Inn at Carnall Hall Elopement

There’s something extraordinarily heartwarming about stories that prove love knows no age or bounds. Today, I’m excited to share with you the intimate elopement of Cindy and James—a celebration that perfectly captured the essence of joy, intentionality, and intimacy at the historic Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Bride and Groom hugging on the porch of the inn at carnall hall in fayetteville, Arkansas during their elopement ceremony.

Meet the Couple

Cindy, the lovely bride with an infectious smile, and James, a proud retired military man with a kind demeanor, found love in the golden years of their lives. Their meeting was serendipitous, a true testament that when love is meant to be, it finds a way regardless of time.

Choosing the Perfect Elopement Venue

Their love for each other is as profound as their love for simplicity and elegance, which is why they chose the Inn at Carnall Hall for both their ceremony and reception. The venue’s renowned charm and the seamless planning experience provided by the wonderful Carnall Hall team made it the obvious choice for their summer elopement.

Eloping at the Inn at Carnall Hall

On a perfect summer day with a light breeze, the couple exchanged vows against the backdrop of the University of Arkansas, overlooking the historic Old Main. It was sunny, and the air was filled with the pleasant songs of birds—a picturesque setting for a day dedicated to love.

Dressed in their finest—Cindy in a beautiful dress complementing their white, navy, and yellow color palette, and James in a sharp suit—their attire reflected the solemnity and joy of the occasion. With no wedding party present, the focus was solely on the couple and their commitment to each other.

Moments of Pure Delight

Cindy and James’s wedding was filled with personal touches that reflected their personalities. They shared laughter and looks of deep affection, sipped their favorite wine, and cut into a two-layer cake that honored James’s military service. A standout memory was the way Cindy pinned the boutonniere on James with a giddy joy that only true love can inspire.

Why They Chose Joy and Light Photography

I was fortunate enough to be recommended by the event coordinator at the Inn, and they chose to work with me based on my documentary-style approach that captures true-to-life moments. They appreciated the way I could capture their personalities and the ease I brought to their day.

My Contribution to Their Inn at Carnall Hall Elopement

As a photographer, I believe it’s my job to not just capture images, but to contribute to the experience of the wedding day. For Cindy and James, I helped select the perfect ceremony spot and guided them through their portraits, ensuring their individuality shone through. I crafted a timeline for a stress-free experience, ensuring every moment was captured without them feeling rushed or interrupted.

Hear It From The Couple – Testimonial

Diana is amazing!! We were so comfortable with her and that always makes for better photographs!! She communicates very well ahead of time and her follow-up is fantastic!! She made our day extra special. Her photography is beautiful and her spirit is full of joy and light, so the name fits her well. We would recommend her for any event you have!!” – Cindy and James

Bride and Groom eloping on the lawn of the inn at carnall hall in fayetteville, Arkansas.

A Closer Look at the Inn at Carnall Hall

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, the setting plays a starring role in the story of your day. The Inn at Carnall Hall, nestled in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a venue that offers not only historical elegance but a suite of amenities to ensure your wedding experience is as seamless as it is magical.

Amenities Designed for Perfection

The Inn prides itself on its comprehensive amenities that cater to every aspect of your wedding:

  • An attentive on-site Catering and Events Manager to guide you through the nuances of event planning.
  • A dedicated on-site event coordinator to ensure that every detail of your day goes off without a hitch.
  • Ella’s Table, an on-site restaurant, offers a gourmet experience for all your dining needs.
  • Full catering services to delight your palate and those of your guests with exquisite menus tailored to your preferences.
  • Versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces that can be tailored to fit the theme and size of your wedding.
  • High-speed Wi-Fi across the venue, so everyone can share their favorite moments in real-time.

Wedding Packages Tailored to Your Inn at Carnall Hall Elopement

To suit the diverse needs and visions of couples, the Inn at Carnall Hall presents three distinct wedding packages:

  1. The Hilltop Package – For those who prefer an intimate and low-key celebration, this package provides a dedicated staff and a choice of one event space. The costs for various spaces are as follows:
  • West Dining Room (with natural light, seats 90 max in rounds): $1,000
  • Classroom (overlooking Old Main Lawn, seats 60 max in rounds): $800
  • West Veranda (outdoor porch and lawn, 75 max reception): $600
  • Grand Entrance (outdoor space, 300 max reception): $3,300
  • Lobby: $400
  1. The Front Porch Package – Enjoy a variety of unique spaces that provide a picturesque setting for your event. For $5,500, this rental can accommodate up to 300 guests and includes:
  • West Dining Room
  • Classroom
  • Lobby
  • West Veranda
  • Grand Entrance
  1. The 1905 Package – The most exclusive offering, ensuring that all services and staff are completely dedicated to your event. This package includes:
  • Complimentary Champagne reception for hotel guests at check-in
  • Private Inn for a rental fee of $6,200 and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
  • To reserve of this package, 49 rooms must be booked on Friday and Saturday nights.
Eloping Couple dancing on the veranda of the inn at carnall hall in fayetteville, Arkansas.

Contact Information for The Inn at Carnall Hall – Elopements

Should you feel the call of this venue’s historic walls and inviting ambiance for your special day, reaching out is simple:

Address: Inn at Carnall Hall, 465 N Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Website: Inn at Carnall Hall Events

Instagram: @innatcarnallhall


Phone Number: 479 582-0400

Let’s Connect!

If James and Cindy’s story has inspired you, and you’re dreaming of your own intimate wedding, let’s connect further. Love is timeless, and so are the memories we create. Let’s make yours unforgettable. It would be an honor to serve as your photographer.


Carnall Hall Elopement Photographer - Diana Cottam of Joy and Light Photography

Vendor Shoutouts

In the spirit of celebration and gratitude, I must give a shoutout to the elopement vendors who played a pivotal role in Cindy and James’s intimate elopement:

Florist: Pigmint –

Cake: Rick’s Bakery –

Catering: Ella’s Table –

Venue: Inn at Carnall Hall –

Carnall Hall Wedding Photographer: Joy and Light Photography –

Joy and Light Photography is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Servicing the local area of Fayetteville and the surrounding NWA areas. Often provides services for weddings across the U.S. and Oaxaca, Mexico. Specializes in candid, documentary style wedding portraits that are real, emotional, and natural.  Northwest Arkansas is home but available for travel worldwide.