Meg & Baron | Rustic Redbird Lodge | Rehearsal Dinner | Bixby

Meet Meg & Baron

I photographed the cutest Rehearsal Dinner the other day and just have to share.  My photography friend Meagan contacted me that her brother-in-law Baron was getting married and she was attending as a guest!  Her mother-in-law Tracee was looking for someone to capture this special time in their lives.  From the moment I stepped in the room it was like I was part of the family!  Here’s Meg & Baron’s sweet love story:

Love StoryMeg & Baron share about the details of their rustic themed rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!

“Most of you know Baron and I met on Tinder. We matched on January 3, 2015 and the rest is history. By the following week, after daily text conversations, we met in person. More about that tomorrow….
 
Our first date was at In The Raw. We texted for 6 days by the time we met in person. Baron picked me up from my house-which is something I NEVER did in previous online dating-dates, I ALWAYS met the guy out, but from the very beginning I knew he was different. (I also THOROUGHLY stalked him through social media and knew where he worked) The fact that I let him pick me up is a pretty big deal (and something I don’t necessarily recommend, it just worked out for me!)
 

So the car ride to the restaurant was a little quiet, just getting awkwardness out of the way I guess. We got to In The Raw and it was really busy and we had a wait so we stood among a crowd, then at the bar, talking about work. It’s funny to think back now, because for several hours during the first date I thought Baron hated me. Like, I wasn’t what he expected, he’s just being nice and following through with dinner. It wasn’t until a little later that I realized he liked me. That occurred to me when he dropped me off at home and we stayed talking in his truck for half an hour. Then we played trivia crack and watched Big Bang Theory until he had to go home. When he left, it was with plans to hang out again and I was absolutely smitten.

I like to think we really excelled at the whole long distance relationship thing. I mean, it’s definitely better to be in shorter distance but for our circumstances pre-March, we did a pretty fantastic job. We managed, over the entire course of our relationship, to spend at least PART of every single weekend together. We talked on the phone every night and at least for the last half of it called each other on our ways to work every morning. The weekdays were tough, but the weekends were always like mini-vacations. Whether I was in OKC or Baron was in Tulsa, we made the most of our time together. Movies, football games, golfing, zoo/aquarium adventures, it was always fun and always memory-making. I loved our dating days!

The day we were engaged, 11/7/2015, was one of the happiest days of my life. I said yes to forever with my best friend. Baron proposed before an OSU football game in front of Theta Pond, and organized a tailgate celebration party with our families and friends afterwards. It was such a special day.”
Meg & Baron customized their rehearsal dinner by using images from their proposal!

Rehearsal Dinner

The Rustic Redbird Lodge was the perfect venue for Meg & Baron’s Rehearsal Dinner!
Meg & Baron held their rustic Oklahoma rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!
Meg & Baron held their rustic Oklahoma rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!
Meg & Baron hosted their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!
Tracee used lanterns on the tables that were used at Baron’s younger brother’s rehearsal dinner.  Baron’s middle brother cut the wood slabs that decorated the tables.
Meg & Baron held their rustic Oklahoma rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!Meg & Baron held their rustic Oklahoma rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!
Tracee prepared a slideshow highlighting the years from birth to marriage of the bride and groom that was shown at the end of the dinner.  Of course friends and family helped Tracee prepare Baron’s favorite meal that he requested to be served at his rehearsal dinner.  He said he had always known that was what he wanted.
Meg & Baron serve fried chicken strips at their rustic rehearsal dinner!Meg & Baron serve mashed potatoes at their rustic rehearsal dinner!
Meg & Baron drink sweet tea at their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!Meg & Baron drink sweet tea at their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!
I asked Tracee what she thought about the entire experience:
I loved every part of the dinner! The Rustic Redbird Lodge was the perfect place to cook, share a dinner, and then the groom, groomsmen and their wives spent time around the pool and stayed in rooms at the lodge! Great memories were made!
Meg & Baron put a kid's game in metal buckets for their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!Meg & Baron gave their flower girls "Petal Pusher" t-shirts to wear before their big day!

 

Meg & Baron's rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!
Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
 
It was important for me to get the rehearsal dinner photographed because I realized after my other son’s rehearsal dinner that I didn’t have time to take pictures during the dinner. Since no pictures were taken or very few, we had nothing to look back on and remember a very special event that a lot of time and love went in to planning and carrying out.
Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
Meg and Baron use cupcake liners as name tags at their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
Meg & Baron use handkerchief napkins at their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner!
Meg & Baron decorate their rustic inspired rehearsal dinner with childhood pictures!Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
Thanks so much for making it affordable so I could have a photographer!  You captured every piece to the puzzle that went in to a night we will remember forever!!”
Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
Meg & Baron have a rustic inspired rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge.
You’re welcome Tracee!  Thank YOU for providing such a wonderful evening for Baron & Meg.  I’m so glad I got to meet your sweet family and photograph this special time in your lives!  I loved photographing Meg & Baron’s rustic rehearsal dinner and I wish them the best in the years to come!

Meg & Baron held their rustic Oklahoma rehearsal dinner at the Rustic Redbird Lodge!

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