The Trendy Sparrow: Real Weddings: Classy & Chic Oklahoma Garden Wedding

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Real Weddings: Classy & Chic Oklahoma Garden Wedding

I'm so excited to present to you the second installment of the new real wedding series! If you missed the first one, you can check it out here. This week's real wedding features a chic and classic summer wedding in Oklahoma. This wedding combined classic sophistication with the quirky personalities of the bride and groom to perfectly capture their style. 

I absolutely love the way these photos turned out! My favorite part is the exit photo of the couple surrounded by their loved ones and....bubbles! Yes, bubbles! So adorable!

Check out some of the photos below and click "read more" to see the interview to read all about their big day!

Click "read more" to see the interview to read all about their big day!

Interview with the Bride
Eevin and Derek Akers
Wedding Date: 06.08.14

1. Describe the vibe and personality of your wedding. What kind of wedding was it? Vintage? Chic? Glam? Silly?
            The vibe was chic and “classy” as my husband refers to it… A little traditional with some modern hints, kind of like us. We used some pretty traditional colors, such as white/off-white and mahogany, but the fun color was a turquoise blue. Our caterer surprised us with a huge metal art sculpture display on the buffet table (with pieces of our wedding colors in it), so that brought out a more contemporary feel. We had a little bit of silly in that I can’t help but goof off a lot of the time, but for the most part, we tried to be royal, classy, and mature.

2. What was your favorite part about the big day?
            For both of us, it was seeing everyone we loved in one place. We desperately wanted all of our guests to have a good time. It was all about them sharing the day with us and enjoying this huge party we were throwing.

3. Share a little bit about the planning process. Did you get a planner or do it on your own? Any planning tips you want to share?
            For me, it was a long, slow, two-year process. I didn’t want to get stressed out or ever “wish it was just over already.” I used Google reviews and to help me select vendors. What I really wanted, initially, was an all-inclusive venue. My husband and I were willing to sacrifice other decorative aspects for a venue that basically spoke for itself. The rose gardens, waterfalls, and sleek architecture of our venue (Coles Garden in Oklahoma City) did just that. With it, we received a wedding planner and coordinator, who gave us deadlines and recommendations for certain decisions. We received great discount through their sources- so I would definitely recommend going with an all-inclusive place so that you don’t have to set everything up yourself, and you already have the top vendor choices in front of you. Coles Garden also hosted a “vendor night” where we did a meet-and-greet with all of their favorite caterers, photographers, florists, DJs, etc. and ended up selecting our whole crew that night. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes when you get to meet the people. It makes the decision for you.

4. Talk a little bit about the dress. Who is it by? Is it vintage? Where did you get it?
            The dress wasn’t a huge focus for me. Turns out I am the perfect dress size for dresses out on the floor in most stores, so I got to try everything on and it fit perfectly. The dress I ended up purchasing had a sweetheart neckline and was sleek satin with small random details of pearls. It was an A-line dress that my seamstress altered so that it fit my curves perfectly and then flowed out modestly from just below my hips. There was peek-a-boo lace under the bottom-most satin layer, and then a moderate, smooth train that flared out behind me.

5. Tell us a little bit about the groom. What’s he like? How did you meet? How did he propose?
            What’s he like? He’s perfect. I’ve always been a sucker for the shy smart guys, and I found out over the years that he’s actually just that. He’s also a pretty good representation of a southern gentleman- from the first time we met, he opened doors for me, swept me up off of my feet, brought me flowers… Which initially was funny to me since I’m a northern gal, but now I truly appreciate how rare his chivalry is. One thing I love about him is his compassion. Nothing makes him happier than helping someone in need. He’s also insanely funny, but typically only after he gets to know someone really well… And he’s talented in everything. No, really. Everything.
            We met our first year in undergrad. I was wearing a World of Warcraft shirt and he approached me in the dorm parking lot and plainly said, “Hey I like your shirt.” I became a part of his friend group and over a couple of months became very close friends with him. Turns out he had a crush on me all along and it just took me a while to realize it. I made him officially ask me to be his girlfriend though!
            He proposed in the kind of soft-spoken, romantic way that is his personality. I could totally tell he was going to propose because he was acting nervous all day and would NOT stop telling me how much he loved me. Oh and he left a wedding ring magazine on top of the trash (fail). But, we went to a lovely restaurant on the lakeside, and after much persuasion, he convinced me to take a walk along the lake out the light house. We sat down on a bench and gazed over the setting sun. Everything had a dreamy golden gleam to it. Then he began to tell me how much he has always loved me, how he always would. And he got down on his knee, opened the ring box, and asked me to marry him. Both of us cried when I said yes, and people in the restaurant applauded! Then we went to an Oklahoma City Thunder game and I don’t remember one bit of it because I was just staring at my ring the whole time.

6. Did you do any DIYs for the wedding? If so, what?
            Not really… Most everything I had was ordered from individual sellers on Etsy! I do my best to support the mom-and-pop shops out there.
            Oh, I did my own hair and makeup. When you have weddings on Sundays, the blow-out and makeup places aren’t open. And lucky for me, I can do my hair and makeup better than most stylists can. My sister had to help out one of my bridesmaids with her hair though and we all fought over the last inch of hair spray!

7. What advice can you share with brides who are getting ready for the big day?
            Don’t let nerves overwhelm you. I was not nervous for ONE second because I just enjoyed how blessed I was to have everyone I loved there for me. It was a small wedding because I cut out anyone who did not make me feel happy. So, if you’re brave enough, don’t invite the people who will make you feel bad.

8. Describe your wedding in 3 words.
Romantic, intimate, fun.

9. Any additional information you wish to share?
            Just have fun!

Vendor Information:
// Photographer: Jamie and Roy from Colorband PhotoArtisans // Videographer: Reedemed Productions //
// Venue: Coles Garden // Dress: Moliere Bridal // Florist: Poppy Lane Design //

           //  DJ: A+ Entertainment // Cake: Andrea Howard Cakes //

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