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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner
First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell
December 19, 2015

The best kinds of friends have your back no matter what, especially when they keep setting you up with your future spouse. Rachel Gibbons of Marvell and Drew Milner of Conway have such friends, the kind who planned many a gathering to make sure the two’s shyness didn’t get in the way. A relationship eventually grew, especially when they both took part in a summer kickball team.

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

Four years later, Rachel had family in town and was gearing up to celebrate her birthday before setting out for a graduate school interview. Drew took her to one of their favorite restaurants in Fayetteville, Vetro 1925, and then on a walk around the town square before he popped the question.

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015


The Inspiration

Home was a big source of inspiration for Rachel. She combined this with her love for the church and small town she grew up in to create an ambience perfect for easy celebrating with family and friends, topping it off with a neutral palette of whites and lush greenery and pops of deep red.

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015


How They Customized

Family recipes made a huge showing at the Milner wedding. Both the chocolate layered groom’s cake and the strawberry and vanilla wedding cake were made by relatives, including a cake topper first used by Rachel’s mom and then by Rachel’s older sister for her wedding.

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

Some of the day’s most memorable images, however, come from the couple’s first look. They chose to hold this stunning moment near the plane and airstrip where Rachel’s late father used to take them flying.

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

The Details

Photographer Lela & Lyla Photography, Little Rock
  Videographer Pruitt Productions, Fort Smith
  Event Designer & Day-Of Coordinator Ali Tritt Wedding Designs, Fayetteville
  Florist Jules Designs, Fayetteville
  Rentals Eventures, Fayetteville
  Tent/Stage/Dance Floor Amerispan Tents, Inc., Memphis, Tenn.
  Caterer/Drinks Elizabeth Heiskell Catering, Oxford, Miss.
  Band The Rockets, Little Rock
Wedding Invitations Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville & Bentonville
Wedding Gown She Said Yes, Rogers
  Bridesmaids Attire JJ Kelly Bridal, Oklahoma City
Groom/Groomsmen Attire Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock
  Jeweler Sissy's Log Cabin, Little Rock
  Hair Andrew Vongnarath, Enve Salon, Fayetteville
  Makeup Erin Baldwin, Luxe Beauty, Fayetteville
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Rachel Gibbons & Drew Milner First Baptist Church & The Gibbon Residence in Marvell December 19, 2015

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