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katie rice / stan dimitrov

january 12, 2013

Although Katie Rice and Stan Dimitrov were friends during their years at Central High School, it wasn’t until they “re-met” at the wedding of two friends that their friendship of years past turned into something more.

During a weekend trip to Las Vegas in July 2012, Stan surprised Katie with a romantic sunrise helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. Katie thought this was just part of the trip they were taking to celebrate Stan’s new job, but Stan had other plans as he proposed to Katie at the base of the canyon. The pilot, who was in on the surprise, had champagne waiting for the happy couple.

Katie and Stan married six months later in a ceremony at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Sharon Priest performed the ceremony in front of 220 guests. The walls of the Arts Center were lined with large birch trees strung with candles and lights. Wooden boxes filled with cream garden roses and white hydrangeas lined the aisle of the ceremony.

The bride wore an ivory silk taffeta strapless gown by Watters and Watters from Proposals. The full-skirted gown in washed silk organza was embellished with hand-sewn, self-ruched flowers and cotton beaded thread embroidery. Katie kept going back to this second dress she tried on, and it was the only dress that made her mom cry. She knew it was the one. The bride wore the same pearl headpiece in her hair that her mother wore on her wedding day.

Katie carried cream garden roses, wrapped in a handkerchief made from her grandmother’s and mother’s wedding dress. The florist, Autumn Evans Beaulieu, created a beautiful winter garden inside the Arts Center, and understood the vision the couple wanted for their florals, wedding and reception.

Central Arkansas Entertainment provided specialty lighting and created a beautiful extension of the florals with large trees illuminated on all the walls with a soft cream glow. Furniture was rented from TrendStyle Events, and the pieces were decorated with handmade burlap pillows with a D monogram.

The couple wanted their reception food to blend their love of Southern and Mediterranean cuisine, and Simply the Best catering helped make that vision come true. The menu featured unique eats such as butternut squash soup shooters with homemade focaccia bread, and chicken feta bites. Dempsey Bakery created the four tier white wedding cake with raspberry filling. Simply the Best provided the groom’s favorite dessert, chocolate crème brulee.

Chach Bursey photographed the couple for their engagement shoot and wedding, and captured the beauty of the bride during her bridal portraits. “Chach was able to capture the true moments and emotion of the wedding,” said Katie. “He thought through every shot, every detail of the day for us and we couldn’t love them more.”

The beautiful Arkansas Arts Center winter garden wedding and reception vision could not have come together without the help of Katie's dear friend and wedding planner, Heather Owens of Georgia James Creative. She helped the couple create a night that focused on love, laughter and happily ever after.

The couple went on a mini-moon to Mt. Magazine following the wedding, and are planning for a two-week trip to Bulgaria and Turkey in July.

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