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Downtown Oklahoma Wedding
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill

Rebecca and Miles’ joy radiates in every one of their wedding photographs. But Rebecca’s favorite moment wasn’t one captured by the photographer. The morning of their wedding Rebecca and Miles had breakfast alone, just the two of them. They cuddled, giggled, and soaked in each other’s presence. They slowed down and appreciated the little things - like the barista writing “love” in Becca’s latte. Small moments of love seem to be the ones that make the biggest impacts on our hearts. 

From Rebecca: “The older I get, the more I see God's love in every person, place, situation... It is so far beyond 'inclusive'- it is everywhere.”

Rebecca is obviously smitten with everything about Miles.  She sees the absolute best in him and would tell anyone who will listen that he’s her hero. What’s the thing Miles does that makes Rebecca swoon? When he hand washes her blender and her nice knives. Proving that love is everywhere, even in the dishes.

With weddings that are becoming more like events, we seem to think that every act of love must be this grand. When in reality, it’s the little things that matter the most to us. It’s the walk around your neighborhood holding hands and talking about your dreams, it’s the random note of encouragement, it’s the prayer journal you’ve kept for your spouse, it’s these simple things that matter the most. 

We live in a world that says bigger is better. We’re expected to want more of everything instead of being content with what we have. Love wins over the ways of the world, and proves time and time again that we don’t need big romantic gestures to feel its goodness. 

Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill

Photography by Melissa Marshall :: Elizabeth Dye gown and Sarah Seven belt from a&be bridal :: Shoes from Ancient Greek Sandals :: Make-up by Niccole Wyatt :: Hair by The Beauty Shop :: Flower girl dresses from Marilyn Tov :: Florals by Tasha Bartholic :: Cakes by Ann's Bakery :: Macarons by Antionette Banking Co :: Event planning by Adrian Events

Southern Glamorous Bridal Inspiration
Southern Glamorous Bridal Inspiration | Cottage Hill

The setting-sun glows through the Spanish moss gently swaying in the breeze. Sounds of the clucking fill the air as the chickens roam freely around the yard. Their freshly laid eggs are a delicate shade of blue. There is elegance in simplicity. With a location like RiverOaks Charleston, styling by its graceful owner Marianne and all captured by Justina Bilodeau – there is a certain magic in these bridal portraits that can only be created by artists who truly pour love into the details.

The Concept from Justina, “The concept for this shoot was actually completely inspired by River Oaks Charleston.  When I first saw images of this enchanting venue, I was struck by the nature-infused setting and European style of the landscaping and buildings.  When I asked Marianne, River Oaks’ owner, to collaborate on styling, I told her that I wanted to really let the venue’s charm speak for itself in the images without bringing in too many extraneous details. She designed a soft pastel color palette and incorporated fresh foraged greenery in the florals and added sweet touches like fresh blue eggs laid by her chickens as place settings in the tablescape.  

About the Gown from Justina, “This stunning gown, by designer Adrianna Papell, is technically an evening or formalwear piece, but the gorgeous beadwork combined with its graceful draping make it perfect for bridal. Especially for a bride who wants to wear a soft color instead of white or ivory. The subtle blush tone is so romantic and would complement a variety of wedding settings.”

 Celebrating Your Environment from Justina, “We were able to produce a shoot that might inspire brides to think outside-the-box a bit in regard to their event styling - one doesn’t always need to base their event on a theme, per se, they can instead choose to showcase the beautiful details of their selected venue. Brides, you chose your venue for a specific reason, right? Now take that reason, whatever spoke to you about that venue, and build on it. Foraging for native blooms from the property to include in your floral design is a great way to do this or even base your color pallet and tablescape decor from the location’s environmental hues and textures.”

Photography by Justina Bilodeau Photography :: Venue, Styling & Florals by RiverOaks Charleston :: Invitation Suite by Bottle & Cork Designs :: Model Julianna from Tout Talent :: Hair by Alise Buckner :: Makeup by Mariah Hennet :: Gown designed by Adrianna Papell, courtesy of Swoon Charleston

Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill

With a splash of color and a touch of whimsy, this modern and fresh wedding inspiration was created by Stephanie of Events by Stephanie and photographed by one of our own Silver Cup Artists Michelle of Magnolia Adams Photography. A wedding day should be a reflection of the bride and groom, not what is currently the trend. Bringing both of personalities into the colors, textures and even the food choices helps make your wedding day just that, yours!

From Stephanie, “My inspiration was to collaborate with a few newer creators in the Norman and Oklahoma City area to design a beautiful, romantic, and artistically unique look. I also wanted this shoot to encourage brides to hopefully choose a handful of new creative vendors along the way of planning their wedding!”

From Michelle, “My favorite detail was the arbor.  It was a piece created specifically for this shoot.  Tommy from Tommy's Woodshop created it and fashioned it for a couple to stand under and be married.  I love simplicity and natural beauty of the bark on the wood.  I feel it would be perfect for an indoor wedding to bring the outside in or an outdoor wedding to keep a natural feel to the day.”

Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill
Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Oklahoma | Cottage Hill

Artists: Photography by Magnolia Adams :: Coordinator and Stylist: Events by Stephanie Courtney :: Venue/type writer: Chateau on the Grove :: Chateau on the Grove Facilities Coordinator: Natalie Stephens :: Video by Atria Creative :: Paper/Graphic Design/Chalk Board art work by The LL Studio :: Florals by New Leaf :: Catering and drinks from LOCAL :: Dessert by Waving Wheat :: Photobooth: Canned Ham Photo Furniture/Seating Rentals/Drink Glasses from Scissortail Vintage Rentals :: Place Settings from Vintage Tabletop Rentals :: Ceremony Arbor created by Tommy’s Wood Shop :: Farm Tables & Bench seating: Kahoy Studios :: Hair & Makeup by The Social Club :: Dresses from Bridal Boutique :: Men Attire (bow-ties and vests) from Dapper Guy Bow Ties :: Floral hair pieces & sash from Bridal Couture Girls :: Female Models: Rachel Braddock (Brink Models, Edmond OK) & Katherine Olmstead (independent) & Michaelene Stephenson (independent) :: Male Models: Tabb Models Gunnar Jones & Drew Cockrell :: Cake Stands from Dutch Floral & Home OKC :: Jewelry from Brockhaus Jewelry 

Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill

Most women have a man in their lives that loved them long before Mr. Right came along. It may have been Dad, who kissed your boo boos and told you how beautiful you looked before prom. It could have been Grandpa, giving you life lessons and sneaking you the candy Mom and Dad wouldn’t let you have. Maybe it was an uncle, pastor, or a family friend. For Abby, it has always been her grandpa. He’s been her biggest fan and strongest encourager, making her feel like she could do anything in the world if she worked hard enough. 

Grandpa signed every birthday and holiday card to Abby with, “You’re looking good, my beautiful star, you are on your way!” When you see the pictures of the first time he saw Abby on her wedding day and then think of him saying this, you should probably grab some tissues!

Abby knew what it felt like to be deeply loved by her Grandpa, yet when Corey came into her life all her pre-conceived views on love changed. She can be completely goofy and totally herself with him and he still loves every part of her. She knows he will fight for her and protect her and she has vowed to respect and fight for Corey with all she has. He’s the reason she believes in love and marriage. 

From Abby, on her hopes for their marriage legacy: “I hope that people can look back on me and Corey's marriage and see something that is worth working hard and fighting for. I hope our love and our marriage is a good example for our kids and grandkids someday. I hope we can motivate people to stick it out and fight for that one person they love the most.”

Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill
Pink Peony and Succulent Michigan Wedding | Cottage Hill

Photography by Ashley Slater 

Texas A&M Engagement Session
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill

This couple shares a love they define as “simple.” They desire to share a love that is natural, easy and a constant reminder to cherish even the simplest of moments together. From swinging together on an old tree swing to their Texas A&M Aggie pride, Ashley and Brent know how to live a life full of laughter, love and joy.

From Ashley, “I always tell Brent “Loving You is Simple”. There is a natural, calming, loving, and sometimes humorous way Brent brings me back to the simple things in life.”

The Proposal

Near my parents’ house is a park and walking path that I just love. It is a special place to me. On the way to meet our families for dinner one evening, he was persistent that we stop and see “this park” I had always talked about.

We stopped and I showed him the walking trail but was caught off guard when he handed me a journal. As part of the proposal he started one on January 1 for our new journey together… I stood there reading through each page and on January 5 it ended with, “Now, I have a very important question.” When I looked up, he was down on one knee. I said “YES!” 

The Swing

On one of our first dates, Brent took me to an elementary school and walked me around to a few spots as he shared memories he had from playing on the playground. It was the elementary school he had gone to and they still had the original swing set, so we spent the evening swinging and getting to know one another. 

After our engagement, I always told Brent I would love to have a house one day with a big enough tree for a large wood tree swing. A swing reminds us to slow down and enjoy those simple moments. I love life’s simple moments because they are the memories that make it from generation to generation

Ashley and Brent’s pictures speak of their never-ending love for one another and the place they call home, Texas.

Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill
Texas A&M Engagement Session | Cottage Hill

Photography by Ryan Price :: Destination: Rock Lake Ranch

Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session
Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session with Melissa Green | Cottage Hill

There’s no hiding it, when someone who knows you better than you know yourself is diagnosed with cancer, the thought of losing them is unbearable. And when Addy’s mom became sick, the circumstances made Addy completely raw and vulnerable with her fiancé, Tyler.

Neither one of them felt in light of what was happening that they could continue to hide their feelings and so it all came out: the good, the messy, the pretty, the ugly. When you show someone everything and they still say yes, that’s one of the greatest joys and peace that your heart can experience. 

Addy’s mom reminds her, “Without the rain, your life would be a desert.” It’s inevitable that pain will come, but finding joy in hard times is what helps you thrive through it. 

From Addy: “After everything we've been through together, I feel like we can take on anything, do anything, be anything. It makes me thrilled to begin our life together and see where it takes us! I'm impossibly in love with him and feel so lucky that he found me.”

When life throws a terrible mess your way and your partner looks at you and says, “I love you even more than I did yesterday” that’s the good stuff - that’s the real meaning of love.

Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session with Melissa Green | Cottage Hill
Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session with Melissa Green | Cottage Hill
Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session with Melissa Green | Cottage Hill
Oklahoma Fall Engagement Session with Melissa Green | Cottage Hill

Photography by Melissa Green

A Military Engagement with American Flag
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill

With a love deeply rooted in the stars and stripes of our nation’s flag, this sweet couple is willing to selflessly serve our nation and each other with full hearts. The uniform and flag represent everything Brandon and Amanda are willing to protect, just as Amanda’s parents did before her. “It's about being selfless and a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s home, it’s brave, it's safe, and it's ours!”

Brandon and I met through Air Force ROTC in August 2011. I grew up with parents who were in the Marine Corps, so I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps one day but chose the Air Force to try to become an officer. 

I decided to take part in the new cadet orientation before having to turn in my uniforms after discovering a golf-ball size tumor in my ovary. That was when Brandon signed up for the program! After learning that I would not be able to complete the AFROTC program on time, I thought that I had lost all direction in my life. But then I met Brandon. Brandon was what stayed constant. He always reached out and helped me in more ways than he would ever know. He never let me go, no matter what. Some of my biggest challenges in life so far came right when I met Brandon. However, he's everything that made it good. 

Brandon was sent to me by God to help me find my way and help me realize who I was again. Brandon is the sweetest soul I know, and always prays with me. He is everything in life that I know I lack, and I want to do everything I can to be that for him in return. 

Brandon has since completed the Air Force ROTC program, which I wrote a letter to him every single day he was at Field Training the summer of 2012, and he is now a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force! I couldn't be any more proud of him and all of the hard work he has done. I will follow him anywhere in the world that the Air Force will take him, and we found out this January that that will be Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany! WOW! We weren't expecting that! 

Together we are looking forward to seeing each other continue to grow. I'm looking forward to surprising Brandon when he comes home from work with dinner already made, to making signs for him each time he returns home from deployments to show him how much he's missed, to holding his hand through all his ups and all his downs as he has held mine, to loving him when he doesn't think he deserves it and to spending forever with the best person I have ever known! 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Brandon and Amanda for selflessly serving and protecting our great nation!

A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
A Military Engagement with American Flag by Emily March | Cottage Hill
Welcome to Cottage Hill
Photography by Something Gold Photography

Welcome home to Cottage Hill – where ball gowns and rain boots are perfectly appropriate. Here, we value family, unconditional love and all of those old-fashioned traditions that honor the sacred wedding vows. We celebrate beautiful weddings, inspire forever marriages and whole-heartedly believe in the promises of living a meaningful life. “I do” is only the beginning.

Through this online journal, you will read stories and gather inspiration for not only your wedding day, but the life following. Staying true to the heartbeat of our mission to celebrate lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy, our content features wedding, marriage and lifestyle inspiration - something that sets us apart and sets our hearts on fire.

Thank you so much to the many creatives and friends who have patiently waited for this site to come to fruition. It has been a labor of love and I am just overjoyed to finally share all of the wonderful stories we have been holding over the past few months. 

We are so excited to share the work and words of so many contributors not only through this online platform, but also through our first print publication later this fall. You can be a part of our first issue by participating in our Kickstarter campaign happening right now. Click here for more information.

Thank you again friends for the love, support and encouragement. All of this is for you. My hope is that our words and photographs speak to your heart in such a way that inspires you to pursue a life worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy. 

Photograph by Emily Ann Hughes