On July 14, 2018 we revisited just how important details can be in the face of some of life’s biggest moments. Kyle was proposing to Taylor and he wanted to make sure that everything, down to the smallest detail, was as beautiful and memorable as it could be. So we planned and prepped and when the time came… She said yes! But how do you not say yes to a man who is that thoughtful?? Congratulations, Kyle and Taylor on your recent engagement!
Category: Wedding Planning
On April 21, 2018, one of our own said her “I Do’s” and we have since been anxiously awaiting her wedding photos. Today, they have arrived and we could not be more ecstatic!
Daniel and Adrean both wanted a fairytale wedding, and Adrean had some very big dreams for the way she wanted her wedding day to look. We took those dreams, put them on paper, then into the venue, and watched as her dreams came into fruition. This couple is very near and dear to our hearts here at Love’s and we are so excited to finally get to share all of these amazing photos.
Photos by Rebecca Hawkins Photography
We know what you’re thinking, “are they really blogging about the heat?” While it is definitely hot outside (and not officially summer yet, mind you), we’ve got something else in mind… Wedding day pet inclusion! Over recent years, it has become common for couples to include their fur baby in the wedding in some way, shape, or form and there just isn’t anything cuter than a ring-bearing corgie! Here are a few ways that you can include your pet in your big day:
- Engagement Photos
- Make them the ring bearer!…
- … Or the Flower Girl
- Dog of Honor
- Simple Recognition
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.
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