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Locale in Bloom – 81 Ranch with The Wild Mother

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Photos by Peyton Rainey Photography

Where to even begin with this amazing shoot… We’ve been dying to start sharing shoots from our Local in Bloom editorial  for weeks! Our team is  beyond blown away by the floral talent from the sisters that make up The Wild Mother and their vignettes that were shot at the grandiose 81 Ranch and captured by Peyton Rainey Photography. We love the intricate details of this venue so much, that we wanted to highlight the architectural features that make 81 Ranch so special including their sweeping staircase, gorgeous grand entryways and their one-of-a-kind bar. With old school tunes serenading the sisters, they went to work in creating these blooming scenes, and they certainly took it to the next level. Their vision of vintage cinema grandeur and interactive scenes are not only dreamy, but also inspiring. Round House Bakery provided the sugared fruits and cake that truly completed the scene. Prepare yourselves – these scenes might be in your dreams for weeks to come. Enjoy!


venue | 81 Ranch

florals + styling | The Wild Mother

photography | Peyton Rainey Photography

cake | The Round House Bakery

Urban Oklahoma City Anniversary Shoot from Caroline Elizabeth Photography

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Photos by Caroline Elizabeth Photography

When we saw Caroline Elizabeth Photography‘s urban Oklahoma City anniversary shoot featuring our past cover bride, Jayme Phillips, and her hubby Josh, we knew this was a must-share! As if the photos aren’t beautiful enough, the couple chose to hit local coffee shops and eats for the shoot. You’ll spot them sipping Okay Yeah brews, posing outside of Leaf + Bean and munching on pepperoni pizza from Hideaway. For one of their looks, Caroline asked Jayme and Josh to write down five things they love about the other and read them aloud for the sweet blanket clad photos you see above – what an awesome idea for your anniversary shoot! We’re over-the-moon for this sweet couple and are so happy to be sharing their shoot with you! Happy Friday!

Wedding Invitation Timeline Questions Answered by Paper + More

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After invitation etiquette, the next need-to-know on the wedding invite agenda is what the timeline schedule looks like. We looked to Britton Green from Paper + More to answer the all the questions our brides-to-be have about their wedding invitation timeline.

1.  How far in advance of my wedding should I meet with the invitation designer?

A meeting with an invitation designer should be about four to six months in advance to allow enough time for designing, proofing, printing and production. For quicker turnaround time, it is best for our in-store designers to do a custom invitation suite.

2.  How far in advance of the wedding should I send out my save the dates?

Save the dates should be mailed six to eight months in advance to allow for guests to make plans and travel arrangements as needed.

3.  When should I send out my wedding invitations?

Wedding invitations should be mailed six weeks prior to the wedding.

4.  When should I make the deadline for RSVPs?

We recommend checking with the venue to see when they need a final count. We typically suggest having your reply-by date a month before the wedding to allow for late RSVPs and to have time to settle on a final number.

5.  Should I follow up with those who don’t RSVP in time? If so, how?

Yes, it is appropriate to follow up with those who don’t RSVP in time. Calling the guest to confirm is best.

6.  If hiring a calligrapher for my invitation addressing, how long should I give them to have my invitations ready?

For in-store printing of mailing addresses, we ask for an additional week to allow for production. A calligrapher may have a different timeline, so it would be important to ask them.

7.  When should I send out Thank You notes?

Thank you notes should be mailed out within one month after the wedding. Etiquette calls for personalized stationery to be used for thank you notes. The married initial should be used only after the wedding. Stationery with the bride’s name or maiden name monogram should be used for gifts before the wedding.

Photos from top to bottom: Kelsi Laine Photography, Tammy Odell Photography, Aubrey Marie Photography, Kristen Edwards Photography, Kristen Edwards Photography


Enter the 2017 Looks of Love Contest NOW!

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There are only a few days left to enter Brides of Oklahoma’s 9th Annual Looks of Love contest! We’ve been pouring over so many adorable submissions from Oklahoma couples already and can’t wait to announce our winner! To enter, follow this link and upload a few of your favorite pictures or engagement photos and briefly tell us your love story (just a short paragraph will do!). The deadline to enter is this Friday, February 3. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites for voting starting Monday, February 6, leading up to the big announcement on Valentine’s Day! The Looks of Love entry with the most likes will win a dinner date for two to the restaurant of their choice on us plus a romantic overnight stay at The Skirvin Hilton AND breakfast at The Skirvin’s Park Avenue Grill on a mutually agreed upon date! Also, if you have any friends in the DFW or Austin area, be sure to tell them about our Looks of Love Contest for Brides of North Texas and Looks of Love Contest for Brides of Austin ongoing now as well! Good luck!

Ashley and Jerritt- Redeemed Productions, Hannah and Will- Aubrey Marie Photography,  Callie and Justin- Ellen Ashton, Madison and Michael- Kristen Edwards Photography, Nhu and Nathan- Holly Gannett Photography,  Evie and David- Picturesque Photos by Amanda, Caitlyn and Austin- Abby Roses Photography

A French Provincial Feté From Blueberry Hill Events

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Photos by Anna Schroeder Visuals

We knew Kimberlyn with Blueberry Hill Events meant business when she told us she wanted to use baby animals in her styled shoot! When baby goats Woody & Hank arrived, we were thrilled! We loved every single detail from this beautiful styled shoot at the majestic Dresser Mansion in Tulsa captured by Anna Schroeder Visuals. Ms. Laura’s Cakes created the perfect treat to capture the ornate nature of the shoot, while The Chalkboard Catering team proved to be extremely diverse in their skill set providing fresh produce and cocktails. We can’t get over the soft touches in the greenery-filled floral from Poppy Lane Design and delicate stationery pieces from Modyen Designs that filled the rustic scene alongside rentals from Ruby’s Vintage Rentals and Party Pro Rents. A woodsy twig chandelier, also provided by Party Pro Rents, was hung from the ceiling completing the barn scene. Our model bride was outfitted in a lace bodice, sheath gown from Meg Guess Couture and jewelry from BC Clark Jewelers, and Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio finished the look with a loose updo and dramatic makeup. We’d most certainly like to attend this French feté! See more from the styled shoot on pages 251-253 of the 10th Anniversary issue or in the online edition here! Cheers!



design, styling, baskets, farm eggs, textiles, goats | Blueberry Hill Events

floral | Poppy Lane Design

catering | The Chalkboard

venue | Dresser Mansion

gown | Meg Guess Couture Bridal & Boutique

jewelry | B.C. Clark Jewelers

hair + makeup | Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio

photography | Anna Schroeder Visuals

farm table, benches, branch chandelier, china, napkins, silverware | Party Pro Rents

wheel barrow, pillows, white table, yellow couch, wingback chairs, wire basket | Ruby’s Vintage Rentals

invitation suite, place cards, table numbers,  calligraphy | Modyen Designs

cake | Ms. Laura’s Cakes