Lakeside Wedding by Lauren Weeks Photography
This fabulous pair set up 30 of their closest family and friends in beautiful lakeside houses to celebrate their nuptials. An intimate wedding, panoramic scenery, excellent food, a soft pink and white color palette, and a travel theme, it goes without saying that this was a special weekend to remember. From the bride: Duston and Julie have had close to a year of adventure and celebration. For Duston’s work, they lived in Mexico City for four months last fall. The day before leaving the country, they actually got married in a private ceremony with their pastor and Duston’s parents, telling the family only. This special moment and their time in Mexico City as “secret” newlyweds was so special to them. Upon returning to the States, they decided to have still their wedding celebration. Duston and Julie celebrated their marriage on May 16th, 2015 at the luxury lakeside community of Carlton Landing in Eufaula, OK. It was a beautiful outdoor, destination wedding surrounded by 30 of their closest family and friends.
With a background in planning events, Julie really wanted to make sure everyone felt loved and welcomed. Everyone was set up in lake houses within the community and was given gift baskets that included soap, cookies, and spiced nuts made by the bride. They were also given Carlton Landing T-shirts, water, SPF, sunglasses, and a Bluetooth speaker to enjoy throughout the weekend. Though it was driving distance for most everyone, the weekend away to celebrate, their marriage couldn’t have been more perfect. Friday, guests came into town and got settled into their lake houses. After rehearsal, everyone met up at the community pool and dining area for delicious food, cold drinks, and good company. The night ended with s’mores at the Myrick Lake House, which was also the meeting spot throughout the weekend.
Saturday was the big day, but there was still plenty to do because the details of the wedding were amazing. Flowers with soft pink and white colors were brought in and arranged from a family friend. Tables and chairs were to be set up, and the bride and groom still had to get ready. Lindsey Buckles of Rish Design from Kansas City did the bride’s hair in a side up-do with little roses. Food was being sent in, set up and catered from The Chalkboard, a restaurant out of Tulsa, OK. The cake, from Stacie’s Cakes from Edmond, OK, was blush and gold with black & white stripes to match the colors of the wedding. And lastly, Lauren Weeks Photography from Corpus Christi, TX, and Light Bearers Entertainment from Kansas City, MO were shooting throughout the day. Julie bought her dress from Emily Hart Bridal, and it’s from Emily’s own Emmaline collection. She chose the dress because it fit her so well. She also liked the fact that it went with the destination look and feel for the wedding she was planning. Julie also felt that wedding dresses are so expensive, and she didn’t want to buy it and only be able to wear it just once. So, the plan was that Emily’s team will clean the dress and cut it shorter so that Julie can wear it as a cocktail dress moving forward. Plus, she can take the extra fabric that was cut and use it for so many things, becoming more than just a wedding dress that gets worn once.To see more pictures from the viewpoint of the guests, #destinationburns became the hashtag of this fun, destination wedding!