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Caroline and Christian’s Carnall Hall Wedding was originally scheduled for May, but because of Covid-19 the wedding was rescheduled for July… and it turned beautifully!

The Details…

Carnall Hall Wedding details

This wedding dress from Low’s Bridal (Arkansas’ largest bridal shop) in Brinkley was stunning on Caroline. And her floral details from Jules Design Event Florals were breathtaking.

wedding dress hanging at Carnall Hall

I was honored to photograph Caroline’s sister’s wedding. Jenny Kate is such a sweet sister and I loved watching her and Caroline share many special moments together on the wedding day. Her sister helped her into her wedding dress.

bride putting on dress inside Inn at Carnall Hall

I’m big on first looks. First looks with grooms, with dads, and in this case… a first look with the bridesmaids and the bride. It was so sweet – just imagine having 14 hype girls screaming at how amazing you look.

first look with bridesmaids and bride inside Carnall Hall

Of course, it wasn’t just hype. Caroline was an absolute beauty. We took a few bridal portraits on the staircase at Carnall Hall as all the gorgeous light was pouring in from outside.

bridal portrait on staircase inside Carnall Hall
bridal portrait on staircase inside Carnall Hall

The Ceremony…

I can’t say enough about this Carnall Hall Wedding, and the details were a big part of it. Carol from Amanda Reed Weddings was on site all day working her magic.

Carnall Hall Wedding details

Being a warm summer day, the bride and groom thought to have beautiful hand fans (that matched the reception floral vases) for guests to use. Also, how dreamy are the floral arrangements at the end of the wedding aisle?! Great job Julie from Jules Design Event Florals.

Carnall Hall Wedding details

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: first looks have no bearing on the level of emotion the bride and groom experience as she walks down the aisle. The proof is here when the bride can’t hold back her tears of joy. Also, the set up of this looks stunning… all Carnall Hall Wedding ceremonies should have the gorgeous boutique hotel in the background.

emotional bride walking down the aisle with her two dads at Carnall Hall
wedding ceremony on Old Main Lawn at Carnall Hall
Carnall Hall Wedding bride and groom first kiss

After the ceremony, I took the bride and groom around the University of Arkansas campus for some wedding portraits. Always my favorite time of the day… it gives the bride and groom a chance to spend some time together being themselves before the wedding reception festivities ensue.

wedding portraits at University of Arkansas
wedding portraits at University of Arkansas

I took this next shot because everyone was honking and yelling out their car windows at the couple, who was enjoying the attention and made for a really pretty image.

wedding portraits at University of Arkansas

The Reception…

I’ve already shared how obsessed I am with this Carnall Hall Wedding reception, but I can’t help to carry on about it.

reception details at Carnall Hall
Carnall Hall Wedding details with flowers by Jules Design Florist

This 5 tier wedding cake from Shelby Lynn’s is absolute perfection. She included the couple’s new monogram on it as a beautiful focal point.

5 Tier wedding cake in lobby of Carnall Hall
outdoor wedding reception at Carnall Hall details
Carnall Hall wedding reception

Both speeches were amazing, and emotional. Here’s a photographer tip: every time you focus on action… remember to also look for the reaction. Below are two images that show what I mean…

emotional toast to bride and groom outside Carnall Hall

I love this first dance sequence outside Carnall Hall. Make sure to scroll to the end to see my favorite dance shot from this special moment.

First dance at Carnall Hall wedding reception

DJ Derrick was here to get the party started, and the guests had such a fun time! Of course when you have a bunch of Chi Omegas… you know it’s going to be a blast.

Carnall Hall Wedding reception

Sparkler exits have been around for more than a decade, but they never lose their magic. Just look at this beautiful getaway from our bride and groom.

sparkler exit at Carnall Hall

And now for the closing shot… it’s the first dance picture I mentioned above. This Carnall Hall Wedding was everything I hoped it would be, and well worth the wait.

first dance outside at Carnall Hall

Vendors who made this day perfect:
Benfield Photography: Wedding Photographer
Carol from Amanda Reed Weddings: Coordinator
Jules Design Events: Florist
Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe: wedding cake and grooms cake
DJ Derrick: DJ
Videography: Houston Evans Films
Catering and Venue: The Inn at Carnall Hall
Eventures: Rentals
Lightworks: Lightin
Makeup: Emarie Taldo
Hair: Lauren Welnicki

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