Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker
March 28, 2015 • Little Rock
Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Photography by Kati Mallory Photography + Design

Although St. Louis native Samantha Bode and Kyle Coker both lived in his hometown of Little Rock, and despite having many of the same friends, the two never met. They had heard of one another, but their paths never crossed. That is, until one friend reached out and invited Samantha to a Mardi Gras party at Kyle’s house. A first date followed shortly after.

About three years later, the couple was busy settling into the new home they had purchased together with a back deck overlooking the bluffs on the Arkansas River. That lookout quickly became their favorite spot in the house, and that feeling only intensified when Kyle proposed to Samantha there, framed by a perfect backdrop fitting of The Natural State.

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Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden


The Inspiration

The goal was to emulate a backyard dinner party under the stars, which the couple achieved with long tables, simple décor and a classic color scheme of navy, gold and ivory (with burgundy and pink floral accents).

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden


How They Customized

Keeping with the laid back atmosphere, much of the decorations came from the couple. Kyle used his woodworking skills to build the cake stand, and Samantha made the glitter vases and the handcrafted signage. She even pulled most of the florals together herself.

In lieu of a fancy meal, they called on their favorite local food trucks: Southern Salt Co. for dinner and Loblolly Creamery for the groom’s treat.

Samantha attached her late grandmother’s brooch to her bouquet, and the two used the same cake cutting utensils that her grandparents and parents used at their weddings. The cutest part, however, was including their son Bode in the ceremony as their “ring bear,” complete with a fuzzy bear onesie.

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden


 THE PROFESSIONALS 
  Photographer: Kati Mallory Photography + Design, Little Rock
  Videographer: Kimberly K Cinema, Little Rock
  DJ/Band/Photobooth: Complete Weddings + Events, Cmusic.Com
    Day-of Coordinator: Michelle Khamis, Dream Your Vision Events, Little Rock
  Florist: Fiftyflowers.Com
    Rentals/Lighting: Party Time Rentals & Events, Little Rock
    Cakes: Natalie Madison Artisan Cakes, Little Rock
    Cocktail Hour/Bar: Simply The Best Catering, Little Rock
  Dinner: Southern Salt Co. Food Truck, Little Rock
  Groom‘s Cake: Loblolly Ice Cream Truck, Little Rock
  Wedding Stationery: Minted.com
  Partyware: ForYourParty.com
    Wedding Gown: Proposals, Little Rock
  Bridesmaids‘ Attire: Their own selections
  Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Little Rock
  Wedding Rings: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock
  Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Powers, Dry & Dash, Little Rock
    Wedding Vendor We Love

Kati Mallory Photography + Design
Samantha Bode & Kyle Coker March 28, 2015 • Little Rock Ville Marre & the Bernice Garden

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