Yes, that's really her name now. Married on May 3, 2014.  Haha! She's so stinkin' cute though, I'm pretty sure she can pull it off! AND, now that that IS her name, I can share her bridal portraits. We had quite a day of it. Starting out downtown in a north wind that nearly beat us to death! Halie was a trouper! There's no whining in bridal portraits!  We finished the day at Philbrook with a vintage auto --- yummy! Had to shoo that dang cat away a few times! (Hope that didn't show up on his collar camera!)  Halie's dress is Vera Wang with a sweetheart bodice, cut out back, drop waist and super bling belt at the natural waist.  Miles and miles of tulle with an embroidered overlay! Vera DOES NOT disappoint! A cathedral veil with a tiny rolled edge was so beautiful and even though she had to fight with it in the wind a bit, it was the icing on the top. Her beautiful spirit made this day a pleasure regardless of the less than perfect circumstances. Take a look and leave Mrs. Hay Hay some love on the blog! 

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So, Halie's mom dubbed herself "Pippa" and was in charge of helping the bride with her dress and all her accoutrements! I LOVE a helpful MOB! Thanks, Pippa! 

Sometimes you just have to throw it all in there to move that tulle around! Ha! We had so much fun with this session! 

Halie, thanks for sharing your special day and dress with me! You were so much fun to work with and I had such fun creating portraits for you. 

Best of luck in your marriage! 
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I knew he loved her. The first time I met him, I knew he loved her. I could tell by the way he talked about her and how intent he was on making everything PERFECT for this day. The day he was going to ask her to be his wife. To spend her life with him. From the custom cards with clues leading her to spots around town where they've shared special moments to orchestration and logistics of getting her best friends and sister into town to celebrate with her, Nolan planned every detail to a "T", with Rachel in mind. He was concerned because she's such a private person, never wanting to be the center of attention, but he had to make sure she knew she WAS the center of attention for him. With the help and guidance of Lynn Wheatley of Lasting Impressions of Tulsa Events, the entire day was practically perfect in every way! Here's how it started -- the day AFTER Valentine's Day, on the pretense of going to brunch, Nolan created a reason for Rachel to have to go by her office. On her desk was a beautiful box and the first clue -- follow along . . .
So it began . . . at each location Rachel found another of her friends waiting with the next clue and she had to direct the limo driver to each destination.

After a wonderful lunch, spa visit and new outfit and all the accessories, Rachel was taken to the GV Winery and here's what happened next . . .

Rachel and her sister, Kate, couldn't wait to call the rest of the family with the news! I love sisters! 


It was a beautiful night with beautiful friends. They partied on at GV Winery with a tasting, food from Andolini's and lots and lots of smiles. OH . . . I almost forgot . . . SHE SAID 'YES!'

Congratulations Nolan and Rachel! Wishing you a wonderful marriage!

Israel Diamond says:

What a way to capture the moment! Amazing proposal and amazing photos for a wonderful couple. We are honored to have been a part of this special moment.

(03.12.14 @ 08:57 AM)
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Which is a really good thing because they're going to live in Seattle, right? BUT they're getting married in Texas, where Shawna is from originally. Andrew and Shawna are adventurers at heart and from the their first meeting on the slopes in Colorado to rescuing a dog from the streets of Korea, both knew they had met the one with whom to share those adventures, and Seattle seemed the perfect fit for all. They love hanging at GasWorks Park with room for Chiyo to run, and the view of the city is beautiful, even in the wind and rain. There's an ease between Shawna and Andrew that bodes very well for a happy life together.  She's a visionary. He keeps her grounded but at the same time, can totally be persuaded to follow her vision!  A lovely, vintage style Texas wedding is planned for the fall and then. . . the REAL adventure begins!  Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this special time in your lives with me!


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The last event at The Mayo Hotel this year was Cortney's spectacular wedding. The entire town was abuzz with festivities and when we talked about it, she told me they just wanted it to be a great big New Year's Eve Party. So on December 31, 2011, she became Mrs. Cortney Pelley. BUT before this, I had the opportunity to photograph her bridal session. Since LSD Photography wasn't shooting her wedding, and the bride lives in Dallas where she runs her own sportswear company, Ketch the Spirit, we didn't have a chance to meet in person before her session.  Even though that's unusual, we did discuss it through emails and telephone calls and we shared inspiration images through Pinterest. Blessed with a beautiful November day (a little windy at times) we just "winged it" and it was nothing short of  FABULOUS!  Cortney had two dresses for her special day - one with layers of tulle and chiffon and appliqued with satin and crystals and all the fanfare, including a matching cathedral length veil. Cortney opted for  a second party dress with an art deco flair but still some BLING! She wore rhinestone encrusted Louboutins with dress #1 and custom monogrammed cowgirl boots with dress #2. Fabulous Style!  Zinke Design arranged for a vintage Cadillac El Dorado in front of The Mayo Hotel for a little pizazz and we made a little side trip to Philbrook for a few more traditional images. The French Bouquet made a gorgeous bridal session bouquet, as always! There were so many beautiful images from this session it's hard to choose but here's a few of my favorites! 


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 Thank you so much for including us in your special day! What a beautiful, beautiful bride you were! Congratulations!

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We spent the weekend in Kansas City recently with Courtney and Gil. Beautiful weather, nice fall colors and great company! Planning a June wedding in Minnesota, they took time from their busy schedules for a little play time with me! Courtney is in communications but her passion is cooking and she's looking around for that great combination niche. Kansas City is one of the BEST places for that I would suppose. I know she'll find it soon. They took us to all the great local food places while we were there. So good! Gil (this comes from his last name, Gilroy, which I didn't know for a quite awhile) is a liver specialist at KU Med. If you need a liver, he's your guy! It takes a special quality to be a doctor and also to be a doctor's wife. Lots of sacrifices of your personal time are made - - and for people you don't even know. I'm always so amazed and impressed by their dedication. These two have that special dedication. Their time together is precious and they totally enjoy each other when the are together. I love the way he just looks at her and smiles, when she doesn't even know it. The way she just slips her hand into his as they walk. At first we thought we would go up to Lawrence but then decided to stay just a stone's throw from their hi-rise home and all the things they look out upon from their windows - the Veterans Park and the Train Station.  It was the perfect choice.

CourtneyM1001.jpgCourtneyM1002.jpgCourtneyM1003.jpgCourtneyM1004.jpgCourtneyM1005.jpgThere was a government protest going on in the park with these shipping containers spelling out I.O.U. (These two are the modern day version of Mary Matalin and James Carville.) Thankfully, they just agree to disagree about some things. I think it's gonna work!


We had a great time with you guys! Can't wait for that wedding!  XXOO

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