Say 'I do' on co-op lines
Celebrate one of life’s greatest moments in a charming, beautiful and inviting location on co-op lines.
Photo of Rick's Place in Coweta by Shila Pratt Photography
Oklahoma is full of natural beauty and that is evident in the many options Oklahomans have throughout the state to mark this significant event. Learn about a few of these destinations here.
Rick’s Place in Coweta
This big red ‘party barn’ is tucked away on 160 acres of family-owned meadows and pastures for the picture-perfect, country-themed wedding. Named after the late Ricky Bryan, former University of Oklahoma and Atlanta Falcons lineman, the venue made its debut in May 2015 with the help of his wife, Shelby Bryan, his children, Kristin Bell and Michael Bryan, and his in-laws, Ron Bell and Brittany Bryan. Like Ricky, the venue appeals to grooms and brides who have a love for the great outdoors.
“I can’t stop bragging about this venue,” former bride Brittany Gamble said. “Three trees, rolling hills, and wildflowers were the perfect setting for the ceremony and pictures. Ron always answered any questions and was so easy to work with. I’ve been telling everyone I know to get married here because of how affordable and gorgeous it is.”
Bell said even though he, his wife and her siblings are new to the business, they have found that simply listening and communicating with couples is the key to their success. It’s also the story of Ricky and their family legacy that makes their venue stand out from the rest.
“Rick’s Place has always been centered around family; we built this venue on our family land and this is a business venture that we hope to carry on to our children,” Bell, co-owner of Rick’s Place and Lake Region Electric Cooperative member, said. “Plus, I truly love the wedding business because we get to be part of one of the happiest days of a couple’s life together.”
Learn more about Ricky and his place at http://ricksplaceok.com/.
Southwind Hills in Goldsby
Straight from a fairytale, a beautiful ceremony forest and elegant three-story reception barn at Southwind Hills provide the dreamiest setting for a couple’s incredible day. A member of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, this venue has it all. From flowers to an in-house chef and a photo booth to a children’s activity room, there’s not a single wedding amenity that’s not accounted for at this facility.
Southwind Hills in Goldsby | Photo by Peyton Rainey
“This place was built with every detail in mind,” Director of Client Relations Elaine Tabor said. “From the beginning, our couples have a stress-free experience, as we provide all of the amenities they need for their special day. We’ve helped plan weddings in as little as three weeks before; no engagement is too short for us to create a wonderful celebration.”
Southwind Hills has only been open for five years, but their reputation for top-notch service and exquisite scenery has couples wishing they could relive their memorable day all over again.
“First and foremost, the venue is breathtaking,” former bride Savannah Derrit said. “The staff and coordinator saw my vision, and I couldn’t have dreamed of anything more beautiful. I wish we could get remarried just to have another wedding there because of how magical our evening was, not to mention how easy our planning was. I recommend Southwind Hills to everyone!”
See more details about the many specialized services Southwind Hills provides at www.southwindhills.com.
Waddell Vineyards in Ada
All that People’s Electric Cooperative member Bob Waddell wanted was a couple of acres to fulfill his passion of making wine with his wife, Debbie Waddell. Two acres soon turned into seven, which created a lot of buzz within the Waddells’ community. It wasn’t long before locals began reaching out to them to see if they could exchange vows at their gorgeous vineyard. To accommodate couples and their visions for their wedding day, the Waddells decided to build a wedding chapel in 2015 and reception barn in 2017 on the grounds. Thanks to their wine business, they’re now thriving in the wedding business, too.
Waddell Vineyards | Photo by Debbie Waddell
“What a wonderful venue for our dream wedding,” former bride Theresa Danos said. “Dr. Waddell, who once saved my dad’s life, married us. We have spent our first and second anniversaries here in the honeymoon suite and plan on spending the night here on anniversaries for many years to come!”
As expected, Waddell Vineyards wine is served during receptions. The groom and bride can even stay the night in the second story of the barn, appropriately named the Honeymoon Suite.
“Everybody that comes out here says, ‘There’s nothing like Waddell Vineyards in Oklahoma,’” Debbie Waddell said. “Our coordinators and I are here for every single wedding. We are happy that Oklahomans think so highly of our vineyard that they want to say their lifelong vows here.”
To book a wedding or another event at the vineyard, visit www.waddellvineyards.com.