June 9, 2014

Favorite Places for Arkansas Weddings

Wedding bells are at an all-time high in June in Arkansas. We are dusting off our dancing shoes and preparing to hit the open road of the Natural State to some beautiful venues for some memorable weddings.

Arkansas brides have a wide selection of venues for the big event. We have beautiful, elegant chapels, grand hotels, great state parks, gardens and estates. So, I asked my fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers (we attend a lot of weddings) where their favorite places for “I do’s” are in their region.

Moss Mountain Farm

A unique experience surrounded by beauty and gracious Southern hospitality.

Moss Mountain Wedding - Arkansas Weddings

P. Allen Smith’s picturesque estate and a working farm with a collection of garden rooms, orchards, ponds, and an heirloom vegetable garden is an ideal, and yes, dreamy, wedding venue.

Located just west of Little Rock along the banks of the Arkansas River, the idyllic setting is quickly becoming a popular place to exchange vows and is available for weddings of all sizes. Bridal parties may choose the ceremony and reception location from the property’s numerous options, including a romantic and intimately set English rose garden, a sprawling grass lawn, a fountain-terraced garden or the East rose lawn.

East Rose Lawn - Moss Mountain Wedding - Arkansas Weddings

The venue offers full-service catering, bar service and event staff. On-site floral design and a stylist are available, as well as a wedding coordinator. Post-ceremony activities may include a horse-drawn carriage ride, fireworks, a bonfire, hayrides or dinner and dancing in the temperature-controlled barn.

This is what little girl’s dream of when they plan their wedding. Check out their website at Moss Mountain Weddings.

St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable

Quiet reverence, classical elegance found at this stunning wedding venue

St. Catherine's at Bell Gable - Arkansas Weddings

The unique, native stone chapel is nestled in the Ozark Mountains outside of Fayetteville. A family business, three generations live on site and their primary goal is for the family to drive over the bridge as they leave saying it was the best day of their lives.

The wedding chapel location includes areas for indoor or outdoor ceremonies, a 1902 Mercedes-Benz limo, a stylish dressing room, an elegant water garden with water flowing over a beautiful waterwheel, and a picturesque chapel-side cascading waterfall.

St. Catherine's at Bell Gable - Ivy Covered Chapel - Arkansas Weddings

Receptions may be held along the beautiful creek side, by the chapel or the rustic elegance of the barn.

You will need to handle all catering, and alcoholic beverages are limited to champagne. View their website for more information.


Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Arkansas’ newest premier winery and wedding venue

Sassafrass Springs Vineyard - Arkansas Weddings

Forget expensive destination weddings in Napa Valley or Italy. The most picturesque winery garden wedding venue is right in Northwest Arkansas. Sassafras Springs is located outside Springdale but stepping on the property means stepping into a new world of grace, beauty and spaciousness. The property has many features about it that make it unique; it has many natural springs and is terraced and full of beautiful trees and wildlife.

Owners Gene and Cheryl Long converted the beautiful horse stables into an event center that seats up to 200 people seated at round tables. It’s perfect for corporate meetings, fundraisers, reunions, and wedding receptions. The Longs also built the Chapel Ruins, which seats about 400.

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Sassafrass Springs Vineyard Reception - Arkansas Weddings

Sassafras Springs Vineyard looks forward to making its own wine, an effort lead by an award-winning wine maker. Did you know that the U of A invented the seedless grape many years ago? Now, they have created this amazing hybrid grape and have allowed about 400 vines to be planted at Sassafras Springs. The wine will come from these grapes when they mature and be presented to everyone who visits Sassafras Springs Vineyard.

The Barn at Twin Oaks

Rustic romantic dreams come true at Twin Oaks

The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch - Arkansas Weddings

The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch is a rustic setting for weddings and special occasions. Located minutes from Dardanelle, Twin Oaks Ranch offers a unique venue for ceremonies, receptions and any event.

The folks at The Barn at Twin Oaks knows each bride has her dream wedding and wants the focus to be on the special ceremony. This is why they only schedule one wedding per day, Tuesday through Saturday. This allows the entire wedding celebration to be unhurried and special.

Arkansas Weddings - The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch

Their all-inclusive event services include wedding and reception details such as invitations, ceremony planning, catering, cake and music. Lush designer floral, linen and décor from Twin Oaks Ranch’s design team create sensational settings for any style or season.

Outdoor ceremony spaces at Twin Oaks Ranch include The Shady Grove, which is approximately a 4,000 square-foot canopy of tall trees and surrounded by natural foliage. The Shady Grove is an idyllic setting for outdoor weddings with a capacity for seating up to 175 guests. The area is shaded at all times of the day for a comfortable outdoor ceremony. The Shady Grove is adjacent to The Barn.

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready for a rustic, beautiful time when you attend a wedding here.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Hot Springs

An idyllic lakeside garden wedding at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Hot Springs Staircase - Arkansas Weddings

Lake Hamilton is home to Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, proclaimed as the top romantic wedding venue in Hot Springs. It offers a romantic lakeside ceremony and reception location combined with a luxury 12-room bed and breakfast.

The retreat can accommodate up to 35 guests for either an outdoor wedding in the lush lakeside garden or inside the inn. This is the ideal place for a couple who wants a stress-free, intimate wedding.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Hot Springs - Arkansas Weddings

An on-staff wedding coordinator will assist you in creating an intimate, customized, stress-free wedding while providing luxurious pampering. Plus, they have elopement packages (your dad’s wallet will thank you) and honeymoon packages. Now, that is convenience.

There are so many wonderful places in our state to tie the knot. What are some of your favorites?


The Park Wife

Stephanie Buckley, aka The Park Wife, is a tribe builder. She is the founder of The Women Bloggers, an online community designed to gather, grow, and connect social media influencers. Considered an old-timer in the blog world, since 2006 she has written what she hopes is a love letter to her children on her lifestyle blog, The Park Wife. Raised in the debutante world of Mississippi, she married a hunky park ranger and moved to Arkansas 19 years ago and has fallen in love with the state. She loves gardening, porch swings, a beautifully set table, a delicious meal surrounded by great conversations, their cabin in the woods and monogramming everything that is not nailed down. She is a devoted wife and fun-loving mom to two extraordinarily cool little gentlemen and is fortunate enough to live on one of Arkansas’s premier state parks.

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