Married on May 14, 2011
Photography by Sarah Adell Photography | Written by Brittany Linn Bailey
When you least expect it, love finds you, almost coming at you like a runaway freight train. After moving to a new town, barely even having the chance to make new friends, love was barreling down the tracks. Mr. Right can be anywhere and for this bride, at a time when virtually everything was new; he and her future, were looking her right in the face.
Molly met Wes not long after moving to Tulsa. Being “new” in town, the seeds of new friendships had barely been sewn. It was at a happy hour event, attended with clients and colleagues that the unexpected happened. Taking in the atmosphere, dancing and chatting, as you do, something caught her eye….“a tall, handsome guy, looking straight at me.” After exchanging “a few glances at each other,” Molly walked over to talk to him and by conversation’s end; the future was set in motion. Wes asked her to be his date at a company Christmas party at the Summit Club. Thinking “this was a gutsy move after such a brief meeting,” she gave him her phone number. He called her the very next day and it was later revealed that Wes was quite surprised when he realized it was actually Molly on the phone and she hadn’t given him a fake number.
So fast forward to February when Wes talked Molly into a pre-Valentine’s dinner at the Stonehorse Café at Utica Square in Tulsa on the 13th to “avoid the Valentine’s Day rush.” After what was an amazing dinner, Molly thought to herself “Wes was really right. There was no one in the restaurant but us.” As the vening began to wind down, out came a bottle of champagne and before she knew it, Wes was down on one knee, asking the sweetest and most vulnerable of questions….he was proposing and Molly, well it is best said in her own words. “I was crying like a baby.”
Life has a funny way of turning itself on its ear. Original plans for the wedding were completely changed as Molly was offered a new job in January and decided to take it. Just one small detail, this new job was in Miami, Florida. This changed everything as she and Wes moved in February; and the wedding was coming up in May. It was now a long distance wedding and the only things booked were the venue and photographer and just one meeting about the cake. Wes is a professional boxer with a tough training schedule and with the craziness of the move and a new job to boot, there was simply no time for the little do it yourself projects Molly had in mind. But Molly had a plan. “Lucky for me, I have 3 very creative ladies in my life. My Aunt Jan, Aunt Jill and my Mom.” With a strong group of very supportive ladies, Molly went from “being a very involved bride to pretty much handing my wedding notebook over to my Aunts and Mom, saying go for it.”
The Barn at Vive Le Ranch, being one of the first decisions made, was chosen for its rustic feel while still being an outdoor venue. With a good deal of flexibility on décor and being close to Tulsa this made it the perfect spot for Molly and Wes’ big day. “We loved the charm and history and knew it would be beautiful in the spring.” The day was made even more special as the entire rental fee of the Barn is donated to Brush Creek Youth.
The day came and a peace and calm came over Molly despite a flurry of things that needed doing. The decorating had begun and her aunts put together a picnic brunch for Molly and her bridesmaids that morning. Originally, the picnic was to be outside but being a little chilly, the whole party was brought inside the barn. There, sitting in a circle, wrapped up in quilts, one can almost see veryone as teenagers at a slumber party, hearing the giggling and laughing that takes the ordinary and marks a moment in time. A whoosh of activity then ensued with hair, flowers and all those little details of getting ready to bring this day to life. When Molly returned, just a few hours before the wedding, a transformation took place. “It was so surreal to walk around the Barn and see everything my Aunts and Mom had done. I was completely blown away.” She would later recall that it felt like a surprise party for the two of them. From Florida, having sent lots of pictures and inspiration from wedding blogs, it was decided that a simple décor, soft colors with a country flair, “without too much fuss and without going bandanas.” was the perfect setting in this rustic, yet charming environment. Looking back “I wouldn’t change a thing, it was perfect for us…”
Walking down the aisle in a stunning Reem Acra, Orchid dress, escorted by her brothers on each arm, Molly recalls as she took the journey to her new husband, her new life and as she passed her closest of friends and family, she was overwhelmed and lifted by pure joy. Molly knew, in an instant, that very moment, she was literally surrounded by love and the knowledge that while she was beginning a new life and a new family, there would forever be a hitchin’ post in Oklahoma she could hold on to, she knew her family would always be there for her and with that, the future was a bright one indeed.