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Today we’re happy to bring you this lovely real wedding photographed by B.Matthews Photo! From the bride and groom:

The ceremony was in a rustically ornate church in a charming little neighborhood and the reception was in the gorgeous lobby of a 1920’s downtown hotel-turned-condo complex. I wanted to play up the classicly glam vibe of the reception venue so I gravitated towards timeless elements, including the mermaid silhouette of my dress. We didn’t want to distract from the venue’s incredible details in the wooden walls, mezzanine, high, hand-painted ceilings or black and white marble floors so we added a few tall centerpieces and scattered romantic candles throughout the venue. We loved the long, dramatic head table down the center of the lobby.

Wonderful! See all the beautiful photos after the cut:

 

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During the ceremony when Josh and I were facing each other, I took a moment to pause in my head and reflect on the fact that I was in the middle of my wedding ceremony, in my wedding dress, while my friends and family were all in one place and in front of me was my almost-husband crying in disbelief and joy that we were finally sealing the deal forever after years of waiting and perseverance. It was surreal to be in that moment knowing what we went through in the years leading up to this.

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We were supposed to leave for our honeymoon in Portugal three days after the wedding but on our wedding night, I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible stomach bug that had been going around for a few weeks, that I thought I had dodged. Most of my wedding party had already had it but one bridesmaid and I caught it that weekend! I couldn’t get out of bed for the next two days and we almost postponed the honeymoon. I even had a doctor’s note to provide to the airlines in case we needed to cancel. But in fact, our domestic flights actually got canceled the day before we were supposed to leave but Josh got on the phone with the airlines and rearranged the flight schedule. I finally started feeling a little better the night before the trip so we packed up and headed to Portugal the next morning with all the meds and prayers in tow.

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My main goal for the reception was for everyone to have a blast and dance all night. I was worried the vibe might not end up being fun. Fortunately, I found a very affordable band that was so much fun and they had a big crowd dancing their booties off the whole night. The mom of one of my bridesmaids tied several of the guys’ ties together to form a jump rope and we all gathered in a circle and took it back to 3rd grade haha. I jumped rope in my dress and heels like a champ! And the Britney Spears flashmob upped the fun factor, too, of course!

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Thank you! For more about B.Matthews Photo, see his WeddingLovely profile here or head straight to his website.


Vendor info:

Photography: BJ Matthews – http://bmatthewsphotos.com/
Wedding Coordination: Meredith Events – https://www.meredithevents.com/
Reception Venue: Lafayette Building – http://www.lafayettebuilding.com/
Ceremony venue: Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church – http://phumc.com/
Flowers: Petal Chik Designs – https://www.petalchikdesigns.com/
Catering: RX Catering – http://rxcatering.net/
Videography: Ryan Kravitz
Cake: Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets – https://mickeyssweets.com/
Uplighting and Staging: Central Arkansas Entertainment – http://centralarkansasentertainment.com/
Rentals: Confetti’s Party Rentals – https://www.confettispartyrental.com/
Band: The Juke Joint AllStars – BandStand Entertainment – https://www.bandstandentertainment.net/juke-joint-all-stars
Groom’s Tie: The Tie Bar – https://www.thetiebar.com/
Groom’s Suit Retailer: Dolce Vita – https://www.instagram.com/dolcevitalittlerock/
Bridal Party Hair Stylist: Natalie Black with Fringe Benefits Salon – http://www.fringebenefitssalon.com/
Bridal Party MUA: Megan Irwin
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Devin Van Patter with BC2 Salon at Beyond Cotton 2 – https://www.facebook.com/BC2salon/
Bride’s MUA: Tess Williams with Winc Beauty – http://www.wincbeauty.com/
Bridal Gown Retailer: Inverness Bridal – http://www.invernessbridal.com/
Bridal Gown Designer: Ti Adora – https://www.jlmcouture.com/Ti-Adora
Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie – https://www.anthropologie.com/
Veil: Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/


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