Photography: Stephanie Parsley Photography |
Maggie + Aubrey
Little Rock // 5.14.22
You could say Maggie Hurst and Aubrey Berkowitz were meant to bee—the two met through the dating app Bumble while living in Austin, Texas. They began dating in August 2019 and knew things were serious after celebrating the holiday season together, first in Little Rock with Maggie’s family and then in Colorado Springs with Aubrey’s. “After driving together for over 2,300 miles in one car, with two dogs, and spending time with our families, we knew this might be the real deal,” Maggie says.
The following year while in Little Rock for Thanksgiving, Aubrey popped the question at the Junction Bridge overlooking the Arkansas River. The proposal was followed by a surprise celebration with members of both families, including out-of-towners from Texas and Colorado who all made the trip to toast the happy couple.
Maggie had always wanted a spring wedding, and the two decided on First United Methodist Church for their ceremony and the Country Club of Little Rock for their reception. “Since I was a little girl, I have always been in love with fairy tales, especially the ones with enchanted forests. Once we were engaged, I realized I hadn’t outgrown my love of this theme, and it was immediately how I envisioned our wedding day—but with an adult vibe,” Maggie says. She describes the end result as feeling like a party based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
During the buffet-style reception, guests dined on everything from shrimp cocktail to beef tenderloin along with queso and barbecue sliders as a nod to Aubrey’s Texas roots. “Plenty of food and a full bar were important to us. We wanted everyone to have a festive evening,” Maggie says. Her cake was a five-tier traditional white wedding cake while the groom’s table featured Lammes Texas pralines.
When the party ended, guests showered the couple with sprigs of lavender as they made their exit in an antique car. After a honeymoon at Zemi Beach House in Anguilla, Maggie and Aubrey are now at home in Austin.
It’s a Date
Maggie and Aubrey selected May 14 as their wedding date because the number is a special one: The birthdays of Maggie, her mother, and her grandmother all fall on the 14th of different months.
Maggie wore her mother’s veil as a part of the traditional something old.
The duogram created for the invitation from the couple’s initials was further customized with meaningful symbolism in a wreath around the letters: bluebonnets for their connection to Texas, magnolias for Maggie’s time spent at college in Mississippi, sweet peas for Maggie’s nickname, and wisteria, which is a native plant growing in their own backyard. Additionally, the mockingbird is the state bird for both Arkansas and Texas.
Garden Dream Setting
Florist Tipton & Hurst, which has a family connection to the bride, achieved a magical ambience with a mix of arrangement styles throughout the venue. Hues of lavender, eggplant, antique gold, dusty rose, and lush green create the desired effect.
Aubrey’s must-have for the big day was a great live band, and The Party Jammers from Memphis fit the bill.
Bridal gown Unveiled Bridesmaids dresses Bella Bridesmaids Cake Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets Catering & venue (reception) Country Club of Little Rock Entertainment (Ceremony) James Stanley Entertainment (reception) The Party Jammers (Memphis) Floral design Tipton & Hurst Hair Studio 2121 Makeup Jessica Humerick Paper goods By Invitation Only Planning Sheila Vaught Photography Stephanie Parsley Photography Rentals Central Arkansas Entertainment and Eventology Rings Sissy’s Log Cabin Transportation Arkansas Destinations Venue (ceremony) First United Methodist Church Videography Sunflower Films