To say that we were excited when Elizabeth asked us to coordinate her wedding would be a total understatement. Her day turned out to be an absolute dream and we are so glad that we got to be such a significant part of making her fairytale into a reality. We wish her and Carter many of years of love, joy, and happiness! Here’s to your newest adventure!
Photos by Benjamin Martin Photography
Florals by Love’s Flower Shop
We were so honored to get to be a part of Maitab & Andy’s beautiful day. The love that they have for one another was obvious from the get go and they are both just such sweet people! Maitab had a dream for a lovely, cascading lily bouquet and we wanted to make that dream come true. We wish the two of you all the love and happiness in the world! Congratulations!
Images by: Ashley Capes Photography
It can be difficult for a bride (or a groom, for that matter) to face their wedding day without being able to share it with certain family members who have passed on from this world. That being said, in recent years it has become common for the bride and groom to somehow memorialize their loved ones. So, what can you do at your wedding to acknowledge lost loved ones?
- Leave an empty seat
Keeping a seat open is a great way to publicly honor the presence of your loved one.
- Carry them with you
Whether you carry a handkerchief that belonged to them, wear their string of pearls or their cuff-links, or you keep a photo of them with you, this is a way to remember them without making a “big deal” about the fact that they are not present.
- Light a candle
A traditional tribute to lost loved ones that lets their light shine over your wedding day.
- Set up a memorial table
This works especially well if you have multiple family members or other loved ones to remember. A memorial table can include photos, mementos, knick-knacks, and any other memorabilia. Plus, they make a beautiful addition to any wedding!
- For fallen soldiers
For those loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice (the ones we honor on Memorial Day), there is the fallen soldier table. The table is left empty at the reception to recognize those who went to war and never returned.
On May 19, 2018 Meghan Markle said “I Do” to Prince Harry in an extravagant ceremony at the Windsor Palace. Millions of people all across the planet watched as the newest Duke and Duchess tied the knot, and it has been a hot topic ever since! Here are some fun facts about the Royal Wedding that will make you swoon just a little more:
- “Something Old”
We’ve all heard the saying that a bride should wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue,” and Meghan Markle was no exception to this time honored tradition. She, in fact, wore the diamond bandeau tiara that was worn by Queen Mary!
In honor of the late Princess Diana, Markle chose to carry forget-me-nots in her bouquet. Although her bouquet was somewhat understated, we just can’t get over this sweet gesture that she made by recognizing Princess Diana’s favorite flower!
- Cake for Days
Cake is, without a doubt, a key feature for any wedding. But when you are hosting 600 guests, it can make a pretty hefty impact. As a matter of fact, according to the ingredients list released by Kensington Palace, the cake called for 500 eggs, 200 lemons, and 45 POUNDS of both flour and sugar!
- What Budget?
In the U.S., we spend an average of $36,000 on a wedding according to The Knot… Closer to $10,000 in rural areas such as the one that we live in. Royalty, however, does not have to deal with the same sort of budgeting as us common-folk. It has been estimated that a whopping $42,961,914 (USD) was spent, with over $13,000 being spent on Markle’s hair and makeup alone!
- Off With Her Head!… Wait, what???
I know… Seems a little intense… BUT it is a little known fact that the Royal Wedding was held on the same day as the beheading of Anne Boleyn in 1536, who was charged by her husband King Henry VIII for incest, treason, and adultery.
- A Veil to be Remembered
Meghan’s 16 foot veil was a sight to see as she made her way down the aisle with its magnificent cathedral length and its intricate detail. What you may not know is that the details were actually very symbolic. What appears to be lace around the edges of the veil is not lace at all, but floral embroidery with flora representing each of the 53 Commonwealth Countries in the UK.
Hello! My name is Adrean Goodman and I am SO excited that I have been able to share this experience with all of you. You brides to be out there, I can absolutely tell you that all of the planning and all of the details that you are so careful not to forget will be 100% worth it when you walk down that aisle to the love of your life. However I feel that it is important that I share with you some of the things that I would have done differently, as well as some of the things that I wouldn’t change for the world.
What I Would Do Differently:
- To begin, I would have had the wedding start earlier in the day. Daniel and I were leaving that night for our honeymoon… the wedding started at 5:30 and we needed to leave by 9:00. It felt a little bit rushed after the ceremony and we definitely were not able to visit with everyone the way that we wanted to. So my advice – give yourself time to enjoy the day (at LEAST 6 hours if you’re going to sit down for dinner).
- Next, I wish that I would have planned out a larger clean-up crew. I learned after we got back that my parents had been there cleaning until midnight and I hate that they had to do that. Honestly, a clean-up crew had been the very last thing on my mind while I was planning the wedding so I didn’t pay much attention to it. But I would suggest having a cleanup crew of at least eight people who are not your direct family (i.e. parents and grandparents).
- Finally, I would have taken a moment during the ceremony to look at my family and friends who were there that night. Now, this is a really hard thing to remember during the ceremony because your heart is racing and you can hardly concentrate on anything but what is directly in front of you; but I know that a lot of people had to leave almost immediately following the ceremony and I wish that I could have at least seen them and known that they were there.
What I Wouldn’t Change:
- We had a full, sit-down meal after the ceremony. The day of the wedding, Daniel and I had both been so nervous that we couldn’t eat. So when the ceremony was over and the nerves had finally settled, we were both starving and it was really nice to have dinner prepped and ready for us when we came into the reception.
- We hired a videographer. As the bride, you don’t get to see any of the ceremony prior to your entry. And while photographs capture individual moments, video can hold everything from the music that played in that moment, to the words that were said. I would recommend it to anyone.
- Most importantly, we had a WEDDING DIRECTOR. I have no idea what I would have done without our wedding planner/decorator/director. Because of her, yes I was nervous on my wedding day, but I did not have to worry one bit about if the decorating would be done in time, or if the ceremony was going to flow the way that I wanted it to, or if the DJ would play the right music at the right time… She was there the whole time to make sure that I was at ease. Don’t even consider anything else… HIRE THE WEDDING DIRECTOR!! I promise he/she will be worth every penny and then some. And I’m not saying that because I am one. I’m saying it because I would have had a nervous breakdown on my wedding day if it hadn’t been for the wedding director.
Credit Where Credit is Due
- Florals: Love’s Flower Shop – Dardanelle, AR
- Venue: Mt. Nebo State Park – Dardanelle, AR
- Photographer: Rebecca Hawkins Photography – Conway, AR
- Videographer: Drew Hancock Media – Jonesboro, AR
- Catering: Pasta Grill – Russellville, AR
- Decorating: Love’s Flower Shop
- Dresses: Danielle’s Bridal – Clarksville, AR
- Cake Designer: Michelle Mayer – Russellville, AR
- Cheesecakes: Al’s Gourmet Cheesecakes – Russellville, AR
- Directing: Love’s Flower Shop
- Suits: Love’s Flower Shop
- Hair: Brandi Farmer – Russellville, AR and Hannah Holford – Malvern, AR
- Makeup: Misty Cullum – Little Rock, AR and Hanna Holford
Professional Photos to follow
It’s Wedding Week! After much time and preparation, the day is finally upon us. As a wedding director, and a bride, it has been so cool and so surreal to get to watch everything come together for my own wedding. It hasn’t seemed real until now.
Dana, the head wedding director here at Love’s Flower Shop, has been absolutely wonderful. She has made everything flow so smoothly and made me feel as if I have nothing in the world to worry about on my wedding day. Last week, we sat down together and set up the “flight plan” for the day of the wedding… for those who don’t know Dana’s terminology, the flight plan is essentially an itinerary of everything that is to happen on the wedding day along with the way in which it will happen. It’s a wonderful thing to put your mind at ease knowing that everything is laid out ahead of time.
Even if I wasn’t an employee of Love’s Flower Shop, I can promise you that I would recommend their services to anyone. They are kind, caring, compassionate, and determined to make your special day as special as it can possibly be. They will work with any budget, any style, any theme, and they will make it into a picture perfect reality.
Tomorrow, I will walk down the isle and marry the man of my dreams. But without the lovely ladies here at Love’s, it wouldn’t have been possible and for that I will always be grateful. So here’s goodbye to Miss and hello to Mrs! I’ll see you guys on the other side. And to you bride’s to be out there, seriously, give us a call! Consultations are free and I guarantee that you will not regret your decision.
Setting up a wedding registry can seem a little overwhelming. What do you need? What do you already have? How many towels are really necessary? The list goes on. Once the registering is done though, and your wedding day approaches, there is nothing more satisfying than to see that crock-pot that you fell in love with get checked off of your registry (that is, until it gets checked off 4 or 5 times).
This past weekend, Daniel and I had our first wedding shower and it was so much fun! We were overwhelmed at the love that was shown to us by our friends and family. And it helped us to realize that wedding and bridal showers can be so important for a young couple. Especially one that has never lived together. When you need everything for a home, you need all of the help you can get! No matter how prepared you think you are, you can always use an extra set of silverware, or a set of mixing bowls.
Point of all this being, if you are getting married but don’t really think you NEED to have a shower… DO IT ANYWAY! You’re getting married, so soak it all in. Have the experiences, take the pictures, and enjoy this exciting time in your life! You can take the extra crock-pots back later. Throw a wedding shower, a lingerie shower, or a dude shower (for tools and such), maybe throw them all. The most important thing is that you take the time to recognize how special this time is. It only (hopefully) happens one time, so why not live it up?