Photography: Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography |
Shelby + Grant
Little Rock // June 6, 2020
In 2020, even the best-laid plans were subject to change. However, Little Rock natives Shelby Snider and Grant Pickle didn’t let a pandemic postpone their plans to say “I do.” Instead, they considered what mattered most and adapted their big day to the circumstances at hand. Due to COVID-19, the wedding was put on hold until a couple of weeks before it was scheduled to take place. Thankfully, restrictions were lifted just in time, and they were able to pull together an intimate backyard ceremony and reception on the original date they had set.
The pair met in middle school and dated throughout high school and college before Grant proposed on a family beach trip in 2019. They knew they wanted a summer wedding and had snagged a date at a popular local venue, Legacy Acres, shortly after their engagement. “Little did we know we’d end up having a 30-person wedding in the middle of a pandemic!” Shelby laughs. She credits her mom as well as her photographer, Kati Mallory, and wedding planner, Anne-Claire Allen Owens, for making it the day the couple had always dreamed of. “Grant and I are both very family-oriented and love the simple things in life. Of course we missed our best friends being there in person with us, but it was our day and nothing could’ve stopped the overflowing joy we felt,” Shelby says.
After family friends offered their backyard for the ceremony, they decided on an integrated dinner and reception at the same location. Here, guests dined on comfort foods like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and biscuits before cutting into a classic cake from Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets. At the end of the night, loved ones held sparklers and cheered for the couple as they made their exit.
Shelby’s cousin, who served as the maid of honor, lent her the veil she wore on her wedding day as a meaningful addition to her attire.
My favorite memory was seeing Shelby walk down the aisle. I had been waiting eight years for that moment.”
Grant’s sister sang ‘O Come to the Altar’ and my brother passed communion to everyone. This was something we weren’t able to do with our original guest list, but since it was so small, we could implement this intimate and special moment.” —Shelby
Simply Sweet Decor
Timeless white roses and hydrangeas—both summer staples—were set against a backdrop of greenery and candles on the tables.
Shelby and Grant shared their first dance as husband and wife to Ben Rector’s “You’re Still the One.”
We had a 30-person wedding in our family friends’ beautiful backyard. This is not what we originally planned, but our marriage is what made this day our favorite—not the materialistic things.”
Bride’s gown Low’s Bridal Bridesmaids’ dresses Bella Bridesmaids Cakes Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets Catering Crave Catering Company Floral design Silks A Bloom Hair & Makeup Pout Paper Goods Hobart Print Studio Photographer Kati Mallory, Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography Rentals Eventology Rings Sissy’s Log Cabin Wedding design and coordination Anne-Claire Allen Owens, Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design
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