Hannah + Tyler's Southern Rustic Wedding: Q & A with Bride and Planning Tips
Happy Monday! (it's really hard to type the word happy in front of Monday's sometimes isn't it? - but I'm doing it anyway!) While your getting your work week grind in take a break to admire some pretty!
Hannah and Tyler just celebrated their one year anniversary last week. We all can't believe it's already been a year - how does it go by so quickly y'all?!
In honor of their one year anniversary I'm sharing a few gorgeous pictures from their wedding, a Q&A with the bride on her wedding vision, and a few behind the scenes tips from me on coordinating their big day!
To give you a little background, Hannah and Tyler are both from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their engagement and wedding took place at Tyler's family farm, the Barn at Hat Creek Ranch in Summers, AR. This gorgeous place is chalk full of beautiful southern scenery and made for the perfect setting.
Hannah and Tyler were wed on October 17th, 2015 with 450 of their closest friends and family (yes 450!). See some tips below on how we managed the guest count logisitcs on the wedding day. :)
Q&A with the Bride:
How did you two meet? How did he propose?
We started dating in high school. Tyler propised at his family farm in a special spot where we have always wanted to have a picnic at but never got around to doing. When I arrived, Tyler had a picnic set up with a banner that said “We always knew” on it hung between two trees.
What look were you going for and what inspired you?
I went for an elegant yet rustic southern look. Rustic came from the barn and setting and elegance came from the décor in the tent. Mirrored runners, candles, silver trumpets to hold the flowers, etc. Wedding color was lavender just because I love it.
Why did you choose the venue you did?
The Barn at Hat Creek Ranch had a very special significance for us. It is on Tyler’s family farm that has been in the family for several generations.
What was a special and unique touch that you added to the wedding?
My family owns a candle manufacturing company called Scentations and all of the candles at the reception and our party favors were made by them.
What was one of your favorite wedding details?
Our customized champagne flutes. They are a memory you can keep forever and use on every anniversary. They make me happy every time I look at them!
I loved everything about Hannah and Tyler's wedding! The large guest list made planning and logistics a challenge, but I love a challenge! A few things that we did to prepare for the crowd:
This is a HUGE logistical detail often overlooked, you prepare for everything else except for how people are going to park and easily get to the venue. A majority of venues will have suggestions or a plan in place since they have to cap your guest count - Hannah and Tyler had the luxury of large spaces to accommodate their guest list. They prepared a feild close to the venue for parking and had golf carts available to transport guests in the back of the field to the barn so they didn't have to walk a long distance. We also hired parking attendants to guide guests into parking lanes and spots as they arrived to expedite the parking process.
-TWO DOUBLE-SIDED BUFFET'S
With 450 guests, you need to think about how you are going to feed all of these people in an effective and timely manner! Plated meals are great but can take a while to get everyone served if you don't have the right amount of staff. For an outdoor reception in a tent with 450 people, two double-sided buffets were the best option. While you are always going to have a somewhat of a line as everyone is getting up to eat at the same-time, it's also nice to have other activies going on for those that don't want to eat just yet. Hannah and Tyler had a live caricature artist at the wedding! It was such a fun and neat detail.
Some of my favorite aspects of Hannah and Tyler's Wedding Day:
The drapery and lighting in the reception tent
The draping and floral in the barn
The mirriored runners and abundant candlelight
MARRIAGE ADVICE FROM THEIR FIRST YEAR:
-Never go a day without telling each other I love you
- Be thankful for one another
-Always work as a team to accomplish your goals in life even if it is small like bringing your husband dinner at work because it's going to be a late night at the office
-Every once and a while do activities that your spouse wants to do evenif you don't want to do them yourself
Wishing these two more wonderful years of happy marriage! I hope you enjoy their beautiful wedding pics as much as I do!
Photographer: Hatch and Maas Collective
Videographer: Jeremiah Karr
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Harvey Benton – Bates~Reed Brides
Florist: Jules Design Event Florals
Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals
Lighting: Lightworks Events
Cake: Rick’s Bakery
Caterer/Drinks: Catering Unlimited
DJ/Band: Brock Entertainment
Ceremony Music: Fayetteville String Quartet
Wedding Invitations: weddingpaperdivas.com
Bridal Shop: White Dress Boutique in Rogers
Jeweler: Underwood’s Fine Jewlers
Hair: Luxe Salon
Makeup: Ashton Fender – Bride’s Sister
Stephanie Grace Benton