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Saturday, March 25, 2017
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The day started off with a chill in the air and overcast skies. Anyone who knows me knows I love an overcast sky; it eliminates any chances of weird shadows and I can play with the sky later to make it more dramatic. We meet Sharlotte, the bride, at her mother's house in Lindsay, Oklahoma. The ladies were preparing for the day with mimosas, mini muffins, fruit, and lots of laughter. The best way to start a morning! Sharlotte was gorgeous in a custom-made wedding gown that featured lace from her mother's wedding gown. After a few pictures with Sharlotte and the ladies, a surprise limousine arrived to pick Sharlotte and her mother up to take them to the ceremony location. The ceremony location was a one-room schoolhouse with a sign that reads, Pikes Peak Grady Co. Dist. 73 Est. 1908 over the door. It was moved from near Cox City in Grady County to be situated across from the Murray-Lindsay mansion. The school was beautifully and meticulously decorated. Not one corner of the school was forgotten by Sharlotte and her family when decorating for the wedding. Above each window in the school beautiful pieces of ribbon tied around the groom's (Mark) old ropes hung to give the right amount of color to the space. The old school desk were used to hold the wedding cake, the groom's cake, and the punch bowl. On the back wall pictures hung of smiling children who once attended the school. In one corner of the room an old school chair with a burlap pillow sat next to a window. The burlap pillow was perfectly inscribed “Mr. & Mrs. Gilles” in vintage script. Outside the school Sharlotte and Mark set-up a giant Jenga game, Connect Four, and Corn Hole.

Sharlotte and Mark elected for a first look. As Mark stood staring at the stage where he would say “I do” Sharlotte walked up behind him, placed her hands as close to his eyes as she could, and turned him. The smiles on their faces were perfect. You knew these two were in love from the moment they saw each other. After the first look we took the formal photos. I whisk the couple off to the Murray-Lindsay mansion. The mansion was built in 1879 using locally quarried rock. In 1902 the columns and porch were added. It's an Oklahoma landmark that added to the couples photos.

After pictures at the mansion we took their traditional formal photos inside the school of family and wedding party. As if on cue, the sun broke through the clouds and filled the small school with the perfect amount of light. Sharlotte and Mark then took a short trip in the limousine to wait for ceremony time.

The ceremony took place with the couple saying their vows on the stage where a teacher would have sat long ago. After their I do's the couple left out one side of the school, waited, and reappeared through the front doors, and were introduced in a grand reception. They walked back up the aisle together to the stage and shared their first dance. It was romantic and absolutely perfect! After their dance came the cake cutting. The cake kept with the feel of vintage inspired. Mark and Sharlotte formed a receiving line to greet each guest. Then Sharlotte gave her bouquet to the person who taught her how to love, her mom. After a bit of mingling the newlyweds left in a grand exit. Guest were given small champagne bottle poppers. As Sharlotte and Mark quickly walked to the waiting limousine, guest shot confetti out of their poppers and wished them well.

I am truly honored to have photographed their wedding in Lindsay, Oklahoma. Every part of it was thought out with love and not a detail was overlooked. I wish Mark and Sharlotte a long and happy marriage. You two truly are an inspiration!

Saturday, January 28, 2017
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The wedding of Karissa and Ross was the perfect start to 2017. Their wedding featured so many of my favorite things: two dresses, a slideshow, and the cutest puppy. Not to mention, they chose one of my favorite venue, Thunderbird Chapel, to tie the knot. It was a wonderful night to start a life together.


When we arrived we were greeted by the bride's adorable, little dog. During the couples getting-ready process I took advantage of the beautifully redone bride's room at Thunderbird Chapel to photograph the details (rings, bouquet, dress, shoes, cake). The time came for the ceremony, Karissa glided down the aisle wearing a gorgeous, white, sleeveless, lace dress. Ross grinned ear-to-ear! The ceremony was traditional and included the lighting of the unity candle.


Instead of going straight into formals after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. McCallay did something new and very neat. Their guest lined up outside the ceremony doors and lit sparklers for a grand exit from ceremony to reception. I loved this idea since it included all the guest and there was no rush at the end of the reception. After a few well wishes we took formal photos of family, wedding party, and the newlyweds alone.


At the reception, a slideshow of the couple falling in love was projected along one wall of the reception room. Karissa and Ross shared their first dance as husband and wife after being introduced to the waiting guest in the reception room. Karissa's long veil surrounded the couple as they spun around the dance floor. Their first dance was followed by the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. During the feeding of the cake Karissa covered the side of Ross's face with a sneak attack of icing. The couple laughed and kissed. From there, the reception was filled with dancing and joy.


Thank you Mr. and Mrs. McCallay for allowing us to be a part of your big day! It was truly a joy to work with you and your family. We wish you love and a long marriage. If this is any indication of how 2017 will go, I'm more excited than ever!


To reserve your wedding day with Bolt Photography email us at or call 405-414-6929.

Monday, January 23, 2017
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The Baker wedding was the first in many ways for Bolt Photography. Being able to experience so many first with them allowed me to capture their true love. Their wedding was held at McGranahan Barn in Yukon, OK. The McGranahan Barn has remained in the same family for 122 years! The venue allows for the unique history of Oklahoma to be the perfect backdrop for the rustic, vintage inspired wedding of Micayla and Justin.

One of the first for us was working at McGranahan Barn. We felt so lucky to have been able to photograph the rich history of the homestead. When we arrived the couple was dressed and ready to go. They asked for a first look, which allowed the couple to have a private moment together, and for us to capture the majority of formals before the ceremony. Micayla was dressed in a beautiful, lace, wedding gown from David's Bridal. Justin was fashionable in a suit purchased at Men's Wearhouse. After the formals the couple separated to wait anxiously for their time to say, “I do.”

The ceremony took place inside, with family and friends filling the rustic barn with love, joy, and well wishes. Another first for us, came during the next group of formals. The newlyweds were willing to travel through tall grass, lay on the ground, and climb a tree in their wedding clothes so we could capture their personal and unique love. While we were taking pictures outside, the barn was transformed into a beautiful reception room complete with lighted floor monogram by 405 Productions. The tables were covered with vintage inspired lanterns, birdcages, lace, and a few birds. Their wedding cake was lovingly created by a friend of the family. Justin and Micayla danced a beautifully choreographed first dance. Next, Micayla and her dad brought the room to tears as they danced the father-daughter dance. This opened the floor for a night of dancing.

We are honored to have captured the Baker wedding at McGranahan Barn in Yukon, OK. We wish them lots of happiness, love, and joy! Thank you for sharing your day with us.


To reserve your wedding day email us at or call 405-414-6929.

Monday, January 23, 2017
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Saturday was a day filled with love at Myriad Gardens, and I'm glad I was there to capture it. My first photo shoot was the engagement session of Marcus and Sydney.  We had to reschedule twice because the Oklahoma weather did not cooperate. There was a threat of rain in the air during their shoot, but we pressed on. I'm looking forward to their wedding at Tatanka Ranch in April. Look for a lot of dip shots!  They know how to hold it!

My second shoot, was an anniversary session. Atoya and Eddie celebrated their first year of marriage. Or I should say 'survived" their first year.  They are just so much fun to work with!  I look forward to many more shoots with them.

Next was Emily's maternity session. I have had the honor of photographing Emily and Carl's engagement photos, wedding, gender reveal and now maternity!  I can't wait to meet baby Wyatt! He is coming into the world to parents who are so kind and loving... he's one lucky kid.

My final photo shoot, was my baby girl. I was inspired by my daughter's love of being a princess and imagination. We did a quick session in our green belt to turn her into Snow White. She giggled with delight at my first photo of her and the animated blue bird. I love you, Princess Cora!

If you would like to schedule a photo session email me at or give me a call at 405-414-6929.

Thursday, August 04, 2016
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I have been looking forward to Kayla and Billy's Thunderbird Chapel wedding since they contacted me a year before their wedding date. Thunderbird Chapel has long been one of my favorite locations for Norman weddings. A beautiful chapel that allows the outdoor feel without the unpredictable Oklahoma weather interfering. 

The couple decided to have a "first look" and to get as many of the formal photos out of the way before the ceremony. I absolutely enjoyed watching Billy's reaction to seeing the stunning Kayla for the first time in her wedding gown.


After the formals, Billy and Kayla were moved back into their dressing rooms to wait for the ceremony. The ceremony was splendid!  It included the cutest flower girl and ring barrier, a unity candle, a reading, and so much love from the couple and guest. 


We took a few more formal photos of just the newlyweds before they were introduced to their guest as Mr. & Mrs. Mullally. At reception they went straight into their first dance and then the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. Soon the kids took over the dance floor for the night.


Kayla and Billy, thank you so much for entrusting me with your memories. It was a huge joy to spend the evening with you both, your beautiful families, and your amazing friends.  I hope your honeymoon was tremendous!