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Berry Bliss Color Inspiration Captured by Kevin Paul Photography

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The vibrant and romantic mood of this berry bliss color collab captured by Kevin Paul Photography has us swooning! The bold and bright florals in eye-catching hues of deep red, magenta and blush were expertly arranged by June Sixteenth Events and set the tone perfectly for a dazzling warm-weather wedding. Everything from the artfully designed cookies courtesy of Gingersnaps to the gorgeously picturesque grounds of 81 Ranch came together beautifully to create this dreamy shoot. Hazel Paper Co. worked to create the most lovely and unique invitations featuring traditional calligraphy and rich colors. Brushed Salon & Makeup Studio provided stunning glam, styling our model with a dramatic red lip and luscious curls while Prescott Bridal supplied her flowy floor-length bridesmaid dress. The strong color of the crimson placemats, topped with exquisite china from Plenty Mercantile, pair perfectly with the bridesmaid’s gown. Keep scrolling for the inspiration you’ve been searching for, directly from the pages of our Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Brides of Oklahoma!

Photos // Kevin Paul Photography

About the venue: With a stunning banquet hall, regal staircase, gorgeous chapel and beautifully landscaped gardens, 81 Ranch is northwest Oklahoma’s most breathtaking wedding venue. Located on the outskirts of Enid, 81 Ranch is set on 18 acres complete with a lake, rustic barn and rose garden. The Heartland Place at 81 Ranch is truly a venue like no other.

12 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

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What better way to kick off your wedding weekend than with an amazing dinner for your guests at one of the best restaurants in Oklahoma? Picking the right cuisine and perfect locale for your rehearsal dinner may seem like quite the task, but we hope to make it easier by sharing the inside scoop on these fabulous hotspots! Read on to find out what makes these 12 fabulous venues so unique. Cheers to marking off another item on your wedding checklist!

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

Mickey Mantle’s is a classic steakhouse with a contemporary American flair in both menu and design. Their dramatic 10,000 square foot restaurant dazzles with a compelling chef-driven menu. Mickey Mantle’s also offers an extensive wine list with over 500 quality selections focusing on California wines chosen for their compatibility with the menu. This award-winning wine list contains impressive labels from all over the world, including the largest selection of large format and half bottles in the state.

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Venue 7 at Cafe 7

From simple to elaborate, Venue 7 at Cafe 7 has the experience and skill to make your food dreams come true. Offering many packages as well as custom menus, they can do it all! They are locally owned and operated since 2008, and have helped plan and execute many ideal weddings. Venue 7 event space, located right next to Cafe 7 on May Avenue, will be the perfect spot for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or any small get together.

Photo: Dani G. Photography

Boulevard Steakhouse

An Edmond and Oklahoma City favorite, Boulevard Steakhouse, Oklahoma’s original prime steakhouse, offers custom menus, a private event space, bar service and free parking. Boulevard is pleased to provide personalized options and service to each and every wedding party and can hold up to 100 guests.

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Cafe 501

Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Cafe 501 is a combination of Californian cuisine and European atmosphere, making it one of the most unique dining experiences in Oklahoma. Famous for their Artisan breads which are baked daily, Cafe 501 can hold up to 45 guests and offers custom menus to ensure your rehearsal dinner is one you and your loved ones will never forget!

Broadway 10

The low, modern lines of Broadway 10’s central bar and grand dining room allow patrons to enjoy the full impact of 8,000 square feet of carefully renovated space. Large softly lit floor lamps throughout keep each seating area cozy and retain a sense of privacy. Street-level and mezzanine private dining will afford equally gracious space and the exclusive experience of Broadway 10’s sophisticated chophouse faire.

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Vast

The talented team at Vast believes in fresh fare and cool cocktails. Date-night dinners and leisure lunches. Smiling staff and vast views. They believe you should have it all in the heart of downtown. Oklahoma City is more than their home – it’s their inspiration. Everyday life influences their commitment to good food, sourced from local producers, and even better service. With a maximum capacity of 240 guests, Vast is the perfect location to host your rehearsal dinner!

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Museum Cafe

Create your unique experience at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Immerse yourself and your guests in stunning views of the downtown Oklahoma City skyline, exquisite dining from the Museum Cafe and world-class art spanning three floors in 15 galleries. Whether capturing special moments in bridal portraits, celebrating a wedding reception, throwing a cocktail party or even a rehearsal dinner, the unique spaces, sophisticated dining and exceptional art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the ideal location to host your special event.

10 Must-see Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots

Hidden Hollow

Located in Oklahoma City, Hidden Hollow can be described as an upmarket caterer. With local wedding caterer Harris Custom Catering behind their cuisine, they raise the level of food quality even on the simplest menu through challenging their culinary minds as well as unique styling and presentation. Hidden Hollow can hold up to 50 guests, and promises an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones!

The Chalkboard

Located inside the Historical Hotel Ambassador in Tulsa, The Chalkboard catering facility is just right for all occasions. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, experience the same quality cuisine offered in the famous Chalkboard restaurant! Offering three separate dining environments, the Tuscany, the Provence and the Wine Cellar, The Chalkboard can hold up to 60 guests. Customize the atmosphere to perfectly fit your style and party size while enjoying the same extraordinary service and food quality The Chalkboard is so famously known for!

Pepperoni Grill

Impress your guests with an event as unforgettable as it is sophisticated. Whether hosting a business luncheon or a rehearsal dinner, Pepperoni Grill has several menus to choose from or they would be happy to work with you to create a menu that fits your taste and budget. What’s great is that they’re not just Italian. Try the gourmet Kobe beef burger, fresh salmon with seasonal vegetables, oven roasted chicken, 7oz. USDA filet, or pan seared tilapia. Always save room for dessert, all made in house from scratch. Enjoy any of the above with a fine glass of wine and the dining experience is complete.

Packard’s New American Kitchen

Packard’s is located in the original 1920’s Packard Automobile showroom on 10th and Robinson in the historic Midtown OKC. Known for its seasonal and eclectic menu and craft cocktails, this is easily a go-to for private dining events. The event space is located across the lobby from the restaurant, comfortably accommodating up to 80 people. The space features a full service bar and presentation ready audio visual and can be customized for any event.

Foolish Things Coffee

Foolish Things Coffee is located on historic Route 66 in downtown Tulsa. With its beautiful natural lighting, open floor plan and urban vibe, this hotspot has become the top destination for the hippest Tulsans to celebrate their small receptions or rehearsal dinners. Let Foolish Things serve your guests from a huge selection of craft coffees or cater in delicious fare to make use of the extremely versatile and modern warehouse space, full of exposed brick, communal tables, and event an outdoor patio.

Moody Fruit Inspired Styled Shoot Designed by Malyn Made Weddings

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Inspired by the gorgeously deep hues of dark fruit, Malyn Made Weddings designed this show-stopping, moody styled shoot to prove that the wedding of your dreams can come to life just about anywhere! From the stunning, half-naked wedding cake courtesy of Sweet Devotion Cakery to the glamorous rentals from Party Pro Rents, this earthy and natural shoot is truly one-of-a-kind! Laurel & Marie created the most beautiful invitations and went above and beyond by hand-writing the menu on the edge of each dish. Romantic floral arrangements included pomegranates, blackberries and pears to emphasize the theme of the day. Keep scrolling for your daily dose of wedding inspiration and look out for a word from the planner! Cheers!

Photos // Jordan Taylor Photography

Video // Valerie Grant Visuals

From the planner: “In the little, big town of Tulsa, Oklahoma, when you see a photo, it is usually recognizable as to where it was taken. Our goal was to find a location that people wouldn’t identify as Tulsa. Couples should dream, and this imagination shouldn’t be limited to the ordinary of the city. In doing this, the locals wouldn’t be distracted by the cliché look of an Oklahoma wedding. By the Arkansas River, we wanted to show couples that any location could be transformed into the wedding of their dreams. The most important aspect is choosing an amazing team of vendors that perfectly fits the couple’s style, personality and dream. Fruit was our inspiration for the styled shoot. The florist incorporated pomegranates, blackberries and pears into the bridal bouquet and centerpiece, while the half-naked wedding cake was covered with a blackberry drizzle and topped with figs, grapes, blackberries and passion fruit.”

Bar Code: Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine

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Sip sip hooray! Today, we’re highlighting our fabulously fun Bar Code editorial from our latest Spring/Summer 2018 issue to help in your search for the most exquisite combination of refreshments to wow your guests.Kick off cocktail hour with a festive signature drink or a glass of locally produced wine to celebrate the happiest day of your life! We pulled a delicious selection of red, white and rosé from Clauren Ridge Vineyard & Winery and sampled the tastiest concoctions from the talented mixologists at Blue Label Bartending. Hannah Miller Hair & Makeup Artistry provided our model’s gorgeous glam, and Naifeh Fine Jewelry accessorized her in the most stunning jewelry pieces. Cheers to Tulsa wedding photographer Andrea Murphy Photography who was there to capture the colorful array. Read on to discover what makes two of our favorite spirit-savvy vendors so unique.

Photos // Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Hand-Crafted Cocktails | Blue Label Bartending

Blue Label Bartending is the only licensed and insured private party bartending service in Oklahoma. Serving hundreds of events each year, they have proudly been in business since 2007. With exceptional service and attention to detail, they are the preferred bartenders for event centers all over Oklahoma. With intricate, hand-crafted cocktails they will help make your wedding as unique and memorable as you are.

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

Local Wine | Clauren Ridge Vineyard & Winery

From the grape to the bottle, Clauren Ridge actively participates in every step of the winemaking process. With acres of mature vines and a fully equipped winery, winemakers have control of every step. This high level of control allows for a product that is truly unique. Their fermentation room, which you will see during tours, is accented by large fermentation tanks that give guests a glimpse into the world of winemaking. Dozens of functional oak casks line walls downstairs, and many dinners include a barrel tasting of an unfinished wine.

Bar Code Delicious Signature Drinks and Locally Produced Wine Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Andrea Murphy Photography

4 Tips for Brides Considering a Boudoir Session

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Most brides excitedly look forward to their engagement and bridal sessions, but when it comes to doing a boudoir session, fears can easily arise. The intimacy and vulnerability of boudoir photography make for beautiful images, but many brides are apprehensive about the process. We’re thrilled to have boudoir photographer Kristina Gaines sharing four tips for brides considering a boudoir session. Her expertise in bridal boudoir is unmatched and her knowledge can put any bride at ease!

Kristina sat down with Oklahoma wedding videographer Dewberry Cinema to address common questions and fears about boudoir photography sessions. Watch the video and read the answers below to see Kristina’s advice for brides considering boudoir!

1. One of the most common questions I receive is what to do with your boudoir photos after your session is complete. The majority of my clients order gorgeous albums as a gift for their significant other. With other types of photo sessions, digital files are the most popular, but with boudoir, I find it to be the most thoughtful when presented in a tangible book or printed product.

2. Budget is another thing to consider when booking your boudoir session. I offer three tiers of collections personally to cater to a variety of budgets based on time spent in the studio and the products I offer.

3. My biggest tip for a bride considering a boudoir session is to research, research, research. Boudoir is such an intimate and specialized type of photography, and trust is very important. After researching your photographer, reach out and ask for personal reviews. And even better if you have a friend who has also been photographed.

4. Another common question I receive is, “Will my photos be kept private?” This is a great question! The answer is YES! My clients’ privacy is of the upmost importance to me. Their photos will be never be shared on social media or in any manner without the written consent from my client.

Thank you to Kristina of Kristina Gaines Boudoir Photography for sharing her insight with us!