it came time to propose, Justin decided to surprise Lindsey before they headed off on a lake weekend trip with friends in Hot Springs. When Lindsey got to her house, Justin was waiting for her inside. He handed her a hand-written note with words about her and their future together. Then, he got down on one knee and popped the question. (Lindsey’s dog Cash thought Justin was playing with him when he got down on one knee!)

“It was totally casual but really heartfelt which is just what I wanted,” she says. “We aren’t flashy people and I never wanted something public – we both wanted it to just be us. It was perfect timing since I just got my nails done plus we were going to celebrate with my friends all weekend. It was a great way to end the summer and begin wedding planning!”

Read on to find out more about Lindsey and Justin’s beautiful and timeless late spring wedding day complete with lots of greenery, thoughtful details and one awesome late-night snack idea.

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On her gorgeous gown: “Designed by Lea-Ann Belter, my gown was made of Italian duchess silk satin with a plunging V-neckline and back nip into a retro-inspired waist structured to create an hourglass fit. The dress featured a customized detachable train of the same fabric that was secured by a large bow on the back of the gown. I was able to work with the designer myself and she even sent me a hand-sketch drawing of my gown – something I can cherish forever!”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On the ceremony and reception venues: “For the ceremony, I chose Pulaski Heights United Methodist because my paternal grandparents have gone there for many years. My grandfather is about to turn 90 and he still goes to church every Sunday. I thought I would also honor my grandmother, who is no longer with us, by having the ceremony in her favorite church. I really felt like she was there watching over us!

For the reception, we chose Chenal Country Club because I wanted a one-stop shop for all my venue needs. They have all the tables, chairs, table cloths, food, bar, plates, etc. that you’d ever need. Also, I have been to many receptions there and their food and service is outstanding. I can’t speak highly enough about their staff – they made sure I had everything I needed throughout the whole night. The club’s ballroom was the perfect size for our guest count and the golf course that it overlooks is one of my favorites!”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On her meaningful veil choice: “The veil I wore was my mother’s wedding veil that is white, cathedral length with lace appliques. It was special to me to have her veil since she was the one walking me down the aisle. I also wore blue suede shoes for my ‘something blue’ and all my jewelry worn that day were items Justin had given me.”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On the couple’s wedding style: “I didn’t really have a theme to my wedding. I just wanted everything to be classic and timeless with white flowers and lots of greenery. I’ve always loved looking at my parents and grandparents wedding photos and pulled some inspiration from the traditional old-school feel of black and white. I also found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest as far as bouquets and table arrangements go.”

Meredith Benton Photography

On Lindsey’s favorite part of her stationery: “My stationary included our wedding duogram (JL) in gold foil. The duogram was also in the envelope liner when you opened the wedding suite. I love the customary feel of the vintage duogram and I made sure it was displayed throughout the whole wedding process – it was basically our wedding ‘brand.’ You could find it on our save-the-dates, koozies, invites, cake and thank-you notes.”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On wedding blooms: “I carried a hand-tied bouquet of O'hara garden roses, playa blanca roses, white ranunculus, gardenia blush peonies, white peonies with mixed foliage including silver dollar eucalyptus and olive leaves. The stems were wrapped in ivory double-faced satin ribbon.”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On the lovely cake: “My cake was a three-tier all-white cake with our wedding duogram (JL) in gold on the middle tier. Tiers one and three were vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream icing and tier two was vanilla cake with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing.

The groom’s cake was a two-tier chocolate chip cake with chocolate ganache filling and vanilla buttercream icing with mini chocolate chips. Justin’s cake was special because we had two fondant dog figurines on top to match our two fur children!”

Meredith Benton Photography

On their first dance song: “Justin wanted to choose our first dance song and he is a 90s country fan through and through. I was so happy that he wanted to choose that detail for that special moment. He chose ‘I Could Not Ask for More’ by Sara Evans because he felt like it was us. Every prayer was answered for us when we found each other and we give God all the glory.”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On her only pre-nuptial nightmare: “The only nightmare I had was one where Justin picked up his suit but didn’t look at it before our wedding day. Right before I was about to walk down the aisle, I noticed him at the front of the church in a yellow suit and I was so mad at him. Thankfully that was only a dream!”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

On the feeling of being pronounced husband and wife: “It felt right. Justin and I take wedding vows very seriously and knew how much they meant to each other. Once that part was done and the kiss, I felt complete when he announced us officially as Mr. and Mrs. Justin Peter Carney. I felt like this was right where I was supposed to be in life.”

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

Meredith Benton Photography

One of Lindsey’s favorite details from the wedding day: “I loved when our late night snacks arrived because they were a hit. We had Taco Bell tacos and cinnamon twists and JJ’s Grill brought us cheese dip. JJ’s heard how we had our first date there and that we shared their cheese dip that night. They wanted to gift us with cheese dip for our wedding night and it was so thoughtful of them!”

Meredith Benton Photography

Lindsey’s feeling on her wedding day in three words: “Joyful, ecstatic, complete.”

Lindsey & Justin from Betwixt Magnolias on Vimeo.

The Details

Photography: Meredith Benton Photography

Videography: Betwixt Magnolias, Searcy 

Photo booth: Little Photo Booth

Planning: Meredith Corning with Meredith Events

Florist: Cabbage Rose, Little Rock

Cake and groom's cake: Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe, Little Rock 

Caterer and drink service: Chenal Country Club, Little Rock

Band and lighting: Diamond Empire Band

Invitations: Simply Paper Co.

Save-the-dates: Designed by bride via Vistaprint

Thank-you notes: Designed by bride through a local printer

Programs: Designed by Pulaski Heights United Methodist, Little Rock

Wedding dress: Bridal Boutique, Lewisville, Texas

Bridesmaid dresses: Beside the Bride, Lewisville, Texas

Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Jeweler: Diamonds Direct, Dallas

Hair and makeup: Lindsey Powers Huey

Party bus for the wedding party: Pinnacle Party Bus & Charter, Little Rock

Honeymoon travel agency: Ann McFarran at Poe Travel Agency, Little Rock

Rehearsal dinner venue: Cotham’s in the City, Little Rock

Late-night snacks: Taco Bell and JJ’s Grill, Little Rock


DJs, Wedding Bands, String Quartets & More: A List of the Best in Arkansas Wedding Music

Erin Wilson Photography and Films

CMT "Music City" star Jessica Mack dances the night away at her Moss Mountain Farm wedding. See more from the big day in her Real Wedding profile!

The following wedding musicians come highly recommended from real Arkansas brides, who we surveyed for our Arkansas Wedding Report, as well as from brides whose weddings were selected to be featured in this issue. From dance bands and DJs to solo artists and booking agents, these are great options for your big day.

Indicates an Arkansas Bride preferred vendor

Any Events LLC
Type of service: DJ, Solo Musician, Sound Engineering, Photography, Uplighting, Videography, Design
(870) 819-3474 |
Main music genres: Top 40, Hip-Hop, Spanish, Reggae, Country, Classic Rock, Pop, Disco, EDM, Electro
Average cost (4-hour reception): $1,000
We are a company from New York City providing high-end services — now based in Arkansas. We are a one-stop shop events company offering DJ services, uplighting, photography, videography and design.


Backroad Anthem
Type of service: Dance Band |
Main music genre: Country music with a variety of covers
Average cost (4-hour reception): Varies
We are all about entertainment, having the best time and are always professional. We’re just a fun band — what can we say?!

Rebecca Bingham - Bingham Music Agency
Type of service: Booking agent
(501) 318-8222 |
Main music genres: Classical, Contemporary
Average cost (4-hour reception): $1,500
Live music commemorates nearly every historic event. Our professional musicians — strings, brass ensembles, vocalists — combine centuries of experience to create the perfect ambiance for your event. We perform a variety of styles — from Bach to The Beatles, traditional to trendy.

DJ Connection
Type of service: DJ
(479) 316-4616 |
Main music genre: Top 40
Average cost (4-hour reception): $850 (but depends on the wedding or event date)
From weddings to corporate events, school dances to your cat’s birthday party, bar mitzvahs to robotics competitions, we’ve been providing entertainment since 1999.

DJ Derrick Events
Type of service: DJ and Sound Service
(479) 283-6100 |
Main music genres: All
Average cost (4-hour reception): $900
DJ Derrick Events provides anything you need from lighting, mics, speakers, DJs and a band. Specializing in crossing genres and generations.

DJ Jellybean
Type of service: DJ
(501) 772-0067 |
Main music genres: All genres
Average cost (4-hour reception): Call for rates
Ranked as one of the top DJs in the state of Arkansas, DJ Jellybean knows how to bring your event to life!

DJ Nick Hud
Type of service: DJ
(501) 366-5451 |
Main music genres: All
Average cost (4-hour reception): Call for rates
I’m a professional DJ from Little Rock, Arkansas who uses vinyl records. I’m the 2018 “Black & Gifted DJ of the Year” rated by ML magazine.

Jenna and The Soul Shakers
Type of service: Live Music, Event, Dance Band
(479) 957-1531 |
Main music genres: Soul, Blues, Funk, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Dance
Average cost (4-hour reception): Call for details
Jenna and the Soul Shakers is a band of high-energy musicians that bring a rollicking live show of deep soul, blues, funk and rock covers, as well as originals. They are happy to accommodate any song selection for any event and also offer several different configurations ranging from a three-piece to six-piece band to match your event and venue. This band guarantees to make your event a hit with high-powered vocals alongside a group of highly talented musicians.

Mayday by Midnight
Type of service: Dance Band
(501) 804-8590 |
Main music genres: Top 40, Dance, Party Music
Average cost (4-hour reception): $2,500-$5,000
Mayday by Midnight has established themselves as Arkansas’ hottest band for weddings. MBM electrifies their audience with a tight and professional sound, customized light show, powerful vocal harmonies, high-energy songs and superb stage presence.

Party Planet
Type of service: Dance Band
(901) 543-1155 |
Main music genres: Motown R&B, Pop, Rock, Top 40
Average cost (4-hour reception): Call or email for pricing
The most exciting band in the mid-South’s party and special event scene, Party Planet creates unforgettable moments as their award-winning and heavy-hitting musicians and singers make your event the sensation of the season!

Smoothman Music
Type of service: Booking Agent, Dance Band, DJ, Orchestra/Strings, Solo Musician, Sound Engineering
(479) 595-9109 |
Main music genres: Top 40s Party Hits, Jazz, Classical
Average cost (4-hour reception): $400-$4,000
We are the most highly demanded booking agency in Arkansas. We book bands/DJs along with sound and light production. Party bands, dinner bands, DJs, classical ensembles, you name it!

SMP String Quartet
Type of service: Live Music, Cocktail Hour, Wedding Ceremony, Corporate Parties, Galas, etc.
(479) 595-9109 |
Main music genres: Classical, Pop Tunes
Average cost (4-hour reception): $850
We are a fun string quartet that loves to bridge classical music with today’s pop tunes. We are flexible, open to requests, and work closely with the client to make your event special. You can book us exclusively through Smoothman Music Productions.

Steve Hester Band
Type of service: Dance Band
(501) 258-9714 |
Main music genres: Blues, Funk, Rock
Average cost (4-hour reception): $3,000
If you are looking for a dynamic band who knows how to entertain the crowd, this is my specialty. We can have your wedding reception rocking down and having the time of their lives.