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Your House Hunting Questions Answered with Metro First Realty

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While wedding planning may be your #1 right now, finding a home as newlyweds is certainly high on the agenda. Metro First Realty’s Reza Khorsand-nia is our go-to realtor, ready to help you find the perfect home to start your life together in! Today, we’re sitting down with Reza to get a professional opinion on some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding purchasing a home in the Oklahoma City area as first-time buyers. Read on to get in the know!

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Photo // Jordan Clopp Photography

Would you suggest shopping for a home before or after the wedding?

Before the wedding, because interest rates are expected to go up.

What tips do you have on buying a home?

1. Get a full-time working realtor. Helping the buyers find a home is a free service to the buyers, and we can suggest many great lenders that we have worked with first hand.  (A reputable lender you choose matters to both sides of the transaction.)

2. Get a “pre-approval” letter from your lender. Doing this gives you the power and knowledge of the price range in home shopping you qualify for.

3. Your realtor will set up a search for you. Your real estate agent will listen to your real estate needs and focus on finding you homes based on your criteria. From there, you can sit back and wait for homes to come to your inbox.

What type of budget should couples realistically be considering when buying their first home?

With interest rates said to be rising and homes increasing in value, I suggest buying as much house as you can afford.

In your experience, what is the most typical area of the OKC metro that first-time homeowners and/or newlyweds purchase a home in, and why is that?

First time home buyers buy in several areas. Areas of town that have a lot of entertainment available. I have some buying in Edmond, Yukon, Norman, Midtown, Plaza District, and some that buy near the Paseo. Oklahoma has expanded their youth sense of entertainment and people love it.

What are your favorite areas to suggest to first-time homeowners/newlyweds?

Edmond or any historical area is always a eye catcher for buyers. I always listen to the buyers and let them determine where they would like to live. In the end, it’s the buyers who will be living there and location plays a big part with enjoying your home.

Any other insight you’d like to share?

Choose a realtor that you feel comfortable with. One that will look out for your best interests and be honest with you. A realtor that will keep you informed throughout the entire process from start to finish is very important.

The right realtor will guide you through every step of the process and you will have many resources at your disposal. Your realtor will suggest a great and reputable lender, listen to your needs and set up a home search based on your criteria given. Your realtor will explain the entire buying process and submit your offer, schedule a title company to close at (of the buyers choice), coordinate with their lender, set up home inspections, termite inspections and handle all the paperwork in between. Making sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish and answering any questions that a buyer may have.

Buying a home is the biggest purchase of your life. Making that process smooth and enjoyable as possible is my mission!

Call 405.808.9332 to meet with Reza Khorsand-nia and start searching for your home today!

Picturesque Bridal Day After Session Captured by Andi Bravo Photography

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Breathtaking is truly an understatement for Lindsey and Sean’s bridal day after session by Andi Bravo Photography! The Wichita Mountains served as such an incredible back drop for the day, but even then the love between this gorgeous couple and their two boys shone brighter than anything. Keep scrolling to look through the stunning highlights from this one-of-a-kind shoot along with more details on the Mares’ big day!

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

On May 20, 2017, Lindsey and Sean said “I do” in front of their closest friends and family with an intimate boho backyard ceremony. Their big day featured beautiful hues of rose gold and burgundy, and incorporated lots of lush greenery.

When asked about her favorite detail of the day, Lindsey explained her love for its classic simplicity. Every aspect of her wedding came together just as she had always imagined it.

“I had my best friends by my side, while I married the love of my life, with our families watching… and then we danced the night away!”

Lindsey gushed over her incredibly talented photographer, Andi Bravo, as she captured more special moments in their post-wedding session than she could have ever imagined! Cheers to this sweet couple!

Modern Peaches and Cream Inspiration from Malyn Made Weddings

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Creating a space that’s as equally contemporary as it is romantic is no small task. Combining these two seemingly opposite styles takes a special eye, and thankfully the team at Malyn Made Weddings has just that, and then some! We’re absolutely thrilled to share this modern peaches and cream inspiration shoot with you, featuring everything from clean lines and geometric shapes to colorful blooms and a soft color palette. Modeling a show stopping lace trumpet-style gown from Bridal Couture by Sonni, the model bride is glowing! A neat and tidy updo paired with flawlessly subtle makeup completed her look, while Anthousai Floral Designs brought the romance with stunning blooms and a peachy-pink bouquet. With bright colors and a minimalistic design, calligraphy and stationary from Laurel & Marie served as a beautiful combination of whimsy and simplicity. Sweet Devotion Cakery crafted two incredible confectionery masterpieces that are almost too pretty to eat! We just can’t get enough of this modern-meets-glam styled shoot! Keep scrolling for more Pinterest-worthy inspiration and a word from the planner herself. Cheers!

Photos // Jordan Taylor Photography + Aiming Arrow

From the planner: “This photoshoot is my heart and soul, I wanted the perfect combination of modern, clean, geometrical and romantic. I sought to bring a blank white wall to life I looked for texture, dimension and color. We used strips of fabric to give texture to the multi triangle backdrop. Wanting to give dimension and a sense of romance, we combined taper candles, a lush bouquet and a lace wedding dress. Using shades of orange we brought spring to life. You don’t have to do too much to make a statement with your ceremony backdrop.”

Celebrating 20 Years of Pray for Rain with BC Clark Jewelers

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In 1998, Oklahoma’s beloved BC Clark Jewelers launched an exciting promotion for brides and grooms. The Pray for Rain™ campaign played into the Sooner State’s notoriously unpredictable weather; if Mother Nature brought more than 1 inch of rain or snow on a BC Clark couple’s big day, they would receive a full refund of the purchase price of that ring.*

Two decades and nearly $1 million later, the prayers of 217 couples (and counting) have been answered, and BC Clark has solidified its place in the hearts of Oklahoma’s betrothed. Here’s what real Pray for Rain™ winners had to say about their BC Clark experience, and why the jeweler helped them to have the best day ever.

Pray for Rain BC Clark Jewelers couple

Brittan + John David Willimon | Brett Heidebrecht Photography

“We choose BC Clark for the quality of their selection and the expertise of Paul Minton. Paul, our jeweler at BC Clark, is a long-time family friend. I always knew he would be the one who found the perfect ring for me, thankfully John David knew that too! One of the best parts about winning was that our wedding was in Keystone, Colorado. The weather was absolutely perfect-bluebird skies! I remember my dad coming up to John David and I at the end of the wedding telling us that OKC received over an inch of rain. I quickly sent Paul a text asking if we qualified; he replied ‘of course.’ It was such a sweet surprise! Thank you Mother Nature!”

Pray for Rain BC Clark Jewelers couple

Haley + Bryce Ward | Aaron Snow Photography

“Normally, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about rain [in June], especially considering the past years’ droughts, so we planned an outdoor wedding. But that summer ended up being one of the wettest on record. It rained a lot the night before our wedding, so BC Clark knew we had won early on our wedding day. They called Bryce the morning of to tell him. It was a great surprise. We knew about the promotion, but it wasn’t the reason we [chose BC Clark]. We knew their service was great… We knew they had great quality diamonds and we like their program that lets you ‘trade up’ diamonds down the road.”

Pray for Rain BC Clark Jewelers couple

Sara Kate + Jason Little | Brett Heidebrecht Photography

“Jason purchased the ring from BC Clark because of their reputation for quality and customer service. Coleman Clark helped Jason with a 100-year-old antique ring he’d found in California, and helped make sure it was ready to be worn for a hundred more. We knew there was rain in the forecast and had plans to get married in my parent’s backyard under a specific tree. The day of, we got more than we bargained for – a flash flood. There were so many things that went off script, but looking back, those were my favorite things – wearing rain boots, the pastor humming ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ barefoot guests and a double rainbow. Many of our guests went barefoot and still rave about how much fun they had playing in the mud. [When we realized we were Pray for Rain™ winners,] we were outside taking photos. I looked at my husband with my mouth gaping open and he was dancing a jig.”

Pray for Rain BC Clark Jewelers couple

Jessica + Bryan Dean | Reflections Photography by Ashley

“Living in Oklahoma, you can always count on one thing: the weather is consistently inconsistent. I believe that there was a foot of snow over the entire Midwest on our wedding weekend. Half of our wedding party couldn’t make the drive and we had to modify venues and who was officiating, but we were able to make snow angels on our wedding night and not many people can say that. Wendy (from BC Clark) texted me after the wedding to say we’d won. We couldn’t believe our luck, and honestly, we didn’t know that snow counted!”

Pray for Rain BC Clark Jewelers couple

Elizabeth + Edward Roberts | Jess Mudhar and Jawanza Bassue Photography

“I knew about Pray for Rain™, but that’s not why we bought our rings at BC Clark. We loved the quality and the variety of rings they offer. And ours was the most amazing day ever because I got my [rain-free], outdoor dream wedding in the Wichita Mountains, and BC Clark still honored the Pray for Rain™ [promotion] because it rained in OKC! After I walked down the aisle, Jim Clark, the owner who I know personally (he was at our wedding), was waiting for my new husband and I with a big smile on his face, ready to share the news. We have some pretty awesome pictures of us all giving high-fives and hugging. I didn’t think it was possible to be more happy after saying ‘I do,’ then found out it was!”


*up to $5,000 value, not including sales tax

Something Old, Something New: Marianne’s Rentals Acquires Ruby’s Vintage Rentals

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We have some very exciting news to share with you all on this beautiful Monday! On behalf of our friends at Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions, we would like to announce that Oklahoma City’s beloved vintage furniture company, Ruby’s Vintage Rentals, has recently been acquired by the rapidly expanding furniture and decor department.

Marianne’s Rentals has been Oklahoma’s choice for the finest in event rentals for over 30 years. They have a wide variety of inventory ranging from tables, chairs, linen, china, flatware, glassware, table decor and more! They are also event lighting experts. Whether pretty or practical, they have all the items you need to put on events of every size with ease and style.

With over 50 new gorgeous pieces now home to Marianne’s, you’re sure to find the perfect combination for your special event.

Love Scene Elegant Outdoor Lounge Inspiration Oklahoma Wedding Planner Embellished Weddings Oklahoma Wedding Photographer Kristen Edwards Photography

Marianne’s will be honoring all outstanding contracts from Ruby’s Vintage Rentals. You can already shop a good majority of their new inventory online, and the team at Marianne’s would love to make a special viewing appointment with you. Visit their new and improved website for more pictures and pricing. Cheers to new beginnings with the same fabulous service!

Photo 1: Holly Gannett Photography, 2: Lauren B. Photography, 3: Kristen Edwards Photography