Friends Hannah Ekblad, Hannah Rogers, Brooke Payne, and Ashley Hamilton shared their disillusionment with the process of planning a modern wedding. Every bridal show they attended was a maze of clichés; the same identical vendors, the same pink cakes, the same hotel convention rooms spruced up feebly with black curtains. Seeking to equip brides who shared some of this dissatisfaction, they combined their own bohemian artistic sensibilities, and Hello Lovely, an indie bridal fair, was born. Deploying handmade personal invitations, they assembled a team of 40 vendors and sponsors based on past experiences and an eye for aesthetic individuality. The team selected only five florists and a comparable number of photographers, paper artists, and caterers, giving attendees time to explore vendors and quiz them on their favorite bridesmaids' speeches. Sun peeks between the rough-hewn wooden slats of the century-old barn at Vive Le Ranch as guests slowly filter into the event. Having held her recent wedding at the site, Hannah Ekblad prizes the restored interior, which blends refinement and a bucolic charm like Mr. Ed trying to read a subway map.
The gently tangled guitar and banjo notes of the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, and Ingrid Michaelson twist around the rafters as attendees wander hay-covered floors, navigating tables designated with handmade driftwood signs by local calligrapher Victoria Hoke Lane. An area artist from Polypress Letterpress fashions unique invitations on a 1920s letterpress machine, designing each by hand and stamping them with a snowflake’s fingerprint. Edit Noveau's photographer Rustin captures nuptials in the warm colors of highly-exposed 1950s- and 1960s-style photography, and Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard's artisans craft paper garlands—one of which will be donated to an attending bride. Beneath tissue-paper chandeliers, a dessert-sample table groans beneath cakes, cookies, and cupcakes marked with the names of their respective bakers.
U.S. Shooting Academy accommodates weaponry of all calibers and ranges with its 90-acre shooting facility. A squad of passionate instructors helms the academy's training center, which hosts a schedule of classes such as close-quarter handgun skills, advanced hostage-rescue operations, and armed response tactics for a variety of fragile environments such as aircraft or bouncy castles. Members of the academy's training group attend multiple small modules on tactics and technique to help them master their chosen gun. U.S. Shooting Academy's onsite gunsmiths are on hand to customize firearms to fit shooters' personalities, preferences, and extra trigger fingers. With more than 30 pistol ranges, 100-meter carbine ranges, and 300-meter rifle ranges, U.S. Shooting Academy also hosts a wide variety of marksmen competitions. Club members take aim with machine guns and pistols to test their pinpoint accuracy on targets featuring generic assailants or the gun's long-time rival, a knife.
The Hard Rock Casino Oklahoma Golf Expo assembles top instructors and showcases the game’s newest gear and technology for a two-day event. As guests explore the carpeted fairway of the Sequoyah Ballroom, they pass a gauntlet of displays offering discounted equipment, gear and golf travel. A 100-foot hitting net allows golfers to demo new products and glean free swing advice from PGA instructors. The first 200 guests to arrive each day get a $10 free play voucher for casino games, and all attendees receive a free 2013 Golf Oklahoma Travel and Course Directory as well as a subscription to Golf Digest, a monthly bulletin detailing new recipes for preparing and eating golf clubs. Get an early start to your Friday night at the Hard Rock with our Happy Hour party from 4-6 featuring live music, drink specials, and giveaways.
In Tulsa, the 5K Moustache Dash jump starts the month of Movember, when men around the world let their facial freak flags fly to promote men's-health awareness. What began only nine years ago as a fashionable pact among 30 Australian “mo bros” has blossomed in to a global movement more than 850,000 members strong. Their annual funds raised have nearly doubled every year since 2008, reaching $126.3 million in 2011 in support of prostate- and testicular-cancer research and prevention.
Quick—what are the colors of a rainbow? If you hesitated in answering that question, participating in an all-ages Gnarly Neon 5K could provide you with a wearable cheat sheet. During the race, spectators armed with nontoxic, washable powder make it rain blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange on runners as a live DJ pumps out high-energy beats. Each Gnarly Neon race raises money for charities like Children's Miracle Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
At Hard Knocks, you aren't just playing laser tag?you're using specialized laser weapons, modeled after their real-life counterparts, to complete one of more than 85 complex missions. These quests range from rescuing hostages to infiltrating enemy bases, and though participants shoot infrared beams instead of bullets, they're still embroiled in a high-stakes game that mimics actual combat.