Je’Kashia and Ryan 1.19.13

With the bulk of the beautiful renovation done just in time for our annual Open House, we were so excited that our January 19th wedding got to enjoy the stunning new look!

Je’Kashia and Ryan are one seriously photogenic, stylish couple. Their love was evident in their big beautiful smiles. The Bride wore her mother’s wedding dress from 20+ years ago (we are thinking probably late 80’s early 90’s) and pulled it off perfectly. The style mimicked so many things that are currently in the most fashionable bridal boutiques. We couldn’t get over how well it suited her! The flowers were courtesy of PJ’s Flowers and Gifts and they were perfectly pink…the Bride LOVED them!

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The couple chose to have hot pink flowers added to white flowers in the chapel to add a pop of their colors into the day.

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The Bride also provided pink and white silk flower petals to line the sides of the aisles. They matched the add ins exactly and looked great!

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The couple booked one of our recommended photographers – Patrick Berry Photography. He took LOTS of dress pictures to capture the special touch. (We can’t wait to share some of his photos with you later!)

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The Bride also wore her mother’s full headpiece and veil. It was AMAZING! We loved the pearldrop head band and tiered veil.

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The Bride’s uncle officiated the ceremony and created a memorable and personal experience for his niece and soon to be nephew!

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The Wedding Party consisted of siblings and close friends and kept the couple laughing all day long. At your wedding, surround yourself with people you love and who make you laugh and you can’t go wrong!

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The Brand New Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Rork!

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Patrick Berry was able to get TONS of simply wonderful shots of this extremely photogenic couple. They were easy to photograph!

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The couple shared a few quiet moments in the entry to the reception right before they were announced in. We always love it when couples take a few minutes to bask in their newly married status. It will be those moments you remember most vividly from your wedding day!

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This shot shows all the WOW factor that the back of the dress and veil offered.

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The couple had the Royal Package and upgraded to a sit down meal for their guests to enjoy. Their cake and the uplighting (provided by Dance Party Productions) made their colors pop in the reception space.

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The couple swapped the white table linens for black to be more in line with their color scheme of Pink and Black and it added a spark of elegance!

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Cutting their cake!

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Dance Party Productions kept things moving as always and helped the reception flow just exactly right.

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The day was a true success and we couldn’t be more happy for Je’Kashia and Ryan! We wish them a long life of peace and joy together.

For more information about having a wedding here, see our Contact page and we can tell you all about our packages and how we can make your wedding day one to remember. Our goal is for you to be able to relax and enjoy the moments…because we are handling everything!

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Delaram and Scott : An Intimate Ceremony

Delaram and Scott say “I do.”

Here at Ashland Gardens and The Gardens, we offer a number of packages that we provide to couples and families to aid them in planning the most stress free event possible. One of the packages we offer is The Intimate Ceremony Package.

Our Intimate Ceremony space features a koi pond with a bride where the couples stand to marry.

This is a simple package for couples who want to have a very short, simple ceremony. We offer two versions of the package: for the couple and two witnesses (you can provide them or we can)  OR for the couple and up to 15 guests. This allows people in a myriad of situations to have a beautiful but simple ceremony in a lovely setting. The package includes 30 minutes use of the facility and the minister, and chairs for your guests (if having any). We offer Intimate Ceremonies during our office hours only: Mondays and Tuesdays between 10-6 and Thursdays and Fridays between 10-4). There are lots of ways to upgrade or personalize the package  – adding time, a florist, a photographer, or (during the summer) moving the ceremony to our outdoor garden area – all for additional fees, etc.

Their first kiss as husband and wife!

Some of our Intimate Ceremony couples wear full wedding gear: gowns and tuxes. Other times they will wear a simple white dress and suit or nice dressy clothes (like our couple in the pictures). And sometimes, people come as they are (which is perfectly lovely!)…in their work or play clothes! Some couples bring music to be played during their ceremonies or flowers to hold and wear. Some people don’t. The point of the Intimate Ceremony is to essentially just tie the knot – in whatever way works for you!

A precious embrace after the ceremony.

Most of the time Intimate Ceremonies are scheduled one or two weeks in advance. Sometimes many months. Other times, people will call the morning of the day they would like to get married – that works just fine for us as long as the facility and the minister are available. We require a valid Oklahoma Marriage License in order for you to get married here at Ashland Gardens and The Gardens.

The Happy Couple!

Scott and Delaram are a beautiful couple that absolutely radiate love for one another. Prior to their ceremony here in Oklahoma City, they shared in a ceremony in Iran – surrounded by friends and family there. They hope to schedule a full wedding and reception here in the States in the future for their friends and family that live here. We wish this gorgeous pair all the happiness in the world.

Scott and Delaram 11.27.12

Mr. and Mrs. Garland!

Open House: Preview of Coming Attractions

Ashland Gardens and The Gardens hosts an annual Open House each Winter. It is an evening full of wedding planning bliss where you can view each facility, meet our wonderful recommended vendors, taste test cake flavors, sample hors d’oeuvres, and take a look at all of the planning services we can offer you. Think: Mini-Bridal Show. Admission is free and when you register, you are signed up for a multitude of door prizes that range from a free limo to significant discounts on our packages. Lots of the vendors offer Open House Specials and can check their availability for your big day on the spot. This event is a HUGE time and money saver when it comes to planning your wedding. Our current and potential brides are all encouraged to attend.

Be Our Guest!

This year, we are  looking at possible online pre-registration to save you even more time that night. This event is not to be missed! As soon as the date is decided  – we will let you know. (Just FYI, traditionally it is scheduled on a Tuesday evening from 6-9PM in mid-late January or early February).

Let us know if you have questions about the Open House or how to be put on the VIP Early Invite list!

Have a beautiful, stress-free
Wedding Day & Planning Experience!
Don’t miss our Annual Open House!

Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is a different experience for every bride. No wedding is the same and certainly no bride is the same. At Ashland Gardens and The Gardens, we recognize this and look forward to the challenge and joy each new wedding brings. Lots of women come to us bubbly, with lists and notebooks and binders and books and magazine cutouts, so very thrilled to plan their big day. Some come to us overwhelmed, unsure, and even frustrated by the whole process – we totally get it! It is a LOT of work to plan a day that has so many elements, so many details. Whether you have been planning since you were seven, or you have just started and the date is fast approaching, we have tools that we can equip you with to help make your wedding day easy as pie.

Our all-inclusive packages automatically wipe out a ton of your planning checklist, seriously, get that red pen out and start “x”-ing off those tasks. Cakes – we have that covered. Music – got it. Minister – done and done. Pretty much anything that might be giving you fits, we can help out with. And then there are all the things you never thought of, like the glassware and the forks, for example.  No last minute trips to the party depot or event rental store for you – we provide that as well. All that to say, it is our pleasure to assist you in planning and coordinating each aspect of your event. Check out everything that is included in all of our packages, we bet it will shock you. Call us today for pricing – that gets some people pretty excited as well! Never hesitate to call us or shoot us an email with any and all of your questions. Our coordinators are ready to take the burden off of your shoulders or get excited with you about the plans you already have (you know, the ones you made in the 9th grade!).

Please visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for information, packages, pictures, and just tons and tons of wedding ideas.

We pride ourselves in helping the best brides in the city have the most beautiful planning experience and wedding day possible. Happy Planning!