Sara + Brad
Photographers | The McElmurrys
Coordinators & Stylist | Meredith Events
Bridal Boutique | The Bridal Cottage
Cake | PattiCakes Bakery
Catering | Simply the Best Catering
Flowers | Tanarah Luxe Floral
Hair, Makeup & Beauty | Melissa Valenzuela with The Style Reserve and Sheryl Porter
Lighting & Entertainment | Central Arkansas Entertainment DJ Mario Luna
Photobooth | Polaroll
Paper Goods & Calligraphy | Minted
Travel & Transportation | @ArkansasDestinations
Venues | Cold Springs Events
Wedding Films | Forestland Films
Interview with Sara
Q. How did you meet?
We met on a dating app. I almost didn’t talk to him because he had pictures of him in San Francisco and I had just moved from San Francisco to Little Rock and thought the app had malfunctioned. It turned out that he had simply been on vacation there and they were his most recent pictures!
Q. How did he propose?
We were sitting on the screened in patio of our new home when he asked me to marry him. That patio is our favorite place in the whole house. Brad installed patio lights out there that he bought me for Christmas right before we moved in.
Q. Describe your wedding design and style.
Our wedding style was clean, simple, and elegant. We got married on St. Patrick’s Day because it was the day my parents met (they got married 2 weeks later!). I wanted the greenery of the centerpieces, bouquets, and other floral arrangements to be the green for the day, as opposed to Kelly green or shamrocks. The greenery also connected with the beauty of the trees and pond in the surround setting, showing off how beautiful Arkansas is. The clean white of the tablecloths and chairs and the blush colors of the napkins and bridesmaid dresses let the green be the focus and the few flowers really pop.
Q. Did anything interesting or funny happen that you would like to share about your wedding day?
Our ceremony was full of laughter and was very “us.” One of my close friends and mentor at work married us and she knew us both and knew our story. She helped set the tone so the day was fun and focused on love and joy. When it was my turn to say my vows, I got distracted thinking about which hand Brad’s ring was meant to go on and didn’t listen to her. I had to reply “I wasn’t listening” and everyone cracked up laughing. The day really represented the joy and fun in our relationship.
Q. What is your favorite memory of your wedding day?
I have a few favorites. I really loved the morning getting ready with the bridesmaids – we stayed in a house together on the property and had breakfast together in the morning. I also loved the first look – during the pictures we got to be together and talk before all the craziness of the day hit. Finally, there was a moment when Brad and I were the only ones in the venue while everyone went outside to line up with sparklers – it was just us and we got to catch a breath and be with each other. It was lovely.
Q. Do you have any budget saving tips or advice for other brides-to-be?
I focused on the items that were most important to us when we considered where we spent the most money. For example, the photographs were my top priority – I wanted beautiful images to remember the day. That meant our photographers, The McElmurry’s, were the first vendor we booked and the place where I made sure we picked the package that best suited our needs. There were some items that I can’t remember from anyone’s wedding – things like wedding favors or whether there was a full bar – that we chose not to have at all (we had one kind of beer and 2 kinds of wine and I can tell you everyone was happy). We saved money on our invitations and postage by using Minted.com – we used their wedding website to collect RSVPs and eliminated an envelope and postage for RSVP cards and that also meant our invitations were light enough for regular postage. Our guests loved that the wedding website matched the invitations (and the escort cards, table numbers, and programs!).
Q. What was your biggest worry and how did you overcome it?
I had a number of “big worries” that I assume most brides have – what if my dress doesn’t fit, what if there is an ice storm, what if the food ends up being terrible, etc. I kept reminding myself that I was there and Brad showed up and we got married, it would be a success. That helped me focus on the real goal of the day..