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Merchant Spotlight: Sam Noble Museum

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We love unique and amazing places for brides to celebrate their big day! One of those spectacular places is an Oklahoma institution and shining gem, The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Not only is the Museum a grand and beautiful facility, the unique nature and spectacle that is the Museum will leave you and your guests inspired, creating an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

We sat down with Jay Jamison. He has been the Facility Rentals and Events Coordinator for the Museum since 2011 and has a long history with the Museum dating back to 2005. We wanted to get his perspective on what makes this place a great spot to celebrate your wedding.

A little history of the Museum reveals that in 1899, the Territorial Legislature of the future State of Oklahoma mandated the founding of a natural history museum on the campus of the University of the Territory of Oklahoma in Norman, which we now call the University of Oklahoma. Since that time, the existing museum has had a long and distinguished history, acquiring over 10 million objects that belong to the people of the State of Oklahoma. While its primary mission is to protect the objects in their collections, they are a multifaceted institution that houses research facilities, extensive educational programs, a robust volunteer program and of course, special event facilities among much more.

The Museum is no ordinary wedding venue. Jay shares with us that the Museum is incredibly elegant and modern. Featuring granite terrazzo flooring throughout, the spaces are expansive and grand with soaring ceilings and skylights. Many clients will choose to open certain gallery areas for guests to roam, like the Hall of Ancient life (think dinosaurs!) Besides, where else can you dance with a two-ton bronze Mammoth?

Jay reminds us that the Museum can be used for different events as well, such as the rehearsal dinner, receptions, the ceremony or the entire event. They have packages set up for all types of events that include tables, chairs, setup and strike crews, security and custodial services. They even have audio-visual services. He reminds us that Museum spaces are flexible and can accommodate most any size or type of event. The museum can hold up to about 200 guests for a full indoor wedding ceremony and reception. However, with a reception only (or an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception), the capacity increases up to 600 guests! Jay adds that they will work closely with all of their couples to create a plan that is customized to their needs.

Now Jay is a musician himself, has played piano since he was six and has an unique perspective on venues large and small. “I understand the huge importance of the venue in creating an experience…in order to have a truly remarkable event, you need an equally remarkable venue.” He adds, “The Sam Noble Museum can offer a wedding experience like no other.”

Now one of the things that has been heard of when choosing a museum for an event is there are often restrictions. While The Sam Noble Museum does indeed have some restrictions, they also permit some things that may surprise you. Being able to bring fresh florals into the Museum would be a big one. Jay shares that “we do welcome fresh-cut florals for special events based on certain conditions.” He adds “most importantly, the flowers should be sourced from a professional florist to ensure that the plants are grown in a regulated and pest-free environment.” The Museum does provide instructions for all florists which informs them of the policies they have in place which are designed to minimize the impact on the Museum’s collections.

With such an unique and amazing place in the heart of Oklahoma, Jay encourages brides to think outside the box! “There are some really great venues out there and places like the Sam Noble Museum can offer much more than a standard banquet or conference space.”

“The unique atmosphere of “alternative” venues such as ours offers an opportunity to host a truly original wedding that you and your guests will not forget.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Be sure to pay them a visit or view their website at  www.snomnh.ou.edu and see for yourself how awesome your wedding could be!

Contact the Sam Noble Museum today for a tour at 405.325.7975, or email  reservations@snomnh.ou.edu. Also visit them on the web at www.snomnh.ou.edu.

Real Destination Wedding: Tiffany & Johnathan

Tiffany and Johnathan decided that a destination, Jamaican wedding would be the perfect place to embark on their life long journey together.  It was in Montego Bay, Jamaica at one of Iberostar Resorts beautiful destinations that the dream of Tiffany’s beach wedding would become a reality.  This magical wedding day was about dreams…..magical dreams that for Tiffany and Johnathan, came true.  “I was care free and ready to marry the man of my dreams.  I would not have changed one thing!” See the full gallery to this beautiful Jamaica destination wedding Here.

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The Dream Team

Photography: Travis + Haley G | Travel Agent: Michelle’s Destinations Unlimited | Wedding Planner: Janielle  | Venue: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall | Bridal Gown: Moliere Bridal | Bridal Accessories: Dillard’s | Bridesmaids Dresses: Moliere Bridal | Tuxedo: Calvin Klein | Hair/Makeup/Caterer/Cakes/Entertainment/Lighting/Videography/Rehearsal Dinner/Transportation/Rentals: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall | Florist: Teleflora | Favors: Etsy | Stationery: Inspiration by Amie Lee  |  Rings: Israel Diamond Supply | Registry: Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Target | Accommodations: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall | Honeymoon Destination: St. Lucia

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