As the years pass, wedding traditions change and become obsolete. The throwing/catching of the bouquet and garter is one of those traditions that we see less and less as time goes on. However, one beautiful January day, a newly wedded couple continued the tradition at their wedding reception and something magical happened. The old wives tale is that the single lady who catches the bride’s bouquet will be next to be married, as well as the single man who catches the garter. At Ethan and Bri’s wedding last year, Ethan’s best friend Hunter caught the garter, and Bri’s dear friend and bridesmaid Christina caught the bouquet. Until this day, Hunter and Christina were total strangers. They shared a short and casual conversation or two throughout the wedding day, but it was in this moment that the fairytale began.
Throughout the remainder of the reception, the two strangers started getting to know each other, and even shared a dance. The attraction was instant! They kept in contact after the wedding, and it wasn’t long before they knew they had found someone very special. Hunter and Christina began dating, and in the spring of 2017 Hunter asked Christina for the honor of being her husband! We’re not so convinced that the old bouquet/garter tradition is a wives tale 😉
Hunter and Christina’s fairytale continued, and they became husband and wife yesterday at a beautiful chapel on a gorgeous fall day! Avondale Chapel was the perfect setting for their timeless and intimate wedding. They shared their first look together, then later exchanged vows under a gorgeous Elm tree, accompanied by a soft breeze and their closest friends and family. Christina’s best friend and sister stood beside her as Matron of Honor, and Hunter’s best friend Ethan (the one who started it all) was Best Man. Their parents welcomed everyone, related or not, as family and made this day an absolute joy to be a part of. Friends and family drove hundreds of miles to witness the union of these two incredible souls and show their love and support.
One of our favorite parts of this day? FIVE of our brides were there! It was like an R&B Family Reunion! These girls have been best friends for years, and have all been in each other’s weddings! #bridetribegoals We were even blessed to have our sweet Makenzie Evans with us, who helped us tremendously with her mad photographer/family portrait director/dress carrier/water bottle monitor/chair carrier/everything else skills! Thank you SO much, Makenzie!
Hunter and Christina, you are two of the most thoughtful, loving, and caring people we know and we’re still in awe of you and your story! From two wedding attendants brought together in a storybook kind of way to husband and wife, you are in inspiration to all of us! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Wolfe, and enjoy your honeymoon in paradise!!
Bride’s Dress Designer | Morilee
Bride’s Dress Shop | Mia’s Bridal & Tailoring
Groom & Best Man Attire | Haggar
Florals | Petal Chik Designs
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Avondale Chapel
Wedding Planner & Coordinator | Jeff & Leah Ecker, Avondale Chapel
Matron of Honor Dress | Adrianna Papell, Macy’s
Catering & Wedding Cake | Rick’s Bakery
Invitations | VistaPrint
“I knew I was saving this ring for someone. Today I want to give it to you, and someday you can give it to our daughter.” The ring on Caroline’s right hand has been a symbol to her since she was a young teenager that God was preparing a perfect life companion for her. It has been a constant reminder that through the trials and changes of life, His plan will prevail and she could stay steadfast in that truth. She has allowed him to prepare her- heart, mind, and soul- for the man she would someday marry. On Saturday July 8th, she placed that ring in the hand of her soon-to-be husband.
As thoughtful, kind-hearted, patient, and loving as Caroline is, Joseph is too. He also has a laugh and a glow that lights up the world. He, too, has been preparing his heart for when God gave him his perfect life-companion. During their emotional First Look, Joseph said “You are more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.” He treasures Caroline as a rare and perfect gift.
Joseph also gave Caroline a wedding gift- a beautiful wall print of their new last name and all of the special milestones they’ve been through together so far. But then she turned it over… letters from everyone in her family were taped to the back of the frame, along with a USB drive. Joseph downloaded ever single text, email, and Facebook message they have ever exchanged so that they would never be lost! He thought that the gifts were over, but then Caroline said she had one more surprise for him. It wasn’t just a surprise to him, she kept it a surprise from everyone! With nervous hands, she sat down at the piano and played him the song that she wrote for him. Caroline is a brilliant musician and vocalist, so this was no ordinary song. She played and sang her heart to the love of her life while he watched and listened in awe in wonder.
Joseph and Caroline could have met while they attended the same college, but their paths just didn’t really cross. It wasn’t until after Caroline returned to the country from studying abroad, that Joseph started attending her church, and they connected over similar experiences. Most of all, they connected over their love for the gospel. The timing was divine and they knew almost instantly that they were meant to spend eternity together.
Joseph and Caroline became husband and wife in the same room where they first met, and where Joseph proposed. Their wedding was elegant, classy, and fun- which is exactly how anyone would describe them! Caroline wore the bracelet that Joseph had given her as a gift, and one of the most beautiful lace gowns we’ve ever seen! Her sweet and talented cousin designed all of the floral arrangements, and our good friend DJ Jellybean delivered an incredible reception experience. Joseph and Caroline’s friends and family were supportive, loving, encouraging, helpful, and SO MUCH FUN!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Koon! We love you!
Ceremony Venue | The Bible Church of Little Rock
Portrait & Reception Venue | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Bride’s Dress Designer | Sottero & Midgley
Bride’s Dress Shop | Low’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | JJ’s House
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank
Floral Design | Justin Jackson
Invitations | The American Wedding
DJ | DJ Jellybean
Cake | Debra Brown
You’ve probably heard people say “it was a sign” dozens of times. When Carson first “met” Rachel, he received a sign that she was the girl for him… literally. We’re not talking metaphoric here, it WAS a sign! A Practice Plus sign, to be exact! Rachel had been asked to be one of the faces of Practice Plus’s new campaign, which she shyly agreed to. Her face was one on a sign displayed around Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, and it caught Carson’s attention. One day one of Carson’s coworkers, who was bound on finding him a girlfriend, asked him what he was looking for. Standing next to the sign, he halfway joked and pointed at the picture of Rachel and said “her.” What Carson didn’t know was that his coworker would “coincidentally” meet Rachel soon and begin playing Cupid. After Carson found out that his coworker had told this beautiful mystery girl all about him, he was SO embarrassed that he found Rachel on Facebook and messaged her a sincere apology. Rachel appreciated the kind gesture and shrugged it off as just a weird encounter. But somehow the messages slowly continued…
The beginning of their acquaintanceship was so odd that Rachel had a hard time accepting that Carson could actually be the incredibly kind, funny, and God-loving guy that he seemed to be. After some time of talking online, she agreed to go on a date with him. They chose a casual place, Tacos 4 Life in Conway, to meet and get to know each other in person. It turned out that he really was THAT guy, Rachel really was the “poster girl,” and the sign was really THE sign! You guys, you just can’t make this stuff up!
Carson and Rachel are two of the kindest, funniest, energetic, sentimental, and devoted people who could absolutely not be more perfect together. They were joined as husband and wife on Saturday surrounded by hundreds of loving family and friends, at the altar in front of a beautiful wooden cross which Carson built. Rachel paid tribute to her strong family heritage by wearing her great grandmother’s pearl necklace and bracelet. Having been in over 20 weddings between the two of them, it was FINALLY Carson and Rachel’s turn! In fact, Rachel and four of her bridesmaids have all been in each other’s weddings! And we’ve been privileged to photograph four of them! Now THAT’S a #bridetribe!!
Carson and Rachel, we are honored to know you and to have been able to share your (seriously) one-of-a-kind love story! Have fun at Disney World!!
Ceremony Venue | R&C Church of Christ
Dress Shop | Inverness Bridal
Veil | Veil Trends Couture
Bride’s Hair/Make up | Emily Tackett
Floral Design | Petal Chik Designs
Videography | Via Media
Coordinating | Diane Nichols
Groomsmen Attire | JC Penney
Reception Venue | Second Baptist Church, Conway
Standing in the driveway of summer camp, two months after their first introduction, Jackson and Sydney professed their love for each other. Almost three years later, standing at the altar in a chapel made of glass, they became husband and wife. Their first meeting was absolutely divine intervention. Sydney had taken a job at a summer camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she met the camp director’s son. They were total strangers, but something clicked. Before camp started, they got to know each other through talking on Facebook, and it didn’t take long! They went on their first date when camp started, and the fire was ignited.
Jackson’s mom told us at one point during the wedding day that she couldn’t have picked a more perfect bride for her son. What a treasure! A parent only wants the absolute best for their child, and to be able to say that… well, you just can’t ask for a bigger blessing. And we wholeheartedly agree with Mrs. Carter! We could tell from the minute we sat down with them in Starbucks last summer that their compatibility was on-point. And can we just brag on Sydney for a second? She is one of the most laid back, easy going, thoughtful, caring, and punctual brides we’ve ever met! And so were all nine of her bridesmaids! She was constantly making sure that everyone was doing okay, had everything they needed, and thanking them for coming to her wedding!
Our favorite part of the whole day was Jackson and Sydney’s first look. Sydney had planned an incredible surprise for Jackson by having his grandfather’s wedding band inscribed with the phrase “My Best Buddy.” Jackson and his grandpa were extremely close, and since he’s now in heaven, Sydney wanted to honor his memory and make him a part of their wedding day. She surprised Jackson with the ring during their first look. Jackson also wore his grandpa’s fishing lure pinned to his boutonniere, to keep him close to his heart.
Sydney and her girls spent the morning getting ready at a beautiful historic home in the heart of Hot Springs. The ceremony took place at the Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens, and the reception at The Porter House Club in Hot Springs. Their loving family and friends made the day incredibly special and just a whole lot of fun! There was nothing stressful about it! It was perfect in every way from start to finish.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Carter! Enjoy Charleston!!
Getting ready venue | Private residence in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Ceremony Venue | Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens
Bride’s Dress | Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | David’s Bridal
Floral Designer | Petal Chik Designs
Bride’s Shoes | Gianni Bini
Invitations | Minted
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank
Reception Venue & Catering| The Porterhouse and Belle Arti
Wedding Cake | Sweet Lavender Bake Shop
A few years ago, Michelle flew from her home in Hot Springs, AR to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding. From across the room, she spotted a familiar face. Jose looked a lot different than the kid she had a crush on in grade school all of those years ago. After she moved to Arkansas from California, she never expected to see him again. And she certainly didn’t expect what would happen next.
Jose may have missed it back then, but he definitely didn’t this time. The two exchanged phone numbers, then flew back to their opposite ends of the country. It started with some texting, which turned into phone calls, which turned into friendship, which turned into love. They lived almost 2,000 miles apart, but grew closer and closer every day. Jose knew that God had reunited him with Michelle for a divine purpose, and didn’t want to spend another minute apart. In the spring of 2016, while Michelle was visiting him in LA, he planned a romantic picnic at a lighthouse, overlooking the Pacific. While she was distracted taking pictures of the view, Jose knelt down and pulled out the ring. Obviously she said yes! 🙂
The couple chose Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas to celebrate their marriage. Dozens of family and friends flew in from California to show their love for these precious people. Michelle could’ve worn sweatpants to her wedding and still looked gorgeous, so when she finished putting on her wedding dress, jewelry, and veil… well, you’ll see Jose’s reaction! This sweet young lady was STUNNING! Jose pulled out all the stops with his three piece suit and gorgeous watch, which was a Christmas gift from his bride. As for the weather… I know that we Arkansans tend to talk about the weather too much, but seriously. No rain, little humidity, highs in the 70s, and a slight breeze in MAY! That just doesn’t happen! It was perfect! A fantastic team of vendors made Jose and Michelle’s day even more spectacular, so make sure you give them a look at the bottom of the post!
Jose and Michelle, we can’t thank you enough for trusting us to tell your love story. God is doing big things in your lives, and we are thrilled for you to start this new chapter together! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Vasquez!!
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Garvan Woodland Gardens
Bouquets | Flowers & Home, Hot Springs
Reception Flowers | A Floral
Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Invitations | Mixbook
Catering | Taco Mama
Cake | Ambrosia Bakery
Videographer | Micah Fairchild
“Who are you?” The memorable first words spoken between Shelby and Patrick won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Patrick was new at the hospital where Shelby worked, and her curiosity about this stranger sparked what would become a beautiful love story. Patrick introduced himself, and they went about their normal work days. Not much conversation was exchanged between the semi-strangers after that first encounter, until Shelby found herself in a predicament. She bought tickets to see one of her favorite bands, Kings of Leon, in Nashville on New Years Eve, but no one could go with her. Determined to not miss the concert, she tried to think of anyone she could take with her. That Patrick guy at work seemed like a nice guy, why not? Shelby asked Patrick a crazy question, and to her surprise, he agreed to go.
There is a popular song that says “If you trust your rebel heart, ride it into battle, don’t be afraid, take the road less traveled.” Popular opinion probably would have said to stay home. Don’t go, and don’t ask a practical stranger to go with you. Something in Shelby’s gut told her to do it anyway, to take that road less traveled. And it’s the best decision she could have ever made. In the hours Patrick and Shelby spent in the car to and from Nashville, they learned all about each other, and they were hooked. From that point on, they were inseparable… almost.
Patrick finished his time at the hospital and was offered at dream job at a hospital in Texas as an Anesthetist. This is what he had been working toward for years. He never imagined meeting the woman of his dreams in Arkansas. After Patrick moved to Texas, he and Shelby continued their relationship, which grew stronger every day, while the distance grew harder. Shelby was heartbroken, because she and her son needed to stay in Arkansas, but the man she loved was hours away. She wondered how it would ever work. A year passed by, and Patrick surprised Shelby with tickets to see Kings of Leon in Nashville on New Years Eve again, just like their first date. That night, one year after two strangers fell in love, Patrick surprised Shelby again, this time by asking her a crazy question. It turns out, his dream woman mattered a lot more to him than his dream job. And she obviously said yes 🙂
On Friday, April 21st, Patrick and Shelby vowed their lives to each other. “I can’t believe you came back to marry me,” Shelby said through tears as she read her promises to her soon-to-be husband. Patrick vowed to always love and take care of Shelby and William, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will do just that.
Shelby and Patrick were married at the beautiful new Kindred Barn in Northwest Arkansas. Her stunning Calla Blanche gown from Inverness Bridal in Conway was unlike any dress we’ve ever seen and definitely stopped Patrick in his tracks! Shelby is an avid lover of the outdoors, and specifically chose this venue not just for its beauty inside, but the gorgeous land it sits on. The extended forecast, all the way up until the wedding day, showed between 90-100% chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms ALL day. We were disappointed for Shelby, but grateful for the beauty of the inside of Kindred Barn. And you know what happened? Despite the gloomy forecast, the rain completely stopped MINUTES before their First Look!! It wasn’t supposed to happen. It was supposed to be dumping buckets! They were able to have their First Look and all of their portraits outside in front of the barn and in the vineyard!! The raindrops started to gently fall just as we were finishing up to head in for the ceremony! You can even see the rain in the last few portraits!
This day, this couple, and this testimony to fighting for who you love should be an inspiration. We’re honored to have been chosen to share it! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Oeder!
Venue | Kindred Barn
Florals | Kindred Barn
Dress Shop | Inverness Bridal Couture
Dress Designer | Calla Blanche
Wedding Cake | Natalie Madison’s Artisan Cakes
DJ | Brock Fortness
Catering | Woodshed Catering