Wedding Testimonials at the Crescent Hotel

Allison Brooks & Ben Scott – October 2, 2010

Why did you choose a Destination Wedding?

Our friends and family are spread across the country, no matter where we held our wedding, we knew the majority would be traveling.  We loved that our wedding became a mini-vacation for everyone to a unique and magical town.

How did you meet Ben?

Ben came for an interview at the Architecture firm where I was working.  Within minutes I told the Principal Architect that Ben needed to be hired as he was going to be my new boyfriend.  We all laughed it off, but 5 years later, he’s now my husband!

What was the most romantic moment of the day?

It had to be the first moment that Ben and I saw each other during a private photo session before the wedding.  The weight of months of planning and chaos just lifted once we got to hold each other.

What was your experience with the Crescent Hotel & Spa?

The team at the Crescent Hotel was of great assistance, and proved that even the smallest details mattered to them as much as it did to us! The Spa treated us with grace and provided amazing services – we all looked absolutely gorgeous!

Photography: Hudson Photography, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wedding Coordination & Design: Finishing Touch Event Design, Little Rock, Arkansas

Ceremony Venue: Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Reception Venue: Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Floral Design: Finishing Touch Event Design, Little Rock, Arkansas

Wedding Cake: Eureka Sweets, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Entertainment: Pearl Nation, Springfield, Missouri

Get Away Car: Eureka Springs Limousine Company, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Katie Holland& Mike Adams – September 5, 2010

Tell us about the proposal.

For my birthday we had dinner in the Crystal Dining Room of the Hotel.  It was so romantic because were the only ones there!  After dinner, he got down on one knee and proposed.  I sat in shock for 10 min and then began to cry…..for 45 minutes more!!  Looking back, I should have caught on with all the signs and how nervous Mike seemed…..but I’m glad I didn’t!

What do you love most about your husband?

He is the most humble and honest man I’ve ever met.   I am a better person because he is in my life; where I lack, he fills me in.

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

That’s a hard one, probably when Mike was taking off my garter and he discovered it was a Razorback one.  I love surprises and I love that cheesy tradition!

Why did you choose the Basin Park Hotel?

There were many reasons we chose the Basin; the beauty of the building and the Ballroom coupled with the location, being in the center of everything, was more than perfect!  Also, my experience with Management was wonderful.

Reception Venue: Basin Park Hotel

Photography: Purdy Art Co

Floral Design: Holiday Island Flowers

Wedding Cake: Sunfest Market, Holiday Island

Dress:  Lowes Bridal, Brinkley AR

Custom Hairpiece: Jodie Maries, N Little Rock AR

Hair & Makeup: New Moon Spa & Salon, Eureka Springs AR

Rings: Robertson’s, Little Rock AR

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Eureka Springs Wedding at the Crescent Hotel

Dear Crescent,

Lauren & Aldo’s reception in the Conservatory at The Crescent was about as
perfect as it gets. The Conservatory is such a beautiful, light &
airy room and then to be able to walk out onto the lighted Boardwalk or into the Fountain
Gardens under a crescent moon that night was beyond lovely. We were blessed
with a mild mid-summer’s night, and it was a dream come true for all of us. It
was exactly the atmosphere and ambiance that Lauren & Aldo wanted. Thank you
for your attention to detail, returning my emails or phone calls so promptly and
being a dream to work with to achieve such a wonderful evening for the couple
and our guests. I so appreciated going over everything with you and Michael
Saturday morning, and how organized and prepared everyone was for the event.
Kaitlin (I doubt I spelled that correctly) was so kind and
respectful….especially when delivering the bad news of all bottles being
opened 45 minutes into our evening, bless his heart. Also, PJ and the bellmen
with long black hair were incredibly helpful, energetic and courteous every
moment. Tony, at the front desk, is awesome, helpful and has a great sense of
humor. I loved working with all of them, and they gave me and our guests first
class service, consistantly and repeatedly. Please thank all of them for me.

My youngest daughter’s boyfriend asked for her hand in marriage the
night of the reception. Who knows, you and I may be planning another evening at the
Conservatory sometime in the not to distant future.

Thank you, Susan, and thank everyone who made our stay and our event so
special..especially the guys who were willing to take all those bows off the
chairs and lights off the Boardwalk railing!

Best regards,
Ginnie Cowling

Basin Ballroom Wedding

A Eureka Springs Winter Wedding

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – One of the happiest days of any year is Christmas Day.  It’s a special family day.  One of the happiest days of your life is the day you and your fiancé become a family, the day of your wedding.  Many couples are combining the merry enjoyment of both holidays this year with a winter wedding in the “Wedding Capital of The South”, Eureka Springs AR.

“We are astounded at the creativity of today’s brides,” said Jodie English, chairman of the Bridal Committee of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “They are coming up with ideas that make their wedding an event that will be talked about for generations to come.  Special themed winter holiday weddings seem to be the trend this year.”

English explained that brides are choosing the winter months to give themselves a better selection of dates; prices that are lower than in the spring, summer or fall; and a time when family and friends tend to get together traditionally anyway.  With the essentials like event room rental and sleeping rooms for family and friends costing less, it gives the bride additional discretionary funds to “spice up” her event.

“For example, we have one bride that is planning a Christmas themed wedding,” explained Jack Moyer, vice president of operations and development for Eureka Springs’ Landmark Hotels: 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, and 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  “Her chosen colors are green and red.  Her flowers will include green holly with red berries.  Her ring bearer and flower girl will be dressed like elves.  Her cake will have red and green adornments.  Eggnog will be their punch.  Each guest will receive a special present from the couple:  a Christmas ornament adorned with the couple’s name and the wedding date.  The reception is going to be a holiday dinner with family-style seating and served by our wait staff wearing Santa hats.  The deejay will have several Christmas carols to play for a group sing-a-long.  And right in the middle of reception, a surprise visit from Santa to have his photo taken with the children as well as those big kids of all ages.

“Many of these friends and family members may not be able to get together during the holidays, so this way they can share two special events at the same time traveling only once.”

“One couple, planning a smaller event, is making sure one of their guests drives to Eureka Springs in a convertible so the newly married couple can sign up and be in Eureka’s annual Christmas parade to the throngs of their cheering guests as they drive by,” Moyer continued.  “To prepare their guests for standing outside, the couple has chosen a hot toddy of mulled cider to be served to their guests along with holiday cookies during the reception that includes the parade.”  The annual Christmas Parade is held each year during the Christmas Festival held the first weekend of December.

English was quick to point out that there are many winter wedding days beyond December 25, “You cannot imagine the couples that are planning their wedding either on the evening of New Year’s Eve, at the strike of midnight, or the next day on January 1.  In fact, it is not uncommon for us to have several brides each year to use the Basin Park Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Ballroom Blitz as their reception party.”

English went on to say, “But perhaps the most creative bride is the one planning her event around a Winter Wonderland theme in late January complete with snow machine for the reception’s crowning touch juxtaposed by a faux fire fireplace.  The couple follows that up with a carriage ride through downtown to the recognizable jingle of sleigh bells.”

Some brides that opt for a more conventional setting for a wedding will choose the 1901 Gavioli Chapel, a limestone church turned wedding-chapel, that sits just a few blocks from the Crescent Hotel on Eureka Springs’ Historic Loop.  This quaint chapel with its magnificent collection of stained glass windows looks much like the church many had in their Christmas village collection as a child, others will select world-renowned Thorncrown Chapel.  Following these traditional ceremonies, brides choose from a reception at either the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels with a limousine ride for the newlyweds.  The Crescent Hotel offers this “Winter Wedding” Package for just $1950 and it includes ceremony, minister, cake and reception as well as two-nights in a Penthouse Suite.

“She hasn’t set the date yet, but I have heard of one bride-to-be that is considering a winter wedding and bringing the Caribbean to Eureka Springs,” concluded English.  “Her entire wedding will be in a recreated beach motif in one of Eureka Springs’ reception venues.  Her guests will be encouraged to wear beach resort attire.  Top that off with Reggae music, lots of fruity cocktails complete with umbrellas, and so on and so on… you get the picture. ”

For information to help plan a winter wedding in Eureka Springs, one may go to