Photography: Freckled Fox Photography |
Chantel + Jeremy
Mulberry // 9.12.20
A good cause first brought Chantel Shuler and Jeremy Neville together. “I was hosting a bar crawl to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Dickson Street in Fayetteville,” Chantel recalls. Jeremy came to the event and the two were introduced by a mutual friend.
After almost two years of dating, Jeremy proposed at the iconic River Café on a trip to New York City. “It’s a dreamy restaurant with a full view of the city, and it was adorably decorated in pumpkins and fall flair,” Chantel says. The next morning the two were up and out the door at 4 a.m. to celebrate front row at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
During their nine-month engagement, the couple planned a neutral-hued, naturally beautiful wedding and reception with the help of wedding designer Jessica Kersey. Chantel is originally from Seattle, while Boston is Jeremy’s hometown, so many of their guests would be coming from out of state for the celebration. Wanting an outdoor ceremony location with a woodsy feel as well as a place with some overnight accommodations, they found the ideal venue in Kindred Barn. “We wanted our guests to be blown away by Arkansas’s beauty. We also wanted the entire day to feel like a family reunion and party,” Chantel says.
The day of the wedding, complimentary shuttles brought the couple’s 150 guests to the venue. Here, family and friends watched the couple exchange vows at a bohemian-inspired altar. Later, they celebrated with local fare, including pasta from the restaurant Noodles and wood-fired pizza from Wicked along with drinks served from an Airstream. At the end of the night, the couple exited the venue in a line of sparklers held by well-wishers. They are now at home in Centerton after a honeymoon in Maine.
Chantel wore two sweet touches of nostalgia on the special day: a brooch that belonged to her great-grandmother and a handkerchief, which she wrapped around her bouquet, that belonged to her late step-grandmother.
“Make sure to reminisce often and with others about your special day! We have kept so many memories fresh and learned stories we wouldn’t have known about if we didn’t.” —Chantel
“I wanted neutral colors, a lot of white, and tons of greenery,” Chantel says of the floral design, which included white and blush roses along with pampas grass and orchids in her bouquet. “Southern bohemian pins kept coming up on Pinterest, so we leaned into that trend.”
A head table with enough seating for all 32 members of the wedding party and their dates was a must-have on the couple’s list. “I had dreamt up a long table packed with tall candlesticks and all our best friends,” Chantel says.
Bride’s gown She Said Yes Bridal Cake Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe Catering The Blonde Kitchen, Noodles, and Wicked Wood Fired Pizza Entertainment (ceremony) Smoothman Music Productions Entertainment (reception) Brock Entertainment Favors Little Bison Co. Floral design Samantha’s Garden Hair and makeup Kari Wein Hair and Makeup Paper Goods Shindig Paperie Photographer Freckled Fox Photography Rentals Alpha-Lit NWA, BrightBooths, HOST Rentals, Lightworks Events, Paper Supply Co., and RSVP Event Rentals Rings R3 Jewelry Transportation Pinnacle Car Services Venue Kindred Barn Videographer Jessica Whalen Films Wedding coordination and design Jessica Kersey, JLK Weddings