Real Little Rock Weddings: Hannah Steinweg & Austin Collazo
Hannah Steinweg & Austin Collazo
September 4, 2016
Cold Springs Events, Paron
For Hannah Steinweg of Houston and Austin Collazo of Little Rock, there was no denying the chemistry they felt after meeting at weekly worship nights while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Two weeks before Austin graduated from the U of A and headed to dental school in Memphis, he asked Hannah to play hooky and hike Hawksbill Crag in the Buffalo River wilderness. They spent the next three years dating long distance, which Hannah says was neither convenient nor conventional, but an incredible adventure.
When it came time for the proposal, Hannah’s sister picked her up for a drive in the Ozark Mountains. The girls headed down a long winding road outside of Fayetteville, when all of a sudden Hannah’s sister decided to pull off at an abandoned mill—a spot Austin and Hannah had visited once before. Austin was waiting there with a ring and one big question.
Hannah’s dream wedding venue was an art museum, but decided on Cold Springs because it was a blank canvas. They chose a theme of "mid-century modern with Asian flair." Pops of color were mixed throughout the day, specifically poppy red. They collaborated with local artists and vendors to bring their vision to life. Hannah gave the artists freedom to create a wedding that was "truly a work of art." The couple commissioned Heike Talbert to create the modern painting that hung behind the altar and did their first look at Matt McLeod’s Fine Art Gallery in downtown Little Rock. The final product was a beautiful blend of art and culture.
How They Customized
Hannah wanted the day to be a celebration from start to finish, so she and Austin surprised the wedding party at the Capital Hotel for Moscow mules and photos before the ceremony. When it came time for the reception, some of the striking details included using goldfish as centerpieces, the groom changing into a white dinner jacket for the party, and decorating with paper umbrellas to bring color and dimension to the ceiling. Hannah’s personal touches included wearing a poppy red satin ribbon instead of a garter and both the bride and groom read letters during the ceremony to honor their parents. Hannah says the memory of their closest friends and family lighting Chinese lanterns during their send-off is one detail that will stay with her forever.
Music to Our Ears
• “Closer” by the Chainsmokers
• “Indian Summer” by Jai Wolf
• “Time After Time” by She & Him
|♥||Venue||Cold Springs Events, Paron|
|Photographer||Erin McCall Photography, Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Photobooth||Arkansas Selfie Stand, Little Rock|
|Florist & Coordinator||Kara Admir|
|Art Rentals||Heike Talbert, Little Rock|
|Cakes||Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock|
|Caterer||Southern Gourmasian, Little Rock|
|Drinks||Diamond Bear Brewing Co., Little Rock|
|♥||Pre-Ceremony Cocktails||The Capital Hotel, Little Rock|
|DJ & Ceremony Music||DIBS by Jake Bradshaw, Tulsa|
|Wedding Stationery||Lesley Steinweg (bride's mother)|
|Wedding Gown||Skirt from Bella Bridal, Houston;
Bodysuit custom designed by Jenny Kim, Houston
|Hair/Makeup||Kakki Jones, Little Rock|
|Trolley||Little Rock Trolley Rentals|
|♥||Wedding Vendor We Love|