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Holiday Beauty Roundup: The Best in Oklahoma City Metro Area Beauty Services

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With the holiday season in full swing, time is precious and winter weddings, seasonal parties and social gatherings are approaching full steam ahead. While prepping and primping is always a  prerequisite, thankfully the OKC metro area is chock-full of beauticians, salons and beauty boutiques to help save some time with services that give both instant gratification and long-lasting results. From fuller lips to brighter eyes with longer lashes, we’ve selected a few of our favorites here to share with you a little more about what you can do to both look and feel your best this holiday season and through the new year to come! Read on for three must-have beauty services to round out your 2017.

The Lash Lab

Rather than deal with reapplying multiple coats of often flaking or lackluster mascaras, The Lash Lab offers a one-stop solution for flirty lashes that’ll bring you to wedding and event-ready in just one application appointment. Clients have the option to customize their lash look from a dramatic, thicker fill to a naturally curled look, with up to 120 lashes per eye in a full set. Being an Xtreme Lashes® certified salon, The Lash Lab‘s application procedures ensure not only the best look for individual’s eye and face shapes, but also providing the utmost care in protecting and preserving natural lashes. While most extensions fall out within the cycle of natural lash loss, extensions help eliminate extra stress factors by ensuring less exposure to curlers and drying mascaras which cause lash damage and breakage at an increased rate. The salon also suggests clients discontinue use of waterproof mascara at least 72 hours within their appointment time (and in general) to avoid any additional causes of breakage. Look out for special deals through the holiday season to snag a new lash look for yourself or to gift to a friend and call 405.657.7219 for your appointment!

Photo: Kristina Gaines Photography

Salon 9309

For a little extra assistance in keeping locks looking fresh this season, Salon 9309 is a one-stop-shop for all things hair related. With over 10+ years of experience in the industry, stylists are able to assess hair needs and offer up insight on the best strategy to keep hair looking healthy and fresh during the end of year rush to take you from office to cocktail party with minimal self-maintenance. Aside from offering the best and latest in hair cuts and styling trends starting as low as $35, the salon also offers add-on services like conditioning and Keratin treatments to help hair stay protected from the increased use of heat and styling tools that likely come with your holiday hair routines. Additionally, Salon 9309 offers Great Lengths and Gold Fever hair extensions, the ideal solution to quickly adding easy maintenance length to your ‘do! With little to no additional upkeep required, the salon suggests added pieces to help enhance your look and ease of styling whether for adding volume, color or a few extra inches. Appointments can be made over the phone at 405.607.4247.

 

Injectable Aesthetics

For a enviable pout, perfectly smoothed skin, or even a visible complexion refresher with the non-invasive Liquid Facelift, Injectable Aesthetics offers some of the quickest and easiest ways to rejuvenate your look with minimal to no downtime at all during the holiday season. Focusing on the use of injections rather than surgical procedures, Injectable Aesthetics is able to deliver more natural looking results in everything from lip injections to brow lifts. For the more popular Botox treatments this time of the year, it takes an estimated full 10 days to see the full effect of the treatment, but there is no down time required and clients can typically return to their daily happenings immediately after their appointment. Other treatments sure to enhance your look for the holiday season include fillers around the mouth, the frown line and on the forehead, all showing results in just a few days! Be sure to secure your appointment before the end of the year by calling 405.285.0625. Ring in the new year right with a refreshed look and beauty confidence boost!

Photo: Shevaun Willliams

Danielle and Slade’s Surprise Proposal Party Captured by Sheradee Hurst Photography

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This heart-warming engagement story shot by Sheradee Hurst Photography is giving us butterflies! Danielle and Slade’s engagement went off without a hitch all thanks to the incredible team at Inspire Events who worked tirelessly to make sure every aspect was perfect. From making sure the ring was nestled in Slade’s pocket in time, to coordinating the set up of the most magical party tent, Talia Morgan, the owner of Inspire, and her crew were truly the glue that brought this dreamy proposal together. Even with flawless decor, delectable catering and an incredible venue provided by some of our favorite local vendors, we can’t seem to take our eyes off of this adorable couple. Keep scrolling to see Danielle and Slade’s engagement story unfold!

Slade custom ordered the most dazzling ring, but low and behold it’s delivery wasn’t scheduled until the week after the date he and Talia had decided on and already coordinated with the other vendors involved in the proposal. With a quick phone call from Talia, the jeweler put the ring on a rush order and had it there in no time!

Danielle’s mother’s birthday being just a few weeks prior to the proposal date served as the perfect catapult. Danielle’s mother told her a few friends were throwing her a party and that she and Slade should stop by for the celebration – the perfect rouse! Meanwhile, Inspire Events made sure Danielle looked beautiful for the big day by creating faux promo material for a local team of professional makeup and hair designers, and having a friend tell her that she had won a drawing for a free day of beauty! On the day of the supposed birthday party, Danielle and her friend took off work early to get dolled up for the evening’s festivities. Little did Danielle know she would be the star of the show!

While the girls were getting their glam on, the videographer was getting set up at Broadway 10, the restaurant the couple would go to before the party. Inspire had organized a special seating arrangement for Danielle and Slade that put them in the perfect position for the camera crew. At exactly 6:15 pm, Slade was to excuse himself to the restroom to get mic’d up for the soon-to-follow proposal!

As the couple left the restaurant, guests were gathering under a gorgeous tent at The Red Barn on Waldo’s Pond. Stunning decor from Marianne’s Rentals along with beautiful stationary and signage by Hazel Paper Co. set the romantic tone for the evening. Blue Label Bartenders and Abbey Rd Catering provided the most fabulous drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and Amy Cakes made the eye-popping three-tiered cake with the prettiest cake topper that read, “She Said Yes!”

Sheradee Hurst Photography was, quite literally, hiding in trees, anxiously awaiting the perfect shot as the couple arrived and was greeted by the valet, none other than Talia’s husband! Danielle had no idea!

Walking toward the entrance of the venue, Slade gently pulled on Danielle’s hand to turn her attention back to him and got down on one knee. He popped the question, and she, of course, completely surprised and overjoyed, said yes! The couple then rounded the back of the house to find all of their loved ones ready to celebrate.

Danielle and Slade’s engagement was a night to remember with the help of such wonderful vendors! Cheers to this darling couple! 

Featured Vendors

Planner | Inspire Events

Photography | Sheradee Hurst Photography

Rentals | Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions

Catering | Abbey Rd Catering

Cake | Amy Cakes

Stationery | Hazel Paper Co.

Bartender | Blue Label Bartending

Dinner | Broadway 10

Leslee Layton, The Red Barn, MarloHaus, Chasen Shaw, Hurst Precision Etching

Customize Your Wedding Entertainment with Ron Curtis

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The smooth melodies of Oklahoma singer/songwriter Ron Curtis are a must-hear for couples seeking custom wedding entertainment. Ron began performing live all across the midwest in 2014 and plays a wide variety of genres including original songs, as well as, the songs of Michael Bublé, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Brett Eldridge and many more. He can create custom song arrangements to meet the needs for your bridal entrance or first dance and can accommodate almost any special request. We especially love how Ron can commission a new song unique to each couple and their love story. What a fantastic idea for a wedding gift or even a proposal! We sat down with Ron to find out more about commissioning a song and custom wedding entertainment. Read on:

Q. Tell us about the process of commissioning a song?

A. So, as you could imagine, writing a song can be pretty complex. There are many different aspects that require meticulous detail.

The first thing I want to know is the mood/feel that they’re trying to achieve. Do they want the song to be slow and romantic? Upbeat and fun? These are the beginning elements of a song that really help to shape the foundation of the writing process.

Q. How can you customize wedding music to specifically fit the couple’s vision for their ceremony and/or reception?

A. Almost all of the commissions I’ve received are for the ceremony processional. With this in mind, the peak of the song is almost always going to be written with the intention that the bride will enter at that moment. So, it’s actually very important for me to know when the song will be played during the wedding day.

As far as lyrical content, I pretty much just let the clients give me a long overview of their relationship together. After a short conversation, I’ll typically end up with enough content to write a full-length novel. Haha.

Q. Can a bride and groom have a recording of their commissioned song or even their wedding music?

A. Most of my clients hire me to not only write the song, but to also perform it live at the ceremony. In either case, the client will receive a professional studio recording of their song. I typically send the recording one month in advance for them to review and enjoy.

In fact, this is the same process that I do for all of my ceremony clients. Even if they request a song for the processional that I didn’t write, I still create a studio recording for them to review and listen to. It’s very important to me that the music to their wedding is the last thing on their mind to worry about. If there are multiple songs (for the wedding party and then bridal entrance, as an example), I even record the two songs together so they will hear the smooth transition.

Photo: Katie Hadley Photography

Film Fave – Oklahoma Wedding Video from Owl & Anchor Studios

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Owl & Anchor Studios did an amazing job capturing James and Marci’s special day. From the bridesmaids’ reaction when they see Marci for the first time to the fun and dancing at the reception, it is clear that this day was nothing short of magical not only this couple but for their friends and family, as well. If you’re looking for a Oklahoma wedding video that will have you grinning from ear to ear, then take a short break this Friday and enjoy!

4 Oklahoma Garden Wedding Venues You Have to See

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Lush acres of blooming flowers, waterfalls, lovely bridges and flowing streams – these are just some of the things that make gardens so irresistible. Outdoor weddings can be extremely beautiful and having a venue that doubles as a garden means you don’t have to worry about adding too much decoration to the space. Today we’ve rounded up four of our favorite Oklahoma garden wedding venues for you to peruse that we know you’re going to fall in love with. Happy planning!

oklahoma garden wedding venues

Cole’s Garden Wedding and Event Center – Located on a lush thirteen acres in Oklahoma City, Coles Garden Wedding and Event Center offers landscaped gardens and several gorgeous event spaces accommodating up to 350 guests! Gather your guests by the water’s edge for a serene ceremony in the Waterfall Garden or share your nuptials surrounded by beautiful box holly and rose bushes inside the Royal Garden. In addition to these fabulous spaces, the newly-renovated Coles Garden offers a grand entrance, gorgeous veranda, gourmet food, bridal suites, in-house coordinators and ultra-luxurious cabanas.

Photo: Emily Ann Hughes Photography

Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame – If you’re looking for elegance and class on your wedding day, look no further than the historic Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. The breathtaking Edith Kinney Gaylord Garden is the perfect scene for a unique wedding in Oklahoma City. You and will be enveloped by bright flowers, cool greenery and two 40-feet cascading walls of water. The historic Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, is a beautiful location for an intimate wedding.

Photo: Prints Charming Photography

Myriad Botanical Gardens – Make your event a truly unforgettable experience with views of landscaped gardens, breathtaking sunsets and the nighttime glow of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This venue is ideal for a modern garden themed ceremony, reception and so much more!

Photo: Holli B. Photography

Dominion House – The Dominion House offers a breathtaking wedding garden, elegant grand ballroom and charming chapel for your wedding or special event. The wedding garden is a breathtaking vision with its cobblestone paths, a beautiful waterfall, flowing streams and exquisite landscaped grounds. If you’re looking for a place outside the ordinary, the charming atmosphere and historic beauty of the Dominion House is just the right venue for you.

For even more wedding venues to peruse, visit our Venues page here!