Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design |
KARA + GARY
Paron // July 1, 2017
After a meeting at a mutual friend’s home brought Kara Halverson and Gary Jones together, the pair were inseparable. “We stayed up talking and watching You’ve Got Mail,” Kara recalls. “Gary told me he needed help with the projector TV; little did I know at the time how tech savvy he was.”
After almost two years of dating, Gary popped the question during the finale of the Labor Day fireworks show on Lake Hamilton. As Train’s “Marry Me” played in the background, he knelt down on one knee to ask for her hand. “After the show all of our friends and family exclaimed, ‘She said yes!’ and all the surrounding boats celebrated with us by honking their horns and flashing lights,” Kara says.
The two fell in love with Cold Springs Event Center and decided on July 1, 2017 as their date. “We fancied the fact that it was a palindrome, and now Gary has no excuse to forget our anniversary,” the bride laughs. Planner Natalie Scott helped the pair create what they describe as a “classic, organic, and elegant” celebration that included tons of white flowers and greenery, an ice cream sundae bar, and plenty of personal touches that made the day unique to Kara and Gary’s personalities.
Both a bouquet ribbon and the bride’s shoes are a nod to her “something blue.”
Confetti filled the air as Kara and Gary shared their first kiss.
“One of our last ‘splurges’ was the greenery installation,” Kara says. “When we were planning, there was a moment when Gary could just see it over us as we had our first dance…when that became reality, it was a perfect moment.”
The couple served gluten-free cakes from Dempsey bakery along with a selection of macarons.
Accommodations Hilton Garden Inn West Little Rock Bride’s gown Low’s Bridal & Formal Cake and macarons Dempsey Bakery Catering Gina’s Catering Favors Mountain Valley Spring Water Floral design Magnolia Belle Floral Hair Levi Waters Makeup Stephanie Noel, Georgia Music (reception) DJ Jellybean, Central Arkansas Entertainment Paper goods Alright Printing Company Photography Kati Mallory Photo & Design Rentals Party Time Rental and Events Transportation Arkansas Destinations Venue Cold Springs Event Center Videography Kyndal Capps Videography Wedding coordination and design Natalie Scott, Natalie Scott Events