In Harmony: Couple's wedding comes together
Journalist Arley Hoskin and pharmacist Logan Arkenberg may have had a “harmonious” love story after meeting and falling in love through a well-known dating website, but when Logan planned to propose in May 2010, it was anything but smooth sailing.
Planning to propose while boating at sunset on Clinton Lake, Logan convinced Arley they should go fishing. Of course as a typical Midwestern spring day, the morning began with beautiful weather but soon took a turn for the worse as they set off for their special afternoon. When lightening persisted, Logan was forced to cancel his secret plans to be on the boat for the day. After rescheduling for the following day, luck would have it that Logan’s boat malfunctioned and they were stuck on land again. Determined, he convinced Arley to join him on a picnic, and he was finally able to propose. It seems, as the cliché goes, the third time was a charm and she said yes!
Arley was her own wedding planner, and she admits there may have been a blunder or two on the big day. Logan enjoys brewing his own beer as a hobby, so naturally he wanted to brew beer for the guests at their reception. “While setting up the kegs for the event, Logan cut his knuckle. All appeared to be fine until we began taking photos 10 minutes later, and as he put his arm around me for the first shot, a spot of blood ended up on the back of my dress,” Arley says. Although smiling and remaining calm, she admits she wasn’t that calm internally. But her sister and maid of honor saved the day with a Shout wipe.
Every woman has some sort of vision for their wedding day, Arley says, and looking back she feels her day was perfect. “Sure, there were hiccups throughout the day, but once I walked down the aisle to become Mrs. Logan Arkenberg, all of that faded into the background and we are left with the memories from that magical day.”
Wedding date: May 14, 2011
The ring: Arley’s ring is a one-carat, round solitaire set in white gold.
The location: Arley and Logan’s ceremony and reception took place at Stony Point Hall, an elegant country venue set on Stony Point Farm in Baldwin City, Kan.
The flowers: Since Arley describes herself as an organized bride, it is no surprise she created each of the bouquets with help from her mother and bridesmaids. “I included brooches from each of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers in my own bouquet,” Arley says.
The dress: Arley wore a form-fitted gown with a sweetheart neckline by Allure.
The look: Color Studio in Lawrence, Kan., styled Arley’s hair and makeup. To complement her gown, Arley’s earrings and necklace were purchased at the Westport Art Fair. She also wore a diamond tennis bracelet, a Christmas gift from Logan.
The bridal party: The bridal party included three bridesmaids and three groomsmen. The bridesmaids wore orange, cocktail-length dresses by Sangria, purchased at Dillard’s. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with champagne-colored vests and ties.
The photographer: Taylor Kober from Pinkberry Photography.
The food: Since the couple was going for a country chic wedding, it seemed appropriate to include a hog roast, complete with country-style side dishes.
The cake: Arley and Logan selected a three-tier marble cake made by Munchers Bakery in Lawrence. A Simpsons (yes, Homer and Marge) cake-topper provided the special “Arkenberg touch” the couple was aiming to achieve.
The music: The Sunflower Colonels. Logan admits he will never forget listening to the band play at sunset during the couple’s reception. “Great music, great view and great company,” he adds.
Memorable moment: The ceremony was officiated by Tom Ryan and the couple chose to write their own vows. “I will never forget the look on Logan’s face when he read his vows to me. It was full of joy with a hint of nervousness. In that moment, it felt as if it were just the two of us, yet we were surrounded by loved ones,” Arley says.