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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fall Favorites at Magnolia Hill

Hi everyone, Autumn is the favorite time 
of the year for many of us, and
 I wanted to share some 
of my beloved aspects of fall.

At Magnolia Hill October is 
our most popular month of all 
for weddings...and engagement photos. 
 The days grow short, the air has a chill to it, the stores are full of mums ready to burst into color, 
and the pumpkins swell on the vine.  

 The red Chevy proudly made a trip 
to the farm store for a few bales of straw.

The trip to the farmers market is 
something I look forward to all year.

 I adore bringing out the fall decorations
 and making the trip to the
Farmers Market for pumpkins, mums and apples. 

That in itself speaks autumn love to me!

Late afternoons are filled with a time for picture taking.
Leaves floating on top the water signal of the changes to come.  
Perfect background for a dreamy Engagement Photo Shoot.

Sterling Images

The vintage red color of our 100 year old home 
is original and blends perfect for fall. 

Autumn is a time when nature fills the senses 
and decorating is easy 
with colorful leaves, harvest produce 
and of course the American flag.

  Oh my goodness, 
love is certainly in the crisp fall air!

 Our front door announces the wedding 
of the day with a bountiful fall wreath.

Autumn is a time of gathering in and feeling cozy.
 I bring out the quilts 
and drape them over the front porch rockers.

And my favorite taste of fall is 
 my mother's recipe
 for Wagon Wheel Apple Cider.
Served in a mug or enamel cup.

A vintage picnic basket is perfect 
for a cozy weekend 
getaway for two. 
 A thrown quilt, warm cider, cheeses
 and comfort food set the mood.  

Crisp apples, crunch bread, crackers 
and assorted cheese 
make for a perfect casual picnic. 

Wagon Wheel Apple Cider

I like to collect old Thermos bottles 
from tag sales so that every person or couple
 can have their own thermos of hot cider. 

1 gallon apple cider
1 cup light brown sugar
4 2-inch cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons whole cloves

Pour the apple juice into a clean 30 cup electric, percolator style coffeepot.
Pour the cider in the urn and put the basket in place.
Drop the cinnamon, sugar, and spices into the basket and let it perk as usual.
Serve hot with a cinnamon stick in each thermos or mug.

"Whoever you are... be noble;
Whatever you do,do well;
 Whenever you speak, speak friendly. 
Give joy wherever you dwell."

Hope your fall is filled with love too  !

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Thinking Fall Gatherings

When school starts in September it  makes me start thinking Fall. 
Lunch boxes and school bells are long gone from my house
 but I am grateful 
for a time of "Gathering in." 

 Gathering in for a wedding, gathering in for a reunion or just 
gathering in my husband
 at the end of the day !

Days are shorter and it seems that it is even a bit easier
 to gather Buddy my husband, when the sun sets earlier. 

I am sending him tomorrow to get more corn stalks and pumpkins.  
This cool crisp air has me excited for fall.

At Magnolia Hill, fall is the most popular season 
of all for weddings. 

It is quite busy around here getting ready for all the families 
that will pass through our gates.  


 I am grateful that most Southern families make it a priority to get together..especially if it is a wedding. 

Sometimes gatherings among relatives just happen, 
but once a year in our family
 you can count on a family reunion ...always
 the 2nd Sunday in September. 
 I have only missed three of the gatherings in my lifetime. 
 This year was the 87th reunion of cousins, 
nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles 
and a few friends tagging along.   
There were a couple of new babies to be held, and 
prayers for those no longer with us. 
 In the spirit of the old hymn, "We Gather Together"
 the harvest we give thanks for 
is a precious one of families and friends. 

Of course at any of our family gatherings there is always 
an abundance of food...not just good food, but great food. 
A single dad cousin brought muscadine grapes to share 
that he had grown and picked. 
And there was jelly he and his daughter made complete with 
a county fair blue ribbon !

Good food, good friends, good family 
make good memories. 

I have a list a mile long of stuff to do today- 
but hopefully I will 
get it all done in time
 to snap a few photos to share with you 
before the guests 
arrive for the wedding this weekend.

And Buddy has to get more corn stalks!

Hope your autumn is off to a great start
Happy Fall Ya'll ! 

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.