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WINTER EDITION 2021

INTRODUCTION 6 Editor’s Note INSPIRATION 8 Seasonless Style 10 Modern Palettes

REAL WEDDINGS 26 Maddie & Alex 32 Morgan & Dylan 38 Lindsay & Kevin 44 Jennifer & Andrew 48 Jamie & Doug

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TRIN JENSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

CUSTOM GIFTS 24 Fabulous Favors

DEANA COUFAL PHOTOGRAPHY

EDITOR’S PICKS 12 Lush Florals 16 Dreamy Decor


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CELEBRATING LOVE, 2021 STYLE A LOT CAN HAPPEN in a year. But none of us could have imagined an impact as great as a pandemic in the world

Chris Christen Editor-In-Chief

ON YOUR WAY TO MICRO WEDDING BLISS: 

Get creative with your guest list.

of weddings.

Have an intimate ceremony and

Our hearts go out to those couples who

host a series of small dinner parties

planned and postponed in 2020, and the

with special people in your bubble:

vendors who found themselves riding that

parents, grandparents, honorary

roller coaster, too.

attendants.

With the new year comes hope that all of

Stagger guest arrival times and

your wedding dreams come true — with

have a guest check-in station; hand

markedly fewer COVID-19 concerns.

out pretty boxes with programs, favors, customized masks and hand

If you’re just starting to plan or are shifting gears, there’s lots to love

sanitizer.

about the “smaller-is-bigger” micro wedding trend — especially without a crystal ball view of the pandemic. With 50 or fewer guests, you can

Utilize technology to include

pull out all the stops on food and decor with relative confidence that

your nearest and dearest who

your plan can hold, even with social distancing and venue capacity

can’t be with you in person.

restrictions in flux.

Create a private Facebook group; encourage watch parties and

This issue marks a change in format for us, too. We’re still all about

pre-ship swag boxes to your

swoon-worthy inspiration — from Editor’s Picks for florals and decor

virtual guests.

to Real Wedding stories packed with personalization and poignant moments. Spoiler alert: The perfect location for your wedding may be as

Explore interactive culinary

close as your own backyard, or windmill (page 38).

experiences. Think tabletop

Whether your special day runs as planned or has to bend dramatically

charcuterie boards with Mexican,

from your original vision — for whatever reason — trust that it will be

fruit or dessert themes.

beautiful just the same.

Go big with florals, lighting

Here’s to celebrating love, thinking creatively and bookmarking the

installations, live entertainment

perfect masks and hand sanitizers — just in case!

and a multicourse meal.

we love submissions

Enjoy blogging? Consider sharing your wedding journey as a Wedding Essentials blogger. Have a Real Wedding or styled shoot you’d like to submit? We’d be thrilled to consider it for our magazine and blog. Email a few details and a gallery link to chris.christen@owh.com.

Explore a weekday wedding — to save on your venue rental, and retain your first-choice vendors in what is expected to be a busy catch-up wedding year.

And our best advice in uncertain times: Simply love being in love, and know that you’ll celebrate — when the time is right.

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INSPIRATION FOR EVERY SEASON THE ART I S I N T H E D ET A I LS

A date and a place. You can’t have one without the other. Creating a day to remember starts with a location you love and elements that capture the essence of “you.” See how other couples found their wedding style, and created much more than ambience in the process. Above: Boho reception of Shelby Gowen + Ryan Kieselhorst; Trin Jensen Photography. Opposite page: Detail from styled shoot at Omaha’s Capitol District featuring Leah Thomas, Gaia Models; bouquet, Loess Hills Florals; dress, NOA Brides; photography, Tiny Luxe Weddings.

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MODERN PALETTES BECAUS E WE KN O W Y O U D R EA M I N C O LO R Do you envision your wedding as electrifying as a fireworks finale on the Fourth of July or as delicate and serene as an English cottage garden? If there ever was a year to embrace whatever makes you happiest, this is it.

PAS DE DEUX

GIVE ME PARIS

COZY UP, FIRESIDE

Gray and mauve are graceful and demure. Jade and plum, the variation that earns the applause.

Think French macaroons in a scrumptious mix of rose brown, apricot, lemon and strawberry.

Fall for the warm glow of cinnamon, pumpkin, taupe and crimson. Copper for accent is naturally amazing.

DESTINATION PARADISE Set sail against a backdrop of ocean breezes, fluffy clouds and coral reefs. Bright white, aqua, papaya and tangerine get you there.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

PASSIONATE PARTNERS

Neutrals abound with subtle sophistication in cloud white, champagne, dusty blue and creamy taupe accented with brushed gold.

Fine food, good music — maybe even a sensuous tango for your first dance? Blackberry, mauve, lilac and smoky plum are sexy and indulgent.

FRESH AS A MEADOW

EARTHY AND ROMANTIC

AULD LANG SYNE

Capture the beauty of a cool, misty spring morning in a delicate blend of buttercup, leaf, pink champagne and misty blue.

For a modern boho vibe, fall in love with velvety mustard, sage, scarlet and butter.

Toast the new year in emerald, black, muted saffron and gold.

SOURCE: PANTONE: 35 INSPIRATIONAL COLOR PALETTES (CHRONICLE BOOKS, $14.95)

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COUPLE: MARGARET + HENRY MISHEK

BRIDE: MORGAN STOKES

PHOTOGRAPHY Weddings by Amy Lynn

PHOTOGRAPHY Deana Coufal Photography

COUPLE: MEGAN + TRISTAN BETTENHAUSEN

BRIDE: HANNA KIRSCH

PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Gudeman Photography

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BRIDAL BOUQUET YOLANDA + DWAYNE HARRIS, AUG. 17, 2019 Yolanda’s perfectly mounded bouquet of cream roses is classic wedding glamour. FLORIST bouquet PHOTOGRAPHY Suzanne Delawar Studios

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LUSH FLORALS

BRIDAL PARTY BOUQUETS HANNAH + BRANDON WHITING, DEC. 8, 2018  The bride’s mom and two friends assembled winter wonderland bouquets of roses, greenery and pinecones. From a distance you’d never guess the stems were artificial. FLORALS Purchased at Hobby Lobby; arranged by Dawn Lundell, Cindy Blauvelt and Laura Oswald. PHOTOGRAPHY Hope Renae Photography

BOUTONNIERE

BRIDAL BOUQUET

KATE + ERIC FORNEY, OCT. 19, 2019

JORDAN + MATTHEW LOTKER, APRIL 6, 2019

Florals included magnolias, nodding to the bride’s Southern roots, and pheasant feathers, from the groom’s hunting trips. FLORIST Hy-Vee PHOTOGRAPHY Andrea Bibeault — A Wedding Photojournalist

One of the bride’s favorite details was her bouquet — made of sola wood and purchased on Etsy. BOUQUET The Paisley Moon PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Kowalski Photography

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E DI T O R’ S P ICKS : F LORALS

MANTEL GARLAND & BOUQUET

BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS

CENTERPIECES

KELBEY + NICOLE HEIDER, SEPT. 28, 2019

KATHLEEN CONNOR + GEORGE PARIZEK, SEPT. 15, 2018

The Omaha couple chose an elegant but cozy late-summermeets-early-fall color palette for their Portland, Oregon, wedding.

Kathleen skipped choosing wedding colors and asked her florist to use whatever flowers were in season locally.

FLORIST The Purple Orchid

FLORIST Sarah Blasi/Selva Florals, Portland

FLORIST Sheila Fitzgerald/ A New Leaf

PHOTOGRAPHY Velvet Sage Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY Sierra Ashleigh Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY Pine & Prairie

STYLED SHOOT AT HOTEL DECO BY KATIE BROWN AND HANNAH NODSKOV, FALL 2018 This Halloween-inspired shoot went all-in on dark, bold elements for a moody elegance.

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HEAD TABLE CENTERPIECES SARAH + ERIC NAGENGAST, MAY 24, 2019 Florals were the biggest expense of their wedding, and the most important element for the bride. FLORIST Blooms and Bouquets PHOTOGRAPHY Blackbird Photographie

FLOWER CROWN

CENTERPIECE

JOHNNA + MATTHEW HJERSMAN-EVERSON, SEPT. 13, 2019

TINY LUXE WEDDINGS STYLED SHOOT AT THE HOLLAND CENTER, SPRING 2019

The groom’s aunts designed the florals, including flower crowns for the bridal party, and a greenery bridal bouquet.

Citrus brightens and refreshes in this tablescape, where the blooms themselves resemble juicy halved oranges.

FLORALS Gwen Russell and Debbie Kurtin

FLORALS Loess Hills Floral

PHOTOGRAPHY Nikki McLeay Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY Velvet Sage Photography

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COUNTRY CLUB ELOQUENCE SARAH + ERIC NAGENGAST, MAY 24, 2019 RECEPTION VENUE Happy Hollow Club WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT COORDINATOR Meghan Sullivan FLORALS Blooms and Bouquets PHOTOGRAPHY Blackbird Photographie

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E DI T O R’ S P ICKS : S ETTING THE M O O D

A FRESH TAKE ON BOHO CHIC SHELBY GOWEN + RYAN KIESELHORST, AUG. 24, 2019 RECEPTION VENUE Livestock Exchange Building FLORALS The Old Homestead Market and Floral, Aurora, Nebraska RENTALS The Bohemian Hatter, Nostalgia Rentals WE LOVE THIS The bride thrifted the rugs and now they’re being used in the couple’s home. PHOTOGRAPHY Trin Jensen Photography 18  WIN TER 2 02 1


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E DI T O R’ S P ICKS : S ETTING THE M O O D SIMPLE, PRETTY ROSE GOLD AMBIENCE (OPPOSITE PAGE) KELSEY + DAVID KIRK, AUG. 8, 2020 RECEPTION VENUE Millard Social Hall FLORALS Piccolo’s Florist PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Gudeman Photography

BOHO RUSTIC WITH WILDFLOWER ACCENTS BRETT + CARLIE BROONER, NOV. 3, 2018 RECEPTION VENUE Platte River State Park near Louisville, Nebraska FLORALS Hillis & Company, Lincoln RENTALS United Rent-All PHOTOGRAPHY The Mullers

TOP-FLOOR BALLROOM BATHED IN NATURAL LIGHT ALLISON + MICHAEL KOCH, JULY 20, 2019 RECEPTION VENUE Livestock Exchange Ballroom FLORALS Taylor’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse PHOTOGRAPHY M. Julie Photo omaha.com/wedding essentials   21


E DI T O R’ S P ICKS : S ETTING THE M O O D BRIGHT WOODED WONDERLAND (OPPOSITE PAGE) PAIGE + JACK GODBERSEN, SEPT. 15, 2018 RECEPTION VENUE The Beaumont Event & Concert Hall, Wayne, Nebraska WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT COORDINATOR Margie Merchant/Indigo Wedding & Events FLORALS Honeysuckle Hollow Florist, Sioux City, Iowa RENTALS Beaumont, United Rentals PHOTOGRAPHY Jenny Wiese/Rocking J Imaging

MOODY SPEAKEASY VIBE JILL + NATHAN GREISEN, NOV. 2, 2019 RECEPTION VENUE Scott Conference Center WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT COORDINATOR 402 Event Services FLORALS bouquet RENTALS Nostalgia Rentals, Rouge Rustic Rentals, 402 Event Services, La Tavola, Chair Cover Elegance, United Rent-All PHOTOGRAPHY Hayley Dolson Photography, Sam Areman Photography

HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER STORYBOOK THEME ROB + JOSETTE LOVERCHECK, JUNE 6, 2018 RECEPTION VENUE Noah’s Event Venue WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT COORDINATOR, FLORALS Vernetta Kosalka RENTALS Chair Cover Elegance, United Rent-All PHOTOGRAPHY Michele Zephier/Complete Weddings + Events

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SIMPLY MARVELOUS Our favorite party favors are simple but versatile. We know you’ll make them meaningful through creativity and personalization. Your goal, whether purchased or DIY’ed: No favors left behind!

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CHAMPAGNE Dress up mini bottles of bubbly with mini rose-gold buckets and translucent confetti for “ice.” If you had to change your date because of the pandemic, consider adding a mini label incorporating your original date and your actual date. Make it fun: “Did we say 8.15.20? We meant 7.24.21.”

TREAT BAGS Love is sweet, so gather your favorite candy, cookies or pastries in custom bags. Include a recipe for a homemade treat.

COFFEE SAMPLE Another use for personalized treat bags: a sample of your favorite specialty coffee. Slide a single-serve packet into the bag, or wrap up your K-Cup of choice.

COOKIE MIX Portion small-batch measurements of dry ingredients, a cookie cutter or mini spatula, and a recipe in a bag tagged with a chef’s kiss emoji.

MINI COCKTAIL KITS Package a mini liquor bottle with a single-serving mixer or a can of your favorite seltzer. Next level: DIY bitters!

MANI/PEDI KIT Give your maids “mani” thanks with an at-home nail care session: polish, nail file, buffer block, clippers, toe separators and lotion.

WINEGLASS CHARMS Present these at the start of the party! The options for customization are endless; you could even consider this for a bridal shower activity.

SOAP, SPA SALTS OR SUGAR SCRUB From your shower to theirs. Find your signature scent and personalize a label for the bar or bottle. OPPOSITE PAGE: KILEY CRUSE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION. ABOVE: ADOBE STOCK

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Maddie &Alex THE E Y E & HAND PROJECT THE JIG IS UP Maddie Lorenzen and Alex Clauson first met on a blind date set up by Maddie’s friends for her sorority’s winter formal at the University of NebraskaLincoln. On a 2018 weekend trip to Kansas City, Maddie thought Alex might propose, but he was calm and collected as they talked about filling time before a Jason Mraz concert. Her suspicions were confirmed when he suggested a picnic at Loose Park, where Maddie spotted a photographer hiding nearby. Still, “the moment was so surreal,” she says, as Alex gave her a letter and a ring. LIFT YOUR SPIRITS Maddie wanted a modern, elegant Christmas theme without any clichés. Gold accents accompanied a white and deep red color palette, with berry garlands and wreath chandeliers as decorations. Pearl jewelry for the bridesmaids and tuxes for the groomsmen added to the timeless style. (Alex gifted Maddie her pearls; she, his cufflinks with their initials). An open bar was a must for the couple, and their signature cocktails had names like “The Merry Gentleman,” “Feliz Navidad” and “Berry Christmas.” FATES ALLOW The couple hadn’t planned for a winter/Christmas wedding, but when their reception venue had Dec. 21 — Alex’s parents’ anniversary — open, they went for it. “It was so special to share that day with them,” the bride says. They even surprised his parents with a dance to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” IT’S A PASTA-BILITY Maddie says they stuck to their budget for the most part, but did splurge on extras for their 230 guests, like a pasta bar and live music for the reception. The bride and groom paid for their photographer and the band, with Alex’s parents contributing to the reception and Maddie’s parents covering the rest. But they also lucked out with some bargains, the bride says, which included her wedding dress. DREAM DRESS Maddie fell in love with an off-the-shoulder style and was

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close to buying the gown when her sister found a similar dress online in the Sherri Hill prom collection. Maddie ordered it in red to confirm the fit, and she was sold. But when she went to reorder the dress in ivory, it no longer was available. Her mom wouldn’t give up though, and after calling 17 stores around the country, she found the dress in white in a bigger size at a boutique in California. The shop was willing to sell the dress for $220 because it was a sample with stains and rips. “We thought, ‘What the heck, let’s just buy it and see how bad the damage is,’” Maddie says. With dry cleaning and extensive alterations, the dress was as good as new and fit like a glove. A VISION Alex says that Maddie was “the most perfect and beautiful bride,” and that their wedding was exactly what he hoped for. Maddie says some of the sweetest moments were his emotional reactions to their first look and her walk down the aisle. NEXT STOP The funniest moment happened at Standing Bear Lake, when their party bus broke down during pre-ceremony pictures. The whole bridal party used Uber to get to the church on time. “Good thing we were ahead of schedule,” Maddie says. By the time the ceremony was over, their vendor had sent a replacement vehicle — a city bus! FEEL THE LOVE Maddie’s advice to future brides: show your wedding partners — parents, bridesmaids, vendors, groom — you appreciate their help. HOME SWEET HOME Alex says his bride keeps him “sane and organized in all aspects of my life.” Maddie appreciates his patience with her cooking skills. Shortly after their wedding, the coronavirus pandemic hit, so isolating at home has been a unique bonding experience, Maddie says. And they’re enjoying the many gifts they received. With having a late December wedding, “it was like having two Christmases!” omaha.com/wedding essentials   27


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{ ESSENTIAL DETAILS } THE COUPLE Maddie Lorenzen and Alex Clauson PHOTOGRAPHER The Eye & Hand Project WEDDING DATE Dec. 21, 2019 REHEARSAL DINNER Broadmoor Hills Clubhouse CEREMONY St. Luke United Methodist Church RECEPTION, CATERER Champions Run VIDEOGRAPHER Ceara Kirkpatrick BRIDAL GOWN Sherri Hill, Prevue Formal and Bridal, La Mesa, California ALTERATIONS Elena’s Atelier ACCESSORIES Veil: Sara Gabriel, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}, earrings: Borsheims; shoes: Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom HAIRSTYLIST Katy Biehl, cousin of the bride MAKEUP ARTIST Makeup by Renee BRIDESMAID DRESSES Lulu’s MEN’S ATTIRE The Black Tux RINGS Borsheims FLORIST Loess Hills Floral CAKE Lorraine Arthur Cakes RENTALS Omaha Chair Covers MUSIC Ceremony: Nova String Quartet; reception: Something Blu TRANSPORTATION Nebraska Party Bus INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Ellie L. Illustrations; Patishopart/Etsy GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha — 120th and West Maple GETTING READY LOCATION Magnolia Hotel Omaha WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Kayla Ryan/Champions Run HONEYMOON Couples Swept Away, Negril, Jamaica

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Morgan & Dylan YO NI G IL L PHOTOG RAPHY A WALK IN THE PARK A mutual friend’s engagement party brought Morgan Henn and Dylan Knuth together. At the time, she was living in Kansas City, and he in Minneapolis. “We were excited about each other, but weren’t sure where to go next since we were long distance,” the bride remembers. But they made it work, and on an April 2019 trip to New York City, Dylan proposed in Central Park. The couple were married at Turner Park in Omaha on June 27, 2020. GOING FORWARD But before that summer day, the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring, and Morgan and Dylan had to re-evaluate their wedding plan to factor in gathering restrictions and health precautions. “It was an emotional roller coaster,” the bride says. “Nobody had a rule book for how to navigate this.” After many discussions with their vendors, including some on possible backup dates, the couple decided to go forward with their original plan, but cut their 300-count guest list in half to accommodate their venue’s capacity restrictions. WORK PERKS One thing the bride didn’t have to cut down on was wedding dresses. Morgan works in sales for bridal designer Van Der Velde, and commissioned two dresses. For the ceremony, she chose a ball gown from the company’s latest collection, customized with a higher waist and different fabric. For her reception dress, Morgan worked with Van Der Velde’s designers on a whole new idea. “I had always been obsessed with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress, and I knew I wanted something more form-fitting that I could move in.” The result was a satin back crepe gown with a draping neckline, cowl back and train. “I received so many compliments on it that it was added to the 2021 Van Der Velde line as the Morgan gown.” WEDDING VISION The smaller guest list saved on catering costs in their parents’ original budget of $50,000. The couple chipped in as well, and

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their most important spends were on guest experiences like an open bar and good music, and on ambience, with a great venue and beautiful flowers. The Empire Room fit their classic wedding aesthetic. “The chandeliers, marble bar, and crown molding were all just perfect,” the bride says. White linens, white florals with greenery and gold accents filled their color palette. FROM THEIR HEARTS Despite the pandemicrelated changes, the day flowed smoothly for the couple. “We ended up having what felt like the most normal wedding ever in the middle of the pandemic,” the bride says. The sweetest moments were exchanging handwritten notes as gifts, and reciting their vows. I LOVE YOU, MOM At the reception, Morgan surprised her mom with a motherdaughter dance to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood. “I wanted to make sure my mom had a special moment. Traditionally, mothers don’t get enough credit for all they do in the wedding planning process.” HAPPY FEET More dancing made for the funniest moment: Morgan and her bridesmaids had an impromptu bridal suite dance party just before walking down the aisle. SO HAPPY TOGETHER Their favorite gift was an heirloom cabbage bowl that the groom’s late grandmother made in a ceramics class. It has a place of pride in a china hutch — also his grandma’s — in the couple’s Omaha home. The biggest adjustment has been learning to sign her new last name, Morgan says, and there aren’t many surprises after two years of living together. EVERYTHING’S ALL RIGHT The bride’s wedding advice? Don’t sweat the small stuff. “Try to keep a good head space and remember, it’s about you and the love of your life.” The hardest wedding change was uninviting guests, but they were understanding. “Everyone knew that we were in a difficult spot, and were ultimately just happy that Dylan and I were able to move forward with our lives and marry each other!” omaha.com/wedding essentials   33


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{ ESSENTIAL DETAILS } THE COUPLE Morgan Henn and Dylan Knuth PHOTOGRAPHER Yoni Gill Photography WEDDING DATE June 27, 2020 REHEARSAL DINNER Couple’s home CEREMONY Turner Park at Midtown Crossing RECEPTION Empire Room at Midtown Crossing VIDEOGRAPHER Forest Bound Films, Lincoln BRIDAL GOWNS Ceremony: Sussex; reception: Morgan, both by Van Der Velde ALTERATIONS Livis Designs Bridal Tailoring ACCESSORIES Earrings: Brides & Hairpins; veil: Veil Trends HAIRSTYLIST Cassie Keim MAKEUP ARTIST Keeley Dennis Beauty BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo MEN’S ATTIRE Lindley Clothing RINGS Borsheims FLORIST Blooms CAKE The Cake Gallery CATERER Save the Date Catering RENTALS AAA Rents & Event Services; Rachel J. Events MUSIC Something Blu INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS MauraMichelle Designs GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Element Omaha Midtown Crossing WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Rachel J. Events HONEYMOON Key West, Florida

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Lindsay & Kevin TRIN JENSEN PHOTOGRAPHY  SEPT. 26, 2020  THE BRATETIC ACREAGE BACK TO THE FUTURE Lindsay Stodden

the details,” Lindsay says. That includes

and Kevin Clarke first met 20 years ago,

a windmill, purchased at auction for $60,

thanks to a friend who invited Lindsay

refurbished and decorated with string

on a multi-family getaway to Lewis and

lights. Another family friend arranged for

Clark Lake at Yankton, South Dakota.

golf cart shuttle service for guests, and

Lindsay and Kevin dated as students at the

fireworks to close out the day. WHAT

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, broke up

TASTING? Their funniest wedding memory

after graduation, and got back together

involves Muchachos Food Truck, their

nine years later. “It felt so right to ‘re-date’

caterer. The couple tried but failed to

after almost a decade of living in different

arrange a tasting before the reception. “On

cities,” Lindsay says. “It sounds cliché, but

our wedding day, we got so swept up in

we’ve always been meant for each other.”

the evening, we didn’t eat. To this day, we

GOLDEN HOUR He proposed in June on a

still haven’t tried Muchachos’ food!” They

weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas,

did, however, enjoy late night pizza from

where Kevin’s parents and grandparents

Big Fred’s. SENTIMENTS TO REMEMBER

had honeymooned. They were celebrating

“The speeches were incredible. They

their third anniversary of “re-dating.” A

were so genuine,” Lindsay says. “My

hike earlier in the day allowed Kevin to

oldest sister, Leah, has Down syndrome

clandestinely scope out possible proposal

and has been one of my life’s greatest

spots. After supper, they went for a sunset

inspirations. She stole the show with her

walk and at the perfect spot, Kevin got

beautiful speech.” Another highlight was

down on one knee. Lindsay says, “We both

having Kevin’s 94-year-old grandmother,

had waited a long time for that moment!”

Laura, as their flower girl. “She is an

QUICK PLANNING They wanted a quick

absolute ray of sunshine. She threw roses

engagement and ended up planning the

as she walked down the aisle.” MORE

wedding in three months. They held a

PERSONAL TOUCHES The bride comes

daytime ceremony and reception, and then

from a musical family. Mom provided piano

danced under the stars, on an acreage

accompaniment for the vocalists while Dad

near Kennard, Nebraska, owned by the

played The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”

bride’s sister and brother-in-law, Megan

on guitar as a postlude to the ceremony.

and Paul Bratetic. In non-COVID times,

SPECIAL GUEST STAR The couple’s 1989

they would have invited 400. “An intimate

camper van, “Donna June,” was on display,

outdoor wedding was perfect for us,” the

to the delight of their guests. Lindsay and

bride says. Livestreaming connected them

Kevin drove it on their honeymoon after a

with guests unable to attend in person.

trip to Europe was canceled because of the

DREAM TEAM Among the reception’s

pandemic. BUILDING A FUTURE Kevin

special details were a hexagon backdrop

says, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world

for their vows and tables built by Lindsay,

to get to marry my best friend.” Lindsay

Kevin, Paul and Megan in Paul’s woodshop.

says, “He’s my partner and marrying

“Paul was the brains behind so many of

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{ ESSENTIAL DETAILS } THE COUPLE Lindsay Stodden and Kevin Clarke WEDDING DATE Sept. 26, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHER Trin Jensen Photography REHEARSAL DINNER The Ciurej Residence, West Shores CEREMONY AND RECEPTION The Bratetic Acreage, Kennard, Nebraska VIDEOGRAPHER Jeff Hahn HAIRSTYLIST Stacia Weiss MAKEUP ARTIST Samantha Thorell BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MEN’S ATTIRE Various RINGS Mark Edward Private Jeweller FLORIST Blush + Baccara CAKE The Jost Family CATERER Muchachos Food Truck, Lincoln RENTALS Stahla Rentals; Rental City CEREMONY MUSICIANS Lisa and Lena Finocchiaro, Cindy Stodden, Mike Stodden RECEPTION MUSIC The Finest Hour Quartet TRANSPORTATION Balls Out Motors golf carts INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Micaela Clarke, Kansas City WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Susan Brandquist, Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church HONEYMOON Yellowstone and Arches National Parks in “Donna June,” the couple’s 1989 camper van

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Jennifer & Andrew APRICITY PHOTOGRAPHY  DEC. 16, 2020  CAPITOL DISTRICT COURTYARD WEDDING DETOUR Jennifer Creighton and Andrew Walters envisioned a destination event over Christmas with their new blended family. But with COVID-19 travel restrictions all that changed, and the couple looked for options much closer to home. The igloos in Omaha’s Capitol District courtyard were an intriguing and novel option. GETTING TO KNOW YOU The Omaha couple met at the start of a fundraiser bike ride that was four days and 272 miles long. They rode together 8 to 10 hours a day. “How do you not get to know someone with all this time?’’ they ask. Andrew proposed on a cruise to Cozumel and the Grand Cayman Islands with family in 2018. TIGHT SQUEEZE The igloos only fit six, so friends and family watched the ceremony online. Inside was just the couple, photographer Mary Royers, catering assistant Claudia Newhouse and officiant Jim Buchanan. The funniest moment was trying to uncork their champagne without the cork bouncing around the igloo. Dancing to their song, alone in the igloo, was the sweetest. “We also wrote our initials in the condensation of the igloo like we were in middle school on a school bus.’’ COZY AND ROMANTIC Beauty can be found in unusual places, and they say they found beauty in their igloo. “Plus, you can never have enough twinkle lights, and always use your best china because the event will not happen again.’’ Their only regret was the teardown afterward. “We did it ourselves in the cold, and should have hired someone.’’ MOTHER-DAUGHTER TIME Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Savanna Hobza, helped with the wedding preparations. They shared decorating ideas and setup, bride outfit selection, hair and makeup and floral design for the event. The bride’s “something borrowed” was an earring back

from her daughter after Jennifer discovered she needed one. Jennifer’s fur was a family heirloom purchase by her father, Jim Porter, who recently had died. PUT A RING ON IT Engagement rings from Malashock Jewelry, plus wedding sets, bridal earrings, necklace and bracelet, were their biggest spend for the wedding. The dinnerware they used in the igloo was a gifted family heirloom. “Ensuring elegance and use of timeless décor and attire that will be passed on to our children was a priority.’’ HER ADVICE Be flexible, Jennifer says, and remember it is about the marriage and commitment between the two of you. “Relax, enjoy the day, and don’t miss the small details you’ve taken time to plan. Take a moment to take it all in.’’ STILL TO COME The destination wedding has been put on hold but a cruise for the family is still on the schedule when it’s safe. Hopefully they can use their favorite gift — stand-up paddle boards. Andrew also gifted Jennifer a Waterford Crystal set. BLENDED FAMILY Caring for their children of all ages, their extended families and their parents as a team has been the biggest adjustment of their married life. Andrew says Jennifer is an amazing occupational therapist, mother and cook and brings out the youth in his heart. Jennifer says he’s her greatest supporter and an excellent role model and support network for their children. LOVE

KEEPS

GROWING

Jennifer

says she didn’t think her feelings would change when she got married but it feels different, deeper and better. After waiting a long time to marry, Andrew says: “It has been a far deeper and more emotional experience than I anticipated. I never knew little moments that we share together could bring about feelings of emotion.’’ omaha.com/wedding essentials   45


{ ESSENTIAL DETAILS } THE COUPLE Jennifer Creighton and Andrew Walters PHOTOGRAPHER Mary Royers/Apricity Photography WEDDING DATE Dec. 16, 2020 CEREMONY, RECEPTION Capitol District Courtyard BRIDAL GOWN David’s Bridal Omaha ALTERATIONS Helen Nick MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLIST Savanna Hobza MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Malashock Jewelry FLORIST Bride and daughter CAKE Nathan Newhouse/Attitude on Food CATERER Attitude on Food RENTALS Honeyman Rental, Capitol District Igloos MUSIC Groom and wedding playlist WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER/TRAVEL COORDINATOR Bride, daughter, groom HONEYMOON Destination cruise with family at a future date.

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Jamie & Doug KILEY CRUSE PHOTOGRAPHY  JULY 5, 2020  JOSIE HARPER HOSPICE HOUSE LOVE AT FIRST “SITE” Jamie Reimer and

was a godsend for party supplies. Their

Doug Seaman met on match.com. Jamie

wedding rings were their biggest and

said she joined the online dating service

most important expense. BEST PRESENT

at the encouragement of a friend and the

Among those saving the day was the postal

incentive of a discount subscription offer.

worker who delivered Jamie’s wedding

LOW-KEY PROPOSAL Doug proposed in

dress from Amazon.com — just three

Jaimie’s living room, after several thwarted attempts earlier that day. They originally planned a November 2020 wedding with 225 guests but circumstances other than the pandemic caused a change of plan. In July, when Doug’s ailing dad took a turn for the worse and moved into hospice

hours before the ceremony. Jamie was so thrilled, a photo of the delivery man made it into their wedding album. “I told him that he brought me the best present,” Jamie says. SOMETHING BORROWED Friends loaned their Miata convertible to the

care, the couple put out a wedding SOS.

newlyweds for the drive to the reception

Within 36 hours, Jaimie and Doug were

site. A PERFECT MATCH He says, “I

exchanging their vows on the lawn of Josie

couldn’t ask for a better partner in this life.”

Harper Hospice House — as the groom’s

She says, “He’s the best thing I ever got for

dad looked on from a window in his room.

half price!” INSTANT FAMILY The biggest

A PRECIOUS CIRCLE The ceremony,

adjustment for Doug has been moving in

attended by 25 of the couple’s nearest and

with Jamie and her kids and taking on the

dearest relatives and friends, was followed

role of a stepparent. SETTLING IN Before

by a backyard reception at the home of

marriage, Doug says he never knew how

the groom’s parents. Jamie calls it a classic

much Jamie values structure and routine.

affair with a twist: boxed lunches from a

Jamie says she didn’t realize how much

local deli and a raspberry-topped wedding cake, made by the bride’s 10-year-old daughter, Caroline. GRATEFUL HEARTS The sweetest moment of the day came during the ceremony, as Jamie and Doug gazed out at everyone who had helped them with their whirlwind preparations —

Doug needs interaction with people to be happy. Working from home has been hard. CHOOSING JOY While mourning Carl’s death, the newlyweds can’t help but feel joy when they look back on three crazy days of planning. “Even though the situation was

and the fulfilment of Doug’s dad’s final

tragic, we chose to be joyful and celebrate

wish. Carl Seaman died the following day.

Carl’s life and the future we were building

WHATEVER IT TAKES Jamie and Doug

together,” Jamie says. WHAT THEY WANT

didn’t have a budget because of the

OTHER COUPLES TO KNOW “What

immediacy to tie the knot while Doug’s

really matters is the people around you,

dad was still alive. Target, the bride says,

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{ ESSENTIAL DETAILS } NEWLYWEDS Jamie Reimer and Doug Seaman WEDDING DATE July 5, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHER Kiley Cruse Photography CEREMONY LOCATION Josie Harper Hospice House patio RECEPTION LOCATION Backyard of Denise and Carl Seaman, the groom’s parents VIDEOGRAPHER Zoom via Steve Arquitte, friend of couple, and Donald Seaman, brother of groom BRIDAL GOWN Abao Wedding, Amazon.com ACCESSORIES Bride’s own jewelry; blue bouquet beads, an heirloom gift from the groom’s family MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING The bride did her own BRIDESMAID DRESSES From their closets MEN’S ATTIRE From their closets RINGS Erwin’s Jewelers, Bellevue FLORALS Bouquets arranged by Amy Kleinschmidt; boutonnières by Hy-Vee, Papillion CAKE Caroline Reimer, daughter of the bride CATERER Jason’s Deli MUSIC Stacie Haneline, piano; recorded the day before the ceremony TRANSPORTATION Miata convertible, loaned by Bob & Katie Garcia, friends of the couple WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Wedding party HONEYMOON TBA, post-pandemic

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Wedding Essentials - Spring 2021  

Wedding planning advice and inspiration, published quarterly by the Omaha World-Herald.

Wedding Essentials - Spring 2021  

Wedding planning advice and inspiration, published quarterly by the Omaha World-Herald.

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