Rachel & Blake married in Tulsa, Summit Club Reception
I’ve had some awesome weddings lately! They’re the kind of weddings that at the end of the day I’m disappointed to leave. (I only say that because after 8-12 hours at a wedding, ya get a bit tired) I was thrilled to kick off the 2014 season with Rachel and Blake’s wedding. It was truly beautiful and the day was just great!
Rachel is good friends with Aubrie (who’s wedding you’ll see if you scroll down a bit) and so a lot of the bridesmaids I knew. That always makes a wedding a bit more enjoyable. And she hired the fabulous Erica Weddings to oversee the day so everything was really seamless. Rachel has been SUCH a joy to work with. She’s sweet and she laughs at the stupid things I say and she’s not afraid to be a little goofy herself. (we don’t even need to bring up the fact that she’s GORGEOUS and soooo fun to photograph) I could go on and on about her. But I know y’all are here for the pictures, so let’s get to it.
Her dress was kinda awesome. I love this shot from April.
First looks never disappoint…. aren’t these two adorable?
First United Methodist downtown has to be one of the most gorgeous churches Oklahoma has. It just blows me away every time I get to shoot there.
Blake and his bothers deserved their own special shot.
Top shot by April, bottom shot by me. (see… I shoot details sometimes. )
Love even more!!!!
If I’ve said it once I’ll say it a thousand times: My favorite part of a wedding is right before a bride walks down the aisle.
April rocked it out on the ceremony shots at this weddings. Most of these are hers!
They are Ken and Barbie – brunette version.
Its always a fantastic idea to do your grand exit from the church and not the reception. You still have all your guests and everyone is full of energy and still looking great! Plus, you don’t have to pay to keep your photographer there to photograph 4 hours of the same people on the dance floor.
French Bouquet KILLED it on the florals! They were incredible!!
Pretty sure this is my favorite cake shot evah!!
Rachel and Blake… seriously. I just haven’t gotten over how much fun your wedding was. You guys are the best!! Congrats again!!
TWS Gives Back 2014
Its time for the Tulsa Wedding Society’s 3rd annual Gives Back auction event. This party is so much fun and all the proceeds go to the Little Light House. Last year we raised $15,000 and we’d like to exceed that this year! This is a charity that is near and dear to our hearts. A lot of you don’t know this but Calista’s middle son (my nephew) was born blind. We immediately got him on the waiting list for Little Light House and started to find ways that we could help them out. Through, literally, a miracle of God his eyesight has been healed the point where most people don’t even realize he has a disability. So we didn’t end up needing LLH, but we fell in love with them and what they do.
What I especially love about this event is that brides are able to do some serious shopping for their weddings and are able to write off those purchases. I mean… that is WONDERFUL.
The complete list of what everyone is auctioning is not quite up yet, but I can tell you what I’m doing.
First we are auctioning an 1.5 hour boudoir session with a custom designed 20 page album. We have teamed up with Styles by Hailey Wheeler and she’s doing a full hair and makeup (and beyond) treatment. The value of this is $1075.
Secondly we have teamed up with Primp Hair & Makeup Studio to offer a Girls Night Out for 5 ladies. Full hair and makeup and a special photoshoot with me. I feel like this would be an awesome way to start out a bachelorette party! The value on this is $1000.
I promise that this evening is a blast! So bring your fiance, mama or best friend and have a fun evening out and get some wedding shopping done!
Baby Nate’s Birth – Tulsa Birth Photographer
“For this child I prayed, and the Lord granted me my petition that I made of Him…”
I haven’t even started typing and the tears are already coming… Oh my. Natalie and Cody. I love them. They’ve been my friends for a few years now. I actually don’t remember meeting them for the first time, but I remember the 2nd time because Cody gave me the biggest hug like we were old friends. Honestly, at first I thought, “Who the heck is this guy??” but within minutes of really getting to chat with him and Natalie I realized they are one of the sweetest, kindest couples I’ve ever known. And I knew that Natalie wanted to be a mama. We talked about it from the get-go. She saw my work shortly after that and frequently we would talk about when she had a baby how I was going to photograph her maternity pictures.
What I didn’t know through the last few years, is that they had gotten pregnant a few times, and lost those babies. I don’t know that pain so I can’t fully understand what they went through. But I do understand that having Baby Nate makes him all the more special to his mama and daddy. I just feel like the verse I put above is appropriate for this story.
(Stop crying Murphy… stop crying…)
So maternity pictures were a must! And I LOVED their session!! One of my favorites!
During the maternity session the subject of birth photography came up and I was sooo glad it did. I’ve been just itching to photograph a birth since Nola was born, and to get to photograph theirs would just be an honor.
Fast forward to mid January and I woke up on a Saturday morning and thought, “I need to check in with Natalie today and find out how her last appointment went”. Itwasn’t a half hour later when I got a text from her saying it was the day!
By the time I got to the hospital the epidural had already been administered so things were pretty quiet and calm.
I actually had a bridal session booked that day that couldn’t move. So April graciously came to the hospital and was there ready to shoot in case the baby decided to come during my session. I’m glad he didn’t. After the shoot, I went to the hospital to check in. Natalie was progressing but not moving too quickly so I decided to go home and kiss my baby goodnight and get some dinner. . As soon as I walked in the door I got a text from Cody saying I better get back to the hospital quickly. (This is actually my handy-dandy trick to get any woman I’m photographing to a 10 and ready to push. Every birth I’ve photographed where I’ve decided to go home for a bit I’ve been immediately called back as soon as I walk in the door)
As soon as I walked into the delivery room, they started prepping her to push….
…and it didn’t take much. I believe she pushed through 3 or 4 contractions.
Look at that face… seeing his little boy for the first time. Absolutely priceless.
And mama’s face seeing him. Just perfect.
When photographing births before Nola, I would tear up but could hide behind my camera. Not this time. I just cried right along with them.
….there are no words.
I don’t think there’s anything I could photograph that is more amazing than a birth. I’m just blown away every time by what a miracle it is and how blessed I am to be invited to such an intimate and important moment. It truly is an honor. Natalie and Cody I love you guys and am so happy for you. Your little man is perfect.
And here’s just one from the newborn session…
Brides of Oklahoma – Looks of Love Contest
Hey all you engaged couples! Its time to enter the annual Looks of Love contest! Just enter some of your awesome engagement portraits (preferably those shot by yours truly), tell your love story and be entered to win an evening out for you and your lovey! Its easy and free! So its definitely worth a shot! Click here to enter.
Aubrie & Matt’s Downtown Tulsa Wedding
(After you’re done reading this blog check out the awesome list of vendors that made this wedding fantastic! Love them all!!)
Well its HIGH TIME we finally have a wedding on here. Its been too darn long! Its a good one… and I’ll probably get annoying and gushy. So just settle in, mmmk?
Aubrie is Erica’s, of Erica Weddings, sister. So this is a girl that’s seen a lot of weddings, and wanted something that was a bit different for this area of the country. From the moment she and Erica started talking about plans, I got excited. I just knew it was going to be a gorgeous day and just a ton of fun to photograph!
The weather that day was crazy cold. But luckily, she and I had already discussed all the fun dramatic shots we could take indoors so we didn’t mind only doing outdoor portraits for just a few short minutes.
The wedding took place at the beautiful First United Methodist Church and the reception was held at Living Arts. Fabulous, right? P.S. Living Arts is now pretty much my favorite place ever for a reception. Its a photographer’s dream.
Let’s look at some loveliness…
Okay I’m gonna need to stop right here. Can we say coolest church shot ever? I’m so lucky to have April working for me. Isn’t she brilliant?
Oh wait we gotta talk about this. The dress is two dresses put together to make something completely unique. And the shoes… get this. There’s a place called Shoes of Prey that you can design your own shoes. So Aubrie picked the style, and created them with her wedding colors and added the matching lace. Ladies, are we loving that idea or what?!
Before the wedding Aubrie went to a recording studio and recorded her singing their song as a surprise to Matt. It was playing during their first look. Just perfect.
You would just never know it was like -32 degrees and about 156 mph winds. Ahh the power of photography.
Beautiful detail shots by April.
I die. I just love this quiet moment before she walked down the aisle. All her girls had gone to line up and Aubrie was quietly waiting for her dad to come get her to escort her down the aisle.
We had to make a stop downtown between the ceremony and reception for a couple quick (and I mean QUICK. It was frigid!!!) nighttime shots. So glad we did.
Okay… so are you seeing why I love Living Arts? Beautiful big windows and white walls. Like I said, photographer’s dream.
How cool is this decor? Its contemporary yet has the rustic touches.
This was the best toast I’ve ever heard. Hands down. It was beautiful and heartfelt. Well done, Erica.
Aubrie and Matt also got one of our Snapshot Lounges. Here are a few of my favorites from that…
Okay so when there’s a Snapshot Lounge… I end up in it a lot. Here’s a group of all the vendors that were there. Mike with Blue Label Bartending, John with Redeemed Productions, Zach – Zach Downing Entertainment, Amanda with Ladyfingers Catering, Erica of course, and well, I’m the idiot attempting a backbend.
Aubrie and Matt, you guys are amazing. Working with you this year has been one of my highlights and your wedding was truly fabulous!! So excited to see all the future has in store for you.
Planning & Coordination: Erica Weddings
Videography: Redeemed Productions
Reception Venue: Living Arts of Tulsa
Catering: Ladyfingers Catering
DJ: Zach Downing
Cake: Ms. Laura’s Cakes
Decor: Ceremonial Blessings
Personal Flowers: The Bridal Garden
Transportation: Old Urban Trolley
Hair: Kristie Alexander
Makeup: Ashlee Bivins
Stationery: Paper Girl
Bartender: Blue Label Bartending