Happy Halloween! Anyone who’s planning a fall wedding absolutely must take a look at these moody wedding inspiration shoots! Click through each link to see all the dark and dramatic OR muted rustic decor. We know you’ll be pinning away details from each of these moody fall shoots. Cheers & happy haunts!
Kenny asked Victoria to marry him during a sweet date night stroll through Myriad Gardens, so it was only fitting for them to return to this special spot for their classic golden hour engagement session with Ashley Sunderland Photography! Ashley captured the couple’s personalities so well, both their playful side and a more romantic, intimate side of these two, beautifully displayed among the garden’s landscape and sunshine streaming through. This couple’s story is one many can probably relate to: a chance meeting on Tinder that quickly turned into more than a friendship. It clearly worked out well for Kenny and Victoria (read below to see the sweet way Kenny proposed) and we couldn’t be happier for this adorable couple! Cheers!
Photos // Ashley Sunderland Photography
How he proposed: M’y fiancé proposed on one of our ‘regular’ date nights. We had made plans to go eat at one of my favorite restaurants and then planned to go walk around the Myriad Botanical Gardens afterward to enjoy the nice weather. This was something we normally do, so I had no suspicions whatsoever. After dinner, we head to the gardens and Kenny tells me he bought me a surprise that he thinks I will like. Now I still wasn’t suspicious, only because sometimes he would randomly surprise me with little gifts here and there, and this gift was in a small bag. So, we’re walking around the gardens and I’m bugging him – wanting to open the gift and asking him what’s inside it. We end up sitting down on the stair steps facing the conservatory, and he takes both my hands into his and starts telling me all these sweet things. I immediately begin to realize what was about to happen, and my mind just goes blank and I start crying. He then pulls out of the bag this little cork cactus that has our picture on it that said ‘Will you marry me?’ Inside that cactus was a little cushion holding the ring and at this point, we’re both crying. He then gets down on one knee to ask me and I say yes.”
Another season, another bridal fashion week filled with endless inspiration of jaw-dropping gorgeous gowns! From frothy, organza dream layers to sleek and tailored minimalist looks, we’re still ogling over the new collections and can’t wait to see them on real brides in the months to come. Whether you’re looking for regal and romantic or prefer something a little more whimsically bohemian, you can certainly guarantee you’ll find something to love from the fall/winter 2020 collections! While it’s nearly impossible to pick out our favorites, we spotted some emerging trends that just may be the perfect contenders for your wedding day look! Read on for our top picks and re-watch all the fashion week buzz on our Instagram highlights!
This upcoming season, the non-traditional struck a true power pose on the runways in the form of statement-making gowns in colors quite outside the norm. For the boldest of brides, you’ll soon see a variety of richly hued options to break up the traditional ivory/white options, most notably in the form of red, bright pink, blue and even black! Even if you’re not ready to party with the idea of a white wedding dress, consider this an option to note for a rehearsal dinner statement, or perhaps a fun reception second dress. For just a touch, we’re loving this Willowby by Watters take with a bold red veil! Look for this collection soon at J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon, Chantilly Couture, and Bella Rose Bridal!
While seasons past and present have advanced the off shoulder silhouette into a staple shape, a new look this season notably taken from ready-to-wear collections made its way across the runways of quite a few designers: the puff shoulder. With nods to an 80s revival, you’ll find current versions of this style to reflect more of a structured shape than those of yesteryear, adding a boldly modern touch for the more fashion-forward bride! We love the addition of a plunging neckline and belt on this Pronovias take for an even more stylish appeal. Find this style in-store soon at Bella Rose Bridal!
While punchy hues and sharp shoulders may suit some brides, others are clearly after a more timeless yet minimalistic look for their wedding day attire, as noted across many collections showing cleaner lines and tailored shapes. The bridal blazer was a standout takeaway this season, shown over bias cut silk slips, A-line sheaths or paired back to pants and extremely beautiful embellished veils, as exhibited here with Justin Alexander’s take. Again, certainly a style to consider for rehearsal dinners, reception changes and after parties, and even more perfect thrown over a little dress for a post-wedding brunch! Look out for this (and all the other amazing styles) in stores soon at Ellis Bridal and Bella Rose Bridal!
Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest designs to hit our favorite local stores in the months to come at J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon, The Bridal Boutique, Prescott Bridal, Prim, Bella Rose Bridal, Chantilly Couture, and Ellis Bridal. And get a behind the scenes look at our time in New York via our fashion week video below!
Your wedding should be as important to your vendors as it is to you which is why we’ve asked Annie Brady of MagPie Events to give us a behind-the-scenes look at her wedding planning process! She has a passion for helping couples created authentic, stress-free and enjoyable celebrations, so we’ve also asked her to share some of her best tips with our readers. Keep reading to get some great insights for starting your wedding planning journey!
Photo // Amy Herndon Photography
Give us a little introduction!
My name is Annie Brady, and I started MagPie Events three years ago at age 57. It’s never too late to pursue something you love. The name MagPie is a combination of my children’s names, Maggie and Pierce. But also, the Magpie is a beautiful, interesting, care-taking bird, so those characteristics fit well within the event planning world.
In my few years in business, I’ve discovered my favorite part is the creative partnership with the client. Getting to know them, their goals and their hearts. I love lots of different looks, so it’s fun to have the unique perspective of each client and try to help them reach their dreams.
Celebrate! — How do you recommend a couple celebrate the engagement?
I’m a big proponent of authenticity — what represents who you really are. I think there is a lot of pressure today to make an engagement photo worthy and memorable in a way that might not really be you. If having a big party after the engagement is you, then gather all of your friends, even in your own backyard, fill a tub with your favorite drinks and toast to your future. But for some couples, visiting the location of their first date, just the two of them, could be as special and as memorable as a big soiree. Remember, keep it you.
Set a budget! — How does a couple go about setting a budget? How do you
decide what’s important?
I think everyone really knows what their budget is. They know what is comfortable to spend and what they can manage without it being a burden. And they should stick with that and be okay with it. You should never borrow money to have a wedding. My husband and I were married with just our two best friends in the church chapel and then went to dinner at a nice restaurant after. I have very wonderful memories of that day.
Deciding what is more important is personal taste. That’s the great thing about the world today — no protocol is so important that you can’t get around it. If music is your thing, spend more than typically allocated on your band, or if you love flowers, then have a DJ and create a garden look. If food is your thing, spotlight the food and let that be your focal point. The important thing is to have a vision and go after that. Start with what you love, what represents you and then work backwards into the number that will create a happy, stress-free celebration.
How do you advise a bride on their dream day? How do you help them bring out their vision?
The BIG PICTURE is EVERYTHING. I have a questionnaire I’ve created that is pretty in depth. The couple each completes their portion, and then they complete a part together. It asks about how they met, what their dreams are for the future, how would they spend extra money that came their way, what words describe their favorite wedding, and more. It’s a mix of who they are and how they see their wedding. That helps a lot to get into their heads and see where they are coming from. Then I just try to get to know them, through pictures, the dress they choose, who they seem to be, and we just work at it. Lots of time back and forth. I spend around 230 hours on each wedding (give or take) and an important amount of that time is spent visiting with the couple, mostly the bride and her mom. We go back and forth until we get it right. I create a design board for the overall scheme of the wedding and them multiple other ones to facilitate the main one. One for the wedding party look, florals, rentals, food, etc. All looks that are within their budgets. There really are not shortcuts, nothing that can take the place of getting to know someone and who they are.
What is the #1 vendor you should budget for?
Well, food and beverage typically take up the biggest chunk of the budget, but again, that could vary. Maybe you are having a small wedding but want crazy flowers. The wedding planner should be an important part of your budget. If they are full time and working with you from start to finish, they are the secret sauce in creating the wedding of your dreams and will be spending the most hours on your wedding.
What vendor should you book first?
The wedding planner! The wedding planner should be your guide through every aspect of the wedding. They can help you find the right fit for your wedding and help negotiate contracts. There is more to booking a vendor than just making sure they are available. Having your wedding planner from the very start can ensure a cohesive feel and stress-free, fun experience.
A special thank you to Annie Brady of MagPie Events for sharing her great insights and telling us more about her planning services! If you would like to get her expertise for your wedding or event, you can reach Annie directly on her Brides of Oklahoma vendor profile.
Tulsa brides, are you looking for a catering option that will wow your guests? Justin Thompson Catering has been a go-to Tulsa wedding caterer for years and is excited to expand their brand with a new, expansive catering kitchen that can provide tailored meals for all sorts of tastes, no matter your guest count! We sat down with the Tulsa catering team to learn more about their new brand, their signature services and their advice for the ultimate hors d’oeuvre menu. Check out what Justin Thompson Catering is all about and how they can cover all your wedding catering needs!
Tell us a bit about your new re-brand!
We’ve had such a wonderful time over the years helping cater events all across Tulsa and felt like it was time to start expanding our catering brand to a full-scale off-site catering operation. We’re currently building out our new catering kitchen and offices near Mother Road market and with this change, felt it was a great time to re-brand the catering operation – Justin Thompson Catering. We utilize our experience and menus from all of our restaurants to inspire our catering dishes and felt like shifting to this new brand helps pull it all together! Our physical event venue we previously occupied, now 624 Boston Events, remains available for rental and is now open to all caterers, and we’re so excited to expand our catering potential and help throw some delicious events in the years to come! You can learn more about us at www.tulsacatering.com.
What is Justin Thompson Catering known for?
At the core of our catering identity are the many years of experience we gained in delighting our guests in each of our restaurant group’s different concepts. We’ve used this experience to create catering menus featuring elevated cuisine and cocktails and paired with expertly trained service staff and longstanding partnerships with professional vendors allowing us to go above and beyond to ensure you have a caterer that you can trust and rely on. We cater to a myriad of different types of events, from regular corporate luncheons, to feeding movie set crew, to rehearsal dinners and weddings and more – we love to think out of the box and create a catering experience that will wow your guests every time!
What is the benefit of serving hors d’oeuvres before a plated meal?
Serving hors d’oeuvres before a plated dinner has many benefits. Most receptions will have a cocktail hour, and if you are serving alcohol, it is a great idea to also serve some hors d’oeuvres, passed or stationary, so guests can have something to snack on. Many wedding guests have traveled a distance to attend a wedding and are anxious for a bite to eat. A couple will likely need some time to take pictures following the ceremony so this gives the guests something to do while they wait for the dinner portion to begin!
What are four hors d’oeuvres that are perfect for your evening reception?
There are so many options for hors d’oeuvres, and everyone’s taste is different. When picking hors d’oeuvres it is wise to consider dietary restrictions, but also make sure you are picking items you love. It is your day. We love to start with a nice cheese presentation. It is a familiar and classic starter that even the unadventurous foodies will love. Next you’ll want to consider items that are easy to eat, items that won’t crumble or leave residue on your fingers, and wont have any type of pick or vehicle that you will be left holding for guest comfort. We love our brie cheese bites; they are a vegetarian option and always a crowd pleaser. Our beef wellington bites are another great choice. It is a delicious protein option and very easy and pleasurable to eat. Finally we would recommend the shrimp ceviche on an endive leaf. This is your more adventurous ‘wow’ option and it is also gluten free. With this assortment you are sure to have options to please a wide gamut of guest tastes!