One of the exciting things about being a part of the Oklahoma City community is seeing how much growth has taken place, and the foundations being placed each month for our future. One area that's stood out to me is the plans for the Wheeler District!
A few weeks ago I was talking with Allison from Moliere Bridal and spitballing some ideas we'd want to do for a styled shoot. She mentioned utilizing some murals for bridal shots, and I knew I wanted to find a new location that wasn't overly saturated with photos. We eventually landed on reaching out to the awesome team at Wheeler District, who were happy to work with us on making something happen!
Shortly after, I was put in touch with Abby Walker of Back Meadow Events. She helped pull together an amazing team of vendors and pieced together this jaw dropping shoot. Everything from tiny details to complete the settings to coordinating the arrivals for the vendors, everything flowed super well from the colors to the chemistry of the shoot. What we got was pure magic!
The afternoon started for me working with Alex Smith, our stand-in bride and current Miss Oklahoma USA, and Samantha Radcliffe who was helping us with hair + make up. Having Abby work on site to coordinate the furniture, arrangements, and cake while I captured those shots of Sam doing her thing ended up being invaluable. In the past, styled shoots are something I organize with Taylor Hanna. Having a professional coordinator give us her time to make it flow was such a relief!
Arriving back at Wheeler, I found Abby coordinating with Ruby's Vintage Rentals on placing a gorgeous slate gray with gold accent settee and ornate navy rug in front of the Wheeler Wheel. We also had a breathtaking bouquet from Everything Beautiful OKC to play with. It ended up flowing with the summer blue skies and scatter puffy white clouds, and the beautiful setting Wheeler District has created for couples and families to enjoy!
Allison from Brown Egg Bakery showed up, and as expected, blew us away with a gorgeous white with navy and gold accent wedding cake. We ended up hanging the rug from Ruby's Vintage Rentals which created the perfect backdrop to contrast with the white cake, and highlight the accents. The boquet from Everything Beautiful tied in perfectly with the eucalyptus, peonies, and spray roses.
Our bride and groom arrived and we were able to get them ready for the rest of the photos. Moliere Bridal supplied a stunning dress from Martina Aliana Bridal, and Taylor Hanna brought pieces from the Wardrobe OKC and his collection to style our groom.
Alex looked gorgeous in the dress paired with the beautiful bouquet from Everything Beautiful OKC. Like clockwork, Oklahoma provided the perfect breeze to highlight the ribbon as we captured some bridal portraits in front of the beautiful murals in the Wheeler District.
Next, we added our dapper groom into the mix to create some pieces for us to use. The gray suit with navy tie added the perfect mix for our mix of navy, slate gray, pastels, and yellow.
Both Miles and Alex did an amazing job as playing bride + groom for the day! We were able to pull off a fake first-look, get lots of candid laughs, and recreate some wedding day magic.
As the evening rolled on, storm clouds quickly began to change the lighting for the day. Faced with flat images and a greenish tint (if you live in Oklahoma, you know the tint I'm talking about when storms arrive), I pulled out my flash and we got to work on wrapping up the set.
I usually prefer natural light on shoots, it's what I know best and I can manipulate the most. However, the set we got with the flashes gave the rest of the shoot a whole new feel: raw, candid, like I was capturing a photo essay to go in an editorial publication rather than a wedding magazine. They ended up being my favorite shots from the day!
Wrapping up the shoot definitely left me exhausted, but accomplished. This was such a great shoot and an amazing team of vendors to work with! It helped showcase the city I love and the creatives in it working to build it and make it an exciting place to enjoy!
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Photography - Michael Weidemann