Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

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Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

I was going through some old videos looking for some BTS of a wedding for one of my sponsors and WOW! - I found some videos on my other channel of the great Girls' Night Out hosted by Alfred Angelo in Oklahoma City.

These events were hosted once a quarter with local wedding vendors while brides came it to try on dresses, check out accessories, or browse through the endless selections of bridesmaid's gowns.

After looking at the videos and images I can't help but wonder - Does Alfred Angelo miss me?  Maybe you don't, but I sure do miss the great times and wonder where all the people and what are they doing.

If you attended these vendors parties, please comment below with an update. And if you are a current staff of the location in Oklahoma City - Call me, let's do lunch... I miss you!

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The New Green Way for Weddings

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The New Green Way for Weddings

We recently attended a bridal show in Elk City, Oklahoma.  The vendors were so friendly, caring and had a sense of purpose in their business.  While many of them will quickly become more friends than vendors to us, I wanted to point out a unique entrepreneur we met during our visit.  Here name is Mechelle from Aloha Gardens, a flower nursery, and greenhouse.

Mechelle is offering a very special service to couples looking for an eco-friendly, cost effective method for decorating a wedding with lush greenery, plants, and succulents.  I'm actually surprised that this idea of a "green wedding" isn't more mainstream with current brides. 

Plant leasing is a new option for wedding decorating. It’s a new way to be green. It’s affordable and easy; Aloha sets up & returns the plants. Mechelle offers free quotes for plant leasing options. You can also option to buy the plants after the event or gift to bridesmaids or other members of your party to remember your special wedding.  They also offer an array of rustic props for decorations to add with plants, flowers, and succulents.

Aloha Gardens is located on 2813 West 3rd Street in Elk City, Oklahoma 73644. Please call 580-243-7214 for more information.


Here are some images from the greenhouse

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The Most Experienced Wedding Photographer in Oklahoma - Maybe the World!

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The Most Experienced Wedding Photographer in Oklahoma - Maybe the World!

This is not a title to be taken lightly, in fact, I’m honored to have the most experience and all my fellow photographers agree with this claim. This helps me pass along some great information to grooms - and the bride - that could elevate your day from great to incredible.  This post will touch on the groom’s responsibilities because after so many weddings, I’m getting tired of the joke regarding the importance of his part during the wedding planning.  Traditionally, the groom’s duties are varied and specific when it comes to wedding planning and the day’s events.  These range from selecting the engagement ring, arranging reception toasts to carry the bride across the threshold.  While many of these have been modernized with the changing times, there are a few that the groom needs to step up to take ownership.  I hope you are viewing the relationship with that significant other as a partnership versus the standard “ball & chain” analogy.  Be involved in the planning stages of this public display of affection and be more than just another party decoration at the reception.  Grooms matter on the wedding day.

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Wishing Well Proposal + TJ and Jessica

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Wishing Well Proposal + TJ and Jessica

Meeting with wedding couples before they retain us for their special day is important.  We can observe interactions, talk about hopes and dreams, then some chat on planning the perfect execution of this public display of affection.  TJ & Jessica's proposal falls directly into the romantic category with some groom planning the right moment to ask.

Jessica recounted their story that will inspire other grooms' actions.  Thanks again!

It was my birthday and Tj had flown in a few days prior so that he would be able to come to Disneyland with my family and I. The day started off beautifully, we had breakfast at my favorite restaurant! Bananas foster French toast is the best birthday breakfast. I noticed he was kind of acting strange towards me but I didn't know why so Itried to ignore it. we spent the day celebrating with my family and some friends who joined us for my birthday as well. He let me pick what we did for the entire day for my birthday, he's pretty great like that. He had been telling me for weeks he had the best birthday present ever and couldn't wait to surprise me! if you know me, you'd know I hate surprises, so I tried to ignore him saying those words all day.

As the evening started to roll in he asked if I wanted to watch the fireworks (something we normally skip) so I decided yes since I had not watched them since I was a kid. we found our spot right by the Alice in Wonderland ride since we had a perfect view of the sky. We sat and watched as the show went on and once it finished he asked for me to go with him to Snow Whites Wishing Well so I could make a birthday wish. As we started walking and getting closer I noticed he started shaking and getting really nervous and didn't understand why so once again I just tried to ignore it. Once we arrived at the Wishing Well we saw it was filled with people, but as we got closer, one by one everyone started to disappear. He handed me a penny and told me to close my eyes and make a wish and not to open my eyes until he told me I could, so I went along. I threw in my penny, made my silent wish and kept my eyes closed, and finally, he told me to open them. When I opened them, I found him, on his knee with the ring box in hand and he looked at me and told me how much he loved me and then asked me to marry him. With tears starting to fill my eyes I excitedly said absolutely yes! He took aside and put the ring on my hand and when I got a closer look, I realized it was a ring I had been so in love with but didn't want him to spend the money on it. I was completely in shock and so in love. Every day I spent with him since this day has been just as magical and I am so thankful I remember that day like it was yesterday.

Here are some images from their e-session and wedding day.

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Helping Oklahoma Kids with RFBO Chefs' Feast

The amazing photography crew for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  This is our 7th year to help cover and provide our Fantasy Photo Studio setup.

The amazing photography crew for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  This is our 7th year to help cover and provide our Fantasy Photo Studio setup.

Last night we had another chance to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with their annual fundraiser, Chef's Feast.  The event was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the crew volunteered their talent to photograph the evening.

This year's theme was "Keep It Local" and based on the wonderful state of Oklahoma.  The RFBO staff never disappoints with the setup and decorations.  More than 20 great chefs participated in Chefs’ Feast this year! The event featured fantastic raffles, silent auction items, a new precious metal pull, and the ever-popular wine pull, where one bottle is valued at more than $225.

We can't thank enough all the wonderful people that help us during this amazing charity event.  Here is a quick shout-out for the crew, Jim Felder, Jen Tiffany & Vanessa Wells.

Check out this video about "The Backpack Program".  Please donate to RFBO to help stop hunger in our state.

Wondering why Robert isn't wearing the Trawick Images approved "Will Shoot for Food" t-shirt?  This gentleman offered to swap me shirts because "I love your shirt".  Maybe we should raffle off some of our t-shirts for charity next year.  Comment below with your thoughts and ideas.

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