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Prioritize Your Guests’ Comfort with Local Luxe Lodging Options – Part 1

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Prioritizing your guests is an absolute must when planning the big day! Chances are, your loved ones will be traveling from far and wide to celebrate this new chapter of your life. Coordinating hotel accommodations for them in advance is the least you can do to show your appreciation.

You’ll want to pick a location that truly represents the city you’re hosting your wedding in, while also standing within decent range of your ceremony and reception venues. We know it can be somewhat overwhelming to ensure that you’re picking Oklahoma’s best. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at some of our very favorite local luxe lodging options to narrow down your search, and show your guests just how much their attendance means to you and your significant other! So, sit back and relax as we review the fabulous characteristics that make each location in part one of our two-part series unique. Find even more gorgeous wedding inspiration in our brand new Fall/Winter 2018 issue! Happy planning!

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The Campbell Hotel

Renovated in 2011 and home of the 2011 Designer Showcase, The Campbell Hotel is conveniently located on Route 66 in the heart of Tulsa. Consisting of 26 uniquely styled rooms, this boutique hotel is committed to incomparable customer service. In addition to its gorgeous lounge and full salon and spa amenities, each room is elegantly equipped with hardwood floors and a decorative fireplace that are sure to make your loved ones feel right at home. Treat your guests to this piece of celebrated history!

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River Spirit Casino Resort

River Spirit Casino Resort offers a wide variety of amenities, ranging from dining and entertainment to retail shopping and convenient poolside service. Scaling 27 stories and boasting 483 luxurious rooms, your friends and family are sure to feel pampered at this tropical-themed destination resort that brings a little slice of paradise to Tulsa. Their 50,000 square foot Margaritaville Casino and Margaritaville Restaurant along with a unique swim-up bar at the resort pool are only the beginning of the incomparable lodging experience River Spirit has to offer!

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Colcord Hotel

As Oklahoma City’s first luxury boutique hotel, the Colcord infuses unsurpassed style with an unmatched commitment to service excellence as well as environmentally friendly business practices. With a total of 5,549 square feet, the Colcord Hotel offers one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor event spaces available and ready for your next event! The Garden, Terrace, Sullivan and Wright rooms embrace warm, exotic wood details and soft gray, silver and cream color palettes that make each room ideal for meetings or social gatherings.

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Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel

At the Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel, your guests are invited to experience a modern refresh renovation recently completed. Offering unique guest rooms with vibrant panoramic views of the OKC skyline, amenities include a seasonal pool and fully-stocked fitness center. Discover their innovative hotel in the heart of Oklahoma as it provides a one-of-a-kind lodging experience. With eight eclectic spaces and exceptional planning and catering services, you are sure to feel inspired. If you’re visiting Oklahoma City for business, their hotel places you close to the business district, while also offering convenient access to OKC’s most popular local attractions. The Renaissance is well-situated near the Oklahoma City Zoo, Bricktown entertainment district, and Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center

The warm and welcoming rooms offered at Chickasaw Retreat are designed to provide top of the line comfort. Their staff believes that after an early morning of decorating and a long night of dancing, your guests deserve a peaceful night’s rest. With windows overlooking their multi-acreage property, the rooms here allow travelers to soak in the view and relax in the privacy of their suite. From the exquisite views, outdoor activities, full-service spa, state of the art fitness center and pool, the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center, south of OKC near Sulphur, has it all!

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Embassy Suites Norman

Boasting beautiful hotel suites, a stunning atrium lobby and excellent services, the Embassy Suites Norman is an ideal choice for anyone visiting the area. Nestled in the University North Park Retail and Business Development, this Norman hotel is conveniently located close to the University of Oklahoma. Guests will find plenty of entertainment options and recreational activities nearby such as the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Lake Thunderbird State Park and many options for shopping and dining. The venue’s 28,000 square foot ballroom makes this Oklahoma hotel a popular choice for hosting events!

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Tulsa Club Hotel

Experience sophistication and style when booking your accommodations with the Tulsa Club Hotel. Located in the Deco District of historic downtown Tulsa, the chic hotel is within walking distance of over 50 restaurants, shopping and major downtown attractions. Striking art installations, the famous Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the breathtaking Boston Avenue corridor are all within one block of the hotel. Treat your guests with high-end service and happy hour specials in the hotel’s lively lobby lounge, where they can enjoy glamorous cocktails and a vibrant 1920s vibe.

 

A Black Wedding Dress Inspired Design at Holloway House

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This show-stopping black wedding dress inspired shoot at Holloway House is making us wish fall would get here sooner! Featuring gorgeous florals and styling from June Sixteenth Events, the vision behind this moody scene is perfect for any bride looking for a little drama! The model bride is striking in an off-the-shoulder black gown and edgy glam by Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio. A voluminous high pony paired with a bold lip and smokey eye finish off her overall look flawlessly. Jewels by Simpson supplied our groom’s unique black wedding band. Keep scrolling for the fall/winter wedding inspiration of your dreams!

Photos // Hayley Waldo Photography

Downtown OKC Engagement Shoot from Andi Bravo Photography

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Aidan and Leslie’s downtown OKC engagement shoot from Andi Bravo Photography is a must see! We’re loving every fabulous look and location this cute couple chose to incorporate into their session, including the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Santa Fe parking garage and more. Keep scrolling for the gorgeous imagery from this sweet day, along with Aidan and Leslie’s love story.

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

Sonic slushes and 2010’s top hits were the perfect combination to kick-start Aidan and Leslie’s relationship at just 16 years old! The two have been inseparable ever since they were invited to the same birthday party in high school, and still dance like they’re teenagers any chance they get.

Years later, the couple took a much-needed vacation to Riviera Maya during a holiday break as Aidan was working in Dallas and Leslie was earning her master’s degree in Oklahoma City. On their last day of the trip, Aidan suggested they take some professional photos on the beach to commemorate their trip. Leslie hesitantly agreed, thinking the session was such a silly expense. In the middle of the session, Aidan got down on one knee and asked Leslie to spend forever with him!

Aidan and Leslie will be married in May 2019, at the Farmer’s Public Market. The couple is looking forward to featuring elements of their Mexican heritage into their big day, including traditional cuisine, tres leches cake and aguas frescas. We can’t wait to see their bohemian fiesta come to life! Cheers to this beautiful couple!

Modern Greenhouse Wedding Inspiration from Sarah Libby Photography

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We’re swooning over this modern greenhouse wedding inspiration! Shot by Sarah Libby Photography, the fresh and airy vibe of this design is everything a spring or summer bride could hope for. Ever Something provided the most stunning florals, giving this setting the perfect pop of color, while Mood Party Rentals and Marianne’s Rentals supplied chic rental pieces to set the scene. The gorgeous model bride immediately steals the show in a breathtaking two-piece set, featuring a flowy peach skirt and lace top. Glam from our friends at AnnElyse Salon & Spa in combination with accessories from Chantilly Couture topped off her look. One-of-a-kind cakes from Amy Cakes truly wowed us! Their elegant yet uniquely modern design tied into the vision behind this shoot with ease. Keep scrolling for all of the Pinterest-worthy inspiration from this shoot, and don’t forget to check out some behind the scenes footage from this dreamy day thanks to Ripperton Films! Cheers!

Photos // Sarah Libby Photography

Video // Ripperton Films

Salon 9309 Spotlight: Are Hair Extensions Right for You?

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Have you ever wondered if hair extensions were right for you? Adding volume and drama to any look, they could be just the thing you’ve been looking for to feel your absolute best on the big day! To get down to the root of the matter (pun very much intended!), we chatted with local glam expert Mandy Goble at Salon 9309 to get some of your most common questions answered. Read on to get all the details, and don’t forget to pick up our brand new Fall/Winter 2018 issue for even more beauty inspiration!

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Photo: Jordan Voth

Who is a good candidate for hair extensions?
Great Lengths and Gold Fever extensions are great for anyone who wants to change or enhance their look — from short to long, chemical free highlights, different hairstyles or pops of color.

How long do the hair extensions last?
They typically last 3 to 5 months depending on natural hair growth.

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Can you wash and blow-dry hair extensions?
They can be washed and styled just like your own hair. It’s 100% natural hair. The keratin bonds can’t be touched by a flat iron or curling iron.

How soon before the wedding do you recommend putting in the extensions?
A month before the wedding just to get a little growth!

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Photo: Honey Suckle Photography

What should every bride know about hair extensions?
My Great Lengths and Gold Fever extensions come in a natural and wavy beachy look. So wearing these in your wedding and then on vacation make for a beautiful and natural look!


Photos courtesy of Great Lengths