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Enter the 2020 Looks of Love Contest – Sponsored by The Skirvin Hilton & Lush Fashion Lounge

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are so excited to kick off our twelfth annual Looks of Love contest sponsored by The Skirvin Hilton and Lush Fashoin Lounge! There is nothing sweeter than reading a love story and seeing incredible photographs that perfectly capture the love a couple has for one another. We’re still swooning over our 2019 winners, Kiara and Adam, captured by Bri Bonds! We can’t wait to see more sweet pictures and stories from Oklahoma couples! We’ll be accepting Looks of Love submissions over the next two weeks (deadline to submit is Friday, February 7) and will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, following a week of finalist voting with our followers! The lucky winning couple will be treated to a dinner date for two at a restaurant of their choice on us,  a romantic overnight stay at The Skirvin Hotel AND breakfast at The Skirvin’s Park Avenue Grill on a mutually agreed upon date, and a $100 gift card from Lush Fashion Lounge to get dressed up for the occasion! Click here to enter the Looks of Love Contest – simply upload a few of your favorite pictures or engagement photos and briefly tell us your love story. We’ll be sharing our favorite submissions with our Instagram followers starting Monday, February 10, to help us decide the winner. Good luck!

Photos // Top Left: Brianna Record Photography | Top Right: Paige Mychael Photography | Middle: Bri Bonds | Bottom Left: Kristen Edwards Photography | Bottom Middle: Sarah Libby Photography | Bottom Right: Melanie Foster Photography

Get to Know These Oklahoma Experts on All Things Wedding: The Wild Mother

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Thoughtful and story-driven. Those words drive everything The Wild Mother does and the results are beautifully evident: these Oklahoma wedding experts know their stuff when it comes to planning, design and florals. The Wild Mother exists to know you, celebrate the details of your personality and let those shine throughout your event. “Our design aesthetic is influenced by our tie to the natural world; our love of impressionist art; and our ability to marry colors and textures, creating uncontrived and living pieces of art.” This dynamic sister duo, Lauren and Leah, pride themselves on carrying the work ethic and horticultural know-how of an old-school florist, along with the creative minds and artfulness of a modern studio designer, paired with impeccable design and planning abilities, of course. Get to know The Wild Mother‘s philosophy and their work below!

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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Photos: Dwelling Table

“We wanted all expressions of The Wild Mother to feel like extensions of our family’s heritage — with its many threads, rooted in red soil,” the sisters say. “It was important that our brand also reflect our identities as a team of sisters — calm, inspired and intentional. We had the pleasure of working with BNT & Co. and Dwelling Table, who captured the true essence of the natural light that pours through the studio’s west windows, the peaceful spirit of our designers and the natural colors and textures provided by our Mother.”

Lauren and Leah describe their planning process in this way: “Our design team takes the posture of a storyteller throughout the planning process, using tangible details to depict the narratives of our couples and their families. We actively listen to our clients, helping them display the essence of who they are to their guests. We not only curate aesthetically beautiful events, but also are careful to reflect the spirits of the clients we design for.”

“Our advice to newly engaged couples will always be to take into account you and your partner’s unique story, preferences and personalities before beginning to tackle wedding planning. It’s in these things that you can find the gold of what your day can reflect.” We love that wisdom!

Real Wedding Love

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Photos: Blu Knot Weddings

“Designing for Natalie and Lane’s wedding day was so special because the details reflected their charming relationship and strong familial support. Natalie asked that our designers create pieces using delicate pink colors. We sourced the most beautiful garden roses from the West Coast. We married the bride’s femininity and grace with the groom’s love of the outdoors by styling a picturesque picnic lounge; dressing the reception barn with the elegance of silk napkins and warm candle glow; and arming each guest with fans to make it easy to enjoy Hillside Manor on that summer day.”

What do the sisters notice as trending these days? “After the royal weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and later Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack, we noticed our clients’ desire for garden-esque flowers and decorative desserts to be showstoppers in the event. And, of course! Did you see Meghan’s elderflower cake? The Wild Mother tip: ‘garden-esque’ doesn’t have to only feature frilly blooms like roses and hydrangeas; it also lends itself to more structural blooms like anthurium and pitcher plant. There truly is something special about the character that flowers and foliage bring into a venue when done well. This larger-than-life floral trend is one that we are absolutely here for!”

The Wild Mother‘s expertise can’t help but be evident in everything they do and share. Their work truly speaks for itself and shows their passion! To get in touch with Lauren and Leah, reach out via their Brides of Oklahoma vendor profile.

Rose to the Occasion | A Fall Floral Dream

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This vendor team truly knew the way to our hearts – a wedding scene filled to the brim with rose-hued fall florals! Poppy Lane Design decked out the bright and airy Park House at Myraid Botanical Gardens in the most incredible floral arrangements using garden roses, ranunculas, dahlias and peonies. Laurel and Marie designed a an elegant, yet modern invitation suite with shades of blush and bright coral. Sweet Devotion Cakery followed the deckled edges of the stationery, and created a three-tiered ivory cake with a few saturated florals to give it that wow-factor. J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon dressed our model in an ultra-romantic gown that showed off a delicate floral design and a plunging neckline. Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio incorporated those lovely florals into a full-bodied bridal pony with tousled curls that accentuated her bold, rosy makeup. The glamorous gold dinnerware from Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions added to the overall sophisticated of this styled shoot. And we can’t forget about the dazzling bling from B.C. Clark Jewelers that completed the bridal look. These shots from Amanda Watson Photography have all the fall floral inspiration we love!

Photos // Amanda Watson Photography

Local Venue Spotlight: “With beautifully landscaped acres of formal and natural gardens, the Myriad Botanical Gardens offers you a choice of so many striking places to gather for your next event. With its natural light and striking panoramic views of the Gardens, breathtaking sunsets and nighttime glow of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, Park House will make your next gathering a truly special occasion.”

How to Make Your Engagement Photos Truly Meaningful — And Uniquely You

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Engagement photos are always a great idea — and with tips from photographer extraordinaire, Ricki of Ricki Thompson Media, we can help you make them a truly meaningful experience! Keep reading to get ideas for your engagement photos, including the best place to have your photoshoot and how to make it uniquely you.

How to Make Your Engagement Photos Truly Meaningful Ricki Thompson

Photo // Ricki Thompson Media

Where are your favorite places to shoot engagement sessions?

A lot of the work that I do is very client centric and personalized. My favorite place to shoot engagement photos is in what ever location will be the most memorable for my couple. Sometimes this means an ice cream shop, a living room, or on top of a mountain! The magic of engagement shoots are that they are personal and meaningful!

What should couples wear for their engagement photos?

Couples should wear what they feel comfortable in! If that’s a beanie and ripped jeans – go for it! If it’s a three piece tux, send it! You should feel no pressure to look or dress a certain way in your photos. They should be an honest and true representation of your personality and taste! I would recommend two outfits though – one a little more snappy and one dressed down. 

Should a bride do her own hair and makeup or have it professionally done for engagement photos?

Again, what ever he or she prefers. I would recommend an extra swipe of lipstick and mascara if they are wanting to wear makeup at all. (I’ve had brides go bare faced and I think that’s awesome!)  The most important part is that you feel fierce but still your beautiful self! 

How do you get the groom (or bride!) comfortable in front of the camera?

This one can be tricky! I have them interact with each other! Tell funny secrets, we play a lot of games in my sessions that include natural movements, real laughs and big bear hugs. The more I can get them focused on their partner, the better! 

Are you for or against having the couple’s furry fam on set?


What can a couple do or bring to make the shoot uniquely them?

Think about your memories and things you love to do with your partner and work with your photographer to incorporate those stories into your gallery. There is so much you can do in engagement photos to add layers of meaning. Think deeply about the places and things you would like to remember about your engagement season and make sure to express those ideas to your photographer if they are asking for them. Think about your favorite articles of clothing, gifts you have exchanged, a location maybe your parents got married, where you two met or a favorite date spot. These photos should be more than a magnetic save the date! Your style, personality and love story should beam out of them. 


A special thank you to Ricki of Ricki Thompson Media for sharing a behind-the-scenes looks with our readers! To get her expert help capturing memories from your special day, visit her Brides of Oklahoma vendor page.

Wedding Inspiration for the Color Enthusiast by Malyn Made

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Hello, color! Get your fill of pops of fuchsia and lush, tropical florals in this Floral Fusion wedding editorial by planner and florist Malyn Made. It’s every color enthusiast’s dream! Captured by the oh-so talented Andi Bravo Photography, this styled soiree is not to be missed. Inspired by the color and vibrant lifestyle of joyful people during a recent trip to Europe, Malyn created an over-the-top editorial. Tropical greenery paired with colorful, delicate florals was postcard perfect. Thanks to Party Pro Rents, a sleek table set with ghost chairs hosted a rainbow palette of napkins. Hand-painted glass menus by Laurel & Marie elevated the tropical kaleidoscope of color. Sweet Devotion Cakery arranged the most darling cake featuring floral, buttercream details. The bridal look was perfected by Profile Beauty Nook with a fresh, youthful face, fuchsia lipstick and soft, flowing curls. Bella Rose Bridal provided a gorgeous two-piece gown featuring embroidered florals and a deep-V in a blush hue. Set amongst the bright, white walls of Spain Ranch, each detail popped. Every color enthusiast needs to take a look at this Floral Fusion editorial – you won’t want to miss it!

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

From the planner, Malyn Saunders of Malyn Made: “My inspiration behind the shoot was from my trip to Europe and seeing all the colors and the joy that colors bring to people. I absolutely love the fusion of bright tropical florals with an edgy black and white contrast. The floral tunnel for the head table is practical and brings a level of intimacy. The cake wall is one of my favorite details. Who wouldn’t want to find your seat while enjoying your cake before dinner?”