A group of bridesmaids surrounds the bride for a postceremony photo. As the flashbulb goes off, the photographer, Andy Leithner, is smiling along with them. This is just one of the more than 1,500 weddings he has shot in his 26-year career, a kind of longevity attributed to his enthusiasm for capturing his subjects' energy. Having developed a photojournalistic, bride-focused approach to the big day has made him a seven-time winner of Oklahoma State's Best Custom Wedding Album award. Since training at both the Texas School of Photography and the Delta School of Photography, the award-winning portrait photographer has also documented innumerable graduations, births, and clouds shaped like Ansel Adams. In addition to owning Andy's Fine Portraits, he has been invited to serve as a visiting photography lecturer for the Professional Photographers of America and at Tulsa Junior College.
About 90% of Purple Glaze Studio’s ceramics and craft supplies come from local sources, reflecting a dedication to the community that undergirds the studio’s resolve to never become a franchise. Instead, the Oklahoma-oriented Purple Glaze Studio welcomes neighbors inside to paint hundreds of ceramic bowls, frames, and figurines created in the Tulsa area. Stencils, sponges, and stamps assist crafters as they paint their projects, and an idea center helps jumpstart flagging imaginations. The studio also invites guests to assemble bright tiles and stones into mosaics—a perfect activity for a girls’ night, a birthday party, or discovering that you’re actually colorblind.
Amanda Preston are serious about relaxation. The licensed massage therapists offer seven types of massage such as sports massage which help athletes avoid injuries by stretching muscles, and hot-stone therapy, which relaxes guests by applying gentle pressure with warmed rocks.
BounceU envelops kids in a colorful indoor playground populated with inflatable slides, tunnels, and jump houses. Kids can bounce and boomerang about the clean and monitored environment, which is also climate controlled to fend off the summer heat and a fleet of winter snowmen. Parents may reserve bounce rooms for private parties of up to 25 people. BounceU also hosts a variety of fun party package add-ons that include food and treats, as well as programs, classes, fundraisers, and team parties.
Twin sisters Kathy and Karen caught the photography bug as children during family vacations, where they began capturing new sights on film to treasure for all time. Their passion continues to this day, and now they snap images during shoots for families, kids, and couples. With an emphasis on fine-art photography, Kathy and Karen use traditional techniques to craft in-studio shoots with classic backgrounds and props such as tricycles, balloons, and flowers. They can also master natural light for on-location shoots of high-school seniors and other subjects.