A Romantic Fall Wedding at Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Anthony Meloy’s (38 and a physician) proposal to Layne (27 and a labor and delivery nurse) was—in her words—“perfectly imperfect.” The easy hike they

Anthony Meloy’s (38 and a physician) proposal to Layne (27 and a labor and delivery nurse) was—in her words—“perfectly imperfect.” The easy hike they planned to take with Layne’s young son turned out to be much more of a challenge. After powering through the tough spots, they were rewarded with a scenic oasis. “We had packed a picnic lunch, so when we came upon a beautiful stream we stopped for a bite. It was then that Tony dropped to his knee,” Layne says. “He got halfway through his proposal before I flung myself into his arms and said yes.” For their small wedding at Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Layne and Tony wanted to honor the fall season but still make a statement. “Bold, romantic, intimate, Victorian—looking back, we were drawn to these words when imagining our wedding,” Layne says. Their vibrant palette balanced bright fuchsia with deep navy and crimson, plus pops of turquoise and gold. Layne and Tony exchanged vows in front of Pratt Place’s cottage and held their reception inside. All 17 guests were able to stay on the property, adding ease to the celebration. “We threw tradition out the window and made it focused around what worked for us,” Layne says. “It was so important to make the day as stress-free as possible and full of family and love. I think we passed with flying colors.” —Carolyn Meers

Each guest's name was calligraphed in gold ink onto a shiny red apple and placed at their seat for the reception.
Pigmint of Fayetteville, Arkansas, created Layne's relaxed, colorful bouquet. Its crimson and fuchsia blooms were accented with deep blue blossoms and greens.
"My look for the wedding was so fun," says Layne, who chose a nontraditional knee-length dress by Delphine Manivet. "It was the perfect mix of classy and fun. I opted out of a veil and instead invested in some snazzy shoes." Layne's pointed-toe "So Kate" Louis Vuittons in white leather paired perfectly with the dress.
Layne and Tony worked together to paint and rehab a vintage couch, which served as ceremony seating for friends and family.
Layne and Tony said their vows outside the cottage at Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they would later hold their reception meal. "Tony's best friend, Neil, was ordained, and it was so touching to have him marry us," Layne says.
"I think the element of our wedding that best reflects my husband and me is how focused on us it was," Layne says. "In any decision we make in life, we do it together and consider our relationship first."
During the intimate ceremony, guests sat on a vintage Victorian couch, which Layne and Tony sought out for months. "It took us several weeks of visiting and revisiting antique shops to finally find our little jewel," Layne says. She and Tony painted the velvet fabric a vibrant turquoise.
After the intimate ceremony, all 17 guests enjoyed dinner in a banquet room at Platt Place Barn and Inn in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where a meal was served on a long table set with gold candelabras and fuchsia and navy linens.
Bright navy and fuchsia jewel tones were used in the table settings alongside gold-rimmed plates and flatware.
Fuchsia blooms were arranged around vintage gold "M"s inside the cottage. Pops of blue blossoms throughout the day added depth to the floral arrangements.
Guests could enjoy fresh coffee from mugs monogrammed with an "M" to represent the newly married Meloys.
Fresh pomegranates, blackberries and sliced pears decorated the three-tier rough-frosted cake.
After dinner, guests danced on the cottage's back patio, which was decorated with bistro lights.