With the release of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue, we are thrilled to once again share our digital magazine with all our lovely brides-to-be! Chock full of the most incredible wedding inspiration in Oklahoma, you’ll find our dreamy ILYSM bridal fashion editorial (pg 168), The Love Scene Collection featuring local wedding planners and rental companies (pg 96), trendy Overloaded Cakes (pg 82), Paper and Presents featuring invites paired with gorgeous gifts (pg 153), stunning centerpieces in In Bloom (pg 197), bridal beauty for each and every bride in The Personality Test (pg 215), our caterer spotlight (pg 237), Local in Bloom (pg 261), 100+ pages of real Oklahoma weddings and more! The online mag is the best way to see a more in-depth look at the pages of Brides of Oklahoma on the go! Click here to get to the mag now, OR head to the digital magazine now on Facebook here (under Digital Issues on sidebar)! Happy Friday!
At the historic Hall at the Railhouse amidst romantic candlelight and creamy hues of ivory and blush, high school sweethearts Julie and Jared said “I do” and began a wonderful new chapter. With the help of some incredible Oklahoma wedding vendors Julie and Jared truly had the celebration of their dreams. Julie found her stunning gown at Bella Rose Bridal and completed her look with accessories from Prescott Bridal and hair and makeup by Lexi Faught. Her maids were lovely clad in mix-and-match gowns from Prim. With a hint of watercolor, the invites from Paper + More set a whimsical tone for the day, while soft and dreamy florals from Emerson Events and rentals from Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions and Ruby’s Vintage Rentals perfectly complemented the industrial space. Their guests dined on delicious catering by Abbey Road Catering and the tastiest wedding cake and assorted pies from Amy Cakes. When it came time for the big exit, the happy couple made their way to the waiting limo from King’s Limousine and set off on their next big adventure! Cheers to Julie and Jared and thanks to Sarah Libby Photography for capturing every gorgeous detail!
Photos // Sarah Libby Photography
Written by Abby Broyles
The bride and groom glowed under strings of cascading lights in a room filled with warmth, joy, and the nostalgic smell of homemade apple pie. The setting was romantic and soft with just a touch of rustic charm in the exposed brick walls. The couple’s look was classic. The bride had Manolo Blahniks on with her elegant lace gown, and the groom wore a dapper navy suit. Dancing to the timeless “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, it was as if time stood still for the couple celebrating a milestone in their story together.
Julie and Jared were high school sweethearts. They met at Ardmore High School and were friends for a year before they started dating. “Jared is the most kind and giving person I know. He is always willing to sacrifice things he wants for everyone else,” Julie says. “He is always the listening ear for everyone and is willing to take the time and effort to be a support system for everyone around him.” Jared was also drawn to Julie’s kind heart and care for others. “She is the most thoughtful person when it comes to people and their wants or needs. I can’t imagine I would be where I am today if it weren’t for her compassionate heart,” Jared says. Julie and Jared are one of those rare couples who are able to say they saw each other grow up, from teenage birthdays to football games, graduations, and eventually, budding careers. Jared went to Southeastern for college, while Julie went to Oklahoma State University, but they maintained their long-distance relationship well. They eventually found themselves in Oklahoma City after graduation.
For all of Jared’s great qualities, Julie is the first to admit he’s terrible at surprises! Accepting that as a challenge, Jared made it his mission to make his proposal to Julie a complete surprise. One weekend in April 2016, Julie had planned a trip to Tulsa for a friend’s bridal shower. Jared offered to go with her and spend time with a friend of his up there as well. Julie’s girlfriend suggested the two of them take a walk through the Tulsa Rose Garden where her grandmother was on the board. They chatted while taking pictures of the beautiful roses, all while Julie was completely unsuspecting of what was about to unfold. “I knew she would say yes because the discussion of marriage and rings and everything had been going on for some time by then. I just wanted everything to be perfect and for her to feel absolutely special and loved,” Jared remembers. Julie was completely surprised when she saw her best friend had written lyrics of a country song in calligraphy on a sign posted to a tree. It was a song she and Jared found to be special, and then she saw him. With a sparkling diamond ring in hand, he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. “I just kept thinking how I couldn’t believe the day had finally come. My mind was going a million miles a minute, and I couldn’t believe I was so lucky to get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I couldn’t say yes fast enough!” Julie says.
The couple took a couple weeks to soak in the engagement and celebrate with friends and family. But once Julie started emailing venues, she knew she was in for a big undertaking trying to plan a wedding while working full time. That’s when she hired wedding planner Ariana with Aisle Be With You, and everything started clicking. Since the majority of their families live in Ardmore, they didn’t want to pick a venue too far north. Once they visited the Hall at the Railhouse in Norman, they instantly had a favorite venue. Conveniently, Abbey Road Catering owns the venue, and Julie had them at the top of her list for catering the reception. The couple worked with Ariana in selecting colors and fabrics that kept the hall from looking too industrial to capture the romantic look they desired.
April 2017 came quickly for the couple together ten years before the special day. After a fun rehearsal dinner of swanky barbeque at Iron Star in Oklahoma City, everyone was ready for the main event. By 6:00 on April 15, 2017, loved ones had taken their seats in chiavari chairs surrounded by the soft setting glowing with candlelight and natural light streaming through the windows. Julie and Jared were so ready for the big moment after the first look they had done with Sarah Libby Photography before the ceremony. The bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns in shades of soft pink with varying styles, while the groomsmen wore navy suits and blue ties. The result was a pretty pop of color splashed across the floor-to-ceiling ivory draping at the front of the ceremony. When it was time for the bride’s big entrance, she stood nervously arm-in-arm with her mother before taking her first step down the aisle. “All I could think about was everyone staring at me,” Julie remembers. Her nerves faded away though when the curtains were pulled back and she saw Jared. “I remember feeling a sense of calmness but pure joy. I just saw his big smile and died a little,” Julie says.
Escorted down the aisle by her mother, the bride wore a breathtaking long-sleeve lace gown with an open back and sweeping tulle veil by Jenny Voo and Hayley Paige. “I absolutely loved the back of my dress and the train. Before I went shopping, I kept saying I didn’t want anything too ‘stunner.’ But when I tried my dress on and saw how the back was so incredible, I immediately started crying,” Julie says. The ceremony reflected the personalities of the bride and groom. They had done marriage counseling with their officiant before the wedding, so he knew them well and articulated little personal stories throughout the ceremony. After exchanging rings and traditional vows, Jared kissed his beautiful bride, and they led the wedding party back up the aisle to an evening full of lively celebration.
Guests were treated to cocktail hour while the ceremony site was “flipped” for the reception. The area where the rows of chairs had been was transformed into white-covered tables with gold charger plates and creamy centerpieces with table numbers etched on glass. While loved ones sipped wine and mingled, Julie and Jared had some time to themselves to soak in the evening. Then, they made their grand entrance to plenty of smiles and applause, and that unmatched voice of Nat King Cole sounded for their first dance. “We took some time picking out our song, and I knew I wanted something timeless. I knew we got it right when my grandmother said that my great-grandparents would be smiling from ear to ear with the song choice,” Jared says.
The reception was full of dancing and dining. After a few sets on the dance floor, guests were treated to decadent catering by Abbey Road including lemon thyme grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, and sweets from apple pie to rich peanut butter treats. The celebration was lighthearted from the Theta song sung in honor of Julie’s sorority at Oklahoma State to the Garth Brooks music that had everyone singing along. To end the night, the couple had chosen a song, but something happened at the last moment with the music, and “Unforgettable” came over the speakers again. It was fitting, really, for a couple who had shared so many unforgettable moments throughout their decade together and had so many more to look forward to in the decades to come.
Today, we’re turning to some of our favorite local hair and makeup professionals to help you pinpoint your unique bridal beauty style and feel fabulously you on your walk down the aisle. Whether simple and sophisticated or bold and bright, showing off your beautiful personality is a must on the big day! Keep scrolling to check out the seven gorgeous looks our talented creatives have put together for the latest Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Brides of Oklahoma, captured by Modern Love Photography. Don’t forget to sneak a peek at the breathtaking behind the scenes video from Stout Multimedia below!
Photos // Modern Love Photography
The Luxurious Bride
The Free Spirit
The Romantic Bride
The Artistic Bride
The Modern Gal
Video // Stout Multimedia
We can’t get enough when it comes to pretty paper! As you flip through the new Spring/Summer 2018 issue you’ll find dozens of inspiring Oklahoma wedding invitations from our top stationery designers. These talented artists each bring a unique spin to their wedding invitations. Here is just a sampling of their incredible work we had the honor featuring in the current issue!
To see more from these full editorials, you can see the digital magazine here!
Hazel Paper Co. is an Oklahoma City-based stationery studio that specializes in wedding invitations and other custom stationery projects. No matter if you prefer modern or traditional, bold or simple, colorful or neutral, you will be able to find something that fits your unique style here. If you don’t find it? They’ll create it for you!
Sarah Ederer, owner of Celester Paper Co., is an Oklahoma City based calligrapher who specializes in wedding calligraphy, stationary and lettered prints. We love her natural talent for precise calligraphy and beautiful designs!
From the first save-the-date to the final thank you, Laurel & Marie have you covered. Their goal is to provide you with an easy, friendly experience so that the entire stationery process is completely stress-free and you walk away with a beautiful end product that shows your loved ones how much their presence means to you!
Owners TJ and Loni Everett are a husband and wife duo that love working with couples to create the perfect suite for their big day! With over a decade of design experience, this fun loving creative team is ready to custom design everything from save-the-dates and programs to signage and invitation suites.
Meet Merriment Paper & Gifts! We are blown away by their diverse invitation methods which include letterpress, calligraphy, foil-stamping and engraving! Their services range from save-the-date announcements to wedding invitations to envelope addressing to day-of pieces like programs and menus.
Rachel Kathryn Designs specializes in calligraphy, custom wedding stationary and designs made with love. Through luxury paper products and hand-lettering, she uses her art and creativity to bring friends and family love and encouragement. She enjoys working closely with each client to understand their dreams for their wedding day and create stationary and designs to match.
Nestled in the lively shopping community of northwest Oklahoma City, Paper + More is an inviting and bustling “mom and pop” shop, boasting more than 30 years of providing carefully selected collections, from gorgeous wedding invitations to eclectic and creative gifts. Whether your style is modern, traditional, vintage or rustic, they are available to show you all of your options and to help you set the tone for your special day.
Occasions Paper located in Norman offers an amazing collection of fine stationery, invitations and gifts! Their experienced staff will go out of their way to find the perfect paper and create the look you want because they take the time to get to know their clients. They also offer an amazing selection of unique gifts and their complimentary gift wrapping is gorgeous!
Let No Regrets’ trained bridal consultants sit down with you to make your dreams come to life. Beyond invitations, their adorable shop located in Casady Square Shopping Center in Oklahoma City is packed full of darling gifts for your bridesmaids, groomsmen and hostesses, not to mention other must haves like guest books, favors and welcome bags!
When it comes to stationary and calligraphy for weddings there are so many options to choose from, and The Letter Box wants to take care of your calligraphy, stationery and signage needs so that you can focus on making memories and enjoying your wedding season. They offer wedding calligraphy, invitation design and event signage to give a hand-written touch to your engagement and wedding events!
The bridal beauty looks our Oklahoma hair and makeup artists created for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue did not disappoint! From loose and romantic updos to windswept, flowing locks, and from dewey, barely-there makeup to a smoldering smokey eye, our beauty pros created every look an Oklahoma bride could need for their day-of style inspiration. Keep reading below to get to know these hair and makeup experts and to see their creative work.
To see more from these full editorials, you can see the full online version of the magazine here!
Owners of AnnElyse Salon & Spa, Jenna and Jessica, were the perfect team for this elegant and feminine updo. The bridal team specializes in event hair, makeup and nails! The salon is in Bethany, Oklahoma, but their team will travel to your wedding or event.
On location makeup artistry for the Oklahoma bride and her bridal party, Kadi Uhack knows you work hard on the details feel of this once in a lifetime celebration and wants to give you and your bridal party a makeup look as unique and special as everything else at your wedding!
Brushed is a full service salon and makeup studio located in the heart of Midtown in Oklahoma City. Owners, Caroline Forari & Samantha McLoud, have over 20 years combined in the beauty industry. Caroline is a hairstylist, specializing in haircuts and color and Samantha is a makeup artist, specializing in weddings and special event makeup. What a perfect duo, right?!
A longtime Brides of Oklahoma magazine contributor, Tulsa makeup pro, Faccia Bella, focuses on enhancing your natural beauty with each bridal hair and makeup look. Faccia Bella even has training in photography makeup, so they know the balance between enough makeup so you look flawless in pictures, but not so much that you look cakey, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. Who doesn’t want to look naturally flawless in all their wedding photos?!
Oklahoma City based hair and makeup pro, Lexi Faught is a go-to for a bridal bombshell beauty look. This look was a perfect combination of dramatic and natural. Lexi has such a talent for bridal hair and makeup and we can’t get enough of the looks she created for our ILYSM fashion editorial!
You’ll find many shoots Ali with Profile Concierge Hair Services added her hair services to throughout the mag, but we had to show you this pretty braided ‘do from a Love Scene editorial shoot! She’s prepared to be on-site for the big day and tailors each look to her unique bride-to-be.
A local favorite for the on-the-go gal’s blowouts, blo. also offers bridal hair and makeup in salon or on site. The blo. team continues to offer the newest and best styles that are always trending, and these soft waves are proof! You can even bring your bridal party into the salon for a relaxing day of prep!
The Lash Lab is an eyelash extension dedicated salon located in the heart of Edmond. They use the Xtreme Lashes® product line, the highest quality products from the world leader in eyelash extensions, so you know you are in great hands. They also specialize in lash and brow tinting, lash perming, facial waxing and airbrush tanning.
Hannah has been in the beauty industry since 2010 and quickly found her love for special event hair and makeup. Her approach to beauty is one that leaves you looking like the best version of yourself. Hannah believes in finding what makes her bride unique and making that a part of her ideal wedding day look
Atherial Makeup and Skin Studio is a mother/daughter team – both licensed estheticians – out of Tulsa who have a passion for makeup and skincare. We love their look from this garden shoot, the natural lip and slight smokey eye are perfect tie in to the dramatic florals of this scene!