Greg and Lauren are getting married this fall! We are so excited to celebrate their lovely Gaillardia wedding!
We had almost a full week of perfect weather in July last week. For Oklahoma summers… that is unheard of. While we were enjoying 70 degree temperatures last week we are back close to 100 degrees this week. Several of our brides have asked about some indoor bridal options for their bridal sessions coming up in late summer. While shooting a bride in a field of sunshine will ALWAYS be our style and favorite look some brides decide they would rather do them indoors because of heat or they just love the look of certain indoor options.
We photographed Taylors bridal session last year around this time. Both of her sisters used the Oklahoma Capitol for their bridal session and she wanted to do the same. The oklahoma city capitol is one indoor option for shooting bridals that has both indoor and outdoor shooting options. There are pros and cons of shooting here but we wanted to show a session from here to give our brides some options! Let us know if you have any questions about shooting sessions at the capitol. Taylor, you were a beautiful bride and we hope this past year of marriage has been so fun for you guys!
You are going to love these two! They are both so lovely. And I have to share just a piece of their engagement story with you because I just loved it! Justin and Sarah had gone with family to get a christmas tree and then come home to put it up in their house and decorate. So Justin put the ring in one of the boxes full of ornaments and just patiently waited for Sarah to find it as she put up ornaments. BUT IT TOOK HER THREE HOURS! Oh my gosh I was dying for Justin. I can’t believe he had to wait three hours with all his nerves knowing what he was about to do. And Sarah saw the ring at a glance and thought it was a piece of her grandmas costume jewelry that got thrown in with some of her old ornaments. And she kept tossing this specific box aside saying she didn’t really want to hang these ones up this year while Justin persistantly made reasons up for her to look again just in case she missed some she might want to hang up! LOVE IT! Such a cute sweet story. And Sarah giggled telling the whole thing. Loved spending time with these guys! Can’t wait for the wedding day…
Photographer: Taylor at Hollib.com
Venue: Castle Falls
Catering: The Cellar at Castle Falls
Ceremony: Wesley United Methodist Church
Flowers: Capitol Hill Florist
Cake – County Line Bakery
Dress – R&L Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Rose
DJ – Chasen Shaw Entertainment
Ashley and Braden were married this past Saturday. They celebrated afterwards at Castle Falls, in Oklahoma City. Castle Falls is such a hidden gem. It has a great outdoor option if you are looking for outdoor locations, but it also has an indoor reception hall. The grounds are beautiful, with tons of trees, some open areas and lots of garden areas. Ashley is absolutely gorgeous and looked stunning in her wedding dress.
My favorite thing all day was their first look. Braden was so excited to see his bride and Ashley was tearing up as she walked up to meet him. Ashley read her letter to him, which is something I haven’t seen before. (Usually our couples exchange letters and each read them to themselves.) As she read, she wiped tears from her eyes. It was such a sweet and emotional moment. Sarah and I were dying behind our cameras at the preciousness of this moment. As we photographed one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever seen on a wedding day, I was reminded of why we love first looks so much. What an incredible time they shared on their wedding day. So often we hear brides and grooms say they don’t want to “miss out” on that moment when their groom sees them for the first time as they walk down the aisle. But we argue that you are actually missing out on a more intimate moment shared only by the two of you. Well done Ashley and Braden.
Here’s a look at their beautiful wedding.
We have had a few emails from our current brides asking what our favorite “send off” ideas are so I thought I would put a quick blog post up explaining some different options! We have seen a lot of different things but the majority of weddings here in Oklahoma use either sparklers or rose petals. We are starting to see a new trend of a send-off after the ceremony when all of your guests are still there instead of at the very end of the night when only a few family and friends are left. We absolutely LOVE this idea for a couple of reasons. ONE… there are WAY more people there to throw or hold the things that you will be running thru. TWO- a lot of times it is still light outside and you can still see all of the people in line and we dont have to light up the exit with flash. We have a couple of different things that we have seen at receptions that we will talk more about below…
Brad and Katie were married 4 years ago and they had a send off right as they were walking down the aisle. They had cute little flower petal holders hanging on the end of each aisle and I love the color and celebration that showed in their images from the aisle exit.
Confetti is another fun option. Guests thru colored paper confetti at Rachel and Evans wedding a few years ago. I love the different sizes of paper.
Glow sticks are fun but in my opinion they dont photograph all that well for the actual send off. When its dark I love the colors they put off (see below) but when you are running thru the lines we have to use flash to be able to see your faces and they look like sticks being held.
This fun crowd decided to throw the colored glow sticks instead of hold them and it actually looked a lot better! Glad these guests got crazy ;)
This is some sort of eco-fetti that Lauren and Cody used as their send off. It had a different texture than I have seen and was a fun send off idea! Kristin and Matt, and Brittany and Rob used confetti as well!
Certain venues that have restrictions require to use something that doesnt involve fire or that they have to pick up. Quite a few of our brides have used these types of ribbon wands that you can make yourself or find on Etsy.
We even have had one bride and groom almost 7 years ago use placebo pills because they were both pharmacists… how fun is that?
Sparklers are the most popular option for late evening send offs…
I found this funny pic in the archives as I was searching for sparkler send offs… how funny is this little guy?!?!
Our bride Aija used balloons and rose petals for her send off… we loved this idea! I have seen balloons a handful of times at one of my weddings and think they are really fun for a send off post ceremony when its still light outside!
Bubbles are also still a popular option….
But sometimes when it is really windy you cant see them… thanks to the lovely Oklahoma wind ;(
Pom poms are a new trend that I havent seen all that often but think they are fun!
Chinese lanterns have made their way to Oklahoma wedding receptions… they are a fun way to end your evening.
We hope this gives you some insight on reception send off ideas! As always, feel free to email us if you have any questions or thoughts on what to use for your own wedding! We love to help!