Category: Events

The #SayreIdo Nuptials: A Sand Plum Event Center Wedding, Guthrie, OK {Oklahoma Wedding Photographer}

I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had a chance to update my blog with this gorgeous winter wedding… #SayreIdo.  Don’t you just love their hashtag!?!  Created by using the groom’s last name, it couldn’t be more perfect to share their special day on social media!  I’ve known the bride’s family for nearly 15 years.  Cami was about the same age as my daughter is now when we met.   So needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to document their special day!   Here’s just a “few” of my favorites from the day’s events.

Cami and Garrett – It was truly an honor to document this day for you!  I pray that you’ll cherish these memories for years to come!  Many blessings to you both!  xoxo :)

Gorgeous bride…

a few quick bridal portraits… Cami, you look STUNNING!

and the handsome brother of the bride!

Love this sweet moment between these two…

Sherri, my second shooter grabbed these of me haha!  Photographer, corsage pinner, gown fixer, jack of all trades! :)

So sweet…

Love these two wonderful ladies!

Father’s first look…

Oh dear, I’m tearing up just looking at these next few…

This elegant venue is amazing!

I love the way she looks at him.

What a FUN group!

Amazing ballroom!

I hope you are always smiling at each other this way!

So precious, this flower girl!!

These bring me to tears… love this family!

Let the party begin…

LOVE is a very splendid thing!

Floral | Christi Gulley Custom Floral Designs

 Venue | Sand Plum Event Center

Bridal Gown | Beloved Bridal 

Bridal party hair & makeup | Benika Islam

Music | Ernie Tullis

Special thanks to my assistant for this wedding, Sherri Smith of CreativeSight Photography :)  Couldn’t have done it without ya!

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy :)

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PVAY auction {Oklahoma Lifestyle Photographer}

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to participate in my daughters school auction!  The PTO is hosting this online auction and all the proceeds go directly to the elementary school, which is why I couldn’t be more thrilled to participate!  I am donating a  mini-session along with an 11×14 print. I put together this cute basket of goodies for the winning bid to take home with them… filled with adorable frames, a cute cross to hang on the wall, and subway art “Keep calm and carry on”. I love that one!  Almost kept it for myself!  Oh – and a cute little pink box filled with candy!  Gotta have something sweet!

Take a look and go to PVAY.org and place your bid.  There are tons of great items up for grabs!  The bidding will last all week ending on Sunday!

You can find my donation here on the PVAY site: http://www.pvay.org/Photography-with-Missy-Moore-Basket,name,101266,auction_id,auction_details

So excited about my new Welcome brochures! :)

Our school thanks you for your generous support! :)

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy

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Deer Creek Jr. Auction {Oklahoma Lifestyle Photographer}

This week, I participated in our high school’s Jr auction. I donated a session along with a large print and the school allowed me to set up a little display. Up until this point I haven’t advertised myself because my amazing friends and clients have been wonderful word of mouth and have kept me busy.  I decided it was time to branch out which is scary and exciting all at once. It’s hard sometimes to step out of your comfort zone but at the same time when you actually do it it can be thrilling!   I wanted to share with everyone the display that I put together for this silent auction! All the proceeds will go to benefit DC’s prom and graduation!  The winning bid of my donation just happened to be a great friend of ours.  He is going to have pictures made of his grandchildren!  I can’t wait to photograph them this spring! :)

Here’s the certificate I made and put in a cute frame.

Love my new Welcome brochures.  More details of those later.  I had fun making them!

I included some discount cards for those who didn’t win the bid.

Gotta have something sweet for the kiddos!

Thanks to everyone for the great response and compliments on my table!  I had fun meeting some great new people.

It’s a pleasure for me to be able to support our school in this way! :)

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy

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Azin + Greg | Persian Wedding Celebration {Oklahoma Lifestyle Photographer}

When my long time friend and former co-worker contacted me about photographing his sister’s Persian wedding, I was thrilled at the opportunity to document their ceremony.  Never having photographed this type of wedding before, I knew I had better do some research to make sure I didn’t miss one single important detail.   I love learning about how cultures different from mine celebrate their special occasions! Let me show you some of my favorites from the formals we did at Gaillardia before I get started with the ceremony…

Now on to the ceremony!  Azin and Greg were married in a traditional Persian ceremony at her parents beautiful home in Oklahoma City.  They live in California so meeting with them before the actual wedding was impossible.  But luckily I received many details before hand so I came prepared!   When I met them, I just knew it was going to be a great day!  They are both so lovely and such a sweet couple.  I truly enjoyed working with them and meeting all of their family.  I was so impressed by the love and joy shared in this tradition.  Here are a few shots of Azin getting ready.

During the ceremony formally called “Aghd”, an elaborate spread, called a Sofreh, is set on the floor in front of the couple and is adorned with lavish sweets and ornaments, each symbolizing a different meaning and blessing for the couple.

Here is a short explanation of some of the symbolism surrounding the Sofreh.

  • The Koran symbolizes God’s blessing for the couple
  • One large mirror – light and brightness for the future
  • Two candelabras – the sun’s fire and energy
  • Spice tray – to guard against the evil eye
  • Flatbread – prosperity for the feasts and couple’s life
  • Decorated eggs, almonds, and hazelnuts – fertility
  • Apples and  pomegranates – love and health
  • Crystallized sugar – to sweeten life for the newly-weds
  • Gold coins – wealth and prosperity
  • Termeh –traditional Persian cloth that symbolizes family and tradition
  • Wild Rue – keeps the evil eye away and brings health
  • Ghand cloth – a shawl that is held over the bride and groom by happily married female relatives
  • Two large sugar cones – ground together above the bride and groom over the shawl above their heads to shower them with sweetness
  • Honey – immediately after being married, the bride and groom will dip their pinkies into the honey and feed it to each symbolizing sweetness in their new life together

At this point, the bride and groom are seated facing the mirror. The officiant arrives and reads the vows and a few lines about the institution of marriage.  After a few blessings, the bride is asked first, in Persian tradition, if she accepts the grooms hand in marriage.  The bride traditionally plays coy and makes her groom wait before she answers right away.  Then she says yes on the third try,  and the groom is asked if he will say yes to the question.  They are announced husband and wife.  Honey is presented to them and they dip their fingers to ensure a sweet and happy life together.

During the service, female members of the bride’s family hold over the couple’s head a white silky Ghand cloth. Two pieces of crystallized sugar called Kalleh Ghand shaped like cones are rubbed together, showering the couple with white powder. This symbolic act is meant to sweeten the couple’s life.  After this, the couple is literally showered with gifts from each member of the family, usually in the form of jewely and money.  Azin and Greg are very blessed!

Friends and family flew in from California, and from around the world, to celebrate with this beautiful couple.  The reception, held at Gaillardia Country Club, is called Jashn-e Aroosi, and is a celebration of feasting, music, and a lot of dancing.  And when I say a lot, I do mean a LOT of dancing!  Persians take the saying “dance till dawn” seriously! :)

The floral arrangements, provided by Howard Brothers Florist, were absolutely outstanding. 

Beautiful cake by La Baguette Bistro

Had to include a shot of me and my friend Ashkan, the bride’s brother!

One of my favorite parts of the night was the knife dance, traditionally called the Raghseh Chagoo.  This is where the groom has to convince a member of the bride’s family to give him the knife to cut the cake.  Set to music, this playful dance was between Azin’s sister-in-law, mother and even her young cousin took part!  They steal the cake cutting knife and the couple tries to retrieve it.   Greg tried to use money but that didn’t seem to work! :)   Eventually the knife was returned and the cake was served, and the dancing resumed!  It was very entertaining.

Now… remember that dancing I told you about… :)

Congratulations to you both, Azin and Greg!   Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

CEREMONY: private residence in OKC

RECEPTION: Gaillardia Country Club

BRIDAL GOWN: Maggie Sottero Mia, San Francisco, CA

HAIR/MAKE-UP: Maryam Rezaie

BRIDE CAKE/GROOM CAKE: LaBaguette Bistro

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Pejman Rasekh

FLORAL: Howard Brothers Florist - Gaillardia; Negar Karimi – home

VIDEOGRAPHY: Randy Poff of Digital Video Productions

Very special thanks to my friend Sherri of Creative Sight Photography for assisting me with this wedding! You ROCK girl! :)

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy
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John’s surprise 50th {Oklahoma Event Photographer}

Loved photographing this Pinterest-inspired SURPRISE 50th birthday party soiree hosted by my friend, for her husband!  She REALLY outdid herself with the decorations, using childhood pictures for the slideshow and making all the awesome wall hangings and face hand-fans.  The extra fun part was the custom-made photobooth she brought, along with all the fun props!  How crafty is she?! :)  They just happen to own and operate The Oklahoma Photobooth Company, so they know a thing or two about throwing a party!   I am AMAZED at how she was able to pull everything off without him knowing A THING until they arrived at the venue!  He “thought” they were attending their neighbors 25th anniversary party!  The OKC THUNDER were playing on TV that night, and he told her on the way to the party that he was ONLY staying until half time!   BOY was he thrown for a loop! Luckily, there were big screens all around so he did not miss one hoop!  :)   There were so many people involved in pulling off this event!  Let me just say, the management at Fox and Hound were awesome and totally accommodating with the sound system and even letting their regular restaurant guests participate in the gig!)  The song “Big Bad John” was played as he came in and the guests all held up the face fans with his pictures on them!  It was so much fun to be a part of!!

Louise, you ROCK for getting it all together!  and HAPPY 50TH John… here’s to another 50!!!  Glad I was able to capture these memories for you!  Here’s just a few from the night!  ENJOY! :)

Until next time!

Be a blessing,

Missy :)