Jason and Jamar’s Wedding at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas

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Jason and Jamar were so much fun to work with! I was really excited to get to work with them and was looking forward to their wedding day since the moment they booked me! They had their wedding ceremony at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas, and their reception took place at Record Downtown

They had originally planned for a small and intimate wedding, but had to change their reception venue to provide a bigger space to fit everyone who wanted to come to celebrate with them! They were very surprised by all the love and support they received but were ultimately grateful and willing to make changes to accommodate everyone. This wedding was truly special. I’ve never experienced a wedding with so much love and positive vibes. Their friends and family came from all over to see them get married!

Did I mention that Jason and Jamar are so cute together?! They are so different from each other, but they compliment each other so well. Even though their wedding day was the first time I was meeting them in person, I could tell that they just bring out the best in each other! Jamar was so smiley, cheery and happy to be there, and Jason was just as happy, but he had some nerves. But, Jamar was very easily able to calm him down and eased his mind throughout the day. I thought it was so sweet how they loved and helped each other throughout the day. 

The ceremony started with a huge processional! Jason and Jamar walked down the aisle with each of their moms, which I thought was so sweet! The ceremony only got sweeter from there. They had a family member write a poem for them, and it was about bringing two families and two people together in love. It was a perfect piece of art to represent the love that Jason and Jamar share!

Two grooms standing at the altar at Cooper Chapel saying their vows in front of their family and friends.

The Cooper chapel in Bella Vista is always really beautiful to photograph and it was made even better by some surprisingly nice weather that day. It had actually been hot all week, but on their wedding day it cooled down a bit and it was so refreshing!

Collage of two grooms standing at the altar saying their vows on their wedding day.

The reception had a classy but modern vibe. My favorite part was the string quartet. They were so good! I don’t get to see too many of these, so this made it extra special! Unlike most couples who take some “just married” photos right after the ceremony while their guests head to a cocktail hour or the reception, Jason and Jamar rushed to the reception hall to get there before everyone else. They wanted to be there for a receiving line so they could literally greet every single person who was there for them! I have so many photos of everyone hugging and greeting the couple. I was just in awe of how much love they were giving and how much love was given to them. 

Collage of one of the grooms smiling with family and friends at his wedding reception.
Collage of the grooms smiling and hugging the people who came to support their wedding during their reception.

This was definitely a wedding that was so sweet and meaningful that I will never forget it. It was just such a great day, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to just meet them and witness all the love, let alone be able to capture the beginning of the rest of their lives! 


Emily Quigley is a wedding, engagement and newborn photographer in Northwest Arkansas. She’s been featured in Glamor and Grace, Aisle Society and several other online websites. Click here to get your booking today!

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Photo of the grooms with both sides of their family standing in front of Cooper Chapel in Arkansas.
Collage of the grooms with their families after their wedding ceremony.
Collage of one of the grooms with his mom and dad.
The grooms with their entire family in front of Cooper Chapel.
Collage of the grooms with one side of their family in front of Cooper Chapel
Collage of one of the grooms with his mom and sister after his wedding ceremony.
The grooms with their families after their wedding ceremony in Arkansas.
Collage of the wedding party lined up outside the chapel and guest waiting inside for the ceremony to start.
Collage of guests waiting inside Cooper Chapel waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Collage of the wedding party entering the ceremony.
Collage of each groom walking his mom into the ceremony.
Collage of a woman reciting a hand written poem to the grooms during their wedding ceremony.
Collage of the grooms standing at the altar at Cooper Chapel as they say their wedding vows.
Collage of the grooms exchanging wedding bands and hugging during their wedding ceremony in Arkansas.
Collage of the grooms walking back up the aisle after being married and kissing at the end of the aisle.
Collage of the processional as wedding party members leave the ceremony.
Collage of the grooms hugging guests that attended their wedding.
Collage of two grooms, one with his back to the camera and the other smiling at the camera - grooms kissing each other in the garden outside Cooper Chapel.
Collage of the grooms looking off into the distance and of one groom holding the other's face while he smiles.
Collage of one of the grooms kissing the other's cheek and the grooms sharing a kiss after they were married.
Collage of two grooms sitting together smiling at each other on their wedding day and them leaning their temples together.
Collage of two grooms with their foreheads together on their wedding day and them sitting together holding hands.
Collage of two grooms smiling at each other and kissing on their wedding day at Cooper Chapel.
Collage of two grooms standing under a tree smiling at each other and one groom smiling at the other.
Collage of two grooms smiling at each other on their wedding day and then looking off into the distance together.
Collage of two grooms leaning against a wall looking off into the distance and of them looking into each other's eyes smiling on their wedding day in Arkansas.
Collage of reception tables with blue, green and white bottles decorating the tables with greenery.
Collage of musicians playing at the wedding reception.
Collage of a quartet playing music at the Record Downtown.
Collage of guests mingling and talking during the wedding reception at Record Downtown in Arkansas.
One of the grooms smiling with guests who have come to his wedding reception.
Collage of the grooms talking with their wedding guests at Record Downtown.
Collage of the wedding cake and the grooms during their cake cutting.
Collage of the grooms during their cake cutting at Record Downtown.
Collage of the grooms giving a toasts to their wedding guests during their reception.
Collage of the grooms during their first dance as husbands.
The grooms spinning each other during their first dance at their wedding reception.
Collage of the grooms chatting with wedding guests and guests dancing at the reception.

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