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Off to the Races | A Derby-Inspired Bridal Shower

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Pony up, people – we are off to the races with this lovely Derby-inspired bridal shower at Remington Park! Any colorful bride will swoon at this modern soiree decorated in only the fullest arrangements from Enid Floral in bright pink roses and enormous sunflowers. Baked Cookie Co. had everyone’s tastebuds dancing for more chocolatey goodness, but luckily, Blue Label Bartending supplied full-flavored mules to sip on while lounging around on Runaway Belle Vintage Rentals‘ stylish pieces. No Regrets aced the invitation suite that incorporated a classic elegance with the refreshing green tones of the occasion. The model bride and bridesmaids’ glam looks were complete with eye-catching gowns from Prim, and sophisticated, yet dazzling beauty from Brushed Salon & Makeup Studio. Danielle Hope Photography gave life to the day with crisp shots for us to swoon over.

Photos // Danielle Hope Photography 

Vendor Spotlight: Newly renovated, Remington Park has the perfect space to make your reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding shower amazingly unique and special. Their Executive Culinary Team provides elegant dining and first class service. Complimentary valet parking for all groups during live racing as well as groups of 50+ all year long. Throw a bachelor or bachelorette party and take home a complimentary commemorative group photo from the winners circle.

Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

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Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 16 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesofok to vote on our Sweet 16 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily (weekdays) to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!

The couple with the most votes will be crowned the Brides of Oklahoma 2020 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a dinner date for two at a restaurant of their choice on us,  a romantic overnight stay at The Skirvin Hotel AND breakfast at The Skirvin’s Park Avenue Grill on a mutually agreed upon date, and a $100 gift card from Lush Fashion Lounge to get dressed up for the occasion!

Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2020 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofok to vote!

CLICK HERE TO TO VOTE ON INSTAGRAM NOW!

Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Chelsea Littleton Photography, Wendy Bobarkin, Chandler Rae Photography, Ashley Sunderland, Kayla Wilmoth Photography, Ricki Thompson Media, Chelsea Reece, Chelsea Littleton Photography, Susan Alyse Photography, Beth Hanson Photography, Jessica Mayfield Creative, Meg Rose Photography,Danielle Villemarette & Co., Carsyn Abrams, Ashley Williams Photography, Maggie Moriah Photography

A Look at the Designs & Expertise of The Carter Collective

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The Carter Collective is an extension of a passion from Oklahoma wedding photographer Bobbye Jean Carter. Wanting to utilize her passion for design and planning in addition to stunning, timeless photography, Bobbye embarked on the journey of The Carter Collective in order to provide Oklahoma brides with a one-stop-shop and truly stress-free wedding planning. Classic and custom sums up Bobbye’s style; she works with each couple tirelessly to develop an aesthetic and atmosphere for their wedding that captures the best parts of their personalities flawlessly. “My style is timeless yet punchy and the aesthetic for each client is fluid based on their personal story,” Bobbye explains. “As a wedding photographer first it’s always in my mind as a planner for my clients to create hanging works of art of their wedding images. My goal is for the images to be timeless and live forever within their lifestyle – this starts with the planning.”

Take a look below at some of Bobbye’s work, both in a curated styled shoot and at a real wedding! We hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we have!

A Favorite Styled Shoot

 

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the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

Photos: Bobbye Jean Photography

“I absolutely loved planning and designing our wanderlust fiesta shoot. I always lean toward bright colors, and on this project I had free rein of floral choices. I loved incorporating succulents and kale into the design. My favorite detail is the hat. I know that sounds a little silly, but I just felt the absolute need for a Charlie 1 Horse Hat — it just had that southwest glam vibe,” Bobbye says.

Styled shoots like this one often show off the best of the best when it comes to details and styling, but Bobbye realizes limited budgets are a factor for many brides. “Before you ever hire a single vendor, sit down with your partner, mom and dad or whoever is helping you and set a true budget. Never, and I mean never, go into debt for the wedding. Your marriage is more important than the wedding, and I want you to start out without the stress of wedding debt. If you have a great planner and a detail-oriented photographer, you too can have a Pinterest-worthy wedding on a tight budget.”

That said, she really values honoring the couple’s wishes and not pushing them too far out of their comfort zone. “I value the small and intimate wedding and will never talk a bride into going bigger,” she says. We can totally respect that!

 

Video: Transform Visuals

Real Wedding Love

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the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

the carter collective oklahoma wedding planner

Photos: Chloe Photography

“Bethany and Clark had such a fun and vibrant color palette. My favorite detail was creating an over-the-top cake table. She wanted lots of flowers to take spotlight, so a simple white and blush color palette to keep it clean let the rich florals shine. I also loved the idea of using smaller desserts to create a cake like structure. There are cupcakes, macaroons and cake pops at the very top mixed together with the flowers,” Bobbye explains.


If you can’t tell, The Carter Collective is an Oklahoma go-to for dreamy celebrations, planned with you in mind from start to finish. To get in touch with Bobbye, reach out via her Brides of Oklahoma vendor profile!

Perfect Palette: Color-Coordinating Details in Varying Shades

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Looking for just the right shade to set the tone for your wedding day? Find your signature color among these ideas for the perfect palette! From cool blues and whites to whimsical lilac and plum, or warm terra cotta and fuchsia – these six shades can be carried throughout your wedding day in a myriad of ways. We love that these shades don’t necessarily have to be overpowering. Let them take the reins in subtle ways to make your wedding details POP!

Plum Perfect

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Tease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | No Regrets | Ashley Sunderland Photography | Baked Cookie Co. | Poppy’s Garden | Kelley Jewelry Co.

Although plum is traditionally a fall and winter shade, don’t be afraid to use it in other seasons as it pairs beautifully with both neutrals and complementing hues alike. Not to mention, plum and gold (or rose gold) is a match made in heaven! Sophisticated and bold, this hue makes quite a statement!

Winter White

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Tease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | Mishelle Handy Cakes | Allison Mims Photography | BC Clark Jewelers | Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center

Crisp, soft and sultry all at the same time, we can hardly think of a shade more classic and awe-inspiring than a timeless winter white. When you take white beyond just the dress, it can transform the entire feel of a wedding day. Pair with simple greenery and a warmer ivory to bring dimension – you won’t be disappointed with this stunning neutral!

Terra Cotta

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Kayley Haulmark Photography | The Letter Box | Malyn Made | Runaway Belle Vintage RentalsTease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | Blue Label Bartending

Step out of the box and embrace an incredible earthy tone with terra cotta. As you can see, terra cotta is a hue that can breathe life into any scene whether you go darker or lighter. The perfect choice for a boho bride, terra cotta is one of our absolute favorite tones to see!

Fuchsia

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Meg Rose Photography | Sandstone Avenue | Tease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | Blue Label Bartending | The Carter Collective

It doesn’t get much punchier than a fun, cheerful fuchsia hue. Don’t be scared of going BOLD with this shade, as it pairs beautifully with lighter, warmer hues like ivory, peach and even a soft green. One way we love to see fuchsia incorporated? A pretty pink pout, of course!

Lilac Love

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Tammy Odell PhotographyTease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | All Things Cake | Katie’s Custom Decor | June Sixteenth Events & Florals  | Marianne’s Rentals

Soothing and serene, lilac is an often-overlooked shade but when it’s used throughout different wedding vignettes – wow! What a stunner. From lilac hues in a makeup palette to of course, florals and cake, lilac is the perfect unexpected springtime shade for a whimsical, classy affair.

Out of the Blue

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Lauren Beauregard Photography | Naifeh Fine Jewelry | Paper + More |  Tease to Please Hair & Makeup | Prescott Bridal | Amy Cakes | Robyn’s Flower Garden

Something borrowed, something blue – oh, how we love this hue! We’re fairly certain blue can do no wrong, especially in this more unique lighter azure shade that reminds us of a cloudless afternoon sky or tropical ocean waters. Take it from winter to spring to summer – you’ll find endless uses for the prettiest blue, and we think you’ll end up in love!

Your Valentine’s Day Gift Guide from Kendra Scott

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One of our favorite days of the year is coming up, V-Day! Can you tell that we LOVE love? Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your mom or bestie, or want a little suggestion for the beau in your life, Kendra Scott‘s 2020 Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered! The new knot collection is a must to shop for any couple celebrating, and the new heart pieces are oh-so-fitting for the holiday festivities.

Looking for a fun outing or the #girlgang in your life? Join Kendra Scott in-store for a Galentine’s Color Bar Party! All you have to do is show up, and your local Kendra Scott team will take care of all the rest. Satisfy your personal style and DIY spirit with The Color Bar™– a totally customizable way to create your trendy, fashion look. Having trouble deciding on a color that works best for you? Just lean over and ask your bestie between all the laughs! It’s no secret that so many unique styles can circulate in a friend group, so The Color Bar™ allows for that personal touch to satisfy each individual aesthetic. And, The Color Bar™ is the perfect way to treat each of your bridesmaids to matching wedding jewelry… and have fun while you’re at it! Can you think about a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your best girls and new jewels? We sure can’t!

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Kendra Scott Galentine's Day gifts

Kendra Scott jewelry gift ideas

Kendra Scott Valentine's Day gifts


Let us know on Insta if you snag one of these pieces this season! Use hashtag #bridesofokxks and you may just see your snap shared. Cheers!