To­gether Ever Since

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The story of Rea­gan Car­roll and James Oliver be­gan when they were only 6 and 8 years old. The two met at Rea­gan's grand­fa­ther's lake house in Hot Springs for her birth­day party. James, from Lit­tle Rock, threw a rock while they were swim­ming in the lake and hit her in the head. Yet, when he no­ticed he had hurt Rea­gan, he hugged and kissed her while apol­o­giz­ing.

That rock spurred years of con­tact be­tween the two. When Jessievill­e na­tive Rea­gan was 16, they be­gan dat­ing af­ter James “cor­nered” her one night and asked her to be his girl­friend. The cou­ple have been to­gether ever since.

James pro­posed at Rea­gan's birth­day cel­e­bra­tion at Rocky's Cor­ner Pizza July 3, 2014.

“He tapped me on the shoul­der and knelt down on one knee, and showed me his phone. When I looked at his phone, all I could see was a blank screen. Then he un­locked his phone to re­veal a pic­ture of the ring he had picked out and I in­stantly started cry­ing,” Rea­gan said.

The next day, James and Rea­gan went to pick up the ring to make sure it was “The One” for Rea­gan.

The big day: Feb. 14, 2015 (Valen­tine's Day and also our three-year, six-month an­niver­sary to­gether.)

Best Man and Maid of Honor: The Best Man was James' friend, Matthew Chaf­fin, who James has known since they were ba­bies. They grew up to­gether, went to school to­gether, and also hunt fre­quently to­gether. The Ma­tron of Honor is the best sis­ter in the world, Stephany Smith. Stephany is my older sis­ter who has been my best friend since day one.

The lo­ca­tion: Rec­tor Heights Bap­tist Church in Hot


The re­cep­tion: The re­cep­tion was held at Rec­tor Heights Bap­tist Church in Hot Springs. The wed­ding cake was a beau­ti­ful and tasty straw­berry four-tier with off-white ic­ing, while the groom's cake was choco­late, with a pond scene that was sur­rounded with trees and ducks on the pond. Cherke­nia Hood made the beau­ti­ful and very tasty wed­ding cake.

The look: Our colors were navy blue, red, gold, cham­pagne and ivory. The way we in­cor­po­rated our colors into our wed­ding was by first al­ter­nat­ing the color of the brides­maids' dresses be­tween red and navy blue. Next, three of the flower girl dresses were red, and two were ivory with gold ac­cents. The groom's vest was cham­pagne with a cham­pagne di­a­mond de­signed tie, while the grooms­men had navy blue vests with a bright and smooth red tie to ac­cent the brides­maids' dresses. We also used ivory tulle to make bows, dec­o­ra­tions and ac­ces­sories to ac­cent the church and re­cep­tion area.

The dress: My beau­ti­ful and per­fect dress was a cham­pagne, strap­less A-line, beaded lace tulle gown with a small sweep train.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: To me, the bride, the most un­for­get­table mo­ment of the evening was when I saw my fu­ture hus­band's face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. His face was glow­ing with love, hap­pi­ness and emo­tion.

To me, the groom, the most un­for­get­table mo­ment of the evening was that mo­ment I kissed my beau­ti­ful bride and was able to fi­nally call her my wife.

The hon­ey­moon: For our hon­ey­moon we went to the small beach town of Sea­side, Fla., where we stayed in a small condo just across the road from the beach. While there, we en­joyed shop­ping in both Sea­side and the near town of Destin, and eat­ing good seafood. The weather was not ideal but spend­ing time to­gether made up for the not so per­fect weather. We also en­joyed watch­ing some amaz­ing sun­sets from the din­ner ta­ble.

By Caitlin LaFarlette, photograph­y cour­tesy of Brit­tany Bar­ber

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