Real Arkansas Wedding: Laura Bryan & Russ Curtner of Little Rock
Laura Bryan & Russ Curtner
August 22, 2015 • Little Rock
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral & Dreamland Ballroom
Photography by Weddings by Christopher & Nancy
The marriage of Little Rock locals Laura Bryan and Russ Curtner had been a long time coming. It began in second grade when their parents took turns carpooling the kids back and forth to school. The carpool buddies attended the same high school and remained close friends, even when Russ went to Ole Miss and Laura to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. They always made plans to catch up during holiday breaks, but it was shortly after one fateful visit from Laura to Ole Miss that the two started dating, and the rest was history. Four years later, Russ proposed on the night of Laura’s birthday festivities, and everyone celebrated a love 20 years in the making.
In the fashion of true Beverly Hills glam, the Curtner wedding took on the vibe of a mid-century supper club in a swank, tropical setting. Life-size banana trees, orchids, dahlias and island foliage dotted each surface; glimmers of silver, emerald and zebra-striped linens filled the space; and a custom cabana over the dance floor solidified the notion that guests were not in Arkansas anymore.
How They Customized
It was important to Laura to really utilize the reception venue, so she made sure the Dreamland Ballroom got the attention it deserved by calling on Memphis Soul Revue. The band ran with the mid-century inspiration, doing justice to the stage that once welcomed the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
The reception’s personal touches included custom cocktail cups, napkins and matchboxes, which added to the supper club atmosphere. They even had a custom promo code for guests to receive discounted rides from Über for the weekend.
|Photographer:||Weddings by Christopher & Nancy, Little Rock|
|Event Designer:||Todd Bagwell, DTB Parties, Little Rock|
|♥||Florist:||Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock|
|Rentals:||Tuft & Table and Confetti’s Party Rental, Little Rock|
|♥||Lighting:||CWP Productions, Little Rock|
|♥||Caterer:||Simply the Best Catering, Little Rock|
|Drinks:||Back Forty Beer Co., Gadsden, Alabama|
|Cakes:||Community Bakery, Little Rock|
|Band:||Memphis Soul Revue, Memphis|
|♥||Wedding Stationery:||The Social Type, Little Rock|
|Wedding Gown:||Neiman Marcus Bridal Boutique, Dallas, Texas|
|♥||Bridesmaids’ Attire:||Proposals, Little Rock|
|♥||Groom/Groomsmen Attire:||Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock|
|Jeweler:||Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock|
|Hair:||Robin Trimble, Dry & Dash, Little Rock|
|Makeup:||Vannette Vititow, Little Rock|
|Honeymoon:||Poe Travel, Little Rock|
|♥||Wedding Vendor We Love|