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Arkansas alumni call the hogs and serenade with '80s duet at Dallas wedding

Arkansas alumni call the hogs and sing ’80s duet at Dallas wedding

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Sarah and Tyler Atkins were married on March 11, 2017. Photo by Lightly Photography
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The bridal gown was purchased at Neiman Marcus. Photo by Lightly Photography
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Floral arrangements were created by The Garden Gate.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The couple envisioned a classic and traditional wedding.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The ceremony was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Sarah and Tyler met while attending the University of Arkansas.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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After eight years of dating, the groom proposed in November 2016 during a walk on Katy Trail.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The couple opted for a classic color palette.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Lightly Photography captured the event.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The couple chose The Carlisle Room, located in a historic Art Deco building, for the reception location.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Towering arrangements and ambient lighting added to the wow factor.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Cake design by Panini Bakery & Cakes.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Beyond the Box Catering and Market catered the event.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Guests spent the evening sipping cocktails and dancing.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Sarah says she first fell in love with Tyler when she saw him dance at a party.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The Arkansas alumni called the hogs twice during their reception.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The most memorable moment of the evening was the couple's performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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The new Mr. and Mrs. Atkins share a kiss before hitting the road in a classic car.  Photo by Lightly Photography
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Proof that love can strike when you least expect it, Sarah and Tyler Atkins met at a toga party, a milestone in any student’s college career. The University of Arkansas students danced the night away and have been in love ever since.

“I saw his dance moves and was hooked,” says Sarah of the fateful night. “The rest is history.”

Fast-forward nearly a decade and life looks a little bit different. Toga parties a thing of the past, Sarah and Tyler live in Dallas, working as a registered nurse and operations manager, respectively. 

On March 11, 2017, the couple tied the knot, but it was a slow journey to the altar. 

After dating for eight years (“Though who’s counting?” quips Sarah.), marriage was on the radar. And though Sarah had her suspicions — a beach proposal, perhaps, or an engagement during a University of Arkansas football game — Tyler caught her off guard, popping the question in November 2016 on a walk down Katy Trail.

“He arranged for my best friend to hide in the bushes and take pictures, and organized a party with our family and friends at Katy Trail Ice House,” says Sarah. “It was perfect.” 

To bring the “classic and traditional” wedding they envisioned to life, the couple hired event coordinator Laura Druck with The Social Gather and a band of top-rated vendors.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church provided a stately location for the marriage service, and The Carlisle Room, housed in a historic Art Deco building downtown, was prime real estate for the festivities to follow. 

“We were very excited to walk into the reception and see our vision executed,” says Sarah. “Many people had never heard of or been to The Carlisle Room, which made it even more special.” 

It's a space that makes a statement on its own, towering arrangements and ambient lighting simply adding to the wow factor. 

But the biggest draw was the dance floor. Tyler showed off his signature dance moves, making Sarah fall in love all over again. And guests paid homage to the couple's alma mater by calling the hogs. For the uninitiated, this is a University of Arkansas tradition that involves shouting, "Woo Pig Sooie!" three times. 

“We loved dancing all night with our awesome band,” says Sarah. But the highlight of the night for all was the bride and groom's performance of a 1980s classic. “Our best memory was serenading our guests with Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ on stage."

Ceremony Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Reception Venue: The Carlisle Room

Event Coordinator: The Social Gather, Laura Druck

Catering: Beyond the Box Catering and Market

Band: Inversion Band

Cake: Panini Bakery & Cakes

Bridal Gown: Neiman Marcus

Groom’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank

Florist: The Garden Gate

Vintage Car: Blue Diamond Limousines

Hair & Makeup: ERA Salon

Rentals: BBJ Linens

Photography: Lightly Photography