Photography: Dale Benfield, Benfield Photography |
Tori Pohlner & Andrew Bogner
February 18, 2017 in Fayetteville
A spring break trip to Destin, Florida, with mutual friends brought Tori and Andrew together. “We spent a fun night at AJ’s Oyster Bar and wound up making the 14-hour drive home together. We’ve been inseparable ever since,” Tori says. Four years later on another beach in the Dominican Republic, Andrew asked for Tori’s hand in marriage.
Tori’s Timeless Traditions
A guardian angel pin given to Tori by her grandmother before she passed away
Matching Badgley Mischka shoes, earrings, and a bracelet
A ribbon from her dear friend Sara’s toss bouquet that Tori caught years before her own engagement and wedding. Sara saved the ribbon and gave it to Tori when she got engaged.
A special secret she shares with her Zeta sorority sisters
“I embraced pomegranates and ran with them as far as I could,” the bride says of her wedding day décor. “From cake topper to place cards, I used them any place that they wouldn’t roll away.” Tori notes that the fruits were almost out of season by mid-February, and she struggled to find enough to fully carry out the theme. “I’d be remiss not to include Aldi in Fayetteville, the last store in Northwest Arkansas to carry the precious pomegranates that were so vital to the theme!” she says of the lucky find.
Andrew’s uncle distills moonshine in Kansas. He created sample-sized bottles, complete with labels that read, “I love you more than the moon loves to shine!” for the couple to give to guests as they departed.
Tori had initially imagined an outdoor wedding; however, when she and Andrew chose a February date, she knew the event would be indoors. Working with Jules Design, they created an elegant indoor garden at The Chancellor Hotel, which served as the site for the ceremony and reception. Boxwood hedge walls, eight large wreaths suspended from the ceiling, and a pair of statement-making large-scale arrangements brought the space to life.
First Dance Song
The couple took the floor to Jon Wolfe’s “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” performed by the bride’s musically inclined cousin, Parker Francis.
Accommodations, catering, and venue—ceremony and reception: The Chancellor Hotel, Fayetteville
Bride’s gown and bridesmaids’ attire: Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion, Fayetteville
Cakes: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe, Springdale
Calligraphy: Hedgehog Creative, Fayetteville
Floral design: Jules Design Event Florals, Fayetteville
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Beau’s Tuxedos, Fayetteville and Fort Smith
Hair: Nikki Gibson, B.Lush Salon, Rogers
Lighting: Lightworks Events, Fayetteville
Makeup: Adriann Duncan, Crown Beauty Bar, Fayetteville
Music—ceremony: Fayetteville String Quartet, Fayetteville
Music—cocktail hour: Smoothman Music Productions, Fayetteville
Music—reception: Boom! Kinetic, Fayetteville
Nails: Gloss Nail Lounge, Fayetteville
Paper goods: Elle Bee Designs, Fayetteville
Photographer: Dale Benfield, Benfield Photography, Fayetteville
Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville
Rings: Underwood’s Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville
Transportation: Tony Salerno, Salerno Street Rods, Springdale
Travel planner—honeymoon: Destinations, Fayetteville
Videographer: Austin Gilliam Cinematography, Mountain Home
Wedding coordination and design: Amanda Reed Weddings, Springdale