This was a very special wedding to plan and design, because it was our own! We have been creating weddings for many years and finally had the chance to design one for ourselves!
We wanted an intimate wedding ceremony and reception, so we set out to choose the perfect venue. My (now) wife, loves vintage styling and old buildings with brick and wood design architecture. Fort Smith Museum of History was the perfect choice. It is a bit of a hidden gem really, as many are not aware that this unique venue with such a history is available right in the middle of downtown. It has a versatile layout that will comfortably accommodate around 125-150 guests.
We wanted to keep the process of planning and organizing simple, so we decided on no bridal party and a ceremony with reception style seating. This was a perfect fit for us, because it minimized the different facets of the event we would have to coordinate, and allowed us to enjoy the day :) .
We created a canopy area with our sheer drapery, crystal chandeliers, and our antique victorian sofa that would serve us a beautiful backdrop for our ceremony, and then becoming the perfect sweetheart table for the reception. It allowed us to save space, and not have the added time and energy of a venue flip after the ceremony.
We used a textured pattern to create splashes of light along the floor and brighten up the space. We worked with Lisa at L Designs for the floral arrangements, and she did an amazing job bringing the brides vision to life! We wanted a mixture of jewel tones, whites, and greens in a more free form arrangement to suit our antique centerpieces.
We went with crinkle champagne tablecloths, gold chargers, and gold rimmed dinnerware to compliment the mixed assortment of antique candelabras, candlesticks, and silver/gold centerpiece treys.
We chose Special Moments Photography to capture our day, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome! They did a great job capturing the feel and mood of the evening perfectly. Definitely check them out if you are in search of a great wedding photography team!
Overall we couldn't have been happier with the way everything turned out, and we were able to enjoy the night as bride and groom, not wedding designers :) .