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Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jessica Williams & André Bernard
October 6, 2018
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

We all know location is crucial in the world of real estate, but for Jessica Williams and André Bernard, being in the right place at the right time was how their love story began. The two met at The Pointe at the Brodie Creek apartment complex pool. André lived there and Jessica was visiting a friend. They hit it off and their relationship blossomed from there.

In 2017, the couple took a trip to Dallas to help André’s little sister move into her dorm at SMU. After they got her moved in, André and Jessica had special dinner reservations at her favorite steakhouse, Eddie V’s. André strategically planned a late-night meal to be followed by a romantic midnight proposal on a very meaningful date to the couple, August 13.

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

THE INSPIRATION

“Old world elegance meets new world charm” served as Jessica’s inspiration for her big day. She had always dreamed of having her ceremony in a beautiful church, and First Presbyterian Church had just the feel she was looking for.

“In contrast to the ceremony, the reception was at the Clinton Library,” Jessica says. “I chose this location because of its clean lines and neutral white palette. There, we had the flexibility to dream up all sorts of things. I liked having a mix of the old classic architecture with the new contemporary style.”

After she decided on the theme and venues, she focused on fashion and florals. Jessica found her “Fierce” Rivini gown at Bella Bianca in Chicago. The modified flared crepe gown with an off-the-shoulder beaded bodice captured that Old Hollywood glam she was looking for.

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED

COLOR STORY

Jessica’s wedding planner Anne-Claire Allen totally transformed the Clinton Presidential Center into a show-stopping reception. The ballroom was drenched in white florals and romantic candlelight. The couple had a boxwood wall designed for a photo booth and added florals for flair. On the balcony, turf lined the concrete and lounge furniture offered guests a chance to relax.

Jessica’s favorite moment of the day was a complete surprise. André serenaded his new bride to John Legend’s “Stay With You.” “I couldn’t hold back my tears,” she says. “It was the most beautiful song sung by my now-husband.”

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock


THE DETAILS

WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE
Venue Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock
Caterer and drink service 42 Bar and Table, Little Rock
Furniture rentals Hank’s Event Rentals, Little Rock
Jeweler Sissy’s Log Cabin, Little Rock
Groomsmen attire Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock
Bridesmaid dresses Bella Bridesmaids, Little Rock
MORE VENDORS
Photography Jo Johnson Photography
Planning Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, Little Rock
Videography Betwixt Magnolias, Searcy
Photo booth Klassik Entertainment, Little Rock
Florist Silks A Bloom, Little Rock
Cake Kelli Marks, Little Rock
DJ DJ Nick Hud, Little Rock
Dancers Tidwell Project, Inc., Little Rock
Soloists Vesta Blanks and Zetoria Curry
Invitations By Invitation Only, Little Rock
Wedding dress Bella Bianca, Chicago
Groom's attire Baumans Fine Men's Clothing, Little Rock
Hair Petal Jolie Salon, Atlanta
Makeup Kraz4Makeup
Transportation Vintage Motorcars, Little Rock
Twin City Limos, Little Rock
Rehearsal dinner venue Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar + Kitchen, Little Rock

Jo Johnson Photography
Jessica Williams & André Bernard October 6, 2018 Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock


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