Together Ever Since
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.