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Contents SPRING & SUMMER / 2014

ON THE COVER

44 WOODLAND WEDDING

PHOTOGRAPHY Hooton Images GOWN Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} MODEL Develop Model Management HAIR + MAKEUP Kate Luchsinger

W.E. LOVE 64 76 78 80

Mini Bridal Party Editor's Picks Sweet Sensations Floral Trends

REAL WEDDINGS 22 24 26 30 32 36

Daniela + Ryan Tommy + Peter Jamie + Doug Julie + Kyle Jenny + Ryan Christy + Mitch

ESSENTIALS 56 84 86 90

Etiquette Guide Your To-Dos Inspiration Index Venues

HOW-TO'S

Justin Alexander gown, $1,679, Sublime Bridal; Belt, $400, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Necklace and earrings, $250, 2kt diamond white gold ring, price upon request, all from GC Gems.

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Volume 12 Issue 1 SPRING & SUMMER 2014 Editor Chris Christen 402-444-1094 Chris.Christen@owh.com Assistant Editor Amy LaMar 402-444-1416 Amy.LaMar@owh.com Creative Director/Designer Heidi Hoffman 402-444-1351 hhoffman@owh.com Imaging & Production Coordinator Patricia “Murphy” Benoit Production Manager Wayne Harty Contributors Cora Coppock, Meghann Schense, Krista Leigh Hurst, Heather Winkel, Kate Luchsinger Photography, Real Weddings MAK Images Photography Tin Box Weddings Ed Carlson Photography The Fountains Ballroom Dinko Design + Photography Bellus Photo + Film Photography, General Features Hooton Images Janine McClintock Studios Dan Thorson Photography From the Meyers Molly Lo Photography Kurt A. Keeler Krista Leigh Hurst Photography Lindsey George Photography Amy Lynn Photography Molly & Ella Wedding Photography Custom Publishing Manager Carrie Kentch 402-444-1448 Carrie.Kentch@owh.com

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Events Manager Tam Webb 402-444-3125 Tam.Webb@owh.com Advertising Associate Kristine Buhman 402-444-1442 Kristine.Buhman@owh.com Advertising Associate Marcia Ostransky 402-444-1489 Marcia.Ostransky@owh.com 1314 Douglas St., Suite 600 Omaha, NE 68102 PHONE 402-444-1094 FAX 402-444-1311 Wedding Essentials Magazine is a publication of the Omaha World-Herald. ©2014, Omaha World-Herald Co. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the specific written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed by those interviewed are their own. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information, no responsibility can be accepted by the publisher for content, opinions or practices, or how the information herein is used. All materials submitted, including but not limited to images, logos and text that appear, are assumed to be the original work of the provider, and the publisher is not responsible for unintentional copyright infringement.

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EDITOR'S NOTE

Happily Ever After

Starts Here

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very bridal couple needs help shaping their special day. We’re delighted to be included on your planning team!

By the time you say “I do,” you’ll see why Wedding

Essentials is your best local resource for everything bridal. Beyond this magazine, we’re here for you 24/7 through Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and our blog, WeLoveWeddings.omaha.com. Additionally, we host two bridal shows a year: Wedding Essentials Bridal University in January, and the Wedding Essentials Idea Show in October. As you pour over our pages, we guarantee that your wedding will start to come together. And you’ll fall in love all over again with the idea of tackling the many details that go with planning the event of your life. See what other bridal couples are doing in our Real Weddings (starting on page 22); be inspired by one of our styled shoots (pages 42 and 64); steal an idea for a cake (page 78) or a bouquet (page 80). Through this magazine and our website, weddingessentialsmagazine.com, you’ll find direct links to local bridal professionals who can take over where we leave off. Best wishes on your way to happily ever after,

Chris Christen Editor

Don’t miss the Wedding Essentials Idea Show in October. We bill it as a “wedding like no other,” and we mean it. And each January, we present the Wedding Essentials Bridal University. It’s all part of the comprehensive way in which we help you shape your day. PHOTO: HEIDI HOFFMAN

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Lindsey George Photography

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Your theme is one of the most critical components of your wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony and reception in a secluded setting, or a large, formal affair in a grand venue, a theme can help you with decisions about your attire, invitations, flowers, décor, menu – everything, really. So start brainstorming!

BUILDING AN effective Theme TEXT BY CHRIS CHRISTEN PHOTO BY MOLLY & ELLA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

1. RELECT YOUR STORY For theme inspiration, make a list of people, places, objects, songs, sayings, hobbies, collections – anything that speaks to you as a couple. In our example, a bride’s love of antique lace and glassware became the foundation for a vintage-style wedding. 2. BE CONCISE Hold your theme to one word or a short phrase. And make sure that every selection relates to that theme. Here, the bride built her theme around a palette of ivory, pink and teal. 3. RESEARCH RECIPES You can find food and drink recipes for every era and style. 4. THINK ABOUT SCALE Mix large-scale items with small-scale pieces for visual impact. Create interesting layers by clustering and stacking objects. Stacking also ensures that small items aren’t overlooked. 5. GUEST INTERACTION Pay special attention to place settings, glassware and other objects that guests will handle throughout your event. 6. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – OR JAR Look for clever ways to use ordinary items. Metal numerals on Mason jar lids can designate table numbers, for example. 7. PERSONALIZE It’s not just a pretty wedding, it’s your wedding. Use your décor to showcase what is important to you.

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Shape Your Day Add dimension to your nuptials.

DIY GEOMETRIC BOXES

PHOTOGRAPHY // Amy Lynn Photography ART DIRECTION // Heidi Hoffman MERCHANDISE STYLING // Meghann Schense PROP STYLING // Heidi Hoffman & Chris Christen MODELS // Olivia Babe, Gabby Babe, Ali Babe, Shelby Christian, Allison McHale & Emily Bonneau FLORALS // Loess Hills Floral Studio CAKE // Alotta Brownies

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On Olivia (left): Lillian West gown, $1,099, Sublime Bridal; Ring, $173, Earrings, $1,124, Bracelet, $530, all from Elisa Ilana. On Ali (above): Mac Duggal gown, $325, Sublime Couture; Earrings, $200, Necklace, $526, Pearl bracelet, $299, all from Elisa Ilana.

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ust like our real bride and her bridesmaids, these geometric favors and decorative pieces were made by our very own Wedding Essentials team with everyday supplies. Nothing fake going on here! It’s amazing what you can find when you look around your home for inspiration. Card stock? Check. Candle jar? Check. Add a few embellishments from a craft store, and you are on your way to easy, inexpensive and fun containers for wedding favors, sweet treats – even fresh blooms.

Decorative Pieces SUPPLIES Glass candle jar (we used pillar candle and votive candle jars), Craft tape in your wedding colors Self-adhesive rhinestone strips INSTRUCTIONS 1. Put craft tape on the bottom of the jar and about halfway (or all the way) up the sides. 2. Adhere a single strip or multiple rhinestone strips around the jar, masking the craft tape’s uneven coverage if necessary. 3. Turn upside down to use as a stand, or right side up to hold a favor.

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Geometric Favors SUPPLIES 8½ x 11-inch pieces of card stock in your wedding colors (one sheet per box) Scissors Glue stick INSTRUCTIONS 1. Print out template from weddingessentialsmagazine.com 2. Cut along the dotted lines; fold along the solid lines (inward). 3. Glue box together, saving the top of the box (flap with two folds) for last. 4. Fill the box with a wedding favor, if applicable. 5. Seal the lid with glue.

These work great for favors, or you can put them to work as cupcake toppers or another element of your décor.

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One Dress,

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To Wear It

If you don't think you can do strapless, Jenny Yoo’s “Hathaway” gown may be the perfect solution. It can be worn at least 20 different ways. The styling secret? The skirt has two convertible panels in the front and four panels in the back that can be draped, wrapped or tied to create alternate necklines and skirt details. Suggested retail: $1,495. Available at Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}.

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THREE cheers FOR ICE CREAM!

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make-your-own ice cream bar is a great alternative – or addition – to a more traditional wedding dessert such as cake or cupcakes. Think how much fun you could have with colorful toppings such as candy, sprinkles and sauces, and serving bowls in a modern or vintage style. Get this look with crates from local wine shops for accents; thrift store frames and D.I.Y. chalkboards for signage; barrels from a rental shop (W.E. found large and small versions at Heartland Scenic Studio in Omaha), and a salvaged door for a makeshift table. Top it all off with whipped cream and cherries!

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A ‘SWEET’ PLAN The couple was celebrating their dating anniversary when Ryan encouraged Daniela to order dessert – but not the chocolate cake (He was worried it would be too moist for his surprise plan). She ordered it anyway, and luckily, the six candles he stuck in it remained lit. Five of them represented the number of years that the couple had been dating, while the sixth candle represented their future – beginning with his proposal. NOTHING BEATS OLD FRIENDS It was pouring rain on the couple’s big day, and they were having an outdoor ceremony and reception with no plan B. “My bridesmaids were doing everything possible to keep me in good spirits and to take my mind off the weather,” Daniela says. “They were reminiscing about old times.” ALL IN THE FAMILY Daniela incorporated her family’s Bosnian traditions into the wedding, including serving platters of cured, dried meat and cheese to guests after dinner. There was also a surprise belly dancing performance by her cousins. “We had no idea that this was going to happen until they came running out onto the dance floor in their costumes,” she says. SPECIAL MOMENT “As we were about to walk down the aisle, my dad and I stood and took everything in. At that moment nothing mattered. All the stress went away, and excitement and happiness set in.”

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LOVE

ESSENTIALS

BRIDE & GROOM: Daniela Alic and Ryan Filbrandt PHOTOGRAPHER: Dinko Design + Photography, Des Moines, Iowa RINGS: Borsheims BRIDAL GOWN: Ellynne Bridal, Lincoln BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Etsy GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse FLORIST: The bride, with help from family and friends. Bulk flowers came from Sam’s Club and FiftyFlowers. CAKE: Cindy’s Cakes, Lincoln CATERER: Country Pines MUSIC: Harris Academy of the Arts, Lincoln, for the ceremony; QuickPro DJ’s, Lincoln, for the reception RENTALS: AAA Rents & Event Services

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10.12.13 Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs; The couple's residence, Council Bluffs

INTIMATE AND ‘ENCHANTING’ A few guests, including the “two most important people” in the couple’s lives – Peter’s mom and Tommy’s son – attended the candlelit ceremony at Bayliss Park. “Seeing Bayliss Park transformed into such an intimate and enchanting environment just for us was one of the highlights of the whole celebration,” Tommy says. SURPRISE! The reception at the couple’s renovated historic home was a surprise to 37 guests, who thought they were attending a dessert party. Two of the couple’s friends showed up with a newspaper clipping of the application for their marriage license. “They had that look on their face, followed by smirky grins,” Tommy says. QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY The couple had considered a much larger event, but couldn’t justify guests flying in to “not spend any real amount of individual time with us. We convinced them to visit us over the next year or so (instead).” PRIORITIZE THE DETAILS “Figure out what’s most important to you and focus on that. Everything else is secondary,” Tommy suggests. Flowers and photography were high on the couple’s list. “Flowers bring so much to a celebration, and photos capture the memories and hidden moments for years to come.” A ‘SOFT’ REMINDER Rather than individual gifts, the couple purchased a wool rug together, which they stood on in Bayliss Park as they exchanged their vows. The rug, now in their entryway at home, is a daily reminder of their marriage celebration.

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ESSENTIALS

COUPLE: Tommy Boatright and Peter Gallo PHOTOGRAPHER: Ed Carlson Photography, Council Bluffs RINGS: Goldworks, Lincoln ATTIRE: J. Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom GALLO'S MOTHER'S DRESS: Von Maur GALLO'S SON’S ATTIRE: JC Penney and Goodwill FLORIST: Loess Hills Floral Studio, Council Bluffs CAKES: Boatright CATERER: Boatright; he also made dark chocolate pistachio sea salt vegan cookies as wedding favors MUSIC: Personal playlists RENTALS: Gibbs Party Rental, Council Bluffs

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08.17.13 The Fountains Ballroom, Glenwood, Iowa

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SHE WAS EASY TO SPOT as the only female taxidermist at an auction that they both attended in Missouri. But she had her eye on the taxidermy mannequins that he was selling. Once they started talking, Jamie and Doug realized that “We are the same people,” Doug says. “Growing up, we did the same things.” YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN Jamie and Doug went bear hunting on their honeymoon in Ketchikan, Alaska. He bagged a 150-pound bear, while hers weighed 300 pounds. “It was beautiful,” the bride says. FORGET THE FLOWERS Antlers were in the bouquets and the centerpieces. The ring bearer carried the rings on an antler instead of a pillow, and guests clacked you-know-what together to get the couple to kiss. The flower girl threw chicken feathers (the couple has 150 chickens and owns a taxidermy business) out of an antler “basket.” The décor also included taxidermy bears, bison, skunks, bobcats and badgers. DOUBLE-TAKE Jamie entered the ceremony on the couple’s horse, Sargie. Her dad helped her off the horse and walked her down the aisle. “Usually he’s a knucklehead,” the groom says about the horse (not his father-in-law!). “But he was calm. He was made to be a wedding horse.” WHO NEEDS BOTH HANDS, ANYWAY? The day before the wedding, Jamie burned her hand on the handle of a hot skillet. On her honeymoon, she broke a bone and cut an artery in the same hand when she fell on some rocks in a stream and her rifle landed on her hand. “I bandaged it up,” she says. “I didn’t want to ruin the hunting. I went to the ER the next day.” DIG IN! Their wedding cake fit into a handmade, life-sized deer. The couple painstakingly made the 150-pound creation out of 25 pounds of frosting, foil and paper mache, among other materials. There was even a shelf inside the “stomach” to hold the cake. “He’s outside,” the groom says when asked what happened to the deer after the reception. “Our chickens are working on it right now.”

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LOVE

ESSENTIALS

BRIDE & GROOM: Jamie Kelby and Doug Brincks PHOTOGRAPHER: The Fountains Ballroom RINGS: Brodkey’s Jewelers BRIDAL GOWN: David’s Bridal BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: David’s Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse FLORIST: The Fountains Ballroom CAKE: The Cake Gallery; bride and groom CATERER: Katy’s Catering, Glenwood, Iowa MUSIC: The Fountains Ballroom WEDDING PLANNER: The Fountains Ballroom HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Ketchikan, Alaska

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08.03.13 St. Patrick's Church, Elkhorn; Tiburon Golf Club, Omaha

CHANCE MEETING Julie and Kyle met at a bar in 2008. They were nervous on their first date because “well, we met at a bar,” Julie says. “However, we completely hit it off and had a great conversation for more than two hours. And that was the beginning of our love story.” SO MUCH BETTER THAN A PHONE CALL Kyle planned a surprise date at a vineyard, where he proposed. But the surprises didn’t stop there. He arranged for his parents and Julie’s parents – who made the seven-hour trip from their home – to help celebrate the moment. LIFE IN PICTURES The tables at the reception were numbered with years beginning with “1987” and ending with “2013” to document Julie’s and Kyle’s lives. Each table displayed pictures of them from a particular year. “It was an amazing way for family and friends to see pictures of us growing up.” THE GUESTS GOT IN ON THE FUN, TOO The photo booth picture strips that guests took of themselves throughout the night became the wedding favors. THE GROOM’S TURN You often hear of brides wearing their grandmother's jewelry, but this time the groom got in on the action. His wedding band was his late-grandfather’s. The heirloom has been worn by three generations of Roeslers.

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ESSENTIALS

BRIDE & GROOM: Julie Ritzdorf and Kyle Roesler PHOTOGRAPHER: MAK Images Photography RINGS: The bride’s diamond was purchased from Blue Nile, and the band was purchased from Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. The groom’s ring is a family heirloom. BRIDAL GOWN: Simply Elegant Bridal, St. Louis GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse FLORIST: Town & Country Floral, Gretna CAKE: Hy-Vee CATERER: Tiburon Golf Club MUSIC: Complete Music Video Photo RENTALS: Chair Cover Elegance HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Dominican Republic

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08.03.13 St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Omaha; Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

IN THE WILD The “adventurous” reception setting, as the bride describes it, featured an aquarium and a wave wall. Zoo animals, including a baby alligator and a bird, and zookeepers “mingled” with the guests. “It was a wonderfully unique experience,” Jenny says, especially for the pint-sized guests. THE OTHER ‘MAN’ IN HER LIFE was an important part of the proposal and wedding day. Baxter, the couple’s beloved dog, greeted Jenny with an engagement ring hanging from a bow tie on his neck the night Ryan proposed, and he wore a tux on the couple’s wedding day. “He is a very special part of us, and we wanted to have him be a part of our day,” Jenny says. SPECIAL SURPRISE The diamond in the necklace that Jenny wore on her wedding day came from her grandmother’s wedding ring. Jenny’s mother had the necklace made as a surprise. SWEET WORDS The priest read letters at the ceremony that the bride and groom wrote to one another. “It was memorable to hear each other’s letters for the first time,” the bride says. “Everyone commented on how it brought tears to their eyes. They really enjoyed them.”

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05.11.13 First Central Congregational Church, Omaha; Tip Top Ballroom, Omaha

A SWEET MESSAGE FOR CHRISTY … Mitch filmed a surprise video for the reception. In the video, he talks about how he enjoys life now that Christy is in it, and how much he is looking forward to their future together. AND THE WEDDING GUESTS The couple wrote thank-you cards for each guest and put them at his or her place setting. “It was something we both wanted to do because we appreciate our family and friends so much,” Christy says. LOTS OF FUN, TOO Christy and Mitch wanted to make sure that their guests enjoyed themselves, so they had a photo booth, a cocktail hour, an open bar – and by the groom’s request – a cigar bar at the reception. APPLE OF THEIR EYES – AND FEET One of the wedding colors was what the bride likes to call “apple green” (she didn’t want to think of it as lime green), which was carried through in the groom’s socks and her shoes. DON'T FORGET “To just enjoy the day is a lot easier said than done. But all of the people coming to your wedding are there for you. They are your favorite people, so enjoy it.”

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BRIDE & GROOM: Christy Keeley and Mitch Birt PHOTOGRAPHER: Tin Box Weddings RINGS: Tiffany & Co. BRIDAL GOWN: Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: J. Crew GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse FLORIST: Hy-Vee CAKES: Hy-Vee and Nothing Bundt Cakes CATERER: Brandeis Catering MUSIC: Complete Music Video Photo RENTALS: Chair Cover Elegance HONEYMOON DESTINATION: El Dorado, Mexico

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Enchanting Ah, the beauty of a woodland setting.

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P H OTO G RA P H Y: Hooton Images A RT D I R ECT I O N : Heidi Hoffman M E RC H A N D I S E ST Y L I N G : Cora Coppock P RO PS ST Y L I N G : Heidi Hoffman, Amy LaMar M O D E LS : Madison, represented by Develop Model Management; Mark, independently represented H A I R & M A K E U P : Kate Luchsinger LO CAT I O N : Private acreage owned by S. Scott Moore overlooking the Elkhorn River Valley LO CAT I O N ASS I STA N T: Kurt A. Keeler

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Watters gown, $2,200, Haute Bride Swarovski crystal earrings, $160, Haute Bride rose gold cuff bracelet, $167, all from Rhylan Lang; Silver and gold bracelets, $85 each, Infinity necklace, $120, price upon request, all from GC Gems; Florals, Hy-Vee.

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Ted Baker shirt, $175, Calvin Klein slacks, $69.50, BeauTies LTD bow tie, $49, all from Von Maur; Belt & suspenders stylist’s own Opposite page: Modern Trousseau ombre gown, $4,000, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Silver cuff bracelet, $85, Swarovski earrings, $125, 2kt diamond white gold ring, price upon request, all from GC Gems; Florals and wreath, Hy-Vee; White linen draping, Boxed Events by Memrical.

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Ceramic vase, $30, Dried wheat $45, Votive candles, $6.95 each, all from NJ & Co.; Birch tree-patterned straws, $6.95, Gadgeteer; Clementine porcelain cup, $40, Spruce; Cake, $175, Monica’s Cakes; Cake stand, tree bark tray, florals, prices upon request, Hy-Vee; Vintage china set, $45, Queen Anne table, $225, Copper pitcher, $39, Books, prices vary, all from Debs-tique; Paper items, prices vary, all from Méldeen.

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Ted Baker shirt, $175, Ted Baker vest, $225, Calvin Klein slacks, $69.50, Johnston & Murphy shoes, $150, BeauTies LTD bow tie, $49, all from Von Maur.

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Exceptional moments. Exceptional look.

Justin Alexander gown, $1,679, Sublime Bridal; Necklace and earrings, $250, GC Gems.

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Ted Baker shirt, $175, Ted Baker vest, $225, Calvin Klein slacks, $69.50, BeauTies LTD bow tie, $49, all from Von Maur. Justin Alexander gown, $1,679, Sublime Bridal; Necklace and earrings, $250, 2kt diamond white gold ring, price upon request, all from GC Gems.

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Dapper does it Everyone loves a good bow tie: pups, kids and even your future hubby.

BOW TIES

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No-Sew Bow Tie SUPPLIES 5x8-inch piece of cloth Hot glue 3x1-inch piece of cloth Pin or clip INSTRUCTIONS 1. Start with a rectangular piece of cloth about 5 inches wide and 8 inches long. 2. Fold in half, lengthwise, and iron flat. 3. Fold in both ends to the center and iron flat. 4. Anchor with a dab of hot glue in the middle, and pinch together to create the bow tie shape. 5. Cut a small piece of rectangular cloth (about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide). Fold sides to center like in step 3. 6. Wrap cloth around the center of bow tie and glue in back (You can pick which side you like best). 7. Glue a pin or clip to the back (Cover the piece of the pin touching the bow tie with a little cloth and glue to secure it). 8. Clip and wear!

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Wedding Etiquette Guide

Planning getting you down? Here’s how to deal with 5 common stressors. BY AMY LaMAR & CHRIS CHRISTEN

W.E. found a few experts to weigh in

FAMILY/FRIEND INVOLVEMENT It can be tough to stay true to what you want when you’re bombarded with ideas and opinions from well-meaning family members and friends. Discuss roles and responsibilities from the get-go; define boundaries and limitations, and cheerfully remind your helpers that you have the final say – and sometimes your answer will have to be “no.” The day is, after all, about you – even if people don’t understand why you are doing things a particular way, Farrage says.

BUDGET BLAINE MUHLE Designer/coordinator Memrical Design Studio

“Financial expectations are huge,” WemhoffStrawn says. Determine who is in charge of the checkbook, and set your budget according to what you can pay for now rather than later. Pinpoint aspects that you especially want to highlight, and skimp in other areas. Discuss costs with both families – and your vendors – before getting too deep into the planning process.

GUEST LIST

SARAH WEMHOFF-STRAWN Professional counselor

"Figuring out who gets an invite and who gets left out can cause a lot of stress and tension," Farrage says. You don’t want to hurt feelings or offend someone by denying him or her an invitation to your special day. Balance your guest list with your budget and the venue’s capacity. Be honest with those who don’t receive an invitation. If they ask, politely respond that you wanted to invite them, but you couldn’t due to budget and space constraints.

RSVPS You will need RSVPs to guide you for everything from the number of programs to place settings to servings of food. In a phone call or email, politely let the guest know the importance of his/her response. Give them a date to reply by, and let them know that you really want them to attend.

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS THERESA FARRAGE Event specialist Scoular Ballroom

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“No day will go perfectly,” Muhle says. Keep calm and carry on. Your guests won’t notice the hiccups. “This is one day where you have permission to be selfish. It’s all about staying true to you and what you want as a couple."


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Catering Etiquette

Tasting? Sure.

Comp meal for 10? Not going to happen. Far too many catering inquiries start like this: “Hi, I’d like to come in for a tasting.” "That’s fantastic," says Melissa Tibben from Attitude on Food. But first, she says, the caterer will need some details. Lead the conversation with who you are, why you want a tasting, and when and where your event will be. Once the basics are established and the caterer knows he or she can handle the job, you can discuss the finer details of a tasting. Keep in mind that it’s unreasonable to ask the culinary team to prepare everything on the menu. Want to bring eight to 10 people to the sampling table? That would be a dinner party. Two to four? Perfect.

A morsel of catering etiquette:

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Shop for a caterer after you’ve chosen your reception site and are aware of the venue’s rules related to catering. You also should have an idea of your catering needs: A plated meal, family style dining, self-serve buffet, interactive food stations or hors d’oeuvres only. Number of guests also is important to know. Contact the top caterers on your list to check their availability and to confirm their ability to handle your event. If the answer is “yes,” then schedule an initial menu discussion. Don’t expect to go through the tasting drill until after you and the caterer have determined the menu’s direction. And don’t expect the tasting to be free. “Caterers put a lot of work into their tastings,” Tibben says. “We are like a restaurant. We use fresh ingredients and prepare food from scratch.” Consider your food service options carefully. Hors d’oeuvres aren’t your least-expensive option. They are your most expensive option because of the labor required to prepare 12 to 20 small bites per person per hors d’oeuvre.

Your menu should reflect you as a couple. “Showcase your personalities and your love for food,” Tibben suggests.

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Some caterers offer group tastings of a wide variety of food on a regular basis. Private tastings are customized. You can expect to pay for both types of tastings. If you book, most caterers will comp the bride and groom’s tasting fee on the final invoice.

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Guide to Gratuity Whom to tip, how much and when

Hairstylist/Makeup Artist How much: 15 to 25 percent; 30 percent if work is done on-site When: Time of service

Ceremony Musician How much: $20 to $25 per musician When: After the ceremony

DJ How much: $50 to $150 When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

Wedding Planner How much: 15 to 20 percent When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

On-Site Coordinator How much: 15 to 20 percent of the food and drink fee (usually between $100 and $300) When: At the end of the night

Wait Staff/Bartenders How much: $20 to $30 per waiter and $25 to $40 for each bartender, depending on the type of bar service, if not already included in your total price When: At the end of the night (give the money to banquet manager).

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Rental Delivery People How much: $5 to $10 per worker When: Time of service

Officiant How much: Often a donation to the house of worship – from $100 to $500 – will be made in lieu of payment/gratuity. For nondenominational officiants, $50 to $100 (on top of the fee). An invitation to the reception is a nice gesture. When: After the ceremony

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Delegate. Put tips and thank-you notes in marked envelopes and give them to a trusted member of your family or bridal party for distribution. You’ll have other tasks to worry about on your wedding day.

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ydnie and Chase Luther of Omaha designed their wedding website so guests could have a “sneak peek” at the details leading up to their big day on June 28, 2013. In addition to a photo gallery and a blog about how the couple met, the site also included a map, hotel and parking information and pictures of the ceremony and reception venues. A bonus for out-of-towners: A list of Omaha attractions. “The website was kind of a guide to our city, and included a list of places to visit in their downtime,” Sydnie says. Haylie and Justin Rousek of Omaha also had their guests in mind when they designed their wedding website. Although the couple mailed the RSVPs for their October 18, 2013, wedding, guests could respond on the website as well. The most helpful aspect of their site, however, was the registry. “I believe that it is tacky to put registry information on the invite, so having a link that went straight to our registry was great – especially for my family," Haylie says. They are from a small town, and this enabled them to buy gifts more conveniently. Tact was on both brides’ minds when dealing with other aspects of the wedding as well. Haylie and Justin made sure that all of their close family members and friends knew about Justin’s proposal before announcing it on social media sites. And they only made the link to their website available on the invitation. “I didn’t post the website link to any social media sites because I didn’t want to send information out about the wedding to people we wished we could invite, but didn’t have the space or budget for,” Haylie says. The brides, who are sisters, also used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share their wedding details. Sydnie says it was fun to look back at Instagram and see the pictures that she and Chase had tagged throughout their engagement and wedding, while Haylie enjoyed seeing the photos and reading the tweets that friends and relatives posted. These days, Haylie and Justin are using a different hashtag to document another big event in their lives. They are building a house, and the hashtag links to photos of its progress. We can only guess what they will be documenting next.


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Saying “thanks” with sincerity.

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NAMES

If you’re using first names, list the woman’s name first in the note and on the envelope.

LENGTH

Three or four sentences will do.

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Always reference the gift and how you plan to use it. When acknowledging gifts of cash, checks or gift cards, the amount of the gift should not be mentioned. Add something personal about the gift-giver. End your note by thanking them again, and sign both names.

TIMELINE

Try to mail your thank-you notes within two weeks after your wedding.

W.E. TIPS

NO GIFTS, PLEASE: When two established households are coming together, gifts can seem ridiculous. The best way you can tactfully make the announcement is through family and friends. For guests who still want to give you something, suggest a donation in your name to a favorite non-profit. GET ORGANIZED: Recruit a friend or family member to be the gift organizer. He or she can help you keep a record of what you receive from whom and when. Keeping organized from the beginning will help when you sit down to write your thank-yous.

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oasts are customary at wedding receptions. But the prospect of wishing the bride and groom well can be nerve-racking if you’ve never raised a glass in someone’s honor. Here’s a cheat sheet to minimize the struggle.

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Be prepared. Know what you want to say, and rehearse your toast out loud in front of a mirror.

2. Keep it simple and brief; one to two minutes is ideal. 3. Put your toast on card stock and hide it under your dinner plate until it’s needed. Afterward, present the card to the couple as a memento.

4. To start, stand and gently tap a wine or water glass to get guests’ attention. Speak loudly and clearly. If the room is large and a microphone is available, use it. 5. Open your remarks by telling guests who you are and how you know the couple. 6. Keep it clean. Avoid embarrassing stories, inside jokes and references to exes. 7. End by raising your glass and asking guests to join you in the gesture. Then offer a heartfelt sentiment to close the toast. 8. The bridal couple should remain seated as friends and family raise their glasses. Don’t raise your glass in return, clap or drink. Just smile and nod in acknowledgment, then thank the toast-giver once he or she has finished.

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9. Traditionally, the party host (usually the father of the bride) is the first to toast the newlyweds. Next come toasts by the best man, maid or matron of honor, siblings and the groom’s parents. As the meal is concluding, the bride and groom can offer a toast to their parents and thank their guests for celebrating with them.


Good Libations Find the perfect recipe for a bar that keeps the party going.

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he key elements of a wedding bar include wine, beer, bubbly and cocktails – plus soda, “mocktails” and other nonalcoholic drinks. As you consider your options, just remember: A cash bar is the ultimate no-no.

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Budget

For a formal affair, you may want to offer premium beverages all night long. If you have limited funds, stick with wine and beer and a signature cocktail. You can also limit a full open bar to just the cocktail hour. Some venues let you bring in your own bottles and pay a house corkage fee, which can be economical if you can buy wholesale or get a great deal at a liquor store.

Guests

Consider your crowd. If you and the majority of your guests love wine, serve your favorite red and white. Inviting a lot of college friends? Perhaps beer is fine. Or maybe spirits are a must if your crowd drinks gin martinis.

Drinks & Dollars

Plan for one drink per person per hour of the reception. If you are serving a special sparkling wine for the toast, opt for a budget-friendly Spanish cava or Italian prosecco (one glass per adult). Kegs run about $1 per 12-ounce glass of craft beer, or 63 cents per glass of domestic beer. As for liquor, a 750 ml bottle contains about 17 drinks (a good value, but you need ice, mixers and more bartenders).

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Sweet Beautifully ... and melting one heart at a time.

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Dreams to Reality Weddings By

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Opposite page: What Fairytales Are Made Of dress and hair clip, $90 to $125 (depending on size), Exclusive Tuxedos and Dresses; White pail, $14.99, and ribbon, various prices, Mangelsen’s; Florals, Loess Hills Floral Studio. This page (top to bottom): Platinum 3ct Radiant-cut diamond ring, $34,900, Platinum 2.80ct 3-stone criss cut diamond ring, price upon request, 14kt white gold micro pave halo-style ring with 1.00ct center, $3,800, 14kt white gold solitaire-style ring with 1.00ct princess cut diamond, $2,900, all from Mark Edward Private Jeweller; Ribbon, Mangelsen’s; Florals, Loess Hills Floral Studio.

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What Fairytales Are Made Of dress and hair clip, $90 to $125 (depending on size), Exclusive Tuxedos and Dresses; Mini peony hair clip, $4, and Australian crystal flower hair clip, $6, both from Posh Princess.

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Editor's pickS

Idea Show finds!

LASER-CUT PAPERS

Let us set you up with the perfect wedding day! The Possibilities of an Outdoor Wedding are Endless. Tent Event can provide you with a variety of walls, lighting, tables, chairs, heaters and much more.

There’s nothing like a jaw-dropping laser-cut invitation to attract and hold your guests’ attention. Precision designs with contrasting punches of color and letterpress scrollwork are popular in today’s stationery suites. Order from a stationery book, or work with an invitation designer who does custom work. If you can dream it, somebody can make it! Invitation: Méldeen

WOODLAND THEME

Bohemian and woodland themes remain strong for 2014. That’s not surprising considering how much you can do in the right setting with just a few decorative elements. These include lanterns, wildflowers, split logs and natural garlands. (Check out our styled shoot, page 42.) Bouquet: A Flower Basket

‘MINT’ TO BE

Mint works beautifully with a vintage style. It also mixes well with blush, peach and ivory accented with gold. Bonus: Mint looks good on just about everyone. Rentals: United Rent-All

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Imagine the Possibilities when your venue doesn’t limit your choices. • Open Catering • Tables, chairs, dance floor and stage included

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1. SOFT & FEMININE

A full, frothy layer of buttercream icing looks modern and traditional at the same time. Fondant, on the other hand, is smooth as satin. Let your tabletop cake mimic the flowers in your bouquet, the lace in your dress or the pearls around your neck. Design: A bride

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2. SIPS & NIBBLES

A non-traditional bride calls for a nontraditional cake. Love wine? Serve your favorite whites and reds, and forgo the wedding cake for a cheese wheel. Design: Hy-Vee

3. NATURAL BEAUTY

You can find inspiration in anything: ruffles, lace or pleats on your dress, a poem, a postcard, a wallpaper pattern, your mother’s cake or a walk in the garden. Design: Hy-Vee

4. LOVELY, STILL

Ringlets of satin ribbon give a classic tiered cake a burst of sassy sophistication. Design: Hy-Vee

5. MIX IT UP

For a fresh look, include one extralarge cupcake for the bride and groom (including the topper), medium cupcakes for adult guests and miniature cupcakes for the littlest invitees. For a taste variation: Cupcakes with a hidden surprise filling are the best! Design: Gigi’s Cupcakes

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6. NICE RING TO IT

Doughnuts are hot – literally! Raised, powdered, glazed – any style or flavor will be a hit. Customize with mix-ins and decorations, as well as cookie cutters. Ask your baker to create a signature flavor just for you. W.E. recently saw raised doughnuts on an abacus-inspired display (A project for the woodworker in your family). Design: Wedding Essentials team

7. CAKES AS FAVORS

Some things are just cuter, better and easier in miniature. Miniature cakes in brown craft boxes make sweet favors. Tip: Purchase the boxes first, then make the cakes slightly smaller to fit the dimensions. Cakes made with fruitcake batter, fondant and royal icing should stand up to the journey home. Design: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Wedding Styles with a splash of color. Bring us your color, from any dress, from any manufacturer and let our specialists help match your colors. That’s the Gentleman’s Choice difference.

FLORAL TRENDS PUNCHES OF COLOR

If you put stock in Pantone’s Color Report (W.E. do!), spring is sowing a gorgeous palette of traditional pastels laced with random pops of vibrant hues. Put your maids in a neutral tone or a pastel pulled from your bouquets, and watch your color scheme come alive.

MOUNDS OF BABY’S BREATH No longer just a filler, baby’s breath is going solo in a big way. Inexpensive, readily available and long-lasting, baby’s breath mounds beautifully. It’s a great choice for orb-like bouquets, centerpieces and chandeliers.

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FEATHERY FERNS

Move over succulents. Ferns have arrived – and they aren’t just adding texture to bouquets and centerpieces. Entire wedding themes are being built around them. Feather-like ferns look romantic on their own as table runners and chair accents, and as motifs for invitations, programs, place cards and other printed pieces.

F O R M A LW E A R

Where History & Modern Luxury Meet

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Instead of a single, large centerpiece in the center of the tables, cluster small bud vases and bottles of various heights and shapes. Fill each with an amazing large bloom, such as a peony, hydrangea, large gerber daisy or orchid.

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Delay hiring a florist until you’ve selected your venue and date, and make sure you have secured your other main vendors, including the caterer, photographer and entertainment. You’ll have a better sense of what your décor budget is and what type of ambiance you want to create. Six or seven months out should be a safe bet. Expect to spend 8 percent to 10 percent of your total budget on flowers.

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OMAHA TEMPERATURES Rain on your wedding day is considered good luck. Sweltering heat is not. ON AVERAGE January is the driest, coolest month and has the most cloudy days. May is the wettest month. July is the warmest month. October has the most clear days.

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SETTING THE STAGE 9-12 months before wedding

PLAN TAKES SHAPE 6-9 months before wedding

THE FINER DETAILS 3-6 months before wedding

IT'S ALMOST HERE! 2-3 months before wedding

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Set wedding date Decide on style and size of wedding Decide budget Select wedding consultant Begin guest list Shop for gown and accessories Arrange hair and makeup consultations Meet with clergy or officiant Choose members of wedding party Order invitations, stationery and save-the-date cards

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Choose caterer Reserve rehearsal dinner site Reserve musicians Meet with florist Order gown and bridesmaids' dresses Create wedding registry Reserve equipment such as tables, chairs or tents Reserve men’s attire Finalize guest list Devise a recordkeeping system for gifts and thank-you notes Send save-the-date cards Begin planning wedding ceremony Make honeymoon reservations Begin dance lessons

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Select and order wedding cake Finalize reception menu Make sure deposits are paid and contracts are signed Refine guest list; be sure to have all addresses Start addressing envelopes Arrange gown preservation Finalize honeymoon; get passports Arrange out-of-town guest accommodations Arrange wedding transportation Schedule fittings for gown, tuxedo and attendants’ dresses Purchase wedding rings Attend showers and parties in your honor!

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Select music Mail invitations Get marriage license Decide rehearsal date and time Write a toast Finalize details with vendors Order wedding favors Buy gifts for parents and attendants Select ceremony readings; write vows Purchase wedding shoes; begin breaking them in

2 weeks before wedding:  Provide caterer with final head count  Buy guestbook  Pick up rings  Pack for honeymoon  Prepare payments for fees, gratuities


        

PHOTO CHECKLIST A week or so before the ceremony, supply the photographer with a list of moments that are important to you. Keep in mind that each shot will take about four minutes.

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Bride having hair and makeup done Bride’s gown hanging on hanger Still-life shots of the bride’s shoes, something old, new, borrowed and blue Detailed shots of the bouquets Candid shots of the bridesmaids Mother helping the bride with veil Full-length shot of the bride in her gown looking at herself in a mirror Groom getting ready with his father and groomsmen

 

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Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive Close-up of groom’s expression while waiting for the bride Bride walking down the aisle Groom reacting to seeing bride Bride and groom at altar or chuppah Close-up of the bride and groom’s hands as they exchange rings The kiss! Bride and groom hugging guests Bride and groom leaving

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Bride and groom together Family photos with all combinations of family members Bride and groom with wedding party

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Still-life shots of place cards, menus, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors, invitation and champagne glasses The cake Close-ups of friends and family making toasts Bride and groom’s first dance Bride dancing with her father and groom dancing with his mother Guests dancing Bride and groom cutting the cake Getaway vehicle Bride and groom leaving the reception

           

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THE WEDDING

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Find these bridal professionals in our magazine and/or at our Wedding Essentials bridal shows. Be sure to mention that you discovered them through us!

Accommodations Hilton Garden Inn hiltongardeninn.hilton.com Hilton Omaha | p. 57 omaha.hilton.com Hotel Deco hoteldecoomaha.com Regency Lodge | p. 86 regencylodge.com Residence Inn | p. 81 residenceinn.com/omart Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 95 sheraton.com/omaha DoubleTree by Hilton | p. 87 doubletreeomahadowntown.com Embassy Suites| Inside front cover embassysuites.com Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha | p. 4 holidayinn.com

Attire David's Bridal davidsbridal.com Dillard's | p. 39 dillards.com Ellynne Bridal | p. 19 ellynnebridal.com Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses exclusivetuxedosanddresses.com Gentleman's Choice | p. 81 omahatuxedos.com Jos. A. Bank josbank.com Men's Wearhouse menswearhouse.com New Vintage Brooch Bouquets custombroochbouquet.com

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Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} readyorknotweddings.com Rhylan Lang | p. 10 rhylanlang.com Sublime Bridal | p. 7 sublimebridal.com Tip Top Tux | Inside back cover tttux.com Younkers younkers.com

Beauty & Health

Aesthetic Surgical Images surgicalimages.com Arbonne International amylsmith.myarbonne.com Body by Vi afredrickson.myvi.net Dillard's | p. 39 dillards.com It Works! wrapupomaha.myitworks.com Kontempo. | p. 51 kontempoomaha.com Kosama kosama.com Mary Kay marykay.com Reveal Salon | p. 62 revealsalonspa.com Rodan + Fields joetta.myrandf.biz Salon Evar salonevar.com

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Sun Tan City suntancity.com Urbane Salon & Day Spa urbanesalonanddayspa.com Younkers younkers.com

Catering & Cakes Alotta Brownies | p. 73 alottabrownies.com Attitude on Food | p. 95 attitudeonfood.com Famous Dave's famousdaves.com Gigi's Cupcakes | p. 79 gigiscupcakesusa.com/ omaha-nebraska Hy-Vee | p. 17 hy-vee.com Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 55 johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com Main Event Catering maineventcatering.com Mockingbird Cupcakes mockingbird-cupcakes.com Monica's Cakes | p. 55 monicascakes.com Nothing Bundt Cakes nothingbundtcakes.com Upstream Brewing Company upstreambrewing.com


Sam & Louie's Catering samandlouiespizza.com Simply Elegant Cakes simply-elegant-cakes.com

Counseling Family Enrichment familyenrichmentomaha.com

Dating Omaha Love omahalove.com

Event Décor AAA Rents & Events Services | p. 89 aaarentsevents.com Chair Cover Elegance facebook.com/chaircoverelegance David M. Mangelsen's | p. 61 mangelsens.com Events in Bloom | p. 80 Honeyman Rent-All | p. 60 honeymanrentall.com Memrical | p. 3 memrical.com Nobbies nobbiesparties.com Orchestrated Events | p. 89 orchestratedevents.biz Tent Event | p. 76 tenteventomaha.com United Rent-All | p. 83 unitedrent-all-omaha.com

HAPPEN AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON OMAHA DOWNTOWN A Sweet start to your happily ever after begins at the DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown. Let our professional staff make your Wedding Day dreams come true. Enjoy our fresh new look by celebrating your special day in one of our beautiful ballrooms. Also speciaing in Engagement and Anniversary Parties, Wedding Ceremonies and Rehearsal Dinners. Invite 10 to 800 of your closest friends and family and leave the rest to us. Fresh New Look. Same Great Cookies.

Floral A Flower Basket aflowerbasket.org Events in Bloom | p. 80 Florals, Etc. floralsetcetera.com Hy-Vee | p. 17 hy-vee.com Loess Hills Floral Studio | p. 13 loesshillsfloralstudio.com

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 61 mangelsens.com

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Home Services & Real Estate Celebrity Homes | p. 91 celebrityhomesomaha.com Direct TV directv.com

Invitations Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 71 cornhuskerbeverage.com Méldeen meldeen.com Village Stationery villagestationery.com David M. Mangelsen's | p. 61 mangelsens.com David's Bridal davidsbridal.com

Jewelry Borsheims | p. 53 borsheims.com Mark Edward Private Jeweller | p. 21 markedward.me

Music

Where your

Dreams & Reality come together

Bircher and Bircher Music bircherandbirchermusic.com Complete | p. 27 cmomaha.com Michael "Gooch" Gurciullo goochbigband.com Showtime Music | p. 73 showtimemusic.com

Officiant I Tie the Knots | p. 60 itietheknots.com

Photography & Videography

Unique wedding packages • Discounts for Friday & Sunday events Professional wedding planner on staff • Special room rates for out-of-town guests

REGENCY LODGE HOTEL 909 South 107th Avenue Omaha NE Conveniently located off of 107th and Pacific Streets www.regencylodge.com 402-397-8971

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Bell Photography bellsphoto.com Chellsey Lynn Photography chellseylynnphotography.com Christopher Tierney Photography | p. 67 topherphoto.com Complete | p. 27 cmomaha.com First Impressions 1stimpressionsphoto.com Hollywood Star Photobooth hollywoodstarphotobooth.com Hooton Images | p. 55 hootonimages.com Image Society myimagesociety.com iwen exposures iwenexposures.com Janine McClintock Studios | p. 59 janinemcclintock.com


Making every event.... Jeremy Johnson Photography jeremyjohnsonphoto.com JF + M jfplusm.com Lane Weddings | p. 1 laneweddings.com Lindsey George Photography | p. 13 lindseygeorgephotographyomaha.com MAK | p. 9 makimages.com Omaha Photo Booth theomahaphotoboothcompany.com Shondy Studios shondystudios.com T. Sterba Photography | p. 88 sterbaphoto.com Tin Box Weddings | p. 15 tinboxweddings.com TK Imaging tkimaging.com

Preservation Memories Bi-Design | p. 85 memoriesbidesign.com Omaha Lace Cleaners | p. 27 omahalacecleaners.com

A Symphony of FinelyTuned Details. Wedding – EEvent Decorating – Pl Wedding W Planning 402.570.1638

Sheri Kearney – Event Coordinator/Decorator sheri@orchestratedevents.biz • www.orchestratedevents.biz

Registry & Gifts Bed Bath & Beyond bedbathandbeyond.com Borsheims | p. 53 borsheims.com Celebrity China & Crystal | p. 29 celebritychina.com Dillard's | p. 39 dillards.com Nebraska Furniture Mart | p. 5 nfm.com Pottery Barn potterybarn.com Williams-Sonoma williams-sonoma.com Younkers younkers.com

Travel & Transportation Enchanted Honeymoons | Back cover enchantedhoneymoons.com Jone Z Party Bus partybusomaha.com

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A View in Fontenelle Hills | p. 11 402-291-2582 aviewfh.com

Castle Barrett | p. 85 402-558-5520 barrettsomaha.com

On the forested grounds of Fontenelle Hills Golf Course in historic Bellevue. A stunning backdrop for your special day serving as many as 325 dinner guests.

The Great Hall can accommodate 150 guests for your ceremony, while Tara Hall is ideal for a reception for up to 250 guests. Provide your own food, or coordinate catering.

A View West | p. 11 402-991-9872 aviewfh.com

Charlie's on the Lake | p. 41 402-894-9411 charliesonthelake.net

A 30-foot-high atrium ceiling assures you of a grand entrance; an outdoor patio with mature trees welcomes your celebration and up to 450 dinner guests. Near 156th & West Maple Road.

Charlie's on the Lake offers the Lakeside room with a gorgeous view of the water and the fireplace, or host 150 guests in the banquet hall rendered to any color.

Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 59 402-331-7575 anthonyssteakhouse.com

CenturyLink Center 402-599-6926 centurylinkcenteromaha.com

The 9,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom seats 350 people for dinner, then dancing. The patio has a gazebo and waterfall.

The exclusive caterer will create food and beverage packages to meet your needs. Serving 100 to 1,000 seated guests. Close to downtown Omaha’s hotels and major events.

Bella Terre | p. 21 402-657-5543 bellaterre.com

Cherry Hills | p. 77 402-350-2520 cherryhillseventcenter.com

Italy meets Iowa in a unique reception hall and vineyard just 15 minutes south of Omaha. You and as many as 400 guests can wine and dine in Tuscan style in this full-service venue.

With elegance, legacy, outside catering availability, proximity to the interstate, hotels and bars make Cherry Hills the ultimate destination for a complete event celebration.

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch | p. 78 402-331-5500 bellevueberryfarm.com

Club at Indian Creek, The | p. 73 402-289-0900 theclubatindiancreek.com

Rustic lodge setting for your ceremony, and fully catered reception with DJ and event services for 65 to 350 guests.

Indian Creek Golf Course surrounds this facility, and an outdoor veranda lets you and up to 400 guests take in the view. Professional staff and comprehensive menu create an exceptional day.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown | p. 87 402-636-4900 doubletreeomahadowntown.com

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha and Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 4 402-341-0124 and 402-421-1893 holidayinn.com

After the wedding ceremony, get ready for a fun night of dining and dancing in the Grand Ballroom, which seats up to 800 guests.

Event planners at both locations. Omaha’s ballroom seats up to 150; the Lincoln Holiday Inn reception space has seating for 200.

Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha | Inside front cover 402-346-9000 embassysuites.com

Holland Performing Arts Center | p. 77 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

Located in the heart of Omaha's historic Old Market district, the Riverfront Ballroom can accommodate 800 guests.

Embassy Suites La Vista | Inside front cover 402-408-5470 embassysuites.com

Hotel Deco 402-991-4981 hoteldecoomaha.com

The Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista will help make your special day one to truly remember. The Windsor Ballroom can seat up to 2,000 guests.

Romantic and modern, classy and chic, Hotel Deco XV offers an intimate venue for ceremonies and receptions with exemplary services and amenities.

Flemings | p. 13 402-393-0811 flemingssteakhouse.com

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 55 402-289-9210 johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

It's the ideal destination for any private event, where every detail coordinating the event is covered from start to finish. At Fleming’s, every visit is filled with indulgent possibilities.

The perfect choice for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding day events. Off-site catering also available.

Fountains Ballroom West, The | p. 2 402-496-3000 thefountainsballroom.com

Lauritzen Gardens | p. 79 402-346-4002 lauritzengardens.org

Mix the charm of an Italian villa with the crisp feel of the Greek Isles and the grandeur of a Bollywood wedding, and you have the Fountains Ballroom West, formerly Erin Court.

Exquisitely decorated gardens and reception spaces in the Omaha Botanical Center. The Great Hall seats up to 320; smaller rooms and spaces provide more intimate surroundings.

Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard, The | p. 2 712-526-2426

Millard Plaza Ballroom | p. 82 402-891-0779 millardplazaballroom.com

Situated in the rolling hills, this venue features a waterfall, pergola, pond and stream. The ballroom seats 450+, and has a 30-foot-high vaulted ceiling and grand staircase.

A traditional and attractive setting with catering, a dance floor and unique décor for a memorable wedding reception.

First Central Congregational Church | p. 61 402-345-1533 firstcentral.org

Mid-America Center | p. 33 402-326-2268 midamericacenter.com

Built in 1921, this grand church welcomes traditional wedding and commitment ceremonies with congregational seating for 600. Stained glass windows, pipe organ and artisan musicians.

Premier reception venue for banquet seating of 75 to 1,000 guests. Professional catering staff. Quick access to hotels and entertainment and Interstates 29 and 80.

Hilton Omaha | p. 57 402-998-3400 omaha.hilton.com

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | p. 35 402-738-2088 omahazoo.com

An expert culinary staff serves the 800-seat Grand Central Ballroom, and the 480-seat Blackstone Ballroom.

Dinner seating for 325 in the Scott Education and Conference Center; 300 in Durham Tree-Tops Restaurant; 90 in the Scott Aquarium.

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Expert event coordinators assist you in space location and in-house cuisine selections. Scott Recital Hall seats nearly 300; select spaces enable one-of-a-kind reception settings.

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Omaha Press Club 402-345-8008 omahapressclub.org

Scoular Ballroom | p. 37 402-449-1424 scoularballroom.com

A beautiful and upscale venue that offers affordable elegance. Have your rehearsal, wedding or reception in a rooftop venue overlooking downtown Omaha.

The Grand Ballroom of this recently restored historic venue offers a number of possibilities for your catered affair. Complete event planning assistance available.

Omar Arts & Events | p. 75 402-905-9511 omarevents.com

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 95 402-496-0850 starwoodhotels.com

This meticulously restored property showcases timeless craftsmanship with modern amenities. With a capacity of 700, it inspires creativity to ensure a memorable event.

Customizable menus and décor options make your event memorable. Seating for 220 in both the Regency Ballroom and the Dodge Ballroom.

Orpheum Theater | p. 77 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

Storz Trophy Room | p. 41 402-502-1643 storztrophyroom.com

This historic venue offers a fairy tale setting for your customized event. Professional planning assistance; seating for 230 in the Grand Lobby.

Storz has a riverfront view, a wide-ranging menu and an impressive selection of craft brews. Available for private parties; outdoor patio offers stunning skyline panorama.

Players Club at Deer Creek, The | p. 35 402-963-9950 playersclubomaha.com

Strategic Air & Space Museum | p. 63 402-944-3100 sasmuseum.com

Breathtaking golf course views surround this elegant clubhouse. Seating for up to 325 dinner guests. Professional planner and catering staff.

Your guests will never forget your wedding reception surrounded by historic aircraft! Flexible catering policy. Event staff to help your celebration take "flight." Easy I-80 access.

Ralston Arena | p. 58 402-934-6263 ralstonarena.com

Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 80 402-342-0077 sullivanssteakhouse.com

The Banquet Room boasts elegant color, an artistic metal ceiling and an impressive glass-enclosed space. Full-service catering will deliver in every way to your guests' taste buds.

Warm hospitality; custom menus under the guidance of an event planner. Dinner seating in the Wine Cellar for 72; special arrangements for as many as 100 in the dining room.

Regency Lodge | p. 88 800-617-8310 regencylodge.com

Tiburon Golf Club | p. 83 402-896-1323 tiburongolf.com

A grand staircase makes your grand entrance remarkable! Professional event coordinator; many included items for your ballroom event, with seating for up to 225 guests.

Stunning golf course views in the Great White Ballroom with seating for up to 400. New outdoor ceremony site, walk out patio, audio visual, dance floor and menu options for any budget.

Salvation Army Kroc Center | p. 82 402-905-3531 omahakroc.org

Upstream Brewing Company Old Market & Legacy 402-344-8013 upstreambrewing.com

One of the metro area's most modern venues – perfect for grand celebrations or intimate occasions. Rental fees help provide funding for important Kroc Center programs.

Scott Conference Center 402-778-6313 scottcenter.com A modern facility with seating for up to 500. On-site coordinator and culinary staff to ease your planning concerns. A long list of included items for your event. Near UNO.

The Old Market location can host 85 for dinner, or 114 for a cocktail reception. The west Omaha location: 110 for dinner; 140 for cocktails.

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2. A vendor list 3. A few wedding highlights, and contact info for the bridal couple so we can follow up on the story.

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