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ongratulations, and welcome to Wedding Essentials! We’re excited to help you through the myriad of decisions that come with planning the event of your life.

In this issue (and on our blog, weloveweddings.omaha.com), you’ll

see example after example of couples who poured their hearts into their weddings – and had the time of their lives. We wish the same magical, exhilarating experience for you. The Wedding Essentials family recently shared in the excitement of Creative Director Heidi Thorson’s own wedding. It was filled with sweet D.I.Y. touches – each crafted with heart (Look for them on our blog!). It was a memorable weekend. But for as long as weddings have been planned, things can and do go wrong. Heidi was caught in a downpour just before the reception began. A resourceful bridesmaid and yours truly came to the rescue by restoring our damp bride’s wavy tresses with a blow-dryer, a curling wand and 30 feet of extension cord running from the cocktail bar into the women’s restroom. Fifteen minutes later, Heidi emerged. Bright smile restored, she and Matt made their grand entrance and the evening played on. The next day, Heidi posted on Instagram: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Green Wishing you joy and happiness,

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Contents FA L L & W I N T E R 2014

W.E. LOVE 37 42 62 82

Garden to Glass Summer Glow Beyond the Sea One Year Later

REAL WEDDINGS 28 56 72 76 86

Megan + Jason Heather + Jeremy Aleah + Tyler Keirstyn + Collin Annalisa + Ed

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THE DAWN OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY Hooton Images GOWN Ellene McClay, Bustle MODEL Savana Ray HAIR + MAKEUP Cora Coppock THIS PAGE A thrifted gown from Reserve-Goodwill.

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Wedding Countdown Send Guests Exploring Honeymoon Style Dates to Skip Before You Book Inspiration Index Venues

HOW-TO'S 30 Pattern Play + Tablescapes 61 Create a Stress-Free Day 68 Build Your Theme


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Reveal the

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What to do when, and where to find it in this issue.

Perfect Day

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12 MONTHS BEFORE

• Select your date, PAGES 60, 88 • Think about your wedding’s style, size, theme • Set your budget • Browse “Your Essential Guide” for area venues, PAGE 92 • 10 things to know before you book, PAGE 80

10 MONTHS Send save-the-date cards Scout for a caterer, florist, photographer, etc. Bridal pros you ought to know, PAGE 90 Attend the Wedding Essentials Idea Show, PAGES 52-53 • Choose your attendants & compile guest list • Hire a wedding planner, if needed

MONTHS • • • •

2 MONTHS • • • • •

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8 MONTHS • • • •

Order your dress Must-have accessories, PAGES 58-59 Create a wedding website Book caterer, florist, DJ, photographer, videographer

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Finalize your theme, PAGE 68 Meet with vendors to plan details Tablescapes + pattern play, PAGE 30 Décor, favors & more, PAGE 42 Order invitations, stationery Register for gifts Meet with your officiant Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses Book honeymoon; apply for passports, if needed

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Finalize reception menu Signature cocktails, PAGE 37 Order wedding cake Arrange lodging for guests

Finalize guest list, mail invitations Arrange for gown preservation Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal dinner Finalize details with vendors Schedule final gown fitting + alterations

1 MONTH • • • • •

Select ceremony readings, music Write vows Print programs Book salon appointments Buy wedding party gifts

2 WEEKS • • • • • • •

Confirm vendor details Prepare payments for fees, gratuities Get your marriage license Submit playlist to DJ; shot list to photographer Give final guest count to caterer Pack for the honeymoon Travel necessities, PAGE 50

1 DAY • • • •

Reconfirm all pickup times and locations Get a manicure and pedicure Print boarding passes for honeymoon flight Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

WEDDING DAY • Eat small, light meals • Do your hair and makeup; get dressed 30 minutes before photographer’s arrival • Relax and have the time of your life! • One Year Later: What others say, PAGE 82


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Lingerie, $25, coffee mug, $5, both from WALLFLOWER. Kimono, $38, FRANCESCA'S. Necklace & earrings, stylist's own.

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Gown, $35, RESERVEGOODWILL. Slip, $38, earrings, $12, both from THE CURIOSITY SHOP. Necklace, stylist's own.


Happ & Stahns perfume, $30, Albeit lipstick, $18, Albeit lip balm, $12, all from ANTHROPOLOGIE. Vintage purse, $85, 1950s rhinestone belt, $150, 1950s chandelier earrings, $12, all from THE CURIOSITY SHOP. Soap dish and handkerchief, stylist's own.

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Vintage Intimé nightgown & robe, $65, 1950s bracelet and earrings (placed in hair), $65, all from THE CURIOSITY SHOP. Ring, $6,500, RIDDLE'S. Earrings, stylist's own.

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Dress, $650, ELLENE McCLAY, BUSTLE. Lace mini dress (worn under gown), $39.50, VICTORIA'S SECRET. 1950s rhinestone belt, $150, THE CURIOSITY SHOP. Ring, $6,500, RIDDLE'S. Earrings, stylist's own.


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Lace crop top, $175, skirt, $550, both from ELLENE McCLAY, BUSTLE. Earrings & necklace, stylist's own.

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Gown, $2,550, JILLIAN FELLERS. 1950s pearl and rhinestone necklace, $95, choker necklace, $65, both from THE CURIOSITY SHOP. Pearl necklace & earrings, stylist's own.

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GROUP FUN The couple’s destination wedding was a “memorable group experience. Everyone got along wonderfully, and lots of lifelong friendships were formed,” Megan says. IN FACT … Their friends and family made everything “perfect. There was not a single stressful or panicked moment of the day. I think that is what made our day so memorable.” THAT’S A NEW ONE The officiant, who the couple had never met, had Megan repeat “all these things I shouldn’t do, while Jason’s vows were simple,” she says. “It was pretty hilarious.” BEST ADVICE To plan the wedding you want rather than what everyone else wants. WHAT SHE GAVE HIM “A lifetime of happiness!” THE NUMBERS 12 attendants; 42 guests A ‘LUCKY’ PROPOSAL Jason proposed on St. Patrick’s Day in the couple’s home. While they were out for breakfast that morning, Jason’s family members – who own a flower shop – decorated the kitchen with flowers. Megan first saw the flowers – and then she saw Jason bent down on one knee. Meanwhile, their friends and family were waiting to celebrate at a nearby bar.

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ESSENTIALS BRIDE & GROOM Megan McCarney & Jason Pitt PHOTOGRAPHER In His Image Film & Photo RINGS bluenile.com BRIDAL GOWN Rhylan Lang BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Dillard’s, Target, Von Maur & Blue Door Boutique, Columbus, Georgia GROOM’S ATTIRE Tip Top Tux GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE Tip Top Tux FLORIST, CAKE, CATERER & RENTALS Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino WEDDING PLANNER & TRAVEL COORDINATOR Wanderlust Travel Co. HONEYMOON DESTINATION Bogota, Colombia

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Mix away with confidence! ST YLING AND TEXT BY HEATHER WINKEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTA LEIGH HURST

Not sure where to begin when it comes to mixing colors, patterns and textures? Here’s your tutorial. No guesswork required.

MINTY FRESH Pick a fresh color and stick with it. Layer upon layer of mint make for a decadent scene. An intense tablecloth is just the trick if you keep the rest of the setting simple. Try doubling up chargers and plates before topping them off with an adorable box of mints.

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TABLESCAPES

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GOLDEN RULE The combination of royal blue and gold has elegance written all over it. Bust out gold spray paint to extend the glisten for speckled silverware handles. Or douse ordinary sticks in gold paint before adding them to simple white floral arrangements. Monogrammed tea cups, sparkly striped napkins and gold-rimmed wine glasses act as accents, while strong patterned napkins take the look to sublime. Even Washi tapedecorated vases look expensive when gold is involved.

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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.

CORAL AT THE BEACH Nothing says summer like a fresh coral color palette. Toss in stripes and voila! You have a beach party. Table numbers, menus and thank-you tags outlined in a symmetric pattern create interest, while place mats become the table runner. Plus, your guests will be delighted to find raspberries in their water glasses.

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Cocktail Thyme TEXT BY MOLLY LORINCZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOLLY LO PHOTOGRAPHY

The aromas and flavors of fresh herbs lend themselves perfectly to four refreshing cocktails that are just as beautiful to look at as they are to drink. Serve them at a bridal shower or brunch – or just for fun when good friends drop by. Cheers!

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C L I P + S AV E THESE RECIPES!

BASIL LEMONADE COCKTAIL 2 ounces Basil Simple Syrup (recipe below) 1.5 ounces gin 1 ounce St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur Juice of three lemons Club soda Lemon slice & fresh basil leaf for garnish Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker. Shake and pour into an ice-filled glass. Top it off with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and a basil leaf. BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 6-8 basil leaves

STRAWBERRY BASIL SMASH 1 fresh strawberry 1 sprig basil 2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin ½ ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce fresh lemon juice 1 ounce agave nectar Strawberry for garnish Muddle strawberry and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add rest of ingredients, along with ice. Shake well; strain into a champagne coupe. Garnish with a strawberry.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes. Remove from stove and let cool. Strain basil leaves.

HONEY THYME CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL 1 ounce Diplomatico four-year-old Anejo Rum 2-3 cloves 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Champagne to taste Sprig of thyme for garnish Serve in a Collins glass on ice with a sprig of thyme.

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HABANERO TEQUILA SIPPER 2 ounces Don Julio Reposado tequila ¾ ounce agave nectar 10 cilantro leaves ¼ of a habanero pepper (or a red chili pepper for a milder drink) Chili pepper & Cilantro sprig for garnish Add first four ingredients to a shaker. Shake well and strain into a shooter glass. Garnish with a slice of chili pepper and a sprig of cilantro.


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TEXT BY RACHEL CAIN

Your out-of-town guests are going to have some downtime, so don’t leave them twiddling their thumbs in a hotel room. Send them exploring! We map the way with 10 of our favorite spots. 1. VISIT THE OLD MARKET From candy stops and coffee shops, to brewpubs and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in downtown Omaha’s quaint and historic warehouse district. 11th & Howard Streets 2. STRETCH YOUR LEGS Hop out of the car and enjoy a beautiful riverfront view from the gleaming expanse of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that links Nebraska and Iowa. 705 Riverfront Drive

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3. EXPLORE DUNDEE Dinner plans? Foodies will love midtown's Dundee neighborhood. Coal-fired pizza with fresh, fun ingredients is served at Pitch Pizzeria (pitchpizzeria.com), or savor the handcrafted meats and local produce at The French Bulldog (frenchbulldogomaha.com). Before leaving, put your taste buds to the test with a new flavor of creamy gelato or ice cream at eCreamery (ecreamery.com). 50th Street & Underwood Avenue 4. DEVOUR A HEARTY BREAKFAST For those who wake up with an appetite, hit up 11-Worth CafÊ (11-worthcafe.com), which is a favorite breakfast dive with all of the classics. Head to Wheatfield’s Eatery and Bakery (wheatfieldscatering.com) for something a little more adventuresome and upscale. 24th & Leavenworth Streets One Pacific Place, 103rd & Pacific Streets


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5. TOUR A LOCAL BREWERY Stop by Lucky Bucket Brewery for a 30- to 45-minute tour. Besides year-round brews, ask what’s in season. You might get to sample a fun variety such as Snowsuit or Belly Flop. (luckybucketbrewing.com) 11941 Centennial Road, La Vista 6. SNAG A LATE-NIGHT TREAT Curb that after-dark craving at the Donut Stop, where locals enjoy fresh 50-cent doughnuts, board games and good conversations that last until morning. Just make sure to bring cash! 1256 S. 13th St. 7. HIT UP THE NIGHTLIFE For a vibrant atmosphere, head to downtown’s Capitol Nightclub (capitolomaha.com), or the Hive Lounge (thehiveomaha.com), where you’ll find live music and craft drinks. Are you looking for a more chill night out? Head to the earthy Benson area for a mini bar crawl. Several bars and pubs are within walking distance of each other. 60th & Maple Streets

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8. ENJOY FAMOUS ARTWORK From Claude Monet to Rembrandt van Rijn, the Joslyn Art Museum is a must-see for art lovers. It’s a world-class art gallery, and admission is free! (joslyn.org) 2200 Dodge St. 9. EAT STEAK Omaha takes great pride in doing its meat right. Put the bragging rights to the test at Mahogany Prime Steakhouse (mahogany.ehsrg.com), 801 Chophouse (801restaurantgroup.com) or The Drover Restaurant & Lounge (droverrestaurant.com). 13665 California St. 1403 Farnam St. 2121 S. 73rd St. 10. NOT YOUR ORDINARY MOVIE NIGHT Relax and enjoy a movie at Film Streams (filmstreams.org), which offers a variety of independent films, documentaries and foreign films that you just won’t see in the big theaters. 1340 Mike Fahey St.

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of Love We adore the pale warm tint of a summer’s day drawing to a close. Shades of orange, pink, purple and blue can melt a heart as the sun's glow turns to moon glow in a styled shoot in the Loess Hills.

ART DIRECTION HEIDI THORSON PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSEY GEORGE PHOTOGRAPHY MERCHANDISE STYLING MEGHANN SCHENSE HAIR & MAKEUP REVEAL SALON & SPA PROP STYLING WEDDING ESSENTIALS TEAM REAL COUPLE MODELS NYA AND ANDREW WIESE LOCATION THE FOUNTAINS BALLROOM & VINEYARD, GLENWOOD, IOWA

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Table runner, lanterns, stemware, chairs, all from MEMRICAL. Tablecloth, place settings, napkins, all from AAA RENTS & EVENT SERVICES. Flatware, UNITED RENT-ALL. Menus, place cards, chair signage, all from MÉLDEEN. Florals, LOESS HILLS FLORAL STUDIO. Whoopie pies, A LITTLE WHOOPIE BY THE HIDDEN KITCHEN. Flameless candles, mercury glass candle holders, all from POTTERY BARN.

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Maggie Sottero gown, $1,279 SUBLIME. Haute Bride hairpiece, $200 RHYLAN LANG. 14KT white gold earrings, $2,650 GUNDERSON’S.

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What she's wearing: Watters Carina corset, $930, Ahsan skirt, $1,860, Sash, $450, Sara Gabriel veil, $457, Haute Bride bracelet, $495, all from RHYLAN LANG, 18K white and rose gold ring (center diamond not included), $3,825, earrings, price upon request, all from GUNDERSON'S. What he's wearing: Allure tuxedo, shirt, tie and pocket square, all from BEL AIR FASHIONS. Ring, model's own. Carl F. Bucherer watch, price upon request, GUNDERSON'S.

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(this page) 14KT white and rose gold men's wedding band, $1,939, 18K white and rose gold ring (center diamond not included), $3,825, both from GUNDERSON’S. Whoopie pie, A LITTLE WHOOPIE BY THE HIDDEN KITCHEN; Whoopie topper, stylist's own. (opposite page) Table runner, stemware, chairs, all from MEMRICAL. Tablecloth, place settings, napkins, all from AAA RENTS & EVENT SERVICES. Place cards, "Mrs." sign, table number, all from MÉLDEEN. Florals, LOESS HILLS FLORAL STUDIO.

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HONEYMOON STYLE A R T D I R E C T I O N CHRIS CHRISTEN S T Y L I N G MEGHANN SCHENSE M O D E L S JENSEN THEISEN, DEVELOP MODEL MANAGEMENT; KAKHA "G" GIGITASHVILI P H OTO G R A P H Y TIN BOX WEDDINGS LO C AT I O N SKYWERX AVIATION, BLAIR

Where will you go? We love the idea of honeymooning on a pristine, sun-kissed beach. Here’s our packing list for staying fresh as an ocean breeze in the world’s most romantic tropical climes. With your wardrobe settled, the hardest decision will be whether you’ll have a mojito, mai tai or margarita.

What she’s wearing: Clover Canyon dress, $268, GARMENT DISTRICT; Miu Miu sunglasses, $379, ROBERT MAX OPTICIANS; San Diego Hat Company floppy derby, $48, GRAMERCY; Ashiana cuff, $78, Rings, $30 & $34 each, stacked bangles (set), $68, all from GARMENT DISTRICT; Castaner wedge, $275, THE MIX; NYC reversible tote, $58; GARMENT DISTRICT. What he’s wearing: Dress shirt, $95, JERRY RYAN; model’s own trousers & belt; Schnuchel sunglasses, $549, ROBERT MAX OPTICIANS; Mondaine Swiss Railways watch, $250, THE GADGETEER; Thom fedora, $72, JERRY RYAN. On the tarmac: Bric’s luggage, $525 to $625, LANDMARK LUGGAGE & GIFTS.

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Dior sunglasses, $509 ROBERT MAX OPTICIANS

Fedora, $45 GARMENT DISTRICT

Ashiana earrings, $68 GARMENT DISTRICT

Ashiana necklace, $98 GARMENT DISTRICT Ashiana cuff, $78 GARMENT DISTRICT

Rory Beca shirt, $162 GARMENT DISTRICT

Gentle Souls Sandal, $230 THE MIX

Infinity scarf, $36 GARMENT DISTRICT

Earrings, $48 GRAMERCY

Rory Beca shirt, $162 GARMENT DISTRICT

Shorts, $120 GARMENT DISTRICT

House of Harlow flip-flops, $60 THE MIX

Wheeled carry-on, $209 BEL AIR FASHIONS

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heather + Jeremy k k

03.15.14 The couple's home, Omaha

A SPECIAL DATE Their wedding day marked the one-year anniversary of their first date. AND A SPECIAL LOCATION The couple chose to get married in their home because they wanted something small and personal, and for it to reflect them as a couple. SHE KNEW SHE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION WHEN … She watched Jeremy perform “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys to kick off the karaoke session for the evening. The couple has been doing karaoke together since their first date. WHAT HE GAVE HER A “Friday gift,” just like he has every Friday since April 2013. On that particular Friday? A gold bracelet with a heart and bird charms. TELL ME THAT ISN’T WATER … Heather felt a water droplet on her head during their wedding dinner at home, but it wasn’t the first time. The couple went on vacation two-and-a-half months before the wedding, and they came home to water pouring out of a pipe on the second floor. The water had also traveled to the kitchen, dining room and basement. Two weeks later, they discovered yet another broken pipe. “By some miracle,” they found a contractor to repair the house in time for the wedding. As for the leak on their wedding day: “It was just one of those things that you had to laugh about,” Heather says.

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LOVE

ESSENTIALS BRIDE & GROOM Heather Pash & Jeremy Berman PHOTOGRAPHER JM Studios RINGS Bride’s: Etsy.com; groom's: Borsheims BRIDAL GOWN Ted Baker GROOM’S ATTIRE Macy’s HAIR & MAKEUP Parlour 1887 FLORIST Piccolo’s Florist and Janousek Florist CATERER & CAKE Pitch Pizzeria RENTALS United Rent-All HONEYMOON DESTINATION They hope to go to the Mediterranean, and yes, they will remember to turn the water off before they leave!

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Objects ++

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Nina earrings, $49, READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC}; Haute Bride hair comb, $325, RHYLAN LANG; Chandelier earrings, $144, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Sorrelli bracelet, $49.95, SUBLIME BRIDAL; Swarovski surface earrings, $90, BORSHEIMS; Haute Bride earrings, $203, RHYLAN LANG; Sara Gabriel earrings, $127, READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC}; Sara Gabriel hair clip, $127, READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC}; Sorrelli earrings, $58, SUBLIME BRIDAL; Sorrelli stone & pearl earrings, $35, SUBLIME BRIDAL; Swarovski diamanta bracelet, $290, BORSHEIMS; Swarovski tennis bracelet, $145, BORSHEIMS; Ansonia Bridal earrings, $75, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Swarovski pavé earrings, $150, BORSHEIMS; Spartina 449 crystal window earrings, $36, BORSHEIMS; Monica Rich Kossan sterling silver rock crystal quartz earrings, $455, BORSHEIMS; Mariell necklace and earring set, $400, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Haute Bride bracelet, $408, RHYLAN LANG; Haute Bride bracelet, $200, RHYLAN LANG; Erica Koesler double strand bracelet, $350, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Sorrelli necklace, $173, SUBLIME BRIDAL; Monica Rich Kossan sterling silver rock crystal quartz bracelet, $535, BORSHEIMS; Swarovski bracelet, $240, BORSHEIMS; Linda Lee Pratico pearl necklace, $250, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Amalee Accessories belt, $435, ELLYNNE BRIDAL; Modern Trousseau belt, price upon request, READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC}; Kelly Faetanini belt, $525, READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC}.

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of Desire++ ++

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Boutonnieres, courtesy of HY-VEE; Tissot “V8” watch, $495, M-Clip stingray cufflinks, $85, M-Clip mother of pearl cufflinks, $95, all from BORSHEIMS; True Forum paisley bow tie, $49.95, TIP TOP TUX; Shinola Brakeman watch, $725, M-Clip mother of pearl cufflinks, $85, both from BORSHEIMS; Roundtree & Yorke cufflinks (black and silver), $40, DILLARD’S; True Forum plaid bow tie, $49.95, TIP TOP TUX; Tissot “Heritage 160TH Anniversary” watch, $1,650, BORSHEIMS; Cremieux turquoise bow tie, $39.50, DILLARD’S; Raymond Weil watch, $750, BORSHEIMS; Kenneth Cole cufflinks (blue and silver), $48, Roundtree & Yorke cufflinks (gold and silver), $50, Murano tie, $49.50, Hugo Boss tie, $95, all from DILLARD'S; Larr Brio tie, $29.95, Pocket squares, $14.95 each, all from TIP TOP TUX; Cremieux pocket square, $29.50, Daniel Cremieur tie, $79.50, both from DILLARD'S.

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– or your guests may skip you! TEXT BY SHELBY BARTELS

First on your wedding planning to-do list is to pick a date, which may seem like an easy task. But if you’re getting married in Omaha, there are a few things to consider before locking in your date. Keep this list handy. It’s your cheat sheet of events that could interfere with a 2015 or 2016 wedding.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY SHAREHOLDER'S MEETING This annual pilgrimage is called the “Woodstock of Capitalism” for good reason. More than 30,000 shareholders snap up hotel rooms in and around Omaha the first weekend of May. Any rooms left will cost you and your guests a pretty penny. Skip the dates: May 2, 2015 // April 30, 2016 GRADUATION If you have family members graduating from high school or college, the weekends in late May and early June could be problematic. You don’t want guests having to choose between these major life events. Skip the dates: May 23, 30 and June 6, 2015 // May 21, 28 and June 4, 2016 MEMORIAL AND LABOR DAY WEEKENDS Not only is school just beginning or ending, but many families take vacations over these long weekends. Skip the dates: May 25 & Sept. 7, 2015 // May 30 & Sept. 5, 2016 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES If you want to get hitched in downtown Omaha, the middle of June raises a red flag. Hotels will be booked solid, and traffic could make it difficult for guests to navigate the streets and find parking. Skip the dates: June 13-24, 2015 // June 18-29, 2016

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HUSKER GAME DAYS Season ticket holders and other avid fans will have a harder time missing one game than you might think. Unless you plan to air the game during your reception, steer clear of game days. See huskers.com for schedules.


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• Enjoy every moment. “That’s foremost.” • Learn what kind of wedding you want and be true to yourself to make it happen. • Don’t buy a gown that’s too small. Ireland's own bridesmaid insisted that she was a size 4 when she was a size 6. The dress was so tight that it ripped at the seam as the bridesmaid walked down the aisle. • Accept that things WILL NOT go as planned, and have a sense of humor. To borrow a phrase from the theme song from "Frozen," “let it go” when things go wrong. • Celebrate your loved ones during the ceremony. • Don’t get caught up in the wedding and lose sight of the marriage.

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Sea ++ beyond the

A mermaid-themed wedding may sound a little eccentric. But what if you simply let your imagination guide you – sans seashell bra and mermaid tails? Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events found a sensuous pearl in this styled shoot.

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ESSENTIALS CREATIVE DIRECTION/STYLING Candace Kalasky/ Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Pomeroy FLORALS/DRAPING/LIGHTING Blooms & Bouquets WARDROBE STYLING Sequined Silver Lining CAKE Chris Janicek BRIDAL GOWNS & ACCESSORIES Rhylan Lang MENSWEAR Parsow's, Emsud's Clothiers HAIR Kontempo. MAKEUP Lashes & Love Makeup Artistry VIDEOGRAPHY JF+M Videography CATERER Attitude on Food MODELS Develop Model Management VENUE The Living Room CALLIGRAPHY Pretty Paperie PRINTING Xpress Copy and Printing FAVORS Cordial Cherry

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A Symphony of FinelyTuned Details.

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Candace Kalasky of Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events kept her “Beyond the Sea� styled shoot (page 62) refined and elegant with a monochromatic palette. “It all started with the dress,� Kalasky says. She was swept away by “Dori� by Hayley Paige (available at Rhylan Lang), a cropped midriff gown with a mermaid-esque silhouette.

           

A soft lavender in the wavy, voluptuous skirt found its mate in deep indigo, and Kalasky’s color story was born. From there, subtle tie-ins were introduced. “By using a theme to subtly guide the look and feel of your wedding, you can create a really fun and unique experience for your guests,� she says. “But it’s important that you don’t interpret a theme too literally. Here, we breakdown the “Beyond the Sea� shoot to illustrate how subtle elements in six key areas can add up to a perfectly executed theme.

 

           

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THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF SAVORY AND SEXY Reserve our private dining spaces for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and more.

MENU Traditional seafood with a twist: mussels on a half shell and seared scallops with seaweed salad and ginger foam. For a favor or late-night snack: White chocolate-covered cherry pearls nestled in graham cracker “sand.” And on the wedding cake: Textures from the sea (pearls, shells, etc.).

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STATIONERY Invitations with saturated watercolor patterns and corroded metal details are reminiscent of a sunken ship. TABLETOP Message-in-a-bottle place cards and wave-like linens relate to the theme and add to the cohesive design.

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.

LIGHTING Above a candlelit head table with a mirrored top: More candles in glass globes filled with crushed sea glass suspended from the ceiling. The effect mimics the reflective nature of water. ATTIRE In a subtle touch, Lashes & Love applied teal eyeliner to the model bride’s lower lids to complement her coral lip gloss. FLOWERS A mermaid’s curvy silhouette is suggested in a nontraditional flower boa with trailing greens reminiscent of seaweed.

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Something old. Something new. Something bold and something you. Plan an inspired wedding at the Orpheum Theater or Holland Performing Arts Center. You’ll get an expert team of coordinators who make it all easy – plus a superb menu by exclusive caterer, Guckenheimer, and an impressive locale close to the airport and hotels. Celebrate your day your way, on any budget.

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05.04.14 Bella Terre, Glenwood, Iowa

‘SPRING’ IN THEIR STEP Aleah chose coral, pale yellow, blush, mint, turquoise and a neutral stone color for her bridesmaids’ dresses, and her bouquet tied all of the colors together. PATHWAY TO A PROPOSAL Tyler teamed up with a couple of Aleah’s friends to transform an area of their church into a romantic outdoorsy scene. It smelled like pine trees and fresh-baked cookies and music filled the air. A pathway was lined with leaves and candles, and it guided Aleah to seven stations that each signified a distinct stage in their relationship. Tyler met her at the last station and proposed. SWEET WORDS The bride and groom didn’t want to see each other before the wedding, so they passed letters back and forth while separated by a door. “It was a sweet way to communicate our love to one another before the ceremony began,” Aleah says. FUNNY MOMENTS Less than two days before the wedding, Tyler found out that one of his out-of-town groomsmen had purchased the wrong suit! And Aleah’s veil flew straight up into the air just as she started to walk down the aisle.

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LOVE

ESSENTIALS BRIDE & GROOM Aleah Fuchs & Tyler Rohlfsen PHOTOGRAPHER MAK Images Photography RINGS Engagement ring: Toner Jewelers, Overland Park, Kansas; wedding bands, Bergman Jewelers BRIDAL GOWN Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bridal Traditions GROOM’S ATTIRE Jos. A Bank GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE Jos. A Bank FLORIST Beyond the Vine CAKE Hy-Vee MUSIC & VIDEOGRAPHER Complete CATERER Hy-Vee HONEYMOON DESTINATION North Carolina

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BRIDE + GROOM CHELSEA CAWTHON & JOE BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY STACY IDEUS PHOTOGRAPHY RECEPTION FOUNTAINS WEST DRESS RHYLAN LANG

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Keirstyn + Collin k k

05.26.14 Suckau Chapel, Grace University, Omaha; Omar Building, Omaha

NOT YOUR TYPICAL MONDAY MORNING The Memorial Day wedding worked well for the couple’s out-of-town guests, and Keirstyn loved that it made it “definitely different from your average wedding.” BREAKFAST, ANYONE? A waffle bar, skewered bacon, quiche, scones, doughnuts and hash browns were served at the 10:30 a.m. reception. ENCHANTED FOREST Keirstyn wanted the wedding to feel like an “ethereal forest.” AND SPORTS … Collin’s only request was a Green Bay Packers groom’s cake. The theme was carried through to his wedding gift: a monogrammed Green Bay Packers beer glass. He gave her a monogrammed baseball cap. “He would be happy if I wore a baseball cap every day of my life,” she says. BEST ADVICE To let each other have bad days. “It has helped us to be able to be human, but keep on top of the important things.” SWEETEST MOMENT The maid of honor’s and best man’s toasts at the reception. “They were so heartfelt and genuine,” Keirstyn says.

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LOVE

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ESSENTIALS BRIDE & GROOM Keirstyn Heinemann & Collin Elliott PHOTOGRAPHER Makarios Photography Studio RINGS Custom-made engagement ring: Goldsmith Silversmith; wedding rings: Zales BRIDAL GOWN Ellynne Bridal BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bridal Traditions GROOM’S ATTIRE & GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE Tip Top Tux FLORIST Piccolo’s Florist and Gifts CAKE Preslie Mekiney CATERER Bobby Mekiney DECORATOR UniquelyNina RENTALS United Rent-All MUSIC Complete WEDDING COORDINATOR Joanie Stevens HONEYMOON DESTINATION Cancun, Mexico HONEYMOON ARRANGEMENTS Enchanted Honeymoons

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We know you’re busy flipping through bridal magazines and blogs for inspiration. It’s fun planning your wedding when you can envision yourself walking down the aisle. You can taste the champagne-flavored wedding cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. You can even picture your first dance, which you have been rehearsing for months. But before you daydream another day, answer one question: How’s everything fitting into your budget? Your venue search can’t begin without knowing your budget, guest count and date.

10 T H I N G S TO CO N S I D E R

Before You Book TEXT BY THERESA FARRAGE WITH AMY LaMAR

10. CEREMONY SITE

5. POLICIES

The latest trend is to hold the ceremony and reception at one site. If this is what you intend, make sure your venue of choice can indeed accommodate you (there may be an extra fee). Some venues may offer two separate rooms, while others have only one space. Don't forget to ask if there is a separate room for getting ready before the ceremony, too.

Make sure you read and understand the venue’s policies before you sign on the dotted line. You don't want any surprises.

9. AMENITIES What’s included in your rental? Do you have access to tables and chairs, a dance floor, a cordless microphone, a projection screen, a piano? For non-negotiable items, ask if the venue can secure them and if there will be an additional charge.

8. EVENT ASSISTANCE Some venues charge a fee for a representative to be onsite for your event, while others include it in the package.

7. VENDORS If your dream is to have a confetti drop, verify that the venue can do it – or even allows it. Everything needs approval before you can finalize your plan.

6. CATERING AND BEVERAGE PROVIDERS Many venues will not let you bring in your own food and beverages. You’ll typically work with either an exclusive caterer or from a list of preferred caterers and beverage providers.

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4. LOGISTICS Coordinate access to the room, as well as set-up and tear-down timelines and procedures. Make sure the other vendors you are using are aware of your timeline so they know they'll have access when needed.

3. RENTAL RATES AND AVAILABILITY Make sure you can afford a venue, and then check for availability before scheduling a tour. With all things considered, time isn't something you'll want to waste.

2. THEME Consider your overall theme when searching for a venue. Think in terms of aesthetics, lighting, décor, etc. Strive for a cohesive look and feel. Find theme tips on page 68.

1. CAPACITY The number one factor in your venue choice is capacity. Before you search for venues, determine how many people you plan to invite and then add 50. This will give you enough cushion in case people ask to bring guests or children to the reception. It’s better to plan for more than to hope that only 75 percent of your guest list shows up.


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MAY 18, 2013

AUGUST 3, 2013

LINDSAY + TIM

JENNY + RYAN

APRIL 6, 2013

FELICIA + T YLER

Three couples share memories, surprises and advice. TEXT BY AMY LaMAR PHOTOS BY CHRIS HOLTMEIER, WILLOW NOAVI, FONTON FOTO, BELLUS PHOTO + FILM AND JM STUDIOS

We often wonder how our Real Wedding couples are doing after the centerpieces are packed away, repurposed or sold, the thank-you notes are written and life is, well, normal. We caught up with three of our featured newlyweds for a his-and-her glimpse at married life.

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FELICIA & TYLER LILLY

Wedding date: April 6, 2013 Q: Finish this sentence: I never knew that my spouse … She said: “loves the band Air Supply.” He said: “could take so long to get ready for bed.” Q: What isn’t nearly as important now as it was when you were in the midst of your wedding planning? She said: “Being married to Tyler means more to me than a beautiful wedding day ever could.” He said: He was excited to choose the food for the reception, but then wasn’t hungry due to the excitement of the day. Q: What has been the biggest adjustment in your married life?

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They said: “Getting used to living together, and doing everyday household chores, grocery shopping and deciding who sleeps on what side of the bed.” Q: How is marriage different or better than you imagined? They said: “We really enjoy the simple moments, like when we make breakfast together on a Saturday morning.” Q: Your best advice for couples who will be walking down the aisle soon: She said: “The wedding is just the beginning of an amazing life with the person you love.” He said: “Take a breather” together on your wedding day – even if it’s just for 15 minutes. When you look back, you will see how the whole day just flew by.”

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A YEAR LATER ...

LINDSAY & TIM GATEWOOD

Wedding date: May 18, 2013

Q: Finish this sentence: I never knew that my spouse … She said: “was so selfless. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to his friends and family. And … that he doesn’t like the smell of cinnamon candles, which I love.” He said: “was so dedicated and motivated to pursue her goals. Her perseverance is a trait I admire. And … that she can be a bit unorganized.” Q: What isn’t nearly as important now as it was when you were in the midst of your wedding planning? Lindsay and Tim were nervous about their first dance. She said: “I look back now and think it was silly to have been so worried about it.” He said: The details like the decorations seemed so important at the time, but today he remembers everyone’s smiling faces so much more vividly. Q: What has been the biggest adjustment in your married life? They said: The amount of time required to spend on planning for finances; house projects; vehicle purchases; career decisions; education decisions; when they want to have kids, etc. Q: How is marriage different or better than you imagined? They said: They can accomplish more together than they could apart, such as buying their first house together. And the amount of support that they give each other makes daunting tasks and goals seem “possible and attainable.” Q: What is your advice for couples who will be walking down the aisle soon?

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She said: “Don’t stress about it. You will look back on the day and laugh at all of those little things that didn’t quite go the way you wanted.”

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JENNY & RYAN STRAWHECKER

Wedding date: Aug. 3, 2013

Q: Finish this sentence: I never knew that my spouse … She said: “loves my dog, Baxter, as much as he does. He’s our dog now.” Q: What isn’t nearly as important now as it was when you were in the midst of your wedding planning? She said: The reception timeline. There were technical difficulties with the slide show, and she agonized over the DJ’s play list. She thought people would get mad, but no one complained or even noticed. He said: “We worried a lot about the guests and what people would do at certain times. But we had enough activities going on that people did what they wanted.” Q: What have been the biggest adjustments in your married life? They said: Sharing a closet and finances. Q: How is marriage different or better than you imagined? They said: “Marriage is better than we imagined because we are always there for each other no matter what. We are our own little family, and we are excited to add a new baby boy to it.” (The baby is due a day before their first anniversary!) Q: What is your advice for couples who will be walking down the aisle soon? She said: “Everyone will want to share their opinion of what you should do, but do what makes you happy.” He said: Keep it simple. “Go with the ideas that are easiest to execute. Let other family members plan activities as much as possible.”

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JUST LOOK UP Their urban condo’s rooftop was chosen for the couple’s nuptials because of its beautiful view and their fond memories of date nights enjoyed there. THE COUPLE’S STORY was told at the reception through pictures posted chronologically around the room. “Forever starts today” was printed on the invitation, indicating that the pictures were just the beginning of the couple’s story. IT ‘WORKED OUT!’ Annalisa and Ed met at the gym, and it was love at first sight. They had a 16-hour first date, and “couldn’t imagine life any other way,” Annalisa says. THROUGH THE CAMERA LENS Ed got down on one knee on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge as Annalisa was taking a picture of their feet on the Nebraska/Iowa line. They took a picture in the same spot on their wedding day. GROOM’S ONE REQUEST Ed insisted on wearing his “famous” and comfy red running shoes for the reception. “Everyone loved them,” Annalisa says. BEST ADVICE GIVEN To look at each other during the ceremony, and to stay in the moment. Don’t get caught up in what’s next or what needs to be done.

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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. JANUARY

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Average Monthly Precipitation: FEBRUARY

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Sunrise Time

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Sunset Time

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7:31 p.m.

Average Monthly Precipitation: 2.1 inches APRIL

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62

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Sunrise Time

7:08 a.m.

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7:49 p.m.

8:04 p.m.

Average Monthly Precipitation: 3.4 inches MAY

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72

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Sunrise Time

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Average Monthly Precipitation: 4.1 inches


JULY

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Sunrise Time

5:54 a.m.

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8:56 p.m.

Average Monthly Precipitation:

4 inches

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Average Monthly Precipitation: 3.5 inches SEPTEMBER

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Sunrise Time

6:50 a.m.

7:04 a.m.

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Average Monthly Precipitation: 2.4 inches NOVEMBER

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7:12 a.m.

Sunset Time

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Average Monthly Precipitation: 1.5 inches DECEMBER

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38

33

Average Low

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15

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7:31 a.m.

7:43 a.m.

Sunset Time

4:55 p.m.

4:55 p.m.

Average Monthly Precipitation: 1 inch Source: weather.com

HERE COMES THE SUN Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset when your guests will watch you say your vows in the warm glow of the sun. If you’re having a daytime outdoor wedding, orient the ceremony so that the sun stays at your guests’ backs, not in their eyes.

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Accommodations DoubleTree by Hilton | p. 31

Rhylan Lang | p. 1

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 84

Sublime Bridal | p. 11

Main Event Catering

Tip Top Tux | Inside back cover

Monica's Cakes | p. 85

Hilton Omaha | p. 71

omaha.hilton.com

Beauty & Health

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha | p. 78

Aesthetic Surgical Images

holidayinn.com

surgicalimages.com

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Magnolia Hotel | p. 13

Arbonne International

magnoliahotelomaha.com

amylsmith.myarbonne.com

Regency Lodge | p. 48

Dillard's | p. 14

regencylodge.com

dillards.com

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 40

It Works!

doubletreeomahadowntown.com

Embassy Suites| Inside front cover embassysuites.com

Hilton Garden Inn

hiltongardeninn.hilton.com

sheraton.com/omaha

Attire Bel Air Fashions

belairfashions.com

David's Bridal

davidsbridal.com

Dillard's | p. 14 dillards.com

Ellynne Bridal | p. 5 ellynnebridal.com

Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses

rhylanlang.com

sublimebridal.com tttux.com

menswearhouse.com

Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} readyorknotweddings.com

Sam & Louie's Catering samandlouiespizza.com

Simply Elegant Cakes

simply-elegant-cakes.com

Kosama

Chair Cover Elegance

Mary Kay

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 40

Reveal Salon | p. 16

Events in Bloom | p. 81 Honeyman Rent-All | p. 10

kosama.com marykay.com revealsalonspa.com

Urbane Salon & Day Spa

urbanesalonanddayspa.com

alottabrownies.com

Attitude on Food | p. 9 attitudeonfood.com

Gigi's Cupcakes | p. 83 gigiscupcakesusa.com/ omaha-nebraska

Hy-Vee | p. 8 hy-vee.com

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AAA Rents & Events Services | p. 85

kontempoomaha.com

Alotta Brownies | p. 10

Men's Wearhouse

nothingbundtcakes.com

Event Décor

Gentleman's Choice | p. 69 josbank.com

monicascakes.com

Kontempo. | p. 65

Catering & Cakes

Jos. A Bank

maineventcatering.com

wrapupomaha.myitworks.com

exclusivetuxedosanddresses.com omahatuxedos.com

johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

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facebook.com/chaircoverelegance mangelsens.com

honeymanrentall.com

Memrical

memrical.com

Nobbies

nobbiesparties.com

Orchestrated Events | p. 68 orchestratedevents.biz

Tent Event | p. 35

tenteventomaha.com

United Rent-All | p. 41

unitedrent-all-omaha.com


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Floral A Flower Basket

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David M. Mangelsen's | p. 40 mangelsens.com

Events in Bloom | p. 81 Florals etcetera | p. 83

hollywoodstarphotobooth.com

Hooton Images

hootonimages.com

Image Society

myimagesociety.com

iwen exposures

iwenexposures.com

JM Studios

floralsetcetera.com

janinemcclintock.com

Hy-Vee | p. 8

Jeremy Johnson Photography

hy-vee.com

jeremyjohnsonphoto.com

Loess Hills Floral Studio

Lane Weddings

loesshillsfloralstudio.com

Home Services & Real Estate Celebrity Homes | p. 93

celebrityhomesomaha.com

5 Day Kitchens

5daykitchens.com/omaha

Lindsey George Photography | p. 60

lindseygeorgephotographyomaha.com

MAK | p. 39

makimages.com

Shondy Studios | p. 81 shondystudios.com

T. Sterba Photography | p. 41

Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 6

Tin Box Weddings | p. 9

Méldeen

meldeen.com

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 40

tinboxweddings.com

TK Imaging

tkimaging.com

Planner

Jewelry

Orchestrated Events | p. 68

Borsheims | p. 7

The Wedding Planner | p. 89

Music Bircher and Bircher Music

bircherandbirchermusic.com

Complete | p. 88 cmomaha.com

DJ and Lights

djandlights.com

Nebraska Wedding Music

nebraskaweddingmusic.com

Showtime Music | p. 61 showtimemusic.com

Photography & Videography

theweddingplanneromaha.com

Preservation Memories Bi-Design | p. 75 Omaha Lace Cleaners | p. 27 omahalacecleaners.com

Registry & Gifts Bed Bath & Beyond

bedbathandbeyond.com

Borsheims | p. 7 borsheims.com

Celebrity China & Cookware | p. 55 celebritychina.com

bellusphotofilm.com

dillards.com

Christopher Rich Photography

Travel & Transportation

Christopher Tierney Photography | p. 79

Azul Paradise | p. 3

Complete | p. 88

Enchanted Honeymoons | Back cover

First Impressions

Wanderlust Travel Co. | p. 27

cmomaha.com

1stimpressionsphoto.com

75-160 people

memoriesbidesign.com

Dillard's | p. 14

topherphoto.com

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Hungry Moose or Frontier Ro

orchestratedevents.biz

Bellus | Photo + Film chrisrichphoto.com

Buena Vista: Min 175 people

sterbaphoto.com

mangelsens.com

borsheims.com

Western Barn: 225-400 people

laneweddings.com

Invitations cornhuskerbeverage.com

Outdoor Ceremony

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A View in Fontenelle Hills | p. 36 402-291-2582 aviewfh.com

Bel Air Banquet Room 402-333-5505 belairbanquet.com

Complete with sprawling windows overlooking the Fontenelle Hills Golf Course, this intimate, one-of-a-kind venue with lots of charm can host up to 300 guests.

With catering, bar and decorating services on-site as well as custom wedding cakes, you will find it stress-free when working with the owners as your event planners.

A View State | p. 36 402-933-2929 aviewonstate.com

Bella Terre | p. 70 402-657-5543 bellaterre.com

This fresh, new venue in the Omaha area can host up to 250 guests in the Aspen room, 400 guests in the Redwood or Palms rooms – and/or any combination to fit your needs.

Italy meets Iowa in a reception hall and vineyard just south of Omaha, bringing your destination wedding closer to home. Wine and dine with up to 400 guests in this full-service venue.

A View West | p. 36 402-991-9872 aviewwestomaha.com

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch | p. 91 402-331-5500 bellevueberryfarm.com

A modern, contemporary space with a touch of elegance perfect for entertaining friends & family on your wedding day, accommodating up to 375 guests.

Rustic lodge setting for your ceremony, and fully catered reception with DJ and event services for 65 to 400 guests.

Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 75 402-331-7575 anthonyssteakhouse.com

Castle Barrett | p. 68 402-558-5520 barrettsomaha.com

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

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.

Azul Paradise | p. 3 Bocas del Toro, Panama azulparadise.com

Charlie's on the Lake | p. 17 402-894-9411 charliesonthelake.net

This eco-friendly resort in the heavenly waters of the Caribbean is where services reign supreme and the suites harmonize with nature. A perfect private escape along a pristine white sand beach.

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.

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The Hills Event Center | p. 79 402-676-9226 thehillsomaha.net

First Central Congregational Church | p. 84

Elegance, legacy, outside catering availability and seating for up to 400 guests make The Hills Event Center the ultimate space for a complete event celebration.

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

Club at Indian Creek, The | p. 87 402-289-0900 theclubatindiancreek.com

Hilton Omaha | p. 71 402-998-3400 omaha.hilton.com

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown | p. 31 402-636-4900 doubletreeomahadowntown.com

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha and Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 78 402-341-0124 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. 70 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

402-345-1533 firstcentral.org

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

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.

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

il Palazzo | p. 61 402-493-8888 omahaitaly.com

The Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista will help make your special day one to truly remember. The Windsor Ballroom can seat up to 350 guests.

Omaha’s newest venue for your special day. "The Palace." Book your wedding reception with an Italian flair. Our elegant ballrooms will seat up to 600 of your family and friends.

Flemings | p. 47 402-393-0811 flemingssteakhouse.com

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 84 402-289-9210 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. Seating for up to 65.

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

Lauritzen Gardens | p. 48 402-346-4002 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. Seating for up to 280.

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 thefountainsballroom.com

Magnolia Hotel | p. 13 402-341-2500 magnoliahotelomaha.com

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

Nestled in Omaha's most treasured landmark building, the Magnolia Ballroom and the Winter Garden Courtyard provide an idyllic setting for a dream wedding.

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Mid-America Center | p. 49 402-326-2268 midamericacenter.com

Scott Conference Center 402-778-6313 scottcenter.com

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.

A modern facility with seating for up to 500. Onsite coordinator and culinary staff to ease your planning concerns. A long list of included items for your event. Near UNO.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | p. 39 402-738-2088 omahazoo.com

Scoular Ballroom | p. 15 402-449-1424 scoularballroom.com

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

The Grand Ballroom, with Italian marble floor & balcony, in this restored historic venue offers many possibilities for your catered affair. Event planning assistance available. Seats 325 guests.

Omar Arts & Events | p. 4 402-905-9511 omarevents.com

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 40 402-496-0850 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. 70 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

Strategic Air & Space Museum | p. 33 402-944-3100 sasmuseum.com

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

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.

Players Club at Deer Creek, The | p. 81 402-963-9950 playersclubomaha.com

Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 69 402-342-0077 sullivanssteakhouse.com

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

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.

Ralston Arena | p. 39 402-934-6263 ralstonarena.com

Tiburon Golf Club 402-896-1323 tiburongolf.com

The Banquet Room boasts elegant color, an artistic metal ceiling and an impressive glass-enclosed space. Full-service catering for up to 300 guests.

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

Regency Lodge | p. 48 402-397-8971 regencylodge.com

UNMC Truhlsen Campus Events Center | p. 89 402-559-5192 unmc.edu/eventscenter

A grand staircase makes for an unforgettable entrance! Professional event coordinator; many items included in event rental, plus in-house catering & seating for up to 200 guests.

Salvation Army Kroc Center | p. 60 402-905-3531 omahakroc.org 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.

Housed in the Sorrell Center at UNMC, the Events Center is an affordable midtown venue with modern architecture, neutral colors and a beautiful atrium area. Seats up to 325 guests.

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Wedding Essentials Magazine Fall/Winter 2014  

Your ultimate wedding idea look book. Bridal inspiration, gowns, trends, themes + decor, honeymoons, and planning tools. From the Omaha Worl...

Wedding Essentials Magazine Fall/Winter 2014  

Your ultimate wedding idea look book. Bridal inspiration, gowns, trends, themes + decor, honeymoons, and planning tools. From the Omaha Worl...