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Tulsa, Oklahoma Ranch Wedding from Imago Vita Photography

Not all signage is created equal. Some signs have that extra sparkle that add a big dose of personality to an affair. The kind of signs that announce “we’re awesome, we’re married and we want to sing it from the mountaintops.” And when a Bride owns the most adorable invitation company we ever did see,  and infuses every ounce of her big day with country charm and sparkling declarations on wood and paper alike, it looks a little something like this beauty captured by Imago Vita Photography. A backyard affair as pretty as they come and a gallery that proves that statement right here.

From the Bride… I married my best friend on a family friend’s beautiful private ranch in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma right outside of Tulsa. I knew from the first time I visited the ranch with Anthony, before we were even engaged, that it was the perfect place for our wedding. After the proposal we were over ecstatic that they agreed to let us celebrate our big day there! Immediately I started crafting, and crafting, and crafting. With the help of my mom, sister, stepmom, aunts, cousins, and many friends, we created about 900 feet of bunting made from fabric that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. The favors were kitchen towels from IKEA that were hand stamped, ironed, and tied by my sister and stepmom and used as napkins as well as custom designed koozies requested by the groom. We did our first look in front of a large 8′ folding wall that my Dad built out of old picket fences. Many hands helped paint our names and sweet love verses across the wall and it turned out even better than I had hoped! I bought all the flowers for the centerpieces to DIY, which turned out much harder than I had originally thought. Thankfully, Anthony’s aunt showed up and saved the day, creating jars and jars of beautiful arrangements!

I own a custom stationery business, so paper details were important and abundant. Our invitations reflected our personalities perfectly. Simple, clean lines, and a little gold foil for me with Kraft paper and western fonts for Anthony. For the back of the invitations I designed a pattern using all the things that reflect us, both individually and together… antlers (for my deer hunter), arrows, softball, fishing, banners, our J/A wedding logo, an envelope, paper airplanes, etc. I created paper flags to go in the centerpieces that incorporated the same graphics. During the ceremony, guests wore custom designed buttons in memory of Anthony’s father and they folded their programs into paper airplanes that were tossed in the air as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Menus and a thank you to the guests were placed in white IKEA frames at each table and paper tags were tied around each and every napkin. One of my bridesmaids lives in New York and wanted to help with the crafting, so I gave her the task of cutting and gluing paper hearts to little sticks that were used all throughout the wedding. The morning of the ceremony, all of the bridesmaids created a path with the paper hearts to lead the guests through the pasture to the ceremony. It truly was the perfect touch to our fairytale setting!

Aside from all the DIYing, Anthony and I wanted a wedding that was comfortable, fun, and completely full of every person that we love! My wonderful brother-in-law married us and it was absolutely perfect. Instead of choosing between all of the kids in our lives, we had them all in a “kid parade” down the aisle holding flags and signs. They were so adorable and did such a great job! My bridesmaids each got to pick their own navy blue dress. The groomsmen each picked their own shirt and wore gray vests, jeans, and boots. If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you I’ve been dreaming of and planning my wedding day since the day I learned to walk. Anthony, however, was less about the little details and more about everyone having a good time and just being themselves. Overall the day was filled with everything that was important to the both of us and it all blended together better than I could have ever imagined!

Wedding Photography: Imago Vita Photography / Venue: Private Residence at Rockin Horse Ranch in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma / Floral Design: The Floral Touch (918-760-3324) / Catering: Fat Jack’s BBQ / Wedding Cakes: Ann’s Bakery  / Music: DJ Connection / Rentals: Party Pro Rents and Events / Stationery: SwellMail Designs (the Bride) / Wedding Dress: Custom Design via Abelina’s Boutique / Bride’s Veil: Bridal By Teri / Bride’s Shoes: Dillard’s / Bride’s Boots: Corral Boots via Cavender’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + JC Penney + Maurices / Groom’s Vest + Jacket: JC Penney / Hair: Ashley Franke of AnnaLivia Styles / Makeup: Ashlee Bivins

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Tulsa Wedding from Erin Goodrich Photography + Erica Weddings

If ever there were a wedding that was made to grace the pages of our little blog, this is it. The color palette consists of some of our favorites – gold, pink, blue – the style is perfectly chic with a little touch of handmade love, and the couple tying the knot is gorgeous as can be, both inside and out. Not to mention the coordination from one of our faves, Erica Weddings, the beautiful images from Erin Goodrich Photography, and the sweet as can be film from PenWeddings. It’s a wedding that has prettied up our pages here AND in our gallery!

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Prior to getting engaged I had never really dreamed of my wedding. I was just so excited to marry Michael! Due to my grad school schedule, we had a year and a half to plan. All that time proved to be a blessing and a curse. It was wonderful to be able to take the time to browse for inspiration on Pinterest and various wedding blogs, but after a while it was easy to become overwhelmed with all the ideas! I really tried to stick to our vision for the night. We both wanted a wedding that felt intimate, elegant, and most of all, fun. We also really tried to blend our different styles together. I love a vintage/Anthropologie type of look and Michael is more of a streamline/modern guy.

From the beginning we wanted to honor the beauty and charm of our gorgeous venue, Dresser Mansion. It was the perfect place to cast the intimate feeling we were hoping for! We didn’t want details or colors that would seem out of place at the historic 1920’s home. The palette consisted of soft blush pinks, antique gold, galvanized silver, and pops of a tealy-tiffany blue (which I could never adequately describe to anyone. Ha!). Instead of a traditional monogram, we opted for a more fun and modern way to personalize the wedding. After seeing Laura Condouris’ work on a wedding blog, I contacted her to design the invitations and she created a silhouette motif using our actual profiles. I think I was obsessed with the way it turned out because our silhouettes ended up on anything it could be printed on. I also chose flowers that reflected the vintage look I was after. One of my favorite things was the soft baby’s breath asymmetric arch our florist created over our ceremony area. It was the perfect frame for such a special moment!

Despite my hectic schedule I really wanted to have some handmade touches, so I focused on things that would have big impact. I think I drove Michael nuts doing things like ripping up strips of fabric to create bunting, glittering hundreds of clothespins, painting picture frames, cutting up old pages for paper chains, and gluing glitter flags on the drinking straws. Anything I couldn’t do/didn’t have time to do, I found on Etsy or Ebay, and at BHLDN. My gorgeous headpiece, our thumbprint guestbook, and cute silhouette cake topper were great Etsy finds. I purchased a ton of hot pink bunting at BHLDN which really livened up the dance area. My mother was a huge saving grace since we were planning the wedding from a different state. She ran around Tulsa coordinating with vendors, collecting objects to use as vases and cake stands, and sewed the canvas drapes and put together the paper chains that hung over the outdoor entrance. All these details combined to create the personal and fun event we were after.

The day of the wedding was such a blur, but in our memories it was absolutely perfect! It was so touching to have family and friends come earlier in the day to help set up. Their willingness help put together our vision is something I will never forget. And our vendors…my goodness! Something I do not regret are the vendors we chose to make our day a reality. It was wonderful not having to fret about how something would turn out because we trusted each and every one of them. From the flowers to the food to the music to the pictures and video with which it was all captured, everything was perfect! Oh, and to all future brides, having a day of coordinator is a must. It really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the day without worrying about it all coming together.

Despite all the planning that went into the wedding, some of my favorite moments have nothing to do with the details. Like our first look… nervously waiting with my dad before I walked down the aisle… hearing Michael’s vows for the first time… walking back down the aisle with my new husband on my arm, giggling the whole way… and rocking out to Jamiroquai surrounded by all of our loved ones during the final dance. At the end of the night, we felt so blessed having all of our favorite people together in one place, and most importantly, so thrilled to finally be married!

Photography: Erin Goodrich Photography / Coordinator: Erica Weddings / Cinematography: PenWeddings / Venue: Dresser Mansion / Florist: Petite Fleur by The French Bouquet / Caterer: Palace Cafe / Cake: Icing On The Top / Rentals: Party Perfect Linens / Invitations: Trial By Cupcakes / Transportation: Golzern Pedicab / Bride’s Gown: Watters from Abelinas Boutique / Bride’s Headpiece: Etsy / DJ/MC: DJ Connection / Hair & Makeup: Shirin Hillis at V’las Salon & Spa

Watters is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. PenWeddings and Erica Weddings are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.

Erica Weddings

Wrap It Up Pretty + Winners!

This bride-to-be has some serious style.  And by serious style, I mean that she’s rockin’ a denim shirt, cowboy boots and layers upon layers of tulle-filled BHLDN perfection, aka the greatest fashion combo of all time… AND the perfect way to wrap up the week here on SMP.  Which comes as no surprise, really, since she also happens to be the genius behind Christina Leigh Events and her groom-to-be is just as dashing.  A handsome beau, a stunning bride and glorious images by Aaron Snow Photography?  Yes, this will most definitely keep us smiling ’till Sunday.  See so much more right here.

Christina (owner of Christina Leigh Events) and her fiancé, Blair, recently took their engagement photos in Oklahoma with photographer Aaron Snow. With Blair being from Houston, Texas, the couple wanted to pull their southern roots into their photo shoot. They began at their alma mater, The University of Tulsa, to take pictures among the walkways and football field where Blair played football and Christina was a cheerleader. Then they put their boots on and headed to a nearby horse stable. (Fun fact: the horse in the picture even bit Christina during the shoot!) The couple finished in a nearby field. Christina wore a skirt from BHLDN bridal store, and the sun pouring through the trees was the perfect ending to their day. The couple will marry September 15, 2012, at an equestrian horse stable in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Photography: Aaron Snow Photography / Venues: The University of Tulsa + KJM Stables, Both in Tulsa, Oklahoma / Apparel: Antonio Melani, Gianni Bini, BHLDN, Billy Reid

And in case you missed any, here are all of the pretty posts from the week…

a gorgeous Connecticut soiree
a backyard Maine affair
a glorious Blackberry Farm wedding
a colorful inspiration shoot
a pretty, pretty San Luis Obispo wedding
an uber-sweet Darlington House soiree
a stunning Cape Cod affair
a breathtaking Portuguese wedding
a beautiful New Orleans soiree
a day filled with nine gorgeous weddings

Some fabulous links from around the web…

yummy caramel brownie pies via Camille Styles
wild for animal prints via Glitter Guide
pretty floral crown DIY via Oh Happy Day

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

Sara’s Gracious Goodies Inc
Alluring Blooms
Jupiter Jewelry
Honey Bee Invites
Lemon and Lavender
Tweedle Press
Good Karmal
All Dolled Up

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And, last, but not least, we have some winners to announce!

The lucky winner of a copy of Adornments from Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey & Elizabeth Messina is Clara!  Congratulations!

The winner of the Cloud Mist Bibi from BHLDN is Alissa!  Congrats!

Congratulations to Kate!  She is the winner of the Dandelion Clocks Halo from BHLDN!

Have a happy, happy weekend, lovelies!  We’ll see you back here on Sunday morning! xoxo

BHLDN and Twigs & Honey are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Christina Leigh Events is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Christina Leigh Events