Monday, November 15, 2010
My nephew got married this past weekend at the recently renovated Mayo Hotel.
Listed on the National registry of Historic Places in 1980, the Mayo Hotel is located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Built in 1925 during Oklahoma's oil boom, the Mayo played host to notable 20th Century visitors, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, Elivs Presley, President Richard Nixon, Will Rogers and Mae West. The Mayo hotel also served as residence to oilman J. Paul Getty.
Once the tallest building in Oklahoma, the hotel originally had 600 rooms. Ceiling fans in each room and Tulsa's first running ice water made the hotel a haven from summer heat.
A failed renovation attempt in the early 1980's left the building unoccupied and missing many of its original fixtures and interior ornamentation. Abandoned for many more years, the Mayo was destined for the wrecking ball until June 2001, when the Snyder family purchased it for $250,000 and began renovation efforts. Initial efforts focused on restoring the lower floors.
As part of this renovation project, the Mayo became the first Oklahoma building to complete environmental remediation under a new brownfields program sponsored by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
After a $40 Million+ renovation, the Mayo re-opened less than a year ago and has been restored to its former glory, boasting opulence from the past and all the amenities of today.
Ryan and Rachelle were married in this room below.
Gold draperies hung over banister and mirror just behind the landing at the stairs. A huge banner hung in the middle with their initials (R & R) back to back.
The rails were completely covered in fresh roses. The steps also had rose petals all over them...but I took the pics after the ceremony and they'd already been swept up.
My nephew Ryan is a V.P. for Evergreen Aviation and lives in Dubai, so my brother (his Dad) had this cake made for the rehearsal dinner. It is Ryan's chocolate lab with his suitcase stamped for Dubai, a map of Dubai and Ryan and Rachelle's passports.
Fresh cracked pepper, anyone? Aww, isn't this sweet? Ryan took time out from his evening to grind pepper over our Beef Wellington. Have you ever seen a larger Pepper Mill?
Ok, back to the weddding. Once the ceremony was over, the family was taken into a smaller room where a Persian ceremony was held and traditional Persian hors d'oeuvres were served.
The family members and other guests were escorted to the ballroom where dinner was served. There were numerous tables set which held one of three centerpieces.
The main course consisted of a grilled filet and herb crusted chicken breast along with Ghormeh Sabzi & Persian Rice...delicious! I forgot to take a picture of the Ghormeh Sabzi & Persian Rice...it was our favorite! We Googled a few recipes so we will make it ourselves...I definitely recommend you doing the same!
Enjoying our time at this special occassion...
Ethan, Michael, Ashton, me, Kalyn and Shawn
Trev and his cousin Garrett..just being themselves!
I love cake~
Congratulations to Ryan and Rachelle!