Photography: Photos by Sarah Marie |
Anna + Tim
Searcy // 3.4.23
Anna Carr and Tim Roncal were introduced by mutual college friends and dated for just over a year before he popped the question. “I am such a difficult person to surprise, so I picked up on some hints here and there that it was coming, but I didn’t know how it would happen,” Anna says. One weekend, her parents and best friend came to visit in her current city of Nashville, Tennessee. Tim joined them on a trip to a family friend’s property outside of town. Little did Anna know, Tim had been working with her parents and their friends to select a beautiful wooded area on the acreage to propose. While the surprise was almost sidetracked by a storm, the plan worked and Anna said “yes.”
During their six-month engagement, the couple planned a celebration in Anna’s hometown of Searcy. Since high school she had dreamed of hosting her reception in a hangar at the Searcy Municipal Airport. “I envisioned having big band-style music playing with tons of greenery in a huge candlelit hangar,” the bride says. “Most importantly, I wanted it to be very traditional and classy.”
Working with wedding planner and designer Jessika McCuin, the couple’s vision came to life. “Jessika made the process so fun for me and remembered every last detail in order to make sure the day was perfect from beginning to end,” Anna says. Guests dined on appetizers inspired by Tim’s Filipino heritage before a sit-down dinner followed by dancing on a white-and-gold checkerboard floor. When the evening ended, the couple took to the sky for a grand exit on a private jet. Following a honeymoon in Mexico, they are now at home in Nashville.
Setting the Scene
Tanarah Luxe Floral and Crown Entertainment transformed the hangar with silk drapes that flowed from the ceiling and groupings of smilax vine interwoven with twinkling lights along the walls. A welcoming floral archway led guests into the space where large arrangements were made to look like magnolia trees.
Anna grew up with her great-grandmother making a coconut cake for all the family birthdays, holidays and special occasions. Wanting to honor her, she took the recipe to PattiCakes, who interpreted it on a large scale for the couple’s guests. The four-tiered confection was embellished with garlands of icing and topped with a vintage-style bride and groom.
For their first dance, dear friends of the couple sang Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with one of Anna’s college professors accompanying them on the guitar. “It was so special to have them perform that for us,” the bride says.
Bride’s Gown Gracyn Elizabeth Bride (Texarkana, TX) Cake PattiCakes Bakery Catering Savory Catering Floral Design Tanarah Luxe Floral Hair Alyse Yates Makeup Belle & Blush Photography Photos by Sarah Marie Planning and design Jessika McCuin, Jessika McCuin Weddings Rentals Confetti’s Party Rental, Crown Entertainment, The Dance Floor Man, and Eventology Rings Leslie Jewelers and Tara & Co. Diamonds Stationery (Calligraphy) Quill & Curl Calligraphy Venue (Ceremony) First Baptist Church Searcy Venue (Reception) Searcy Municipal Airport Videography Swearingen Weddings