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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Journey to Florida for a Wedding!

Friday, April 13, 2018 was a very lucky day for our friend's son, Scott Boone, as he married his college sweetheart Caroline Mowry in a beautiful wedding at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Boone

Scott graduated from high school and attended the same university as my oldest daughter, Lauren. When Lauren studied abroad in Austria in Spring 2013, Scott and Lauren's friend Jenn packed up Lauren's items in her apartment and moved them to a storage unit. We have also attended the same church as Scott's family for more than 15 years and have gone on church trips together. So when Scott announced his engagement last year and his fiance's family lives in Florida, it became a "Destination Wedding"!

I turned a car trip to Florida into a Spring vacation:

My first stop was to visit my youngest daughter at her sorority event at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.

After spending the evening in Oxford, I then drove to Hoover, Alabama and spent the night with Jana, one of my best friends and sorority sister from college at Arkansas State University.

Amazing chicken tacos with pasta salad, fried okra, sweet potato chips and french fries at The Boot At The Grove in Hoover, Alabama!

I arrived at the condo in Panama City Beach, Florida after first accidentally booking a hotel room in Panama City, Panama.

My daughter, Sara, and her boyfriend, Will, joined me in Florida.

Our amazing condo in Panama City Beach offered two separate swimming pools, a hot tub, a view of the ocean from our balcony and full beach access!

I love the white sand and blue water of the Gulf Coast!

Sara and I at the Eden Gardens State Park, the location of the wedding.
Photo by W. Chamberlin.

Sara with Savvy Shields @savvyjanine Miss American 2017, who was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding.

The bride along with two of the bridesmaids enjoying the amazing band at the reception.

The parents of the groom with long time friends from Arkansas at the wedding reception.

Other photos from my trip to Florida:

I stopped at the Navarre Beach Children's Park where my daughters made tiles
with their hand prints almost 19 years ago while we were on a family vacation.

Photos by Leslie & Sara Doan

Leslie Smith Doan, a native Arkansan, is a retired Technical Writer and active blogger. She enjoys traveling and attending special events with her two daughters, ages 25 & 21. 

A long time TV and Movie Fan, she has also appeared as a Background Actor on the television shows ScandalAmerican Housewife, the pilot episode of Young Sheldon and the feature films God's Not Dead 2 and God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, both filmed in Arkansas. 

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Leslie lives in Little Rock with her two rescue pets, Oreo, a black & white Australian Shepherd and Lilly, a calico kitty. 

She blogs about her personal experiences as both a cancer survivor and widow along with movie reviews and humorous essays in her blog Leslie In Little Rock. You can also find Leslie online on her TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts.


  1. Lovely pictures from the wedding. It seemed to be a very enjoyable event and you must have had a wonderful time. It’s nice that you got to visit many of your loved ones as well. I’ll also be attending my close friend’s wedding in a few days at one of the beautiful Chicago wedding venues.

    1. Cool venues! I loved our trip to Chicago in June 2011. When I visit my friends who live in the Chicago area again, I'll be sure to check out some of these places!

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