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

Friday, May 14, 2021

Yacht Wedding Styled Shoot

Ya'll,  I have been holding out a big secret... and bursting to share more details about this inspirational Nautical Style Shoot project with you ...and today is finally the day! Grab your coffee and take in all this gorgeousness. 

 How romantic to get married on the water...well now you can here in central Arkansas!   Just because weddings are smaller, they can actually be most memorable when planned on a yacht! This was our inspiration come to life behind the Style Shoot. 

Our nautical themed style shoot from a group of A+ vendors  included the over abundant talent of Justin Hoadley of Tanarah Lux Floral and photographed by the watchful eye of Lori Sparkman. The bride and groom enjoyed the Magnolia Hill private yacht "Happy Times" that is now open for weddings, which is a venue like no other with so many picturesque backdrops. Rocktown River Outfitters led the charge and piloted the boat to the most perfect sunset location on the Arkansas River.The city's lighted bridges and skyline was the one of a kind backdrop to the shoot. As New Englanders know the waterfront such as Martha's Vineyard is prime real estate when it comes to a timeless we have it in the middle of our city!   

Our bride  was pampered by the amazing make up artist, Jamie Lynn Jones  , and wore a beautiful gown  from The Bridal Cottage Patticakes Bakery showcased a stunning nautical inspired cake. 

Timeless calligraphy and paper goods were created by Honor Canon of Our Scripted LifeA feast for the eyes of charcuterie boards on the cozy deck were handcrafted by Vibrant Occasions Catering. 

Take a peek at all the loveliness and become inspired to plan your own small nautical wedding, but big on style. If  you have pulled together your guest list, enjoy the fun part of planning by adding in personal touches for an unforgettable, intimate wedding on a yacht!  Small weddings can be over the moon and most memorable for everyone.

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Photography:Lori Sparkman Photography  | Event Planner: Justin Hoadley Floral Designer: Tanarah Luxe Floral  | Makeup: Jamie LynnJones Hair Stylist:Jamie Lynn Jones  | Tuxedo And Mens Attire: Barakat Bespoke Specialty Foods:Vibrant Occasions Catering  | Cake Designer: Patti Cakes Bakery | Dress Boutique: The Bridal Cottage  | Invitation Designer:Our Scripted Life | Models: Carmel Mullins Hunter Mullins |Furniture: Eventures Party Rentals | Fireworks: Magnolia Hill  Digital Marketing Specialist: Holly Morrison | River Pilot: Samuel Ellis, Rock Town River Outfitters | Velvet Props: Love, Fest Shop | O'Looneys Wine & Liquor Champagne Pol RogerVenue: Magnolia Hill Yacht, Happy Times, Location :  Rock Water Marina 

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

My New Book _ Our Wedding Planner

Today I have some big news to share with you for this is a project I have been working on! You might not know that I have been super busy during these covid times...sort of making use of quiet time that I would not normally have...and today I am giving you a peek at what has been keeping me busy ! 

I am wearing my heart on my sleeve for it is so exciting to finally get to share my book and its' beautiful cover with you !
This beautiful cover and all of the images are from my friend Lori Sparkman, who has been thrilling me with her photography skills for over 10 years, and she has shot some beautiful photos all over the world! 

God's timing is amazing, isn't it? Sometimes He says "Be still and know"...which is hard for me for I just don't have patience...   But in the still and quiet of the past year, God knew my heart as  I have been working on a some really fun projects and today I am sharing all the details and the very first look at  Our Wedding Planner

I have been blessed with the task of helping brides to plan their own weddings and enjoyed every minute of it. A wedding, your own wedding has been the dream of most little girls even before they met their prince charming. And to some, all of the planning, decisions,  choices can quickly become overwhelming to push beyond your own creative boundaries. It takes a lot of time and energy to plan the perfect wedding for no two weddings are quite the same. 

So here is where I step in...the sights, the sounds, the smells and tastes of planning a wedding are all shared in easy to follow guidelines. From years of experience in helping brides to plan their dream wedding, I pour my heart out with knowledgeable text, suggestions, advice and beautiful creative ideas to help you feel calm, stress-free  every step of the way. 

This simple and detailed planner will make the job of planning your wedding so much easier and much more enjoyable. It will allow you to take those duties, contracts, timelines and business cards, off your desk and help you to create a well-organized go-to source that is uniquely tailored to you, your vision and your smoothly run wedding. 

Here are some pages from the book....

A peak inside the book takes you from discovering your style
 to changing your name on your drivers license! 

I wanted the book to inspire all sorts of different venues, color palettes and styles. 

If you know of someone special who is getting engaged, 
what a wonderful engagement gift to get them off and running.
The book is shipping June 1st, and I can't wait until
 you can hold it and start planning your own wedding. 

My heart is so full and I just want to say "thank you" to all of the brides 
and their families that have passed through our gates
 for I could not have written this book with out you. 

You can purchase Our Wedding Planner HERE 
or from your favorite local bookseller.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Spring Bridal Portrait Season

Spring is just the perfect time for Bridal Portraits. 
I feel so blessed to walk out my back door and 
see all of God's handiwork...
which here at Magnolia Hill, Spring is a time for portraits! 

Ornate benches are ideal for a day of spring day's dreaming. 

The spring lake is so pretty and it is no secret 
we love to work with great photographers.
 Actual wedding days are so jam packed, 
that it is a calming feeling to get a portrait 
in your dress with no one around.
 It is a perfect time to try hair and makeup for the big day.

For a portrait session wear comfortable shoes 
as there may be lots of walking. 
Most of the time, the shoes
 do not show in the portrait.

Our historic dogwood tree
 is always in bloom by Easter. 
Look high up in the treetops too, for there 
is the wild purple wisteria that blooms 
profusely in the tree tops.

Perfect for a bridal portrait...

Looking closely, each petal cluster
 is shaped like a cross with two longer petals 
and two shorter ones.
 A crown of thorns is in the center
 and "blood stained" tips with
 nail scars on each petal.

The dogwood is seen from afar 
even with azaleas showing off their colors. 

Spring was quite cool this year and 
we burned our wood burning 
outdoor patio stove for warmth.

The Red Bud trees seemed to bloom early this year.

 They frame a bridal portrait session nicely.

The days getting longer, most portrait sessions
 are late afternoon and early evening 
after the sun goes down.

Gathering the spirit of Spring's soft beauty, 
I picked some wisteria and dogwood for the table
 and placed it in a vintage crock, as it smelled so delightful.  

From across the lake, as if from another era,
 the dogwood
 and the wisteria are blooming
 with a timeless point of view.

Covered in wisteria blooms, 
the dock on the water creates
 a cozy room draped with the dripping blooms
 pouring over the rails. 

Our private country house is found inspiration
 for photographers for our house 
was built in 1918 but only three families
 have lived in it previously. It is a house 
people moved to stay. It has always been 
a place that is loved by the families 
who lived here. The house is wonderful, 
but the location is also quite special. 
Life is newness and
 ever changing when you live by the water.

Friends meet, where memories live, and where LOVE grows.
Happy Spring to you....

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