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Dec
14

Arkansas Bride Presents 11 Real Weddings from the Spring/Summer 2019 Issue

Lela & Lyla Photography

Parker Schmidly & Hunter Henry wed at The Grandeur House in Little Rock.

Grab some tissues and get ready to have goosebumps! Here are 11 beautiful Arkansas brides and their inspiring I dos.

Many of our featured couples’ wedding videos are included alongside their story and photos! Go ahead, binge watch (waterproof mascara recommended) and make note of the awesome videographers these local brides hired.

So check out these 11 real weddings in Arkansas from the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of Arkansas Bride for some great ideas that you can put to use in your own way.


Parker Schmidly & Hunter Henry
June 30, 2018
Little Rock


Bailey Grissom & James Lacy
April 7, 2018
Conway


Kim Lane & Aaron Duvall
May 26, 2018
Conway


Holly McGee & Jesse Walt III
March 31, 2018
Little Rock


Caitlin Abiseid & Nicholas Shull
April 14, 2018
Little Rock


Kathleen Ory & Griffin Hanna
April 21, 2018
Fort Smith • Cedarville


Madison Cole & Tyler Morris
June 9, 2018
Paron


Victoria Ragland & Erick Isaacson
March 24, 2018
Jonesboro


Lauren Bodenheimer & Joseph Hill
May 12, 2018
Hot Springs


Kensel Spivey & Jeremy Green
June 16, 2018
El Dorado


Courtney Kleine & Mark Lambert
June 9, 2018
Little Rock


Dec
14

Emily + Ryan’s Beautiful Ballroom at I Street Wedding

Corrie Childers Weddings

Emily and Ryan Buller’s June 23, 2018 wedding at the Ballroom at I Street was a picture-perfect occasion with wow-worthy florals. The couple met way back in high school at a church retreat in Colorado There, they hit it off on the sand volleyball court. After a few months of dating, Ryan asked Emily to be his girlfriend.

The proposal took place in July 2017 during a trip Emily took to visit Ryan in Chicago where he was working at the time. Saturday morning, Ryan and Emily packed up a backpack for the day and headed out to explore the city. After a day of adventures, the two decided to walk along the Chicago River to the Navy Pier. When they got to the pier, Ryan pulled Emily to the Ferris wheel for a private ride. When they got on the gondola, Ryan gave Emily a scrapbook documenting their time together. When Emily turned to the last page, Ryan got down on one knee and said: "Emily Elizabeth Schaffner, would you marry me?"

We chatted with Emily's wedding photographer Corrie Childers of Corrie Childers Weddings to get the behind-the-scenes scoop about this lovely wedding.

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

On her gorgeous gown: Emily’s dress was a gorgeous mermaid style crochet lace & tulle gown from She Said Yes Bridal.

Corrie Childers Weddings

On Ryan’s wedding day attire: Ryan wore a dapper navy suit with a deep red tie, also from She Said Yes Bridal.

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

On the ceremony decor: Emily and Ryan had a gorgeous round ceremony arch as a backdrop for their nuptials. It was unique and modern and gave a fun twist to their ceremony photos!

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

On wedding day snafus: Emily’s wedding band was missing for a few hours before the ceremony! We all searched and searched before we finally gave up, and then about 20 minutes before the ceremony time it was found hidden in a box behind a picture frame in the reception hall! Phew!

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

Corrie Childers Weddings

On the wedding cake: A sweet and pretty naked cake by Briar Rose Bakery, with florals to match the gorgeous round arch in the ceremony!

Corrie Childers Weddings

The Details

Photographer: Corrie Childers Weddings 
Videographer: Whorton Films 
Event planner/designer: Karie Sutton
Florist: Shirley’s Flower Studio 
Rental company: Randal Events
Cakes: Briar Rose Bakery, Fayetteville
Drinks service: Mike Kooning, Kooning Saloon
DJ/Band: Brock Entertainment
Bridal boutique: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers
Veil, shoes, garter, other accessories: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers
Groom/groomsmen attire: She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers
Jeweler: Israel’s Diamond Supply 
Makeup: Haley Franklin 

Dec
14

Cebrina + Haden's Plant-filled Engagement Sesh

Myranda Randle Photography

Cebrina Swanson and Haden Zirbel are getting married! The two will say their I Dos on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in sunny Gulf Shores, Alabama. In the meantime, we're obsessing over their engagement session by Myranda Randle Photography. (Those succulents!)

Congrats, you two!  

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Myranda Randle Photography

Dec
14

Anne Marie + Joe's Dreamy CCLR I Dos

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Little Rock natives Anne Marie Hastings and Joe Doramus met way back in their schooldays at St. Mark's Episcopal Day School. The couple dated for eight years and the proposal was a complete surprise for Anne Marie. 

The two had plans to go fishing at Anne Marie's family farm in southeast Arkansas one Saturday afternoon. Everything was going as planned until they got a flat tire going out of town. Most guys would have been freaking out, but Joe kept his cool. Anne Marie called her dad to tell him their plans had changed and when she told them about the flat tire, he went into full-blown panic mode. 

"Apparently, he and Joe had been talking about this day since February," Anne-Marie says. "However, that still did not tip me off about the engagement. Anyways, Joe and I went fishing somewhere closer to home. We had been out for about an hour when he asked me to hand him a special fishing bait out of his bag. Still clueless, I unzipped the top pocket and there was a box. I knew then what he was about to reel in."

We love Anne Marie and Joe's Country Club of Little Rock wedding just as much as their sweet proposal story. Read on for more about this dreamy blue and white May wedding. 

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

On her gorgeous gown: "It was made by Vera Wang and I loved the simplicity of it. I actually had the front of the dress transformed from a v-neck to a high neck halter. I loved the back of this dress and the front of another one, so I ended up combining the two." — Anne Marie

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

On the wedding planning process: "I have to give credit to the late Todd Bagwell for this one. He was one of my dearest friends and had the vision for a beautiful, over-the-top reception. Todd was one of my mother's best friends, and in my adult life became mine, as well. Todd knew that I had very traditional taste, so he wanted to stick with that but add what he referred to as a 'jewel tone' color palate to the mix. He would get so excited talking about the different shades of green and blue and how the cake was going to be the center of attention for the decor. Unfortunately, Todd never saw his vision come to life. He passed away last September with a sudden cancer diagnosis.

I relied on Todd's opinion in so many ways. From decorating my home, to what I should pack for my study-abroad trip to Italy, he always offered honest advice. Todd was there for many significant events in my family’s life — holidays, baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and often was the first to greet me when I came home on the weekends in college (with three older brothers either getting married or having children in a span of 10 years, Todd spent A LOT of time at my parents house). He was more than a planner, he was family. I am so thankful for Shelia Vaught and Chris Norwood for carrying out Todd's vision and becoming dear friends and confidantes to me when I needed it the most. I truly couldn't have asked for anyone better to plan the best day of my life." — Anne Marie 

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
 

On reception decor: "The entrance to the President's Rooms at Country Club of Little Rock was full of Magnolia, blue Hydrangeas and Playa Blanca Roses. The wedding cake was centered in front of a wall of Garden Greenery and on top of a box of Boxwood. The guest tables were a variety of bowls and vases that were blue and white porcelain filled with Magnolia, blue Hydrangeas and Playa Blanca Roses, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, and white Delphinium. The stage was in front of a wall that went to the ceiling with Garden Greenery, Playa Blanca Roses and blue Hydrangeas." Chris Norwood, vice president of Tipton & Hurst

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

On the dance floor jams: "We listened to oldies and a few new ones mixed in. My personal favorite is when the band played "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain. I've never seen more people break out singing and dancing all at once!" — Anne Marie 

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

On that insane nine-tier cake: "The cake was nine-tiers and measured 6 feet tall. It was the main spotlight as you entered the reception with a greenery wall. Each one of the tiers had texturized buttercream finish giving a rustic look. The whole cake was adorned with a cascade of natural and handmade sugar flowers. The natural flowers were gardenias, light blue hydrangeas and assorted greenery and 35 white sugar roses were provided as accents throughout the arrangement." — Angela Barry, owner of A&M Cake Designs 

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

On her favorite wedding moment: "Joe is my sidekick, partner, best friend and the love of my life. Seeing him waiting for me on the altar gave me chills." — Anne Marie

The Details

Photographer: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography, Little Rock
Videographer: Betwixt Magnolias, Searcy
Event designer: Shelia Vaught, Little Rock
Florist: Tipton & Hurst ♥
Furniture rental company: Hank's Event Rentals, Little Rock ♥
Lighting: CWP Productions, Little Rock
Cakes: A&M Cake Designs, Conway
Band: The Atlanta Allstars 
Ceremony music: The Da Capo Quartet (Sandra McDonald: Violin; Leanne Day-Simpson: Violin; Katherine Reynolds: Viola; Rafael Leon: Cello)
Wedding stationery: The Social Type, Little Rock
Bridal boutique: Stanley Korshak, Dallas
Shoes: Custom made shoes by AD & Daughters 
Hair: Tommy Harris
Makeup: Augusta Andrews (bride's makeup) and Megan Irwin (bridesmaids' makeup)
Honeymoon travel agent: Poe Travel, Little Rock
Rehearsal dinner venue: Capital Hotel, Little Rock ♥