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KRISTIN + MONA // SUNNY and JOYFUL WEDDING at SASSAFRAS SPRINGS // SPRINGDALE AR

On a perfectly beautiful day filled with yellow sunshine and gorgeous light, Mona and Kris had a joyous wedding at Sassafras Springs Vineyard.  As they celebrated with their families and friends, it was plain to see how much they are both loved. From the meaningful pagan ceremony officiated by their long-time friend Lastacia, to the sentimental family heirlooms that each bride carried, Kris and Mona's connection to their heritage and those they hold dear was apparent to all in attendance.

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Mona's mom crafted a Native American drinking vessel to be shared by the brides during their wedding ceremony to honor Mona's Native heritage. Kris chose to honor her Celtic heritage by incorporating the ancient ritual of handfasting. It is wonderful to see couples so deliberately choosing their means of commitment in such a deeply personal way.

Kris' brother-in-law flipped a coin to see which bride would walk down the aisle first!

Kris' brother-in-law flipped a coin to see which bride would walk down the aisle first!

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Decorated with mismatched china, milk glass, and an antique tea service, Mona and Kris wanted their reception to be filled with whimsical, vintage-inspired details. Their friend Heather even created a unique wedding cake, with a tier featuring hand-painted sunflowers for the Kansas brides. 

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These ladies appreciate good food and great wine, so we took a little break after portraits for them to enjoy a few moments of rest and hors d'oeuvres in the Peacock Room before they made their grand entrance and joined their guests.

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Kris and Mona's wedding day was filled with so many delightful moments. Sassafras Springs was the perfect backdrop for their special day, and it was such an honor to be there!

Vendors:

Venue: Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Wedding Coordinator/Rentals: Julianne Darnell, Most Joyful Day/Pretty Old Stuff

Makeup Artist: Genoa Falar

Cake: Heather Horton - Sweet Designs Cakery

Partnering Photographer: Sa'dia Luallen-Blattert

 

 

SHELBY + WADE // A MIDWESTERN LOVE STORY

When Wade met Shelby a few years ago while they were both coaching softball at summer camp, one of the first things he noticed about her was her natural beauty and spirit for the game. As they got to know one another, a sweet love story began to blossom between the boy from the South side of Chicago and the happy-go-lucky girl from Ozark, MO. They both had a love for teaching and athletics, and a shared appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Summer camp became a much longed-for event as they started what was at first a friendship, then a long-distance relationship, and soon became so much more. 

When Wade proposed by a waterfall last year at camp, giving Shelby her beautiful ring in a handcrafted wooden box he had made himself, she couldn't say no.

This is truly a perfect match. As I have gotten to know Shelby and Wade over the past few months, their warm hearts, giving and gracious spirits and thoughtfulness for others has an effect on everyone around them. At their wedding rehearsal last night at Shelby's home church - after storms had drenched Springfield for days and the forecast still wasn't looking perfect for her wedding day - Shelby remained all smiles and stress-free and made everyone around her smile, too. When you know you're marrying the love of your life, nothing the forecast says can take away from your joy. 

Can't wait to celebrate with you both today, Wade and Shelby!

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