Sunny Wedding at Cooper Chapel & The Garden Room

"The architectural aspects of this
impressive design, coupled with the
 beauty outside, can't help but take
 your breath away..."

The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel (Cooper Chapel) in Bella Vista is one of the area's most beautiful wedding locations.  The chapel, designed by E. Fay Jones, is nestled in the Ozark woods overlooking one of Bella Vista's many lakes.  The chapel is open to the public, but can also be reserved for weddings and other events.  

The Garden Room (215 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville) has long been a favorite of mine for weddings and receptions.  The back garden, which seats 100, is perfect for extending the dining area (seats 130) or hosting a small wedding ceremony.  Inside has beautiful wood beams, high ceilings, wonderful full-length windows looking out to the garden, and tons of unique details that come together for a beautiful and unusual location.  Plus, the staff is easy to work with and extremely helpful!

Kristen and Clarke chose these two locations for their wedding and reception--a perfect combo for this couple!  From the Converse sneakers worn by both the bride and groom to the polka-dot accents, this couple truly made their wedding their own!  

The colors were bright yellow and charcoal gray with green accents.  When I first met with Kristen, she told me that she wanted to avoid 'traditional' flowers.  No roses, orchids, carnations, iris, or lilies were to be used.  Instead we used Billy Balls, Gerbera Daisies, and French Tulips.  

Because Kristen didn't want the usual hand-tied bouquet or a traditional cascading bouquet, we created a trailing bouquet of yellow French Tulips tied with a wide gray ribbon.  The bouquet was carried at her side, rather than held in front.  

And for her attendants, we designed a custom hand-made clutch in gray (created by Eileen Jennings) with a yellow floral accent that could be removed.  The clutches were presented as gifts to the attendants as well.  Eileen's quirky design style was a great fit for  Kristen.  

At the reception, we brought in dark grey table runners and placed a mix-match of vases with yellow Gerbera Daisies (to keep with the polka-dots) and Sticherus--one of my favorite foliages.  The overall look was cheerful, playful, and fun!

Congratulations, Kristen and Clarke!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Photo Credits: 
 Cooper Chapel:
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