When I began to approach Jen Semmler about doing another styled shoot, I had one goal in mind: modern + elegant. Of course, she wanted something with a twist.
After several bump-in's at Okay Yeah, we agreed upon something we hadn't seen yet in Oklahoma City. Something that was modern, but also gave a nod to an idealized decade. Something that didn't feel like Oklahoma, avoiding barns and prairies, but could also feel like it was straight out of a neighborhood in the hills of Los Angeles.
We had a plan.
Our team meet at Pritchards Wine Bar in the Plaza District early in the afternoon. Heather Hayes, from Everything Beautiful OKC, came with her team Jodi Ferrell and Mercy Kouri, to bring some floral table pieces and the bouquet. Jen Semmler, from the Plant Shoppe, came with her succulents and planters to finish off the settings. Additionally, the famous Memphis Nash, commonly seen at her side and playing in her shop, came to bring the entertainment.
The Pritchard provided the perfect location for our staged reception. The south facing windows let natural light stream in, perfect to accent the pieces we had arranged on the tables. Mindy Magers, the General Manager, made everything super easy on our team, making sure we had everything we needed. The dark wooden table top contrasting with the beautiful greens and neutral walls set the tone perfect for our color selection. We made sure to leave our lucky couple in neutral, classic, colors so that our placements and bouquets could do the talking with color.
The combination? Modern, elegant, and fun.
Allison from the Brown Egg Bakery brought in a statement piece that absolutely blew us away. Teaming up with Jen and Heather, using some of their pieces, we now had a one-of-a-kind, jaw-dropping cake towering by the window. The natural light streaming in created the perfect moments needed to complete this reception. Allison's work showed such a level of perfectionism that definitely has lead to her work being so reknown.
Alex Eppler, former Miss Oklahoma and current PA Student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, graciously agreed to be our stand-in bride with her boyfriend, fellow PA student, Mitch Williams. Both were natural in front of the camera, leading to a smooth shoot that let us highlight our vendors' work.
Samantha Radcliffe did Alex's hair and make up, which fit the dress provided by Moliere Bridal perfectly. Moliere Bridal let us use such an incredible piece from their Mikaella Bridal collection they currently have. The dress fit the modern, elegant theme and made sure that even in such a gorgeous setting, the attention was still on the bride.
For our second location, we went to a home nestled against the sprawling greens of Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. This particular home was featured in the 1968 Issue of Architectural Digest. The unique features was the perfect canvas for our vision of a vintage Palm Springs Wedding, from the rectangular pillars to the floor to ceiling windows.
The classic, elegant suit that Mitch was able to wear was brought courtesy of the gentlemen at Wardrobe OKC. Taylor Hanna, of the Clad Stache, was also on set to help style Mitch and provide one of his hand-stitched bowties. The boutonnière, with the bouquet, was designed by Heather Hayes of Everything Beautiful OKC.
Ruby's Vintage Rentals provided the perfect black + white settee to compliment our theme. The gold highlights added the touch of elegance we wanted for the shoot, the primary colors left neutral was perfect to let the colors from the Plant Shoppe's planters and Everything Beautiful's bouquet pop. To keep our Palm Springs theme going, those planters helped paint the vision of a city far away for our ceremony.
The final top off was Bek Barkocy providing one-of-a-kind signage for the set. Using gold paint and leaves, she help create our tropical, fun feel with these pieces. Additionally, she was able to create unique invitations that highlighted them theme of the shoot. Between shots, she also kept everyone laughing with equally unique dance moves.
This shoot was an absolute blast to be a part of! I'm so grateful for such an amazing team that helped create a vision so unique and fun, I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of it this summer. Below is a list of vendors that helped make it possible, I hope you check each of them out!
Photographer: Michael Weidemann
Models: Alex Eppler + Mitch Williams
Florist: Heather Hayes, Everything Beautiful OKC, www.everythingbeautifulokc.com
Setting: Jen Semmler, Plant Shoppe, www.plantshoppe.com
Dress: Moliere Bridal, Mikaella Bridal piece, www.molierebridal.com
Suit: Wardrobe OKC, www.wardrobeokc.com
Bowtie: Taylor Hanna, the Clad Stache, www.thecladstache.com
Cake: Brown Egg Bakery, www.browneggbakery.com
Signs: Bek Barkocy, Prawduct, www.instagram.com/prawduct
Settee: Ruby's Vintage Rentals, www.rubysvintagerentals.com
Reception: Pritchards Wine Bar, www.pritchardokc.com