When Julie asked me to photograph her wedding, I was honored and super excited. When I think of Julie, memories of going out on weekends in Okstate, meeting up in OKC to see The Hero Factor every Wednesday night, and other nameless shenanigans in Oklahoma and Kansas City come to mind. I struggled months before the wedding deciding whether I was going to be a professional photographer or relive the ‘ole OSU days with all my college girlfriends that I miss EVERYDAY! BUT – when it comes down to it, I’m a mother of two and really don’t hang too well after 9pm. So professional photographer it was. Plus, the details of this wedding made my inner nerd come alive, and I had capture everything.
Duston and Julie have had close to a year of adventure and celebration. For Duston’s work, they lived in Mexico City for four months last fall. The day before leaving the country, they got married in a private ceremony with their pastor and Duston’s parents, telling only family. This special moment and their time in Mexico City as “secret” newlyweds was so special to them.
Upon returning to the States, they decided to still have their wedding celebration. Duston and Julie celebrated their marriage on May 16th, 2015 at the luxury lakeside community of Carlton Landing in Eufaula, OK. It was a beautiful outdoor, destination wedding surrounded by 30 of their closest family and friends.
With a background in planning events, Julie really wanted to make sure everyone felt loved and welcomed. Everyone was set up in lake houses within the community and was given gift baskets that included soap, cookies, and spiced nuts made by the bride. They were also given Carlton Landing T-shirts, water, SPF, sunglasses, and a Bluetooth speaker to enjoy throughout the weekend.
Though it was driving distance for most everyone, the weekend away to celebrate their marriage couldn’t have been more perfect. Friday, guests came into town and got settled into their lake houses. After rehearsal, everyone met up at the community pool and dining area for delicious food, cold drinks and good company. The night ended with s’mores at the Myrick Lake House, which was also the meeting spot throughout the weekend.
Saturday was the big day, but there was still plenty to do. Flowers with soft pink and white hues were brought in and arranged from a family friend. Tables and chairs were to be set up, and the bride and groom still had to get ready. Julie’s hair was done by Lindsey Buckles of Rish Design from Kansas City, in a side up-do with little white roses. Food was being sent in, set up and catered from The Chalkboard, a restaurant located in Tulsa, OK. The cake, from Stacie’s Cakes in Edmond, OK, was blush and gold with black & white stripes to match the colors of the wedding. And lastly, Light Bearers Entertainment from Kansas City, MO were shooting throughout the day.
Julie bought her dress from Emily Hart Bridal, and it’s from Emily’s own Emmaline collection. She chose the dress because the fit was perfect. She also liked the fact that it went with the destination look and feel for the wedding she was planning. Julie also felt that wedding dresses are so expensive, and she didn’t want to buy it and only be able to wear it just once. So, the plan was that Emily’s team was to clean the dress and cut it shorter so that Julie could wear it as a cocktail dress moving forward. Plus, the extra fabric that was cut can be used for so many things, becoming more than just a wedding dress that gets worn once.
Congrats, Duston & Julie!
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