Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams
March 23, 2013 • Alda’s Magnolia Hill, Little Rock

Photos by Christopher Nolan Photography

Although Emily Middleton and Ben Williams both grew up in Texarkana and lived just less than a mile a part, their paths were a little slow to cross. On the first day of her freshman year and Ben's sophomore year of high school, they ended up in the same Gifted & Talented class. Little did they know, in just a few short months, the two would become inseparable. Fast-forward three years of high school, five years of long distance and two years of living in the same town again, the couple would finally take the next step in their relationship. It was during a relaxing beach trip when Ben finally got down on one knee and popped the question. “I cried, smiled, hugged him and couldn't believe my favorite person in the world had really just asked me to marry him,” Emily says. “I don't even remember if I actually said yes, but I know there was never a doubt in his mind what my answer would be.”

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

BRIDE'S INSPIRATION

Emily wanted the wedding to be a reflection of joy and the excitement they felt about finally getting married. With that in mind, the décor showcased a level of Southern elegance with candles, mercury glass vases and assorted pink roses and peonies. The color palette included a pop of turquoise too.

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

VOWS THE WOW

The couple wrote their own vows and a friend of Emily’s painted them onto canvases, which were displayed during the wedding reception. “Those same canvases are now hung in our home as a constant reminder of our wedding day promises,” Emily says.

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED

There’s no denying that both Emily and Ben each have a sweet tooth. Homemade pies from Bobby’s Country Cooking graced the groom’s table, in addition to cupcakes and a cookie bar with an assortment of homemade cookies for guests to take home. “The [cookies represented] the groom’s favorite, bride’s favorite, the groom’s mom’s favorite and the bride’s mom’s favorite,” Emily says.

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Emily also did something special for her bridesmaids: everyone received a one-of-a-kind necklace as a token of her appreciation. “I contacted their moms many months in advance of the wedding and collected heirloom/family pieces of jewelry and had necklaces made with them,” she says. “It’s not just another necklace but an elegant, timeless and sentimental piece.”

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

MEMORABLE MOMENT

At one point, the minister at the wedding ceremony had the couple turn around and look out at all of their friends and family who were there to witness this exciting day in their lives. “Really taking that moment to see everyone who traveled from so far away and from so many different parts of our lives all in one room was so overwhelming,” Emily says. “We both got a little teary eyed and felt so blessed to have each guest there.”

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

Christopher Nolan Photography
Emily Middleton & Benjamin Williams

  THE DETAILS  
  Photographer Christopher Nolan Photography, Little Rock
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Florist Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock
  Rentals/Lighting/Venue Alda’s Magnolia Hill, Little Rock
  Catering/Drinks Catering Creations, Little Rock
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Cakes Cupcakes On Kavanaugh, Little Rock
  Stationery Hobart’s Paper Creations, Benton
  Band Brenda & Ellis Band, Little Rock
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Bride & Bridesmaids Attire  Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
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Groom’s Attire Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock
  Jeweler Peach & Co, Little Rock
  Hair Studio A & Company, Little Rock
  Transportation Trolley, Arkansas Destinations, Little Rock
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