I am Amanda Bringham, owner and lead photographer at Picturesque. I am an avid bookworm, a hopeless gardener and lover of sunny days. I started as a photojournalist, turned wedding photographer and never looked back. Check out this video by the one and only PenWeddings of me in action at our 16 acre outdoor studio.
Evie and I hit it off from the very first consultation and I have been looking forward to her and David’s engagement ever since. After seeing the studio, she knew that she wanted to do at least some photos on our property. We decided to do a few downtown then head out here for sunset. We ended up rescheduled because of rain and I am so happy that we did. The day we got wasn’t terrible for August in Oklahoma and the light was perfect. You can just feel the love that these two have for each other just being around them. My camera loved them! I can’t wait for their wedding this Fall!
My new favorite spot to shoot downtown shots!
I love this little Cottonwood grove at the studio!
This couch is a family heirloom that recently came into our possession. I was so excited to try it out as a prop with Evie and David. I love it!
Love, love, love! This was a photo I took when they thought I wasn’t taking photos. So perfect!
Andrew + Kristin | Harvard Avenue Christian Church Wedding and Camp Loughridge Reception Tulsa, Oklahoma
I did Andrew and Kristin’s initial consultation over the phone, which is rare for me, but I just knew right away that we would get along. These two are some of the most genuine people you will ever meet. I’m not the only one to think this as well…all of the speeches at the reception had the same tone. I’m not sure how I get so lucky with the best couples, but it happens time and again. The first time I met them in person was just a couple weeks before the wedding to go over the final shoot schedule. They came out to my studio and I had my then 4-week-old baby with me and they didn’t skip a beat. I love having couples that understand that I’m a working mom! At the meeting, Kristin had everything all laid out which made my job easy! The wedding day went so smoothly thanks to her planning as well. It was such a heart felt day with so many happy emotions. I’m so happy I was there to capture it. Congrats, you two! Here are some of my favorites from the day!
Wedding Venue | Harvard Avenue Christian Church
Hair and Makeup | Faccia Bella
Gown | Belle Saison Austin
Minister | John Thompson
Florals | The French Bouquet
Reception Venue | Camp Loughridge
Cake Artist | Ann’s Bakery
Caterer | Party Serve
DJ | DJ Connection
This corner at the church made the perfect first touch location. It had rained that morning which cooled the July temps down as well so we all weren’t blazing hot!
We had to do a few portraits out here with the wedding party as well.
Oh my, these handsome boys!
Seeing his bride for the first time!
We did a few portraits at Camp Loughridge in the yummiest light you will ever see.
Kristin, you are stunning!
Keeping cool! Haha
The entourage! Love this behind-the-scenes shot that Heath took.
Styled shoots are one of my very favorite things to do. They are my way of refreshing my creativity and trying new things in a no pressure environment. It’s inspiring to be around other creative professionals in their element as well. I think we all feed off of each other! My last styled shoot was in December of 2014 shot at Picturesque Studios and was featured in Style Me Pretty. Since that was a couple years ago, I was due for another. I had talked to a few of my go-to vendors and they were up for one so I started brainstorming. One morning, on my way home from a meeting, I was winding along Avery Drive and had what I thought was a brilliant idea to take this shoot to the top of Tulsa. It had to be on a rooftop downtown. The new issue of Brides of Oklahoma had just hit the stands so the editorial that I shot for Mayo Event + Design was fresh in my mind – I knew they would be perfect to style the shoot. Little did I know how perfect it would be! Nicole and Christine blew me away with their ideas and I fell in love with the design. I love that they included me in planning meetings as well even though this was their baby. It was fun for me to get to talk with the vendors and see it all come together. My experiences working with the Mayo team has always been amazing! Below is a snippet written by the design team describing their vision…
Step into our Modern Garden Party hosted atop the iconic Mayo Hotel. With the outdoor trends of the season, we really wanted this shoot to be whimsical and enchanting within our sophisticated Art Deco walls. The overall essence of our Modern Garden Party was brought to life on our rooftop terrace backed by Tulsa’s urban downtown district. Mayo Event + Design perfectly highlighted an array of vibrant flowers against a bold green-grassed boxwoods backdrop. Atop custom marble linens sets an acrylic tiered cake stand, displaying sparkly doughnuts and playful tea sandwiches. Accompanying the acrylic stand, are gold polka dot dishes and tea cups, which we felt was a modern spin on a more traditional English tea set. To bring our Modern Garden Party to life, our signature Mayo Event + Design bride is wearing both a local Tulsa designer (Bridal Couture by Sonni) and high end bridal artist (Hayley Paige). A cotton candy champagne toast was the perfect end to our whimsical vibe, and made for a beautiful contrast of color.
Venue | The Mayo Hotel Rooftop
Styling | Mayo Event + Design
Model | Chelsea Rackleff
Hair and Makeup | Faccia Bella
Wedding Gowns | Tesori Bridal, Formal & Occasion
Reception Dress | Bridal Couture by Sonni
Florals | The French Bouquet
Cake Artist | Icing on the Top
Stationary | The Inviting Place
Caterer | Chef at The Mayo Hotel
Rentals | Party Pro Rents
Here are few (ok, a lot) of my favorites from the shoot! Be sure to check out the feature on the Brides of Oklahoma blog!
Can we just take a minute to admire this gorgeous setup. How is this my “job”?!
Not only did these treats look beautiful, but they tasted like Heaven. Don’t ask me how I know.
One thing that we were aware that could potentially be a problem was wind but we lucked out and had a 70 degree day (in February, mind you) that was relatively windless.
There’s that sunset light that I dream about!
Chelsea, you are gorgeous! You were the perfect model to bring the vision to life!
I’ve been looking forward to this wedding since I booked this sweet couple at the beginning of the year. I went to high school with the groom and it’s always extra special to photograph the wedding of someone that I know personally. It’s crazy how things work out. It just happened to fall into place when we were able to sneak in the engagement session as my last shoot before I had my baby in June and theirs was my first wedding back after maternity leave. They even drove to Tulsa for the session! Not only was this a gorgeous wedding, but there were so many heart-felt moments throughout the day. The vows that the couple wrote themselves were especially touching. I often tear up behind my camera but I was practically sobbing after listening to Jessica and Jose. The love that these two have for each other is so beautiful! Here are a few (who am I kidding, this is the longest blog post I have ever done) of my favorites. Congrats, you two!!!
Venue | Longview Mansion
Hair Stylist | Amy Hayward
Makeup Artist | Jill Kinsey
Florals | Amy Cason, Victorian Gardens
Cake Artist | Cassie Thomas, Sweet Treats
You’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Jessica’s dress was pink and it was incredible! Absolutely stunning!
Sometimes you just gotta twirl!
Writing a note to his girl!
All the bride’s favorite girls praying for her.
The venue has this amazing location at the edge of the property. It was perfect for the first look!
This, THIS is what it’s all about, folks. All the feels!
We snapped a few portraits before heading back to the mansion.
First look with the bride’s dad!
Buster had to make an appearance! Such a sweet fur baby!
It’s wedding time!
This is one of my very favorite shots, probably ever, from Heath. You can just feel the nerves and anticipation of walking down the aisle. You are stunning, Jessica!
Jessica takes care of her man!
We had so much time for portraits…I was in heaven! This wedding party was so great to work with!
They had the best kids’ table!