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{ Field Trip Friday } Ace Cuervo Photography

#FieldTripFriday is back y’all and today I’m talking to Ace Cuervo, wedding photographer extraordinaire. Since I’m still newish to Team Fleuriste, this series has been the perfect way of meeting other vendors in the event business. With Ace, he and I have met several times but haven’t had the chance to talk at length. { he’s usually shooting the bridal party while Team Fleuriste is setting up for the wedding } After today, I can totally see why brides feel so comfortable trusting their memories to Ace…we talked for almost 45 minutes and now I’m pretty sure we’re BFF!

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Luckily for all future brides, Ace may be based in Tulsa but travels anywhere he can for a wedding. I imagine he has shot in some grand locations but as he says, he likes to “bloom where you’re planted” so regardless of location, his goal is to find the beauty where he is. I’m sure its easy to fall into a repetitive trend, taking the same photos over and over but luckily Ace focuses on making sure each wedding is unique to the couple and never replicates the same images.

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As a first-generation immigrant, photography wasn’t a dream Ace had as a child but it quickly became a passion later in life. He received his business degree but decided pursing an MBA wasn’t in the cards. For years he worked at the Tulsa World as a photojournalist and gradually started shooting weddings on the side. { In fact, his first bride had to persuade him to take her pictures…she deserves a prize for getting him started in the business! } Eventually weddings called to him more than newspapers so nine years ago, Ace Cuervo Photography officially launched and he started the journey in self-employment!

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Speaking of self-employment, Ace is loving life as his own boss and setting his own hours. His favorite thing to do when he isn’t working is to relax with his family. { his wife of 12 years and two kids, 5 & 7 } Talented in not only photography, Ace also loves to work with metal and tinker around the house. When I started to hear about his love of vacations and his favorite island off of Cancun, I had to shut the conversation down. { I mean, if you aren’t going to take me there, why talk about it? AmIRight? }

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My favorite question to ask in this series? “Is there a drama or diva moment that you can share?” Once again, I was totally let down and not given the inside scoop { I suppose this helps get repeat business… } but Ace did share that when weather doesn’t cooperate, potential melt-downs could ensue so he’s become a pro at shooting around the crazy Oklahoma weather. As he says, “we can’t always have the beautiful sunsets so lets use what we have around us.” A break in the rain can turn into a mantel-worthy portrait or lightening and drama in the sky can create the perfect backdrop for a bride and groom!

Thanks to my new BFF…I mean Ace…for taking us behind-the-scenes of Ace Cuervo Photography! Have a great weekend!

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Once Upon A Time…

…there was a teenage girl who dreamed about her wedding. Today’s bride, Nishay, planned her ‘Happily Ever After’ when she was only 15 years old and brought the proof { what we’ll now refer to as THE binder } to our first consultation. This fairytale wedding included not only one modern princess and her prince charming, but also our favorites: lush flowers and dreamy details.

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Nishay’s passion for posh blooms was evident by the large section of THE binder devoted just to flowers. All of spring’s best were needed to create this storybook wedding. { peonies, sweat pea, hydrangea, garden roses and ranunculus…just to name a few } Based on Nishay’s reaction upon entering the ballroom, #TeamFleuriste nailed it!

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Romantic floral designs spilling from silver vessels in shades of blush, ivory and champagne accented the room. Cascading flowers topped the delicious five-tiered ivory cake while the sweetest floral crown topped the head of one very special flower girl! { Perhaps Nishay will pass on her love of weddings and we’ll see her flower girl toting her own wedding binder one day? }

Happily Ever After has never looked so happy. Congratulations Nishay & Anthony! To see more of their dream wedding, view the full gallery on our website.

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photos courtesy of Candi Coffman all rights reserved

video courtesy of Pen Weddings

wedding planner The Bride

rentals Marianne’s Rentals   ice sculpture Ideas In Ice   cake Amy Cakes

makeup  Chelsey Ann

 ceremony venue Crossings Community Church   reception entertainment Gaillardia Country Club

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{ Feature Friday } Sal!

Today’s feature is The Man.The Myth.The Legend…Sal! There is no better time to start writing from my point of view than the present { Hi, my name is Laura and I write these blogs } and I can’t wait for you to meet my Sal Pal. Back in October when I started working with the team, I quickly dubbed Mr. Salvatore Bovino “Sal Pal” because one, I love a cheesy rhyme and two, it is so true. Once you meet Sal, you get a Pal for life! { But seriously, meet him once and he’ll remember you forever }

A notorious joke teller, this cheerful man is behind the wheel for The Fleuriste driving our van and helping us with any number of odd jobs around the store. He knows every back road in town, the dirt on every family you’ve ever heard of, still uses a flip phone and has a heart of gold! If you really want to get to know Sal, you’ll have to catch him at happy hour. { he prefers Skyy } Otherwise, for the immediate inquiring minds, I’ve asked all of the hard questions below.

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How long have you been at The Fleuriste? Just a little over five years

What is your favorite part of your job? I love working with the other members of the team. I also love to deliver flowers to the ladies who are home and see their smiling faces!

What does a typical work day look like? When I first get to work, I’ll see what we have on the calendar for the day and get my instructions. Each day is different, which keeps it interesting for me. { Side note: I love sending Sal on errands for us. He is Team Fleuriste’s best PR because he knows everyone in town! }

What’s your favorite flower? Godetia

What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I like to mingle! { Side note: This was seriously his answer and all I got out of him! }

Where did you work before The Fleuriste? Right before coming to The Fleuriste, I worked at Michael’s Florist for eight years to the day. Before that, I was retired but before that, I was in the restaurant business. My late wife and I owned Sissy’s Tea and Luncheon Room in the First National Center. She wouldn’t let me in the kitchen so I worked the front of the restaurant while she was in the back!

Do you have a { clean and short } joke you can share with us? That’s too hard. I don’t have many of those and can’t remember any right now. { Side note: this is the honest truth. Sal’s jokes need adult supervision }

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