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Laura Bonds & Scott Melton

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies


Nov 4, 2023
Little Rock , Arkansas

Photo Credit

Kati Mallory

Style Guide

Color Palette





The Proposal

Laura and Scott met in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, after a Grizzlies basketball game and began dating in December 2019. They became engaged in November 2022. “I got the idea that surprising Laura with a porch swing would be a special setting for my proposal,” Scott explained, as it has been Laura’s dream to have a porch swing at her future house. On the day of the proposal, Laura arrived at Scott’s house to find that a new wooden porch swing had been installed. Scott asked Laura to marry him, and she said yes on the front porch of the house they now share in midtown Memphis.

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Portrait
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Upclose Portrait

In Preparation

The couple imagined a wedding day that would be joyful, elegant, and traditional, surrounded by the people who meant the most to them. They decided upon Laura’s childhood church, Trinity United Methodist Church for the ceremony and the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts for the reception. Using the art museum as inspiration, and drawing upon the bride’s favorite art genre, French Impressionism, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (1906) served as the guide for the dusty blue, lilac, green and blush pink color palette and artful design of the day.

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Groom Getting Ready

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Details
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Bride Mom Getting Ready

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Bridesmaids

The Big Day

On the morning of the big day, Laura and her bridesmaids got ready at Edgemont Cottage, while Scott and his groomsmen prepared at the Marriott Hotel. The couple’s first look took place at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and wedding party photos were taken in the museum’s courtyard.

At half past four in the afternoon, the bride and her father walked down the aisle and Laura and Scott exchanged vows. The festivities continued at the reception, where Leslie Carter and the team at Bella Baxter Special Events transformed the room into a striking paradise. First dances brought tears to guests’ eyes, and Memphis musicians, The Party Jammers, brought the party for guests dancing on the monogrammed dance floor.

After an exit with ribbon wands and sparklers, the couple was whisked away in a vintage white Cadillac provided by Arkansas Destinations for a drive through the historic Quapaw Quarter.

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Venue

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Flowers
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Cake

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Desserts

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Father and Bride
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Bride Portrait

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Walking

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Kiss
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Carrying Veil

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Stair Kiss

The Retreat

Following the wedding, Laura and Scott honeymooned in Fiji. They enjoyed snorkeling, learning about local cultural traditions, and sampling fresh seafood. After their honeymoon, they returned to Memphis, Tennessee and are now enjoying their lives together as newlyweds. 

Laura Bonds Scott Melton First Dance

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Outdoor Portrait
Laura Bonds Scott Melton Lift

Laura Bonds Scott Melton Car

Featured Wedding Vendors


Kati Mallory 

Planning & Design

Leslie Carter at Bella Baxter 

Ceremony Venue 

Trinity United Methodist Church

Reception Venue, Catering, & Bar

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts


Contributing Vendors


RAM Entertainment – Party Jammers

Bridal Veil

Sara Gabriel

Bridesmaid Dresses


Exit Car

Rob Haynie

Floral Preservation  

SK Designs and Alchemy Atelier


Tipton Hurst

Getting Ready Location

The Edgemont House


Jos. A. Bank

Hair & Makeup

Kakki Jones

Lighting, Production, & Vinyl 

Central AR Entertainment


BBJ La Tavola & I Do Linens

Invitations & Paper

By Invitation Only




Arkansas Destinations

Wedding Cake

Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets

Wedding Dress

Maggie Louise Bridal (Designer: Martina Liana)


The Powells

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