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10 Ultra-Cozy Settings for Your Winter Wedding

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, we can’t help but dream of snowy scenery, warm fireplaces and the nostalgia that accompanies being home with loved ones. In fact, there is a Danish word that embodies all of these cozy feelings: hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). The dictionary defines hygge as a quality of cosiness and comfortability that brings about a feeling of contentment or well-being. Another author who spent three years in Denmark described the term as “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things.”

The simplicity of a single glowing candle, or sipping on a warm mug of tea with friends on a cold morning are both examples of creating the feeling of hygge. If you’re in the process of planning a winter wedding, incorporating a little hygge into your big day will make your guests feel welcome and present as they celebrate this new chapter of your life as a couple.

With that, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ultra-cozy Oklahoma wedding venues, filled with rustic charm and warm, inviting character that are sure to make your day absolutely unforgettable! For even more winter wedding inspo, make sure to follow us on Pinterest, and pick up your copy of our latest Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Happy planning!

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The Hall at the Railhouse – One of Norman’s premiere wedding venues, The Hall at the Railhouse combines steel, brick and wooden details to set the scene for gorgeous industrial contrast. The Hall offers both indoor and outdoor venue space for guests to roam freely during the ceremony or reception and serves as a blank slate for brides to customize for the big day.

Photo: Sarah Libby Photography

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Tatanka Ranch – Opting for a cozy venue like Tatanka Ranch will cultivate such a beautiful sense of nostalgia while leaving your friends and family with warm and fuzzy memories from your big day! Tatanka Ranch offers special three-day packages with lodging for brides that want their guests to come, enjoy and stay a while. With a variety of locations on their spacious grounds for receptions or ceremonies, their staff is dedicated to making sure that every second goes off without a hitch!

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Festivities Event Center – Originally constructed in 1915 as a post office, the historic two-story Georgian-style building is located only 25 minutes west of Oklahoma City in El Reno. In 2001, Festivities was privately purchased, and renovations began the same year with the restoration of the original hardwood floors, 10-foot windows, 16-foot ceilings, marble walls and tile floors. Using both the inside and the outside courtyard area, crowds of up to 400 can be accommodated for your big day!

Photo: Emily Nicole Photo

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Harn Homestead – Located in the heart of Oklahoma City and spanning nearly 10 acres, Harn Homestead boasts several historic replica buildings appropriate to the territorial years of Oklahoma. Among these buildings stands a large barn and adjoining gazebo, creating the most picturesque setting for both your wedding and reception. Harn Homestead is pleased to provide tables and chairs to set the scene for your big day. We just can’t get enough of the gorgeously rustic feel of this Oklahoma wedding venue!

Photo: Holli B. Photography

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Moore Farms Rustic Weddings & Event Barns – Moore Farms is a beautiful setting for your wedding, featuring an elegant and rustic flair. The pavilion is available next to the barn, nestled within a canopy of gorgeous oak trees. A private bridal cabin offers a sanctuary for the bride and her closest friends, and is located separately from a bunkhouse for the groom and his groomsmen. Resting gracefully on 1,000 acres of picturesque Oklahoma countryside, you’re sure to create an unforgettable celebration for both you and your guests!

Photo: Andrea Murphy Photography

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The McGranahan Barn – The McGranahan Barn is an Oklahoma family heirloom that has been passed down through generations. The massive wooden barn is the crown jewel of the property, with its huge sliding doors, vaulted and beamed ceilings and spacious interior. The McGranahan Barn brings Oklahoma’s authentic, rustic beauty to life on acres and acres of gorgeous rolling plains.

Photo: Oh My Deer Photography

 

The Dominion House – Located in Guthrie, The Dominion House offers a breathtaking wedding garden, elegant grand ballroom and charming chapel for your big day. The historic beauty and elegant details of the Dominion House create the perfect setting for your celebration. We’re absolutely swooning over the idea of your wedding photos being staged in front of such gorgeous red brick and stately pillars!

Photo: Aubrey Marie Photography

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The Farmhouse at Grassroots Vintage Events – Featuring an all-white interior, cathedral ceilings, farmhouse lighting and pine wood plank flooring, The Farmhouse at Grassroots Vintage Events beams of Southern hospitality that’s perfect for any bride’s vision. The Farmhouse is located on 50 acres of farmland in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. With a vintage rental warehouse on site, Grassroots Vintage truly makes your wedding planning experience a breeze.

Photo: Chelsea Denise Photography

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Willow Creek Mansion – Located off of historic Main Street in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Willow Creek Mansion’s grounds are home to ancient oaks, which offer the perfect canopy for outdoor events of up to 200 guests, while the elegant Grand Ballroom is climate controlled and perfect for any occasion fitting up to 150 guests. Each event is personal for the staff at Willow Creek Mansion and they strive to create a unique and unforgettable experience for  you, your family and your friends.

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Three Twenty on Main – Opened in March 2017 and located in historic downtown Claremore is the beautifully rustic, yet elegantly modern Three Twenty on Main venue. This breathtaking space possesses two-story ceilings, brick columns and a grand staircase with iron accents and crystal chandeliers. Three Twenty on Main can comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests, so its perfect for large or small gatherings. With farm tables, chairs, a catering kitchen, bridal loft and rehearsal spot included, Three Twenty on Main truly has it all for your big day!

The Best Wedding Transportation and Valet Services in Oklahoma

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There are so many steps to planning a wedding and some of the logistical details are easy to overlook! Planning wedding transportation to and from your ceremony and reception sites is one you can’t afford to miss as well as guest parking. Today we are highlighting two amazing local vendors to who are ready to provide the best service and ensure a smooth ride through your big day. Cheers!

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King’s Limousine and Private Jet – Kings Limousine and Private Jet has the perfect Lincoln Town Car, Jaguar Sedans, Stretch and Super Stretch Limos and Vans to accommodate all your transportation needs. For group trips, they also are able to offer van service up to 15 passengers in new model vans and SUV’! Kings Limousine and Private Jet guarantees that you will get to your destination safely and on time. So for your next trip or special occasion, don’t settle for anything less than the absolute best limousine and jet service in Oklahoma.

Photo 1: Tara Lokey Photography, 2: Ely Fair Photography

Sooner Valet – Sooner Valet is a locally owned business with Oklahoma roots that run deep, and hospitality that is homegrown. Their team is dedicated to delivering the highest level of performance to clients, whatever the venue. They know that first impressions are everything – and their mission is to provide professional, polite and friendly service that will be a memorable experience for guests.

Intimate Garden Engagement Shoot Captured by Meg Rose Photography

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With lush foliage and brilliant blooms all around, we knew Robin and Alexander’s engagement shoot was sure to be a hit! With close, affectionate shots and an overall feel of serenity, Meg Rose Photography captures this intimate garden engagement quite beautifully. Scroll on to see all the gorgeous photos and to read how they met!

Photos // Meg Rose Photography

Alex and Robin first met in high school and started dating shortly afterward. They rekindled their relationship at James Madison University and have been together ever since! Alex proposed to Robin on top of a mountain peak in Shenandoah National Park on a brisk fall afternoon, amid the changing color of the leaves.

The theme of Robin and Alexander’s wedding will be enchanted forest, set in late December of 2018. Robin is an orchestra teacher, and she is particularly looking forward to having her orchestra students perform at her ceremony. Congratulations Robin and Alexander! We hope you have a very magical wedding!

How to Incorporate Personal Style Into Your Wedding Cake

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Creating a cake for your big day is more than finding a Pinterest picture of a design you like. Your cake should represent you and your partner’s personal style and flair. We reached out to Yunita, owner and cake baker at You Need a Cake, and asked her a few vital questions about how to incorporate personal style into your wedding cake. Yunita specializes in wedding cakes, but can also do other cakery options such as birthday, showers and graduations. She can even make other delectables that perfectly accent and represent your big day. Without further delay, let’s get on with this Q&A!

How to Incorporate Personal Style Into Your Wedding Cake

Photo // Sheradee Hurst Photography

Why do you think it’s important that a wedding cake be a direct reflection of who a couple is, rather than just choosing a cake?

I think it’s important for couples to express themselves – what they like, who they really are and what their style is. Their wedding cake needs to represent who they are as a couple instead of choosing a picture from Pinterest or copying another couple’s wedding cake. After all, the wedding is all about the couple celebrating their love – not simply about providing dessert for their guests.

What is one of your favorite ways to incorporate unique style into a cake?

One of my favorite ways to incorporate a unique style into a cake is by decorating with custom and handmade sugar flowers or edible lace. Other interesting techniques such as sugar quilling or stencil are another great way of adding unique flair.

If a couple is struggling to explain themselves, what are a few starter questions that you will ask in order to inquire what cake might work best for the couple?

I like to ask a bride what she would like to see on her wedding cake. Whether or not a bride would like to incorporate elements from the wedding into her cake is an important question. Fun details to include could be, but are not limited to: the lace on her dress, pearls, color palette from the wedding, invitation, decor and even an inside joke between the bride and the groom.

There are a lot of different cake options out there! What is one piece of advice you would like to give to couples who are unsure of where to start when it comes to making a cake their own?

I always tell my brides that their guests, and specifically their girlfriends, will always remember two things from the wedding: the wedding dress and the wedding cake. I desire for each couple to have not only beautifully executed cakes, but delicious cakes too. It’s important to design and make the cake to represent the couple and what they like, rather than choosing a cake that looks like everyone else’s.

Special thanks to Yunita from You Need a Cake for sharing her advice with us today! Inquire directly with Yunita via her online profile on Brides of Oklahoma here!

Barre3: Finding Confidence in Your Unique Strengths

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It’s time to work off that turkey and get wedding day ready! Inspired by a combination of three exercise practices, ballet barre, yoga and pilates, Barre3 is designed to lift, lengthen and tone your body. Today, we’re taking a minute to dive deeper into this ever-popular workout by gaining a better understanding of the lifestyle that serves as its cornerstone to ensure the best version of yourself is making that walk down the aisle! Of course, Barre3 offers a unique approach to fitness with its low-impact moves and high-muscle burn, but what really sets it apart is the overarching goal to break down the negativity surrounding health and fitness.

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With new workout and diet trends changing practically every day, it can be hard to find a community that openly promotes confidence through individuality. We’re so accustomed to treating exercise as a punishment, convincing ourselves that if we aren’t out of breath and seeing stars then we aren’t working hard enough. We’re constantly compelled to strive for this unrealistic idea of perfection that seemingly holds only one identity when the truth of the matter is that this flawless picture simply does not exist. Barre3 recognizes these falsehoods, and stands strong on a foundation comprised of internal empowerment and self-love!

“Within the four walls of a Barre3 studio, the stage is set for you to explore your individual truth, to stand up for yourself, and to build confidence in your unique strengths and wisdom,” says Franchise Master Trainer Sarah Catherine Wheatley.

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Barre3 is so much more than squats, lunges and planks. It’s a mentality-based discipline that gets you healthy from the inside out! Retraining your mind to love the current body it’s in while working toward improvement can make all the difference when it comes to exercise, and surrounding yourself with a motivating community rooted in doing just that is the best way we can think of to get your fitness journey started off on the right foot!

On top of a focus on physical activity, Barre3 has curated a special nutrition formula tailored to help you meet your goals of weight management, mental clarity and consistent energy. Eliminating foods that could unknowingly be harmful to your body holds just as much importance as incorporating those that will better serve it. Gluten, refined sugar, dairy, alcohol and coffee all carry the potential to sabotage your success.

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Gluten causes inflammation in your gut and blocks the absorption of essential nutrients, while refined sugar depletes the immune system and disrupts blood-sugar levels. Dairy carries a slew of unwanted side affects including: inflammation, digestive problems, increase in mucus production and fatigue. Alcohol is sugar, but deserves its own recognition because we know how hard it can be to eliminate entirely. It causes enormous blood-sugar spikes, causing your body to convert that extra energy directly into fat. Similarly, coffee stimulates the release of cortisol, our stress hormone, that speeds the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. That’s right, you know what’s coming! Unspent energy = fat stored in the body.

Positive changes in energy, mood and sleep are just a handful of worthy results to upgrade your diet for!

Ready to transform your health? Book a class with our friends at Barre3 today and prepare to discover a happier, healthier you!