Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams
May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Photography by Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper

You could say it started as puppy love for Little Rock’s Mary Susan Martin and Wesley Williams from Bullard, Texas. It all began when Mary Susan took her dog for a checkup at the vet, which just so happened to be Wesley. The two hit it off immediately.

When the time came to take the big leap, the couple picked out rings together. The jeweler then called Mary Susan to inform her the ring had arrived, but wasn’t what they ordered. She could either take this one or wait another month, which she did. Little did she know, it was all a diversion. Wesley proposed a few days later with the exact ring they had chosen.

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

The Inspiration

Event designer Todd Bagwell used the venue as inspiration for the décor, which consisted of more than 40,000 flowers—10,000 or more of which were used to create the elaborate chandelier that hung as a focal point in the mezzanine. Dendrobium orchids, hydrangea, peonies and David Austin and English Garden roses truly filled the room. “When they selected The Capital Hotel, I knew it had to be grand,” Todd said. “I made the mezzanine the centerpiece of the event, highlighting the hotel’s gilded age architecture.”

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper

Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Todd also said the railing florals were equally important to the chandelier in order to create the dramatic statement he envisioned.

In addition to this main statement piece, two additional floral chandeliers—smaller, but just as impressive—served as centerpieces in the adjoining ballrooms.

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

How They Customized

The couple incorporated their initials onto several details, had a custom menu designed to reflect both Texas and Arkansas tastes, and a dog X-ray groom cake as a nod to Wesley’s job and how the couple met.

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock

The Professionals

Photographer: Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper, Little Rock
Event designer: Todd Bagwell of DTB Parties, Little Rock
Florist: Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock
Rentals/lighting: CWP Productions, Little Rock
Caterer/drinks: The Capital Hotel, Little Rock
Cakes: Sweet Love, Little Rock
Band: Memphis Soul Revue
Ceremony music: Arkansas String Quartet, Little Rock
Wedding stationery: The Social Type, Little Rock
Bridesmaids’ attire: Proposals, Little Rock
Engagement ring & wedding bands: Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock
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Love, Life, Stories by Amy Carper
Mary Susan Martin & Wesley Williams May 10, 2014 • First Presbyterian & The Capital Hotel, Little Rock