Malorie and Michael Gulikers never dreamed they'd be able to get married with all the pomp and circumstance of the royal wedding of William and Kate (minus the wild hats). Both come from average Oklahoma families; not from wealthy, high-society families normally associated with country club weddings.
But on Jan. 13, the couple found themselves the central characters in one of the most unusual, lavish and extraordinary weddings professionals Judy Lehmbeck and Brent Patterson have ever dreamed up. The couple had a dream wedding at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, all courtesy of the vendors involved.
As a hair and makeup stylist, Malorie is used to being involved in elaborate events such as this one, so the hustle and bustle of the wedding day almost seemed like another day at work, she said. The reality that this was the moment she and Michael would exchange vows didn't sink in until she saw her father waiting to take her hand to walk her down the aisle.
“I was blissful,” Malorie said. “It just felt so perfect, like everything in my life had led me to that point. There are so many times when I feel like we make mistakes ... but at that moment I felt that nothing could be more right than what was going on at that point.”
Patterson, Lehmbeck and several other local wedding professionals had been planning to stage a wedding event to show off some of their latest and greatest wedding and reception ideas.
When Patterson heard that Malorie and Michael were talking seriously about getting married, he and Lehmbeck agreed that instead of throwing a fake wedding to promote their ideas, they'd throw a real wedding for the couple. The event would have cost the couple in the neighborhood of $50,000, Patterson said. As you ogle the price, keep in mind, these ideas can be used in small or extravagant doses, according to your budget.
Young girls often dream of the day their boyfriend will ask for their hand in marriage, but not all girls get that dream proposal. TV shows such as “The Bachelor” portray tropical, fantasy proposals that aren't always possible. Last week in Mood, we covered Malorie's fantasy proposal.
Read on to learn about the couple's dream wedding and reception and for ideas you can use to save money and make your special day perfect and uniquely yours.
Before the wedding, the couple and the wedding party modeled for a high-fashion wedding photo shoot by Traina Photography.
Malorie likes something with a little edgy/sexy look, said Christian Traina. He and his wife own Traina Photography — a company known for its bold and edgy photographic style — and provided all photo services for the proposal and wedding.
As the bride, her maid of honor, matron of honor and two bridesmaids spent the day in colorful silk pajamas and slippers, preparing for the event and being treated to hair and makeup styling by artist Jennifer McLaughlin, dozens of vendors were busy setting up Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. A pre-wedding cocktail party, the wedding itself and the reception would be held in three distinctively designed areas of the country club.
“I love fashion; I grew up in musical theater, competing in dance, teaching dance,” Malorie said. “So anything over-the-top is me.”
As guests entered the country club for the pre-wedding cocktail party, they found the grand foyer decked out in royal purple brocade table linens. Some of Malorie's former classmates from Imagine Paul Mitchell cosmetology school had beauty stations set up where guests could receive a little extra bling for their look with a dash of glitter, a touch of highlighter, hair and eyelash extensions and lip shades to add pop.
Brilliantly lighted cocktail glasses in hand, jovial guests mingled with the bride and groom and the wedding party, who were wearing cocktail party attire. Guests modeled for party pics wearing feather boas, wigs and other props in a green screen glamour photo booth provided by OKC Finest Photo Booth.
Wade Tower, a local performer who beautifully croons the standards of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin, entertained during the cocktail hour, courtesy of Box Talent.
As Malorie and the rest of the wedding party exited the cocktail hour to change into their wedding attire, a wall lifted automatically, opening the cocktail area to the wedding space.
The centerpiece of the wedding space was a glowing runway reminiscent of a fashion show. Above the runway, grand chandeliers refracted the shades of blue and silver that illuminated the room.
Guests were escorted to chairs lining the length of the runway, and the wedding began with the entrance of the bride's and groom's families, followed by the bridal party.
In true fashion week chic, each guest found a swag bag on his or her chair filled with Paul Mitchell styling products.
The groom and groomsmen swaggered down the runway and took their places to the tune of Usher's “More.” Then the bridesmaids entered to the strains of Kelly Rowland's “When Love Takes Over.” As members of the wedding party walked the runway, their high fashion photos flashed on a screen.