Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Real Wedding: Jennifer & Ben

I met Jennifer and Ben at the Premier Bridal show in 2010 and we immediately began planning their January 2011 wedding. Jennifer and Ben knew that they wanted soft colors, elegant and natural decor, and wanted the flowers and food to steal the show!

The ring bearer made his way down the aisle with this natural wooden ring "pillow."

The bride's father cut a tree down from their property to create all of the wooden accents. He then carved the bride and groom's initials into these gorgeous Sycamore stumps.

Flora in Fayetteville , with the help of the bride's brother, created the stunning flowers filled with cream Ranunculus, peach English roses, blue berries, and gorgeous greenery that were all flown in to create the elegant bouquets wrapped in ivory ribbon and pearl pins.

There two table concepts were all designed by the bride's very talented brother: The tall vilsner vases with large floral centerpieces lined all of the exterior tables to add height and color.

The centerpieces were lit from below by hallowed out tree rounds (all created by the bride's father) filled with votives. The table was then covered in a clean white "snow" that was even cool to the touch! The table was sat with clear glass chargers and wooden "cake" name card holders.

The second table concept lined all of the interior tables to give a clean line to the room. They consisted of large wide floral centerpieces set atop large round wooden rounds (made by the bride's father) and were also spread with the clean white snow. Candles wrapped in white and salmon "feathered" ribbon were surrounded by frosted glass chargers. The name cards were placed on top of the linen napkins that were tied with coordinating fabric napkin rings.

Jennifer and Ben wanted to keep with their cream, salmon and navy color scheme and chose edible jams as their favors.

Guests were able to choose from Peach Preserves, Peach Sauce or Peach Butter to take home with them!

The head table was beautifully lined with 24 feet of the same gorgeous flowers that were used in the bride's bouquet and centerpieces.

The bridal party at the head table each received round wood chargers that we topped with a wooden "cake" name card. In front of each person's name card was fashioned with a white orchid.

The wedding ceremony took place at Mildred B. Cooper chapel in Bella Vista. The reception was a brunch reception at Cedaridge Event Center in Centerton. Cedaridge was the perfect venue for the elegant "woodsy" theme the bride and groom were wanting.

The menu was created by Golden Corral in Rogers and involved action stations like a Belgium waffle bar, Eggs Benedict, apple sausage, salmon, compotes and various fruit and cheese varieties.

Mimosas were the drink of choice too!

Chocolate covered strawberries are always quick to disappear!

Jennifer's favorite bakery, Carbajal bakery in Bentonville, created the wedding cake. Jennifer and Ben wanted a simple and clean-lined cake. The cake was placed on top of the custom made circular wood cake stand (made by the bride's father.) Coconut was sprinkled around the cake for a wonderful scent and added texture.

The string quartet greeted guests as they entered the reception venue as they played songs like "Heard it through the grape vine", "Lady Madonna" and Kings of Leon.

The Maid of Honor treated the bride and groom to a surprise song! She sang a tribute to Train as she took "Soul Sister" and retold memories of she and Jennifer and retitled it "Hey, Jennifer!" The Maid of Honor even received a standing ovation after she was finished.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bricker headed to Fayetteville in style in the white Escalade limo from Dynasty Transportation.
I can't wait to see the fabulous photos from Benfield Photography!

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