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Oklahoma Wedding Venues to Suit any Bride’s Style

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Choosing the perfect venue to say, “I do,” in is a crucial part of your wedding planning process. It serves as the jumping off point for the rest of your planning. Since it’s such a focal point, we think your venue should represent exactly what kind of bride you are. Are you an elegant bride who would like a grand ballroom to make an entrance in? Or are you an unconventional bride who would like to say your vows with sharks swimming over your head? Check out this list we’ve put together of Oklahoma wedding venues to suit exactly your style.

 

For the bride who loves the outdoors
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Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center – This venue is set between the Lake of the Arbuckles and the Arbuckle mountains. With scenic beauty all around, you can’t go wrong here. Say, “I do” lakeside, in the courtyard or hilltop with beautiful mountain views. The nature lover in you will be filled with joy after seeing this place.

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Bridle Creek Horse Ranch – This gem is nestled in the Osage Hills on acres of tranquil countryside. You can have your ceremony and reception inside the 7,500 square foot Main Lodge or outside on the perfectly manicured grounds of the Arbor. Either way, this outdoor beauty is the ideal place for bride who would rather have her wedding al fresco.

Photo: Blue Elephant Photography

 

For the rustic bride

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Big Creek Events – Are you looking for a more farmland-type feel for your venue? This beautiful venue is set on 1,200 of scenic farmland. Big Creek Events provides the best of both worlds with a picturesque outdoor venue and its lovely Unity Hall that gives you the perfect traditional feel with a country edge.

Photo: Holli B. Photography

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Eleven Oaks Ranch – This brand new 9,000 square foot facility was designed to be rustic, yet elegant in every aspect—from the tidy grounds, to the behind-the-scenes service entrance, to the paved roads the whole way. Since your comfort is their top priority, they’ll have the main room set up exactly how you want it before you even arrive on your big day. It’s currently still under construction, but is taking bookings for Spring 2017!

 

For the elegant bride

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The Sheraton OKC – This elegant gem of a hotel is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. With it’s newly renovated One Broadway Ballroom, including 29 foot high ceilings and hanging chandeliers, it’s exactly the magnificent space you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child.

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Patriot Golf Club – This beautiful golf club has an elegant country club feel with scenic views. It is nestled in the hills of Green Country, just outside of Tulsa. The clubhouse sits at the highest point of the property, which provides stunning views of The Patriot’s course and downtown Tulsa.

 

For the bride with a lot of ideas

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The Springs in Norman – This flexible space just outside of Oklahoma City features a 9,000 square foot reception hall with hardwood floors, open beam trusses, an entry staircase and picturesque outdoor features. It has everything you need to create the event you’ve imagined, whether outside on the gorgeous grounds or inside the hall.

Photo: Moments & Milestones

 

 

For the unique bride

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Dominion House – In 1923, the Dominion House was built as a Masonic children’s home and occupied until 1978. After being purchased and renovated in 2000, it was turned into the historic treasure that it is today! If you’re looking for a place outside the ordinary, the charming atmosphere and historic beauty of the Dominion House is just the right venue for you.

Photo: Holly Gannett Photography

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Oklahoma Aquarium – Looking to add a little marvel to your day? 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

Sun-kissed Oklahoma Engagement by Holly Gannett Photography

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How sweet is Natalie and Lance’s sun-kissed Oklahoma engagement shoot captured by Holly Gannett Photography? Natalie and Lance have almost known each other their whole lives, but it wasn’t until their best friends got married that they reconnected. Lance asked Natalie to be his wife while they were in Vancouver, Canada, on a private yacht. So amazing! This stunning couple will be married on January 7th at 81 Ranch with a black tie affair in hues of black, white and blush. We cannot wait for their big day! Cheers to the future Mr. and Mrs., and thanks to Holly for sharing this stunning shoot with us!

5 Must See Wedding Blogs Filled with Inspiration

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In case you missed them, here are five of our favorite Brides of Oklahoma wedding blogs that we’ve shared over the past year – ready to inspire any bride. From fashion to venue selections we’ve got you covered. Click through the links to see each blog in full, and be sure to sign up to have the blog sent to your inbox each day! Happy Friday!

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Photo: Sarah Lanette Photography

Elegant Victorian-Inspired Wedding at Gaillardia Country Club

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Photos by Kevin Paul Photography

We’ve been gushing over Dru and Brooks’ elegant Victorian-inspired wedding at Gaillardia Country Club ever since it arrived in our inbox. Dru chose a color palette of berry with hints of blush pink and heavy gold accents to start her planning which led to the garden-esque reception scene the country club transformed to below. The romantic scene was set thanks to decor from Marianne’s Rentals and Ruby’s Vintage Rentals, lighting from Innovative Event Solutions, music from Hook (arranged by Box Talent Agency) and a towering cake design by Mishelle Handy Cakes. The stunning bride entered wearing a flowing Maggie Sottero gown from Moliere Bridal with lovely hair and makeup by Malorie Avaline – Beauty Unveiled. Her bridesmaids complemented in berry Bill Levkoff gowns from Moliere as well. The guests were happy to attend after receiving luxe invites from Paper + More, prepping them for the enchanted evening that followed. Dru and Brooks departed the country club in a vintage car from King’s Limousine, and fireworks shot off as they drove away. See all the highlights, including an appearance by Rumble the Bison, in the video below from Pen Weddings. Cheers to the newlyweds!

Video by Pen Weddings

FEATURED VENDORS

Accommodations | Skirvin Hilton

Bridal Gown, Bridesmaids’ Attire | Moliere Bridal

Cakes | Mishelle Handy Cakes

Catering, Reception Venue | Gaillardia Country Club

Decor/Rentals | Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events, Ruby’s Vintage Rentals

Entertainment | Box Talent Agency – Hook

Hair & Makeup | Malorie Avaline – Beauty Unveiled

Invitation | Paper + More

Lighting | Innovative Event Solutions

Rehearsal Dinner | OKC Boathouse District

Rehearsal Dinner Caterer | Aunt Pittypat’s Catering

Transportation | King’s Limousine

Videography | Pen Weddings

5 Hot Trends from Bridal Fashion Week

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With another bridal fashion week come and gone, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite trends from the new collections and sharing them here with our lovely readers! If you’re soon to be in search of a gown for your special day, check out some of the most stand-out trends from this season and be sure to look out for these lines next year in J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon and our other bridal retailers!
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Showing Shoulder – Bearing your arms takes on a whole new look this season with the rise of the off shoulder gown. From delicate 3-D petal embroidered versions to structured lace, this figure flattering trend is a sure hit for any bride-to-be!
left – Reem Acra, right – Austin Scarlett
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Anything but White – Continuing with provision of non-traditional bridal wear options, playful splashes of color were spotted across collections in between the expected classic white. Gowns took on new hues this season, from a more classic soft blush to the unexpected powder and baby blues.
left – Hayley Paige, right – Isabelle Armstrong
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Stylish Toppers – A built-in bridal accessory adding the perfect amount of pizzazz, attached capes allow for a glammed up moment in the most un-fussy way. Whether dripping in crystal and bead embellishment or billowing behind in an airy tulle overlay, delicate capes serve as the perfect addition to wedding day looks this season.
left – Austin Scarlett, right – Monique Lhuillier
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Modest High Necks – This season brought neck lines in extremes, for both ultra-conservative and boldly daring looks. With the former, maximum coverage proved undeniably chic with high neck shapes. Raising the necklines and adding a bit more structure throughout the bodice for the turns up the drama!
left – Isabelle Armstrong, right – Legends by Romona Keveza
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Voluminous Sleeves – Nodding to a season of unique shapes, voluminous sleeves in varying textures were seen across many of the collections for Fall 2017. Isabelle Armstrong’s options decidedly packed the most punch in versions of billowing sheer embroidery featuring French cuffs and a full lace coverage option with delicate crystal and bead embroidery throughout the sleeve. These high drama elements in full shapes bring a classic feel to a modern look!
left – Isabelle Armstrong, right – Reem Acra