Meredith Mitchell & Joshua Leal
Museum of Discovery, Little Rock
Oct. 20, 2012

Little Rock native Meredith Mitchell and Joshua Leal of Fairfield Bay were hearing a lot about each other from their mutual married couple friends. Eventually a dinner with all four of them was arranged, and “even though we didn’t sit together, we had wonderful conversation across the table,” Meredith recounts. After a second date, the sparks between them were obvious, and on Thanksgiving Day in 2011, their relationship took the next step.

“Josh, being the cook that he is, had prepared an entire turkey and wanted to break the wishbone,” she says. “Before I knew what was happening, he was on one knee saying that he hoped one of my wishes was the same as his — for us to spend a lifetime together.”


Josh’s love of Star Wars made appearances in the groom’s cake and table and in an exit complete with lightsabers. The couple’s favorite comfort foods made their mark at mac and cheese and slider bars, and Josh’s “doctor’s cure” of Diet Coke and whiskey was available for guests as the couple’s signature cocktail. Finally, jars of pepper jelly made from a family recipe served as wedding favors.


As a Little Rock weather anchor and reporter for KTHV Channel 11, it’s no surprise that Meredith wanted to pause for a silly snapshot with her groom at the Museum of Discovery’s own interactive “weather channel” news room, KMOD.


Photographer: LIFE LOVE STORIES /

Event designer: Rachel Haynes Events, Little Rock

Florist: Tanarah Luxe Foral & Event Styling, Little Rock

Cakes: Joanie’s Pretty Party Cakes, North Little Rock

Caterer: Catering Creations, Little Rock

Drinks: O’Looney’s, Little Rock

Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville

Rentals & linens: Party Time Rentals & Events, Little Rock

DJ: Pool Boy, Little Rock

Stationery: Hobart’s Printing, Benton

Bride & maid of honor attire: Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley

Groom’s attire: The Independent, Little Rock

Jeweler: Jones & Son Diamond & Bridal Fine Jewelry, Little Rock

Hair: Caracalla, Little Rock

Makeup: Stephanie Ross, Little Rock

Transportation: Family friend’s 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Honeymoon: Poe Travel, Little Rock

Guest accommodations: the Capital Hotel & Hampton Inn, Little Rock