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Happy Thanksgiving from Brides of Oklahoma!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Brides of Oklahoma!

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Brides of Oklahoma! As we put the finishing touches on our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, we truly have so much to be thankful for! We’ve been working with the most amazing brides to share their weddings in the upcoming issue. We’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with the most talented wedding pros in Oklahoma to share dozens of inspiring editorials. In just a few short weeks, the glossy pages that we’ve poured our hearts into will hit the newsstand, and we can’t wait to share it with you all! Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday! 

Wedding Inspiration for Every Season from Expert Oklahoma Wedding Planners

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No matter what time of year you’re getting married, we’ve got you covered with wedding inspiration for every season from four amazing Oklahoma wedding planners! Whether you want a bright bold summer ceremony or a romantic winter wedding, we know you’ll love these stunning designs. Enjoy!

SPRING

Wedding Planner - Paper Chandelier

Paper Chandelier Events

Spring is full of new life blooming everywhere! It’s a hopeful season and a wonderful time to get married because of the symbolism as well as the opportunity for beautiful, fresh flowers. For the wedding pictured here, the team at Paper Chandelier Events put the best of the season on display with bountiful greenery as a table runner, vintage-style floral plates, and even a napkin rosette in robin’s egg blue.

To see the rest of this whimsical, spring wedding click here

Photo: Sarah Libby Photography

SUMMER

Seasonal Wedding Inspiration from Expert Oklahoma Wedding Planners

Alli Coleman Events 

Summer weddings benefit from access to a wide variety of colorful flowers. The vivid, bright colors in this styled shoot from Alli Coleman Events are definitely swoon-worthy! This head table design was inspired by the unexpected combination of rustic farmhouse elements combined with contemporary touches like elegant ghost chairs.

To get more summer inspiration from this styled shoot, click here

Photo: Modern Love Photography

FALL

Wedding Planner - Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill Events

Fall is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, and it’s no wonder why with inspiration like this styled shoot  from the team at Blueberry Hill Events! Rustic outdoor elements like this chandelier pair perfectly with sumptuous touches like these gorgeous chairs. Add to all that the bountiful tablescape possibilities and the charm of the season is undeniable.

Get more fall wedding inspo  from this French Provincial styled shoot, here.

Photo: Anna Schroeder Visuals

WINTER

Wedding Planner - Forever Cole

Forever Cole Events

Winter may be cold, but this wedding is full of warmth with metallic touches and sparkling accents. Forever Cole Events made sure this couple’s New Year’s Eve wedding was full of rustic romance and chic design. Over-sized roses in warm shades and greenery wreaths show that florals don’t have to be bright to be eye-catching.

To get more winter inspiration from this wedding, click here.

Photo: Peyton Rainey Photography

A Modern Whimsy Styled Shoot Planned by Darling Details Event Planning + Design

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With touches of modern flair and playful pink, this modern whimsy styled shoot planned by Darling Details Event Planning and Design, makes for a very chic wedding inspo session! We are loving the subtle touches of femininity in this captivatingly detailed styled shoot including the classic pink and white roses in this simple bouquet arranged by Robyn’s Flower Garden! Whimsical rentals by Party Pro Rents and an elegant naked drip cake by Ms. Laura’s Cakes have us in awe of all things pretty in pink! With touches of our inner girly childhood, this shoot reminds us of the fairy tale wedding we’d always dreamt of as a little girl. Keep scrolling to see all things modern whimsy in this lovely styled shoot!

Photos // Kylea Wares Photography + Maci Wares Photo + Design

10 Dramatic Bouquets to Inspire Your Wedding Day Blooms

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A little drama on your wedding day can be a good thing – especially if it’s floral drama! From cascading greenery to feather and ribbon accents, these 10 dramatic bouquets will bring the wow factor to your wedding day. We know you’ll be inspired by these bountiful blooms from the creative teams of our favorite local Oklahoma florists.

10 Dramatic Bouquets to Inspire Your Wedding Day Blooms

Bayly Blooms

Talk about romance! This beautiful bouquet is all about the right touch of drama with the perfect mix of pale greenery and deep, rich pinks and red tones.

Photo: Evan Hopman

The Flower Shop Pryor

This delightful garden-fresh bouquet would be the just the thing for a lovely outdoor wedding. From the fullness of the blooms to the delicate pieces that drape down, it’s full of delightful textures.

Photo: Kailey Watson Photography

Tony Foss - Florist - Holly Gannett

Tony Foss Flowers 

This stunning creation has us dreaming of a white winter wedding! It’s all at once dramatic, yet effortlessly uncomplicated.

Photo: Holly Gannett Photography 

Ever-Something-Florist

Ever Something

If you love the cascading style, but don’t want something big, this stylish, sculpted bouquet is ideal. It’s even topped off with a lovely, flowing ribbon.

Photo: Monica Burgess Photography

Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop 

This bride’s elegant bouquet is teeming with complementary textures and tonal shades of ruby red. We love the draping greenery alternative in the dreamy wine hue – what a statement piece!

Photo: Andrea Murphy Photography

The Medieval Garden Floral 

Talk about drama! This bouquet is literally overflowing with it. This striking arrangement is made for the fashion-forward bride with a flair for creating iconic style moments.

Photo: Mikayla Yeo

Bloom House

This graceful bouquet is just the thing to complement an enchanting garden wedding. With a dainty overflow of greenery and accent pieces, it would work well for a bride that loves flowers but doesn’t want too much draping down.

Photo: Lydia Royce

Robyn’s Flower Garden 

Eloping is no excuse for lackluster flowers. If your style is modern with a feminine edge, this show-stopping bouquet is for you! The structural, almost architectural approach has an inherent softness that we just adore!

Photo: Taylor Mae Photography

Poppy’s Garden

We’re smitten with this boho-inspired bouquet. The full blooms and dramatic proportions accented by two sets of eye-catching ribbons is beyond lovely.

Photo: Jessica Lynn Tucker Photography

XO Florals

XO Flowers & Events 

This unique collection of blooms is a feast for the eyes with the different textures and rich, burnt tones. It’s the ideal statement piece for a modern bride.

Photo: Map & Compass Photography

How to Look Your Best in Your Wedding Photos – Tips from Carolyn F. Beauty

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Your wedding photos are a big investment and not only that – they become treasured family heirlooms. Because we know you want to look and feel your best, we’ve gathered expert tips from Carolyn Flewelling of Carolyn F. Beauty on how to look your best in your wedding photos. Pulling from her 13 years of experience, she shares insights that will help you achieve that bridal glow you’re looking for!

Photos // Karl Rouwhorst of Luminaire Foto

How to Look Your Best in Your Wedding Photos - Tips from Carolyn F. Beauty

What can a bride do to enhance her natural beauty in her photos?

Everyone has a favorite feature, so it can be really important to focus on this area. From a general perspective, I think the eyes are super important. I always recommend false eyelashes. This is a small thing that can make a huge impact on how you photograph. They help your eyes look open and awake, creating a soft definition. This is a good trick especially if the bride’s vision is to have a barely-there lid without eyeliner. They will achieve the definition they need to really see their eyes in photos, without compromising their overall vision.

How can brides ensure their makeup will translate well in photos?

In some cases, I will ask the photographer for a test shot if they are readily available. Most of the time I rely on products that are tried and true, but I always make sure I test color selection outside. Natural sunlight tells all!

Carolyn F. Beauty - Luminaire Foto

What can brides do prior to their wedding day that will have the most impact on her bridal beauty and photos?

Take care of your skin, take care of your skin, take care of your skin! This is hands down the MOST important step. This is where beautiful, natural makeup begins. Sure, almost anything can be fixed in Photoshop, like a day-of blemish that you can’t stop fixating on, but there is less correction that needs to happen when applying makeup and shooting the look if there isn’t anything to correct. Our beauty studio can create custom spa packages for brides that allow them to get consistent services, whether that be facials and/or waxing treatments, that help them achieve their skincare goals; however, I understand that not all brides have this in their budget. I feel that it’s important to work through all this with my clients either at their trial, or in a separate consultation to get the best plan in place that suits them specifically.

Most of us have heard the phrase “bridal glow” – but how can brides look as radiant as they feel?

Personally, I agree, the “bridal glow” comes from radiating happiness. It’s love, ladies… a good moisturizer doesn’t hurt though! I’m sure I’ve repeated myself ad nauseum already, but self-care is the golden ticket. Our skin is our largest organ and it certainly keeps track of all our dirty secrets. Put good in, get good out! Make sure you are drinking your water and you have a good skincare regimen. A skincare routine keeps our skin balanced, happy and healthy. On the flip side, if we aren’t washing our faces or we’re dehydrated, we can see it and we can feel it.

Food can also play a role in helping our skin glow. There are so many wonderful foods that support our skin health and give us tons of antioxidants that help our skin stay strong and radiant. Do a little research or go visit a dietician to help formulate a plan that works with your body!

Carolyn F. Beauty - Luminaire Foto

One common concern is how to make the lovely makeup artist’s work last throughout the entire event. What can a bride do to help this?

Follow your makeup artist’s direction. If they have told you something specific about your look or a product and how to keep it looking fresh all night, make sure to pay attention to that. I use products on my brides that are tried and true, but I always send them with a little touch-up kit that has everything they need should they have a mishap later in the evening!

Oh, and if someone spritzes you with setting spray, try not to make any facial expressions until it dries. If you are prone to creasing, this can help a bit. If you talk and laugh and move your face around a bunch when the setting spray is still damp you may end up setting your creases instead of setting a smooth canvas. It doesn’t always happen but better safe than sorry!

If you could give only one piece of advice to your brides about how to help their natural beauty shine through in their wedding photos, what would it be?

Be confident! You are beautiful and this is the happiest day of your life! Know that everything else is just a drop in the bucket and all the day-of details are going to be taken care of and everything will turn out just as you dreamed, no matter what.

You have a philosophy of playing up a bride’s natural beauty and approaching this from a holistic stand point. Why do you think that’s important?

This is always funny to me because I actually did not enjoy doing natural makeup for the longest time. I wanted to do all the things that were new and popular, and I wanted to test my limits as an artist. I feel like everyone has this growing period.

When I started doing bridal makeup, everything about my aesthetic changed. It happened so organically. The looks all my brides leaned toward were so clean and simple. It got me out of the comfort zone I had been in for years, and I just fell in love with the purity of focusing on who my bride was and what made her feel beautiful. That’s what made me truly understand that this idea of beauty we all have is so unique to us. We all find it in a different way.

Through this process I came to appreciate how the principle of taking care of ourselves can make a huge impact on who we are. We take a few minutes here to put on a face mask while we read, or we take a few minutes there to dry brush before we get into the shower. We might have a green smoothie for breakfast because it makes our tummy happy, and we might go to a workout class because it makes us feel strong. A happy heart, a full cup and healthy, radiant skin is a reward of putting time back into ourselves. Small steps become rituals. By taking the time to do little things that help us de-stress, unwind and really care for our bodies, we glow.


A special thanks to Carolyn of Carolyn F. Beauty for sharing her expertise. To learn more about Carolyn F. Beauty’s bridal makeup or other services, visit her vendor profile here!