Many brides dream of getting married in some faraway, ancient mansion that only Europe could offer but right here in Oklahoma, those dreams can come true. Dresser Mansion is Oklahoma’s historic wedding venue with all the romance and elegance that dreams are made of!
I’m Erin Goodrich and I should know. My husband and I toured the mansion in July 2009 and decided to book our wedding there for the following March. I was working with an upcoming investor’s magazine, however by the time I found out the publication would never materialize I discovered the Dresser Mansion was hiring. I jumped at the opportunity and by February I was hired. A month later, I took my vows in the place where I would work everyday.
I’ve never had a boss who worked just as hard I do but owner, Charles Sottong works tirelessly to make sure that every event goes precisely as planned. We are a team, dedicated to the dreams of our guests and to preserving this amazing venue for people to enjoy.
The Dresser Mansion was built in 1919 when Carl and Pauline Dresser entrusted the design to Albert Joseph Bodker, the New York based architect who built the first Waldorf Astoria. This would be no New York design however, as Bodker was commissioned to create the mansion in the Italian Renaissance style. The Dressers chose the Charles of London design firm to decorate the house for the purpose of entertaining lavish parties for the Tulsa community.
Recognized by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the mansion’s décor is virtually unchanged. The Dressers were granted special permission to use trees from the private forest of King George V which they used for much of the woodwork, including the beamed and coffered ceilings, and was finished by Italian artisans to resemble unfilled travertine marble. The floors are made from Tennessee oak, while the sun room, breakfast room and library are paved with colorful, handmade Italian tiles. Large, cast stone fireplace mantels, along with hand wrought iron railings, and leaded glass windows found in Austria contribute to an opulent, yet intimate interior.
True to it’s original intent, the Dresser Mansion accommodates the most intimate affairs anywhere from five to two hundred guests. Large quarters for the bride and groom’s parties provide ample space to prepare for the wedding and include a private bathroom and televisions. Billiards are in the basement for further entertainment. All rooms are available to our clients including a full kitchen for catering.
The Dresser Mansion breathes with inspiration and beckons guests into an almost forgotten world. We invite you to come tour the mansion and see for yourself what this “Tuscany in Oklahoma” holds for your next special event.
Visit www.dressermansion.com or contact us at 918-585-5157.