Little Rock residents Kate Fletcher of New Boston, Texas and Adam Corken of Springdale are set to be wed Sept. 7 at BoBrook Farms in Roland. The bride shot us these cute engagement photos by Taylor Howard Photography, as well as their love story in Kate's own words:
I knew a proposal was coming, but I just wasn’t sure when. Adam and I had discussed it, and being a control freak I tried to pry and learn any clues I could. On our one year anniversary, Dec. 16, I was right in the middle of law school finals. It was a Sunday and I had already finished one. Adam suggested all week that we do something special for the day and I started to get a little suspicious. I woke up that morning and went to church while Adam prepared a surprise.
When I arrived home, he was armed with a picnic basket. We drove downtown to the Arkansas River Trail. We had recently walked the River Trail at night and I told him it was one of the neatest places in Little Rock.
So we found a cozy little spot overlooking the river and Adam lays out the cliché plaid blanket for our picnic. He then pulls out two cheeseburgers from Big Orange (one of our favorite places) and some sweet potato fries (another Florken family favorite). We ate our lunch and just talked. I was starting to get suspicious but then Adam suggested we head back to the car. Suddenly, I was convinced that today was not the day and that we were on our way home.
Then, after he packed the picnic basket in the trunk, he suggested we take a little walk. I was still a little unsure but I was growing more suspicious by the moment. Adam walked me to an area that was literally a giant horseshoe shaped garden of roses. Right in the middle, he got on one knee and said:
“Kate, a year ago today, I made the best decision of my life and asked you to be my girlfriend. But today, I want to make an even better decision than that, and ask you to be my wife!”
I practically yelled at him to… “Show me the ring!” He laughed and complied. It was such a beautiful choice and I was in love with it immediately! He nervously tried to hand me the ring and I told him that he had to put it on my finger! He slipped it on and I instantly became the luckiest woman in the world!
Hayley Berry & Chad Taylor
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Oct. 6, 2012
Hayley Berry and Chad Taylor went to the same North Little Rock high school, where Hayley confesses she “always had a crush on Chad but he always had a girlfriend.” Things changed their senior year and they became a couple, and stayed together despite choosing different colleges.
On a family trip to Las Vegas in 2011, Chad proposed. “He was acting so weird the whole flight there and I thought he might be sick or something. I started laughing because that’s why,” Hayley says. “When I found my grandma and told her that Chad and I were engaged, she said, ‘Yeah right!’ … She couldn’t believe that finally after 8 years we were getting married!”
The bride’s black Vera Wang gown was a source of inspiration for much of the décor. “To me, black is classic and something I wear every day,” she says. “My engagement ring is a black diamond. I guess everything was destined to be black.”
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
Going off the beaten path was a goal for Hayley — the couple’s nontraditional wedding showcased the bride’s fondness for skulls, for example. “I wanted it to be different and to not fit into a mold,” she says. “Chad loved all the details as well. It made it not so girly.”
Music was a big deal for the couple’s wedding, with songs by The Killers, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. “Music means everything to me and this was exactly what I wanted,” Hayley says. Guitarists from the bride’s brother’s band played, and “Boom Kinetic was the first thing I booked for the wedding. I can’t imagine not having them there. They’re truly amazing!”
TOTALLY WORTH IT SPLURGE
“I bought a pair of red Isabel Marant wedge sneakers. I wore them after the ceremony through the whole reception and danced all night. Best purchase of all time!”
Photographer: Whitney Bower Imaging
Event designer: Tom Chandler & Associates, Little Rock
Florist: Hershel Cannon, Little Rock
Cake: Mickey’s Special Affairs, Little Rock
Caterer/Drinks: Simply the Best Catering, North Little Rock
Rentals/Lighting: Bylites, Little Rock
DJ/Band: Boom Kinetic, Fayetteville & Little Rock
Ceremony music: Ben Richman & Jackson Hagerman, The Revolutioners, Little Rock
Stationery: Digital Print & Imaging, Little Rock
Bridal boutique: Mimi, New Orleans
Bridesmaids’ attire: Scarlet, Little Rock
Groom/groomsmen attire: Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock
Jeweler: Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers, Little Rock; Swaffar Jewelers, North Little Rock
Hair: Carrie Parsons, Salon Scarlet, Little Rock
Transportation: Little Rock Limo
Guest accommodations: Hampton Inn, Little Rock
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Last summer, my refrigerator was covered in cards designed with bright colors and amazing engagement photos of beautiful couples and their wedding dates in large print. After the wedding season passed, I didn’t know what to do with the save-the-dates still on my fridge. I felt bad for throwing them away, but I didn’t really need them anymore.
Making the decision to send save-the-dates was a tough one for me because I felt like it was something that people were just going to throw away. But, after a few conversations with my mom, I’ve decided to at least have a few printed for keepsakes, if I don’t send them to everyone on our guest list.
While save-the-dates aren’t considered a requirement or tradition in the wedding world, they give your guests a head’s up on your upcoming nuptials. They’re especially helpful for those that will be attending an out-of-town or destination wedding. And since your wedding is probably not the only one your guests will be attending, it’s a nice way for them to keep track of dates without having to ask you a million times when you’re getting married.
See y’all next week!
Bride-to-be and Benton native Jordan Westbrook graduated from UALR in 2011 with a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in mass media. The former Arkansas Bride intern will be blogging about her adventures in wedding planning right here each week.
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Jessica DeLoach & Warwick Sabin
Moss Mountain Farm, Roland
Oct. 20, 2012
Jessica DeLoach of El Dorado and Warwick Sabin of East Hampton, N.Y. ran into each other at a literary festival fundraiser. Jessica struck up conversation, and Warwick found himself enchanted. “Warwick said it best: ‘It was as if nobody else was there, and nothing else was happening,’” she says. “I felt the exact same way, and from our first date, we were inseparable.”
After Warwick won a seat on the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2011, the couple went to New England to celebrate. Overlooking a sailboat-filled harbor, the groom proposed. “There is no better feeling than the one that comes from knowing that you will be spending the rest of your life with your best friend,” Jessica says.
The couple drew inspiration from the seasonal foliage, choosing saturated golds and greens to match spectacular October scenery at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
Instead of save-the-dates, the couple created a video invitation, and the bride “enjoyed every minute” of designing her dress. Jessica says one thing that set their wedding apart was the intention to keep it light-hearted. “Our No. 1 rule was that we did not engage with anything that was stressful,” she says. “Weddings are supposed to be happy – not heavy – so the decision to stay away from anything that would distract from the fun of getting married was definitely a good decision.”
“Honestly, there is only one word that can accurately describe our big day: Perfect,” the bride says. “Nothing went wrong. The weather was beautiful. The atmosphere was fantastical. And our family and friends made it joyous.”
Photographer: DERO SANFORD Photography
Videographer: Kimberly K./Cinéma Vérité, Little Rock
Event designer: Joyce Smith of P. Allen Smith’s team, Roland
Florist: Tanarah Luxe Floral & Event Styling, Little Rock
Cakes: Sweet Love Bakes, Little Rock
Caterer/Drinks: Whole Hog Café, Little Rock
Band: Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, Little Rock
Dressmaker: Don Bolinger, Little Rock
Hair: Maygie Brooke Stallings, Breathe Salon, Little Rock
Makeup: Antonio Figueroa, Dillard’s, Little Rock
Courtney Holloway + Abram Skarda
May 25, 2013 • Gospel Mission Church of Des Arc
Photos by Kourtney Allyse Photography
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