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When Aaron Lin­der met Dei­dra El­li­son, at the lo­cal store on Hwy. 7 where she was work­ing at the time, he had no idea it would quickly grow into the romance of their lives. “He would al­ways come into the store and we would talk about our cars or the Ra­zor­backs,” said Dei­dra. “I thought he was cute. When he would leave, it was al­most like I was a lit­tle school girl with a crush won­der­ing if he liked me.” The pair be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble and shortly af­ter while out on a drive Aaron asked Dei­dra to be his wife. “I just knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I would have drove straight to the court­house right then,” he added. The cou­ple in­stead drove to her par­ents house, where he prop­erly asked her fa­ther for her hand in mar­riage.

The big day: Nov. 2, 2013

Best Man and Maid of Honor: Steve Lin­der and Dana El­li­son

The lo­ca­tion: Old Span­ish Mine, which is lo­cated off of East Straw­berry in Jessievill­e. This day couldn’t have been bet­ter as na­ture shined with the fall col­ors and 70 de­gree weather. We both love be­ing out­doors so hav­ing our wed­ding with God watch­ing down and mother na­ture’s beauty was pure bliss.

The re­cep­tion: The re­cep­tion was also lo­cated at the venue. We had light hors d’oeu­vres pro­vided by my mother. The cake was a three tier, white cake with cream cheese frost­ing. The groom’s cake was dark choco­late and had a Ra­zor­back theme. Both cakes were pro­vided by Tina O’Don­nell in Hot Springs Vil­lage. En­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by friends and fam­ily.

The dress: The dress was an ivory A-line vintage in­spired strap­less gown with em­bel­lish­ments on the corset. My veil was a cus­tom timeless bird­cage veil with a feathered hair­piece that in­cluded jew­els, lace and ivory tulle, made by my mother.

The look: Our col­ors were the col­ors of fall — Ra­zor­back red, Har­ley David­son orange and sun-golden yel­low. The theme was vintage coun­try which in­cluded bales of straw cov­ered with burlap for seat­ing. The arch was twined with fall leaves and draped with ivory satin. We also in­cluded a Mr. & Mrs. Ra­zor­back tent fea­tur­ing all things “vintage” such as old rock­ing chairs and

quilts. The flo­ral ar­range­ments were a mix­ture of lilies, roses, car­na­tions and baby’s breath de­signed by Beck­with Vi­sions of Hot Springs Vil­lage.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: The most un­for­get­table mo­ment of our wed­ding for me was the mo­ment I was walk­ing down the front steps and looked up at the al­ter and saw the man of my dreams stand­ing there, wait­ing on me. That’s when I re­ally started cry­ing. That was the same un­for­get­table mo­ment for Aaron. All he could see was the beau­ti­ful woman he was mar­ry­ing and it seemed like we were the only ones there. When I got to the al­ter, my dad gave me away and once we locked hands, we both knew this was our life. As Aaron said, “When you know, you know.”

The hon­ey­moon: We went to Bran­son, Mo. and stayed at Still Waters Re­sort tucked away on the beau­ti­ful Ta­ble Rock Lake. We re­ally en­joyed the be­gin­ning of our new life as hus­band and wife. It re­ally didn’t mat­ter what we did be­cause our lives truly be­gan as we drove away. A spe­cial “thank you” goes to our par­ents, be­cause with­out them none of this would have been pos­si­ble. We love you more than words can say.

Story and Pho­tos by MANDIE GOBER

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