Vintage Southern Weddings at Magnolia HIll

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

You're Engaged! Now what?

Sometimes it happens when you least expect it, 
or maybe you had a "feeling" but one day the love of your life asks you to marry him,
 he puts a ring on your finger, and you are engaged!

 It is especially wonderful if Mr. Right 
has planned a surprise engagement for just the two of you.


with a little planning, a photographer can be close by when needed.

And then there is the moment you want to share it 
with friends and especially your family. 

Most fathers like it if they are "asked"
 for his daughter's hand in marriage. 
It is an old tradition but still quite beloved. 


It is always nice if you can take a bit of time
 and let the commitment "sink in" 
.... just enjoy the process of things to come. 

 cayley shields photography

Always let those closest to you know of your excitement... .  It is rather 
heartbreaking sometimes if they "hear" of your 
news through the grapevine 
or through social media. 

Start thinking of a "season" that you want to get married for the actual 
date will depend upon the dates 
that are available of a venue you have your heart set upon.

One of the first things people ask, "when is the wedding"?  

Don't rush on a date, it may vary, depending on
when a convenient date for those closest to you 
or that you need IN your wedding .

Right after you are engaged, start thinking of an Engagement Photo session. 
Let a photographer capture the magic of the moment
 at this time of your life.

We love engagement photo sessions for they are so sweet to 
play and laugh as you celebrate together.

These photos will most likely be useful in "Save the Date" cards 
once a date has been nailed down.  

Guests will love seeing pictures of the two of you displayed at your reception. 

A favorite picture may be enlarged, framed and useful on the 
Guest Book Table 

This is such a special time, that maybe you want to have 
a book of pictures for a keepsake. It may be used for a guestbook 
if blank space is left for guests to sign. 

On picture day, bring a couple of outfits for you both to change in, 
depending on the mood of your it casual or semi formal. 

                                                                                                       Benjamin Martin photography

A good photographer will capture the sweet spirit of the moment.

Any season is fine for an Engagement shoot, but I have to say, 
Fall is my favorite. 

Fall is perfect for boots and sweaters.

Sometimes "Family"members join in the picture

"Now at last they were 
beginning Chapter One 
of the Great Story
no one on earth 
has ever read,
which goes on forever;
in which every chapter is better
than the one before."
                        - C.S. Lewis

We have so many colorful trees around the lake in the fall 

The woods, fields and lake is so pretty in the fall air.

The lake and boats are most romantic...

and I saved a surprise for last...this couple decided
 to "jump in the lake" with a PLANNED canoe roll.

 The water was cold 
but it captured a most memorable kiss!

Enjoy your time of Engagement, and plan for a fabulous memory
...with your love of a lifetime. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Summer Garden

Hello everyone, It is a beautiful sunny day here today 
 and I am enjoying a few fresh flowers in my garden walk this morning.  
Zinnias seem t be blooming like crazy in their bright summer colors.   Hummingbirds love the bright colors but I can't seem to catch one still long enough to snap a picture.  Zinnias are always a staple in my garden for it is the memory of my grandmother's garden full of zinnias against her white picket fence,  that I treasure.

Ever wonder what to do with all those slivers of soap leftover besides just 
throwing them away?  I slip thin slivers 
into an old worn sock , tie a knot and then 
tie it to my water spigot outside. It is a convenient
way of washing hands after gardening. 
It is always nice to have a place to sit and enjoy the sounds of the water fountain.  

"I like to think of nature as an unlimited radio station 
through which God speaks to us every hour,
 if we will only  tune in."  _George Washington Carver
Kind hearts are the gardens. 
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers.
Kind deeds are the fruit.
Take care of the gardens, 
and keep them from weeds.
Fill, fill them with flowers, 
kind words and kind deeds.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hydrangeas bloom and are perfect for cut flowers ..

"more than anything, I must have flowers, always, always."
-Claude Monet

Just a few photos from my patio

and visiting  with a few friends.

Coming in the house I put a few roses by the kitchen sink. 
I hope you are enjoying these beautiful summer days too!  

blessings always, 

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