Photography: Lela & Lyla |
CAROLINE + BRAD
Little Rock // September 16, 2017
Mutual friends saw a match in Caroline Torian and Brad Davis before the two even knew one another. These astute friends set up the pair for drinks, and it wasn’t long—just a little over a year and a half—before they became engaged. For the proposal, Brad planned a special dinner at Table 28 followed by a celebration with friends and family at The Burgundy Hotel, and four short months later, they were married at Little Rock’s Goodwin Manor.
After comparing the elegant country estate’s calendar to those of the Arkansas Razorback and Georgia Bulldog football teams (while Caroline is from Carlisle, Brad’s roots are in Sandersville, Georgia), they settled on September 16 to exchange vows. With a theme based on Caroline’s family’s rice farm (think rice straw tucked into bouquets, local rice beer on tap at the reception, and a rice dish on the dinner buffet), the couple said “I do” with 300 guests in attendance.
Caroline says one of her favorite memories of the day was sneaking away to the venue’s wine cellar for a candlelight dinner with Brad following the ceremony. “We shared our excitement and processed the fact that we were officially husband and wife,” she says. “I didn’t realize how special the one-on-one time was until it was happening!”
Caroline describes the couple’s big day as “elegant, timeless, and romantic,” which is apparent in the intricate details of her gown and shoes as well as the decor and floral design.
As a nod to Caroline’s family’s rice farming heritage, rice was incorporated in the floral design, on the tabletop (as shown at left), and in the favors, which included a recipe for her Mimi’s Cheesy Rice.
“My Pinterest board was brought to life with a marble design and gold drip cake,” Caroline says. Each tier featured strawberry (the bride’s favorite) in either the cake or its filling.
“Tacos 4 Life created a beautifully displayed taco bar,” Caroline says. “We loved the idea of giving back a meal for a meal, and they had an amazing rice dish!”
Bride’s gown Low’s Bridal & Formal Bridesmaids’ dresses Bella Bridesmaid Cakes Blue Cake Company Catering Tacos 4 Life Favors Riceland and Shelby Hillman (bride’s grandmother) Floral design Tanarah Luxe Floral Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits Men’s Wearhouse Hair Kathryn Benson, Serenity Salon and Sissly Lasley, Reflections Lighting, music (DJ), and photo booth Central Arkansas Entertainment Live artist Amy Hill-Imler Makeup E.L. Clinical Esthetics Music (ceremony) Alisa Coffey Music (reception) City Mix Photography Lela & Lyla Rentals Hank’s Event Rentals and Party Time Rentals Rice Hillman Brother Farms, produced by Rich Hillman (bride’s stepfather) and Collin Torian (bride’s brother) Rings (groom) Francis M. Fine Jewelry Venue (ceremony and reception) Goodwin Manor Wedding coordination and design Amanda Reed Weddings