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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

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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

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Tulsa Wedding at the Living Arts Museum by Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Good morning SMPers! Get ready for another fab wedding Wednesday because today we’re bringing you tons of pretty inspiration in the form of seven drop.dead.gorgeous weddings. From coast to coast, these weddings are bringing the beauty all day long. Just remember, these are sneak peeks, so you’ll have to hit up the full gallery for all the gorg!

First up is this pretty, pretty modern Tulsa wedding captured beautifully by Josh McCullock Photography. We’re loving the simple monochromatic florals, those cute as can be ring bearers and the bride’s gorgeous dress and accessories by Gabriella New York Bridal Salon. See it all unfold right here in the gallery!

From the Bride… I was convinced numerous times before he was going to propose. But, um, I was wrong.  Two days before the proposal day, my boss told me she wanted to talk to me that Friday after work. She provided nothing else, so I was nervous. I prepared all of these charts and stats on my performance. Before our meeting, she called a girl at work and told me to meet her at a restaurant by my house I shared with Steve. Then Steve called and said please let the painters in before your meeting. I was not thrilled because I did not want to be late. Once I got to the house the front door was open! (We always lock our house.) Once I walked in there were flowers everywhere and photos from all the stages of our life together. I walked outside on our balcony in the backyard, and he was there! He had this amazing setup and just acted normal. I had been so confident before I did not want to assume. After a moment of us sitting to eat some food he prepared he said let me go get you dessert. He put on our song and then brought out a platter with a photo of my family and his and my favorite desserts (sour straws and little Debbie Christmas Trees — classy, I know) Then he had the ring on the platter and said I want us to be one family! As soon as I could, I of course said YES! He had organized a party with gifts, drinks and our friends and family!

One early morning I had my bridal portraits at sunrise on my aunt’s grass tennis court. Being in Oklahoma there is naturally dew on the ground that early, and some grass had gotten on my dress. So, naturally, I took it to the cleaners to make it perfect again. Exactly two weeks before my wedding, I was in a meeting at work. My best friend had called the office, and I had numerous missed calls from my husband and aunt. I asked to excuse myself and found out that my dream wedding dress had been ruined. My mouth dropped when I heard on the other end of the phone, “We are sorry but we washed your dress with another and it is totally ruined.” The dry cleaners had cleaned my dress with another dress that had different fabrics. My trip to pick out a dress in NYC and get my dress fitted there, among a million other thoughts, flashed through my mind. But the dream team stepped in. Gabriella New York Bridal Salon contacted the designer and told them the situation. After sending new measurements over and praying Hurricane Irene did not hit NYC that weekend, I decided to just let fate take over. Within two hours, we were ready to have the same dress made again. Anna Maier had decided they would make me another one. If it did not work out I told myself I would just have Gabriella send me another dress since they had my measurements. People come up to me often after hearing this story and say, “I can’t believe you didn’t flip out more!” Now I did cry a good cry for an hour and needed a cocktail, but at the end of the day it is not about the material items. And I was thankful for the team I had around me helping me to realize it would all work out — without the bridal salon, designer, friends, coworkers, family and fiance, I might have handled it without so much grace. :) It all worked out that I got my dream dress again, and this time it fit without any alterations.

I wanted the entire event to be unique, bright and filled with touches of love and memories. I LOVED my bouquet of Yellow Wanda Orchids. My favorite wedding day memory was when my brothers walked me down the aisle and Steve was at the end — my Dad passed away a year before I got married, so this was a very emotional day for us all. My advice for other brides would be to plan and be organized so you can enjoy your day! Once our wedding weekend started, I promised myself whatever happens happens! And I lived by that. We celebrated for three days in a row and there were things that happened but overall I would not change ONE thing.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Josh McCullock Photography / Ceremony: Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa, Oklahoma / Reception: Living Arts of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma / Wedding Coordination: Christina Leigh Events / Floral Design: The French Bouquet / Wedding Cake: Icing On The Top / Wedding Stationery: Custom by Michelle Mayenschein, A Bridesmaid / Band: Stars / Accommodations: Courtyard Tulsa Downtown / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Bride’s Hair Piece: Untamed Petals via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Bride’s Necklace: Rivini via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Jara Herron Salon / Makeup: Shannon Schroeder / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Menswear: Jos. A Bank

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Tulsa Wedding by Ely Fair Photography

You just can’t look at this fun-loving wedding by Ely Fair Photography and not be happy. It’s the type of  fête that will make you grin from ear to ear from all of it’s style, spunk and cheery yellow color palette. With hand made details galore and an oh so adorable couple, it’s sure to make your day that much brighter. It’s a DIYer’s dreams come true , and the gallery is full of steal-worthy inspiration for you to bookmark!

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From Ely Fair PhotographyI am in love with this Tulsa, Oklahoma wedding. Michael and Jill’s indoor/outdoor wedding is one of the most thought out and handmade that we have had the joy to photograph. The ceremony and reception took place at the Harwelden Mansion, a perfect venue for the charm of an older home, yet still personal and cozy. The bride and her maid of honor made almost everything- including pinwheel bouquets and boutonnieres, dying her bridesmaid dresses the perfect color yellow, hundreds of cut out bunting and folded paper cranes. The bride’s dress is vintage, ordered off of eBay and topped off with a sweet bird cage veil. But not to leave the groom unmentioned– he works at a screen printing company and majored in graphic design, so he designed and screen printed their save the date and invitations.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was their first sight. Most brides will timidly approach their groom. But not Jill. She walked right up to Michael, and tickled him. It was pretty fun. Michael and Jill have the cutest little girl together, and after their first sight, it was really fun to get to take some family photos of the three of them. Lots of love going on on that day.

Wedding Photography: Ely Fair Photography / Flowers: DIY by Maid of Honor / Ceremony + Reception Location: Harwelden Mansion / Invitations: The Groom / Wedding Cake: Merrit’s Bakery

Barn Wedding by Andrea Murphy Photography

This adorable and lucky couple knew the moment they decided to have their wedding at his family’s barn that they had made the right decision and would have a unique day filled with loads and loads of DIY  details that really spoke to who they are as a couple. And what more could they really ask for? The tables, adorned with milk glass, mason jars and old literature books, made for the perfect, personal tablescape and can we just pause for a moment and talk about how fabulous those pink bridesmaids dresses are? Total perfection. Andrea Murphy Photography was there to capture all the details and there’s so much more in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted it be very…us. When we first started looking for venues, we had trouble deciding because we wanted to have something very different without spending a ton of money. After dinner one night at Sam’s family home, it dawned on us that we could just use their barn, since it is gigantic!

Sam and I both wanted different styles, rustic and vintage. After much deliberation, we decided, why not combine the two? We used the barn as our biggest rustic feature and added vintage touches in the tables, flowers and attire. Every detail was considered in how it related to us as a couple. The books on the tables played on my (Rachel) degree in english and love of literature while the mason jars and other pieces were taken from our own decorations at home.

By the day of, we were a little nervous as to how it would all turn out. I had this image in my head of how we wanted to look but wasn’t sure it would actually translate. When I walked into the reception, I was blown away. I knew I had worked on all the details and been a part of all the work, but to see it all together was just wonderful. As much work as it was doing most of it DIY, it was totally worth it in the end. Plus, having amazing vendors makes it SO much better! We worked hard up until the day of, then they took over for us, so we didn’t have to do a thing except enjoy each other and our friends and family.

Wedding Photography: Andrea Murphy Photography / Flowers: Bridal Garden / Event Design: DIY / Invitations: Paper Girl / Wedding Dress: Bridal Palace / Entertainment: Zach Downing Entertainment / Make-up: Faccia Bella / Rentals: Dress My Event / Catering: Chefs on the Run / Bar: Blue Label

Tulsa Barn Wedding from Zinke Design + Candi Coffman

I will never, ever tire of beautiful weddings in barns. They hold a special spot in my heart. So when Zinke Design sent over a wedding in a barn, in my current home state, my little fingers couldn’t open it up fast enough. The Tulsa wedding was exactly what I was hoping for – rustic, beautiful, sunny, and warm, with the perfect touch of the DIY. Captured by Candi Coffman Photography, the wedding has lived up to each and every one of my barn nuptial expectations. I’ll meet you in the gallery when you’re ready for more!

Alan and I met while working at CVS.  We are both pharmacists and he was scheduled to pick up a shift at my store.  The first time we saw each other was through the glass of a drive through window.  He was coming by to get a copy of his work schedule (and just to meet me, I later found out).  His smile and big blue eyes made me blush instantly.

We love to travel so almost instantly we started planning trips with his best friend and his wife.  We probably take two or three trips with them every year, so it was nothing out of the ordinary for the four of us to be going on a trip to Mexico.  One night while we were there, we had a wonderful meal and Alan asked me to take a walk on the beach after dinner.  We kicked off our shoes and walked along the beach talking about life and our plans.  Alan then led me down a pier and we just looked out over the ocean holding each other and then he got down on one knee and I burst into tears.  He had such a lovely speech prepared and I am not sure if i heard all of it, but I did hear him ask me to grow old and wrinkly with him and managed to say YES once I stopped crying ten minutes later.

We definitely wanted an outdoor wedding with a rustic feel, so what better than a barn to house our wedding?  After much Googling, I found The Barn at Vive le Ranch through a photographers website.  We set a meeting to see The Barn and fell in love.  The entire area was just so beautiful we didn’t look anywhere else.  Besides the beauty of the area, The Barn just gave a feeling of love and warmth, which was perfect for our wedding.  We could already envision everyone laughing and dancing.  Kids running around and playing on the wooden swing!

We wanted our wedding to reflect us. The day needed to be relaxing and casual with simple but beautiful florals and a spring like essence.  The colors we used were lavender, buttercup, and heather grey.  The soft colors remind me of spring, plus I happened to find perfect bridesmaids dresses at J. Crew that had all these colors, so it was meant to be. We gave the colors and feel to Christina (our wedding planner and designer) and she came back with the perfect vision! She knew both of us wanted rustic, so thats where the haybales and flowers in mason jars came in.

During the ceremony, we decided to have a salt covenant, rather than a unity candle, etc.  The idea arose from biblical times when people would make commitments to each other using salts from each person.  The salts are combined and the covenant may only be broken when the individual grains of salt are separated from one another.  Alan and I each had a sachet of salt and combined them in a crystal bowl leant from my mom.

Our wedding day was perfect. Perfect to us. We wanted the day to represent everything that encompasses us as a couple, but also as individuals.  The day was a reflection of our pasts and our upbringing.  The family and friends witnessing our vows, are the people who have influenced our lives. They are responsible for creating the man and the woman we have become.  God planned for us to be together and our family and friends lit the path for us to find each other.  We are so grateful for our love and the love that has always supported us.

Photography: Candi Coffman Photography / Cinematography: Cherished Traditions / Flowers: Anne Marie Foy, The French Bouquet / Event Design: Christina Clayton, Zinke Design / Event Planning: Christina Clayton, Zinke Design / Ceremony Location: The Barn at Vive Le Ranch / Reception Location: The Barn at Vive Le Ranch / Invitations: Minted / Dress & Hair Flowers: Adele Wechsler, Unbridaled / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew and Nordstrom / Catering: The Chalkboard / Cake: Ludger’s Cakes / Registry: Honeyfund