Celebrating five newlywed Tulsa couples
Carrie Clark + Brandon Cross
March 11, 2017
Photographer Tracy Arnold, Beautiful Exchange. • Bride’s hometown Tulsa. Groom’s hometown Carterville, Illinois. • Live in Tulsa. • How they met Brandon joined a group of Carrie’s friends to help her move apartments. A few months later, they had their first date at Foolish Things Coffee. • What he loves about her Brandon loves Carrie’s servant heart and willingness to listen to the Lord. She is a gentle, sensitive person. She extends grace not only to Brandon, but also to family and friends. • What she loves about him Carrie is constantly in awe of Brandon’s selfless nature, his incredible heart for people, his immense love of teaching and his thoughtful and kind actions.
The proposal After a friend’s downtown wedding and reception, Brandon drove Carrie to where they first met: the Mayo Apartments. He popped the question, she said “yes,” and Carrie’s parents hosted a celebration for the pair.
Wedding day Cold and rainy, but this only added to the excitement of the day and the beauty of the pictures. • Attendees 180. • Her advice to other brides Don’t be consumed by the details of the wedding day. No matter what comes on that day, you will be married in the end. The marriage, not your wedding day, is what will last. • His advice to other grooms Seek out and listen to wise counsel throughout the engagement. Remember to write down how you feel about your spouse-to-be during the engagement process.
Three adjectives to describe the wedding Whimsical, romantic, Christ-centered. Time to plan the wedding Nine months.
Ceremony First United Methodist Church. • Reception and caterer The Silo Center. • Gown Mori Lee from Bridal Elegance. • Menswear The Suit Connection and Jos. A. Bank. • Wedding jewelry Kendra Scott and David Yurman. • Rehearsal dinner Orr Catering at Foolish Things Coffee.
Music Royal Dukes Band. • Invitations, programs and calligraphy Hannah George. • Flowers Anthousai Florals. • Video Bryan Roberts. • Makeup Starla Ward. • Hair Ash Franke. • Favors Bubbles and jelly beans. • Rentals Party Perfect and Party Pro Rents and Events. • Hotel The Ambassador Tulsa. • Officiant Hal Hamilton. • Honeymoon Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Corie Layson + Diego Ramirez
Oct. 15, 2016
Photographer JAG Digital Photography. • Bride’s hometown Tulsa. • Groom’s hometown Mexico City. • Live in Tulsa. • How they met Corie’s family owns Party Pro Rents. In March 2014, she went in to help and met Diego, who works there.
Courtship Scott Layson, Corie’s dad and the owner of Party Pro Rents, took a liking to Diego and mentioned him to Corie a couple of times. Unfortunately, Scott died on July 24, 2014. Diego helped Corie through those tough emotional days following her father’s death. Shortly after that, they officially began dating. The pair broke up after Corie moved to Stillwater to attend college, but they reconnected when Party Pro set up a tent on campus. • Favorite date Diego took Corie and her daughter, Ava, to Blue Hole Park in Salina, Oklahoma.
What she loves most about him She loves his witty sense of humor and his general loving personality that allows him to befriend everyone he meets. • What he loves most about her Diego loves Corie’s compassion and her unique personality. • The proposal After a day of Memorial Day fun, Diego challenged Corie to a video game competition. She won and her “prize” was an engagement ring. Then, Diego gave Ava a ring, too, and asked if he could officially become her daddy. (The answer was yes.) • Wedding day Sunny and hot. • Attendees 150.
Favorite details Including Ava in the wedding ceremony and vows. • What was unique Corie’s dad built the house where the couple was married. This was a neat way for him to be part of the ceremony.
Three adjectives to describe the wedding Creative, beautiful, heartwarming. • Time to plan the wedding Five months.
Rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception The Layson residence. • Gown Maggie Sottero, Faccianos. • Bridesmaid dresses Amazon. • Menswear Men’s Wearhouse. • Wedding jewelry Kendra Scott. • Hair and makeup Glamour Artz Studio.
Cake Ludgers Bavarian Cakery. • Caterer Just Catering by Orr. • Music LionsRoad Studios. • Rentals Party Pro Rents and Events and Mom and Me Events.
Flowers Jeanne Easterlund and Mom and Me Events. • Honeymoon A week in Orlando, Florida, and a week on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Mary Ulmer + Philip Leon
Oct. 8, 2016
Photographer Redeemed Productions. • Couple’s hometown Tulsa. • Live in Tulsa. • Courtship Phil and Mary met in 2010 through mutual friends at the Colony and became good friends. Phil asked Mary on a date six months later, and they have been together ever since. • Favorite date Dinner at their favorite restaurant, Dalesandro’s, then drinks downtown. • What he loves most about her Mary is ambitious, and Phil loves that she always wants to take care of him and others. • The proposal Phil proposed in Crested Butte, Colorado, at Uley’s Ice Bar on the mountain. It had been snowy and cloudy all day, but right before the proposal, the sun came out, and it was perfect weather.
Wedding day weather Sunny and 70. • Attendees 175. • Favorite details Food stations, flowers, an inflatable swan, custom cups and koozies. • Her advice to other brides Forget about everything you have planned and just enjoy the day. • His advice to other grooms Pretend you care about the details.
Three adjectives to describe the wedding Magical, fun, romantic. • Time to plan the wedding 12 months.
Ceremony and reception Philbrook Museum of Art. • Gown Maggie Sottero, Moliere Bridal, Oklahoma City.
Bridesmaid dresses Belsoie, Facchianos.
Menswear Vera Wang, Jos. A. Bank. • Wedding jewelry Mother’s Tiffany pearl and diamond earrings. • Cake Icing on the Top. • Caterer PartyServe. • Music and lighting Banks Entertainment.
Wedding planner Doug Deckard and Lyla Sawyer. • Invitations and programs Dianne Rusher. • Video Redeemed Productions. • Makeup Kelsie Lloyd, Soul Beauty. • Hair Julie Hudson and Jane Clayton, iidentity Salon. • Favors Gracious Bridal Etsy shop. • Rentals Party Pro Rents and Events. • Hotel The Ambassador Tulsa.
Officiant Jim Rusher. • Honeymoon Hawaii.
Andrea Lewis + Rob Redwine
July 23, 2016
Photographer Imago Vita Photography. • Couple’s hometown Tulsa. • Live in Tulsa. • How they met Rob and Andrea were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. • Courtship They began dating the summer of 2014 and dated long distance while Rob finished law school in Norman and Andrea worked in Tulsa. Rob returned to Tulsa to begin his legal career. • Favorite date On their second date, the pair played tennis. This was Rob’s first look at Andrea’s competitive side.
What she loves most about him Andrea loves how good Rob is at making her laugh. He looks for the best in every situation, which makes Andrea’s life so much more joyful. • What he loves most about her He loves how thoughtful and caring she is. • The proposal Rob surprised Andrea at his house with candles, sweet words and a ring. They celebrated with family and friends at Andrea’s parents’ home.
Favorite details The doughnut bar from Livi Lee’s Donuts. Music from SquadLive. The Summit Club for its beautiful Tulsa view. • Unique aspect of the wedding Andrea and Rob were married by the Rev. Deron Spoo, pastor at First Baptist Church, who also married Andrea’s older sister. The way he led the ceremony was a special beginning to the marriage.
Three adjectives to describe the wedding Meaningful, joyful, rowdy. Time to plan the wedding Eight months. • Attendees 275.
Ceremony First Baptist Church of Tulsa. • Reception and caterer The Summit Club. • Wedding jewelry Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels. • Rehearsal dinner Southern Hills Country Club.
Cake Ann’s Bakery. • Video Emily Watson. • Makeup April Mary, Faccia Bella. • Hair Lana Duis, Z Studio. • Transportation Old Urban Trolley. • Hotel The Ambassador Tulsa. • Honeymoon Cape Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Ariel Helms + Jeremy Thames
Oct. 22, 2016
Photographer Kathy Sue Portrait Design. • Bride’s hometown Bixby. • Groom’s hometown Tyler, Texas. • Live in Chicago. • How they met Ariel and Jeremy met their junior year at Vanderbilt University, through a mutual friend, when Ariel picked up both classmates from the airport. • Favorite date On their first date, the couple went to a Vanderbilt basketball game, then out for pizza and ice cream. The next day, they both called their parents and told them of their last first date.
What she loves most about him Jeremy is a guy’s guy with a tender heart. He surpasses his years in his wisdom and would do anything for a friend. • What he loves most about her She is always encouraging and has the ability to brighten everyone’s day. She is also highly creative and capable. • The proposal On Ariel’s 22nd birthday, Jeremy proposed at the Tulsa Garden Center under a pair of Texas magnolias.
Wedding day weather Warm, sunny and in the 70s. • Attendees 200. • Her advice to other brides The most special moments are the ones you can’t plan for. The small details you’ll worry about leading up to the day fade away, and what you really remember is how each guest blessed you. • His advice to other grooms Be extra supportive to your fiancée during the wedding planning process. Remember to give lots of encouragement and offer many thanks for her efforts.
Three adjectives to describe the wedding Meaningful, blessed, joyful. • Time to plan the wedding Nine months.
Ceremony Redeemer Covenant Church. • Reception Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. • Gown Justin Alexander from Dress Me Bridal Boutique in Tyler, Texas.
Bridesmaid dresses David’s Bridal.
Menswear Men’s Wearhouse. • Wedding jewelry Blue Nile. • Rehearsal dinner The Bistro at Seville. • Cake Merritt’s Bakery.
Flowers Ted and Debbie’s. • Caterer Ludger’s Catering and Events. • Musicians Lisa and Courtney Kleefeld, Greg Taylor and Vicki Walker. • Invitations and programs Amy Hellen, Arnold Graphic Design. • Video Nick Branston. • Makeup Destry Davis, Glamor Artz • Hair Kristy Shackelford, the Beauty Shop. • Transportation First Class Limousine. • Rentals Party Pro Rents and Events. • Hotel The Mayo. • Officiant The Rev. Dr. Joe Scruggs. • Honeymoon Cancun, Mexico.