A Wedding in Arkansas

While in Arkansas, I attended Elizabeth and Robert’s wedding at the Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Here’s a look at the Anthony Chapel.  It’s quite a chapel in the woods!

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens

View of the inside. (with apologies that it’s a little blurry)

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The beautiful bride and groom with Fr. Basil.

The perfect chapel to have a wedding!

The reception took place at The Aristocrat in Hot Springs.  The couple spared no expense. After the reception, they jetted off on their honeymoon by way of a Luna moth.

Luna Moth

There’s no better way to travel!

Luna Moth

A few days later, during a hike, I came across something very disturbing. Wings of a Luna moth. No one knows what happened. There’s no trace of the couple. But everyone remains hopeful the couple is safe.

A funeral for the Luna moth and a prayer service for the missing newlyweds took place at the site of the crash.

Updates will be reported when available.*


About the photos:
The collection of photos were too serendipitous not to share in a blog. Earlier in the day I took the wedding photos. At the same garden, I spotted the wings and held a funeral.  Later that night I came across a live Luna moth in the circular drive of the Aristocrat Hotel. After finishing the night shot I realized I had a great story to rearrange.

(*Don’t worry, the couple was found alive and well.)

(Also, I’ll be writing about my observations of the Aristocrat in an upcoming blog.)



Date:  August 4, 2019
Camera:  Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV), my iPhone 6s
  My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Notes:  We can thank Tore Bellis for his advice on how to get the photos of the couple in the chapel and in front of the moth.  For the chapel scene, I used a large F-stop number, used a tripod and the timer.  For the night shot, I used a large F-stop number but placed the camera on the ground (no tripod available) and used the timer.  My knees got a bit scuffed up on the driveway of the hotel but it was absolutely worth it.  I also likely entertained an elderly woman who was sitting in a wheelchair outside of the Aristocrat.  I am sure I was quite the spectacle.



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