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Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen
March 2, 2019
Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Without knowing it, Sarah Connley and Brandon Allen both lived off of Rupple Street in Fayetteville during college. After being introduced by mutual friends at a concert, Brandon would ask Sarah to play with her dog Teddy just so he could see her. Sarah and Brandon bonded over their love of animals and regularly went on dates at the dog park.

The two were visiting family during NFL off-season in Arkansas when Brandon asked Sarah if she wanted to go to Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery for a wine night with friends. When they arrived, Brandon walked her over to the stables, which he had decorated with flowers and pictures of the couple.

“My favorite thing about Sarah is that I can always be myself around her,” Brandon says. “She is the only person I have ever wanted to hang out with every single day. We have fun doing nothing together and she will never say no to re-watching my favorite movies for the 100th time.”

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

THE INSPIRATION

COLOR STORY

One decision that was particularly easy was the venue. The winery is owned by Brandon’s best friend Drew Gorton and his family. Sarah and Brandon knew from the moment the proposal was over that they’d have their big day at Sassafras.

Instead of a theme, Sarah planned around a specific color palette. Dusty blue and gold were her main points of inspiration, which were the perfect complement to Sassafras’ rustic beauty. When it came to flowers, Sarah chose airy bouquets with neutral blooms and hints of blue. Her bouquet included cappuccino roses, quicksand roses, Playa Blanca roses, white peonies, white anemones and waterfall spirea.

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED

Sarah and Brandon went with gold accents for the table settings and lots of floating candles for a romantic feel. The couple’s main focal point was a huge wreath made of pampas grass and rose blooms made by Sarah’s cousin, Brittney Holland.

The couple’s four-tier cake featured a gold vine design made of sugar leaves floating up the side of the cake.

The couple’s favorite wedding moment was when the DJ requested all of Brandon’s former teammates and their spouses to come to the dance floor to call the Hogs together. “It ended up being about half the guests and the whole dance floor was covered with the largest humans you will ever see,” Sarah says. “We all had so much fun reuniting post-college.”

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale

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THE DETAILS

WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE
Venue and drink service Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale
MORE VENDORS
Planning Wed By Meg
Photography Harold and Janie Alexander of Special Moments Photography, Fort Smith
Videography Austin Gilliam Cinematography, Mountain Home
Florist Brittney Holland with Blue Thistle of Chickamauga, Georgia
Furniture rentals Randal Events, Fayetteville
Tents and heaters Intents Party Rentals, Fayetteville
Cake Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe, Springdale
Caterer Fish City Grill, Rogers
DJ and lighting DJ Connection, Fayetteville
Wedding dress Pebbles Bridal of Woodland Hills, California
Bridesmaid dresses Lulu's
Groom and groomsmen attire Mr. Tux, Fayetteville and Bentonville
Hair Olivia Blair Yeager with Dead Swanky Salon, Fayetteville
Makeup Adriann Duncan with Soul Beauty Salon, Fayetteville
Transportation Pinnacle Car Services, Benton
Gown preservation AR Gown Preservation, Bentonville

Special Moments Photography
Sarah Connley & Brandon Allen March 2, 2019 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Springdale


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