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The Best Local Jewelers for Your Holiday Engagement

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Are you planning on popping the question this holiday season? The Brides of Oklahoma is here to give you the ring low-down on all things engagement rings from local Oklahoma jewelers. We’ve even included some special deals to help you with the rock that we both know you’ve been saving up for! These four local jewelers will give you a personalized experience while also helping you pick out the ring that’s perfect for the “YES” of a lifetime. Without further ado, here we go! Cheers to you and your holiday engagement!

The Best Local Jewelers for Your Holiday Engagement

BC Clark Jewelers

Like they say –  PRAY FOR RAIN! BC Clark Jewelers will give you your ring FOR FREE if it rains on your wedding day, or up to a maximum of $5,000 of the purchased ring’s price. Nothing is raining on your parade! You probably know the jeweler by the Christmas jingle, so don’t forget to catch their SALE! BC Clark not only has incredible promotions, but they’ve also been around for 120 years faithfully serving and providing quality merchandise at a competitive price locally. By getting your rings at BC Clark you’re getting the best at the best price!

Photo // Kristina Gaines Photography

Jewels By Simpson

Not many people will go near and far to find the best diamonds around… except for Jewels by Simpson! They have traveled the world looking for quality design and goods that are of the highest standards for their customers. Not only that, but they continually offer their customers a memorable shopping experience. No ring is complete without memories or a story attached! Schedule your ring consultation today at 405.513.8794.

Photo // Camryn Wild Photography

Jay’s Jewelry

Jay’s Jewelry has been in the business for over 70 years and has grown to be one of the most trusted names in jewelry in the Chickasaw region. It’s their goal to make every customer fee “at home,” with their custom styles and expert jewelry repairs. With high quality jewelry, lifetime guarantees and 70 years of trust – you can’t go wrong! Don’t forget to catch their holiday look-book located on their website here. They carry the latest ring styles that your soon-to-be is sure to love!

Photo // Ashley Porton Photography

Naifeh Fine Jewelry

Last but surely not least, we have Naifeh Fine Jewelry and their 1,500 square foot show room in Oklahoma City. Whether you’re going for a classic or more modern cut, Naifeh Fine Jewelry is sure to help you find just the look you’re wanting. In addition to being a gifted artist, designer and creator of beautiful jewelry, Naifeh also specializes in expert jewelry repair and restoration. Not matter what your ring needs, Naifeh Fine Jewelry is there to make that moment extra special!

Photo // Holly Gannett Photography

9 Tulsa & OKC-Based Wedding Venues You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Do you live in Tulsa or Oklahoma City? If so, this post is for you! Today, we’re highlighting nine Tulsa and OKC-based wedding venues that you absolutely don’t want to miss! From lavish ballrooms to more intimate settings with a view, these two bustling cities have something to offer for every bride! Keep scrolling to find out what makes each of these venues oh-so unique, and make sure to pre-order your copy of our highly anticipated Spring/Summer 2019 issue!

Tulsa + OKC-based wedding venues

Cox Business Center Cox Business Center is the perfect setting to host a magnificent wedding and/or reception of any size. Their expert wedding planners will be right by your side throughout the entire process to make sure that your day goes off without a hitch! Located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, Cox Business Center is within walking distance of several full-service hotels. The venue boasts the state’s newest and largest ballroom that has the ability to divide into smaller spaces if needed.

Photo: Aaron Snow Photography

Oklahoma Aquarium – Looking to add a little marvel to your day? Located in Jenks, the Oklahoma Aquarium can turn your wedding into an underwater fairytale! Exchange your vows in the Coral Reef or in the midst of the Siegfried Shark Adventure. The reception will be just as stunning with the backdrop of the aquarium to provide endless photo opportunities.

Photo: Destiny Photography

The Greens Country Club – Located in Oklahoma City, the Greens Country Club is truly a beautiful location to host your wedding reception and even your wedding ceremony. Wedding services include engagement parties, ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridesmaid luncheons. The venue’s Grand Ballroom, which includes access to the deck overlooking the golf course and lake, is approximately 4,000 square feet with floor to ceiling windows. The venue can accommodate an outdoor wedding ceremony of up to 200 guests or an indoor ceremony for 165 guests. Wedding receptions can be as intimate as 30 guests or as grand as 300 guests.

Photo: Kristina Gaines Photography

Hamilton Event Center – The Hamilton Event Center is an elegant setting perfect for weddings and receptions. The walls are neutral with panels of textured fabric that hang from the open 16-foot ceiling that is covered with a beautiful lightweight fabric hiding colored accent lights to match your theme. The room has wood floors perfect for dancing, and it has a large decorated accent window ideal for a beautiful backdrop for any picture. With two 60” large flat panel TVs, you can display your personal slide show and turn your party into a memorable event.

Photo: Josh McCullock

Oklahoma City Zoo – Be one of the first to host your wedding reception in the Oklahoma City Zoo‘s spectacular new event space, Sanctuary Asia, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the elephant, Asian rhino and komodo dragon habitats. Enjoy the expansive outdoor patio for an even closer look at the Zoo‘s precious wildlife and exotic settings. Beyond the settings, the Zoo offers exceptional, award-winning culinary options from Salt & Surrey and professional event planning services to meet all of your catering needs.

Oak Tree Country Club – The Edmond wedding of your dreams awaits you at Oak Tree Country Club. Whether you want a small and intimate or large and extravagant wedding, the experienced event planner on staff will customize the ideal setting to complement your wedding day. Oak Tree Country Club offers a beautiful clubhouse featuring private rooms and sweeping views of their spectacular championship golf course. From the décor and seating to the menu, entertainment and beyond, the Oak Tree private events team helps you plan every last detail.

Photo: Anna Lee Media

Myriad Gardens Botanical Center – With beautifully landscaped acres of formal and natural gardens and a modern, water-top pavilion, the Myriad Botanical Gardens offer you a choice of so many striking places to gather for your next happening. Many of the venue options at the gardens can accommodate up to 1,00 guests, and the venue offers a professional staff and caterers, ensuring your wedding at this downtown OKC location will be truly unforgettable for both you and your guests.

Photo: Amanda Watson Photography

Park House at Myriad Gardens – Just beyond Myriad Botanical Gardens, you’ll find Park House. With its natural light and striking panoramic views of the Gardens, breathtaking sunsets and nighttime glow of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, the Park House will make your next gathering a truly special occasion. Perfect for corporate events, weddings, wedding receptions, networking events, birthday celebrations and more!

Photo: Choate House

The Golf Club of Oklahoma – The Golf Club of Oklahoma offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces to suit your needs, including a beautiful outdoor event lawn for wedding and vow renewal ceremonies and elegant banquet rooms for receptions. Their experienced, on-site catering and event specialists are available to assist with every detail, so you can focus on what’s really important: celebrating this special milestone with family and friends.

Photo: Heather Brulez Photography

Walker Terrace – Walker Terrace is located on the 3rd floor of The Walker Building, located in Midtown OKC. Completed in 2017, the new space can seat up to 80 guests inside, with additional seating and standing room on the spacious rooftop deck. The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of Midtown, slideshow-ready tv’s and much more! Beyond receptions, Walker Terrace is an ideal space for engagement parties, showers, anniversary parties… any pre-wedding day event!

Photo: Kelsi Laine Photography

Modern Bohemian Styled Shoot Styled by Runaway Belle Vintage Rentals

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With free spirited vibes and modern bohemian inspired floral, we can’t help crushing on this styled shoot at Plenty Mercantile! The scene was a dream thanks to styling and rentals from Runaway Belle Vintage Rentals, including a geometric gold frame altar backdrop and a gypsy-inspired lounge setup with a wooden, lace-draped tent. Framed by her groom in the most dashing suit from The Wardrobe Modern Mensware and her bridesmaids donning floral print dresses from Prim, the model bride’s look with au natural beauty by BRUSHED Salon and Makeup Studio and a flowing boho-chic gown by Chantilly Couture, was topped off with a freeform bouquet of giant protea and and soft roses. Keep scrolling to feed your boho wedding obsession!

Photos // Rosie Cheeks Photography

Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot at Rosemary Ridge

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As if we’re caught in a winter wonderland, this chic winter themed styled shoot is dripping with classic red and green elements in the moodiest color palette! Filled with all things festive, the rustic Rosemary Ridge was the perfect venue for this holiday-inspired shoot. Our favorite details, including the trendy, nearly-naked by Amy Cakes topped with gold drip icing and delicately arranged florals by June Sixteenth Events in a variety of wine and white-hued blooms, brought the scene to life. Hints of the wintery holiday are made complete with rustic chic rentals from Grassroots Vintage and and the most stunning emerald green settee from Fancy Couches. Adding the finishing touches on this styled shoot, BRUSHED Salon and Makeup Studio styled the model bride with pristine golden-red hued makeup and a twisted updo. Keep an eye out for earthy feather and geode details and peppermint wedding favors as you scroll through this festive shoot!  Cheers to all those celebrating with a holiday wedding this season!

Photos // Michelle Leigh Photography

Reach Your Wedding Day Fitness Goals with Pure Barre Edmond

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With diet trends and new workout regimes surfacing every day, we wanted to take a minute to highlight an exercise concept that encourages a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. Pure Barre Edmond focuses on the importance of community in achieving fitness goals with its friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Getting wedding day ready can be intimidating, but we’ve done our best to answer a few commonly asked questions regarding Barre that we hope can help you reach your fitness goals in time for the big day! Cheers!

Reach Your Wedding Day Fitness Goals with Pure Barre EdmondWhat is Pure Barre?

Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 460 studios throughout the U.S. and Canada, and more studios opening each month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that uses the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.

What makes Pure Barre so effective?

Pure Barre prides itself on transforming the shape of your body in record-breaking time. The low impact, high energy workout eliminates overexertion, leading to fewer injuries. Pure Barre engages your entire body, from rarely used muscles to commonly used ones in order to sculpt your figure while focusing on the importance of stretching. Flexibility is a crucial aspect of building and maintaining strength! Barre welcomes all fitness levels and requires no former experience. In case you aren’t able to complete a routine, Barre offers modifications that can easily adjust certain moves to accommodate your ability.

How should your diet change?

A nutritious diet is key to seeing results with Pure Barre! Incorporating fruits and veggies into your meals is a great way to improve physical and mental well-being. Next time you sit down at the dinner table, try eating colorful produce first before chowing down on fatty meats and potatoes. Choosing low-fat proteins such as skinless chicken or egg whites can help you avoid weight gain while still obtaining the amino acids necessary to build lean muscle. Understanding portion size is tricky, but can ultimately mean the difference between healthy balance and overeating. Read those nutrition labels!

What healthy habits should you adopt?

Exercising just 30 minutes a day can boost your health in a number of ways. It can lower your stress level, blood pressure and strengthen your heart. It can also boost your brain health. Drinking plenty of water on a regular basis is so important. Dehydration has been linked to headaches, fatigue and misinterpreted hunger. Another easily forgotten aspect of weight loss is sleep! Studies show that adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep in order to function optimally.

How can you boost your Pure Barre workout with natural supplements?

There is a wide variety of natural supplements that can drastically improve your Pure Barre experience and help you recover afterwords. B-12 supplements and Vitamin D can make a big difference when it comes to energy. Vitamin B-12 helps convert food into glucose, making it one of the most important nutrients for sustaining energy levels. Vitamin D plays a role in bone density and energy production, so having low D levels can make your workout performance suffer, particularly for intense workouts like Pure Barre.

Photos // Kelcy Leigh Photography