Oct 30, 2014

Arkansas Wedding: Smith - Morries

Happy Thursday, y'all!  We thought a nice jolt of red topped with a dash of sunflower might be the perfect way to happy up your Thursday.  We're pleased as punch to share this home spun soiree with you today.  Hope you enjoy. . .

Wonderful just about sums it up, wouldn't you say? :)

Kelsey Smith and Nathan Morries tied the knot September 13, 2014 at Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Hoxie, AR.  TWP wishes the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness and joy!

Special thanks to photographer, Alyssa Burks for sharing this fun wedding with us.  We adore each and every happy image. 


Oct 29, 2014

Meet Kayla!!!

Morning, lovelies!!!  Today, it is our sweet privilege to introduce you to Kayla Bradford!  Many of you are already familiar with this cutie, as she's 1/2 of the dynamic duo at KB|McElmurry Photography.  And, NOW she can add TWP guest blogger to her already full resume!!!  Let me just say, we are thrilled beyond belief that Kayla agreed to blog for us. Happy, happy!  She's getting married in just 4 days, y'all (yep!!! November 2nd) so we can only imagine what all she has to do between now and then.

We asked her to share her engagement story with us for her first post.  It's so chock full of precious details you'll hate waiting for her next post.  Seriously!   Here, ya go, readers.  ENJOY!!

Hey y’all!! I am SO excited to be a guest blogger for TWP and eager to share every detail of my wedding and give advice as a bride and a wedding vendor. I can’t believe we are only 4 days away from the wedding!! You guys won’t believe all of the last minute details we have been working on this week. Let’s just say organization is key in planning a wedding!! I am so thankful to all of my wonderful vendors, family, friends, and especially Chris for helping make this joyous occasion come together. I can’t wait for you to see everything we have planned, but for now here is how it all began…

December 13, 2013. . .
December 13th is Chris’s birthday, so we had a party planned for that night and I'd ordered a 3D cake from Blue Cake Company that I had been dying to tell Chris all about since the day I ordered it. It is very hard for me to keep a surprise from him. The cake was supposed to be delivered at 4 p.m. so I was rushing home. When I pulled into the driveway my heart stopped. . .

Along the path were hanging lanterns and mason jars with flowers in them. Immediately I knew what was about to happen. I was completely surprised because I never thought Chris would propose to me on his birthday, especially this one, (but we will get to that part later). 
When I walked up to the front door there was the cutest note that had rosemary attached to it. It said, “Our first home together. Go to the kitchen.” (Chris and I love leaving notes to each other around the house telling how we feel about one another so this was so special to me.)
When I walked into the house, one of my favorite songs was playing. I went to the kitchen and there was another note and directions for where to go next. As I went throughout the house reading all of his notes I couldn’t help but tear up. He had taken the time to make all of these beautiful notes just for me. The last note said to meet me out back. . .
My heart raced as soon as I read those words. I went out to our backyard and there was Chris turned around waiting for me. I was so nervous I was shaking. Here stood this man that I love with all of my heart and have waited to be with for so very long (it took him a year and half to ask me to be his girlfriend). When I got closer he turned around and smiled at me. I went up and just hugged him. I have never been so excited in my 22 years!! 
He said the sweetest thing that anyone has ever said to me and the rest of it was a blur. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and of course I said yes!! 
We went back into the house because it was so cold outside and he told me to grab my things because we had the night all to ourselves. I was confused because we had a party planned for him and the cake that was about to be delivered... 
When I expressed my concerns he said that he had canceled the cake and the party because tonight was just about us and not his birthday. I was kinda upset because I was so excited about the cake because I knew he would love it. ;) 
We got in the car and headed towards Little Rock to eat dinner. Chris took my phone before we left so the night could be just about us and not texting and calling everyone. It was a very sweet idea, but I just wanted to tell everyone!! He told me how he wanted to take me somewhere that we had never been before which was Red Door. We had the best dinner and such a good time together... 
Still wanting to tell everyone about us getting engaged, I asked if we could go see our friends Chris and Nancy since we were close to their house. Chris drove by and of course they weren’t home. I asked him if we were going to a movie next since that’s what we love to do. He then explained how he rented out a theater in Searcy so that we could watch a movie all to ourselves. Even though that is so romantic, I was still bummed that I couldn’t text or call anyone! We headed to the house to pick up something and when we pulled in there were so many cars in our driveway...
It was a surprise engagement party! I was so excited to be able to see everyone and show off my ring!! My mom, Chris’s mom, and Nancy had decorated our house and made some of our favorite foods for everyone. The night could not have been more perfect! I was so surprised with everything and so happy to have Chris as my fiance! Below are pictures from the night.
The ring story. . .
Without me knowing, Chris picked my ring out last summer. He wanted to make sure I liked the style he chose. So when we were on vacation we went to a couple of jewelry stores just to look and see what we liked because Chris only buys jewelry from one store, Tara & Co. Fine Diamonds in Searcy. A few months later we went to Tara’s to look and I picked out 2 gorgeous rings for Chris to choose from. With no direction from Chris or the sales person, I picked out the ring that Chris had already chosen for me, I’m so glad we have the same taste! Chris knew right then that was my ring!
Why December 13th??
13 has always been a lucky number for us! This year it was the 13th time that Chris’s birthday fell on Friday the 13th and it happened to be in the year 2013. Chris was born on a Friday the 13th at 3:33!  We also live on Hwy 13 and started dating on January. 13 will always be our lucky number!

Thank you to all of our friends and family that helped Chris out with the proposal and engagement party. Thank you to A Perfect Bloom for the gorgeous decorations and florals for the party, Blue Cake Company for the awesome cake, and Christopher & Nancy Nolan for our pictures!
I LOVE telling our story and I can’t believe it has been 11 months since we got engaged and now we are just days away from being married!! I have fallen more in love with Chris while planning this wedding! He has definitely been my rock through this process! We have had a lot of ups and downs with planning and details but he has always reminded me that we are getting married and that is all that matters! The next time y’all hear from me I will be a married woman!!

Awwwww!!!  How sweet is that?  We teared up a bit reading their story... I bet you did, too!  Lucky for us, there's much more to come!  Stay tuned.  :)

Love to you all.  See you back tomorrow for more wedding wonderfulness!