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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Tribute to Mothers and Daughters

Love you more...

When Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the selfless nun was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?"  Mother Teresa replied, "Go home and love your family." This love is shown just before a wedding when we ask our Mother's of the Bride to give a sentimental "Last Kiss of my single daughter " on our southern front porch just before the ceremony.  

It seems that God has greater plans for us, than we could ever dream up on our own.  For it was several  years ago my heart was feeling moved to share a tribute to motherhood, that I was asked to write a book about my own mother.  I knew I was truly blessed with her and that God had given me one of the best mothers He ever created.. Little did I know that shortly after agreeing to write a book about mothers, I would lose mine.

My mother died on the evening of her fifty-ninth wedding anniversary. My father was by her side holding her hand as he had always been.  Earlier that evening, Mother had allowed all of us to say our tender good-byes and feel complete.  As I placed my head softly on her chest, as she lay in the hospital bed, I hugged her one last time for this world and she hugged me back.

And so it is with a saddened but joyful heart that I truly understand a mother's love.  For a mother's love is not something that lasts just for a lifetime, it is something that lasts even longer.  A mother's love is truly always and forever.  

"The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children."
-author unknown

"I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good; to be admired, loved, and respected; to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send.   To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman; and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience."  
                                                           - Mrs. March in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

"A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever."
-author unknown

"You are far more precious than jewels."   
Proverbs 31:10

"Who ran to help me when I fell, 
And who would some pretty story tell, 
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother."
                                    - Ann Taylor

"No one tells you that the hardest part of motherhood is when your kids grow up." 
- Linda Pringle

A Legacy of 3 Generations on Wedding Day

"I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young hands, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves. " 
                                           - Harriet Beecher Stowe to her twin daughters, 1861

Dear friends,  here is hoping you are blessed to celebrate mothers on this Sunday in May as we give our hearts to the people and places that nourish our souls. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southern Style Flavors to Wow Your Wedding Guests

After the first of the year, we are all into wedding planning with our brides for the year. And we have made it easy, for exclusive to Magnolia Hill is our award winning caterer, Dinner's Ready  !
They are on the leading edge of what is happening in the wedding world 
as they played host to the Arkansas Democrat Bridal Fair as a leading sponsor. 

Wedding blogs such as The Knot released what they see in trends on wedding reception offerings..."the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition."

And you may have seen Serge as he regularly makes everyone hungry on KARK morning show! KARK TV featuring Chef Serge preparing some  favorite dishes on air.
 Make sure you are not hungry when you read this...for your mouth will be watering after you see the pictures of their delicious creations.

 For the grooms table, Razorback cupcakes !
     and for a main course....Buffet style or plated

  Sometimes mini versions of your favorite desserts 
 make even more of a statement than their full-sized counterparts.

 The active stations are not only delicious, but fun to watch the chef cook right in front of the guests.
 Appeal to guests’ lighter sides by putting a few delicious good-for-you options on the menu. This heirloom tomato & basil salad is mouthwatering beautiful. 
 A little drama with an active station of Bananas Foster
 Your home-cooked favorites are instantly elevated when served in unexpected ways, like these grilled cheese points served with dainty tomato soup shooters.
 An abundant buffet is a great way to ensure everyone gets what they want, but it also creates an appetizing focal point. One tasty buffet option is a cheese station with an array of mild and strong flavors, different textures, and cheeses made with goat, cow, and sheep milk. Add labels so guests know what they’re diving into, then pair them with breads, fruits, and nuts.
 Beautiful presentations
An appetizer display on the hay wagon. A little netting keeps early nibblers away, yet still looks exciting  while the wedding ceremony is going on !
Stuffed zucchini boats 

For any  Southern specialty,  Serge puts the finishing touch for perfection!

 Blackened Chicken with Cajun Cream

  Look at these cute sunflower cupcakes complete with a ladybug.

Now I bet I have made you hungry!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Closer Look...Christmas on the Porch

When I was a child, my grandmother used to tell me that a front porch was a postcard that gave a glimpse of who lived inside the house. Back then, I was not quite sure what grandmother meant.  But now, years later, I see the front porch as my grandmother did. 

The porches in my life have been important threads in my family tapestry.  They were where the greetings and partings of family and friends took place.  Our time on the porch bound us together and I imagine our front porch in a rather old-fashioned manner, transforming it into an outdoor living room as people used to do before the days of television and air conditioners.  

Over the years of living in our house, I've collected stories and ideas about making the front porch special.  While the old adage about fences making good neighbors is probably true, I prefer to think that porches make good friends. 

Especially this Christmas season, I invite and welcome you to my front porch.

I think perhaps of all the seasons on the porch, winter is my favorite.  Above, a monogram personalizes a cheery wreath welcome at my door.

Our front porch is filled with greenery of Christmas-   pine, boxwood, juniper, fir, holly, cedar and of course....magnolia!

"Don we now our gay apparel..." The words of this favorite carol 
can be applied to our porch as velvet ribboned hurricanes light the 
stone entryway as the evening hours fade into darkness.  

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
- W.T. Ellis

Fresh evergreens with silver birds, twigs, and bright red 
amaryllis offer a welcome in an antique concrete urn. 

My friend Ruth, remembered our antique sleigh down at the barn.  
She surprised me with a vintage thermos, sign and tartan red plaid blanket.

Black & white checked ribbon intertwined with fresh evergreen branches and red berries 
embellish a lantern for Santa and his tree. 

The past is brought to life as timeworn cobblestones on the porch columns
 come alive with red plaid ribbon.

To properly fill garden urns, fit them with watertight liners 
and plenty of floral foam.

Look closely and you will see a birds nest tucked in among the greens.  
I love our real birds in the aviary and work the theme into our Christmas trimmings. 

Beyond the traditional elements of Christmas, Buddy's red Chevy truck 
makes its way onto the porch. 

 A few more bright red truck welcoming accents 

Drive by at night to see Buddy's truck all aglow.

My grandparents were farmers...cotton farmers. 
As a nod to our heritage, we always have to have a bit of cotton in our decor. 

A few more red trucks !

Toss a blanket over your lap and enjoy a swing on the porch even in the winter.  
Bring a toasty cup of cocoa out to the front porch and listen to the quiet of winter - the creak of snow laden branches; the soft dripping of icicles; the sound of animals padding across the yard. Or simply be still and take in the quiet. 

The colors and textures seem to compliment each other 
on my bakers' rack with warmth and sweetness. 

Vintage wedding cake toppers from the 1940's are under glass and part of our white porch decor
 with white vases, more greenery and a bit of cotton.

                                               A vintage 1977 plate offers a sentiment...
                                 "All hearts go home for Christmas, for love is always there."

A delicate detailed display of deer on a silver tray are some of my childhood treasures. 

The deer inspiration adds a bit of coziness and 
Christmas cheer to a corner skirted table on the porch.

These stone steps leading up to the porch are quite special on their own. For a hundred years they have served as a stage for hellos, good-byes, hugs and kisses.  During the spring, summer and fall, weddings begin here as a bride steps out the front door, preparing to walk down the aisle and start a new life together.

But winter....During the bustling holidays, we eagerly await friends and family and those we love making the traditional journey home.

"Hellos, Good-bye's, Hugs, and Kisses" ...come in and get warm.
...Christmas on the porch !