This bride and groom met during the groom's freshman year of college and the bride's second year as an RA at OSU where they were living down the hall from each other. That next year, in the fall of 2020, they once again found themselves as neighbors and - soon - more than acquaintances. 'Friends’ quickly became more than friends. After some time apart, the bride and groom reconnected in May of 2020 through an old email chain. They began to build what would become the central relationship in their lives.
Their romantic wedding was held in Thomas, Oklahoma at the stunning venue, Sorelle - The Meadow on Deer Creek. Lush, pastel floral arch and installations were wedding day stunners and created by the very talented Annie McSparrin with Sorelle Floral. All of the planning was coordinated by the amazing Cari Hajny of Clarke's Cakery and Events, who also created the beautiful 6-tier cake. Make sure to keep scrolling to see all of the photography of this day taken by Hunter Hennes, with additional photography and videography by Marand Media. And the full gallery of all of the incredibly photos of this day is at the bottom of this page.
The bride's apartment was an unexpected source of inspiration for this day at The Meadow on Deer Creek. It is filled with the lightest blues, whites, and pastel pinks, and well as patterns of light pink flowers. Initially, she thought she wanted an all-white wedding, but the groom requested at least one color. So she naturally chose the lightest shade of pink she could find and created a color wheel of pinks that ranged from the lighter side to a few that deepened in color. From there the bride went to Pinterest for floral inspiration, table settings, and dresses.
But something was missing! She went to the next logical area for expertise: the movie, Father of the Bride. The reception hall in the movie is lit with twinkling lights and candlelight that creates a romantic glow that cannot be replicated any other way. The bride's vision came to life - an outdoor wedding ceremony with spring flowers and colors, with touches of baby’s breath that was followed by a warm, golden, romantic reception by candlelight with glistening pink table runners, small white roses, and a sea of small candles burning throughout the night.
The bride and her mother went on an exhaustive search for candle sticks and candelabras, and the bride's house became a forest of glass and gold covered mock tables where she could create her vision. When she would become distracted with Pinterest, others' ideas, or even just doubting her own ideas, she would look to her vision board and remember what she had imagined. When the day of the wedding arrived, all of the pieces fell together.
From their garden arch covered in white and pink roses, to the cherry wood piano sitting outside, and the couple's special memory table where they dutifully placed photos in gold frames of those who could not be with them on this day, every piece fit together perfectly. The beautiful candles glowed in the reception hall and showed them the most important part of their special day: all who gathered to be with them.
The bride's stunning Southern waves and hair styles were done by the talented Kerri Unruh Beauty, and her glamorous makeup was done by Chelsie Mavity. Catering was provided by Traci and Mary at The Burlap Napkin, and the five-string quartet by Midamerica String Quartet out of Oklahoma City was a lovely addition to their ceremony. The beautiful, white ruffled dress worn by the bride, as well as her accessories, were from Bella Rose Bridal in Edmond, Oklahoma, and the menswear was also provided by the same vendor. The bridesmaid dresses were courtesy of Azazie. The horse and carriage were provided by Mark and Lacey Sizemore at Territory Carriage Co. Bonnie and Clyde (the two horses that pulled the carriage) were absolutely wonderful. It was a beautiful day celebrating this beautiful couple.
"So many parts of my wedding were special to me, from my bridesmaids gathering to pray over me before I walked down the aisle, to my first look with my father where we cried tears of joy. Gabriel (the groom) loved the hymns we sang during the ceremony before we were married. One of my other favorite parts about the wedding, besides getting to marry my best friend, were the family toasts given to us by our parents. Listening to our parents share their wisdom, love, and best wishes for us not only inspired Gabriel and I, but made us realize our wedding - although a monumental day for our marriage - was only a small part of the rest of our lives.
My biggest advice to couples planning a wedding like this would be to find vendors you trust, share with them your vision of your day, and lean on their recommendations. Planning a wedding can be so stressful, but you have so many talented people around you that want to help! Lean on them and allow them assist you and recommend other professionals that will make your day everything you imagined and more."