Category: Weddings

16
Nov

Ashley + Vince’s Wedding – Gilcrease Museum – Oct 4, 2014

Ashley & Vince’s wedding video is here!
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October has been such a busy month for us, but we are finally getting the pictures and videos from our first few events!

I met Ashley, Vince, and Ashley’s parents over Thanksgiving weekend last year, and it was a match from the start! Ashley and Vince live in Colorado, so we planned mostly via FaceTime and email. If you are planning from afar, pictures are definitely worth a 1,000 words. We had so much fun with this couple!

This stunning wedding at Gilcrease Museum was one for the record books: Drapery from floor to ceiling, lots of bling, candelabras, and tons of gorgeous flowers…and did you see that amazing cake?! Thank you to the entire design team for all of your hard work!

Design Team:
Design, Drapery, Crystals & Coordination – Concepts Weddings & Design
Floral Design – The Bridal Garden
DJ & Lighting – Banks Entertainment
Photography – Brittney Ashton Photography
Letterpress Invitations Design & Printing – J. Traczyk Creative
Cake – Ms. Laura’s Cakes
Rentals – ABCO Party Rentals
Candelabras – Party Perfect Linens & Rentals
Transportation – Galaxy Limo
Venue & Catering – Gilcrease Museum
Makeup – Faccia Bella
String Quartet – Brava Quartette
Wedding Film – Juliet Films

05
Mar

Wedding Vendor Wednesday! – Invitations

Hi gang!

Happy Wednesday! We are right in the middle of the beginnings of “Busy Season” again…where did January & February go?! While we’ve had a few events pop up here and there, we have enjoyed a couple of free Saturdays for the first time since…August? But now, we are officially back to “I have a Saturday free in November” speak. Even with those relaxing Saturdays, we’ve been working overtime on a few projects that we can announce soon. All I can say now is that we are expanding again. 2014 is really going to be an amazing year!

Today, I want to shine a spotlight on another hard-working wedding vendor. In fact, we are going to do this for a few Wednesdays…we’re calling it Wedding Vendor Wednesday. We work with vendors on a daily basis, fine tuning the details of our clients’ events. While there are some questionable vendors out there, I wanted to take a moment to recognize those that deserve some praise. Today, I’d like to showcase J. Traczyk Creative!

Jason Traczyk (pronounced tray-sick) is a leading designer in Tulsa. He specializes in graphic design, logo creation, branding, and social media marketing. I can confidently say he is the best graphic designer in town. He goes beyond the page and really puts meaning into each creation. Below are some of the designs he has created for Concepts clients:

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As you can tell from the above images, his designs are completely original…a custom design for each couple. Each monogram tells a story about the couple and their wedding look. Here are 2 more ideas for use of your custom monogram:

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Again, these are just examples of looks he has created for others. What design would reflect you and your significant other? What other ways could you tie your monogram into your wedding?

Check out J. Traczyk Creative for yourself and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

– Meg

06
Jan

2013 – A year in review

Good morning!

It’s a bitter cold morning in Tulsa, but there are a lot of brides buzzing around planning for their wedding. While we having been buzzing around with our brides, we haven’t had time to post many updates. So, let me take this time to let you know what we’ve been up to!

First, we have some exciting changes happening within the company. Our resident graphic designer, J. Traczyk Creative, has been re-working our logo and our web site. We should be releasing the new look later this week. I cannot tell you how great it is to have one of the best designers in the area working on your company’s image as well as many of my clients’ printing needs. With the changes it means we’ll be more involved in social media this year: more posts on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest. It’s such an exciting time around here!

Crystal Ball, NYE, Tulsa NYE, IDL Ballroom, Concepts PR, Meghan Hurley, Tom Green, Angie Green, Tulsa Crystal BallWhat else have we been up to? Last week, we designed our 4th Crystal Ball NYE Masquerade Party at IDL Ballroom. It’s a 14,000 sq. ft building with 3 venues, 3 styles, and LOTS of crystals. This year, like every year, I changed up the layout a bit, upgraded furniture, and changed the menu. This year, we incorporated a dessert bar from Ludger’s Catering and delicious custom macarons from Antoinette Baking Co.. We added an amazing ice sculpture from Millennium Ice Company to complete the look. Tulsa Crystal Ball, Crystal Ball, NYE, Tulsa NYE, Concepts PR, IDL Ballroom, Meghan Hurley, Tom Green, Angie GreenThis year, IDL has been undergoing some major audio-visual upgrades, including a house sound system for iPods, incorporated DJ packages, adding a dynamic LED uplighting package, and…are you ready for this?…adding environmental projection packages. With all of those changes, our 4th Annual Crystal Ball was the best design yet! And better yet? We sold out! 1,000 ticketholders partied the night away with us on New Year’s Eve. Thank you again to Tom & Angie Green for continuing to raise the bar for this and all of their events.

As far as weddings and other events go, we have had a lot of pre-booking season bookings. Remember the California couple we met with via FaceTime from Santa Fe? Well, we booked them! The bride & groom flew in from California for a week in December, and we booked vendors and settled on a gorgeous design.

During Thanksgiving weekend, we also booked a Colorado couple for our last October 2014 wedding. The bride flew in after New Year’s, and we tackled yet another marathon planning session on Friday and Saturday. While we still have a few vendors to book when the groom comes back with her in February, we knocked out the design, the florist, catering, photography, videography and rentals. It’s going to be a fabulous wedding at Gilcrease, and we cannot wait!

So, 2014 is going to be a very exciting year. We have June & October completely booked out with weddings and events, but we still have plenty of other months to help brides plan their big day!

To close out 2013, I’d like to say thank you to all of our wonderful brides and grooms, vendors, families, companies, and my wonderful staff (Kristy, you are the wind beneath my wings! Haha!) for making it a very productive year. Personally, I endured a great loss with the passing of my grandmother on New Year’s Eve 2012, but every single one of my brides reached out and offered me a support I didn’t know existed. Each one of you has completed your journey with my company, but you have no idea the impact you have had on my life and we will continue to be friends and family. And that’s why, no matter how crazy it gets or how exhausted I feel (I’m talking to you, December!), I love what I do. I love my clients. I love my vendors. Thank you all for showing me that there is so much more to this career than the events we create. Thank you for adding me to your family. You are all in mine, and there is much catching up that will be done in the next couple of months.

Love you all.
– Meg

18
Oct

Weekend Recap / Greetings from Santa Fe

Hello friends!

I’m writing today’s blog from a Starbucks in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s nice to get away from Tulsa every now and then, and after last week’s events, it is much needed!

Two very cool events took place on Saturday: Global Table Experience at Philbrook Museum of Art and Jacky & Alex’s wedding at All Souls Unitarian Church.
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Global Table Experience was a collaboration every step of the way. From the amazing staff at Philbrook, the 16 culinary geniuses that donated their time, talent, and food, Argie Lewis Flowers for their beautiful colorful floral creations, Eisenhower School for their culture boxes and globes, Restaurant Supply for their donation of servingware, and my amazing staff & the volunteers that invested their time and labor, this event was a massive undertaking, to say the least. Sasha Martin’s dream of a table filled with dishes from every country in the world came true on Saturday afternoon. The most difficult part of the whole event was coordinating 16 chefs through 2 small entrances to deliver over 175 dishes in under an hour, but it all happened beautifully and perfectly. With the public lining up and snaking around the entire main entrance of Philbrook, we were able to open exactly at 1PM with no issues. It. Was. Incredible. Over 375 people were able to sample (and some more than sampled…hahaha!) dishes from every part of the world. We color-coordinated the colors of the linens to the colors of the continents on the brochure, and then decorated with fun toys and figurines from different countries. Not one person was turned away, and everyone left happy. It was amazing.

Concepts PR, Artworks Photography, Signature Flowers, DIY Lighting, All Souls Unitarian Church, Evoke Espresso Bar, Trimmins by Timmons, ABCO RentsJacky and Alex’s wedding a couple of hours later was a relaxed, romantic affair just a few blocks away. The centerpieces from Signature Flowers were adorned with moss, candles, and delicate orchids. The earthy/fall colors were subtle, but very elegant. Everything flowed beautifully, and the weather was perfect!Concepts PR, Artworks Photography, Signature Flowers, All Souls Unitarian Church, Evoke Espresso Bar, ABCO Rents, Trimmins by Timmons

And now I sit in Santa Fe, about to head to an art gallery before another event tonight! Which brings up another point: I love technology!

As a business owner, traveling while 90% of your business is in one geographical location scares the crap out of me. I worry about everything. I worry about missing important calls, deliveries, meetings, etc. This morning, I was able to conduct a conference call via FaceTime from my hotel room while Kristy met with a potential new client in from California. Technology is awesome (although my hotel has really crappy wifi). In fact, we have planned several weddings and events with Skype and FaceTime. Last month’s birthday bash was primarily planned with texts, FaceTime, and pictures. We’ve had a number of couples from all over the US (and even other countries) that ask if it’s possible to plan an event from afar. The short answer is yes! We have done it and will continue to do it. Even our busy Oklahoma brides don’t always have time for a face-to-face, so we Skype. I even Skyped with a photographer 2 weeks ago…again, technology is awesome.

So, from 650 miles away, I sign off. Have a great day!

09
Jul

Last-Minute Summer Wedding Tips / Tulsa World Article

Happy Tuesday!

Concepts PR was part of 6 weddings this June…phew! So, as we patiently wait for photos from the photographers, I thought I would share an article from the Tulsa World about summer wedding tips.

Tulsa World’s Scene Writer, Bravetta Hassell, interviewed me last week to discuss the many different things a bride needs to prepare for if she chooses to have her wedding in the summer. It is always a great honor when the media calls to ask for an interview!

Here it is:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Wedding_tips_help_ensure_your_big_day_runs_smoothly/20130709_44_D1_ULNSek172649

A couple of other quick notes: Photography is something you also need to consider when planning an outdoor wedding. If you want outdoor shots, you need to make sure your hair and makeup artist(s) know this. Oklahoma has a lot of wind and that beautiful ‘do can fly all over the place if not properly secured. With the heat index rising again (but hasn’t it been such a lovely summer in Oklahoma so far??), professional makeup artists come armed with the right equipment to make sure you and your girls are not shiny on your big day.
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Also, make sure to sit down with your photographer to go over what you want for your photography. That may sound obvious, but photographers need to know where you want your shots taken. The heat, combined with the time of day, can really put a damper on your plans. A professional photographer will create a photography timeline that will work with the weather possibilities.

And a final note, make sure you and your wedding party have plenty of water on your big day. And if you are a rustic bride and have found an ideal rustic location but you have mosquitos the size of birds to deal with, don’t forget your insect repellent. There are wonderful organic DEET-free options out there that use herbal oils instead of chemicals (Burt’s Bees has a great option). Always test out new products before your wedding day to see if the smell and the consistency work for you.

Thanks again to Bravetta for this wonderful article! And to all those summer brides out there, Congrats!

– Meg

25
Mar

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. McNeal!

Well, we did it! We are now through our first real test of the year with wedding season, and the McNeal wedding was the icing on the cake (so to speak!).

Chauntele & Xavier have been such a fun couple to plan with. We will miss them greatly, as we will miss Andrea & Justin and Kimberley & Jamaal. I’d love to say that we get a little break, but we are finalizing some details for a vintage wedding next month.
McNeal wedding
Here’s a little sneak peak of the awesome reception held at IDL Ballroom. Rentals are by and floral work is by us! Thanks to Zio’s Catering (Katrina is so awesome!) and Randy & Kena with for all your hard work during the reception. The wedding cake & groom’s cake were made by Weddings by Cupid…super yummy!

Congrats again to Mr. & Mrs. McNeal!

19
Mar

Jones – Dyer Wedding Decor Sneak Peek!

While Mr. & Mrs. Dyer are away on their honeymoon, we couldn’t wait to show some of the fun wedding decor pieces we created for the wedding!

Dyer DecorKimberley and Jamaal wanted a custom monogram to be used on the invites, menus, programs, slideshow, dance floor projection…really everywhere! They even had their cake, cake serving set, and toasting glasses personalized with the monogram. This little touch made all the difference! A big THANK YOU goes out to J. Traczyk Creative for their beautiful custom work on all of the print materials. The monogram really reflected the couple in every way!

With with 460 guests at the ceremony and 290 at the reception, we cannot forget to thank everyone that helped make this day possible:

  • Thank you to Jesse & Natalie Reich of Jesse Reich Photography. Not only are you the BEST photographer in Tulsa, but you always strive to “out do” yourself. Thank you ALWAYS for all your hard work and dedication to our clients.
  • Thank you Scott & Megan Sherrill of Ludger’s Catering…not only was the food superb, but your staff is the absolute BEST to work with! You make our jobs easier. I cannot tell you how thankful we are to all that you and your staff does to make our clients’ experience that much better.Dyer Candle Decor
  • Chris & Allison Dickens from Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery…your cakes are always so delicious and beautiful! Kim & Jamaal’s cake was no exception…thank you for all your hard work and artistry!
  • The entire staff at Party Perfect Linens…not only are the linens gorgeous, but your deliveries are always on-time and accurate. That is EVERYTHING when time is crucial.
  • Thank you to Tom & Angie Green and all of their wonderful staff at IDL Ballroom. The platinum crystal package really wowed the guests, and the drinks were above par.
  • Thank you to Tre Wood & Jason Casey for the awesome DJing and uplighting. We could not have had such an awesome party without you both!
  • Thank you Kristy, my right-hand. You made sure everything was perfect for when the guests arrived at the reception. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

I can’t wait to show off the rest of the photos!
– Meg

16
Mar

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Dyer!

A BIG congrats to Kimberley & Jamaal! With a packed sanctuary and capacity reception, you did it right!

Here’s the happy couple toasting…Kim loves to pose! Haha!

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13
Mar

Bridals – How to work WITH the weather!

Andrea Bridals
So, here’s the story of how this stunning bridal session came to be:

Andrea is probably one of the most patient brides I’ve ever worked with…she just rolls with the punches and takes everything in stride. Her bridals had been rescheduled due to lots of rain, and this was the last chance to get bridals taken before her big day. And then we got the news…snow!

So, I talked to April with Faccia Bella (makeup/hair), Jesse with Jesse Reich Photography and finally Andrea to work out the details…have you ever played middle man before? This is basically what I do for a living!

Anyway, Andrea really wanted an outdoor session, and after talking with her photographer, the idea of a snowy bridal session got all of us excited!

The next day, the snow came and blanketed Tulsa. We started with an indoor session at Enso because of its urban look and exposed brick walls. Finally, the time came to move to Woodward Park. Andrea was such a trooper!!! It was FREEZING out, but she pushed through without a single cringe! She brought with her a white sheet to protect the under skirt of her dress, and I trudged ahead to lay it out where her dress would fall. With some adjustments and careful stepping, we got this gorgeous shot.

So, here’s my two cents for the day: when dealing with unpredictable weather patterns (always a problem in Oklahoma), my advice is to look for the possibilities in what the weather brings and NOT the impossibilities. Because we worked with what IS instead of trying to work around it, she’s probably the only bride in Oklahoma to get a shot like this in the last couple of years!
Andrea bridals 2

Thank you to April and her team at Faccia Bella, Jesse Reich Photography, and Andrea for helping make this shot possible! Also, thanks to my awesome assistant with the magical sewing skills…she created Andrea’s headpiece and black sash all from scratch!

Wedding Day pics to come soon!

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