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Lacy and Mark were married in an intimate early evening ceremony held at the Chouse in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Chouse is now a privately owned home, but was originally the St. Thomas More University Parish attended by the groom as a boy. The highlight of the ceremony was the giving of rings, when the groom surprised the bride by presenting her with a beautiful and unexpected pear shaped diamond ring in addition to her channel set engagement band that she had intended to wear as her wedding ring.  Not a dry eye in the house and an audible gasp from the bride!

Lindsay, of Gibson Events and the bride Lacy worked together to design the reception in a working greenhouse. Guests were welcomed down a lantern lit path into the greenhouse.  A labyrinth like space that was filled to the brim with nooks and crannies of fountains, Koi ponds and romantic seating areas where guests could almost slip away unnoticed.  Of the approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space only about 40% was usable for guest seating, food/bar service and dancing.  With a little ingenuity Lindsay and the vendor team made use of every available space! “The magical feeling was palpable,” said their photographer, Aaron Snow.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma
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Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Tell us about your vision for the big day!

I had been introduced to Lindsay Gibson previously and knew I wanted her to be the director guiding our vision. Before meeting with her I looked on her blog and fell for a small scale promotional photo shoot she had done at an awesome old Greenhouse in Oklahoma City. Our meeting was simple, I showed her the pictures and said, “please make this happen for us.” We quickly began brainstorming over venues that would serve as our inspiration. After a trip to the Greenhouse in Norman, Lindsay’s wheels began spinning and soon she had us convinced. Lindsay pulled together vendors and resources from previous associations.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Mark arranged a breakfast for all the women in both families on the morning of the wedding.  It was the perfect calming and peaceful experience I needed before the busyness of the day set in.
Lindsay and our photographer, Aaron, arranged for us to do our first look at the Greenhouse so that we could see it before the guests arrived and because it was an amazing backdrop for photos with not an ugly view in sight!  I was so nervous and second guessing the idea of slipping into my gown in the back room of a garden center, but the moment Mark turned around and I saw his reaction I thought, “Yes, this is right, this is awesome, this is exactly what we wanted, now let’s have a party!”.

What are some personal details you added to make the wedding unique?

Tons of heirlooms, including: The flower girl basket — same basket used at my parent’s wedding, handkerchief I carried–my grandmother’s “something old”, I wore my Grandmother’s wedding ring for “something borrowed”, and the earrings my parent’s gave me were my “something new”.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

How did you meet and become engaged?

Our story starts in 2007 when I was an intern at the company that Mark worked for. As we reflect on our history together he shares how he was really impressed with my passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to the job. Immediately after my internship I went abroad and studied in Italy. Due to the connection we made I frequently contacted Mark while overseas to share my experiences. When I came back to the United States I started working for the same company that Mark worked for in 2009. Within a year Mark decided to take a chance and ask me out on a date. I refused at first. However that did not diffuse Mark’s feelings he had developed for me. After a month of persistent romantic gestures I agreed to go on a date with him. We went to Othello’s in Norman and what I thought would be a quick dinner turned into a three hour intimate conversation. After that dinner Mark and I were inseparable. Before knew it the first chapter of our love story lasted 3 years. Mark proposed to me on the anniversary of our first date on a surprise trip to New York City. It wasn’t long before we settled on a wedding date and began the planning.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Vendors: Photography: Aaron Snow // Design/Planning/Coordination: Gibson Events // Venues: Ceremony: The Chouse // Reception: The Greenhouse // Rentals: Mood Party RentalsMarianne’s Rentals for Special Events // Cakes/Sweets: Amy Cakes // Catering/Bar: Abbey Road Catering // Photobooth: SNL Booth // Floral: Poppy Lane Design // Hair: Ali Earnhart // Makeup: ChelseyAnn // DJ: Blake Overstreet // Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero // Maid of Honor gown: J.Crew

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With a heavy dose of color, stripes, and bows, this shoot by Maxit Flower Design, Melissa Prasad of Pretty Little Details, and Sharon with Sharon Nicole Photography has us over the moon! You know Lady Grey loves this fun and preppy style, so we couldn’t resist sharing all of these fab ideas! Are you ready?

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Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Vendors: Photography: Sharon Nicole Photography // Event Planner: Pretty Little Details // Florals: Maxit Flower Design // Dress Designer: BHLDN // Equipment Rentals: A Finer Event // Venue: fifty-two-twenty-six // Hair and Makeup: Pink Palette // Linens: Party Cloths // Invitation + Calligraphy: Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman

Sara and Sam grew up near each other, but it wasn’t until connecting at a friend’s wedding that romance sparked! They planned an incredibly romantic and spiritual ceremony that held a deep sense of tradition and meaning, and afterward hosted family and friends at Country Club of Virginia for a gorgeous reception with plenty of dancing, thanks to the James Brown cover band, The Big Payback, they hired! Sarah Der Photography captured all the love and details for us, and we are so excited to share the photos with you! Blue is so chic and on our list of upcoming trends. Don’t you love the soft palette?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia
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Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What made the wedding special and unique? We got married, got to invite everyone we love, and throw a big party to celebrate!

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it! I snuck away to the only wedding store I knew about in Richmond (“Jingles”) to try on dresses by myself (without friends and my mom) and ended up choosing it after only a few dresses! It was not the style I originally had in mind, which is of course is how it always works, right?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What were some touches added to make it personal? We focused on making the service personal (the service was very important to us and was the one part of the wedding day that no one in our family knew about or could offer their opinion on). One special detail about the service was the breathtaking music by our incredibly talented musician friends (to whom we gave very little direction). Also, since we are both really into music, we spent a while searching for the perfect reception band – which ended up being a James Brown cover band made up of local musicians. They rocked and got everyone – young, old, black, white, northerners, southerners – dancing their faces off.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What was the most memorable part of the day? Renewing our baptismal vows together during the service – it was incredibly intimate and meaningful.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us how you met/proposed! We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church. He first asked me out at a friend’s wedding. He proposed on a slushy winter Wednesday night. I was grumpy, wearing a cat sweatshirt, had just burnt a pot of chili and was listening to a melodramatic indie album (Youth Lagoon).

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Vendors: Photography: Sarah Der Photography // Hair: Mango Salon // Cake: WPA Bakery // Reception: Country Club of Virginia // Ceremony: Third Presbyterian Church // Flowers: Beehive Events // Reception Band: The Big Payback // Gown: Watters // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anna Elyse // Bridesmaids’ necklaces (a gift from the bride): Dogeared Silver with different charms // Invitations & Calligraphy: Rock Paper Scissors

Molly and Nathan hosted a bright and colorful wedding at Marquee from March Hare in Martinborough, New Zealand. We absolutely adore their chic and effortless style, and their love of color…which has such a great affect against the soft backdrop of the scenery and wardrobe. Very special thanks to Benjamin and Elise for sharing their gorgeous images with us!

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Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Making our wedding unique was our main goal when we began planning our big day. We searched for a venue for months and were on the verge of giving up for a year or so when one of our best friends suggested we have a look at a property her parent’s owned in regional New Zealand. Luckily, it was perfect! Surrounded by rolling hills, and encased in vineyards, they owned a teeny tiny reconsecrated church perched on the top of a hill. We think the location of the wedding was what made it especially unique!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it!

I found my dress by absolute fate! I knew exactly what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my beautiful friends was studying design at university in Dunedin and was helping me find something. Perchance one of her fellow students designed and made the dress of my dreams for her own personal final collection at Fashion School. The dress was perfect and just what I was looking for!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Every single detail represented Nathan and I perfectly. That was the fun part; organizing a day that was all about us, as individuals as well as a couple. Styling and decorating our venue was one of our favourite parts of organizing our wedding. Nathan and I have very similar style and tastes so it was lots of fun putting our ideas together and making them a reality. We decided we would try our hardest to make every one of our ideas a reality, which meant a lot of planning as well as a number of logistical nightmares, but we did it! We bought most of our decorations while we were in South East Asia and had them shipped to NZ including the lightshades over the trestle tables, metres and metres of plain coloured bunting and 4 kilometres (2.5 miles!) of ribbon that we used to make the ribbon wall behind the head table. Nathan’s 94 year old grandmother sewed 250 metres of bunting from old material she had collected, the bunting is something that will stay in our family forever and means so much to us. She and Nathan’s mum also grew all of the flowers that lined the trestle tables and decorated the church. Before we moved from New Zealand we spent every weekend for months going to garage sales and op shops collecting old bottles, and we were lucky enough to find a couple who were selling their 500 piece collection of antique pharmaceutical and milk bottles. All of the love and work that was put into every aspect of the wedding made it personal!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Wow, there were so many memorable moments! Little memories are still popping into our heads as the days go by. We stayed at our wedding with some of our closest friends and family until just before the sun came up, and had to walk the 3 kilometres home (just under 2 miles), and during our walk reality hit us; we realized that we had just pulled off a wedding in a paddock that had no electricity, running water or toilets. That was a very special and rewarding moment.

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met through mutual friends while we were both studying at Victoria University, in Wellington, in 2008. Nathan proposed while we were sailing down the coast of Thailand with Molly’s parents. He proposed on a small beach on the island Ko Phayam. It was casual and sweet, we do don’t romantics very well!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Ceremony Venue: Private property in Martinborough // Reception Venue: Marquee from March Hare // Florist: Moonflower // Caterer: Nosh // Wedding Invitations: iDear // Bride’s Dress: Lydia Jane Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Jellybean Jellies // Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos // Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Three Wise Men // Wedding Cake: Go Cake Yourself “>Wedding Rings: MDT Design // Band: The Dufraines // Makeup: Hannah Wile from Made Up // Hair: Erin Tijsen from Glory // Celebrant: Bill Logan

This little styled anniversary session took place on a gorgeous Spring morning in the Presidio in San Francisco.  Photographer Rebecca Yale found a little Secret (wild!) Garden spot in the park that felt straight out of a fairy tale and photographed as the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the morning.  The bride and groom, Deborah and Jake, had an intimate wedding where she wore orange, so for this shoot they decided to go all out with a gorgeous ball gown and a dashing tux to match.

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Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

 Vendors: Photography: Rebecca Yale // Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // Stationary: Rifle Paper Co. // Jeweled Headpiece: Monique Lhullier // Earrings: Chanel // Gown: Theia // Belt: Badgley Mischka // Tux: Dolce and Gabbana // Flower Crowns: Serenity Crystal // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab