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Elegant Oklahoma Ranch Wedding

Getting married in a barn tucked away in the Oklahoma plains is every bit as romantic as you’d imagine. Just take a look at this Southwind Hills wedding, where every detail from the stunning Berta Bridal gown to the prettiest watercolor invitations is magic. With talents like The Tarnos and Pen Weddings there to capture the beautiful day, you won’t have a miss a thing in the full gallery right here!

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Spring
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Ranch
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Rustic

From The TarnosLaura and Ryan have been together for 10 years! The best part about weddings like theirs is everyone from the bridal party to their families have been so close for so long that it’s basically like a huge, beautifully styled family reunion. We LOVED being a part of such a perfect day. Laura is so elegant and her style was perfectly executed in every detail from the organic lush florals to her amazing fitted Berta gown. When Ryan turned around for their first look he was shocked to say the least. His eyes lit up as he studied each and every inch of her and was in awe of how gorgeous she looked. His best girl for a decade was about to become his best girl for life. It was the sweetest! Southwind Hills was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day tucked away in the Oklahoma plains. The venue itself was a dream to shoot and only was made more beautiful by Laura’s vision come to life!

Photography : The Tarnos | Videography: Pen Weddings | Floral Design : Southwind Hills | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Cakes: Amy's Cakes | Invitations: Tousie Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Wedding Venue: Southwind Hills | Bridal Jewelry : Kendra Scott

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Lovely Lavender Wedding Inspiration

Sometimes, all it takes is a gorgeous color palette to set your theme. And more often than not, that very color palette can simply come from the world around you. Like this lavender inspired celebration, crafted by Tony Foss Florals, Aisle Be With You and Sheradee Hurst Photography, that captures the innate beauty of mother nature. Click here for so much more!

From Sheradee Hurst Photography and Ariana Simms of Aisle Be With YouThrough the beauty of nature arises a lavender inspired shoot. When designing this inspiration shoot, putting together a team of talented and creative artists was key in capturing our vision of using nature as the perfect canvas for a wedding day.

The natural light peeking through the intertwined trees and the serenity of the water influenced the vision behind this shoot. Different hues of lavender and green are seen throughout to compliment the earth tones in its surroundings. The idea behind this shoot is a walk down memory lane for the bride on her wedding day. As you transition from different vignettes, memories from her wedding day are shared.

Vintage pieces such as the gorgeous settee, end table, and chandelier from Jam Events and Productions, were chosen to add charm and romance to the setting. With nature being one of our main elements to the design, it was vital that the gown and the bridesmaid dresses had plenty of movement and fluidity. This was top on our wardrobe priority list. There is always something magical about seeing a dress sway in the wind! The day of the shoot, like most days in Oklahoma, we had plenty of wind. Watching the bride’s gown from the talented designer, Allure, and the bridesmaids’ dresses from designer, Bill Levkoff flow in the breeze gave motion to the design. An aqua colored jewel was selected for the wedding ring from BC Clark Jewelers as a dual purpose. We chose the aqua stone to tie in with the water scene of the wedding, and to add a new take on the something blue.

Gorgeous, lush florals designed by Tony Foss Flowers, are seen throughout the vignettes. The stunning bridal bouquet incorporates the popular king protea flowers to add drama along with some classic favorites, and hung above the boardwalk across the pond, a picturesque swing covered in greenery and roses.

The powerful floral became the blueprint for stationery by Touie’s Design. The soft color palette with the shades of pink, purple, and green were beautifully arranged to create a pattern that would later influence our detailed cake design, too. The watercolor style of the floral on the stationery would translate into an intricate part of the hand painted layer of the cake. As the top gold layer sparkled in the sun, your eyes move down to the intricate watercolor floral pattern hand painted by Mishelle Handy. The greenery that was placed around the cake base, not only ties in the landscaping around it, but also helps make the cake stand out even more. The lilac floral atop is the perfect pop of color. Placing the cake in the water was a natural choice as the illusion of a floating cake created a tranquil added touch, while drawing in the water to the overall design.

The log bench and wood table showcase a rustic style, but the ghost chairs were used to marry it with a modern style. The gorgeous calligraphy cut out signs behind the bride and groom seats are a modern taken on the traditional “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs. The vintage style is seen throughout the place setting arrangements that were selected from Vintage Tabletop Rentals, to incorporate the romantic and timeless moment in the Bride’s life.

Song of Soloman 3:4 was the inspiration for the dessert bar. We wanted to show bride’s an easy DIY, new take on an old piece by reviving a vanity and bringing it to life. The bride’s something old can be beautifully transformed into their something new with this piece. The mirrored segment of the vanity was painted with chalk paint, and calligraphy by Sooner Calligraphy. Mishelle Handy Cakes showcased dessert items each on its own platform to highlight the detailed dessert art. Tony Foss Flowers filled drawers with florals once again weaving the lavender theme through each piece.

Sheradee Hurst Photography and Aisle Be With You wedding planning chose to photograph this shoot using film to compliment the colors chosen and to show bride’s the richness that film photography provides. Like the vanity, something considered old is once again becoming something new as film photography is becoming more popular with brides. Dewberry Cinema caught the joyful essence of the shoot at every turn of the walk through this Lavender Love Story.

Photography: Sheradee Hurst Photography | Videography: Dewberry Cinema | Floral Design: Tony Foss Flowers | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Mishelle Handy | Stationery: Touie's Design | Jewelry: BC Clark Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: Chelsey Ann | Hair: Ali Earnheart | Calligraphy: Sooner Calligraphy | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Boutique: Moliere Bridal | Event Design & Styling: Aisle Be With You, Ariana Simms | Model: Madeline Maye | Model: Riley Meyer | Model: Meredith Brander | Rentals: JAM Events & Productions | Rentals: Vintage Tabletop Rentals | Signage: Host & Toast Studio

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Traditional Oklahoma City Navy and Gold Wedding

The combination of navy and gold is possible my favorite wedding color palette and this wedding, captured by Amanda Watson Photography ties it all together perfectly with the help of Leslie Herring Events. From the romantic invitations to the striped ribbon on the brides bouquet, you’ll want to catch every dazzling moment here.

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Spring
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Ballroom

From the beautiful Bride… Micah grew up attending the church where my grandfather was the music minister for almost two decades. I remember coming to visit in the third grade and seeing Micah sit several pews in front of me. I leaned over and whispered to my little sister that he was the cutest boy I’d ever seen. Thanks to the Lord’s perfect plan, we reconnected and started dating the summer before I started college. The rest is history.

When we started planning our wedding, we knew that one of our biggest priorities was to hire a top-notch planner. Oklahoma City has an incredible field of planners, but after interviewing Leslie of Leslie Herring Events, we knew we had found a perfect fit. She leads with poise and grace and has an impeccable eye for design. Throughout our planning process, she led us to an all-star team of vendors, without whom we would have never been able to create our absolutely dreamy day.

I had been a fan of Amanda Watson Photography for years after seeing her work in several nationwide publications. We knew that we wanted to splurge on photography, and we are so grateful we did! Every encounter I had with Amanda left me even more impressed with her not just as a photographer, but also as a person. She has an innate ability to make everyone around her feel completely comfortable and beautiful. Her breathtaking photos have been the biggest blessing – what a treasure it has been to be able to relive our favorite day over and over again!

We focused on creating a cohesive storyline for our wedding by incorporating our overall style in several of our elements. Everything – our cake, our gold and navy-and-white striped color scheme and even my dress further reinforced our style, which Leslie so pointedly defined as, “crisp, yet approachable Southern sophistication with a dash of sparkle.”

I am a serial monogrammer, so I knew that it would be so special to have something created with our new initials that we could debut at our wedding and use for years to come. We commissioned a custom monogram through Allison Banks Designs that was present in many of our wedding and reception elements such as our ceremony programs, custom bar cups, thank you notes at the each place setting and even the cake. Now we are looking for ways to incorporate our monogram in design elements in our home.

Our guestbook was a large wooden letter P – the first letter of our last name. Our guests signed the letter, which is now hanging in our living room. Now when people visit us in our new home they love to look for their name!

One of my favorite elements of our wedding was our invitation suite. I designed each piece from start-to-finish so Micah and I were able to completely customize everything to fit our style. I designed all of our paper and had them printed through a local printing shop, which was a great way to cut costs. I also hand-lettered all of our save-the-dates, invitations and escort cards. While tackling the calligraphy myself was a tall task, it turned out to be a great stress reliever as we got into the hectic last few months before the wedding.

We are both very close with our families and wanted to be intentional about involving them in different ways throughout our wedding day. Both my paternal and maternal grandparents read scripture during our ceremony, and I wore my Grammy’s 48-year-old veil . Micah’s grandfather married us, which was incredibly special. After we were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Praytor, we walked down the aisle to my grandpa leading the congregation in a chorus of “To God Be the Glory.” It was a moment of pure joy and a feeling I hope to never forget.

With our families scattered across the country, Micah and I knew what a blessing it was to have everyone under the same roof. Between visiting with our guests, tearing up the dance floor and eating way too much cake, neither one of us sat down the entire evening. We left our reception in Micah’s 1966 Ford Mustang and couldn’t stop talking about all the fun we had.

When people ask me how my wedding was, I tell them it was the most fun day of my entire life – and it was! Thanks to a rock star team of vendors, we were able to enjoy every moment of our wedding day surrounded by our best friends and entire family. We truly couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Photography: Amanda Watson Photography | Event Planning: Leslie Herring Events | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Wedding Dress: Meg Guess Couture | Cake: Amy Cakes | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Hair And Makeup: Blo. | Entertainment: M&M Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Venue: Skirvin Hilton

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Traditional + Romantic Oklahoma Springtime Soiree

Here’s a tradition we think every bride can get behind: the bouquet presentation. Just before this gorgeous couple exchanged vows, the bride and groom met outside the church (she was hidden by a column!) where he handed her a beautiful bouquet from The Fleuriste, symbolizing the last gift before marriage. If that doesn’t have you saying, “Aw,” take a look at all the sweet moments captured by Candi Coffman Photography and PenWeddings in the gallery.

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Spring
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Rustic

From The FleuristeAbbey has such a sweet smile an undeniable sense of style, we knew from the moment we met her we were going to get along famously. We joined forces with the talented Wedding Belle and other amazing vendors to make Abbey’s vision come to life.

Florals in cream and blush hues accented by soft lighting set the tone for romance in the back yard of the bride’s childhood home. Did I mention she lived on a horse farm? With horses roaming the gorgeous landscape of the estate you couldn’t ask for a more enchanting venue.

The day started off with a chance of rain which teased light drizzles as we were setting up, but held off for a beautiful June evening! Bistro lights guided guests down to the lawn where vintage doors were suspended horizontally from the trees and created floating cocktail tables. The “floating tables” featured stunning florals including Phalaeneopis Orchids, Garden Roses and Peonies.

Mini potted succulents featuring guest’s name and table number doubled as escort cards and party favors. Sandblasted ghost wood adorned with flowers accented the escort card “succulent table”

The guests later moved inside a tent for dinner and dancing (and believe me when I say these folks danced the night away.) The ambiance was set with a huge crystal chandelier and bistro lighting. The beautiful floral centerpieces included Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas, Lambs Ear, Dahlias, and Tulips.

The bride was all about the traditions for her wedding. One of the sweetest traditions the couple followed was the presentation of the brides bouquet. According to tradition, the groom would wait outside the church and hand the bride her bouquet when she’s arrived, this symbolizing the last gift from the groom as her boyfriend..With that in mind, Separated by a column to ensure they would not see each other, Abbey and Hunter met so Hunter could present the bride with her bouquet of Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Peonies in breathtaking white and blush tones. An heirloom bible was attached at the stems and accented with silk and lace ribbons.

When it came to tossing the bouquet, everyone was in for a surprise. The toss bouquet was created to burst into several petite bouquets once tossed into the air; this way all the single ladies would each go home with their own lucky bouquet.

Photography: Candi Coffman Photography | Coordination: The Wedding Belle | Floral Design: The Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: JJ Kelly Bridal Salon | Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes | Invitations: Paper 'N More | Ceremony Venue: Faith Bible Church | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Prim | Catering: Cheever's Catering | Lighting : IES | DJ: Bring the party productions | Cineomatographers: PenWeddings | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals

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SMP Southwest Welcomes Our Advertisers

To usher in the weekend, we’ve got a whole lot of pretty up our sleeves thanks to Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup. For the past five years, these hair + make up gurus have been bringing the salon directly to brides and their ladies. With an incredible staff that trains weekly on bridal specific styles + makeup looks, you can rest assured that you’ll be looking your best on your big day!

Available 24/7,  Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup with do their magic in their studio or on location (with no traveling fees!). They use the best brands (MAC + Dinair for airbrush) and make sure you and your ladies are looking gorgeous! Head over here for more info and to book your big day.

Welcome to the family, Stevee!  We are so excited to have you! xo

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