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– Missouri Wedding Photographer –

It’s been a good long while since my last vendor spotlight, you guys! Last Fall’s wedding season was just so C-R-A-Z-Y, I had to take a break from finishing this series while I kept up (okay, barely kept up) with client projects and weddings. But I’m happy to kick it off again with the adorable historic cottage out at Rockford Grange in Washburn Missouri. I took the opportunity last summer to become a Missouri wedding photographer for a day while I explored Rockford Grange and just adore this little cottage on their vast and property – rolling hills, a river, several ponds, and OH! I forgot to mention they’re a working elk ranch, so there are many many furry critters in the fields too – yayyy!

Here are a few of my favorites of the cottage and my absolute favorite parts of Rockford Grange, and some words from the lovely owner Samantha! Read and scroll, read and scroll. 🙂 Enjoy!

Missouri Wedding Photographer

What is the name and location of your venue?
Rockford Grange at Bear Hollow Ranch located on the border of Arkansas and Missouri in Washburn, MO.

What is your name and your role at your venue?
Samantha and Rowdy – owners/managers

When was your venue built?
Our venue has had many lives. The original rock cottage was built by an herbal medicine doctor and he named his farm Rockford Grange. The main portion of the venue was built in the 1970s for Judo Olympic training.

Was it always an event space? If not, what was it?
In the early 1900s a portion of the land was owned and used by an herbal medicine doctor for his retirement and farm. The property has also been a Dude Ranch, and Olympic training facility for Judo, and a Holistic Life Center.

If it wasn’t always an event space, why did you choose to turn it into one?
Due to the size of the space and the beautiful location it sat on, we felt like it was the perfect setting for a wedding venue.

When did the property hold it’s first wedding?
October 2014. Our own wedding.

Missouri Wedding Photographer

Are there any interesting stories about the history of your venue?
As mentioned before the original property owner was an herbal medicine doctor named Omar Palmer. He built the rock cottage and named his farm Rockford Grange. The home was his place of retirement but he also saw patients there that would ride on horse and buggy from all across the county to see him. In the 1950s the property became a camp and a dude ranch. In the 1970s the man who brought Volkswagen into the United States developed the property further by building several structures including our main campus and the ten cabins for his son so that he could train in Judo for the Olympics.
The the thing that really sets us apart is that we are not only a wedding venue. We are also a working ranch that raises exotic livestock like Bison and Elk which can be seen from the venue in the distance. It makes for pretty awesome photos!

What is the thing you most commonly hear brides and grooms love about your venue?
The privacy, the uniqueness, the history, and all of the space! If they wish to do so they could make a whole weekend out of their event. We have overnight accommodations and plenty of things for guests to do during their stay; that includes hiking, fishing, kayaking, etc.

What is your favorite thing about hosting weddings?
It’s such a joy to be apart of what some would say to be the most important day of their life. Seeing two families join as one and the happiness and love that surrounds such an event really makes the job enjoyable (THE BEST).

What is your favorite thing about your venue?
I would say the uniqueness and serene quality that our venue offers. We aren’t just another barn, we are an actual live working ranch with exotic animals. Our venue has significant history and some of the most beautiful scenery in the area.

What is your best advice for brides and grooms booking with you?
I always tell people not to stress about small details. If a Pinterest idea didn’t come to fruition, none of their guests knew about it anyways. A good timeline or someone outside of the family to help guide the day is also very helpful.

Missouri Wedding Photographer

Do you have any plans for growth/updates to the venue?
We are currently in the process of remodeling the cabins on the property for overnight guests. Just this year we finished the remodeling of the Rock Cottage and our Entrance House so we have lots of space for guests that want to stay for the weekend.

Do you ever host other events?
Yes, we do! We currently host men’s church retreats and corporate events/meetings. However, we are open to having any kind of event!

How many weddings do you host per year?
30-35 but we are seeing that Thursday, Friday, and Sunday weddings are becoming very popular. We are expecting a larger number in 2018 and we’re super excited about our future brides and grooms!

Any lessons you had to learn the hard way?
We are both “yes” people so learning to stand firm on some things has been hard. For instance glitter and fake rose petals! Luckily we’ve had some really great customers so nothing too crazy to complain about!

Were there surprises you didn’t account for that you wish you had?
Definitely the time and effort it takes to make every wedding the best that it can be. We do not offer any services other than the space itself but when it comes down to it we want the day to go very smoothly so we pretty much do whatever it takes to make that happen. Meaning very long days. 🙂

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Any memorable weddings or moments that affirmed why you opened your venue?
Almost every wedding that we’ve had has been memorable to us. When it’s time to close everything down and the bride and groom are at their send off and we see how happy they are, that really makes us feel good. We’ve gotten notes and “thank-you’s’ from time to time that also make us feel like we’re doing a great job and making a positive impact on their special day. I can think of one wedding in particular where I over-heard guests say “wow, that was the best wedding I’ve ever been to” and that really warmed my heart.

If you were able to have a “perfect” wedding at your venue, what would it look and/or be like?
I don’t really want our brides and grooms to strive for perfection because I don’t really think that’s attainable. What’s most important is that they’re happy and that their family and friends are having a great time!
I personally love when we have weddings that include a lot of personal and meaningful touches. Whether that be in their decor, vows, or anything else. It just really makes their wedding stand out and I think it’s important for people to make their day about them and who they are as a couple.

What’s the best way to contact the venue for more information or for booking?
Visit our website or call us at 479-422-1444

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Ballroom at I Street

– The Ballroom at I Street – 

Next up is the stunning Ballroom at I Street in Bentonville. Guys, I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that this is one of the most perfect wedding venues I’ve ever been to. They haven’t been open very long (I have my first wedding there early next year, yippee!), but it’s very easy to see that they’re going to be successful with what they’ve got going on over there.

From the amazing bridal suite (check out those beauty stations!) to the 12 person dining table, to the super manly groom’s room with tons of sweet, masculine touches…this venue is basically everything you’ll need to pull off a gorgeous wedding all on the same property without a hitch. The Ballroom at I Street is actually also a Bed and Breakfast too, so even if you don’t have a wedding in the future you can still go enjoy the space (like I’m thinking: a romantic staycation or girls night?)!

I sent an interview over to Breann and really enjoyed reading all about their vision, their journey and the place they’re in now. So definitely take a few minutes to scroll through these photos and read what Breann had to say!

 

 

What is the name and location of your property?
The Ballroom at I Street- 2202 SW I Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

What is your name and your role at your venue?
Breann Ashford & Danise Smith, co-owners

When was your venue built?
2016

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Ballroom at I Street

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Was it always an event space? If not, what was it?
The Ballroom itself is a new building that is an accessory to the B&B house.

If it wasn’t always an event space, why did you choose to turn it into one?
The trees were our selling point to the well known Bentonville home. One step into the back courtyard area where we host weddings as well as receptions will show you exactly what we saw!

When did the property hold it’s first wedding?
Our first wedding was a very sweet couple that was adamant about using the ballroom even though she only saw it during the construction phase, so we tried our best and had their wedding two days before our grand opening on November 13th, 2016. 🙂

Are there any interesting stories about the history of your venue?
The Ford family owned the house for several generations before us and had farm land all around the home. We completely understood their placement of a farm seeing the rich 2 foot deep topsoil!

What is the thing you most commonly hear brides and grooms love about your venue?
Most brides and grooms love the white everywhere and the huge chandeliers! Our showings mostly take place during the day, so they kind of get a surprise with how beautiful the back outdoor courtyard is at night with the vertical lights in the trees.

 

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What is your favorite thing about hosting weddings?
Our favorite part about hosting weddings has to be that point in the reception where you catch the bride and groom looking at each other, often laughing or just staring into each others eyes with huge smiles, that just exudes pure love and happiness. That is what it’s all about-unifying two people into one. Seeing that God created union represented in person is breathtaking at times.

What is your favorite thing about your venue?
Oh goodness, that is a hard question. We went over every inch of the venue trying to think about each and every bride, how it could help them achieve their dream in any way possible. The basic look of the venue being clean and modern yet classic with a touch of over the top glamour has to be our favorite aspect!

What is your best advice for brides and grooms booking with you?
Use a planner! Most brides and mommas are super talented and can see the vision, but it does our hearts good to see them calm, excited, stress free and not to mention together on their once in a lifetime day! Planners help so much in giving this gift to brides and their moms.

Do you have any plans for growth/updates to the venue?
This is a strength of ours as well as a weakness! We always have plans and visions for the venue and our brides, but some times it would be nice just to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor and beauty that came out in the final product. That being said, we have some surprises coming down the pipe!

 

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Do you ever host other events?
We do! Corporate events/meetings as well as short term planning parties are so fun. We have a few nonprofit fundraisers coming up that sound super exciting! We are just happy we get to experience some of them on the sidelines like our friend Nancy’s 60’s themed 60th birthday party! 😉

How many weddings do you host per year?
Well we haven’t completed a full year in business yet, but it’s looking like we’ll wrap up our first with around 30-35. Thank goodness for word of mouth as we get busier every month after hosting some fabulous spring and summer weddings.

Any lessons you had to learn the hard way?
Probably too many to list here! Lol! Let’s just say fake rose petals are not our friend, one construction job at a time is ok but 3 is just a smidge too many, and it’s super hard building in city limits but totally worth it!

Were there surprises you didn’t account for that you wish you had?
Hmmm the cost of construction as well as time is takes was definitely a recurring monthly surprise! We are happy we can laugh about all of this now.

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Any memorable weddings or moments that affirmed why you opened your venue?
Yes!!! At the end of each night when the bride and groom are getting ready for their send off and are standing there in the ballroom smiling ear to ear with guests laughing outside on the patio then they look at us often with hugs and say, “Thank you so much, everything was perfect!”

If you were able to have a “perfect” wedding at your venue, what would it look and/or be like?
We’ve had several weddings at this point and you know what? Perfection is unattainable in anything, BUT when you have a love that has brought two people together and their families and friends surround them in a whole other kind of love celebrating together-THAT IS PERFECTION!

Do you have any wedding vendors you recommend (caterers, DJs, planners, etc)?
We have worked with some great vendors no doubt, but we also don’t believe our limited experience should dictate any of our brides choices. We love to share experiences we’ve had and show how great their work is as options to consider when we book a new client.

 

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Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, engagement photographer and proposal photographer. She has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!

 

The Ravington - Arkansas Wedding Venues

 

The Ravington

 – Arkansas Wedding Venues Spotlight – 

This week I had the pleasure of touring another one of my favorite local Northwest Arkansas wedding venues, The Ravington, in the adorable little town of Centerton, AR. Centerton is a great place to live and visit – my family and I lived just a few blocks away from this building for a few years, actually – it’s quiet, safe and a little bit rural, but also so close to all the major conveniences of Bentonville and Rogers. It’s hard to think of a better place to put a wedding venue!

When my family and I lived there this building was an antique store, so imagine my surprise (and joy!) when I had heard that it had been bought and was being turned into an event space. Amber and her husband Eric had an amazing vision for this nearly-110 year old building, and they’ve truly brought that vision to fruition and now have one of the most charming venues in Northwest Arkansas (and as an Arkansas wedding photographer, I know a little about this topic, haha)!

Now scroll down and read a little about what Amber has to say about their journey, and enjoy the images of The Ravington’s gorgeous spaces. Especially that bridal suite!! And the ceremony backdrop that came from a castle in India. And the dedicated groom’s man cave room upstairs (with it’s own bathroom and shower)! And…well, there are just too many great things about this place to name!

 

What is your name and role at the venue?
My name is Amber Gustafson and I am the co-creator, co-designer, co-owner, and co-crazy co-parent with my husband and business partner Eric. We own The Ravington.

When was your venue built?
293 N. Main Street, now known as The Ravington, was built as the first General Store for the town of Centerton in 1909

Was it always an event space? If not, what was it?
The Ravington is only 1 year old as an event space! Over the past 110 years, the property has been a General Store & Mercantile, a factory making “lucky” rabbit feet keychains, a Methodist Church, then Stubbs’ Main Street Treasures Antique store.


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If it wasn’t always an event space, why did you choose to turn it into one?
In September 2015 the building was purchased by high school sweethearts Eric and Amber originally from Northwest Arkansas. The Gustafsons spent 14 years in Los Angeles where Eric worked as a musician, finish carpenter and a builder of fine furniture. Amber founded Amber Events, an upscale wedding and event planning business that planned weddings all over the world. We, Amber & Eric, wanted to create a unique, elegant, funky, fun, versatile, artistic, and dramatic location to celebrate a wedding, host a charity, have a fashion show, showcase talent, film movies & tv shows, impress clients and vendors, and inspire team members.

When did the property hold it’s first wedding?
May 29, 2016, just 7 months after renovations began!

Are there any interesting stories about the history of your venue?
Older Centerton residents claim that the Bank of Centerton, which shares a wall with The Ravington, was robbed two times before it closed down in 1935!

What is the thing you most commonly hear brides and grooms love about your venue?
Our couples love the uniqueness of our property–every direction you look there is a beautiful and special detail. We work hard to source items that you cannot find in stores, so many of the architectural items on the property are sourced from old buildings such as the 11′ tall Aqua door in the ballroom that was originally from a Palace in India. You can’t buy something like that at Home Depot!

What is your favorite thing about hosting weddings?
We love seeing the creativity of our clients and what they do with our property. We’ve had mod industrial weddings, shabby chic weddings, boho weddings, and classic weddings. It is great to see the couples make the space their own!

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What is your favorite thing about your venue?
We love our clients seeing the white and gold salon for the first time. It brings many brides to tears it is so beautiful.

What is your best advice for brides and grooms booking with you?
Create a wedding that is true to YOU as a couple. Your guests should walk away saying “that was so *them*!” not “that was a nice wedding”.

Do you have any plans for growth/updates to the venue?
Always! We’re never finished! Currently we are working on the courtyard bringing in more plants and we are building a beautiful new entrance into our courtyard to make it feel more private and exciting to enter. Custom made copper doors will add an element of mystery and excitement!

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Do you ever host other events?
We do! We host many nonprofit events and just did a 2 day filming for TLC’s “Counting On” with the four eldest Duggar daughters!

Any lessons you had to learn the hard way?
Keeping a 110 year old building is a full time job! After every single wedding there is a list of items to fix.

 

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Any memorable weddings or moments that affirmed why you opened your venue?
The 7 month renovation was HARD and much, much costlier than we estimated. I (Amber) was 7 months pregnant that first wedding and when the bride walked down the aisle I watched from the back and ugly cried for probably 10 minutes I was so happy! It literally took miracles to get us to that day! It was such a relief that we made it that I just sobbed and hugged my mom and kept repeating over and over “we did it! we did it! we did it!” Every wedding since then has prompted no tears from me, just joy!

If you were able to have an “ideal” wedding at your venue, what would it look like?
As cliche as this sounds, every wedding at The Ravington is our ideal wedding as we designed the property to be customization to each couple. We want each person at The Ravington, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc to feel truly welcome and at home here.

Do you have any wedding vendors you recommend (caterers, DJs, planners, etc)?
We have an 8 page vendor list that we are constantly adding and deleting vendors from!

What is the best way to get in touch for information about booking your venue?
Check out our website at www.theravington.com and follow The Ravington on Instagram & Facebook.

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