Winner of “Best Overall Wedding Decor” in Arkansas Bride
Jenny Harper, originally from Oakdale, La., met the man of her dreams, Adam Dunaway (you might know him as Pool Boy on Alice 107.7 FM) of Little Rock, while volunteering for the Children’s Protection Center; she just didn’t know it yet. It took a lot of Adam asking and a lot of Jenny rejecting before she finally agreed to go on a date with him.
Fast forward to Jenny and Adam on the beach with his family. When he asked her to go for a walk on the beach, she had no idea that he was about to pop the question, or that her family was in a condo a few blocks away, waiting to celebrate the wonderful news together.
The Palm Springs flavor of the Dunaway wedding is clear from the first stunning glance. Jenny looked to the garden ambiance of the Viceroy Hotel as a touchstone, as well as Jil Sander’s spring runway for luscious florals.
Personal and unique touches reigned supreme with Jenny. She scoured places like vintage stores and Craigslist for much of the décor. Acrylic boxes meant for displaying dolls were filled with flowers, and they made tiny disco ball drink stirrers to match the giant ones over the dance floor.
Having a wedding in 2014? If you’re still in the market for wedding colors, you might want to check out radiant orchid. It’s the official color of 2014 and will look gorgeous at any wedding. Now obviously you’ll want to incorporate your wedding colors into your wedding’s floral choices, and many might tell you radiant orchid won’t show up well on photography, since purple typically recedes in color on film. Well Chris has already thought ahead of that. He’s got a floral arrangement that’s perfect for all those purple-loving brides out there.
When you are putting together your bouquet, take your radiant orchid flowers first, clutching them together. Now add brightly colored lavender, water roses, and wax flower for an airy, whimsical look. Once you have a bouquet look you’re happy with, take a few strings of ivy and wrap them around the base of the buds. Let the ivy cascade down off the bouquet, which adds a lot of visual value if you don’t have a lot of design work on the front of your wedding dress. Keep it held together with floral tape and wrap it with burlap ribbon for aesthetic appeal.
Sometimes, all you need is love… and sometimes, you need a helping hand. Here’s a photo essay for you showcasing one of our beautiful bridal bouquets.
“Mr. and Mrs.” leave the church in a vintage VW convertible complete with shoes and cans attached to the back of their car. Unfortunately, they get only a few blocks away when something goes wrong. Ut oh! Flat tire.
The bride waits patiently as the groom works on the car. Can you believe this happened to us on our wedding day? Geeze! The bride has a moment to enjoy her wedding bouquet. A base of creamy white hydrangeas, ivory roses with just the faintest hint of buttery yellow in the center, pure white stock which is very fragrant, a few frilly carnations, wisps of white alliums, and gray dusty miller. The ivory satin ribbon falls to the ground with love knots and makes a nice contrast to the beautiful mermaid-style wedding dress.
Bride decides to take matters into her own hands by thumbing for a ride. No takers so she ups the ante showing a little leg. Cue the whistles!
Husband gets a little frustrated with wife’s silliness and takes a break. Bride sees off the road a little gazebo and a pond and gets an idea.
She takes hubby’s hand and together they walk to a romantic spot where they share some time. Flat tire? Who cares! We’ll call for help after we enjoy some quite time together on our wedding day.
Special thanks to our models Mr. and Mrs. Dane Stanage of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Brownsville, Texas; Proposals in the Heights who generously loaned Mrs. Stanage’s beautiful gown; and the Chrisman Family for the use of their adorable VW. Story and Photos by Mandy Shoptaw.