Elisa + John’s vintage outdoor Oklahoma wedding is perfect inspiration for the Oklahoma gal searching for a good old fashioned outdoor extravaganza! Cedar Rock Inn in Tulsa provided accommodations for all the guests who had an incredible time! Read more about their big day below:
True love grew from first love between Elisa and John. After meeting at family camp one fateful summer in 2012, ginger flirtations were exchanged between the pair until John came to work on Elisaâ€™s family farm for two weeks. There, among the resilient tomato plants, Elisa and John fell in love. A few seasons, an eventful backpacking trip and a scavenger hunt later, John proposed with an engraved silver band. Elisa Lynn Fisher married John Roger Millea on June 29, 2014, at Groom Ranch in Slick, Oklahoma, just over a mile from the family farm where they fell in love. The wedding was officiated by Shane Anderson and coordinated by Sherry Fisher.
The beautiful bride was escorted down the aisle by her father in a blush pink lace gown by Aidan Mattox with soft beaded sparkle overlay and sweeping skirt with a single seam around the waist. The only adornment Elisa wore was a delicate white beaded headband that secured a short birdcage veil that peeked over the right side of her face. Her hair was French braided down each side and fixed securely at the nape of her neck. The groom looked dapper in white button-up, khaki pants, a navy polka dotted bow tie and navy suspenders. Maid of honor Emily Fisher, bridesmaids Allyson Fisher, Amanda Livanos and Andrea Keele, and junior bridesmaids Anna and Madalyn Fisher (twin sisters of the bride) all wore navy cotton maxi dresses. The best man, Luke Garard, and groomsmen Justin Connell, Lee Givhan and Thompson Paris wore khaki pants and navy bow ties. Junior groomsman Seth Haubrich wore khaki pants and a navy vest. The flower girls, Emmie and Ellie Cook (twin cousins of the bride) wore light pink dresses with a shimmering overlay and rosette accent. They were escorted down the aisle by Luke and Caleb Vixie wearing navy suspenders and fedoras.
A string quartet performed during the ceremony, along with a choir of the couple’s friends, family and neighbors who sang a special song for the couple. The entire affair was family-centered from beginning to end. Every single one of Elisa’s seventeen cousins attended the event, which made the day even more meaningful. Elisa and her mother baked coconut cakes for the dessert and served them with mango sorbet and Dutch chocolate ice cream. Elisa’s brother and sister-in-law and cousins pitched in to make the reception food – tofu lettuce wraps, rice, cucumber avocado salad, Napa cabbage salad and watermelon. The cucumbers and Napa cabbage came straight out of the Fisher farm gardens. Blueberry limeade and blackberry lemonade were offered as refreshing drinks. Elisa and her family planted 500 gladiolus bulbs, among other flowers, in the spring. Watching the blooms grow every day leading up to the wedding added excitement to the wedding preparations and sentimentality to the decorations.
Adding to the laid-back yet celebratory vibe of the day, the live band, Prairie Grass, played during the reception. John made corn hole boards from pallets and Elisa sewed the corn bags guests used to toss around all evening. Vintage books collected by the bride and groom and blue hydrangeas grown by the bride’s grandmother dotted the family-style farm tables. John, a singer/songwriter, performed an original piece for Elisa on stage at the wedding, a touching moment for everyone. Another special moment the newlyweds shared was when their photographer slipped them away from the reception for a few minutes to take pictures in the slowly-setting golden summer sun. There is an old family tradition that Elisa’s cousins made sure she included in the wedding festivities. When the couple leaves the wedding reception, everyone blocks them in with their cars and escorts them to a nearby bridge. The husband then pushes the wife across the bridge in a wheelbarrow and the wife pushes him back across the bridge. After this ritual, the guests tossed wheat grown at the Fisher family farm on the bride and groom as they finally made their getaway.
The couple chose to go backpacking in the mountains of the Weminuche wilderness and retreat to a cabin in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for their honeymoon. Elisa and John plan to continue to work seasonally on her family farm while John continues to tour and record as an independent singer/songwriter. They currently reside in Bristow, Oklahoma.