I have a strong desire to make every bride I talk to realize what a special season of life she’s in. Engagements should be so sweet & thrilling, full of love & anticipation. A bride should be showered, adorned, celebrated . So in order to help a bride have a more enjoyable engagement, I hosted a contest/giveaway for one extraordinary bride-to-be. I hosted the event on Instagram & Facebook, asking girls and guys to nominate their friend or fiancé for this event, stating why they deserved it, and then to hashtag our event’s name, “#bridalshowertakeover”.
With this contest, over 100 entries were created with just an outpour of love and adoration for these brides to be. It was beautiful reading each nomination, lengthy posts praising and encouraging girls everywhere.
In addition to my desire to throw this shower for a special bride, I also wanted to include some of my favorite vendors from Oklahoma. Some were just simply my favorites, while others are working to get their business up and running in the wedding industry and I wanted to offer potential publicity for their hard work and creations. It all came together beautifully and all the vendors did amazing work.
With the vision I had in my mind of what I wanted this wintry bridal shower in the woods to look like, I requested that all the girls come in their favorite little black dress. We pampered the winning bride, Emily, with hair & makeup, full wardrobe, and a beautiful flower crown to make her feel extra special.
Fruity cocktails kept the girls warm and lively and giggly all evening, desserts and award winning quiche danced on their forks, and overhanging lights and candles created a dream ambiance. We had a blast showering Emily and reminding her this season of life is such an exciting and fun one, even in the midst of stressful wedding planning.
So excited that this #bridalshowertakeover was featured on Green Wedding Shoes today! We’re super grateful for the feature. Once you’re done looking through these images, see a few extra photos on their blog here!
To make this even better, we filmed it! Check out the video from the whole event here from April Kirby of Ethos Creative.
photography: Melissa Green Photography // planning + design: Melissa Green Photography & XO Events & Design // venue: Southwind Hills Goldsby, Oklahoma // florals: Haleigh of XO Events & Design // flower crowns: Forage Floral // catering + desserts: OKbakingCo // farm tables: Kahoy Studios // makeup: Chelsey Ann // hair: blo. OKC // cocktail recipe: Chris Castro // calligraphy: Kiah Bailey // bride’s attire: Windsor // dessert table: Josh Marshall // macrame plant hangers + wall hanger: FromAtlasOn // videography: April Kirby
these two had me ooh-ing and ahh-ing the entire shoot . complete babes, obviously . but i was captivated by the love & intimacy they share by just a look exchanged between them . i felt it . and it felt extraordinary .
so this one’s for the lovers . the kind that don’t need words, just a glance .
grey skies with peaks of sunlight . rain one minute, perfect summer day the next . a city of character, history, overly instagrammed beauty marks, and hills . people of variety and a tight-knit community .
though a rather short trip, B & N showed me the most amazing parts of seattle . all their favorite spots, the ones that wrote chapters in their love story – the ones that they visit often or are just crazy about , I got to shoot them in their element, their home .
he’s from New Zealand . they met at Oktoberfest in Germany . just happened to cross paths and hit it off . and after dozens of across-sea trips to see eachother and deciding they were going to be committed for life, B moved to Seattle for his dark haired beaut .
I’ve never felt more at home while on a trip than I did with these two . instant friends, instant inappropriate joking and lots of good eats . they showed endless hospitality and love and i’m so thankful for clients I can call friends .
Brendan & Nina – you two are gems and here’s to you .
Hospitality and genuineness overflow with this pair . Always welcoming, always expecting nothing in return . just full of grace and joy and love and beautiful smiles . this pair united together, relentless love filling their bones, flowing their veins . evident to everyone and inspiring the souls who got to be with them .
And on their wedding day . Quiet whispers throughout the bridal room of what awe and beauty Amy beheld , inside and out . tears and tears and hugs too tight to breathe between Wes & Amy for their first look . gasps of pure awe and sweet adoration when Amy walked down the aisle, tears in the audience matching the tears on Wes’s cheeks . countless smiles and up-going prayers of gratitude, everyone in agreeance that this moment, this ceremony, this covenant, it was graced and blessed and all planned by Him .
Those that were there, they know it well . that the beauty and love beheld on W & A’s day, was seemingly tangible . I’m so excited and honored to share this brilliant wedding .
P.S. Happy belated, Amy! This post dedicated to you and your beloved .
this is my 100th blog post! every post has been full of me . my heart, thoughts, passion, and you beautiful people . my clients and friends, new people i’ve met along the way . thankful for all of you who take time to read my blog and appreciate the art i so joyfully create . so thrilled this is my 100th!
fully immersed in God’s nature . surrounded by vast fields, plateaued mountains, lush greens and Oklahoma dirt . all encompassed this day of Johnathan & Anna’s . it’s easy to be captivated by them and their contagious smiles .. my job made easy when pairing them with the Wichita Mountains .
they kept the ceremony small & intimate inviting only family and closest of friends . in a little cove tucked away at the bottom of a mountain . relaxed and focused on the covenant they were making, followed by cheers and lots of magical photos all over the Wichitas .
thankyou J & A for letting me be the documenter of your beautiful day .
Everyone goes through different seasons of life . Some are longer than others, some are super short, some terrible, some incredible. But seasons always come and go .
I love when I get to photograph people in more than just one season of life . Engagement, wedding, 1 year anniversary, maternity, newborn, family session .. it’s the circle of life and I love being able to capture it all . Clients who become friends or vice versa .. getting to photograph different seasons in their life makes me feel like I’m contributing to that season they’re in . Photos to cherish and remember that exact point in time .. because sometimes it’s nice to look back at a different season of life and remember the sweetness, to be grateful, and to learn from it .
Matt & Kira have allowed me in to such beautiful, meaningful seasons of their lives . From their engagement session back when I was pretty new at this photography thing, to their wedding (which was one of mine & josh’s first weddings to shoot together), and now .. they’re pregnant with their first . a girl . and it’s beautiful .
Kira glowing, per usual . Matt, enamored by Kira, as always . I love these people . & I can’t wait to meet the new babe so soon!
There could never be a dull moment in their presence, they constantly kept each other (and me) laughing . I love how easy going and goofy they made their shoot . Because really, we shouldn’t ever take ourselves too seriously .
Always pushing myself to find new locations and new ideas for each client can get difficult and tiring . With these two, it was easy . Eric’s an architect and he had the best places in mind for our shoot . OKC never looked cooler than when these two were walking its streets .