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Keisha Rohlmeier met Luke Olson in college—when she was a freshman and he was a sophomore. He kindly offered to help carry her and her roommate's belongings while they moved into the dorm. "Her roommate was a family friend, so looking back it seems like we were destined to meet that day," Luke says. "I'll never forget that day, that image of this absolutely beautiful girl with this big, genuine smile on her face as she looked excited to be starting college."
After college, they started dating. Fun fact: Luke actually bought the engagement ring three months in, as he knew he was going to marry Keisha. And it was less than a year before they were actually engaged. Luke proposed at the end of a thoughtful scavenger hunt that sent Keisha to the place they had their first date, first kiss, and the very spot they first met at college. With only a five-month engagement, they enlisted the help of Stefanie Miles to pull their big day together—on May 28, 2016.
"It was the type of weather that your family prays over for years and years," Keisha says of the beautiful sunny Oklahoma day. The fête took place as close to home as you can get—on the same property the bride grew up, and where Luke would drive to from Tulsa (where the couple now live) to visit his then-girlfriend. The land had been in her family for generations and the importance of the location was paramount. Just under 300 guests joined the pair for their big day, which was inspired in part by the bride's grandmothers' love of gardening and flowers. Deep reds, blushes, and mauves set the scene at this summer soirée.
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The Stationery Suite
The gold-foiled invitation suite was a semi-custom design by Written Word Calligraphy, and was a mix of calligraphy and a serif font set in all capital letters. A delicate border, illustrated wreath details, and patterned floral backer rounded out the pieces, which were sent in a blush envelope using vintage postage.
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It all started with the classic engagement ring, with diamonds on the band and surrounding the main stone. Though set in white gold, Keisha opted for a rose gold wedding band. Luke's merged both, with a mix of metals on his band.
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Keisha knew she wanted to wear a Monique Lhuillier gown for her big day. She found this Chantilly lace and tulle gown at JJ Kelly, where it was the first dress she tried on. "I would only try on a total of five dresses before I just knew," she recalls. "I wanted to make sure that I could see myself walking down to my future husband in the dress I chose. And I had a perfect vision." She rounded out her ensemble with a Toni Federici veil, diamond studs, her grandmother's bracelet from her 25th wedding anniversary, and a pair of shoes she bought for a formal back in high school but ended up never wearing until her big day.
As for Luke, he sported a custom suit at Suit Connection and black bow tie. "I initially wanted to wear gray," he explains. "Keisha had another vision and I'm so glad. This is one of the things we decided on together."
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Luke and his nine groomsmen and three ushers sported mismatched boutonnieres tied with velvet ribbon.
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The Ceremony Setup
White and wood cross-back chairs alternated at the ceremony and the aisle was bordered with floral arrangements to give the feeling of walking through a garden.
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After the bridal party processed down the aisle, Keisha and her father entered as Bon Iver's "Holocene (Instrumental)" played. It was a song the couple often listened to on their drives back and forth from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. "I remember seeing her for everything that she was as she walked towards me," Luke says of seeing her coming towards him. "I couldn't believe I was marrying this drop dead gorgeous woman, whose inner beauty actually matched her outer beauty. I'll never forget how blessed I realized I was in that moment for the last time as my fiancée and was soon to be my wife."
Led by Luke's dad, who is the executive pastor at a Nazarene church in Florida, the service began at 6:30 pm. The couple wrote prayers for each other in their marriage—taking separate time to pray about what they wanted for one another and who they wanted to be for their spouse.
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The Foot Washing
"The foot washing was significant to us as a symbol of humility and selfless love," Luke explains of the ritual incorporated in to the service. "The idea came from Jesus washing the feet of his disciples 2000 years ago. During that time, typically a servant would clean his master's feet. But here, we saw the master washing the feet of all his disciples. We wanted to imitate this act."
"It was one of those precious moments that we will hold on to forever," Keisha says of the experience, which was her favorite part of the day. "I've never felt God's presence more than in that moment with Luke."
Following the ritual, they exchanged traditional vows and wedding bands.
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All in the Family
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It was straight to the tent for the reception following the ceremony. The drapery and garlands of greenery soften the tent, and the round tables were dressed with mauve velvet cloths. Here, the head table, was dressed with a gauzy runner. Low arrangements of roses, scabiosa, and greenery added more color to the space.
As everyone ate, drank, and mingled, the DJ also shared updates on the Oklahoma Thunder game.
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A Major Monogram
The couple's monogram appeared oversize over the bar. It also appeared on the foil-stamped cocktail napkins, a sign welcoming people as they drove through the gates, and on the top of each dinner menu.
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To keep with the sensation of being surrounded by flowers an overhead installation of hanging flowers from a trellis hovered over the dance floor.
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One Sweet Ride
The couple drove off in a '59 Chevy Impala—the same car Keisha's grandparents used for their own getaway, 55 years prior to the day.
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There were three wedding cakes, with the largest of the trio—this multi-tiered confection—boasting the couple's vows written on the icing and fresh flowers in the day's color palette. Inside, the flavor combos were vanilla bean with vanilla mousse filling, strawberry cake with strawberry puree, and lemon cream cake with raspberry puree, all enrobed with buttercream icing.
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Photography, Ryan Ray Photo
Event planning, design, and production, Stefanie Miles Events
Flowers, Bows + Arrows
Videography, East West Production
Stationery and Calligraphy, Written Word Calligraphy
Additional paper goods, Méldeen
Cakes, Amy Cakes
Music and lighting, Chasen Shaw Entertainment
Bride's veil, Toni Federici
Hair and Makeup, Claudia Mejerle
Flower Girl dresses, Bhldn