Quynh Phan of Bryant and San Antonio resident Hoang Tran will exchange wedding vows Nov. 2, 2014 at the Benton Event Center.
Check out these super-cute photos by Lindsey Kent Photography, including the romantic proposal by a photographer in Paris, and read their sweet engagement story as told by Quynh:
Our love story starts back in March during a cousin's wedding. He told me he got his eyes on me the very first moment when he saw me. But it's funny how I didn't notice him at all. And then our friendship starts to unfold. We become friends on Facebook for a couple months until one fine day I decided to book an airplane ticket to go see him in person. On Aug. 22, it was my very first time seeing him at the airport waiting patiently with flowers in his hand. It was also my first time hearing his voice. The friendship we share makes the love and the romance between us mean even more to me. I feel like our relationship is so much richer and more fullfilling because of that. It was a surprise proposal in Paris, France. The trip to Paris was also a surprise for my birthday, then he hired a photographer in Paris to capture those moments when he proposed to me.
Winter is almost over, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the ice.
This spring, "Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After" is bringing an all-star lineup of the kid's favorite Disney characters to the ice in a sensational live production to North Little Rock.
This brand-new spectacular, featuring scenes from Disney Pixar's "BRAVE," "Tangled," "The Little Mermaid," and "Beauty and the Beast," will hit the ice May 7-11 at Verizon Arena, One Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock. Tickets are on sale now!
Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom. Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from "BRAVE" competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut.
And experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from "Tangled" unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle's enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.
Tickets for "Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After!" are available for $16, $26, $36 and $51. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling (501) 975-9000.
For more information, click here.
With the sun shining this weekend, it will be the perfect time for the kiddos to get out and enjoy the outdoors on two wheels (four wheels if you include training wheels!).
North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live will be offering a special Youth Skills Course and Bicycle Rally from 9-11 a.m. Saturday (March 8) across from Mugs Cafe at the Argenta Farmers Market site, 520 Main St. Kids will learn bike safety/handling skills while they practice on an obstacle course.
Participants will get a free bike helmet and safety light, plus get a chance to receive other giveaways and healthy snacks.
One of Little Rock's first pub runs will be hitting the pavement (and several bars!) later this month.
The three-mile run will start at 1 p.m. from Cregeen's Bar, North Little Rock, and will continue over the walking bridge to Big Whiskey's, 225 E. Markham St., Little Rock, and west for a few blocks to Vino's Brewpub, 923 W. Seventh St., back down over to Dugan's Pub, 401 E. Third St., and finally finishing at Juanita's, 614 President Clinton Ave., in the Rivermarket.
Registration is $35 and will include a T-shirt. Register here by Saturday (March 8) to get your T-Shirt. All of the proceeds will benefit ACH.
Get more information here.
Get out your ruby slippers. You’re not in Kansas anymore.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra invites you and your family to follow the yellow brick road and come see The Wizard of Oz like never before this weekend (March 8-9) in a series presented by “Acxiom Pops Live!”
The classic film from 1939 will be shown at the Robinson Center Music Hall, accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra performance from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It’s promised to be an Oz experience like you’ve never encountered before.
Tickets range from $18 to $59, and can be purchased here. Kids from kindergarten to 12th grade get in free on Sunday with Entergy Kids Ticekts. Call 501-666-1761, ext. 100 to get your free tickets or for more information. You can also visit www.ArkansasSymphony.org. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 8) and at 3 p.m. Sunday (March 9).
Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and His All-Star Band will be making a stop at Verizon Arena, One Verizon Way, North Little Rock on Friday, Aug. 8.
Tickets will go on sale March 14.
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from "Sweet Baby James" in 1970 to "October Road" in 2002.
He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.
Ticket prices will range from $78-$98.50. They will be available Friday, March 14, at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online.
This weekend, get off the couch and enjoy the great outdoors.
One thing you can do is go hiking on one of the many trails scattered across central Arkansas. We've listed four fun and scenic trails you might not think about:
For more trail options around central Arkansas, click here.
Even the most loyal readers of Little Rock Family probably don’t remember my December 2010 Family Chatter essay, “Staring in the Face of Baby.” It feels like forever ago. I was Assistant Editor of Little Rock Family at the time and just 25 years old. Despite my young age, my female peers were popping up pregnant (on purpose) and transforming into startling, yet inspiring creatures—mothers.
At the time, being a mom was at the bottom of my to-do list; I didn’t understand their race to parenthood. This lack of maternal instinct and a desire to feel it, as well as a deep fear of freedom lost to babies were the basis for my 2010 column. Petrified, I penned words like these:
“Someone please tell me how to get mentally ready for children. The tired ‘You’ll never be ready, you just have to go for it’ line won’t work on me. I need a foolproof plan and assurance that I can handle the responsibility.”
“I just can’t see myself as a 20-something pregnant woman or stroller pusher at the mall. Well, actually, I can picture it, but it isn’t a pretty picture. There’s me, behind the stroller, trying to look calm while inside I’m cringing.”
Well, guess what?
It’s a girl.
And now I truly am staring in the face of baby—and belly!—as my due date fast approaches. But these days, as I approach 29 and my daughter’s birth, I have a whole new set of fears and questions. My worries now are far less superficial than those of my 2010 diatribe. (OK, a few are superficial, but hey, I’m only human.)
Will I be a good mom?
How tiring will it be?
Will I miss my baby-less life (a lot)?
Will delivery really be that bad?
How will I ever be able to go back to work and concentrate on work—how could I possibly stop thinking about the baby all day?
Can we afford to give our daughter and her future siblings the life we want to give them?
Will I be able to breastfeed for as long as I want to?
Am I gaining too much weight? Too little? How will I lose it? Will my body ever look the same?
Is it OK if I am still me as a mom?
How do I ensure my child is smart and learns what she needs to, when she needs to?
Should we have stayed in our hometown of Dallas so that we have family close? How hard will it be without family nearby to help us?
Will I experience post-partum? And what the heck is post-partum anyway?
Is it bad that I think some moms are just so cheesy and I don’t want to talk to my kids like that at all?
How do we ensure we are a tight-knit family and are always close throughout our lives?
When will I know the answers to all these questions and more?
Despite the unknowns that lie ahead, I think I finally understand why so many of my peers so excitedly jumped onto the baby bandwagon. I finally feel that same excitement to meet my baby, to raise her right, to start a family with my husband, to move into a more selfless, nurturing chapter of life. In fact, I can’t wait.
Lindsay Irvin is the editor of several magazines at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, including Arkansas Bride, Arkansas Green Guide, Arkansas Next: A Guide to Life After High School, Living in Arkansas, Metro Little Rock Guide, Little Rock Guest Guide and Hot Springs Guest Guide. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Michael and their two Brittany Spaniels, Colby and Cash.
Grace Caroline arrived before deadline on Feb. 26, weighing a healthy 6 pounds and 1 ounce. Follow Lindsay’s journey into married life and mommy-hood at MrsAndTheMisc.com.