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Scenic Salt Plains Engagement Shoot Captured by Andi Bravo Photography

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With images that show pure devotion and an unending love, this scenic Oklahoma Salt Plains engagement shoot by Andi Bravo Photography reminds us that true love does exist. Brittany and Roberto’s love for one another is clear as day in this dramatic and captivating landscape. Following their stroll through the salt flats, the couple finished their shoot with a climb up The Glass Mountains. Keep scrolling to see more from this enchanting engagement shoot.

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

From the bride: “It all began with Roberto’s Bible study and my trip home from the mission field in France during the summer of 2017. Shortly after we met we developed a casual friendship with one another since we consistently met up for Bible studies and communion with friends. Nothing seemed out of the usual, and I considered Roberto to be a wonderful godly man who had a genuine love for God and for his small flock of believers. The weeks flew by and I was making plans to return to France as I had already applied for my visa. I had no intention of remaining in the United States, but God had other plans in mind for me! A few weeks later, we traveled to Arkansas to visit a friend. Between talks about callings, beliefs, hobbies, backgrounds and other miscellaneous facts about our lives, we unconsciously were on the brink of discovering that there was a kindling flame in our souls towards one another. Being intrigued, Roberto persuaded me to accompany him to a mutual friend’s wedding the very next afternoon, not necessarily as a date, but as ‘just a friend.’ The following evening we were caught up in a lengthy conversation, which led to both of us slowly realizing over the next week, that we could not seem to get each other off of our minds. After making every little excuse to see each other, we saw how perfectly formed we were for one another in every minute detail. The last year for us has been a whirlwind of falling profoundly in love with one another. Precisely one year later, on July 7, 2018, Roberto romantically proposed to me at the Tulsa Botanic Gardens. I, of course, emphatically saids, ‘YES!’ How good and how faithful God has been to us both, we have found the one whom our souls love.

Roberto arranged for my girlfriends to convince me to go and explore the Tulsa Botanic Gardens with them on a ‘Girl’s Day Out.’ I was greatly looking forward to this, as it had been some time since I had spent some one-on-one time with them. We meandered through the paths and as we climbed up the steps by the waterfall, we chatted casually about the different kinds of flowers and plants, little did I know who awaited me above. As we approached the landing one of my girls pointed to our left and asked about the name of a flower, I glanced over and gasped, as Roberto was waiting in the middle of the patio, wearing my favorite of his blue blazers, with his black hair slicked back, and holding a bunch of red roses. Softly our special song began to play in the background, ‘Bless the Broken Road.’  I felt like I was floating on air, as I breathlessly stepped towards him. I was thinking the whole time, ‘How did I not realize that today was the day? Is it really happening?!’ All I could think of was wanting to savor that moment forever, and it is now sealed in my memory. The sound of the waterfall with the words of our song harmonizing over it, the delicate scent of those beautiful roses that I now have dried to try to preserve them. The way his voice cracked when he said, ‘Hey Baby, are you having a good day?’ and the way he expressed the most eloquent, heartfelt speech that I’ve ever heard in my life, as he, the love of my life, knelt to one knee pulled out a white leather box and said those words I’d so longed to hear, ‘Will you give me the honor of being my wife?’ The ring was absolutely stunning, but the commitment and the love in every detail and the blessing it would prove to be to be this man’s wife, was more than I could explain in simple words. As I said, ‘Yes!’ he picked me up off the ground in the warmest embrace, while family and friends popped out from behind florals and greens to congratulate us! Never will I forget that day, as you might expect!”

Romantic Forest Styled Shoot at The Baumberhof

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All things romance mixed with candlelight by the forest made for an absolutely elegant styled shoot! With textured floral designs by Tony Foss Flowers in a variety of rosy, feminine hues and a modern geometric cake by Amy Cakes, this shoot features some of our most recent favorite trends. The Bridal Boutique supplied an exquisite off-the-shoulder lace gown for the model bride to wear, while KRK Studios and Rentals contributed thematic furniture. Abbey Road Catering created a delectable food tray for the tabletop, full of vibrant colors and tasty noshes! This romantic forest styled shoot at The Baumberhof is chock-full of swoon-worthy wedding inspo. Keep scrolling to see all the trending details!

Photos // Emily Burney

Holiday Beauty Roundup: The Best in Oklahoma City Metro Area Beauty Services

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With the holiday season in full swing, time is precious and winter weddings, seasonal parties and social gatherings are approaching full steam ahead. While prepping and primping is always a  prerequisite, thankfully the OKC metro area is chock-full of beauticians, salons and beauty boutiques to help save some time with services that give both instant gratification and long-lasting results. From fuller lips to brighter eyes with longer lashes, we’ve selected a few of our favorites here to share with you a little more about what you can do to both look and feel your best this holiday season and through the new year to come! Read on for three must-have beauty services to round out your 2018.

Holiday Beauty Roundup: The Best in Oklahoma City Metro Area Beauty Services

The Lash Lab

Rather than deal with reapplying multiple coats of often flaking or lackluster mascaras, The Lash Lab offers a one-stop solution for flirty lashes that’ll bring you to wedding and event-ready in just one application appointment. Clients have the option to customize their lash look from a dramatic, thicker fill to a naturally curled look, with up to 120 lashes per eye in a full set. Being an Xtreme Lashes® certified salon, The Lash Lab‘s application procedures ensure not only the best look for individual’s eye and face shapes, but also providing the utmost care in protecting and preserving natural lashes. While most extensions fall out within the cycle of natural lash loss, extensions help eliminate extra stress factors by ensuring less exposure to curlers and drying mascaras which cause lash damage and breakage at an increased rate. The salon also suggests clients discontinue use of waterproof mascara at least 72 hours within their appointment time (and in general) to avoid any additional causes of breakage. Look out for special deals through the holiday season to snag a new lash look for yourself or to gift to a friend and call 405.657.7219 for your appointment!

Photo: Kristina Gaines Photography

BLO Beauty Bar

Priding themselves on perfected beauty, BLO Beauty Bar aims to exceed your expectations! From makeup to classic blow outs and elegant updos for your festive holiday look – BLO has you covered! With 13 highly trained stylists, bridal specialists and three makeup artists, you are sure to achieve that glam look this season! BLO is always striving to give treatments that nourish and promote healthy hair. Not only can you get that look you are so desperately wanting to achieve, but you can also do it in a healthy way. Make sure you stop by before the holidays and receive your Beauty Bar Glam Squad styled look! To book your appointment visit their website here, or call 405-286-2900.

Injectable Aesthetics

For a enviable pout, perfectly smoothed skin, or even a visible complexion refresher with the non-invasive Liquid Facelift, Injectable Aesthetics offers some of the quickest and easiest ways to rejuvenate your look with minimal to no downtime at all during the holiday season. Focusing on the use of injections rather than surgical procedures, Injectable Aesthetics is able to deliver more natural looking results in everything from lip injections to brow lifts. For the more popular Botox treatments this time of the year, it takes an estimated full 10 days to see the full effect of the treatment, but there is no down time required and clients can typically return to their daily happenings immediately after their appointment. Other treatments sure to enhance your look for the holiday season include fillers around the mouth, the frown line and on the forehead, all showing results in just a few days! Be sure to secure your appointment before the end of the year by calling 405.285.0625. Ring in the new year right with a refreshed look and beauty confidence boost!

Photo: Shevaun Willliams

Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Registry with these Tips

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Today, we’re diving into arguably one of the most exciting aspects of getting engaged: registering! Before running off to Target with your scanner gun, you’ll want to check out these nine local stores who are intentional with each and every couple who makes their way in. Read on for info on each!

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Paper + More

Located in northwest Oklahoma City, Paper + More has provided unique and carefully selected collections of stationery and home goods for over 30 years! They’re your one stop shop for the trendiest styles!

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Merriment 

Merriment is a cheery Midwestern shop full of customized stationery, greeting cards, desk accessories, party supplies, and quirky gifts. This fun store is sure to have the perfect gift options to personalize your home!

Photo: Arnel Hasanovic

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Culinary Kitchen

Of course, you’ll need the most stylish appliances and dishware to go alongside all the delicious meals you’ll be prepping as newlyweds. Look no further than Culinary Kitchen! Culinary Kitchen has been providing customers with state of the art kitchen products since 2008. Their service is unmatched and your satisfaction is guaranteed!

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Tulips

Tulips values the celebration of tradition, and makes a point to marry it to the modern distinction of today’s homes. Offering customizable bed, bath and tabletop products, you and your honey-to-be are sure to find the perfect variety of home goods to transform your house into just that – a home!

Occasions Paper | Tara Lokey Photography

BC Clark Jewelers

BC Clark has so much more to offer than the fabulous jewelry they’re known for! The Oklahoma staple is proud to offer a vast array of designer tabletop and giftware lines as well as a Bridal Registry Service with awesome rewards for their brides.

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Bebe’s  

We could not be more obsessed with this Spanish-inspired tabletop courtesy of Bebe’s! After your fabulous honeymoon excursion, you might find yourselves longing for a piece of your trip. Bebe’s is a boutique located in Nichols Hills, offering heirloom-quality china and one of the most popular bridal registries in the OKC area.

Cole Dewey Design | Aunt Pitty Pat’s Catering | Tara Lokey Photography | Marianne’s Rentals | No Regrets | Cafe Do Brazil | Sue & Lou Events

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No Regrets

The most important part of receiving gifts is showing gratitude! We love the look of monogrammed stationery courtesy of No Regrets! For more than eight years, No Regrets has served the greater OKC area in the world of stationery and weddings. Offering everything from invitation suites to unique gifts and custom stationery pieces… you won’t want to miss this registry hotspot!

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Plenty Mercantile

Plenty Mercantile is the perfect answer to both! Plenty Mercantile would be honored to share in the joy around your marriage, and is excited at the opportunity to curate the perfect registry list for you and your family!

Tara Lokey Photography | Rachel Kathryn Designs

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Occasions

Occasions is a fine stationery and gift store offering customers the perfect choice for every Occasion. They are an authorized MacKenzie-Childs dealer and offer a wide selection of your favorite pieces. Whether you are looking for a custom wedding invitation, the perfect hostess gift, or just your favorite candle, they’re here to help you find exactly what you need. 

10 Ultra-Cozy Settings for Your Winter Wedding

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, we can’t help but dream of snowy scenery, warm fireplaces and the nostalgia that accompanies being home with loved ones. In fact, there is a Danish word that embodies all of these cozy feelings: hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). The dictionary defines hygge as a quality of cosiness and comfortability that brings about a feeling of contentment or well-being. Another author who spent three years in Denmark described the term as “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things.”

The simplicity of a single glowing candle, or sipping on a warm mug of tea with friends on a cold morning are both examples of creating the feeling of hygge. If you’re in the process of planning a winter wedding, incorporating a little hygge into your big day will make your guests feel welcome and present as they celebrate this new chapter of your life as a couple.

With that, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ultra-cozy Oklahoma wedding venues, filled with rustic charm and warm, inviting character that are sure to make your day absolutely unforgettable! For even more winter wedding inspo, make sure to follow us on Pinterest, and pick up your copy of our latest Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Happy planning!

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The Hall at the Railhouse – One of Norman’s premiere wedding venues, The Hall at the Railhouse combines steel, brick and wooden details to set the scene for gorgeous industrial contrast. The Hall offers both indoor and outdoor venue space for guests to roam freely during the ceremony or reception and serves as a blank slate for brides to customize for the big day.

Photo: Sarah Libby Photography

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Tatanka Ranch – Opting for a cozy venue like Tatanka Ranch will cultivate such a beautiful sense of nostalgia while leaving your friends and family with warm and fuzzy memories from your big day! Tatanka Ranch offers special three-day packages with lodging for brides that want their guests to come, enjoy and stay a while. With a variety of locations on their spacious grounds for receptions or ceremonies, their staff is dedicated to making sure that every second goes off without a hitch!

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Festivities Event Center – Originally constructed in 1915 as a post office, the historic two-story Georgian-style building is located only 25 minutes west of Oklahoma City in El Reno. In 2001, Festivities was privately purchased, and renovations began the same year with the restoration of the original hardwood floors, 10-foot windows, 16-foot ceilings, marble walls and tile floors. Using both the inside and the outside courtyard area, crowds of up to 400 can be accommodated for your big day!

Photo: Emily Nicole Photo

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Harn Homestead – Located in the heart of Oklahoma City and spanning nearly 10 acres, Harn Homestead boasts several historic replica buildings appropriate to the territorial years of Oklahoma. Among these buildings stands a large barn and adjoining gazebo, creating the most picturesque setting for both your wedding and reception. Harn Homestead is pleased to provide tables and chairs to set the scene for your big day. We just can’t get enough of the gorgeously rustic feel of this Oklahoma wedding venue!

Photo: Holli B. Photography

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Moore Farms Rustic Weddings & Event Barns – Moore Farms is a beautiful setting for your wedding, featuring an elegant and rustic flair. The pavilion is available next to the barn, nestled within a canopy of gorgeous oak trees. A private bridal cabin offers a sanctuary for the bride and her closest friends, and is located separately from a bunkhouse for the groom and his groomsmen. Resting gracefully on 1,000 acres of picturesque Oklahoma countryside, you’re sure to create an unforgettable celebration for both you and your guests!

Photo: Andrea Murphy Photography

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The McGranahan Barn – The McGranahan Barn is an Oklahoma family heirloom that has been passed down through generations. The massive wooden barn is the crown jewel of the property, with its huge sliding doors, vaulted and beamed ceilings and spacious interior. The McGranahan Barn brings Oklahoma’s authentic, rustic beauty to life on acres and acres of gorgeous rolling plains.

Photo: Oh My Deer Photography

 

The Dominion House – Located in Guthrie, The Dominion House offers a breathtaking wedding garden, elegant grand ballroom and charming chapel for your big day. The historic beauty and elegant details of the Dominion House create the perfect setting for your celebration. We’re absolutely swooning over the idea of your wedding photos being staged in front of such gorgeous red brick and stately pillars!

Photo: Aubrey Marie Photography

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The Farmhouse at Grassroots Vintage Events – Featuring an all-white interior, cathedral ceilings, farmhouse lighting and pine wood plank flooring, The Farmhouse at Grassroots Vintage Events beams of Southern hospitality that’s perfect for any bride’s vision. The Farmhouse is located on 50 acres of farmland in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. With a vintage rental warehouse on site, Grassroots Vintage truly makes your wedding planning experience a breeze.

Photo: Chelsea Denise Photography

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Willow Creek Mansion – Located off of historic Main Street in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Willow Creek Mansion’s grounds are home to ancient oaks, which offer the perfect canopy for outdoor events of up to 200 guests, while the elegant Grand Ballroom is climate controlled and perfect for any occasion fitting up to 150 guests. Each event is personal for the staff at Willow Creek Mansion and they strive to create a unique and unforgettable experience for  you, your family and your friends.

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Three Twenty on Main – Opened in March 2017 and located in historic downtown Claremore is the beautifully rustic, yet elegantly modern Three Twenty on Main venue. This breathtaking space possesses two-story ceilings, brick columns and a grand staircase with iron accents and crystal chandeliers. Three Twenty on Main can comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests, so its perfect for large or small gatherings. With farm tables, chairs, a catering kitchen, bridal loft and rehearsal spot included, Three Twenty on Main truly has it all for your big day!