Photography: Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography |
Jane Anne + Ryan
Little Rock // May 4, 2019
Jane Anne Murphy and Ryan Shanahan might have met at a New York City bar called “No Fun,” but the celebration of their wedding day was anything but that! After four years of dating, Ryan surprised Jane Anne with a proposal in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in the spring of 2018, and the couple began planning their celebration in Jane Anne’s hometown of Little Rock. They selected May in hopes of beautiful spring weather where their guests could enjoy all that central Arkansas offers. “It was so special to bring all of our family and friends to Arkansas, a place many of our guests had never visited,” the bride says.
However, while the wedding was set to take place in Jane Anne’s hometown, she wanted to make sure the weekend also had special touches of Ryan’s hometown, Potomac, Maryland. These included crab chips in guests’ welcome bags and cherry blossoms surrounding the dance floor. “Classic, bright, and fun” were the words the couple used to describe the décor and tone of their big day, which included 375 guests in attendance. The well-wishers dined on traditional Southern fare and danced the night away, starting with the bride and groom’s first dance to Aretha Franklin’s upbeat version of “You Send Me.” After a honeymoon in the Grenadines, the couple are now at home in New York City.
Jane Anne notes having the ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral was nostalgic for her as she grew up going to daily chapel here and participating in Christmas pageants during her elementary years.
Jane Anne’s maternal grandmother loaned her the Bible her groom (and Jane Anne’s paternal grandfather) gave to her on their wedding day. She had it tied into her bouquet as a sweet and sentimental part of the ceremony.
Working with Chris Norwood of Tipton & Hurst, the couple brought the look of spring indoors through floral design. “One of my favorite elements was the hanging flowers in the garden room at the reception, which Chris executed beyond my expectations,” Jane Anne says.
STRAWBERRY SWEET CAKE
Jane Anne & Ryan’s wedding cake featured layers of both strawberry, a favorite of the bride’s, and classic vanilla cake, topped with fresh flowers.
The most important thing was that we would be celebrating together with all of our closet friends and family—the more, the merrier!”
Cake Mickey’s Cakes and Sweets Calligraphy Abigail Arnold, All Things Arnold Catering and venue (reception) Country Club of Little Rock Entertainment (reception) Number One Party Band, Prime Source Entertainment Group (Nashville, Tennessee) Floral design Tipton & Hurst Hair Marcey Livingstone, Quapaw Cutters Invitations By Invitation Only Makeup Augusta Andrews, B. Barnett Photography Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography Rentals Hank’s Event Rentals Venue (ceremony) Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Videography Sunflower Films Wedding planning Sheila Vaught