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Feb
13

Former Razorback Pitcher Blaine Knight and Rachel Box Are Engaged!

Janie Claire Photography

Former Arkansas Razorback pitcher and current Baltimore Orioles player Blaine Knight and his fiance Rachel Box are tying the knot! 

Blaine and Rachel met while attending the University of Arkansas two and a half years ago. Blaine played for the Razorback's baseball team and Rachel played for the Razorback's softball team. The two automatically hit it off, finding a shared love for hunting, fishing, being around family and friends and the Razorbacks. Rachel and Blaine started dating a few months after they met and they've been together ever since. 

Here's their engagement story in Rachel's words: 

"Sunday, Dec. 9 rolls around, and my friend Claire asked if I would go help her pick out a Christmas tree for her house and then go shopping since her husband, Josh Alberius, and Blaine were out hunting for the weekend. We headed to Motley's Tree Farm to look for a tree. When we got there, we walked for a little bit when out from behind a tree pops Blaine. Then he proceeds to say how much he loves me and all the sudden he is down on a knee asking me to marry him! I was so surprised and so so so happy to finally be his fiancé and soon-to-be wife!"

Congrats, you two! 

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Janie Claire Photography

Feb
13

Bridal Fairs You Won't Want to Miss

After all the engagements we saw over the holiday season, we bet you're in need of some help with all the wedding planning. And you're in luck! The next few months are chock full of great fairs to meet vendors, gather inspo and more! 

Here are some great ones to consider: 

INSPIRE Wedding Show

When: Feb. 24, 2019 | 1-5 p.m.
Where: Record Downtown in Bentonville
Price: Tickets range from $35-$75
What to expect: For brides looking for a luxury wedding experience, INSPIRE is a can't-miss wedding event full of inspiration and some of the state's best northwest Arkansas vendors. INSPIRE is presented by florist/wedding planner extraordinaire Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral

Click here for more info.

Botanical Garden Events & Bridal Open House

When: Feb. 23, 2019 | 1-5 p.m.
Where: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Price: Free
What to expect: Explore northwest Arkansas' only botanical garden — which happens to make a beautiful wedding venue! The Botanical Garden will host a special one-day open house. Drop in to meet our staff, book an appointment to tour the entire garden and meet some of northwest Arkansas' best wedding vendors.

Click here for more info.

2019 Robbins Sanford Bridal Showcase

When: March 23, 2019 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Robbins-Sanford Grand Hall, Searcy
What to expect: Meet some of Arkansas' top wedding professionals in beautiful downtown Searcy. The showcase will feature the gorgeous historical Robbins Sanford Grand Hall venue and key event partner, A Perfect Bloom Florist & Wedding Rentals, as well as many additional vendors. Plus, attendees can WIN $500 off their booking fee by pre-registering here https://goo.gl/forms/g8Onff1lyaGvHRTy2 and being in attendance at the event. 

Click here for more info.

2019 Dem-Gaz Conway Bridal Show 

When: April 7, 2019 | 1-4:30 p.m.
Where: Farris Center, Conway
Price: $7 for general admission
What to expect: Make connections with industry professionals that will make planning your big day a breeze! Be prepared to meet lots of wedding pros, find inspiring wedding tips and tricks, and collect ideas for your own wedding. You also receive the 2019 Bridal Planner and entry into the ultimate wedding giveaway.

Click here for more info.

Do you have a bridal fair or open house you'd like to share? Email us at Lmcallister@abpg.com to let us know! 

Feb
12

Mark Your Calendars for the Hot Springs Bridal Expo 2019

25Mockingbird Photography

We think you'll want to block off your calendars for Sunday, March 24 from 1-4 p.m. — the day of the Hot Springs Bridal Expo 2019. 

For the first time, the expo will be held at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. Brides can expect an intimate setting to meet with the area's top wedding professionals, which will make the planning process a breeze. Vendors will include bakeries, florists, venues, entertainment, photographers, wedding planners and more. 

There will also be great giveaways throughout the afternoon, including two big prizes from Garvan Woodland Gardens and The Arlington. Garvan is giving away a photo shoot at the gardens and The Arlington is giving away a $3,000 credit to be used towards a reception held at the historic hotel. 

Tickets are $5 per person, but anyone who attends The Arlington's Sunday Brunch can show their receipt at the door for free admission. For more info, reach out to Gaye Hardin at (501)-609-2558. 

Feb
12

Arkansas Wedding Trends: Luxe Reception Decor

Lela & Lyla Photography
Hannah Ruth LeMay & Jesse Lee Barker Davidson December 2, 2017 • Little Rock St. Edward Catholic Church | Albert Pike Masonic Temple

Inspired by the gilded beauty of the Albert Pike Masonic Center in Little Rock, tastemaker Charla Boatright sourced these opulent registry gifts and reception accessories. As the manager of Hank’s Event Rentals  in Little Rock, Charla knows a thing or two about staging a gorgeous reception.

Jacob Slaton

THE DETAILS
Pink votive holder, pink “Penelope” couch Hank's Event Rentals, Little Rock
China, charger, flatware, flowers and stemware Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock
Macarons
Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock
Custom invitation suite and ribbon JessieRussellFuchs.com

Charla Boatright
Manager of Hank’s Event Rentals, Little Rock |

Charla Boatright grew up in the Midwest, but Harding University brought her to Arkansas. She now resides in Little Rock with her husband, Chris, and 1-year-old daughter, Harper.

Given that she majored in interior design, Charla loves all things design and furniture. Her advice to brides looking to rent furniture for their reception? She says lounge furniture really softens the room at a wedding reception.