Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll

Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll
Southern Romantic Weddings and Receptions at Alda's Magnolia Hill • 5110 Stageoach Road, Little Rock, Arkansas | call: 501-690-2574

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday Afternoon Lakeside

Happy July everyone!
     It is HOT here in Arkansas now....I can't remember when it has been this hot, this early in the summer but it has been HOT!  We have been so busy this spring and summer I have not even had a chance to put up our new hammock.

Buddy and I went to church this morning and watched a grand finale children's program from Vacation Bible School.  Everyone had someplace to be, so Sunday afternoon was the day, and it was perfect for a lakeside weekend waterview weekend. 

We have been so busy this spring and summer
 I have not even had a chance to put up 
our new hammock until now. 
  A spot by the water seemed perfect.

Blessed beyond measure to have our own private lake, I never take it for granted, and enjoy looking out the window at it from the moment my feet hit the floor every morning.

The flower garden seems to be thriving on this heat.

We did have a bit of company at the lake...

The roses on the fence are old fashioned fragrant roses that thrive in the heat as well. 

The birdbath got fresh water, and the hydrangeas were watered to keep them blooming.

This water view never gets old.

Have a good week everyone, hope you are enjoying your summer.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Rock Town River Outfitters


“Kayak & Bicycle Tours -
           Hen & Bachelor Party!”

Since it has started off one heck of a HOT summer, I thought you might enjoy a post of what is going on with our family...
Buddy and Samuel

Our son Samuel,  has always been an outdoorsy water lovin' guy and he has stepped up to a big exciting business adventure. You might have seen his new sign in the 
downtown Little Rock River Market offering
kayak tours and bike rentals for the Arkansas River Trail.
Right...that is our son Samuel!


 True to his grandfathers love of boats and his fathers love of boats, Samuel has started his own company Rock Town River Outfitters - (RTRO )that offers kayak tours on the Arkansas River ...right in the middle of downtown Little Rock! 

“ I grew up in Little Rock traveling to the Ozarks, canoeing and kayaking with my parents and friends. I immediately fell in love with the water and later decided to move to Colorado in 2011. I excelled as a guide for a commercial white water rafting company, specifically on class III and IV rapids on the Arkansas River in Browns Canyon. That year I realized there is so much more to the Arkansas River than only being a beautiful view from the bank. I was drawn back to Little Rock and found myself surrounded by a thriving city, working and living the city life, all the while still magnetically pulled to the river. Against my mothers wishes I embarked on my mission, kayaking and exploring farther into the Arkansas river. After years of exploring the beauty and adventure of the Arkansas, I realized I could not selfishly enjoy this all for my own and decided to start Rock Town River Outfitters, so that everyone can experience the awe and excitement I feel whilst paddling on the Arkansas River. My goal is for the Arkansas River to not be something that people fear, but rather a river that they respect and enjoy.” _ Samuel Ellis

You might have seen Samuel  interviewed on KTHV with his canine sidekick Grizz Lee Bear.
 Grizz Lee Bear joined the RTRO team in 2016. He is an expert SUP boarder and takes his security duties seriously by performing regular perimeter checks while at the marina. Most days, you can find Grizz riding on the front of Samuel's boat, rounding up stray kayaks, or lounging on the dock. He is an energetic Leo with a heart of gold, a love for smelly socks, and will gladly accept generous tips in the form of Milk-Bones.

You might have read about his tour and rental business,
 Rock Town River Outfitters in the paper....

Look for our Magnolia Hill poster in the downtown river his Kayak & Bike rental location ....(formerly Bobby's Bike Hike)

It doesn't have to be Vegas...

We have a full season of weddings coming up and  now can offer ideas for a perfect Bachelor /Hen Party for a group of friends. Sports are a great way to get your closest friends together and honor the bride or groom. 

Samuel received a thank you note for a bike rental for  their "traditional" church wedding. 

  If the  groom-to-be is a fan of the outdoors, consider a weekend Kayak Tour
(You don't even HAVE  to get wet...)

or a Brew & Bike tour !
Bike the 15 miles of the Arkansas River trail. 

a two hour Sundown Tour 

Pass by the Arkansas Submarine museum

Will surely make a memory !

Take off point is the Rockwater Marina on the north shore of the river.


Lori Sparkman Photography 
Night time is especially exciting with all of the downtown bridges lighting the night sky.

If the bells are about to be ringing 
and you are looking for an adventurous and fun way 
to celebrate your last pre-wedding party
(be sure and tell Samuel, his mama sent you)
Rock Town River Outfitters offers kayak and bicycle rentals as well as guided tours of Little Rock Arkansas. Hop on a bike and explore 15 miles of River Trail or Paddle through the city on the Arkansas River.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Boathouse and a Water View

There is something about water that seems to draw people near. 
The sun sets behind our mountain and lake, 
and just a few steps from The Farmhouse, Buddy has built a Boathouse.   
The sun goes down, and the twinkle lights come on. 

Last week, we had company from Dallas, a friend I had not seen in years....While passing through, he wanted to stop and say hi, but more than anything, just to walk around the lake. 
Over 60 years passed, and as a young boy, he had been fishing here with his dad.  
A walk around the lake helped to relive a few moments in time with his father.  
He remembered an old barn and was quite surprised 
with our Farmhouse and Boathouse.

The Porch on The Farmhouse is lit up for a reception. 

Just a few steps away from the reception is The Boathouse. 
A little liquid refreshment is served from the Boathouse. ..whether it is a "bar" 
or Hot Cider Bar,  Lemonade stand, or Hot Chocolate Bar, 
it is very inviting.

 Nearby is the bonfire pit for toasting s'mores 

Sitting around a bonfire by the lake, 
listening to the sounds of the night...what could be better?

   The handmade cedar boathouse is the authentic period correct building, housing 3 boats. 
 Honoring the past, yet perfect for today's entertaining, 
it captures the rustic spirit of the lake and surrounding woods. 


Our 1948 red Chevy truck holds wedding gifts on the tailgate.

Guests enjoy seeing the handmade canoes 
 now hanging up in the boathouse.  

The "Arkansas Traveler" wooden canoe has steamed wood ribs, 
in the antique and classic style of Old Town Canoes. 

The "Arkansas Traveler" on the right with Samuel and
 Buddy is in his "Strip Built Cedar" canoe, on the left.

Here Buddy works on the Arkansas Traveler  

Buddy and Samuel testing out the Arkansas Traveler on it's maiden voyage 

The Cedar Strip Built canoe

Our boats certainly get used !
Here the Dory boat is rowing bridesmaids to the altar. 

After a wedding ceremony, photos in the boats 
are romantic on the lake.

String lights around the Boathouse and in the trees...all lit up in the night

The Arkansas Traveler canoe hangs upside down over a French wine barrel.

The Boathouse is a perfect spot for an Instagram photo. 
Stand behind the truck door. 

The Boat House sign hangs overhead and 
is made from fallen wood on the property. 

My Daddy's 1954, Martin boat motor hangs in the boathouse...still in working order!

Come get a cup of hot cider from the Boathouse, and enjoy sitting around the bonfire.  
Thank you for visiting!