Italian culture is no stranger to hospitality… and thank goodness because this authentic Italian wedding in the middle of Arkansas had a guest list like we’ve never seen! A plethora of lounges, a sailtent reception and a striped gelato cart are just a few of the things that first captured our hearts in Caroline and Blake’s Golden Hour wedding. But when we found out their guest list had 500 people(!!!), we were wholeheartedly inspired by the immensity of love shared on this special day. If you find yourself dreaming of European inspired wedding details a little closer to home, get ready to find happiness here.
From the photographer, Erin Wilson Photography: Right outside of Fayetteville Arkansas is this tiny little town called Tonitown and it is a beautiful little Italian community in the rolling hills of Arkansas. Caroline and Blake knew they wanted to infuse their culture and family into their wedding day. They chose to celebrate their wedding on Caroline’s families land with the beautiful views in sight. They were married in their home church and then hosted their reception on a gorgeous tent and under the stars with a live band, gelato, all the Italian food you can dream of, homemade cannolis, beautiful bars, a wooden dance floor, homemade family wine, gorgeous leather soft seating, twinkly lights, macrame hanging swing chairs and so much more. What a gorgeous sight to see!! I loved everything that Caroline and Blake chose to represent themselves and their love. I love that Caroline chose each and every bridesmaid’s dress for her best friends and Blake’s southern classic style. I love that so many people came to celebrate them and enjoy every second of their wedding day. They had the sweetest little flower girls and I love all the charming Italian details surrounding them as well as a live band! It was a big Italian celebration with nearly 500 wedding guests!
If all this talk of guest lists has you thinking about your own, check out this post on how to create your wedding guest list (and reduce if necessary)!
Photography: Erin Wilson Photography
Event Planning: Claudia Slezak
Florals: Mayfield Flowers and Designs
Rentals: Eventures Rentals
Bartending: Koons Saloon Bartending Service
Gelato Cart: Vince Pianalto
Cake: Shelby Lynne Cake Shoppe
Makeup: Emarie Taldo
Paper: Shindig Paperie
Hair: Bo Sensomaxay