Stillwater Wedding Central

Local Vendor Spotlight

Paper Union Co.

I’m delighted to feature Stillwater’s very own stationer, Paper Union Co., in our latest Local Vendor Spotlight. Check out the interview with owner and designer Amanda Howerton below!

Tell us about Paper Union Co.

The Paper Union Co. was born out of a desire to see weddings and other special events be unified through their printed pieces from beginning to end. It is such a treat to receive a save the date, invitation, and day-of stationery that is beautiful, cohesive, and perfectly reflects the couple’s personality and tastes—and that’s what I want to design for every bride of mine. The name Paper Union comes from the fact that all of your paper pieces will be unified, and the word union is also a sweet reminder of the holy union of marriage.

What products & Services do you offer?

The Paper Union Co. provides wedding invitations and day-of stationery for the bride who wants a completely branded experience for her wedding. I work one-on-one with every bride to make sure her dreams become a reality—it’s as if she has her own personal designer for her wedding day. In order to achieve the goal that every wedding is a beautiful representation of the couple’s vision as well retains a cohesive look, every Paper Union bride receives the following: save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, ceremony programs, menus, and thank you notes, and all necessary envelopes—with many additional add-ons available!

What is your specialty?

While the Paper Union will do branding for other events like baby showers and graduations, its specialty is definitely in providing pretty printed paper pieces (that’s a mouthful!) for weddings. Oh, and everything is custom! Paper Union don’t offer any pre-designed lines—so your wedding day designs will be 100% yours.

Do you have a favorite font? Color Combination?

Favorite font and color combination?! That’s a tough question! Our wedding was super colorful because I couldn’t settle on what were my favorite colors to use—haha! I DO love fresh, minty blues though… and bouncy scripty typefaces will always be my go-tos.

How far in advance of their wedding should couples contact you?

Really, it is never too early to get in touch with a stationer to discuss your wedding day dreams as we tend to book up in advance with the nature of our work. But as far as a time frame goes, you should be sending save-the dates roughly 6–10 months in advance of your wedding, so about a year out from your wedding would be a good time to sit down and discuss all of your ideas so your wedding celebration can be as cohesive as possible from start to finish.

Any tips for couples hoping to book with you?

Even though we don’t necessarily get booked for particular days (like a photographer would), the care that goes into your customized wedding designs takes a lot of time, so the Paper Union Co. doesn’t take too many concurrent projects. So get in touch sooner rather than later! Another tip is to dream big about ideas that you have for your goods—there are so many paper and printing options out there including metallic ink and foiling, not to mention diecuts and other specialty effects. The sky really is the limit! You don’t have to have everything laid out in your mind when you contact the Paper Union, but it helps to have your basic color palette and a general idea of the direction you want your wedding day designs to go.

To check out Amanda’s designs, visit PaperUnionCo.com!

Mod Fox Photobooth

Photobooth Stillwater OK

Who doesn’t love a little entertainment at a wedding? Thanks to Mod Fox Photobooth, Stillwater weddings just got more festive.

Tell us a little about Mod Fox

Photo booths in the last several years have become very popular and as wedding photographers we see a lot of photo booths at weddings. In this era of digital everything, there is something special now about walking away with a physical photo in your hand. If done right, they can be the life of the party but we kept seeing clunky booths, tacky prints, and cheap backdrops. We knew it could be done so much better. So we started Mod Fox Photobooth as a modern alternative. We had our booths built out of pro photo equipment. In fact, it’s not really even a booth. It’s an open-air design, using the latest technology. Our photo booth is open-air because we believe it’s more fun when everyone’s involved. We aim for a fun, high quality, and easy experience. It has a touch screen, prints instantly, and there’s a social media station on the side. Plus it looks clean and nice. When you see it, you’ll love it!

What types of products/services do you offer? 

We specialize in open-air photo booth rentals for events. You have the option to add-on a Keepsake Album which is a chic scrapbook containing a copy of each photo strip from the event. We also do custom Snapchat Geofilters. Clients can also have a wooden USB drive that contains all the photos of the event. For companies and organizations, with a photo booth rental we have ways to help with brand awareness, hashtag launching, and building client lists.

What comes with your photo booth?

All of our rentals come with unlimited prints and custom in-house designed photo strips. We have several beautiful sequin backdrops to choose from and we’ll bring lots of crazy props. We have a social media station so that you can instantly send the photos to yourself. It’s all fully managed by one of our super fun attendants. And all of the photos are available free to download and share. Everything is included for a ridiculously good time!

 

Other than weddings, what types of events do you cater to?

A photo booth rental is also great for graduation parties, birthdays, holiday parties, fundraisers, dances, and corporate events.

Any advice for couples looking to hire Mod Fox?

Photo booths are a great way to get photos of those people that tend to avoid cameras. Surprisingly even shy people will hop in front of the photo booth. The prints double as favors and keepsakes as well! We designed our booth to be stylish so that it fits in with any event. As photographers, we also made sure the quality of the photos and the prints were top notch. When researching photo booths find out what the setup looks like, examples of the end product, and what’s all included. We pride ourselves on our custom designs and personalizing each event while not charging extra for it. We try to keep everything as upfront and simple as possible. We don’t charge for travel to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, or any town in-between.

For more information visit the website here. And check out the amazing photo booth pics on Instagram.

Blue Elephant Photography

Few things encapsulate the memory of your wedding day quite like stunning photographs. The lovely couple behind Blue Elephant Photography, Scott and Kristine Redekopp, are true artists, capturing some of the most brilliant images I’ve seen… and I’ve been in the bridal business for quite some time now. I recently caught up with them for an interview.

Tell us a little about Blue Elephant Photography

We are a husband and wife wedding photography team based out of Stillwater, OK. Kristine is from the Philippines, Scott is from Canada, and home is wherever we are together. We shoot mainly here in the South but we will travel anywhere in the world, which we have. For us, there is nothing more fulfilling and humbling than documenting the connection and the story of two people who are madly in love with each other.  We will photograph anything having to do with two people in love which includes weddings, engagements, anniversaries, or just because love sessions. We love adventures so nothing is too far away for us!

What is your photography style?

We describe our photos as moody and emotional. We love raw emotions, candid shots, and real moments. For weddings, our goal is to tell the whole story of the day so that when you look at the photos you feel like you’re there. Whenever possible we like to take our couples on adventures even if they’re mini ones. We look for forests, mountains, and waterfalls or we may opt for undiscovered cityscapes. Even in a place like Oklahoma there are hidden gems that aren’t too far away.

 

What is your favorite part of wedding photography?

We have several favorite parts during the wedding, we love the slower thoughtful time while getting ready. There is an energy in the air made of excitement and building anticipation. When all the girls and guys are relaxed and just hanging out in the morning, many times that’s when you get the best shots. And we love when the couple opts to do a First Look, which is when they see each other privately before the ceremony and they get the chance to be intimate, gush over each other, and quell any nerves.

Have you had any particularly interesting/exciting shoots?

We love to travel! So anytime we get to shoot somewhere new is exciting for us. Our most memorable shoot so far was a vow exchange at the top of a mountain in New Zealand. We started out with the couple at the base early in the morning while fog still blanketed the area. For 4 hours we hiked up the mountain trail raising not only above the fog but above the clouds! The view was amazing and the couple are awesome humans to spend the day with!

Any tips for couples as they look for their ideal wedding photographer?

We always encourage our couples to shop around. The first thing is to look at the style of the photos and the feelings you get when you look through their work. Meet the photographer or at least Skype them to make sure you’re a good fit. They will be with you the entire day and it’s definitely one of the most important days in your life. You want to make sure that you’re surrounded by people you get along with. Doing an engagement session is a great way to get more relaxed lifestyle photos plus it’s a chance to test out your photographer. Don’t be afraid to shop around if you weren’t happy with the experience. When looking for wedding vendors in general always remember that your wedding is a celebration and planning your wedding should be fun!

For more information, visit the Blue Elephant Photography website here. And while you’re at it, be sure to follow them on Instagram!

 

Woodland Park Vineyards

I had the privilege of taking a walk through of Woodland Park recently. It was a wonderful experience! I asked them to give me some information I could share with you. Here’s what they had to say:

About Weddings at Woodland Park

Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery offers the perfect location for outdoor weddings, light receptions, and wedding photos in a beautiful wooded and garden setting on a 66 acre heritage farm. Woodland Park Vineyards present many enchanting settings for photo opportunities including vineyards, gardens, pasture and woodlands. A historic old barn, fence gates, antique farm machinery are available for wedding or engagement photos.

Woodland Park Vineyard Wedding Stillwater, OKThe Enchanted Wood

A woodland beauty call ‘The Enchanted Wood’ offers serene woodlands of tall oak trees, once planted as a tree nursery. Quiet and private, a nature lover’s paradise. An entrance arbor into the woods welcomes you to a 160-foot trail through tall oak trees to the ceremony arbor. Natural wood folding chairs are available and will be set up according to your needs. Parking area secluded from the wedding site provides space for 100 or more vehicles. Parking attendants are on hand to direct your guests to the Parking area.

CORET NOIR VINEYARD

Conveniently located north of our Woodland Park tasting room, the Coret Noir Vineyard is suitable for small weddings and receptions. An arbor shaded by old pine trees, cool in the summer and plenty of parking nearby.  We do not provide the wedding chairs, however, you may set up tables and chairs as you like. Electricity and water are available at the Woodland Park tasting Room.

For pricing information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery. 405.743.2442. Click here to visit their website.

 

Local Vendor Spotlight: Our House on Maple

local-vendor-our-house-on-maple-1Our latest Local Vendor Spotlight is the vacation rental Our House on Maple. When I found “Our House” on social media, I fell in love with it and just knew I needed to do a feature on it!

I approached the owners Carmen and Ray Miller about doing an interview (& video). They were gracious enough to answer my questions and let me take a look around. Check out Carmen’s answers to the interview questions below.

Tells us a little about Our House on Maple.

[Carmen gave me so much wonderful information, I had to just pick a few of the many interesting facts she gave me! To read the story of how they bought the house, go here.]

  • The house was built in 1909.
  • The home builder, Charles W . Smith, was an architecture professor at the University.
  • There’s a 1909 Sears catalog in the entry way. It’s so fun to see what was available at that time and those prices!
  • There’s an old skeleton key in the entry on a red ribbon that I found in the yard. I figure it probably went to the front door long ago.
  • The tile in the kitchen was salvaged from an old Masonic Lodge in my hometown of Shidler, OK.
  • The old coffee grinder in the kitchen still works and is a fun addition!
  • The bunk room was the original master suite!
  • We added the deck not long after buying the house. The old cabinet out there was salvaged from the old florist shop in Cushing, OK. There are jars full of old glass and dishes found at Keystone Lake where the old town of Keystone was once located.
  • Two of the tress on the property are over 100 years old.

Do you have any favorite features about the house?

  • The gingerbread in the entry way was love at first sight. The pillars are awesome, too, and I loved the way there was a display pedestal built on each side.
  • The double mantel Tiger Oak fireplace with original cast iron insert, original mirror and original tile.
  • The builder’s initials and date are stamped in to the wood by the door in the guest room downstairs and the window casing next to the staircase.
  • The three triangle windows on the second story are awesome. Two are located in the attic, but we remodeled the master bath to showcase the one in there.
  • The original front door — though it has changed colors and glass, the door itself is still original.

How would one go about booking a bridal show or Bridesmaid Brunch?

Through Facebook Messenger or by email at ourhouseonmaple@gmail.com. You can also use the “Contact Us” button on ourhouseatmaple.com. Messenger or email is preferred.

How many guests does the house accommodate?

  • For overnight accommodations the house comfortably sleeps nine, with a maximum occupancy of 10.

For small events the house provides:

  • Indoor dining seating for eight. Total indoor seating for 20.
  • Outdoor dining seating for six. Total outdoor seating (back) for 12.
  • Maximum occupancy of 30.

Any tips for brides and grooms?

Don’t let the details cloud your special day. Our outdoor wedding was completely rained out by a flood! I got married in my high school auditorium! It all becomes part of your story and, believe it or not, you’ll laugh about it later. Promise!

The Walkthrough

To connect with Our House on Maple via social media, click the links below:

 

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