Story: Stephanie Maxwell Newton | Photography: Olivia Fryer Photography | Styling: Maddie Ward, Sonnet Weddings | Modeling: Remington Riggins |
Local vendors craft a folk-inspired wedding scene against the landscape of Osage House
When photographer Olivia Fryer was looking for a venue for this styled shoot in Northwest Arkansas, it didn’t take her long to land on a location. “Osage House is being built on this really gorgeous property that is pretty vast and private,” Olivia says. “It’s such a great example of how beautiful the outdoors are in Arkansas.” The 54-acre property in Cave Springs is home to a chapel, reception hall, and covered outdoor area, all of which are set to open this summer.
After selecting the backdrop, Olivia wanted to keep other elements of the shoot organic and casual, and she gravitated toward a simple palette of greens, oranges, and blues. “I knew I would be shooting at dusk during golden hour, and that’s where I got the idea to incorporate blue into the palette,” Olivia says. Emma Rippelmeyer of Stems by Em provided oral design and brought in those cooler tones by using blue delphinium, brunia balls, and thistle in the bouquet, centerpiece, and atop the wedding cake.
For the tablescape, Olivia reached out to Maddie Ward of Sonnet Weddings to lend a few unexpected touches to the design. “With the plates, silverware, and glassware, I was trying to mix in a bit of modern with traditional,” Maddie says. “I’ve had a handful of couples who are loving black plates, so I looked for a way to mix those in.” Contemporary gold flatware and bold typography on place cards are paired with vintage glassware and a classic checkered tablecloth for an eclectic combination.
MELODY & MEANING
“There are a ton of low- cost ways to personalize a wedding day; for example, escort cards, table numbers, and other day-of signage are all easy and affordable,” Maddie says. For this setting, she used lyrics from “Love Together” by singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith on place cards with the bride and groom’s names in bold typeface. “I imagined it would be the first dance song, and that incorporating its lyrics into the stationery would make it special for everyone who attends.”
“I was thinking of the bride who is comfortable in the outdoors, someone who is really romantic and carefree.” —Olivia Fryer, Photographer
AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS
In addition to blue delphinium, brunia balls, and thistle, Emma used burgundy Scabiosa, cappuccino roses, ‘Avalanche’ roses, ‘Quicksand’ roses, white anemone, Israeli ruscus, and rosemary throughout the oral design.
Rick’s Bakery created a donut-adorned cake that is elegant and sculptural yet echoes the natural feel of the rest of the a air. “I had seen other versions of cakes incorporating donuts and included one in our original vision board,” Olivia says.” “Rick’s Bakery took that idea and ran with it.”
Maddie brought in some unexpected pops of neon in the napkins, a DIY project she completed using amaranth, cosmos, and mint as natural dyes. Visit weddingsinarkansas.com/blog to learn how to make your own.
“Joon Bridal really specializes in carefree and nontraditional gowns,” Olivia says. “This gown ended up working out so great because it was easy to move in. It t the venue and the whole vibe.” Loose waves, a messy braid, and natural makeup complete the look.
ACCESSORIES Dillard’s CAKE Rick’s Bakery FLORAL DESIGN Stems by Em GOWN Joon Bridal HAIR Giovanna Dentoni INVITATION Shindig MAKEUP Pa Xiong PLANNING AND DESIGN Maddie Ward, Sonnet Weddings PHOTOGRAPHY Olivia Fryer Photography RENTALS Somthin Borrowed Events VENUE Osage House