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

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Children of Magnolia Hill

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” 
                                                                                — Henry Ward Beecher

Children grow so quickly, they seem to grow from infants to handholding toddlers overnight. The children of Magnolia Hill weddings have made such a memory and  these bliss filled days are yet quickly gone in the blink of an eye.  Enjoy this peek of wonderment and joy.

I am so touched by the charm of these young children and thought you too, 
would enjoy a glimpse of some of the joyful faces that I get to see on wedding day. 
They are wise enough to know they have a special part to play 
and a very important job to do.

The delight and magnificent charm of these children...

Steps quicken as young feet walk down the aisle

Crisp white linen shirt and a smashing summer straw hat 
for this young member 
of the wedding party.
Distinctive femininity- A bit of tedious help in buttoning up a wedding gown.

As any professional knows, there is an art to holding up an important sign.

Bashful, yet gorgeous as they walk in the company of dear ones

A reverence for old things such as this renewed wagon holds new fond memories - this Flower Girl is arranged comfortably on a vintage quilt and adorned in wedding finery.

Giggles and laughter...remembering moments like this

The banner says, "Oh Happy Day!" And we ALL say, "Oh Happy Day!"

A hand hold...Lots of important conversations going on too...when a handsome boy 
meets a pretty girl in her finest dress.

All eyes are on a fashionable flower girl as she makes her way down the aisle

A noteworthy banner is being carried by the most distinguished of young gentlemen. 

Often it is the little moments that enrich our endearing memories.
Holding close to his heart for safe keeping, the rings on a family Bible.

Every moment of this thoughtful day is full of images that fill our lives and hearts.

A legacy of love in this glowing smile, and knowing the childhood pleasures of special days.  
It is the little blessings that help us to see just how lovely life can be.

Trying to adjust her perfect attire, little sister accompanies an affectionate helper.

Love is in the air...friends and family have gathered together.

In this graceful portrait, doesn't she just melt your heart? 

And with love and laughter, they lived happily ever after!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Magnolia Hill's First Snowfall

"Kindness is like snow- it beautifies everything it covers."
                                                                                                       _ Kahlil Gibran
Oh how I love winter and we finally had our first snowfall of the season here at Magnolia Hill. Until now, we had almost warm weather, but we were blessed not to have the "feet" of snow measurements like our friends on the east coast. This January snowfall left a beautiful coating of powdery white snow in the landscape.  Buddy likes to make an early morning walk around the lake. Here are some of his pictures....
No footprints in the snow just yet, but the animals at the barn need to be tended
the flawless snow was wet and heavy on the cedar  trees

A thin layer of ice was beginning to form

The geese did not seem to mind the snow, but they were ready to eat their corn!

 A walk around the lake on the carriage footprints....Not even the rabbits and squirrels were out this morning.

The reflection of the blue sky in the lake as it began to peak through the cloud cover.
  Buddy's John Deere waits for warmer weather
The 1948 Chevy has seen many a snowfall....
The  wooden bridge on the carriage road leading into the woodlands - it is spectacular view in any season.
The reflection of the sky and trees in the lake was breathtaking.
Looking over the bridge, the water is clear and cold.
We wonder what made these tracks...a rabbit?

A  towering White Oak tree and a swing awaits. Such beautiful trees deserve a prominent place in any landscape.
Even under cover, our delightful Packard got a dusting
A view from the highway and you can't see our circle drive at all.
A heaping warm pot of soup and fresh baked cookies awaited Buddy when he came in from the cold.
One of my favorite growing up memories  was that of Mother making snow ice cream on the front porch for all the neighborhood kids. When she started making ice cream, children seemed to magically appear.

One thing to remember is to gather fresh, clean snow! Don't dig too deeply and gather your snow from an area that is out in the open away from bushes and trees.

Snow Ice Cream  
1 large bowl of snow ( about 1 quart)
1 cup heavy cream
sugar to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the heavy cream, then fold in sugar and vanilla. Take a large bowl outside and scoop up the snow while it is still frozen.  Fold cream mixture into the snow.  Adjust the sugar and vanilla to taste, and your winter treat is ready to eat on the front porch. 
 Surely a memory in the making! 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

“The heart, like the mind, has a memory."

 “The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh my, how the year has flown we are now just a few hours away from a new year
 and fresh start. I have always spent the evening with my husband and a few close friends...the same ones for over 35 years!
On New Years Day my kitchen will be featuring traditional Southern Black Eyed Peas and cornbread. But on New Years Eve it is a thoughtful time to reflect on the wonderful families that have entered our gates, stepped on the front porch and as we gathered round by my grandmother's antique dining room table, decided this was the place they wanted to get married.  

After a year of planning, Buddy and I feel like part of the family
as we share in the day of a years worth of weddings. 

We have been honored to work with some of the sweetest brides and their families alongside finest team of  talented professionals
from photography, musicians, catering and cakes.   

Here is an armchair look back on our fabulous heartfelt year...

Mom and Dad having fun
Spring blooms, pearls and roses

The rain stopped for the ceremony!





Buddy and I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Oh my it has been such a wonderful year! New Years Eve inspires me to pause a moment
and look back and reflect on the year that was...
and to look forward to the fresh year of new possibilities that is just around the corner.

 Ready for 2016 !