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SmitTEN – A Look at 10 Years of Loveliness

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With each amazing image that crosses our desks, we are reminded of the immense talent found in the Oklahoma wedding industry. Over 10 years, we’ve seen trends change. We’ve fallen in love over and over with dreamy new floral techniques, the latest designs from the runway, cake designs almost too yummy to eat and every thoughtful detail put into each unique affair. Our team has taken a moment to scour the pages of the mag, our blog and endless posts on social media to pull some of our favorites and share with you why we’re still SmitTEN over these incredible images! Click here to see the full collection printed in the 10th Anniversary issue and keep reading to see a few key trends. Cheers! – The Team at Brides of Oklahoma

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There’s a special place in my heart for this oh-so-pretty and preppy tabletop! The classic combo of navy with pops of pink paired with fun floral swag and beautiful bow details is as timeless as a southern bowtie! Makes me want to sip a sweet mint julep!

– Rachel Luetkemeyer, Graphic Designer

Events by Morgan | Cole Dewey Designs | Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions | BC Clark Jewelers | Dominion House |Ely Fair Photography

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From the moment this picture crossed my desk, I was in love. The colors, the feel – it’s just so whimsy and romantic. It’s the perfect way to dress up your seat (throne) or drape down a table at the wedding. I would have it on my office chair if I could!

– Kami Huddleston, Publisher

Ruby’s Vintage Rentals | Aisle Be With You | Tony Foss Flowers | McGranahan Barn | Mishelle Handy Cakes | Deisy Photography

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The second I laid eyes on this adorable cake from The Round House Bakery, I was head over heels! A gradient pink and white color scheme, precious geometric flamingos…what more could a bride want!?

– Molly Dysart, Account Executive

The Round House Bakery | Kristina Gaines Photography

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Goodness, there’s no end to the number of stylish couples that have graced the pages of the mag. Paying tribute to couples who really set the bar when it comes to fashion is well in order!

– Ashley Bowen Murphy, Publisher

The Bridal Boutique | Malorie Avaline – Beauty Unveiled | XO Events & Design | The Springs in Edmond | Kristina Gaines Photography
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(Water)color me happy to see handpainting trends in weddings! Illustrated details and brushed lettering in everything from the invitations to the cake give such a ‘hand-made’ and personal quality to a wedding. As an artist myself, I really admire the artistry in these ‘picture’ perfect details!

– Rachel Luetkemeyer, Graphic Designer

Loni Jane Creative | XO Events & Design | Cafe 7 | Sarah Libby Photography

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I’m crazy about bouquets and centerpieces that feel as if I’ve just wandered through the garden and picked my favorite blooms. Leave structure to the gowns – it’s all about free form florals!

– Molly Dysart, Account Executive

Emerson Events | Prim | Andrea Murphy Photography

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Rose to the Occasion is undeniably one of my all-time favorite shoots. Every. Single. Look.  Harwelden Mansion was an absolute dream setting and the talented team of vendors perfectly brought this dreamy vision to life!

– Alli Vaughan, Editor

Ever Something Event Styling | Harwelden Mansion | Blo. | Faccia Bella | J.J. Kelly Bridal Salon | J.Hilburn | Party Pro Rents | Touies Design | Watson & Payne Photography

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Finding that perfect getaway to leave the most memorable night of your life is very important. I don’t even think it has to be some fancy car (although THIS fancy car will do)! Maybe it’s the car he first picked you up in on your first date. Whatever that getaway mobile is…make it special and unique to you both as a couple.

– Haley Scherm, Graphic Designer

Birdie Blooms | Chelsey Ann Artistry | Gibson Events | Candi Coffman Photography

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For a girl who doesn’t like icing much, naked cakes are the perfect cake option! Not only can you see the yumminess underneath, but add florals or berries and they’re just as pretty as a fully-iced design.

– Jennifer Mathis, Online + Social Content Director

Amy Cakes | Tony Foss Flowers | Southwind Hills Barn | Peyton Rainey Photography

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This is hands down my favorite wedding of all time- it was literally a SURPRISE wedding! Not only is this an incredibly sweet couple, but the element of surprise was awesome and is so special! From the look on Sami’s face when Joe asked her to marry him – TODAY – to the lottery ticket favors, this wedding was truly made special by the families and details involved. Both Ely Fair and Pen Weddings captured this one of a kind day in the best way.

– Marissa England, Account Executive

Gibson Events | Poppy Lane Design | Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City | Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions | Chelsey Ann Artistry | Mood Party Rentals | Chirps & Cheers | Ely Fair Photography | Pen Weddings
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Create a relaxing and fun space to entertain guests throughout the night with chic, lounge furniture. We love how couples are getting creative with styled party spaces that fit their personalities perfectly!

– Kami Huddleston, Publisher

Mood Party Rentals | Gibson Events | Poppy Lane Design | Coles Garden | Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions | Blo. | Meg Guess Couture Bridal & Boutique | Josh McCullock Photography

CLICK HERE TO THE FULL SMITTEN COLLECTION!

BC Clark’s Hidden Gem – Megan Thorne Fine Jewels

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Oklahoma’s oldest jewelry retailer, BC Clark Jewelers, has stumbled upon quite the hidden gem in Megan Thorne, a Fort Worth-based jewelry designer with Oklahoma ties.

“Megan Thorne rings have an heirloom quality about them which resonates with today’s bride. Her designs are very feminine, and her use of recycled gold and rustic diamonds add a sustainability factor and unique appeal,” says Mitchell Clark.

BC Clark is the exclusive place to find her gorgeous work in Oklahoma, and we caught up with the young talent to see for ourselves just what BC Clark and its brides have been gushing about!

What sets your business apart (besides your beautiful jewelry)?
I believe strongly in the concept of ‘modern heirlooms,’ which is the idea that the ring you are creating now should be passed on to your loved ones later. I wear my own great-grandmother’s engagement ring and wedding band, and I can think of no higher honor than sharing in another family’s special moments. Thus, I am always mindful of distinctive, yet timeless design and quality craftsmanship so that a ring can be treasured for generations to come.

Why are you so passionate about recycling metals?
Honestly, because it is an option, so why in the world not?! I think that is one of the most amazing characteristics of precious metals: you can strip away the alloys used to create a piece of jewelry and return the metal to its pure state. It costs a little more, and your options are a bit limited, but I think it is so important to do what we can.

Why is it a priority for you to use ethically sourced stones?
I couldn’t authentically talk about passing down a ring to a daughter or grand-daughter and not be cognizant of the world we are leaving for her. Even small choices have amazing impact when combined with the collective efforts of the industry. The more consumers request ethically sourced stones and recycled metals, the more companies start pressuring the status quo.

What do you most want brides to know about your rings?
They’re made with joy. In the beginning, I made every single piece start to finish in my garage. Now that the company has grown a bit, I’m not able to be involved in every facet of the process, but I insist that I’m able to touch every piece before it leaves our studio. I love what I do and am the luckiest person ever to be a tiny part of a couple’s special moment. I hope the joy and fulfillment I receive as the maker is felt by the one who wears our work.

Your rings are so special and unique—what’s your secret?
I actually prefer smaller diamonds! People can be so concerned with size, but I go for a small center diamond so that you can do really cool metal work around it. I’m not a door-knocker diamond type of girl.

What drew you to BC Clark Jewelers as the exclusive retailer of your jewelry in OK?
I’m from Texas, but I actually studied apparel design at Oklahoma State University! It was there that I took my first metalsmithing class as an elective—just for fun. Working with BC Clark feels like a full-circle moment for me, a true homecoming! Such a prestigious store with a shared love of family and community. The BC Clark staff truly understands the collection and can guide brides through the sometimes daunting journey of design, customization and diamond education.

 

 

Glam Country Club Wedding by Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party

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Photos by Josh McCullock

Lauren and Rich’s glam country club wedding features just about everything we love – a luxe color palette, over-the-top florals and whimsical details just to name a few! Over a romantic dinner one evening Rich proposed with a gorgeous sparkler from Lewis Jewelers. The wedding planning began shortly after with the help of planner extraordinaire Judy Lehmbeck, and the lovely invites from No Regrets were sent to over 300 family and friends. When the big day arrived in late summer, the sweet couple exchanged rings from BC Clark Jewelers and headed to their reception which was nothing short of stunning! The ballroom looked like a summer garden party with florals from Trochta’s and rentals from Marianne’s and Mood Party Rentals. The blushing bride was radiant with hair and makeup by Malorie Avaline – Beauty Unveiled and her maids were picture perfect in gowns from Prim. Brown Egg Bakery crafted a delicious wedding cake, and guests were treated to late night Taco Bell before the couple said goodnight – how fun! Thanks to Josh McCullock for capturing every lovely detail, and cheers to Lauren and Rich! See more of their exclusive Vows that Wow Oklahoma wedding on pages 60 – 65 of the all new 10th Anniversary issue. Cheers!

FEATURED VENDORS

Accommodations | Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel

Bridesmaids’ Attire | Prim

Cakes | Brown Egg Bakery

Engagement Ring | Lewis Jewelers

Decor/Rentals | Marianne’s Rentals for Special Event Solutions, Mood Party Rentals

Florist | Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center

Hair/Makeup | Malorie Avaline – Beauty Unveiled

Invitation | No Regrets

Lighting | Marianne’s Rentals for Special Event Solutions

Photography | Josh McCullock

Registry | BC Clark Jewelers, Bebe’s

Wedding Bands, Wedding Jewelry | BC Clark Jewelers

Wedding Planner | Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party

Looks of Love Contest 2017 – Cast your vote for our Top 12 Finalists!

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We were overwhelmed with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest. It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 12 finalists and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! The couple with the most likes will be crowned our Brides of Oklahoma 2017 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a romantic dinner date on us plus an overnight stay at The Skirvin Hilton with breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Park Avenue Grill, in the morning.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

Photos top left to bottom right: Chelsea Denise Photography, Hope Photography, Aubrey Marie Photography, Picturesque Photos by Amanda, J. Gwyn Photography, Abby Roses Photography, Holly Felts, Sarah Libby Photography, Katie Hadley Photography, Rachel Photographs, Sheradee Hurst Photography, Peyton Rainey Photography

Locale in Bloom – 81 Ranch with The Wild Mother

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Photos by Peyton Rainey Photography

Where to even begin with this amazing shoot… We’ve been dying to start sharing shoots from our Local in Bloom editorial  for weeks! Our team is  beyond blown away by the floral talent from the sisters that make up The Wild Mother and their vignettes that were shot at the grandiose 81 Ranch and captured by Peyton Rainey Photography. We love the intricate details of this venue so much, that we wanted to highlight the architectural features that make 81 Ranch so special including their sweeping staircase, gorgeous grand entryways and their one-of-a-kind bar. With old school tunes serenading the sisters, they went to work in creating these blooming scenes, and they certainly took it to the next level. Their vision of vintage cinema grandeur and interactive scenes are not only dreamy, but also inspiring. Round House Bakery provided the sugared fruits and cake that truly completed the scene. Prepare yourselves – these scenes might be in your dreams for weeks to come. Enjoy!

FEATURED VENDORS

venue | 81 Ranch

florals + styling | The Wild Mother

photography | Peyton Rainey Photography

cake | The Round House Bakery