Styling Away For 417 Bride


For the summer issue of 417 Bride, the Social Graces team styled another amazing photo shoot for the magazine. Alex Crowder, the photographer, shot Aunna Beckemeyer, Stephen Morgan, and Sarah Thomas on location at Big Cedar Lodge in May. The photo shoot was produced by Jessica Kennon Spencer of 417 Magazine. Hair was done by Megan Ogle of Frost Salon and Melanie Gibbs of Karma Salon. The flawless makeup was created by Andie Reynolds of Lavaré Spa & Salon.

The gorgeous wedding dresses for Aunna and Sarah were selected from Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Gracie’s Bridal, and Normans Bridal. The tuxes and other fabrics for Stephen were chosen from Blackwells Men’s Clothing, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, and Town & County.

We selected jewelry and accessories from Maxon’s Diamond MerchantsHarem & Company, Justice Jewelers, Mitchum Jewelers, STAXX, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Normans Bridal, and Gracie’s Bridal.

Here is a sample of the stunning pictures for the magazine!

All images via 417 Bride
1 2 6 7 12 13 opener 3 4 5 10 11 14 15 16

Make sure you keep an eye out for the issue on stands now!


Love Stories: Vintage Twist

Today we are looking at the fourth and final theme of the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot. This theme was one of my favorites; based on one of my favorite books The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we give you a Vintage Twist.

Hair: Karma Salon, Melanie Gibbs
Make Up: Karma Salon, Chelsea Basham
Bride Model: Emma McClain

Shot on location Dwayne Holden and Beth Yarbrough’s residence. 

Nicole Miller 100 percent silk halter gown, $730 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

Headpiece by Felicita Studios.

Otreska black circle ring, $19.95 at The Market.  Fabulous Fur faux winter white mink, $99 at Normans Springfield.

1928 Ford Model A Pheaton available for rental through Vintage Arrivals.

18-karat white gold and black bangle, $9,999
white gold with white gold bangle, $8,199
vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795
all at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. 

1. Presidio Suite No. 1 invitations available at PaperWorld. Rolex watch, $26,650; Estate Collection bow pin, $875; both at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. Color block necklace, $26.95 at The Market. Tablecloth available at Provence.

2. Bouquet of hydrangea, hyacinth, roses, tulips, miniature gerbera daisies and spray roses by Ron Johnson at The Nest. Vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

3. Truffles by Elle’s Patisserie. Zig zag napkin, $20.25; Emily Henry plate, $37; both at Provence.

4. Chevron purse, $32 at Red Velvet. Allie Night Moves black shoe, $95 at Normans Springfield. Tablecloth available at Provence.

5. Console table, $298 at Pickwick House; art deco glasses with gold trim, $18 per set of six at Pickwick House. Three-tier cake by Pastries by Carla. Gold-etched votive, $19; white urns, $125–325; all at Obelisk Home.

6. Black Numbe place setting; Juliska napkin, $24.30; pomegranate napkin ring, $8.50; all at Provence. Oneida Patterns Forever Satin Aquarius flatware, $50 per five pieces at Dillard’s. 


Thanks to all the wonderful vendors we worked with that made the Love Stories shoot possible!

Love Stories: A Natural Approach

We are so excited that 417 Bride’s Summer issue hit the stands last week! This is our third issue to work on and we are particularly excited about it. If you are a local Springfield-ian, you can pick up your copy at area Price Cutters, Summer Fresh Markets, Country Mart, Harter House or Barnes & Noble. It is a great way to see what local vendors have to offer for your big day.

Now… to the fun part!

All of this issue’s themes were based on literary inspirations.

The first of four themes, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden:

Hair: Studio 417, Jennifer Bridgman
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Kylie Wright
Flower Girls: India Tru Lengyel and Ireland Kelsey

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Wtoo Brides by Watters Devon gown, $1,115 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Headpiece courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey.

1. Hydrangea bouquet by Wickman’s Garden Village; 14-karat white gold, emerald-cut green tourmaline and diamond ring, $5,499 at Justice Jewelers

2. Yellow quartz and diamond necklace, $795; White gold leaf-style diamond ring, $895; white gold cushion-cut diamond ring, $6,995; all from Mitchum Jewelers

3. Custom-designed fabric flower necklace by Liddie Mae

4. The Diamond Collection Casablanca Dress, $750 at Gracie’s Bridal

5. Hairpieces courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; moss balls, $11.95 at The Market; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal

1. Grass and moss courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village; birch vases courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; four-tiered fondant cake with fondant leaves by Cameo Cakes; cake stands courtesy Social Graces

2. Wood chargers courtesy Social Graces; Woodbury place setting, $6–12 at Dillard’s; Lenox Tuscany classics collection wine glasses, six for $40 at Dillard’s; cloth napkins, $4.50–26 at Provence; green chicks, $13 at The Market

3. The Hawthorn Suite invitation from PaperWorld; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; wood chargers courtesy Social Graces

4. Terrariums with moss and assorted greenery courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village

5. Paper banner courtesy Social Graces; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal Opposite Page: Hydrangea centerpieces by Wickman’s Garden Village; hanging lanterns courtesy Swept Away Rentals.


Special Somethings: Old

Next up on our 417 Bride list is Something Old

On Caitlin:
Ali by Augusta Jones gown, $2,068; Toni Federici lace veil, $869; both available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

Hair: Karma Salon, melanie gibbs
Make up: Karma Salon, chelsea bassham
Model: Caitlin Kissee

1. Venetian Lace by Lenox five-piece place setting, $120 at Dillard’s. Erica Koesler necklace, $146.95 at Normans Bridal~Springfield Collection. Michelangelo flatware, $50 for five-piece set at Dillard’s. Lonie Mae custom-made book-page flatware wrap, $1.50–2.

50 at Pearl ring, $10 at Deb’s Trendy Market.

2. See above for dress details. Wysteria birdcage veil with tulle, $375 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

3. Asiatic lily, seeded eucalyptis, blue hydrangea, white rose and pink wax flower bouquet and vintage props by Casey Sims and Amanda Askren of Back Porch Tea House Flowers & Gifts. Monique Lhuillier save-the-date available at PaperWorld. Charles Krypell 4.5-carat sterling silver and yellow gold necklace, $9,990 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

417 Bride: Fun, Fresh, Fiesta!

For our final theme  in our 417 Bride series, Your Big Day, 4 Ways, we are going to celebrate fiesta-style. This theme was so fun to pull together with its bold colors and vibrant flowers. Fiesta tableware, $25 per place setting; Gorham 65 flatware set, $149, all at Dillard’s; Candle holders, $10-10.50; Tablecloth, $49.50, both at Provence; pottery, $44.99 at Hillcreek Pottery at Silver Dollar City; Bouquets by Linda’s Flowers.

Milk- and dark-chocolate covered oreos with colored pattern designs, $6 per dozen at The Hot Chocolate. Two-tier dessert stand, $37.99 at Brown Derby International Wine Center.

Mori Lee by Blu in Ivory, $716 at Gracie’s Bridal. Bouquet of roses, miniature roses, sunflowers, miniature sunflowers and Alstroemeria lilies by Linda’s Flowers.

Liz Simon strapless gown with cascading ruffle details, $1,495 at Normans Jewelry & Bridal Shoppe; Sassy South necklace, $92.95 at Normans Springfield; Broche, $310 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design. Bouquet by Linda’s Flowers. Rare Editions girls dress in turquoise, $50, Stride Rite Selena flats, $30, both available at Dillard’s; Anya turquoise hair flower, $24 at Felicita Studios. Bouquet of roses, miniature roses, sunflowers, miniature sunflowers and Alstroemeria lilies by Linda’s Flowers. Hanging pots/planters, $24.99 per piece at Hillcreek Pottery at Silver Dollar City.

Tablecloth, $49.50 at Provence; Shamrock Fiestaware, $25 per place setting at Dillard’s; Invitation and R.S.V.P. card available at Provence; Necklace, $336 at Provence. Two-tone rutilated quartz and coral diamond ring, $1,295; Blue chalcedony and diamond ring, $2,295, both at Mitchum’s Jewelers.

Three-tier fiesta-themed cake by Celebrations by Sonja; Flower accents by Linda’s Flowers.

Vase, $22, Candle holder, $16.50, both at The Market; Two-tone rutilated quartz and coral diamond necklace, $2,539; White-gold earrings with round diamonds, $1,100, both at Mitchum Jewelers. Flower accents by Linda’s Flowers.

Photos by Amy Pennington
Styling by Becca Murdaugh and Megan White, Events by Social Graces
Make up by Ty Harshman, Ashley Lauren Salon & Spa
Hair by Eileen Gabrielsen, Ashley Lauren Salon & Spa
Produced by Cassie Darst, Bethany McDonald
Location: Silver Dollar City
Models: Alyea Azeez and Chloe McCrary