Andrea’s Bridal Pictures Featuring Portland the Dog

   Andrea married Hunter this weekend and it’s time to reveal her bridal session! She wanted include her dog, Portland, in some of her photos and she even had Anne Marie at the French Bouquet design her a flower collar. Portland came ready for her close up all dolled up in her wedding attire! Dogs are frequently a part of family and senior pictures but we don’t get them as often for bridal pictures. Your sweet pup is always welcome for your session as long as you can trust him or her to behave with you in your wedding gown.
After photographing Andrea and Portland at the Tulsa Garden Center we headed to Philbrook to continue her session. If you’ve read my blog more than once you know that I love me some Philbrook,  but unfortunately (and understandably) our furry friends aren’t allowed on the grounds. So we just saved it for after Portland’s part of the session.
Be on the lookout for Andrea and Hunter’s wedding photos coming soon!

Dog Bridal Pictures

Whimsical Bridal Picture

Art Museum Bridal Portraits

Dramatic Bridal Pictures

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Emily’s Philbrook Bridal Pictures

   Emily and Daniel were married on Friday, so you know what that means… bridal session reveal time! Emily and I go back a ways to when she was an intern for my friend’s photography studio. (Artworks Tulsa Photography). She now owns her own photography studio, Emily Constance Photography. Such an honor to be chosen to photograph such a talented photographer! I’m so thrilled that she decided on a bridal session. I have so many girls that are on the fence about a bridal session that I really need to write blog post just about how great they are! They’re seriously the best!! Emily’s session was no exception. She brought both her parents and we just had a grand ole time! Can’t wait to share more of Emily from their gorgeous wedding!

Hair and Makeup: Tulsa Bridal Beauty
Dress: Facchianos
Bouquet: Divine Designs by Mandy

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Dawnette & Mike’s Irish-Themed Bartlesville Wedding

   Dawnette and Mike were recently married in Bartlesville. They had a lovely wedding steeped in sentiment, tradition, and beauty. These two have such a great story! They actually attended pre-school together in Bartlesville! It was many years later when they started dating and some discussion made them realize they had known each other at 4 years old. There’s even a class photo that exists that they’re both in. How cute is that?!
Their Irish themed wedding took place at her parent’s home that Dawnette built. They had a small ceremony at the home and went on to a large reception just up the road at Hillcrest Country Club. The Irish theme was woven throughout the day with small details. Dawnette had Mike’s family tartan made into vests for him and his son, they had a FANTASTIC bagpipe band, and a hand fasting ceremony as part of their wedding ceremony. The details are too many to describe so I’ll let the pictures do the work.

Lazaro Wedding Dresses

Custom Wedding Flip Flops

Wedding Preparations
Dawnette is a former model and so stinking fun to photograph! She’s just gorgeous!!

Over 40 Groom

Tulsa Metro Pipe Band
They had 2 bagpipers escort Mike and his attendants in and they continued for the processional.

At Home Wedding Bartlesville
Each chair was draped with a pashmina scarf in case it got too cool. Luckily, they were blessed with incredible weather!
Fun fact: Those gorgeous columns on the house are from a 100 year old church in Iowa.

Handfasting Ceremony

I’m obsessed with her Lazaro gown!!!

Tulsa Bagpipe Band
The pipe band played in front of the country club while the guests arrived and then escorted the couple in for their grand entrance. I’ve seen hundreds of grand entrances; their’s was the grandest of them all! Every wedding should have a pipe band. 😉

Divine Designs by Mandy

cedar smudging wedding
This was a first to me, they had a Comanche Cedar Blessing during their reception. The gentleman, former Chairman of the Comanche Nation, blessed them with burning cedar while saying a prayer over them. It was very interesting to observe and I always love experiencing something new on a wedding day!

These two chose to do their bridal session after their wedding in order to do photos together. Pretty soon I’ll be able to show those off as well. Dawnette and Mike, congrats again!!

Bagpipers: Tulsa Metro Pipe Band
Gown: Lazaro
Flowers: Divine Designs by Mandy
Rentals: Party Pro
Lighting: Integrity Lighting
DJ: Lion’s Road DJ



Top 5 Reasons To Have A Maternity Boudoir Session


Maternity boudoir photography. Yes it’s thing. If I have one area that people are most shocked about when I tell them what I photograph, its gotta be maternity boudoir. I sometimes get these horrified looks and gasps of “People do that?! I hated being pregnant!!” And ya know what, I kinda get it. Personally I had very easy pregnancies, but I still didn’t really enjoy it. The perception is that the women that do these photo shoots must have had very easy pregnancies and were just totally confident in their bodies. I do have clients every now and then that feel that way. I’ve had some tell me they’ve never felt sexier being pregnant and they wanted to capture that, but that certainly isn’t the norm. In fact, I’ve found that it’s quite the opposite for the most part.

   If you’ve been pregnant, you know the psychotic hormones wide array of emotions you experience for those 9+ months. You can go from feeling strong and like Wonder Woman (I mean hello, you’re growing a human!!) to being insecure and wondering what your life (and body) will look like after that precious baby is in your arms. Those thoughts and emotions tend to play into the decision for a boudoir session when you may or may not be feeling your most glamorous. The question of “why” to do a maternity boudoir session is a pretty vast one.

I’m here to make a case for why I think it’s a great idea.

1) This Pregnancy is Unique
Maybe its your first pregnancy, or your last, or maybe this will be your only pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are so many women dealing with infertility and they’re aware that this could very likely be their one and only pregnancy. I can’t tell you the number of women that have been in my studio, beyond thankful, because they had struggled for that miracle baby. The point is, the opportunity will only be there once. You may have more babies, but the way you feel today is unique to only that pregnancy. A maternity boudoir session is a great way to celebrate it!

2) Your Curves are Kickin’
The number on the scale might be higher these days, but how ‘bout that awesome rack?! And that booty that once lacked some of the curve you wanted? Yeah, baby got back! I’d propose that this is a great time to slip into a sexier piece of lingerie and show off those curves. I’m willing to bet that your hubby agrees that you’re as hot now pregnant as you were before. Personally, I think a pregnant woman is just stunning!! I remember just a few months ago, pregnant, feeling not so stunning. People would tell me I was glowing and I really wondered if they were crazy. Now just a few months out I see a pregnant lady and I’m just enthralled by how beautiful they are! Trust what people are saying, you’re just so beautiful even if you’re not feeling it. What better time would there be for a boudoir session when you’re beautiful, glowing, and have curves in all the right places?

3) You Need Pampering
I get it. You’re a woman – you already have a full plate. You’re either working a demanding job or chasing your other small children or both. You make dinner. You clean the house. And dangit nothing sounds better than a medium rare steak, with a side of sushi, and a whole bottle of wine. Scratch that. A pitcher of margaritas. On top of all that, you’re making a human 24/7. How great would it be to sit in our dressing room, surrounded by a team of hair and makeup artists, sipping a mocktail, and then get to play the part of a model for an hour or so? The very experience just removes you from the rest of the world and gives you the chance to focus on yourself a little bit. Please don’t mistake me, that’s not selfishness. That’s taking time to reset and getting pampered. We love teaming up with some of the very best hair and makeup artists in Tulsa. They’re trained to do hair and makeup so you’ll be camera ready. I know lots of people that are great at doing their own makeup, but no offense, you’re not trained the way they are. I choose the hair and makeup artists I work with very carefully and they’re experts in creating the perfect boudoir style for your session.

4) It’s Empowering
I remember a lady a few years ago that had a terrible pregnancy. You know, puking the whole time, fainting spells, labor pains starting early on, etc. If it was a bad symptom, this chick had it. Anyone out there relating to this? She came to me because she needed to be able to remember something good about it. She needed to feel like something more than a miserable baby making machine. Despite how she was feeling going into the session, she came out of it feeling like a sexy woman again. With any boudoir session, it turns out to be more of a confidence builder for the client than anything else. Some women could really use that enormous boost of confidence when they’re pregnant.

5) You’ll Quickly Forget How You Looked
Pretty soon, this pregnancy will be a distant memory. For those first few weeks after you deliver your bundle of joy (or in my case, the first couple years) you may not be loving the way your post-baby body looks. It can be such a great encouragement to be able to open your custom designed album and remind yourself of the awesome work you just went through. Your body is doing something incredible, and it’s worth documenting it. Let us help you bring out the sensual and soft side of you during this time, and create a beautiful portrait with which you can remember it.

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Hair & Makeup by the ever fabulous Tulsa Bridal Beauty!