I met Cindy when I was first starting as a wedding photographer in Northwest Arkansas. I was immediately drawn to spending time with her because of her genuine presence and her passion for florals. About a year after meeting Cindy, I met her husband James for the first time. He drove forty-five minutes to help me set up a floral arch for a friends proposal. My experience with James was the same, so genuine, and such a joy for life. I loved these people.
As I got to know them better I learned their story; they got married during Cindy's lunch break at a floral shop twenty-three years ago. Yes, she went back to work after. That was it! They never had a celebration or any fancy clothes, instead they had two sons and started working hard. Cindy pushed toward her dream of having her own floral shop and has since become one of Northwest Arkansas' go-to gals for wedding florals. The queen of wedding florals that never got to have wedding florals of her own. As I heard bits and pieces of their story I became more and more obsessed and joined the gang of humans that wanted Cindy and James to have their fairytale wedding. When Cindy called and said they were going to do it I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take photos.
Cindy spent months curating details for this celebration. She wanted to honor and celebrate all the of the people that had poured themselves into them as a couple. From two dollar bills at each place setting to represent an old family tradition, to her late father's hat at the top of their cake display. This is a special one, friends.
Shoutout to all the incredible vendors that made this day extra special!
Venue : Bride's Mother's Home
Florals : ZuZu's Petals and Gifts
Planner : The Wedding Lady NWA
Videography : Dave and a Camera
Cake : Rick's Bakery
Pie : Fork N Crust
Wine : Sassafras Winery
Popcorn : Hill City Popcorn
Lighting : Lightworks Events
Rentals : Intents // Eventures
Dress : Anita's Fine Tailoring
Servers : Bohemian Geeks
Venue: Legacy Acres
Catering: Simply the Best Catering
Videography: Tyler Tarver
Florals: Magnolia Belle Design
Cake: PattiCakes Bakery
Makeup Artist: Haley Baxter
Venue : The Ballroom on I Street
Florals : LP Floral
MUA : Jen Ferrell
Words are hard for me so I'll keep this short. I love this couple. Brittany and I have a special relationship after years of shooting together, but working with B + James together is something I never want to stop doing because their love radiates to everyone around them. I am so darn excited to be sharing their gorgeous day in Arkansas!
Venue : Kindred Barn
Coordinator : Linen + Rust
Florals : ZuZu's Petals and Gifts
Videographer : Kristen Leach
DJ : Groove Productions
Catering : Stirred Catering and Coffee
Cake : Ricks Bakery
Hair and MUA : Natasha Rae Artistry
Dress : Chantilly Couture
Ceremony : The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks
Florist : Events by Jules
Caterer : Greenhouse Grille
Cake : Shelby Lyn's Cake Shoppe
Coordinator : Sweet Tea Designs
Second shooter : Leigh McGruder
I met Kirstin and Anthony for the first time when I showed up in Tacoma, Washington to shoot their engagement photos. I immediately felt connected to these two. They were kind, compassionate, and so honest. They were themselves with no hesitation and I loved it. The day of the wedding one of Kirstin's bridesmaids asked her if she was nervous and she responded with, "No, I'm not nervous. It's just another crazy adventure with my buddy, you know?" Those words sat with me the rest of the wedding day as I watched these two celebrate their forever.
Thank you two for having me there to celebrate with you all! Wouldn't trade it for the world!