The wedding of Chip and Allie Shaw was filled with love, family, and friends. The couple was married at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock on August 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., surrounded by loved ones.
Allie is the daughter of Danny and Melissa Longing. She graduated from Conway High School and is also a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in interior design. Allie is currently a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker RPM Group of Conway. She is also an independent artist whose work can be seen in various homes and businesses around the city.
Chip is the son of Tim and Jonna Shaw. He is also a graduate of both Conway High School and the University of Central Arkansas. He went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He is currently on active duty with the United States Air Force JAG Corps.
Chip nor Allie can pinpoint exactly when they decided to marry. They only knew they would. “We pretty much knew when we knew,” says Chip. “Our relationship evolved, and we just knew we were meant to be,” confirms Allie.
When asked about pre-proposal jitters, Chip says, “I actually did not get too nervous until the day I proposed. I had planned our engagement since November or December the year before. So, most of the details were checked, double checked, and completely ironed out. As most people know, we got engaged in New York because one of Allie’s best friends lives there.” With plane tickets secured as a Christmas gift, the duo left for their trip over spring break.
“Everything went perfect until the day of the proposal, when Allie started hinting….that we might get engaged. She just had a silly grin the whole day and eventually told me she knew it was going to happen on the trip because of an insider tip she got from her parents’ housekeeper. We had a phenomenal engagement and, regardless of whether she knew or not, I wouldn’t change a thing.” The proposal occurred in March 2015, complete with photographers hired by Chip to capture the moment.
“Choosing the wedding venue wasn’t much of a challenge at all. My Mammaw, Shirley Montgomery, is a volunteer at the library and was actively involved in former President Bill Clinton’s election campaigns. She was a great help, as she had seen many weddings there,” shares Allie.
The wedding featured all shades of pink. “I didn’t want to be too specific, so all the pinks didn’t have to match exactly. It opened the door for the florist and me to be creative,” says Allie. The groom’s wedding party wore tuxedoes selected by Chip from Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier of Conway. Allie and her matron of honor, Lauren Hum, chose the bridesmaids dresses from the Bridal Cottage in North Little Rock.
Allie’s attendants included matron of honor Lauren Hum of Conway. Her bridesmaids were Morgan Shaw of Conway; Anna Cherry of New York, New York; and Elizabeth Novick of Washington, DC. Chip’s best man was Jonathan Shaw of Conway. His groomsmen included Tyler Vaughters of Kansas City, MO; John Lewis of Fayetteville; Patrick Hum of Conway; and Ross Durham, also of Conway. Jamesyn Shaw, Lyric Compton, and Aspen Longing served as flower girls, and JJ Shaw served as ring bearer. Jacob Lively of Little Rock; Chance Meeks of Jessieville; Jaime Beck of Houston, TX; and David James of Springdale were ushers. Ryan Long of Conway officiated the ceremony, while Alyssa Parks kept the guestbook.
Of the wedding day, Allie says, “I loved having all the girls with me in the governor’s suite at the Marriott Downtown. We had a small lingerie shower that day and enjoyed breakfast and lunch together, while reminiscing about high school.” During the ceremony, Allie wore a diamond bracelet gifted to her upon graduating from college. “My pappy had given it to her, and she passed it down to me. I was so happy the day had finally arrived and was so happy to be marrying Chip.”
Chip remembers seeing Allie for the first time at their wedding: “When I saw her, she looked stunning. I almost want to say I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked, but I did.
She is, and always has been, so incredibly gorgeous that it takes me aback every time I look at her. So, obviously, when I saw her in her amazing dress and all the accoutrements, it filled me with a realization that I get to marry this incredible woman who is phenomenally attractive, smart, caring, and has found somewhere in her heart to love me. It may seem weird that all of that went through my head then, but it did. The cool thing is; I get to wake up to her every morning and still feel the same way every time I open my eyes and see her.”
Chip and Allie’s reception was held in the great hall. The cuisine featured Italian specialties, which were catered by the library staff, headed by Phillip Mayfield and Taren Robinson. The bride’s and groom’s cakes were from PattiCakes Bakery of Conway. Memphis Soul Revue provided the musical backdrop for the evening.
Allie wanted the wedding, and particularly the reception, to incorporate her love of art. Allie’s own art was on display. In addition, artist Kateri Balogh completed a live painting during the reception and also painted the abstract style tablecloths.
Allie and her father danced the traditional father/daughter dance to “My Girl,” and Chip and his mother took their spin to “You’ve Got a Friend.” Chip and Allie’s first dance was to Leon Bridges’ “Home.” Memorably, their nephew, JJ, wanted to join in on the dance. The couple honeymooned at Sandals La Source in St. George’s, Grenada. Their trip was taken two weeks post-wedding to coincide with the bride’s birthday. “Everything was perfectly flawless.”