Nicole & Ben {September Wedding at Carillon Beach}

This Little Rock, Arkansas couple fell in love with Carillon from the moment they saw us on Paul Johnson’s (Paul Johnson Photography) website.  Nicole and Ben met with us in the beginning of April 2009, which gave us about 5 months to plan their perfect wedding day.  There was not a worry in either of their minds as they proceeded in long-distance planning.  With about 70 guests, they chose to rent the Meeting House for their ceremony and the Village Green as their reception site.  Both families rented homes in Carillon, which made it very easy to transport and organize the bridal party on the big day!

As Lindsay, Nicole's maid of honor, helped her put the finishing touches on her gown, the excitement was rising amongst the girls.

With the girls getting ready at "Inn Between" with Mecheal Johnson (Paul Johnson Photography), the guys left their rental home early to capture a few group shots with Paul Johnson (Paul Johnson Photography).

The incredibly talented music from Bay Arts Duet (Violin/Viola) welcomed everyone into the Meeting House. Fran Bullock (Wedding Music Plus) and Elaine always come prepared to play a half-hour prelude as guests are arriving. Through a very helpful meeting with the bride, Fran is able to assist the bride in choosing the perfect music for her ceremony. Her goal is to "make the hairs on your arms stand up." The acoustics in the Meeting House certainly create a grand entrance for the bride as she walks down the aisle.

Nicole decided to decorate the beautifully simplistic, Meeting House with a wreath and sheer drapery. Christina (Events by Nouveau Flowers) always does such a good job at bringing out the beauty of the area, without taking away from the bride and the groom.

As her dad sweetly kissed Nicole, he handed her off to Ben's care. They brought in their own officiant, Judge Wood, who brought a personal touch to the ceremony.

The newly married couple couldn't hide their excitement and relief as they exited the Meeting House to the traditional "Wedding March."

The couple's sunset time with Paul & Mecheal Johnson (Paul Johnson Photography) is always the perfect opportunity for these romantic shots.

Nicole made such a beautiful bride!

Christina's team at Events by Nouveau created such a natural and elegant feel to Nicole and Ben's reception. The calm lighting from the cafe lights, along with the indoor-outdoor dining, made for a perfect night.

Their smiles say it all... 🙂


Venues:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & The Village Green, exclusively to Carillon Weddings

Coordination & Planning: Victoria Volpone & Avis Johnson of Carillon Weddings

Photography:  Paul & Mecheal Johnson of Paul Johnson Photography

Minister:  Judge Wood

Ceremony Music:  Duet (Violin/Viola) Fran & Elaine of Wedding Music Plus

Reception Music:  DJ Paul of Gulf Talent Services

Catering/Rentals:  Elegant Tents and Events through Donna Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Floral/Event Design:  Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers