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Chantilly Couture Bridal Grand Opening Event

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Chantilly Couture is Oklahoma’s newest bridal boutique for the modern bride. They carry a variety of both well-known and up-and-coming designers from all over the world. Many of their designers are just now breaking into the U.S. market and can’t be found anywhere else in Oklahoma. Chantilly Couture‘s collection of gowns are for brides who stray away from traditional and want something romantic, unique, modern and feminine. Their growing list of designers includes Chantel Lauren, Daalarna, Ivy&Aster, Tatyana Merenyuk, Love Found True and Truvelle – to name a few. You’ll also find several bridesmaid’s lines, accessories and even gifts for your bridal party! Chantilly Couture thinks finding your bridal gown should be an exciting, intimate and relaxed experience, which is why they offer an exclusive appointment-only day that way they can give each bride their undivided attention. Your experience will be both welcoming and fun with the entire boutique to yourself. Bring your gals and enjoy complimentary drinks and goodies as the team helps you find your dream gown for your perfect day. Be sure to attend their grand opening event on November 18th and 19th – this is certainly one you don’t want to miss! Cheers!

Forevermark Diamonds at Lewis Jewelers

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If you’re searching for the perfect one-of-a-kind diamond, be sure and visit Lewis Jewelers in Moore and check out their incredible selection of Forevermark Diamonds. We were blown away when we learned more about these beauties and how they’re sourced. Every Forevermark diamond undergoes a journey of rigorous selection, and less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark inscription. Lewis Jewelers was chosen earlier this year as the FIRST retail partner in North America to carry the Black Label Forevermark Diamonds, which represents the top 1% of all of the Forevermark diamonds.

This summer Tim Lewis of Lewis Jewelers actually visited the De Beers Victor mine in Canada where he experienced the journey of a Forevermark diamond firsthand. The Forevermark Carat Club recognizes the top sales ambassadors annually from across the nation, and Tim just happens to be one of the 17 inaugural Carat Club members, earning him a seat on the exclusive voyage – so cool! The group experienced the sheer magnitude of the effort that it takes to bring one of nature’s treasures to life as they toured the open-pit mine site and process plant.

“I am so proud to be a partner with DeBeers and Forevermark Diamonds. This trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, firsthand, the colossal effort that is involved in discovering, producing, polishing and bringing these diamonds to the market. The extent to which DeBeers takes to preserve and restore the native land, as well as their commitment to their employees was astounding. These are the first diamonds that are responsibly sourced, and I got to see what that means. When you start with an ultra-transparent diamond crystal, and then cut and polish it to perfect symmetry, you end up with the most beautiful diamonds on the planet,” said Tim.

Head to Lewis Jewelers to see their collection of Forevermark diamonds and huge selection of fine jewelry. Cheers!

The Top 10 Historical Wedding Venues in Oklahoma

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Looking for a venue to reflect vintage style? From they early days of statehood in 1907, through the roaring 20’s and into modern times, Oklahoma history is filled with beautiful architecture and stories. We’ve put together a collection of 10 historical wedding venues for those happy couples that are looking for a setting with a little bit of character! Tap into Oklahoma’s oil-filled, eloquent past and peruse all the historical style that it has to offer for your big day!

Harwelden Mansion

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Harwelden Mansion was built by oilman Earl Palmer Harwell in the mid-1920s, the mansion is the only example of collegiate gothic English Tudor architecture in Tulsa. Since being donated to the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, it has been renovated and opened to the public as a venue with rich history for your special day!

Photos: Watson & Payne Photography

Marland Mansion & Estate

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Marland Estate Mansion, Ponca City, OK

Oil baron E.W. Marland’s dream was to live in a palace, and so he created his own in Ponca City in 1925! Marland Mansion & Estate has over 55 rooms, including a North Salon and Ballroom with terrazzo floors that consist of individually poured sections of crushed marble and concrete. It is a spectacular location that is a testament to the wealth of the oil industry in 1920’s Oklahoma.

Photos: S. Murphy pics, Jim Argo

Festivities Event Center

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Festivities Event Center is located in El Reno, Oklahoma, and was originally constructed in 1915 as a post office. After being converted for educational purposes, it was privately purchased in 2001 and restored to have its original hardwood floors, 10-foot windows, marble walls and tile floors. Just 25 minutes outside the metro, it is an ultimate historic wedding venue.

Ambassador Hotel Tulsa

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The elegant Ambassador Hotel Tulsa was renovated to preserve the 1920’s era Art Deco vibes and exudes old world charm in the heart of downtown Tulsa. It originated as a residence for the well-off oil barons in the late 1920’s and now has been renovated into one of the city’s most historic, yet contemporary venues!

O.U.H.S.C. Faculty House

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O.U.H.S.C. Faculty House was built in 1929 to be patterned after Mount Vernon, the ancestral home of George and Martha Washington. After years of being used to house medical students, visiting professors and candidates, the house was transferred to the Oklahoma Health Sciences Facility, Inc. It continues today to be a beautiful and historic part of the state capital and the ideal venue for a downtown wedding or reception!

Photo: Andrea Jordan Photography

The Campbell Hotel
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The Campbell Hotel was originally called the Casa Loma Hotel and hotel was built in 1927 and is located at the end of the trolley line on Tulsa’s piece of Route 66. Its architecture was inspired by the 1920’s Spanish colonial revival period, and it was redeveloped in 2009 into the luxurious boutique hotel that it is now.

Gaylord Pickens Musuem – Oklahoma Hall of Fame

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Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created to inspire and honor Oklahomans of all ages, instilling state pride by telling the stories of extraordinary people. Located inside the old MidContinent Life Insurance building, now the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, this gorgeous limestone venue with it’s massive Corinthian columns is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Photo 2: Aaron Snow Photography

The Mayo Hotel

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When this first class, 19-story hotel opened in 1925, The Mayo Hotel quickly became a social hub of high society. Fast forward to 2001, when after being long-abandoned and destined for the wrecking-ball, it was purchased by the Snyder family and renovated into the luxurious hotel it is today. It continues to be one of Tulsa’s premiere event spaces.

Photo Credits: Kristen Edwards Photography

The Skirvin Hilton

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The Skirvin Hilton opened in 1911 as “the newest, finest hotel in the Southwest.” Originally consisting of 10 stories and 225 rooms, the now 500-room hotel was renovated and reopened in 2007, and continues to be one of Oklahoma’s most historic and proudest hotel venues.

Photo 2: Choate House

Dresser Mansion

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Dresser Mansion is an Italian Renaissance style mansion, built in 1919 for the Dresser family. The family moved west from Pennsylvania and revolutionized the oil industry with the Dresser Industries’ pipeline coupling. Today, it remains mostly in its original state with heavily textured walls, Tennessee oak floors, colorful European majolica tiles and beamed ceilings. It is a truly historic choice for a Tulsa wedding.

Photos: Blue Elephant Photography

Modern Metallic Styled Bridal Shoot by Forever Cole Events

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Photos by Sarah Libby Photography 

Just in time for Oklahoma’s declining autumn temperatures, this gorgeously modern metallic styled bridal shoot from Forever Cole Events brings us endless amounts of fall wedding inspiration! Captured in glowing light by Sarah Libby Photography, the model bride serves as the star of the shoot, wearing a lace-covered Willow by Waters gown with sheer back panels from Bella Rose Bridal and her oh-so-chic bridal beauty with asymetic bob and metallic makeup by AnnElyse Salon & Spa. With a sleek white venue as the backdrop, bold fixtures provided a more non-traditional, modern feel to the shoot. Brilliant copper table decor complemented an ultra-customized black and white marbled wedding cake from Amy Cakes, complete with molded copper-colored chocolate to imitate a metal drip trim. Contrasting blue hues gave depth to the setting in a gorgeous deep navy velvet couch, slate grey wood window frames and a poolside tiled wall in shades of teal and aqua. In full swing of the season, we can’t get enough of the fall-like elements in this shoot! Enjoy!

FEATURED VENDORS

Photography | Sarah Libby Photography

Wedding Planner & Floral | Forever Cole Events

Cake | Amy Cakes

Bridal Attire | Bella Rose Bridal

Bridal Beauty | AnnElyse Salon & Spa

Borrowed Charm, The Manor at Coffee Creek, Prawduct by Bekah Barkocy, Cappucinne

Austin Scarlett Fall 2017 Collection

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Photos by Maria Valentino

For those brides who are dreaming of emulating Austin’s forever muse, Brigitte Bardot, take a look at Austin Scarlett’s Fall 2017 bridal collection. With design elements like the off-the-shoulder Bardot necklines and hourglass silhouettes, the collection is intended to outfit a bride for the entire wedding weekend. This inventive assortment of gowns feature feminine lace high-low skirts, artfully draped cape overlays and even includes a playful tie-back jumpsuit with a striped lace overlay that is to-die-for! We are positively swooning over all the fresh, flirty and fabulous pieces Austin Scarlett has created, and we can’t wait to see our brides in them! To shop the latest Austin Scarlett collection locally, head to J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon, or call 405.752.0029 to schedule an appointment.