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Anne of Green Gables Inspired Bridal Inspo at The Barn at The Woods

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From The Barn at The Woods comes this beautiful bridal scene straight out of a novel: Anne of Green Gables, that is! Photographer Lauren Beauregard notes Anne as one of her most beloved characters from childhood and wanted to recreate those feelings of romance and nostalgia through a special bridal inspiration scene. From the venue, with its rolling green landscape and stately oaks to the organic, loosely gathered blooms by Anthousai, each element of this shoot helps us to reminisce on the feelings the classic novel evokes. Pops of color in the cake, cocktails and stationery by The Letterbox Shop brighten up the scene in a whimsical way. A redheaded bride couldn’t be more perfect for this scene, and she looks stunning in her long-sleeve lace gown from Prescott Bridal and gems from Kelley Jewelers. Scroll through the images below and be sure to read the photographer’s note to learn about a special sentimental element of this shoot!

Photos // Lauren Beauregard Photography

From the photographer: “Anne is one of my personal all-time favorite characters and to honor her timeless romance with her childhood love Gilbert Blythe, I wanted to embody all things Anne in a modern bridal editorial. To accomplish this I gathered the most wonderful team of specialized vendors to bring to life a whimsical Anne-inspired theme utilizing summer colors, fresh fruits, wild blooms and classic elements straight from the pages of the novel Anne of Green Gables (like the infamous raspberry cordial incident). The entire location reminded me of Anne’s beloved Green Gables. To bring focus to the beauty of the natural surroundings, my grandfather made our team an oval shaped custom arch, innovating to create a window to the story we were capturing. This arch was not the only personal aspect added to this editorial; my grandfather actually gave me all of my grandmother’s milk glass dishes to be used in our tablescape. This brought a unique emotional element to the shoot.”

The Ultimate Local Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Idea – OKC Brew Tours

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Who doesn’t enjoy sipping a refreshing beverage and exploring a city they love? With OKC Brew Tours, you can do both – with your best gal pals along for the ride! OKC Brew Tours aims to show off Oklahoma City in an exciting way, as well as introducing patrons to up and coming craft breweries around town in a fun, interactive group experience! We chatted with owners Tyler and Brian to see what OKC Brew Tours is all about and why you should consider them for your bachelorette party or other pre-wedding get-togethers. Scroll below to get a taste of these unique tours!

Photos // Carsyn Abrams Photography

What is OKC Brew Tours?

OKC Brew Tours is a tour company specializing in fun, unforgettable brewery tours. Oklahoma City is home to a fast-growing craft beer scene, and we want everyone to taste the best new beers that our local brewers are serving up. Our mission is to provide the highest-quality experience of sampling fresh, locally made, handcrafted beer, while also educating guests about the ingredients in beer and the brewing process.

How many and which breweries do you visit on a tour?

Each tour has the opportunity to visit three different breweries. The breweries that we visit depends on the day of the tour and the availability of the breweries. We like to spread the love to as many breweries as possible though and try to make the experience different for our riders each time. The breweries we frequent are Angry Scotsman, Anthem, Twisted Spike, Vanessa House, Prairie Artisan Ales, Elk Valley, Stonecloud, and Roughtail Brewing Co. And we will likely be adding a few more in the near future with multiple new breweries coming soon.

What is unique about OKC Brew Tours?

OKC Brew Tours is currently the only tour service in Oklahoma City that specializes in brewery tours. The company was started by two friends with a desire to spread their love of craft beer with Oklahoma City. While co-owners Tyler Miller and Brian Spomer both work full-time jobs, they work hard after hours to make OKC Brew Tours a fun and educational experience for anyone who steps foot on the bus. On OKC Brew Tours you are not only given the opportunity to sample and taste a selection of different local craft beers, but you are also given a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the breweries on the process of how each beer is made. In addition, the OKC Brew Tour guides are well-educated beer lovers themselves and provide history about each brewery and the beers.

What types of groups typically do tours?

OKC Brew Tours welcomes groups of all kinds from bachelor and bachelorette parties to birthday parties, company outings or just groups of friends who are wanting something fun and different to do together. Customers must be 21 years of age to come on our tours, but we have had people from their 20’s to their 70’s on our tour, and range from Oklahoma City locals to people visiting all the way from Germany and Australia. OKC Brew Tours really is an activity that people all of sorts can come and enjoy. Whether it is a private tour with all of your best friends or a public tour where strangers become friends, we are always going to do our best to show you a good time.

Thanks to Tyler and Brian for sharing about their endeavors – they’re certainly passionate about what they do and about providing an unforgettable experience for friends in OKC! To schedule your own group tour, reach out via their Brides of Oklahoma vendor profile!

Love Boat Styled Shoot Planned by Nicole Allen Events

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Jump on the love boat with us in this romantic styled shoot at Spain Ranch, designed and styled by Nicole Allen Events! Party Pro Rents provided cozy furniture rentals and props for this al fresco love affair. The light pink color palette mixed with grey velvet linens and candlelit tablescape provide the perfect dreamy atmosphere. Make sure and take a peek at the couple’s sweet rowboat that’s totally stealing the show in this shoot! All captured by Picturesque Photos by Amanda, this day is as lovely as ever!

Photos // Picturesque Photos by Amanda

From Nicole Allen Events: “The inspiration for this shoot started with the adorable rowboat. We knew that we wanted to keep things soft and romantic with a touch of boho, so we stuck with blush pink and grey. Velvet is one of our favorite trends right now, so we chose grey velvet linen, paired with the Grey Dust Rattan Back Louis chair. To make a statement on the grey velvet, we paired the gold and blush heirloom charger with blush napkins and gold flatware. For flowers, we stayed consistent with the romantic vibe and chose white and blush blooms with a thick greenery runner. We had the greenery running off the ends of the table with petals and candles trailing, and inside of the light tunnel it was truly magical!”

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Budget – Advice from Planner Back Meadow Events

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So now you’re engaged and it’s time to begin setting a wedding budget for the big day… it can be a daunting task! We chatted with wedding planner Abby Walker of Back Meadow Events, and she is here to assure you that you can do this! She covers everything from why setting a budget is so important, how to have flexibility in your budget, and even how to compromise with the ‘rents! You won’t want to miss out on all this must-know advice before you start planning your wedding budget!

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Budget – Advice from Planner Back Meadow Events

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1. Why is setting the wedding budget first, the most important thing?

Setting the wedding budget determines every aspect of wedding planning. It allows you to set proper boundaries for yourself so that you can move forward in freedom during the planning process. You can communicate with vendors and not waste your time with those that are outside of your budget. Setting your budget helps you pick vendors with much more ease. The last thing you want to do is get to your wedding, and although you enjoyed the day, wake up with a budget hangover the next day.

2. What is one cost that couples tend to forget about when planning the wedding?

I have two answers to this question. The first and most obvious answer, would be all the little things: signage, cocktail napkins, programs, all the details that really make a wedding come together and feel cohesive. The second part of my answer isn’t as much of a “forgetting” as it is not understanding how much things cost. The top three vendors I see this play out with is florists, photographers and wedding planners. Couples just don’t understand how many hours it takes to arrange floral, edit photos and plan a wedding – but I promise that you get what you pay for.

3. Negotiating price – yay or nay?

Nay. Vendors set their prices for a reason, and you should respect that! If a vendor that you really like is outside of your budget, I think it’s totally appropriate to ask for a referral to another vendor who might be inside of your budget. Asking for a vendor to compromise their pricing for you is very unprofessional.

4. How do you help a bride achieve her dream wedding while keeping her within her budget?

I am so passionate about this! As a wedding planner, helping a bride stay within budget while achieving her dream wedding is my ultimate goal. The primary way that I achieve this with my brides is to sit down at the very first meeting and determine priorities. Maybe you’re a bride who loves flowers but doesn’t care very much about food or cake. In that case, we’re going to dedicate more of your total wedding budget to floral and less to food. I also like to help set a bride up for appropriate expectations! The idea of a “dream wedding” can oftentimes be pushed by the media/TV/movies. I’ve never met a bride who didn’t have a bit of disappointment when it came to her wedding – even brides that have un-ending budgets! No wedding is perfect, so I take it upon myself to help brides have proper expectations. That being said,  you should set the bar low. I believe you can have a wedding that is absolutely incredible and fits you and your fiancé perfectly, well within whatever budget have set.

5. What about budget flexibility? When is it okay to “push the budget”?

Budget flexibility is a real thing. I think when you’re setting your total budget, you should do a range. Instead of saying, “my wedding budget is $25k,” you should say “My wedding budget is “$20k – $25k.” Then when you’re choosing vendors, you shoot for the $20k mark. Most of the time you end up saving in some areas and over-spending in others. What I don’t do with my clients and never recommend to other brides, is to say “My budget is $25k,” and then you end up spending $35k. That is way over budget.

6. What role do the parents of the couple play in budgeting?

It depends! I’ve never had two clients who were alike when it came to parents and budgeting. Some parents like to be very involved in every aspect of the decision making, and others aren’t involved at all! Some parents pay for 100% of the wedding, and some only pay for portions of it. I believe that if the parents are paying for the wedding, it is very important that they are kept in the loop. Though I’ve had many situations where a couple disagreed with their parents on some aspect of the wedding budget, I’ve never been in a situation where a compromise wasn’t able to be reached. This is one of the most important reasons to hire a wedding planner! They can act as mediator in many situations, including with parents.

7. What are the most important vendors and details to budget for?

I mentioned this previously, the top three areas that you usually don’t expect to spend the most money are florist, photographer and wedding planner. If you dedicate a large portion of your budget to those three areas, I promise you will end up loving your wedding – both on the actual day, and looking back for years to come.

A huge thanks to Abby Walker of Back Meadow Events and all of her stellar tips for setting that wedding budget! Interested in hiring Back Meadow Events for your wedding? Visit Abby’s vendor profile on! Don’t forget to stay inspired with all the Oklahoma wedding inspiration over on our site, too!

How to Budget for your Honeymoon Without Breaking the Bank – Tips from Honeyfund

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After having a mind-blowing wedding, what else rather than a once-a-lifetime honeymoon? With the honeymoon inevitable but money scarce, proper planning is mandatory. Planning for your honeymoon can be tricky given the enormous expenses that come with the wedding occasion. All in all, you need to have your dream honeymoon, and nothing should compromise that. You don’t need to have Wall Street financial skills to achieve this. Below the team at Honeyfund, the honeymoon registry, is sharing how to budget for your honeymoon without breaking the bank.

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1. Set Up a Realistic Budget

How much do you anticipate to spend during your honeymoon vacation? Before anything else, you have to come up with an exclusive financial plan. It is this plan that directs you on how much to spend for what purpose. Don’t just rush onto that plane to get to your dream destination. Take time to research on prices and all costs that you are about to incur. If it doesn’t fit your budget, look for other options. There is no point of getting stranded or getting broke immediately after your vacation.

2. Shop for the Best Deals Cautiously

Is there a better plan for your honeymoon than bargaining for a deal? Comparison shopping enables you to save money for your honeymoon. The cheaper the deal, the better for you provided there isn’t any compromise. All-inclusive package deals are the best when planning for your honeymoon. Look for deals that include flights, hotels and other miscellaneous. Keep an eye on flash sales, discounts and promotions. Your primary target when shopping for deals should be cutting down the cost. Aim to get what is best and affordable to avoid overspending. 

3. Book Early

Another perfect way of cutting down your budget is booking early. Whether it’s the flight or hotel room, book early in advance. You can spend less with your loved one by booking when there isn’t a flux of activities. The price of these amenities depends on the number of bookings. As the demand gets higher, so does the price. Many weddings happen during the summer and spring seasons. Booking early enough during the winter or fall will get you better deals. Booking at the last minute is very costly, and you might end up paying more than usual. 

4. Travel During the Off-season

Do you have a specific destination in mind? Traveling during the offseason makes it cheaper, and you won’t have to cough out all your savings. Know the distinct off-seasons for your destinations. A good example is a mid-April to December for the Caribbean. During this season, it’s usually very cheap with low hotel rates and food prices. 

5. Set Your Priorities

What do you want for your honeymoon? What do you want to do during your holiday? What has been your dream honeymoon destination? All these are essential things to put into consideration. Choose what excites or that which will create the most fantastic experience of your life. This saves you from buying what you don’t need, thus enabling you to settle for cheaper options.

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6. Hire a Travel Agent

Travel agencies are there to cater for your travel and accommodation needs. The best way to have stress-free planning is to work with a travel agent who knows everything. The majority of travel agents are knowledgeable and can help you get what’s best for you. It’s the work of the agent to bargain for deals and organize travels and bookings. With years of event planning experience, travel agents will surely get you a cheaper and more organized holiday.

7. Get a Honeymoon Savings Account

Saving for a big occasion is the best way to create a bigger and better budget. Instead of waiting to spend what you have, you can start saving slowly to achieve a set target. You can come up with an estimated budget and begin saving. Saving is better and more manageable than spending one-off. With a savings account dedicated to a particular objective, it’s easier to raise money. When saving, look for the best interest rates that will you something substantial at the end. In this way, you won’t feel any pain when spending what you had saved. 

8. Cut Your Honeymoon Short

Why not plan for a short honeymoon to avoid overspending? Instead of taking a month for your honeymoon, you can strategize on a somewhat shorter one. Something between three days to a week is rather short and more manageable. You can do a short honeymoon vacation to avoid depleting your accounts. Spending fewer nights out there means you pay less than when on a full holiday.

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The Bottom Line

With this article in mind, you know how to budget for your honeymoon without breaking the bank. It is a crucial yet straightforward process that enables you to do things smoothly. If you want to have an extraordinary honeymoon, put in place these simple tips.

Thanks to Honeyfund for sharing these all-too-important tips on keeping the honeymoon under budget! For more great planning advice, and to have your friends and family give dollars to your honeymoon fund in lieu of a traditional gift, visit Honeyfund’s site. Happy planning!