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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fields of Clover

Faith • Hope •Love • Luck

The grounds of Magnolia Hill are carpeted in clover. Search for only a few minutes and you will find a 4 leaf clover. Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck is what a 4 leaf clover has meant through the years. I love this, for that is what a wedding is all about....right?

The spring we moved to Magnolia Hill, 35 years ago, I remember the fields of clover like I had never seen before. Since we have horses, they seem to be in heaven every spring with the fields are full of clover. This year we have had so much rain, that the clover is ever abundant and  the horses are so excited to get out in the pasture.
 It takes a lot to feed a horse this big!
Clover on the ground and purple Wisteria in the trees.
I wish you could smell this.... oh my!

Since we are a wedding venue, the significance of the 4 leaf clover seems most fitting....Faith, Hope, Love, Luck.

Look in the lower right corner...see the 4 leaf clover?

  St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, used a Shamrock – which has three leaves – to explain the Holy Trinity – one each for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  For Christians, the four leaf clover may represent the cross. 

  A Celtic Marriage Blessing...

May joy and peace
surround you both.
latch your door. 
May happiness
be with you now. 
And God bless you

                                                          -AUTHOR UNKNOWN

The Irish often say that the green hills of the Emerald Isle (Ireland) contain more four-leaf clovers than anywhere else. Hence, the “luck o’ the Irish.”  I think the green Magnolia Hills contain more "luck" than anywhere else! 

Blessings on your day, 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring at Magnolia Hill

April is one of the most colorful months of all at Magnolia Hill. Now I know what it means to say "spring green".  It is a green like no other time of the year. This week and every week around Easter, our glorious Dogwood tree is in full bloom. Azaelas are showing off their colors, and purple Wisteria sets off a wave fragrant blooms.

An antique trellis supports a white climbing hydrangea 
A popular month for bridal portraits !

The White Dogwood tree makes a lovey backdrop for wedding day.

The Pink Dogwood in front of the Guest House was given in memory of my mother and her loss to Breast Cancer. 
A vintage postcard from my ephemera collection shares The Legend of the Dogwood.

Spring green table decor

"He fills my life with good things"  - Psalms 103:5

A stone path beckons you for a walk to the lake.
The dock is draped in purple wisteria.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

A bride and her daddy wait on the carriage to come.

 "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"  ~Robin Williams

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Make Your Wedding Perfect

Make Your Wedding Perfect

A perfect day is the goal of every bride that walks through my door. Through weeks, or months of planning, we work toward that goal whether the budget is thousands of dollars or a “Do it Yourself” type of bride. Before we start, there are a few things to consider no matter the budget.

Establish A Theme
A wedding is the most important event you will ever plan in your life. A wedding is timeless, so make sure your theme is representative of who you are. Rustic, Elegant Vintage, Rosy Victorian, Laid Back Beach, Rhinestone Bling, Bohemian Whimsy or Traditional Southern… all wonderful themes to work with. Thank goodness for Pinterest to supply a plethora of pictures of inspiration.

The Invitation
The invitation reflects you, your taste and theme. It lets a guest know what, who, when and where. It will give a clue for dress…is it an outdoor wedding and a wrap is needed with comfortable walking shoes, or a formal church wedding?  Consider the guest list very seriously. You don’t want to forget anyone or hurt feelings by not including him or her. Always err on the side of kindness.

Planning Ahead
By planning ahead, you can be relaxed and enjoy your own wedding. Determine all the details, as this will eliminate problems, hazards and embarrassments.  Delegate duties for family and friends are usually delighted when asked to help.

Adding “Something Extra”
My goal at a wedding is to have at least one thing that will generate a “wow” comment.  A moss covered cake table, a monogram wreath on the door, grandmother’s wedding dress on display, homemade jam favors, fireworks…what is a special detail that would be your “wow” factor?

Helen Keller once said, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  That is certainly true for a perfect wedding. 

Fireworks add to the magic of the night at Magnolia Hill. 

Blush Wedding

Shades of Purple

This lovely fall wedding was styled around dozens of small details.  The bride asked for an intimate and romantic country feeling for guests. The historic countryside setting and natural environment was easily the focus.  Pulled together details were rustic-vintage elements in the chosen color  "shades of  purple". 

Guestbook Bench