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Go Beyond the Traditional Portraits with a Styled Engagement Session

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Bride and groom-to-be, Lacey and Gage, knew they wanted more than a traditional portrait session for their engagements, so they enlisted the help of expert wedding photographer Danielle Villemarette & Co. for their styled engagement session. This darling couple loves to fish together, so it was only natural that their shoot take place on the water. Shot at The Baumberhof, this couple posed in an enchanted forest picnic scene, on the lakeside dock, and in an antique, turquoise rowboat to name a few. Decor and rentals from Runaway Belle Vintage Rentals brought each setting to life for this playfully romantic session. Congrats to Lacey and Gage!

Photos // Danielle Villemarette & Co.

From the photographer: “This was a styled engagement shoot for Lacey Gordon and Gage Billeg, who will be getting married at Coles Garden on June 4, 2020. The two love to fish together, and knew they wanted their engagement session to involve a boat and the water. This was the starting point for the inspiration of the engagement session. Stephanie with Gorgeous Blooms Floral Design led the design/style/floral and created a romantic picnic set up with a floral chandelier.”

This Airstream Photo Booth Has Us Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

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There is something about this Airstream photo booth that takes us walking down memory lane and we just can’t get enough! The ultra-trendy staff at Memory Lane Booth & Co. know just how to create the perfect balance of nostalgic and new at your special event. The interior of this gorgeous Airstream has been refurbished to a desert-chic theme, and we just love the way all its decor, potted plants and throw pillows make it feel just as warm and homey as it is picturesque. Your older guests will have so much fun posing for pictures and reminiscing about a simpler time while your younger guests will be amazed at their first time inside an Airstream! Check out this adorable gallery below that has us seriously wanting one at our own weddings! Cheers!

Photos // Loganna Photography

This Rooftop Wedding Shower from Alli Coleman Events is a Must See

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Stop what you’re doing and look below for some major wedding shower inspiration from this styled rooftop soiree by Alli Coleman Events. Inspired by the soft blues of glass vases, Alli set out to amp up the otherwise dull hue with texture, bold accent colors and luxe details. With amazing views of downtown OKC from Packard’s New American Kitchen’s rooftop bar, the stylish vibe was set! Bright flowers with red, magenta, dusty pink and lavender from Poppy Lane Design garnished the table and impressive installations. UMI Catering had our mouths watering at their perfectly placed hors d’oeuvres and delicious cocktails. Accompanied by sweet desserts from Mishelle Handy Cakes, the table was set for the best! Bebe’s provided the place settings – charger, napkins and darling pink plates – set atop lush velvet. Mood Party Rentals added a pop of bright velvet with bold pillows.  Thanks to Paper + More, the bride and groom had plenty of thoughtful, customized gifts to open. Taylor Beal and Samantha Balak for Muse Beauty Bar had the bride glowing for the bridal shower, stunning with expert makeup and a posh pony. Her gown, courtesy of Prim, featured a soft floral, also in velvet. Susan Alyse Photography was there to capture it all with her sharp imagery. With the combined talent of Glorious Day Films, no detail was overlooked! Scroll to see all of the photos from this mod rooftop wedding shower!

Photos //Susan Alyse Photography

Video // Glorious Day Films

From the planner, Alli Coleman of Alli Coleman Events: “My inspiration for the shoot came when I was shopping one day and saw two powder blue glass vases with gold trim. Everything just fell into place after that. I wanted to showcase the typically boring color in a modern way, accented with metallics and deep reds.”

Meet our 2020 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

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Meet our 2020 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

Our 12th annual Looks of Love Contest has been beyond exciting! One lucky finalist received the most votes, and we’re excited to announce our 2020 Looks of Love Contest winners are Aerial and Adrian! Their gorgeous photos were captured by Kayla Wilmoth and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple with dinner on us at a restaurant of their choice,  a romantic overnight stay at The Skirvin Hotel, plus 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! If you missed their story, check it out along with all the other finalists by visiting our Looks of Love finalists page! Despite the obstacles of long distance due to Adrian’s deployment, Aerial completing her master’s program and their son Amias having newborn health problems, this couple proved that love conquers all! Thank you so very much to all those who entered and voted! Happy Valentine’s Day!

These Photography Tips Will Make Your Wedding Day Even Better

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Your wedding day is going to be great because you’re marrying the love of your life — and with these tips from photographer Chelsea Littleton, your day is about to be even BETTER! Why? Because it’s the little things that are going to make a big difference in how smoothly and enjoyably your big day goes.

Whether you’re a list-making bride or you just want to know where to show up, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out what can keep your day on track — and how your photographer can help you think less about logistics and enjoy the celebration!

These Photography Tips Will Make Your Wedding Day Even Better

Photo // Chelsea Littleton Photography

Tell us about your photography style.

I would say that my style is modern, romantic, raw, emotional and classic all at the same time.

What type of training did you go through to become a photographer?

I took several photography classes in college, I majored in Media Studies with a minor in Visual Communications. I also attended several workshops and conferences throughout the years that have contributed substantially. I feel like I’ve learned a lot along the way too, through years of experience with amazing clients trusting in me.

What does the ideal wedding schedule look like to make the most out of wedding photos?

Every wedding day is going to be slightly different depending on what the couple values most. I prefer at least hours hours of coverage to really feel like I’ve captured a good amount of the day without feeling rushed or stressed. I have an awesome questionnaire that I send out to all of my couples that helps me build the perfect wedding day timeline for them based on how they answer the questions. It goes over every aspect of the day so we can nail down the perfect custom timeline

Any tips for staying on track during the wedding day?

Being realistic when building the timeline helps immensely. Giving yourself enough time for each part of the day along with an extra buffer is great too! Someone is always running behind somewhere throughout the day. Trying to have hair and makeup done 30 minutes before you actually need it done helps in case things run behind. Also having a day of coordinator to keep things on track is great too so that your photographer can focus on the photos and the creative side of things

What should a couple have prepared for the photographer before the wedding day?

I send out a month-before and week-before email full of tips and tricks and things to remember, but most importantly, one month before the event I request a list of family photos that they want (including family member’s names) and a list of vendors. Having specific family photos that you want helps so that your photographer can call out names as you do family photos and they don’t miss anyone.

Getting a list of vendors ahead of time is great too so that once the sneak peek is ready, I am not bothering the couple on their honeymoon to get a vendors list. I can freely post their sneak peek as soon as it’s ready while also giving vendor credit.

Another great way to assist your photographer is to have your dress out of its bag, steamed, free of tags, clips, and cardboard inserts – ready to go. Having all your details that you want photographed in a bag together so that once your photographer arrives they can get straight to work and they’re not searching high and low for all the details. This normally includes invitation suite, all rings, jewelry, perfume, cufflinks, garter, shoes, etc.

Have that bag sitting next to your hanging dress and bouquet and you’ll really make your photographer’s day. Also think of all the time you just saved your photographer so that they can use it taking photos instead of organizing and steaming dresses. If this is the case though, just know that if I am your photographer, I will jump in there and help get things done.

Any tips on preparing a shot list?

Don’t worry about making a list of key moments that your photographer already knows to capture, for example, the kiss, walking down the aisle, the rings, etc.

If there are any specific or out of the ordinary shots that you want, be sure to tell your photographer of those. Whether that be a 3 or 4 generation photo, a specific pose, a special moment with a friend or family member that may not happen organically, etc. Those are helpful, but I would try to keep your list as small as possible as your photographer is there to photograph your day as it unfolds as creatively as possible. Adding several ‘out of the norm’ photos can tend to make your day feel more like a production than a day celebrating your love for each other.

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A special thank you to Chelsea of Chelsea Littleton Photography for sharing her expertise and helping our readers capture this once-in-a-lifetime moments. To see how she can help capture those memories for generations to come, visit her Brides of Oklahoma vendor page.