Editorial: An Intimate Courtyard Wedding

Recently while visiting my Nana who spent a portion of her life living in the Chicago area, we began looking through tons of old photographs in family photo albums. At one point we ran across a wedding photo and she began explaining to me that 'up North' people used to save their entire lives for their daughters' weddings, much the same way we now save for our childrens' college tuition. She said that in Chicago, there was rarely what she referred to as a "cake and punch" wedding. She described being so confused when she moved to Arkansas by the small, intimate, backyard weddings that she would be invited to.

It was after reflecting on this conversation that I began to get the idea of trying to merge the idea of having a small, intimate, "cake and punch/backyard" wedding with the idea of still making the event feel elaborate, lush, and all without skimping on style. After stumbling upon The Edgemont House and instantly falling in love with its cool Mediterranean roots, Laurie Miller of The Velvet Boxwood and I began pulling together the details of this shoot that I am SO proud to be releasing today.


Photography: Natalie Smith photography

Floral and Event Design: The Velvet Boxwood

Venue: The Edgemont House

Bridal Boutique: Inverness Bridal Couture

Makeup Artist: BriBeautiful: Makeup by Bri Riley

Ribbons: Illume Silks

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Rentals: Hank’s Event Rental

Cake Designer: Michelle Mayer

Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Models: Sculp Agency, Alana Lambert, Nathan King