De Beers has made many beautiful rings and this pear cut diamond is no exception. This stunning pale blue diamond ring from Graff Diamonds is sure to leave any bride breathless. We loved this elegant diamond ring from Katharine James Sweet Juliet collection. The pear cut diamond on this Chopard engagement ring is absolutely gorgeous and is something any bride would be happy to wear on her wedding day. Le Vian’s yellow diamonds look amazing and the clear diamonds around the center stone gives it a lovely contrast. We love the design of this ring from Tiffany & Co. the thin band gives plenty of space for the brilliant diamond to catch light and shine. Follow us on Pinterest for more wedding inspiration at www.pinterest.com/bridalifestyle

De Beers has made many beautiful rings and this pear cut diamond is no exception. This stunning pale blue diamond ring from Graff Diamonds is sure to leave any bride breathless. We loved this elegant diamond ring from Katharine James Sweet Juliet collection. The pear cut diamond on this Chopard engagement ring is absolutely gorgeous and is something any bride would be happy to wear on her wedding day. Le Vian’s yellow diamonds look amazing and the clear diamonds around the center stone gives it a lovely contrast. We love the design of this ring from Tiffany & Co. the thin band gives plenty of space for the brilliant diamond to catch light and shine. Follow us on Pinterest for more wedding inspiration at www.pinterest.com/bridalifestyle


On almost every wedding I have photographed, one room that gets almost no attention is the room that the groom and his guys get ready in.  Everyone focuses on the bride’s room and with a few venues being the exception, the guys get hosed.  They often get stuck in the nearest broom closet that often doesn’t even have a mirror, while the bride gets a large, comfortable space in which to get ready.  Well it is time to stand up for groom’s rights and doggone it, contrary to popular sentiment, the groom actually IS important to the wedding….after all, she can’t get married without you can she?!?!
All we are really suggesting is that the guys have a place to get ready in which there might be a few creature comforts.  Be sure to have food or snacks and bottled water for the guys.  Chances are your groom is just as nervous as you are and has forgotten to eat in all the frenzy.  It is also really nice to provide a mirror so the guys can see how beautiful and sex they look before going out on stage.   I can tell you how many times I have seen guys trying to adjust their ties in the reflection of a tv that doesn’t work.
Speaking of tv’s… It is really a nice thing if perhaps arrangements can be made, especially if the wedding is on a game day, to have a tv so the guys can keep up with the scores.  Remember, they guys are often in the room for up to 3 hours before the wedding and it gets boring in there having to come up with meaningful conversation for all that time!
Guys, demand your rights!  This is your wedding too and is it really asking that much just to be a little more comfortable?  Just sayin’.
For more inspiration and expert advice on wedding planning, visit www.bridalifestyle.com
Written by Roy Groat Jr.

On almost every wedding I have photographed, one room that gets almost no attention is the room that the groom and his guys get ready in.  Everyone focuses on the bride’s room and with a few venues being the exception, the guys get hosed.  They often get stuck in the nearest broom closet that often doesn’t even have a mirror, while the bride gets a large, comfortable space in which to get ready.  Well it is time to stand up for groom’s rights and doggone it, contrary to popular sentiment, the groom actually IS important to the wedding….after all, she can’t get married without you can she?!?!

All we are really suggesting is that the guys have a place to get ready in which there might be a few creature comforts.  Be sure to have food or snacks and bottled water for the guys.  Chances are your groom is just as nervous as you are and has forgotten to eat in all the frenzy.  It is also really nice to provide a mirror so the guys can see how beautiful and sex they look before going out on stage.   I can tell you how many times I have seen guys trying to adjust their ties in the reflection of a tv that doesn’t work.

Speaking of tv’s… It is really a nice thing if perhaps arrangements can be made, especially if the wedding is on a game day, to have a tv so the guys can keep up with the scores.  Remember, they guys are often in the room for up to 3 hours before the wedding and it gets boring in there having to come up with meaningful conversation for all that time!

Guys, demand your rights!  This is your wedding too and is it really asking that much just to be a little more comfortable?  Just sayin’.

For more inspiration and expert advice on wedding planning, visit www.bridalifestyle.com

Written by Roy Groat Jr.


The photographers, Travis + Haley G, described this wedding as “a passionate declaration of love.” Looking at this photo, we couldn’t agree more! This photo just made us fall in love with love!

The photographers, Travis + Haley G, described this wedding as “a passionate declaration of love.” Looking at this photo, we couldn’t agree more! This photo just made us fall in love with love!


After the question has been popped, one thing that comes to every couple’s mind is “where do we get married?”  This is not always the easiest of questions to answer.  There are so many different choices out there.  However, there are things that every bride should know about choosing that perfect spot to say ‘I do” and we sat down with Becca Hybl of Coles Garden in Oklahoma City to see if we can find out a bit more about Coles Garden and get the skinny on some great advice when choosing your location.
To those of you who may not be familiar with Coles Garden Wedding & Event Center, they are a 13 Acre wedding and event center located in the heart of the Adventure District in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Fully equipped and ready for your big day, they boast various outdoor garden areas, an indoor chapel and a royal banquet room in which to host your wedding.  The grounds at Coles Garden are immaculately groomed and are simply beautiful with wonderful spots at every turn for stunning photographic opportunities.
Becca shares with us that in her experience, “There are so many beautiful places to get married.  The most important aspect of choosing a venue should be that it feels like you and your groom.”  She goes on to caution “Don’t try and mold yourself and your style around a certain venue.  Find the one that feels like you.  It should be comfortable and feel like love.”
More and more, we are seeing venues that call themselves an “all inclusive” venue and Becca explains what that means.  “We do consider ourselves to be “all inclusive.” “Many venues will do a rental fee for the room or grounds but it does not include any service or product.  At Coles Garden, we offer a full service experience. Our packages include the facility space, all tables, linens, chairs, china, glassware, flatware, catering, service, coordinators, set-up, and breakdown.  Coles will also book your specialty vendors such as cake designers, disc jockey, florists and photographers.”
Coles has a “wonderful group of coordinators with different personalities and different strategies for making your wedding the most memorable day of your life.  We also love working with outside planners and coordinators as well.  You can never have enough creative, hardworking minds working together to achieve a common goal.”
Wedding venues such as Coles can actually help you stay within your budget.  Becca explains that “there are many cost saving advantages to using a venue like Coles Garden.  We have created many partnerships and relationships with some of the best vendors in the city.  This allows the bride to get the best deal possible by using those created partnerships and helps to shave dollars off her budget.”
But perhaps you have your heart set on a church wedding but would like a different place for your reception.  A venue like Coles might just be what the doctor ordered as they have reception only packages available.  Becca exclaims “We enjoy doing both types of packages.”
One thing Becca cautions is that “the bride and groom should ask as many questions as possible.  Every venue is different and there are different rules and regulations at each and every space.  If you are set on lit candles for your ceremony or on your reception tables, you might not be able to do so at certain venues.  If you want a sparkler exit at the end of your special night, you will not be able to do so if you are in the city limits.  Most venues will spell out these rules and regulations in your contracts, but always be protected by asking the questions up front.”
The best advice I can give the new bride choosing her venue is to “fall in love with your venue and the people who are running the venue.  If you do not like the person you will be working with, that might be a sign that the venue is not the right fit.  You are going to be working with the venue and staff for many months and sometimes longer than a year.  Once you have chosen your dream location, jump in and enjoy the ride.”
Venues like Coles Garden and the people on Becca’s team truly want your day to be the best and most magical it can be.  To schedule a visit to Coles, just give them a call at 405-478-1529 or visit them on the web at www.colesgarden.net

After the question has been popped, one thing that comes to every couple’s mind is “where do we get married?”  This is not always the easiest of questions to answer.  There are so many different choices out there.  However, there are things that every bride should know about choosing that perfect spot to say ‘I do” and we sat down with Becca Hybl of Coles Garden in Oklahoma City to see if we can find out a bit more about Coles Garden and get the skinny on some great advice when choosing your location.

To those of you who may not be familiar with Coles Garden Wedding & Event Center, they are a 13 Acre wedding and event center located in the heart of the Adventure District in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Fully equipped and ready for your big day, they boast various outdoor garden areas, an indoor chapel and a royal banquet room in which to host your wedding.  The grounds at Coles Garden are immaculately groomed and are simply beautiful with wonderful spots at every turn for stunning photographic opportunities.

Becca shares with us that in her experience, “There are so many beautiful places to get married.  The most important aspect of choosing a venue should be that it feels like you and your groom.”  She goes on to caution “Don’t try and mold yourself and your style around a certain venue.  Find the one that feels like you.  It should be comfortable and feel like love.”

More and more, we are seeing venues that call themselves an “all inclusive” venue and Becca explains what that means.  “We do consider ourselves to be “all inclusive.” “Many venues will do a rental fee for the room or grounds but it does not include any service or product.  At Coles Garden, we offer a full service experience. Our packages include the facility space, all tables, linens, chairs, china, glassware, flatware, catering, service, coordinators, set-up, and breakdown.  Coles will also book your specialty vendors such as cake designers, disc jockey, florists and photographers.”

Coles has a “wonderful group of coordinators with different personalities and different strategies for making your wedding the most memorable day of your life.  We also love working with outside planners and coordinators as well.  You can never have enough creative, hardworking minds working together to achieve a common goal.”

Wedding venues such as Coles can actually help you stay within your budget.  Becca explains that “there are many cost saving advantages to using a venue like Coles Garden.  We have created many partnerships and relationships with some of the best vendors in the city.  This allows the bride to get the best deal possible by using those created partnerships and helps to shave dollars off her budget.”

But perhaps you have your heart set on a church wedding but would like a different place for your reception.  A venue like Coles might just be what the doctor ordered as they have reception only packages available.  Becca exclaims “We enjoy doing both types of packages.”

One thing Becca cautions is that “the bride and groom should ask as many questions as possible.  Every venue is different and there are different rules and regulations at each and every space.  If you are set on lit candles for your ceremony or on your reception tables, you might not be able to do so at certain venues.  If you want a sparkler exit at the end of your special night, you will not be able to do so if you are in the city limits.  Most venues will spell out these rules and regulations in your contracts, but always be protected by asking the questions up front.”

The best advice I can give the new bride choosing her venue is to “fall in love with your venue and the people who are running the venue.  If you do not like the person you will be working with, that might be a sign that the venue is not the right fit.  You are going to be working with the venue and staff for many months and sometimes longer than a year.  Once you have chosen your dream location, jump in and enjoy the ride.”

Venues like Coles Garden and the people on Becca’s team truly want your day to be the best and most magical it can be.  To schedule a visit to Coles, just give them a call at 405-478-1529 or visit them on the web at www.colesgarden.net


We fell in love with this soft and romantic ball gown. We just love the combination of figure flattering ruched satin bodice and soft tulle skirt. This elegant and classic gown is perfect for the romantic bride. You can find this gorgeous dress at Oklahoma bridal shop, Red Hot Designs, (918) 948 - 5700, located at1001 West Main Street, Collinsville, OK 74021.

We fell in love with this soft and romantic ball gown. We just love the combination of figure flattering ruched satin bodice and soft tulle skirt. This elegant and classic gown is perfect for the romantic bride. You can find this gorgeous dress at Oklahoma bridal shop, Red Hot Designs, (918) 948 - 5700, located at1001 West Main Street, Collinsville, OK 74021.


When we saw the floral print on these Prada shoes we simply knew we had to create a post with them in it!
So the search was on for things that were black, white and had a floral print. One of the first things that came to mind when we saw the shoes was the gorgeous strapless gown from Red Hot Designs. After we found the dress we knew that the bridesmaids would look great in something coordinating so we went looking, and found this cute dress designed by Kate Spade.
With the bride and the bridesmaids dresses picked we turned out attention to what the guys would be wearing. As much as we love the floral print dresses we ultimately decided that a floral print tux just simply would not work. Turning to the men’s accessories, we disovered this floral bow tie and we think it complitments the overall design. Fashion….CHECK!
Now we started to find ways to incorporate the black and white floral design in other parts of the wedding. We started with tablescapes and we found this beautiful china set which we felt was similar in design as the shoes and dress; so to the storyboard they went.
Now that we have our china and all that goes on the table, the next thing we needed was that which lay under the china. So the search was on for table linens. Finding this one was a bit more of a challenge. Most of the time when photographers take detail pictures of tables the focus is the layout and not the linen. But after a grueling search we found this stunning floral linen from Wildflower Linen, Photography by Joy Marie Photography.
One thing that every one looks forward to is the cake cut from the happy couple, and, if you are going with our theme so far, then this elegant cake would fit flawlessly on your special day.
China: check, Shoes: check, Table linen: check, Cake: check, Wedding gown, Bridesmaid dresses, and Bow tie: check and check!
Now what are we looking for??? Oh right!!!! The invitations! That hallmark item that is sent out to everyone which establishes the tone for the wedding! Invitations and other stationary are more import than what people think, its a cute, wonderful, elegant and sometimes whimiscal souvenir that anyone can take home. We have come this far with the black and white so why not have it here? The floral print and color scheme makes this invitation very modern and looks very dignified.

When we saw the floral print on these Prada shoes we simply knew we had to create a post with them in it!

So the search was on for things that were black, white and had a floral print. One of the first things that came to mind when we saw the shoes was the gorgeous strapless gown from Red Hot Designs. After we found the dress we knew that the bridesmaids would look great in something coordinating so we went looking, and found this cute dress designed by Kate Spade.

With the bride and the bridesmaids dresses picked we turned out attention to what the guys would be wearing. As much as we love the floral print dresses we ultimately decided that a floral print tux just simply would not work. Turning to the men’s accessories, we disovered this floral bow tie and we think it complitments the overall design. Fashion….CHECK!

Now we started to find ways to incorporate the black and white floral design in other parts of the wedding. We started with tablescapes and we found this beautiful china set which we felt was similar in design as the shoes and dress; so to the storyboard they went.

Now that we have our china and all that goes on the table, the next thing we needed was that which lay under the china. So the search was on for table linens. Finding this one was a bit more of a challenge. Most of the time when photographers take detail pictures of tables the focus is the layout and not the linen. But after a grueling search we found this stunning floral linen from Wildflower Linen, Photography by Joy Marie Photography.

One thing that every one looks forward to is the cake cut from the happy couple, and, if you are going with our theme so far, then this elegant cake would fit flawlessly on your special day.

China: check, Shoes: check, Table linen: check, Cake: check, Wedding gown, Bridesmaid dresses, and Bow tie: check and check!

Now what are we looking for??? Oh right!!!! The invitations! That hallmark item that is sent out to everyone which establishes the tone for the wedding! Invitations and other stationary are more import than what people think, its a cute, wonderful, elegant and sometimes whimiscal souvenir that anyone can take home. We have come this far with the black and white so why not have it here? The floral print and color scheme makes this invitation very modern and looks very dignified.


Statement necklaces are great for adding a touch of glamour. The gold leaf motif looks exquisite and the diamonds add elegance to the wedding day look. Timeless pearls and crystals were brought together to make this stunning necklace. The Swarovski crystals in this necklace gives it a touch luxuriousness that would be welcomed in almost every wedding. This beautiful gold and crystal necklace looks amazing. This gorgeous necklace is very fashion forward and is perfect for a vintage inspired glam wedding. We love this vintage Trifari necklace by Alfred Philippe, everything about it just takes you back to the old Hollywood red carpet moment. Follow us on Pinterest for more wedding inspiration at www.pinterest.com/bridalifestyle

Statement necklaces are great for adding a touch of glamour. The gold leaf motif looks exquisite and the diamonds add elegance to the wedding day look. Timeless pearls and crystals were brought together to make this stunning necklace. The Swarovski crystals in this necklace gives it a touch luxuriousness that would be welcomed in almost every wedding. This beautiful gold and crystal necklace looks amazing. This gorgeous necklace is very fashion forward and is perfect for a vintage inspired glam wedding. We love this vintage Trifari necklace by Alfred Philippe, everything about it just takes you back to the old Hollywood red carpet moment. Follow us on Pinterest for more wedding inspiration at www.pinterest.com/bridalifestyle


Hair and makeup are on the top of many brides to do list.  Once the professionals are booked, there is still plenty to consider in regards to looking your absolute best for the big day.  Let’s assume you already have done all the research and have booked the best stylist/artist in the industry.  Here is a small list of important steps Ashlee Bivins and Heather Valentine of Primp Hair and Makeup Studio shared with us to achieve the look you have been dreaming about.
Trial!  You have done the research, read the reviews or even worked with the professional before.  A trial is the only way to know if you and the stylist / artist are on the same page.  You may be picturing a romantic up do and end up receiving “prom like” tendrils.  Maybe a smoky eye is on the top of your list but, you have never actually worn a smoky eye.  Pictures are a great way to find what you like; however, it is not until you try the look on whether you will know if it fits.
Maintenance.  Do not skip on the trim and or regular color service.  Hair should be freshly trimmed and touched up about 5-7 days prior to your wedding.Eyebrow shaping and any other waxing services should also be planned ahead of time.  Consult with your makeup artist and/or waxing professional. Moisture is important to look your best.  Skin and hair look best moisturized.  Pay special attention to chapped lips or dry scalp.  Indulge in a hydrating facial or a deep conditioning treatment.
Confirmation.  Either the bride or wedding planner should confirm the appointment time, location and details with the beauty professionals a week prior to the date.  If any changes occur between the time you booked your appointment notify the professional immediately to resolve any challenges the change may present.
Preparation!  It is important to be prepared on the morning of your date.  I know it sounds obvious, but it is often quite hard for a bride to disconnect and relax.  Imagine how complicated it is to style a brides hair while she is painting her toes, or apply cosmetics while the bride is on the phone.   Also consider the type of atmosphere you wish to get ready within.  Some brides love the excitement of friends and family laughing and talking and buzzing around, others prefer a smaller more serene group, plan accordingly.
Following these simple tips will help you achieve your best hair and makeup. Most importantly remember a happy bride radiates beauty!
Contact Ashlee and Heather with Primp Hair and Makeup Studio today at 918.619.2384 and 918.638.9661 to schedule your beauty consultation!

Hair and makeup are on the top of many brides to do list.  Once the professionals are booked, there is still plenty to consider in regards to looking your absolute best for the big day.  Let’s assume you already have done all the research and have booked the best stylist/artist in the industry.  Here is a small list of important steps Ashlee Bivins and Heather Valentine of Primp Hair and Makeup Studio shared with us to achieve the look you have been dreaming about.

  1. Trial!  You have done the research, read the reviews or even worked with the professional before.  A trial is the only way to know if you and the stylist / artist are on the same page.  You may be picturing a romantic up do and end up receiving “prom like” tendrils.  Maybe a smoky eye is on the top of your list but, you have never actually worn a smoky eye.  Pictures are a great way to find what you like; however, it is not until you try the look on whether you will know if it fits.
  1. Maintenance.  Do not skip on the trim and or regular color service.  Hair should be freshly trimmed and touched up about 5-7 days prior to your wedding.Eyebrow shaping and any other waxing services should also be planned ahead of time.  Consult with your makeup artist and/or waxing professional. Moisture is important to look your best.  Skin and hair look best moisturized.  Pay special attention to chapped lips or dry scalp.  Indulge in a hydrating facial or a deep conditioning treatment.
  1. Confirmation.  Either the bride or wedding planner should confirm the appointment time, location and details with the beauty professionals a week prior to the date.  If any changes occur between the time you booked your appointment notify the professional immediately to resolve any challenges the change may present.
  1. Preparation!  It is important to be prepared on the morning of your date.  I know it sounds obvious, but it is often quite hard for a bride to disconnect and relax.  Imagine how complicated it is to style a brides hair while she is painting her toes, or apply cosmetics while the bride is on the phone.   Also consider the type of atmosphere you wish to get ready within.  Some brides love the excitement of friends and family laughing and talking and buzzing around, others prefer a smaller more serene group, plan accordingly.

Following these simple tips will help you achieve your best hair and makeup. Most importantly remember a happy bride radiates beauty!

Contact Ashlee and Heather with Primp Hair and Makeup Studio today at 918.619.2384 and 918.638.9661 to schedule your beauty consultation!


Katharine James Fine Jewlery
Exquisite, masterpiece, heirloom, fabulous, inspired.  These are but a smattering of the words used to describe fine, high end jewelry.  When viewing Katharine James jewelry pieces, mere words, in our opinion, fall flat.  Most assuredly, her pieces contain a magnificent sparkle and an almost other worldly feeling that sets the bar incredibly high.  She then ups the ante by infusing into each of her designs the kind of thoughtfulness and warmth of heart that only Katharine is able to bring these fine works of art.

As a child, Katharine was fascinated by fashion design.  Gleaning inspiration from Vogue patterns, she would modify these and create her own designs.  Her mother, of Greek heritage was a masterful seamstress and would bring to life the designs Katharine had created.  The fire and passion for design was burning intently within her.  She would be found in all kinds of art classes, thriving on them, stoking the fires of her dreams. When the time came for her to finish high school, she decided that she would go to Brooks College to become a fashion designer.  Upon enrolling, the question came up of “do you sew?”  For the curriculum, sewing was a requirement and unfortunately, sewing was not her forte’, “my mother could sew, she was meticulous, my sister could sew, but I could not,” so she decided to change her program to merchandising and study the business side of fashion.

In her second year of study, she started with I Magnin and “fell in love with the company.”  When she graduated, she had a magnificent opportunity to move to their flagship store in San Francisco.  Turning down a trip to Europe, she believed that this opportunity was a once in a lifetime chance and she grabbed hold with both hands.  In time, she would move up into higher positions, learning and growing her passion for those things that, when you visit a fine boutique or store, tickle the heart.

It would be during these years that she would return to Southern California and through her experiences with fine retailers in the late eighties, Katharine would come to realize that she was in the midst of what would become a designer renaissance.  She found that she was in the right place at the right time.  This was a tremendous and exciting time for her, meeting and working with designers such as Halston, Estee Lauder, etc., the seeds of her design future were being planted.

Ultimately, she would find herself at the epitome of jewelry retailers, Tiffany’s and would find a world of knowledge that would be a valued part of her life forever.  But while this was a fabulous experience, there were even bigger places for Katharine to go.

Katharine James

Working with high end designer Michael B, Inc., she would become part of their extreme success and eventually would become an integral part of company, eventually becoming Vice President.

Katharine’s father had a great deal of confidence and faith in his daughter, especially with her career success, he always felt she would create her own company.  In 2004, her father became ill and one of the last things she was able to whisper in his ear was “dad, I am doing it.  I am starting my own business.”  After his passing, over the next year, Katharine would plan how she would build her business.  After resigning from her current position, the very next day she incorporated and Katharine James, Inc. was born.  Starting with one ring design, she would find a world that embraced her and thus began a line of incredible jewelry featuring the Juliet’s Love collection, designed by Katharine that would bring her incredible success.

Through difficult economic times and a few health battles, Katharine James is once again skyrocketing, and with her Bella’s Love collection, she has set the bar even higher and topped herself with a most incredibly exquisite line that you simply have to see to believe.  The handcrafted quality of the settings as well as the incredible clarity of the diamonds will literally blow you away.  Few designers ascend to such a high level and Katharine James is one of those designers who stands on the peak of Everest with her collections.

You can find Katharine James's exquisite designs at Naifeh Fine Jewelry9203 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, (405) 607-4323


Today for  Fab ♥ Fashion Thursday we were looking at dresses by Rosa Clara and were blown away. One of our favorites dresses we found was Ulema from Rosa Clara’s Soft 2014 collection. The sleek body hugging dress is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for a bride looking for glamour. The beaded sheath is absolutely gorgeous and adds a touch of extravagance and romance. Oklahoma bridal boutique,  Beloved Bridal Boutique, has added this gorgeous gown to their selection. Call 405.701.8745 today and schedule your consultation appointment.

Today for  Fab ♥ Fashion Thursday we were looking at dresses by Rosa Clara and were blown away. One of our favorites dresses we found was Ulema from Rosa Clara’s Soft 2014 collection. The sleek body hugging dress is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for a bride looking for glamour. The beaded sheath is absolutely gorgeous and adds a touch of extravagance and romance. Oklahoma bridal boutique,  Beloved Bridal Boutiquehas added this gorgeous gown to their selection. Call 405.701.8745 today and schedule your consultation appointment.