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Surprise Wedding Film by Pen Weddings

As I sit surrounded by wedding to-do lists, a fully planned surprise celebration kind of sounds like heaven. These two had put planning on hold – unable to find a date that worked for all. So the Bride’s mom, along with Poppy Lane Design and Gibson Events, took over and Ely Fair Photography snapped away. Pen Weddings captured every surprise squeal and kiss, and this film will make a romantic out of anyone – guaranteed.

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Winter
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Hotel
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Elegant

From Pen Weddings… The story is what makes this film and photo submission so special. Sami and Joe were trying to plan a small, family wedding… but even that was proving to be difficult since they couldn’t find a date when all of their immediate family could attend. They put planning “on hold”… but when an opportunity presented itself, Sami’s mom Susan had the idea to plan the wedding and surprise Sami with it. She made sure Joe was in agreement, and along with the help of family, planner Lindsay Gibson, and other wedding pros, they pulled off an unforgettable event.

Photography: Ely Fair Photography | Cinematography: Pen Weddings | Event Planning: Gibson Events | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Cake: Raspberries And Creme | Stationery: Chirps & Cheers | Makeup: ChelseyAnn Artistry | Hair: Dry/Shop | Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions | Bride's Dress: Kate Spade | Farm Tables: Kahoy Studios | Hotel: The Ambassador Hotel | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals For Special Events | Rentals: Mood Party Rentals

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Brideside + A Discount!

Let’s talk about bridesmaid dress shopping for a moment, shall we?  That weekend when you and your besties bop around trying to find that perfect gown that totally fits your vision AND looks great on every.single.girl in your bridal party.  It starts out as fun, but after the third salon, well, you know how it goes.  Enter Brideside, the online boutique that makes shopping for bridesmaids seriously easy and fun.

With Brideside, that amazing gown is right at your fingertips.  And by “fingertips,” I mean online and ready to be shipped directly to you at home to try on.  Think designers such as Joanna August, Watters, Alfred Angelo, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo (and more) in hundreds of gorgeous colors and styles.  That means one happy bridesmaid after another looking completely chic on the big day.  And don’t even get me started on the fabulous customer service.  Your Brideside stylist will work with you and your bridal party to find that dress that is everything you’ve ever wanted and ship the samples to you for a laid-back + totally stress-free girl’s day at home.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Visit the Brideside website TODAY to get started with your personal stylist.  And don’t forget this exclusive discount for SMP readers: When you buy your bridesmaid dress in February, the first $20 is on Brideside!  Use discount code “SMP20″ at checkout. (Terms & Conditions: Cannot be combined with any past or future promotions. Readers must purchase bridesmaid dress at full price on or before 2/28/15. Offer does not apply to the following designers: Joanna August, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo.)

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Naturally Elegant Midwestern Wedding

Weddings are filled with once in a lifetime emotions, and this affair captured by Brett Heidebrecht is no exception. Kylie Swanson designed an effortlessly elegant day overflowing with natural textures, from the Bride’s Jim Hjelm gown, to the ribbon tied Birdie Blooms, this Midwestern soiree is tactile perfection. One look at this gallery and already I’m counting down the minutes until my very on “I Do”.

From the beautiful Bride… I think I would have to say that the vision I had for our wedding day was elegant but natural. I am a sucker for textures, so I really tried to tie that in with every aspect of my design. From my wedding dress, to the florals, to the bridesmaids dresses, and the tapestries. It all turned out even better than I could have imagined. With the help of the styling direction from Kylie Swanson and the amazing eye of birdie florals it all tied together and Brett captured it all elegantly with his keen eye for simplicity and lighting.

The day was filled with so much raw and once in a lifetime emotion. From the moment I read a letter from my future husband the emotions sprung out. Moments such as my Mom zipping up my wedding dress and seeing my Dad give his baby away and allowing someone else fill his shoes were some that boldly are displayed in my memory of that day. Seeing my husband Brett for the first time on our wedding day was the best of them all and it was even better when I became his wife. Moments like those are ones you want to keep forever and Brett’s photographs captured them perfectly and also will allow me to have small glimpses into those precious memories for the rest of my life.

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Event Design: Kylie Swanson | Floral Design: Birdie Blooms | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Amy Cakes | Invitations: Katherine McKenzie | Ceremony Venue: Crossings Chapel | Reception Venue: Gaillardia | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup Artist: Dalinda Cox | Band: Lower 40 | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren | Guitarist: Joe Hopper | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals

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Travel Themed Outdoor Engagement

I adore a good love story, and this one reads like a rom-com brought to life. After locking eyes these two lovebirds began a long distance romance that traversed the globe. Incorporating their love for travel this e-sesh wows with a stunning backdrop and a vintage plane to boot, and Bcreative Tulsa was there to capture every spark. Let their whirlwind romance carry you away here.

From Bcreative TulsaDave and Loree have far from the traditional love story – instead it feels like something of a rom-com come to life. Loree, a Tulsa native, worked at a software company in Boston, MA when she met Dave, a Dublin native, working at the same company’s Ireland office. Like something out of a movie, they first met while Dave was over for training and Loree walked into the room. Cue the romantic music: but when their eyes locked – both felt an instant electricity. 

After a few dates in Boston, countless conversations, and a surprise Tiffany necklace for Loree’s birthday – their feelings for each other were not only becoming undeniable, but their futures were becoming intertwined. They traversed the globe back and forth to be with one another in the months following – and on a particular vacation to Italy in the Spring, Dave proposed and Loree happily accepted. They spent the week traveling around Rome and seeing the sights, happily in love, before returning home and celebrating with their families. 

Because Dave and Loree’s relationship has been so based on travel – and they happened to have access to a vintage plane – they decided to do a travel-themed engagement shoot. Giving tribute to their traveling lifestyle was a great reflection of their history, and a great foreshadowing onto their adventures to come as well. Their wedding will be at Tulsa Garden Center in December of this year – in which they will welcome guests from all over the US and Ireland. They are looking forward to combining their families and cultures into an exciting new adventure, and celebrating their first Christmas together as a new couple. 

Photography: Bcreative Tulsa

Classic Wedding by Christina Leigh Events

Take it from this bride, a great wedding is one where the newlyweds can relax and have fun. I can only assume that was thanks in part to the perfect planning of Christina Leigh Events. As for the other parts? Like the classic florals and lace back gown? The French Bouquet and Claire Pettibone can take credit there. Check out ALL the reasons why this is one for the blogs in a gallery by Ely Fair Photography.

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Fall
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Ballroom

From the Bride… When Jody and I started talking about our wedding the only thing we were sure of was that we wanted it to be fun. Realizing that this was probably the only time that everyone we loved from all aspects of our lives would be with us in the same room, we were determined to enjoy our wedding. Things were also pretty hectic leading up to the wedding, we graduated law school, moved to Tulsa, adopted a puppy, took the bar exam, and found jobs. By the time our wedding came we were ready to celebrate and relax!

Our ceremony was simple, but incorporated things that were important to both of us. I had asked a close family friend to marry me long before I met Jody, so having him preform the ceremony was really special. Jody’s brother went to juliard and is an amazing singer, so having him sing at the wedding was both sentimental and amazing. We also asked our pianist to play songs were special to each of us instead of traditional aisle music.

Our reception came together better than what I had dreamed up. The tables and chairs were dressed in the linens my grandmother made and the flowers by the French bouquet pulled the little details together. After seeing all the little details come together, there was nothing left to do but enjoy our being with our loved ones and dance the night away. During the last song, Jody picked me up and spun me around the dance floor. We were not ready for the night to end! The night was a total success because we were able to relax and truly enjoy our wedding.”

Photography: Ely Fair Photography | Event Planning: Christina Leigh Events | Floral Design: The French Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Makeup: Tulsa Bridal Beauty

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