The newly-weds: Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bolen at their wedding reception. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
Rachel Samara and Nelson Bolen were married July 12 in a wonderful ceremony at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church.
The wedding reception was at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club where party fare featured a variety of foods including a variety of middle eastern foods like tabouli and kibbeh and also beef tenderloin and fried chicken and a hot dog bar depicting the groom’s love of Chicago Cubs baseball.
At the wedding reception silk parasols festooned with garlands of flowers hung from the chandeliers and huge bouquets of flowers were on the buffet tables. The bride’s fondant wedding cake was topped with icing flowers.
The couple gave bottles of wine for to departing guests and a little message: “We toast you for sharing this special evening with us. While we honeymoon in the wine country, please make a toast to us as we begin our life together. Cheers! Love, Rachel and Nelson.”
The newly-weds’ parents are Leslie and Dr. Scott Samara and Fanny and Don Bolen.
In the wedding party were maids of honor, Elizabeth Samara and Juliana Samara, and bridesmaids Kristin Carson, Sarah Eveans, Anna Homsey, Heather Jones, Bebe MacKellar and Alix Samara.
Bobby Nelson was best man and groomsmen were Nick Bentley, Jeb Blacketer, Todd Currie, Bruce MacKellar, Charles Nelson II, Shea Samara and Grant Stewart.
Flower girl and ring bearer were Claire Samara and Bolen MacKellar. (They were outstanding in their respective wedding duties.)
The bride, Rachel Bolen, and her two sisters, Elizabeth Dee Samara and Juliana Lea Samara. Bridesmaids wore strapless champagne colored dresses. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
The wedding cake. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace)
The decorations: Silk parasols decorated the chandeliers. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
The party favors. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
The Guests: Among the guests were Janie and Jon Axton and Christy and Jim Everest. ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
The bride’s parents: Scott and Leslie Samara. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace)
The guests and mother of the groom: Karen Samis, Terry Bradley and Fanny Bolen. ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).
The father of the groom and other guests: Sally, Rip and Randy Royse, Don and Nelson Bolen. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).