Melissa and Ryan’s Wedding at Walnut Creek in Oklahoma City

What do you get when a theater performance major invites all her friends to her wedding reception? A fun party!

Melissa and Ryan were wonderful to work with and the wedding pictures were great. Walnut Creek wedding chapel in Oklahoma City is a great place for a wedding and and the staff was wonderful as always. And no, I did not add the orange sky to the photograph outdoor photograph. It is the lights of the city reflecting off the low clouds (8 second exposure – don’t try that without a good tripod….)



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Jennifer Dragg and Austin Flores wedding at Coles Garden

Jennifer and Austin had a beautiful wedding at Coles Garden. The weather was a little warm, but tolerable. I loved the picture with the groomsmen and sunglasses. That’s attitude!

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Adena and Matt’s wedding at Coles Garden

It thoroughly enjoyed working with Adena and Matt.  A wonderful, fun couple.

Outdoor weddings are always somewhat of a gamble in this area.   On the day of their wedding, the thunder would roll and the rains could be seen threatening in the distance, but they stayed away and the wedding went off without a drop leaving us with some very dramatic clouds and a once in a lifetime sunset.

Every year I shoot for the “signature image” – an image that is so impressive that you just say “wow”.  An image that will be used in advertising materials and hang on the wall.  Adena’s wedding provided me with two signature images.

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Adena Achs and Matt Miller
Adena Achs and Matt Miller

Courtney and Brett

Courtney and Brett were such a fun couple to photograph.  Their wedding was Crossings, which of course is wonderful place to have a wedding.  It was a perfect day for a perfect wedding.  The hardest part was deciding which ones to post here!

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Courtney Shadburn and Brett Bilbrey
Courtney Shadburn and Brett Bilbrey

Amanda and Justin

One of my favorite images comes from Amanda’s bridal portrait.  Justin was away at marine boot camp, and had written her a multiple page letter every day they were apart.  She wanted to incorporate those in her bridal portrait.  We sat her down on the floor, and then scattered the letters all around her.

The second image was taken after the reception at the Bricktown Canal.  The reflection in the water is from red neon light on the building behind them.

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Amanda Oliver and Justin Tanner

Kristen Williams and Amit Patel

Kristen’s wedding was at 5:00 and her reception wouldn’t be until 7:00.  This allowed us to some time between the ceremony and the reception to get some great pictures of the couple.  It rarely happens that there is extended time for me to work with the couple. Too often the reception follows the ceremony and it is all rush-rush-rush.  I really think that is something of a travesty.  The wedding is about two people, and yet the majority of pictures is more than just the couple.

We had about 40 minutes and the Myriad Gardens was centraly located between the two locations.  First stop was an attitude pose against the skyline.  Next we moved into the field and got some wonderful, romantic images of them together.  We continued on to an area were we could see the sunset and captured a ‘Gone with the Wind’ photo that just gives you goose bumps.  It was a blast the photos were fantastic.

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Bride and Groom, Kristen Williams and Amit Patel

Brooke Bailey and Rich Hill

What is the second biggest nightmare for a bride? (I’m assuming that the number one nightmare is the groom doesn’t show up.) I think the second nightmare would have to be unable to attend your own wedding. Brooke got close. Less than a week before the wedding she was in the hospital with a kidney stone. That would give way to a fever, caused by a pesky ear infection, that wouldn’t break. It wasn’t until Thursday before the wedding that she had a normal temperature and was “well” for the first time in almost a week.

Brooke did made it to her own wedding – and she was beautiful.

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Jennie Mast and Gavin Palreymeyer

I have to admit that whenever I hear, “we’re getting married at the Crystal Bridge”, I shudder. Yes, it’s very pretty. The green plants and tropical color make a wonderful background. Crystal Bridge is a giant greenhouse and greenhouses are kept warm and humid. In the summer months, Crystal Bridge can be brutally hot. Last time we photographed there, I think it was more comfortable outside than inside.

However Jennie and Gavin’s wedding would break the trend and the climate inside the bridge would be very nice. Christmas lights were up in the trees and bushes and it made for the best Crystal Bridge experience to date.

Jennie and Gavin’s wedding was a smaller wedding, which is a necessity for Crystal Bridge. It was relaxed and there wasn’t anyone running around crazy pulling their hair out because the cake was leaning and threatening to tip. Much like the setting it was in, the event was intimate and great time was had by the couple and the guests.

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Stephanie Dobbs and Greg Pace

You can thank your friends. Greg was a groomsman at a wedding I photographed about a year ago, and that couple (Rich and Staci Johnson) told Stephanie and Greg where to go for great photography. It’s always fun work in a group where you know people and they know each other.

Yes, two of my favorite “toys” come together to create another great image. The infrared camera enhanced the wonderful clouds and the fish eye lens creates the great distortion. Men like to look like…well…men. They like images that are bold and make a statement.

Women like to look soft and sensual and the image from Stephanie’s bridal portrait on the right is perfect example.

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Angi Gardner and Josh Gradick

/Outdoor weddings in Oklahoma can be a risky proposition. Your best bets are mid September through the end of October. Spring is nice, but can be rainy.

Angi had picked Harn Homestead for her wedding. It was a beautiful day, though it was a little warm. Harn is a very nice place for outdoor weddings. It has mature trees for shade and lots of green grass. The support facilities there are not the best.

Angi had moved the time of her wedding to accommodate the sunset. Her timing was just about perfect. We didn’t get any dramatic clouds, but the hazy sun dropped right on the horizon in a perfect place.

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