Photography: Courtney Garrett Photography |
Kailey + Russell
Elm Springs // 6.12.21
Fayetteville natives Kailey Powell and Russell Lowry met in seventh grade at McNair Middle School. More than a decade later, while the couple were living and working in Dallas, Russell popped the question at a rooftop bar overlooking the city’s skyline. Friends in town helped him pull off the proposal and joined in on the celebration after Kailey said yes. “It was such a fun and exciting night to celebrate together and with our friends,” Kailey says.
It was important to both the bride and groom to be married in Northwest Arkansas where their love story began. A yearlong engagement (to the date!) gave them time to plan, starting with the venue. “We loved the views that Heroncrest offered, and we were one of the first couples to get to use it,” Kailey says. The couple worked with wedding planner Natasha Gates to create a dream day that was equal parts modern and classic, incorporating neutral hues with pops of blue and plenty of stunning floral displays.
At the reception, guests enjoyed a seated dinner before cake was served. “We loved that this provided more time for people to sit and chat with one another,” Kailey says. After dinner, a DJ got the party started with the couple’s favorite songs.
At the end of the night, the couple shared a private last dance before being sent off through a tunnel of sparklers held by well-wishers. Following a honeymoon in the Maldives, they are now at home in Texas.
Silks A Bloom used eucalyptus, peonies, hydrangeas, and anemones to create the day’s dreamy florals. “One of my favorite pieces of the reception was the beautiful hanging floral arrangement that was over the dance floor,” Kailey recalls. “They were so wonderful to work with and wanted to make sure everything was perfect.”
Kailey and Russell’s first dance was “Sure Thing” by Miguel.
The Love Bug
The Volkswagen Beetle that Russell drove in high school played a special role as their getaway car. “When we would have off-campus lunch, we would take the Bug out to get lunch together,” Kailey recalls. “Everyone would always know it was us.”
The bride’s cake featured an assortment of flavors, including Kailey and Russell’s favorite, hummingbird.
Kailey’s Wedding Day Must-have
“A DJ that played all the jams. Groove Productions made sure that their playlist was top notch,” Kailey says, adding that they still receive compliments on how much fun guests had dancing.
Bridesmaids dresses Tesori Bridal Cake Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe Catering Catering Unlimited Entertainment (reception) Groove Productions Floral design Silks A Bloom Hair White Pine Beauty Bar Paper goods Shindig Paperie Rentals Eventology Photography Courtney Garrett Photography Planning & Design Natasha Gates Events Venue Heroncrest Videography Nilo Productions