March 10, 2012
This Dallas bride is originally from Oklahoma, so she built her big day around First Methodist Church, Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma History Center. The unique Oklahoma artifacts in the museum, including Wylie Post’s Winnie May airplane suspended from the ceiling, set the stage from a true Oklahoma experience. “The venue needed little décor; our reception area had floor to ceiling windows that provided a great view of the historic Oklahoma State Capital building,” says Jill.
She discovered her Mori Lee gown at Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas. At the cake tasting at Madison’s on Main in Norman, Oklahoma; her mom, step dad, and fiancé couldn’t decide on a flavor. So they chose four: red velvet with cream cheese frosting, German chocolate, French vanilla with raspberry filling and Marble with Butterfinger filling.
The florist was given a budget, colors and look and told to be creative. “When you let the florist be creative you get more for your money because you aren’t putting them in a box or making them recreate someone else’s design,” says the bride.
To add a special touch to the centerpieces, the couple placed wine bottles from the wineries they visited during their engagement weekend in Napa Valley. Guests were asked to write words of advice on the bottles. They will open one bottle on each anniversary. Twenty bottles for twenty years.
“Keep an open mind. Be creative and let others help you be creative. Sometimes the dress style you want won’t be the best look for you so try on everything. I learned this the hard way, I spent an entire day trying to make a poufy ball gown look good on me when in fact it was the wrong style for my body, after about 50 ball gowns and five stores later, I switched styles.”
“Remember you are marrying the love of your life. Have fun. I was very fortunate to have friends and family who wanted to help so each took a task from the “to do” list. By each person being responsible for one thing, they could all still have fun and they didn’t forget anything. Friends and family got to participate as well as play.”
Photography by VIM Studios