Elvis, Sinatra, Marilyn, 50′s inspired, Big Band, many personal touches, red 54 cadilac, gorgeous full ball gown, Kris Allen performance (yes, as in the American Idol winner), Les Lankhorst – The Rat Pack is Back performance, special menu items, many old hollywood vintage touches – this wedding had it all!
This is the Traylor-Parks wedding. Yes, those are their real names. And Catherine and Sean took full advantage of this coincidence, using an Airstream trailer as the bar for their adorable backyard reception. There ceremony was held at the stunning Mildred B. Cooper chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas, created by renowned Arkansas architect E Fay Jones. Although it’s not far from the nearest highway, once you’ve walked the meandering path through the trees to the chapel, you feel as though you’ve left the world behind. We were so thrilled that Catherine and Sean set aside time after the ceremony to take photos by the water, in a field, and at a neighbor’s barn too. They finished the night with an adorable reception at Catherine’s parents’ house. Wooden signs directed guests to the ”out house” and cocktail hour on the front lawn. Beautiful arrangements of bottles, flowers and tree stumps awaited guests at their tables, along with their favors of honey and tea. The Southern cooking was to die for, and the dancing seemed like it would never end. Nothing could have made this day better, other than maybe a 20-degree drop in temperature. I can’t say enough about what a fabulous day it was.
“Grace and James are just as sweet as could be, and I loved the way they were together, just totally at peace and at ease with one another. They’ve been together, “practically forever”, as they were introduced in high school by a mutual friend, who was certain they would hit it off. Which they did, almost immediately, and have been together ever since. The wedding was a beautiful fall collaboration between family and close friends, and the reception decor and details were procured from the homes of various friends and family, and many had special meaning, especially the vintage mirror which the cake sat upon. That mirror travel across the ocean with James’s family when they migrated to America from Ireland, and has been handed down throughout his family for several generations.” -Melissa McCrotty Photography
From the Photographer: “This bride and groom made sure their day was a Southern charmer! Ceremony and reception were held on the bride’s mother and late father’s homestead in Marvel, Arkansas. The airplane pictures were taken with the bride’s late father’s crop duster plane. No details were overlooked including: cookies to match the airplane, customized mosquito spray and hand sanitized for the guests, silk swags with the bride and groom’s names embroidered on them, and 2 pairs of custom designed Italian shoes for the bride!!”-Benfield Photography
April, the bride, did a lot of the details herself, with help from family friends. Her DIY projects included the programs, guest card holder, and centerpieces. Each piece of their wedding was a project, and the end result was a combination of elements that made up the personalities of the couple. The first look and couple photos were taken on the family farm, a place that both the bride and groom cherish. We love the attention to each detail, and the photos of the couple by the barn are so adorable! Thank you to the Bride for sharing their beautiful day with us, and Miles Witt Boyer for the gorgeous photos that captured the day so perfectly!