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Quartz Mountain Engagement from Hope Photography

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Photos by Hope Photography

We are absolutely loving Amanda and Brian’s engagement shoot captured by Hope Photography! The couple first met through mutual friends in 2010 while attending Oklahoma State University. Five years later, Brian asked Amanda to marry him while hiking at Quartz Mountain State Park with some friends. After hiking towards the top of the mountain, Brian asked if Amanda wanted to take a picture with him. As they were posing, he stopped to kneel down and propose, and she of course said yes! This mountain and lake backdrop made for gorgeous engagement photos, and it is obvious how in love the couple is!

Amanda and Brian will be married on November 5th at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The couple with the help of Planned 2 Perfection is planning a classic and elegant wedding in colors of dark green, burgundy and blush with hints of gold. We are so happy for Amanda and Brian and can’t wait to see their wedding come together!

Oklahoma Wedding Entertainment Spotlight: The Royal Dukes

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If you’re looking for the perfect Oklahoma wedding entertainment be sure and check out one of our favorites – The Royal Dukes! The Royal Dukes are a premium 3-14 piece band specializing in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events and private functions in Oklahoma and around the country. They pride themselves on having a “cooler-than-average” song list that is never cheesy, and focuses squarely on filling your dance floor. With The Royal Dukes you’ll get the best musicians in the country playing your favorite music. They not only play a wide variety of styles for all aspects of your big day, but they play them like no other band in town. They will personally ensure that your dance floor is jumping all night!

The Royal Dukes offer so many options if you are interested in having live music throughout your big day. During the ceremony, keep things simple with an acoustic duo performing some of your favorite songs, or for the traditional style ceremony, a small group could play as a classical string quartet, or even a violin and harp duo. The combination of harp and violin is an incredible sound and is definitely a unique touch for the perfect wedding ceremony.

As the newlyweds make their entrance during the early stages of the reception, a smaller selection of the musicians can play traditional jazz or chilled acoustic music in the background to keep the room buzzing. This is a really important way to set the mood for the night, without overdoing it – perfect music for chatting over hors’ d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Then comes the dance floor – where The Royal Dukes have earned their fantastic reputation! For them it’s all about great preparation and a genuine love for what they do to ensure you have the best party of your life.

Fill out their quick and easy online form and receive an information booklet with free demo CD. Cheers!

Bridal Beauty Tips from AnnElyse Salon and Spa

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Every bride wants to look her best when the big day finally arrives, so we’re teaming up with local beauty experts to get the inside scoop on all things bridal beauty. We recently sat down with talented ladies at AnnElyse Salon and Spa to get their expert advice and bridal beauty tips. Check out her helpful advice below and stay tuned to the blog as we share more bridal beauty tips from local experts!

What are the advantages of doing a hair/makeup trial run before the big day?

Doing a hair and makeup trial run helps your special day go smoothly. It’s so difficult to know exactly what style you’ll like or if that all time favorite smokey eye fits your personality. Doing a run through helps the bride have a more comfortable relationship with the stylist that will execute her dream look on her big day.

What advice do you have for a bride trying to find the right look for her day?

Finding the right look all depends on you and your wedding. Having the right beauty team to help you figure out exactly what you are looking for is key. Are you a boho bride or a classic bride? Do you want to look sleek and polished or natural and traditional? Having the right beauty look that is cohesive with your wedding will just help set the tone for your dream day. Just remember to try to stay “you” on your wedding day. Don’t go for something completely different than your normal sense of style.

What beauty product should every bride have with her at all times?

Lip color since your makeup artist won’t be there all night to touch you up, and you can never have too much hairspray on hand!

How does a bride choose between an updo or loose curls?

When you’re trying to decide how to wear your hair always look to the dress. You want your hair to complement your attire. However, the most important thing to remember is to be you and make sure you feel comfortable with your entire look.

What beauty trends do you predict for fall/winter?

Fall is here and winter is around the corner! We have a feeling our brides will be all over those deep shades of red for their makeup. That plum lip will be all over our insta-feeds! As for hair, the braid will never go out of trend, but more importantly that “fat” braid will be trending! Pancaking your braid gives a elegant touch to a classic style. We predict jewel tones, golds and coppers, and surprisingly are also seeing an upswing in black. Don’t be scared of a fierce winged liner. Also, hair accessories over traditional veils are a more modern yet elegant way to achieve a classic bridal look.

What’s your favorite shade of lipstick?

We love that lipstick has come back full force! Picking a fave. Let’s be honest, WE LOVE IT ALL!

How can a bride keep her hair/makeup looking fresh and flawless throughout her big day?

Everyone wants makeup that stays. Airbrush foundation gives you that flawless look that makes all the difference. We all know there will be tears… Get those eyelash extensions – No need to wear mascara! Your lashes will be on point the day of, the day after and all through your honeymoon.

Any other helpful beauty tips for brides-to-be?

Remember to stay calm, stay true to what YOU want (not your best friend or that instafamous girl you follow), and have fun with this once in a lifetime day!

HRG Catering has you Covered from Bridal Brunches to Rehearsal Dinners

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HRG Catering’s talented team of chefs and hospitality experts is dedicated to creating an event that is not only a delicious experience, but also truly memorable. Whether preparing for a bridal brunch, rehearsal dinner or all-out wedding celebration, Holloway Restaurant Group Catering can create a special dining experience for all of your guests. With restaurants such as Boulevard Steakhouse, Cafe 501, Martini Lounge and Ice House under their brand, they are able to create a wide array of foods and are sure to bring the best quality to the table. Contact Julie Monroe at to begin cultivating original catering concepts for your special event today!  

Photos courtesy of HRG Catering

Announce Your Wedding in the Brides of Oklahoma 10th Anniversary Issue!

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There are very few life moments more memorable than a wedding. If you’re like most brides, you’ve probably spent months planning and maybe even longer dreaming about this amazing day, and it’s certainly one you’ll cherish forever. Brides of Oklahoma magazine celebrates Oklahoma weddings like no other! In every issue, you’ll find 100+ pages of Oklahoma weddings that commemorate the day in style, and for Oklahoma brides planning, this section of the magazine is an invaluable resource as it showcases the beauty of so many phenomenal weddings from across the state and the local wedding vendors that brought each one to life!

We invite you to commemorate your wedding in the 10th Anniversary issue of Brides of Oklahoma magazine and would be honored to consider your wedding for feature! Here are the deets on how to get your wedding featured…

We offer single, double and triple-page paid wedding announcement space for couples who desire to announce and commemorate their wedding in Brides of Oklahoma magazine. Single page wedding announcements are $500, double page wedding announcements are $800, and triple page announcements are $1100. Depending on announcement size, layouts feature between 5-20 pictures and a detailed wedding write-up. Due to space limitations, wedding announcement space must be reserved in advance of our publication deadlines and couples must be approved by our editorial team for coverage. If you’re interested in announcing your wedding in Brides of Oklahoma magazine, simply reserve your spot online here as early as possible to ensure space availability. The deadline for our 10th Anniversary issue is coming up in just two short weeks on October 1st! If you have any questions, email Jennifer at or call 405.607.2902.

Oh…and did we mention only real brides grace the cover of Brides of Oklahoma magazine?!! Be sure to submit your photos and enter our Cover Contest online here. Cheers!