Natalie + Brandon's Simply Southern Wedding at Goodwin Manor
Natasha and Brandon Gates' simply Southern wedding is the stuff of dreams. From the incredible floral installation wrapped around one of Goodwin Manor's trees to the fun milk and cookie bar, we loved it all.
The planning process was a bit different for Natasha than it is for most brides. She's actually a wedding coordinator herself and works with Anne-Claire Allen. "It was challenging for me to sit back and just be the bride this time, but Anne-Claire and our amazing team of 'friendors' helped make all our dreams come true for us!"
Just a bit of scrolling will show you why we're so head over heels in love with this amazing wedding.
On her wedding stationery: "Oh my goodness, our stationary was one of my favorite aspects of the day. Anne-Claire’s mom Deborah Allen is an amazing artist and painted Goodwin Manor for us. That was on the inner envelope of all our guest's invitations. Hobarts did all of our signage so perfectly. Invitations were a big deal for me because I love all the detail but also because I feel like the invitation suite sets the tone for guests to know what to expect at the wedding!"
On her gown: "[My dress was] SO not what I ever expected to pick. I went into the process pretty open-minded and just wanted to try on different styles. My sister Tiffani, picked a dress that she saw me look at but not pick up because it was so 'not me.' Tried it on, and ended up loving it! I put on a few others after but kept going back to that one. It’s not every day you get to wear a big dress, after all!"
On the groom's fashion: "For Brandon, we had a custom suit made with thicker lapel for his broad chest. He was able to pick the inside 'patterns' and have our wedding date on the inside so that is something special for him to have for date nights!"
On the lovely florals: "For our florals, we mostly did white with greenery and touches of blue. [Silks A Bloom] decorated the staircase at Goodwin so beautifully and then wrapped floral all around the tree for our intimate dinner with all our closest friends and family!
Brandon was very close to his grandfather who passed away 10 years ago from cancer. Blue carnations are the flower they used at his service and often decorate his headstone with so I asked Dale to add a blue carnation to both Brandon and his dad's boutonnieres. He took the time to dye them the perfect color of blue. It was such a special touch to our day!" — Natalie
On those cute ring bearers: "We didn’t have 'ring bearers' but 'ring security.' My two nephews and Brandon’s cousin (all around age 8) wore navy pants with a white collared shirt with ring security badges and aviator glasses. They took their job very seriously and I thought they looked so handsome!" — Natalie
On flower girl fashion: "My two nieces were my flower girls and then the two girls I nannied through college were my “something blue.” They wore sweet little blue dresses. All the girls wore adorable babies breath halo crowns!" — Natalie
On wedding dessert: "Cake wasn’t something that was super huge to me. I’m not a huge sweet person. Brandon’s preferred sweet is his Grandma's cookies and milk. We had our traditional wedding cake but also had a station with his grandma's cookies, coffee and milk in test tubes. (Brandon is a science nerd)!" — Natalie
Photographer: Kati Mallory Photo + Design
Event planner/designer: Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, Little Rock
Florist: Silks A Bloom, Little Rock
Furniture rental company: Confetti’s Party Rental, Little Rock
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Lighting: Goodwin Manor, Little Rock
Cakes: Kelli Marks/Cathead’s Diner, Little Rock
Caterer: Boulevard Bread Company, Little Rock
DJ/Band: Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
Wedding stationery: Hobart Printing, Bryant with painting by Deborah Allen
Bridal boutique: Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway ♥
Veil, shoes, garter, other accessories: Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway ♥
Bridesmaids attire: Azazie
Groom/groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse
Engagement ring: Tara and Co. Diamonds, Searcy
Wedding bands: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock ♥
Hair: Amanda Bidwell of Sola Salon Studios, Rogers
Makeup: Megan Irwin, Little Rock
Rehearsal dinner venue: Goodwin Manor, Little Rock
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