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, 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.

You’ll find me on Instagram here:  Alda's Magnolia Hill 
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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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Monday, February 22, 2021

You're Engaged! First thing to do!

engagement photoshoot

Soooo ....You are engaged! 
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.

      surprise engagement 

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. 
Share the news with family especially first hand...
not through social media. 

Let them hear the excitement in your voice. 

She said yes!

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. 

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. 

Capture the moment...
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.