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This couple transformed the rustic {Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame} into an elegant reception area by incorporating a modern color scheme and romantic lighting. So pretty! The Bride’s sister designed the wedding and reception along with {Ceremonial Blessings}, while {Cagle’s Flowers} provided the floral arrangements. I love the calla lilies on the cake! Ashley and Aaron provided their guests with mouth-watering hors d’œuvres catered by {Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q & Grill}.  The event was beautifully captured by Jason and Kori of {Hudson Photography}. Be sure to check out the Hudson’s photo {blog} for more!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story: I met Aaron when I was a junior in high school and he was a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. At that time he was dating a friend of mine and we became friends. Then after my friend and he had broken up, he and I started hanging out together and then we started dating, that lasted 2 years until I went to college at the University of Oklahoma. We remained friends but didn’t have much contact with each other until this spring after I graduated from college. Then we started texting each other and began dating again. This time it was meant to be. Within a month he had asked me to marry him.
Describe the proposal: After returning from a recent trip to New York City where Aaron and I attended a New York Yankees ball game and shopped the fabulous streets of Manhattan, Aaron went over to ask my parents if he could marry me before he proposed. He had planned to go to San Diego to visit a friend for a few days and before he left, he came over to my parents’ house and rang the doorbell. When I answered the door he was on one knee, with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen and asked me if I would be his wife.
What attracted me to my husband was: His blue eyes, his smile, his caring personality, and his body. (He is a body builder).
What attracted me to my wife was: Her beautiful brown eyes, her smile, her laugh, and her fierce independence.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: Our first date which was on a cold December night when I was crowned Miss Merry Christmas. I had to ride in the parade and at the end of the parade he was waiting for me with a big warm blanket.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Rustic meets Modern, with a black and white theme with red as the accent color.
Favorite design element of your big day: My older sister designed the reception and wedding –it was all beautiful!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mother, Aaron’s mother, my sister, and my best friend Jennifer went shopping with me. Everyone agreed that the third dress I tried on was “the one”
Describe your wedding flowers: Ceremony: Chiffon draped canopy with floral rings and crystals – Floral sprays with orchids, hydrangeas, roses and calla lilies and hanging crystals. I was carrying 24 red roses; my bridesmaids were carrying a mixture of white roses, miniature white roses and hydrangeas. The Mother’s bouquet consisted of miniature white calla lilies. Reception: (centerpieces) Red and Ivory Floral topiaries with calla lily tops on tall cylinder vases with illuminated bases (head table) Large Rose spheres with standing calla lilies in each vase (cake table) Lucite cake table filled with roses and votives
Describe your wedding cake: My wedding cake was five tiers. It was a white cake with butter cream icing. Black satin ribbon went around the bottom of each tier and the cake was covered with white calla lilies.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I had was sending out invitations – trying not to forget anyone, getting correct addresses from everyone and staying within a budget.
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? Ringing of the Remembrance bell – One ring was for my Grandparents that have passed away and the other ring was for Aaron’s Grandparents that have passed.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When my father walked me down the aisle in front of 400 people.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, elegant, and beautiful.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Use a wedding planner!
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. Everyone raved about the reception that was held at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame – They couldn’t believe how we turned such an old rustic building into an elegant romantic setting.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Eventually buying a larger house that will hold five dogs, along with Aaron and me.
Other details you want us to know about your wedding: {The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame} in Muskogee, Oklahoma was the result of an idea conceived by Aaron’s dad, Lynn Hoffman a well known local businessman and musician. The groom and his mom danced to a video of his dad singing with his band at his 30th high school reunion. This was without his dad’s knowledge, and you should have seen the look on his face was invaluable. He was in total shock. The ring bearer, flower girl, Jr. Bridesmaid, and Jr. Groomsman were all my first cousins.

Congratulations, Ashley and Aaron! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Emie reply

    Gorgeous wedding! :) I love the color scheme!Ashley’s dress looks beautiful on the dance floor! Any idea who the designer is?

  2. avatar Maggie @ Eat, Drink, Marry reply

    I love how modern the bride looks. And the reception decor is spot-on fabulous.

  3. avatar Mara (Wedding Cabaret) reply

    Stunning photos! i love the reception sight!

  4. avatar jesi haack reply

    I LOVE the huge red bouquets! So beautiful!

  5. avatar julia reply

    This wedding is indeed worth it mp3leben

  6. avatar Sharon Nottingham reply

    All I can say is, "Amazing!"

  7. avatar Randi reply

    The wedding is beautiful. What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. The wedding is very unique and classy. I love it.

  8. avatar Jeane Yates reply

    This wedding and reception were not only beautiful but so very meaningful. We were awed by the reverence of the occasion but also caught up in the enchanted fun shared by all at the delightful reception.

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Welcome back to our twenty second spectacular Wanwisa Wednesday! Be sure to check out her previous posts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVII, XIX, XX and XXI for more fabulous wedding inspiration!

There has been a growing trend in sliced wood paper goods from fabulous designers like Night Owl Paper Goods, so today I wanted to share tid bits on just how chic “wood” details can be! Have a look!

First up, fabulous wedding paper essentials that perfectly expresses the bride’s love of all things Faux Bois {via Martha Stewart}. From a veneer program jacket to a miniature wood-grain barrel of matches – these are such lovely details. Also, from the same wedding, fun mini-log place card holders! {via Martha Stewart Weddings} For an eco-chic wedding, try giving your guests tree saplings {via Martha Stewart Weddings}. Add drama with veneer lanterns in various sizes! A truly gorgeous design! {Via Martha Stewart Weddings} Treat your guest with delicious candied apples complete with pretty wooden tags {also from Martha Stewart Weddings}. Try a unique touch with wooden utensils stamped with your wedding monogram – so casual chic {via Paper Cup Design}. Instead of a cake stand, try a tree-trunk base {via Martha Stewart Weddings} or go for all-over wood inspiration and serve up a chocolate Faux Bois cake {via Martha Stewart Weddings}. Wrap your favors up in Faux Bois gift wrap and add some branch appeal to your table top design! {Via Martha Stewart Weddings} Try a sweet parting gift of biscuits and fresh strawberries packed in small wooden baskets. {via Martha Stewart Weddings}. Serve up some appetisers on chic wood slabs {via} and mount your menu on chic veneer backings {via}. Dress your get-away ride with scribble-style block letters {from}! And lastly, give out-of-towners a lovely welcome basket packaged in sweet wood barrels {via}!

I hope you find these wooden-details inspiring! Until next Wednesday…xoxo, Wanwisa

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Julie Gandy reply

    Perfect details! Love the wooden tag on the candied apple.

  2. avatar Emily Ink Design reply

    I absolutely LOVE all these wooden details, especially the tree sapling favors!

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This couple is bursting with creativity!  Scott proposed to Heather with a sock puppet show.  Scott + Heather wanted to make their wedding different and wanted each guests to take home a little something special.  They spent some quality time together and made a unique and personalized sock puppet for each wedding guest.  Kudos to Heather’s mom who created the wedding cake and to the couple who planned this entire celebration. Other details: Heather’s dress is by {Ines Di Santo} and bridesmaids dresses by {Maggie Sottero}.  Check out more shots of this wedding on Tanja Lippert Photography’s {Blog}.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Magical, Romantic, Wonderfully Emotional
Describe your wedding cake: My Mom who is an incredible baker made the four tiered cake that alternated layers of Carrot Cake and Italian Wedding Cake. My step-father and I decorated it with piped and fresh ferns. Our wonderful florist added other forest floor details. It was wonderful and only cost us about $250 plus we had so much fun doing it.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Besides hiring {Tanja Lippert} as your photographer, I would say to make sure your personality is everywhere in your day. What will your guests remember that may be different from any other wedding? Scott and I made 130 personalized sock puppets for our guests as favors. (He proposed in the redwoods with a home-made sock puppet show) It took us a month to do it, but we had such a great time together making the project happen. Our guests loved it and are still talking about it.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are working on starting our family. The best decision we could have made was hiring the photographer we did. Tanja Lippert was incredible from our engagement session to capturing the most wonderful moments of the day. We are so looking forward to going to her every-year to make a picture scrapbook of our growing family and our lives together. We know it will be as fun and memorable as the first day we met her.
Any DIY items? Ha! Everything! The cake, the sock-puppet favors, the Polaroid guest book, the Dryads in the tress and the programs.
Favorite inspirational blogs or sites: I really didn’t use any blogs but did visit Martha Stewart Weddings a lot.

Congratulations to Heather + Scott.  We wish you a life full of fun and happiness!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar bonnie tsang reply

    Wow! What a creative couple!! Must be a lot of fun attending their wedding. :)

  2. avatar Mara (Wedding Cabaret) reply

    lovely! charming!

  3. avatar Pat reply

    Thank you for sharing this, it looks like the perfect fairy tale wedding. Fabulous idea with the sock puppets for all the guests!PatB Photography

  4. avatar Emily Ink Design reply

    Oh my goodness, those sock puppets are amazing. Definitely a favor I would keep forever.

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