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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson
October 17, 2015
The Terry House, Little Rock

Many a modern love story begins online, and that’s exactly how it happened for Samantha Strong and Benjamin Lawson. Samantha had just moved back to her hometown of Little Rock and started using Match.com when she came across Ben, who was on the verge of deleting his account. It only took one casual date for the two to know there were sparks.

After a year had passed, it came time for the couple to exchange Christmas gifts. Samantha was excited for Ben to open the painting she’d purchased as a special thank-you for helping out while she finished up a stressful rotation for her physician assistant program. But she got even more excited when she open a small box that read “Be my person?” with a ring inside.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


The Inspiration

For Samantha, it was important that the wedding blend a variety of styles that reflected who she and Ben were as individuals and as a couple. This resulted in an eclectic setting with bright, vibrant, seasonal shades. A former florist job meant flowers were a vital part of her plans, adorning each surface with yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and reds.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


How They Customized

The ceremony incorporated many nontraditional elements that were special to the couple. Officiated by Samantha’s aunt, it included a poem, a Navajo prayer and a homily on the importance of nurturing your marriage. The two even held a unity tree ceremony where they added earth from their childhood homes to a bonsai tree as a symbol of two becoming one.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

At the reception, the wedding cake was topped with tiny wooden figurines of Samantha and Ben, while the groom’s cake celebrated his lifelong favorite team. Samantha and her mother — who are famous for their frosted sugar cookies — made wedding cake-shaped batches to send home with guests.

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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock


The Details

  Photographer: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography, Little Rock
  Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Shelia Vaught, Little Rock
  Florist: Becky Clement, Inspired by Nature, Little Rock
  Tent/Table/Chair Rentals: Confetti's, Little Rock
  Lighting: Inspired by Nature, Little Rock
  Cakes: Mickey's Cakes & Sweets, Little Rock
Caterer/Drinks: Simply the Best, Little Rock
  Band: Almost Infamous, Little Rock
  Ceremony Music: University of Central Arkansas String Quartet
  Wedding Invitations: The Crown Shop, Little Rock
  Wedding Programs: Etsy.com
Wedding Gown: Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Bridesmaids Attire: Nordstrom
  Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A Bank, Little Rock
  Groom/Groomsmen Ties: Greenhaw's
  Suits: Jos. A Bank Men's Wear, Little Rock
  Engagement Ring: J. Oliver's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock
  Wedding Bands: Roberson's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock
  Hair: Jessica Talley, Red Beauty Lounge, Little Rock
Makeup: Merry Tweddle-Kline, Belle & Blush, Little Rock
  Trolley & Vintage Car: Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
  Honeymoon Travel Agent: The Travel Shop, Little Rock
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Samantha Strong & Benjamin Lawson October 17, 2015 The Terry House, Little Rock

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