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The California Sunset Meets Oklahoma Landscape in a Whimsical Romance

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With all the luxury of a West Coast wedding, this whimsical romance wedding inspiration looks like a scene straight from Napa Valley! Every detail was perfectly coordinated by Forever Borrowed, and the way that romantic florals come together with artistic design in a setting like Sorelle – The Meadow on Deer Creek makes us truly believe in this California Dreamin’ styled shoot. A fanciful floral arch installation by Forever Borrowed serves as inspiration for artful elements in both paperie and dessert – a color block and flower-filled invitation suite by Paper + More as well as a three-tiered creation by Mishelle Handy Cakes adorned with a peachy floral design that looks like a hand-stitched embroidery. A whimsy-filled tablescape of embossed chargers, timeless porcelain flatware and baby pink linens from 110 events is accented by so much greenery and blooms in sunset shades that remind us of dusk over the Pacific. Delicious looking cocktails of all shapes and sizes mixed by Blue Label Bartending line an elegant gilded and glass shelf display, and if they taste nearly as good as they look, we’ll take two! These models are both dressed to the nontraditional nines, and we love the light blue suit from EVERYMAN paired with the groom’s floral button-up! An allover lace mermaid gown from The Bridal Boutique is the perfect attire for our faux-bride, and its open back and deep V-neck make it the perfect option for a summer wedding celebration. Keeping with color schemes, her rosy bridal lip and mauve eye look as well as a wispy updo created by Profile Beauty Nook bring just the right amount of romance to this model bride’s look. Top it all off with a rock from Jay’s Jewelry and some opulent earrings to match and your whimsical romance wedding day will be picture perfect just like this editorial, captured on both photo and video by the talented Andi Bravo PhotographyRead on for a note from the planners about this whimsical romance wedding inspiration. Cheers!

Photo // Andi Bravo Photography

Video // Andi Bravo Photography

From the planners, Starr and Brandon Selman of Forever Borrowed: “The inspiration, California Dreamin’, was to bring over-the-top floral installations that take you to different places. We wanted to bring the California sunset to the Oklahoma grounds.”


Find even more inspiration in our upscale editorials here, or browse through our styled shoots here and have fun daydreaming. Cheers!

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party in OKC and Tulsa

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Bachelorette parties are a right of passage in today’s pre-wedding festivities. The bride-to-be gathers all of her girlfriends, and they hit the town to celebrate her last days as a single lady. However, planning every detail of the party can be stressful on top of planning your upcoming wedding. No worries – we’ve got you! We’ve pulled together all the essentials you need to get started, PLUS we are sharing our favorite #BachBash party themes. Everything linked below can be found on our Amazon shop under Bachelorette Weekend Must Haves, so you’re just a few clicks away from being all set for your bride-to-be weekend that will leave your maids talking for years to come!

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party in OKC and Tulsa

Photo // Tammy Odell Photography

How soon before the wedding should a bride host her bachelorette party?

We suggest hosting your bachelorette party anywhere from two to six weeks before the wedding. Getting crazy with your girls so close to the big day can be a recipe for disaster. A hangover and dark circles don’t make for a very good bridal look. Extra planning tip: see if there’s a holiday weekend around that time to snag an extra paid vacation day!

Which cities are bachelorette party hotspots?

Don’t get too caught up on the destination of your party, especially if your crew has a smaller budget – you can plan an awesome bachelorette right here locally! Oklahoma City and Tulsa have incredible restaurants and bars to kick off the evening’s festivities, and if you choose a specific location, like downtown, you can hop around one area via foot.

Looking to make a weekend out of your bach bash? Our team has celebrated brides-to-be with music filled nights in Austin and Nashville, outdoor adventure settings in San Diego, city exploration in New York City, a snowy retreat in Breckinridge, beachside at Florida’s Seaside, and party hopping in Miami and Las Vegas. Choose the city that best fits your group of pals.

What activities should we have planned?

It’s important to create a unique experience based off of your own group. There truly is something for everyone. Gone are the days where every bachelorette party has to include bar hopping and hot pink everything. Try getting outdoors with your girls for a paddle board session or into a spa for a complete day of pampering. Maybe reservations at a private pop up restaurant for a unique dining experience.

With spring being prime wedding season, girls typically want to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Renting a boat or lounging at a chic hotel pool with a frozen cocktail always makes for a fun time. Also, activities that offer private style bookings have been super popular, like yoga sessions and cooking lessons. A team favorite is a guided calligraphy and watercolor class complete with wine and cupcakes!

What is the biggest mistake girls make when planning their own bachelorette parties?

The biggest mistake bridesmaids can make is planning around what they think a bachelorette party should look like instead of what they think the bride really wants. If nightclubs, male strippers and phallic party favors aren’t your thing, don’t book the next ticket to Vegas. Get creative and plan a weekend filled with things that you love. As her wing women, this is your time to cater to your bride-to-be as well as foot the bill, so be sensitive of any personal budgets to avoid tension amongst the group.

 

Pick a Theme!

1. Headband Pack | 2. Tote | 3. Tank Tops | 4. Hair Clips | 5. Bachelorette Pong Game | 6. Mini Champagne Bottle Stickers | 7. Paper Plates | 8. Napkins | 9. Bach & Boujee Balloon Kit

1. Swimsuit | 2. Disposable Flasks | 3. Flawless Sash Set | 4. Ring Pool Float | 5. Napkins | 6. Shot Glass Necklaces | 7. Feyoncé Tee | 8. Drunk in Love Balloon Kit

1. Neon Margarita Cups | 2. Margarita Cocktail Mix | 3. Napkins | 4. Tote Bags | 5. Taco Holders | 6. Tassel Garland | 7. Sleep Mask | 8. Temporary Tattoos | 9. Mini Piñatas | 10. Final Fiesta Balloon Kit

1. Hair Ties | 2. Inflatable Flamingo Drink Holder | 3. Let’s Get Flocked Up Cups | 4. Let’s Flamingle Koozies | 5. Flaming & Pineapple Disposable Cups | 6. Flamingo & Hibiscus Party Beads | 7. Balloon Garland | 8. La Croix | 9. Flamingo Straws

1. Table Runner | 2. Wine Bottle Label Stickers | 3. Buffalo Plaid Cupcake Liners | 4. Wine Tumbler | 5. Straws | 6. Paper Plates | 7. Flannel Fling Photo Booth Props | 8. Wine Bottle Covers | 9. Buffalo Check Table Runner | 10. Burlap & Flannel Bride-to-Be Banner

1. Nauti Bride Tank Top | 2. Nautical Balloon Pack | 3. “Last Sail Before the Veil” Sashes | 4. Gift Tags | 5. Heart Shaped Sun Glasses | 6. Waterproof Phone Pouch | 7. Get Nauti Balloons | 8. Bride’s Crew Cups | 9. Knot Sober Balloons 

1. Cowgirl Hat with Veil | 2. “Drink If” Game | 3. Last Bash in Nash Cups | 4. Cowboy Boot Shot Glasses | 5. Nash Bash Balloons | 6. Nashville Bachelorette Party Sashes | 7. Straws | 8. Tank Top | 9. Western Boots | 10. Nashlorette Garland

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Planning a virtual bachelorette party? Read our article on planning an “at home” event here! Plus check out these local bachelorette party ideas and services here!

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Enter the 2021 Looks of Love Contest – Sponsored by The Skirvin Hilton, EVERYMAN & Kendra Scott Edmond

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brides of Oklahoma 2021 looks of love contest

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are so excited to kick off our thirteenth annual Looks of Love contest sponsored by The Skirvin Hilton, EVERYMAN and Kendra Scott Edmond! 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 2020 winners, Aerial + Adrian, captured by Kayla Wilmoth! 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 Wednesday, February 10) and will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, 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 Hilton AND breakfast at The Skirvin’s Park Avenue Grill on a mutually agreed upon date, a $250 credit to Weddings by EVERYMAN and a $250 gift card to Kendra Scott EdmondClick 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 Thursday, February 11, to help us decide the winner. Good luck!


Photos // Top Left: Susan Alyse Photography | Top Right:Meg Rose Photography | Middle: Chelsea Reece | Bottom Left: Chelsea Littleton Photography | Bottom Middle: Kayla Wilmoth | Bottom Right: AW Photography Inc.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Reception Fashion + Exit Attire

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You’ve found your perfect wedding gown, but have you considered what you’ll wear when you exit your celebration? We’re pretty sure THE cutest and most underrated wedding tradition is when the bride changes into an exit outfit either for the reception or right before the grand send-off, and brides today are definitely bringing a new stylish approach to this long-followed vintage tradition. There’s just something so symbolic about the outfit change that could signal more than retro elegance and tradition. Beyond practical clothing or just another ensemble to rock, this quick change is easily a bridge between the wedding day celebration and everyday married life – a slight ode to your perfect day ending and your real-life love story beginning. Whether you want to bust out your best moves on the dance floor or are sweeping straight to the airport to jet off to your honeymoon, you won’t want to step out in a full-length, puffy wedding gown. We’ve picked out our top choices for chic and stylish reception fashion and exit attire, perfect for any bride looking for comfort and convenience as she parties the night away on her dream day. Scroll to find the one for you!

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Reception Fashion + Exit Attire

1. Strapless Jumpsuit | 2. V-neck Sequin Dress | 3. Structured Midi Dress | 4. White Halter Swing Dress | 5. Sequin Long-Sleeved Mini Dress | 6. Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve and Wrap Waist

Comfort, comfort, comfort!

While your wedding gown is absolutely stunning and wonderful, it might not exactly be the most comfortable thing to wear. Comfort is the MOST important thing when it comes to enjoying every aspect of your wedding day! When you’re comfortable, you can be 100% you and enjoy where you are – and we wouldn’t want anything less for you during your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Changing into a shorter dress, a strapless jumpsuit or a less-bulky maxi dress may be just what you’re needing to be comfortable during your reception or grand exit – how else would you bust out your signature moves on the dance floor or cartwheel to your exit vehicle?

Two dresses are better than one

You found the gown to say “I do” in, but what about that style that came in close second to your dream gown? Maybe you wanted long sleeves but found a strapless gown that stole your heart, or you always envisioned yourself in white but found a light pink gown that you couldn’t pass up. Here’s where your reception and exit attire come in – two dresses means twice the excitement and twice the gorgeous outfits! Imagine the reaction of your guests when you step out of the reception or for the grand exit in a new and stunning outfit. Truly priceless!

Convenience is key!

If you’re hopping in the car with your bags packed when you exit your wedding to sweep straight to the airport to jet off to your honeymoon, you’ll want to be comfortable and ready when you arrive. A jumpsuit or short dress is the perfect airport attire, and you can always easily throw on a cardigan and some tennis shoes for extra comfort and style. Bonus: your reception and exit attire can double for a cute outfit to wear during your honeymoon! Or whether you’re leaving a brunch reception or even a late afternoon wedding, you still have a full day ahead of you to enjoy time with your new spouse. The day doesn’t have to be over just because your reception is over!


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Recapping our Spring/Summer 2021 Pop-Up Mag Release Events!

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Socially distant soirees seem to be what we live for nowadays, especially when it revolves around the new Brides of Oklahoma Spring/Summer 2021 magazine hitting the shelves! Getting to connect with our Oklahoma wedding community is always a party, and we truly couldn’t wait to celebrate all the gorgeous content that is packed in these new glossy pages. With a somewhat normal production season, we were ecstatic to show off countless editorials featuring the most innovative and creative wedding pros. Needless to say, we couldn’t make it through the challenging past few months without this incredible community around us.  We were lucky to have all the usual fixings of a release event with a few more sanitation and social distancing practices in place for this pop-up release event. Let’s take a look at these breathtaking details and photos from our Tulsa and Oklahoma City brunch events!

Spring/Summer 2021 Pop-Up Brunch  

We kicked off our brunches with our OKC vendors at the bright and airy Aspen Ranch. Upon arrival, guests could hop out and join the party with ease thanks to our friends at Sooner Valet! Beautiful blooms from XO by Haleigh Kenney complemented the luxe linens and table that were graciously provided by Mood Party Rentals. Everyone’s eyes glistened a little more upon the sight of Amy Cakes‘ dessert boxes. No party is set without sweets, right? Scissortail Charcuterie crafted the most incredible charcuterie cones that we couldn’t have made more picturesque if we tried. Beveraginos? We had those, too! Coffee Jerks provided craft brews for our friends looking for a caffeine boost! For those looking for some light and bubbly spirits, we had Bubbly Camper Co.! While we all mixed and mingled at a safe distance, Box Talent Agency‘s Drive Band entertained us with familiar melodies to get us on our feet! We truly had a blast!

     

The next day, we celebrated with our Tulsa vendors at The Canopy, an intimate urban greenhouse in the heart of downtown! Robyn’s Flower Garden provided delicate floral arrangements that we spent a solid 10 minutes swooning over (peep the butterflies)! Merriment Coffee was ready to serve up custom espresso beverages for our guests to enjoy while catching up with friendors. The cozy space was made absolutely whimsical with a lovely lounge provided by Scavenged Vintage Rentals and tabletop linens from Party Perfect Event Rental + Design. Velvet and pink was the name of the game for our Tulsa brunch. Sweet Devotion Cakery cured our sweet tooth and gave us savory options to munch on as we flipped through the new shiny mag.


Ready to grab your copy of the all new Spring/Summer 2021 issue? Order online here!