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Gatsby Style

A Vintage-Modern Love Affair



from opulent to intimate



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Budgets, Venues, Colors & More

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R e a l W e dd i n g

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Trends & Ideas


12 Colors 46 Cake Details 58 Bouquets + Blooms 60 Gowns + Accessories

78 Smart Spending 79 Gratuities 86 Photography

Real Weddings

12 Pick Your Colors 52 Create a Theme

23 Lauren + Justin 26 Nicole + Ian 30 Lindsay + Tim 32 Nancy + RoDerick 38 Felicia + Tyler 42 Courtney + John

Essentials 44 W.E. Love 76 Tackle Your To-Dos 80 Gift Guide 88 Inspiration Index 90 Venues




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Volume 11 Issue 2 FALL & Winter 2013 Editor Chris Christen 402-444-1094 Designer Heidi Hoffman 402-444-1351 Copy Editor Amy LaMar Imaging & Production Coordinator Patricia “Murphy” Benoit Photo by: Lane Weddings

Production Manager Wayne Harty Contributors Cora Rasp, Molly Lorincz, Heather Winkel, Meghann Schense, Mark Allen Maser, James Laurent, CTW Features


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Get insider tips from the area's leading bridal vendors. Keep up with the latest trends. Go behind the scenes of styled shoots. See exclusive Real Wedding features. All from the Wedding Essentials Team.

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eal Weddings are, perhaps, the most popular feature of our bridal maga-

zine. Everyone loves a good story. Plus, there’s the fun of   seeing what other brides have done, and how that compares or  

contrasts with what you’re envisioning for your own wedding. We’ve dedicated nearly 20 pages to the real-life nuptials of six couples, each having a wonderfully unique story. When pouring through the photo submissions that we made our choices from, we were enthralled by the wide range of styles and personalities that each couple brought to their celebrations. Lauren pulled out all the stops for a wedding filled with pageantry and glitz (page 22), while Felicia’s theme took flight from her love of hot air balloons (page 38). My favorite, though, was the smallest affair ­– only 11 guests – in a quaint setting in southwest Iowa (page 32). For our own styled shoot (page 64), we were inspired by the popularity of “Downton Abbey” and the most recent remake of “The Great Gatsby.” This may have been our most ambitious photo session to date. At one point, we had 18 people on location with us in the Old Market! We collaborated with several talented vendors – much like you would when planning your own themed day. We’re always posting and pinning amazing events, on-trend tips and insider info to inspire you even further. Get your daily dose of everything bridal on our blog, too. We’re all about those personal touches that make a wedding genuinely memorable. See more of our favorites at our Wedding Essentials Idea Show on October 20 (details, page 20). We bill it as “A Bridal Show Like No Other,” and we mean it. We. Love. Weddings. Wishing you a joyous celebration!

Chris Christen Editor

Puttin' on the ritz at our gatsbythemed shoot, Page 64.

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your perfect palette

Compiled by Heather Winkel


Choosing Your Wedding

Selecting your wedding colors can be a dilemma. Here are five easy steps to finding your inspiration, assembling samples and editing your choices to arrive at the perfect color scheme.

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1 Begin with what you love. • What colors are you drawn to most? • What colors do have in your home and your wardrobe?

Find your inspiration in places other than Pinterest. • Go to a garden center and look for color combinations   in nature. • Browse the produce department at the supermarket or walk through a farmers market. What colors do you love in fruits and vegetables? • Visit a museum or gallery and note uses of color in paintings and other art. • Study family photos and keepsakes for colors that relate to your personal story.

3 Edit your choices. • What colors are best suited to the style of wedding that you want? • What colors coordinate best with your venue’s décor? The setting may well have the greatest influence on your final choices. If you have your heart set on certain colors, find a location that’s more neutrally decorated to avoid clashing with carpeting, drapes and in-house decorations. • If your ceremony and reception venues are different, consider two different color schemes. • If you can’t decorate the church, carry your color theme into your clothing and flowers. Eliminate any shades that are not flattering to all of your attendants. • Exact color matches are overwhelming. Opt for shade variations of the original colors. Rely on small touches for getting across the wedding color scheme rather than bold displays of it. Font and/or paper colors on invitations and other printed pieces and ribbons are easy ways to use your wedding colors subtly yet beautifully.


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• What colors complement the blooms and foliage that are naturally in season for your wedding? What combinations feel right for the time of year? Pastels can appear too cold in winter and may be best for warm-weather seasons; red and green are associated with the holiday season and would look odd in July.

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Build a color scrapbook.


• Snap photos of things you love. • Collect items with colors you’re crazy about: magazine pages, restaurant cards, candy wrappers, movie tickets, flyers, scrapbooking paper. • Assemble all of these samples into a small scrapbook. Create a visual story – a feel for how you want your day to look. This will help your vendors as much as it helps you.



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Know Your Hues Red • All reds go together • Perfect pair to pastels, florals • Passionate, daring, intimate and comforting

Pink • All pinks go together • Fun, lively, feminine

Orange • Warming, but should be used in moderation • Cozy in winter; modern and lively in summer

Brown • Pairs well with orange • Complements grays, turquoise

Yellow • Pairs well with greens and oranges • Complements blues, other yellows • Classic, upbeat, fresh, welcoming, sunny

Green • Neutral, balancing color • Goes with almost any other color, even other greens • Tranquil, restful

Blue • All blues go together • Complements any shade of green or blue • Clear, calm, meditative, spiritual

Carry out the scheme.

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• Use your colors throughout your wedding for continuity. Start with your invitations. They're your guests' first clue to the style of your wedding. • Rely on small touches of the unexpected (think shoes)   to get your colors across. • Don't forget the men. Vests and ties are easy places to extend your palette.



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Violet • Most shades go well with each other, but can be overpowering • Complements greens • Pairs well with cool blues, red violets and soft pinks • Stimulating and sexy

Gray • Pairs well with other neutrals • Classic and formal


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Bring a ray of sunshine to your wedding with a pop of yellow. Used alone, lemon yellow is classic and elegant. Pair it with blue, red or lime green, however, and watch the party unfold (smiley face). Here are five zesty, attention-getting twists on quite possibly the happiest hue on earth.



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Honey + raspberry + chocolate Delectable, sweet and richly indulgent. Spike the trio with a shot of neon pink, and the vibe turns intense and sensuous.

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Corn-on-the-cob + Fern Green Luxuriously upbeat. Orchid mauves lend a pretty, tropical vibe.

Commit to Each Other. Not One Flavor of Cake. Let Gigi’s Cupcakes create a one-of-a-kind gourmet cupcake arrangement that will truly capture the beauty of your day. Whether it’s a bridal shower, a rehearsal dinner or the big day itself, we offer a large variety of boutique cupcakes from which to choose. We can create the perfect compliment to your special event. It’s no wonder more and more brides are now saying “I do” to Gigi’s Cupcakes.

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Sunshine yellow + Navy Perfect partners. Introduce vanilla ice cream and china blue, and the combo takes your breath away. Swap the blue for turquoise or bluebell, and the palette turns delightfully modern. Want something more romantic? Creamy buttercup and a mid-tone blue evoke a wonderfully French feeling. 


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A b r i da l s h o w l i k e n o o t h e r Meet the Omaha area's leading wedding experts and see beautiful photography, flowers, cakes, linens, hors d’oeuvres, invitations, hair and makeup styling and more! A View in Fontenelle Hills A View West Alotta Brownies Anthony’s Steakhouse Arbonne International, Stephen Smith, Ind. Cons. D.M. Bed Bath & Beyond Bell Photography Bella Terre Bircher & Bircher Music Celebrity China & Cookware CenturyLink Center Omaha Chellsey Lynn Photography Christopher Tierney Photography Complete Cornhusker Beverage and Bridal David M. Mangelsen’s David’s Bridal Dillard’s DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown Ellynne Bridal Enchanted Honeymoons Exclusive Tuxedos and Dresses Gentleman’s Choice Gigi’s Cupcakes Hilton Omaha Honeyman Rent-All Hy-Vee Image Society It Works! iwen exposures JF+M Lauritzen Gardens Lindsey George Photography Méldeen Memories Bi-Design

Memrical Men’s Wearhouse Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo Mid-America Center My Blue Whimsy Nothing Bundt Cakes Omaha Lace Cleaners Omaha World-Herald Celebrations Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} Regency Lodge Hotel Residence Inn by Marriott Omaha Downtown Rodan and Fields Dermatologists Salon Evar Scott Conference Center Scoular Ballroom Shondy Studios Simply Elegant Cakes Sublime Bridal T. Sterba Photography The Fountains Ballroom The Fountains West The Omaha Photo Booth Company The Players Club at Deer Creek Tiburon Golf Club Tip Top Tux TK Imaging United Rent-All Upstream Catering Urbane Salon & Day Spa Village Stationery and Wedding Younkers

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Real Weddings

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06.15.13 St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church; Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista

SMALL TOWN, BIG HEART The bride and groom are both from small towns (Lauren is from Osceola, Neb., and Justin is from Ulysses, Neb.), which meant all the more guests with 730 people attending. “Community, family and friends have always been important to us. We knew we wanted to have a big wedding surrounded by everyone who has been a part of our life and has watched us grow up through the years.” A "BLAZING" PROPOSAL Justin proposed on a family vacation in the Dominican Republic. The couple enjoyed a candle-lit dinner on the beach while a mariachi band played. After dinner, three fire dancers performed, one of whom had Lauren’s ring. “It truly was breathtaking. It was like a scene from ‘The Bachelor.’” BLING, ANYONE? Martini glasses were covered in gold crystal sugar for the cocktail hour, and “bling” flip-flops were provided for the dance floor, which was transformed into a club scene. UNFORGETTABLE The head table was raised on a stage, and it was decorated with several gold and crystal candelabra. The candelabra were connected with strands of crystals. Standing near the table was a 5-foot-tall wedding cake, which took four weeks to make. “It was royal and grand with ruffles, flowers and glitter. The Cake Gallery said it was the biggest and most beautiful cake that they had ever made.” 


The rosettes in the skirt of the bridal gown provided inspiration for the cake design and accents for chair backs at the head table.



Bride & Groom Lauren Tonniges and Justin Makovicka Photographer Lane Weddings Rings 14 Karat DRESS Bridal Extraordinaire, Kansas City Bridesmaids Von Maur Flowers Barb Coffin Designs Cake The Cake Gallery; Nothing Bundt Cakes Caterer Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Rentals Memrical; United Rent-All Wedding Planner Shaun Sypal transportation Luxury Limousine Videographer The Wedding Storytellers, West Point, Neb. Invitations inkblot paper designs Honeymoon Bora Bora


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The couple's monogram was used   throughout the wedding on the menu cards,   ice sculpture, programs, cake topper,  


napkins and dance floor.


The bride changed into her 2008

Miss Nebraska USA pageant dress, which she promised her mom that she would wear again. 



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03.02.13 First Central Congregational United Church of Christ; Livestock Exchange Building A “PAINFUL’’ PROPOSAL "At first I thought something was wrong with him – like he had tripped or hurt himself (when the groom got down on one knee). But then I figured out what was going on.” IT’S IN WRITING The groom wrote a long letter to the bride, and asked the photographer to deliver it to Nicole while she was getting ready for the wedding. “I carry it in my planner. It’s nice to pull it out and read it every once in a while.” TRIED-AND-TRUE ADVICE “There are plenty of things to ‘whack out’ about, however, none of them are worth ‘whacking out’ about in the end. It’s the fastest, blurriest, most exciting day of your life (or at least one of them). Try to take it all in.” PIECES OF FAMILY HISTORY For the reception, the bride traded her veil for a faux fur stole that her aunt made for her and a hairpiece made from her mom’s and both of her grandmothers’ wedding dresses. GROOM’S ONE REQUEST “He just wanted me to show up!”


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Bride & Groom Nicole Caputo and Ian Rennels Photographer Hooton Images Rings Borsheims DRESS Sublime Bridal Music UNIQUEPros Bridesmaids Sublime Bridal Flowers Mulhall's Cake Hy-Vee Caterer Brandeis Catering Wedding PlannerS The bride and her mom Honeymoon Cabo San Lucas


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Lindsay & Tim



05.18.13 Broadway United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church hall, Neola, Iowa STEP RIGHT UP “I still can’t believe that we rode a Ferris wheel and fed each other funnel cake. I never in my life thought I would go to a carnival on my wedding day, but I did! Yep, we paid $8 to ride the Ferris wheel, but we did get to cut in line a little. I will never forget this!” GRADE “A” FUN The bride and groom are both teachers, so they decided to decorate the church and reception hall with chalkboard signs. IF IT WASN’T FOR CAR TROUBLE … The couple met through the bride’s cousin, who attended Wayne State College with Tim. A chance meeting took place when Tim helped fix the brakes on Lindsay’s car. THEY JUST COULDN’T HELP THEMSELVES Lindsay’s parents spied on the couple from the back door of their home when Tim proposed in their backyard. Tim had decorated the yard with white lights and vases of Lindsay’s favorite flowers. “It felt like a fairy tale.” VERY SPECIAL GUEST “My grandpa was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year ago. His goal was to make it to my wedding, so he battled chemo for several months. He danced all night! I felt so blessed that all of our prayers had been answered.”


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Essentials Bride & Groom Lindsay Kay and Tim Gatewood Photographer Janine McClintock Studios Caterer Kitchen Sisters, Neola DRESS Nebraska Bridal Outlet, Wahoo Bridesmaids Dillard's Flowers Bloom Works Floral, Council Bluffs CUPCAKES Alotta Brownies, Fremont Music Complete Rentals Gibbs Party Rental, Council Bluffs Honeymoon Riviera Maya, Mexico



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04.27.13 The Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn, Iowa; Home of the bride’s parents, Harlan, Iowa


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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.



AN "ANYTHING GOES" COLOR SCHEME “Whatever worked – although everyone opted for neutral and classic shades.” IN THE CLOUDS The couple met on a plane. The bride was flying from New York to Omaha to spend Christmas with her family. The groom was heading to the Midwest to be with his mom, who had suffered a heart attack. “Our flight lasted three hours, but it felt like 15 minutes. We were convinced that this was not our first time ever meeting. We bonded over some of life’s biggest questions, and felt unbelievably open in those moments.” SWEETEST MOMENTS “They really were all sweet. I can’t single one out.” CURRENT HOME New York City’s Riverdale neighborhood. NOSTALGIC THEME “We had a vintage theme for our day. We love thinking about the stories that go along with these special items from yesteryear.” NUMBER OF GUESTS 11. “The reception was more like a very small get-together, where we noshed on cake, ate cucumber sandwiches, opened gifts and enjoyed the company of one another.” WORDS OF WISDOM “Really soak up the day. Enjoy your surroundings: Breathe in the air, see how the trees are blowing, look into the eyes of your family members … You will want to capture this day as a real snapshot in time.”


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WHAT HE GAVE HER “Love and happiness.” WHAT SHE GAVE HIM “Laughter and tranquility.”




Bride & Groom Nancy Norgaard and RoDerick Gilbert Photographer Hooton Images Rings Custom-designed by Igor Carlos at Diamond Source, New York DRESS Mill Crest Vintage, Lambertiville, New Jersey Maid of honor Personal selection Flowers Dutch Flower Line, New York Cake The Danish Inn, Elk Horn Caterer Bride's sister

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04.06.13 Wilderness Ridge, Lincoln

TRUE L.O.V.E. For the proposal, Tyler spelled out “Will you marry me?” with cupcakes. He also gave Felicia wine, flowers and a kitten! LIGHTING THE SKY Guests watched from the deck as fireworks lit up the sky over the golf course’s driving range after dinner. UP, UP AND AWAY The hot air balloon theme came from the couple’s love of the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival. D.I.Y. FRENZY The bride made jewelry for her bridesmaids out of vintage hot air balloon charms and flowers. She made a hot air balloon-shaped piñata for their engagement pictures. And she made hot air balloon boutonnieres, among other items. “We wanted to make our wedding day fun and unique.” NOT A DRY EYE IN THE ROOM “I recorded myself singing ‘Mama’s Song’ by Carrie Underwood, but I changed the words to fit the father/daughter dance. Everyone was tearing up, but my dad is hard-of-hearing so he couldn’t hear all the words. It was probably better that he couldn’t, because he would have been crying like everyone else.” NEW TRADITION The couple placed a wine bottle and letters to each other written the night before the wedding in a ‘vow box’ and sealed it. Every year on their anniversary, they will read the letters and drink the wine, and then they will repeat the tradition on their next anniversary. “We will keep all the letters in the vow box so we have written memories of our relationship as the years go by.”


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Bride & Groom Felicia Thomsen and Tyler Lilly Photographer Willow Noavi Photography, Birdcage Release Collaborative, Lincoln Rings Greenberg's Jewelers DRESS Ellynne Bridal, Lincoln Bridesmaids Ellynne Bridal, Lincoln Florist Flowers for Special Occasions Cake Lincoln Cake Lady, Lincoln Caterer Wilderness Ridge, Lincoln; candy bar by Nostalgia Rentals, Lincoln Videographer Astro Pictures Music Mahr String Quartet; Complete Music; Jami Watkins and Ryan Shields Rentals Grand Illusions, Beatrice; Nostalgia Rentals, Lincoln Wedding Planner The bride Honeymoon Sandals Royal Caribbean


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Courtney & John



12.22.12 Covenant Presbyterian Church; Scottish Rite Masonic Center

WHITE WEDDING The bride’s wish for a “warm winter feeling” on her wedding day came true in more ways than one. A storm left the perfect amount of snow on the ground, but still allowed all 280 of the couple’s very special guests to arrive safely. YOUNG ROMANCE The couple met in middle school, but didn’t officially date until they were seniors in high school. "UNDER"-USUAL PROPOSAL Courtney accidentally found her engagement ring in John’s underwear drawer of all places. She was putting laundry away when she came across the little black box. “He tried to reach for it and we both caught eyes. Then he got down on one knee. He had wanted to propose in our new home (the couple had recently purchased a home together), so it worked out as planned.” CALM AS A CUCUMBER “I know brides are usually nervous, but I felt really calm when I went down the aisle and saw him.” MEANINGFUL GIFTS John had a jewelry box made and engraved for Courtney, which he filled with photos, and Courtney’s mom gave her her grandmother’s aquamarine ring.


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Sweet Little Accents



What's In

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Thank you isn’t enough for all you did to make our wedding R” a success. Everything was perfect, You are seriously a “ROCKSTAR when it comes to planning, you never missed a beat! We will never forget our special night. Tiburon provided a beautiful venue!

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What's out e Multitiered displays

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D.I.Y. DISPLAY Dress up a dessert table with a unique floral display using a metal cupcake stand. Put glass votive cups in the stand's wire rings and fill cups with fresh blooms. For a full, showy display, use Gerbera daisies, small peonies or garden roses. For a whispy presentation, try dainty wildflowers or tea roses. We've also seen this done with live succulents. So pretty! 




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Verify that your venue has all delivery information and that there is a refrigerator designated for your cake, and/or the venue is air-conditioned if your wedding is in the summer.


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A wedding theme can revolve around much more than just color. Follow these steps to make every detail work together.



{ 1 } Short and sweet Hold your theme to one word or one short phrase. Make sure every decision reflects that word. { 2 } Research recipes You will find food and drink recipes for every era and style.

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{ 3 } think about scale Mix largescale items with small-scale items for visual impact. Create interesting layers by stacking objects. Stacking also ensures that small items don't get overlooked. { 4 } Guest interaction Pay special attention to place settings, glassware and other objects that guests will handle throughout your event.

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{ 5 } Think outside of the box Look for clever ways to use ordinary items. Tree stumps, crates, barrels and upcycled furniture can all add visual interest indoors or outdoors. { 6 } Personalize It's not just a pretty wedding, it is your wedding. Showcase what is important to you through your dĂŠcor.

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Your caterer may be able to provide some of these elements.






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Burlap by the bolt Wooden crates and boxes Empty wine bottles Ivy and other live greenery for accents Tomatoes on the vine Asparagus stalks wrapped in twine Small vases filled with sprigs of fresh herbs Bowls and platters in various sizes and shapes Exclusive Find more photos

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e know that table centerpieces can be a major dilemma. If flowers seem too predictable, make food the center of every table. Here, specialty cheeses, artisan breads and cured meats are the stars in antipasti displays. You’ll create the feeling of being in Tuscany, where lively conversation always seems to accompany good food and drink.

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Use a sophisticated palette Create a wintry vibe with cherry red, pink, gray and white. Or stick with timeless black, white, crimson, forest green, cream and gold, or icy-blue hues and neutral tones.


Add the trimmings Mix mercury glass, gold and silver with cool platinum up-lighting and ivory linens. For centerpieces, weave evergreen garlands and wreaths amid a sea of candles. For color, add crimson berry boughs.

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A winter wedding in Nebraska gives you a chance to amp up the cozy ambiance (and maybe score off-season discounts from your vendors). Follow these tips for playing up the positives of the season.

Brace for snafus Snowed-in airports, icy roads and even rainstorms can lead to late or absent guests. Keep an open mind, and have a Plan B. To help minimize delays, hold your event at a venue where guests are also staying, or provide transportation.

Raise their spirits Create an automatic atmosphere and good cheer with an apple cider station (adult and kid options), trays of hot toddies and mulled wine or a spiced and spiked coffee or hot cocoa signature drink. Source: CTW Features 




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It’s helpful for florists to see photos of bouquets you like. If your dreams are more lofty than your budget, your florist will be able to suggest substitutions for a similar look. Here are a few considerations and tricks of the trade.



If you have several bridesmaids,

Herbs, lilies and scented

your centerpieces are not within

flowers that are in season. For

large bouquets can overpower

garden roses are lovely for

your budget, you can still incor-

an autumn wedding, consider

photographs. Small but interest-

atmosphere but they tend to

multi-petaled dahlias, feathery

ing bouquets can have a big

have a heavy fragrance. In an

astilbe and velvety celosia with

impact. Try a clutch of cym-

outdoor wedding that might not

be well-spent because bouquets

berried ivy. For a summer wed-

bidium orchids, mini calla lilies

be an issue. But indoors, your

are the most photographed flo-

ding, consider heat-tolerant

wrapped with beautiful ribbon

blooms may give guests runny

ral element in a wedding.

orchids and cymbidiums.

or a nosegay of spray roses.

noses and watery eyes.

D.I.Y. Miranda Brannon made this 80-piece brooch bouquet for her spring 2013 wedding. She collected brooches for over a year. Once completed, the bouquet weighed a whopping 5 pounds! She ended up displaying it rather than carrying it.


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porate a few stems into your bridal bouquets. The money will



Keep costs down by picking



If the flowers you adore for

Flowers by Season

Though you can find most floral varieties all year, seasonal blooms are readily available, less expensive and often live longer. Ask your florist for suggestions based on your colors and wedding date.

Spring Daffodil January-Early May Yellow Delphinium April-October White, Blue Hyacinth Purple, Pink or White Lilacs Violet or White Peony Late Spring/Early Summer Pink, White Tulip December-April Many Colors

Summer English Lavender Purple Forget-me-not Blue Freesia White, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Purple Gerbera Daisy Pink, Yellow, Orange, Red Hydrangea White, Blue, Purple, Pink Iris Purple, Blue, White Lily White, Pink, Yellow, Orange Snapdragons Pink, Yellow, Orange, White Sunflower Yellow

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Fall Aster White, Pink Chrysanthemum White, Yellow, Orange, Pink Dahlia Many Colors Marigold Yellow, Orange, Red Statice Purple Zinnia Red, Orange, Pink

Winter Amaryllis Red, White Camellias White, Pink Cosmos Pink, White, Brown, Other Colors Daffodil January-Early May Yellow Forget-me-nots Blue Holly Green with Red Berries Jasmine White Poinsettia Red, White Ranunculus February-May Many Colors Tulip December-April Yellow

Available Year-Round Baby's Breath White Calla Lily White Carnations Many Colors Delphinium Blue, White, Purple Orchid Pink, White, Purple, Other Colors Rose February at a premium Many Colors

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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.

emember, brides, there are no rules when it comes to your wedding style. So pick what you love and wear it with confidence. Trending now: Gowns with a hint of pink and accessories with delicate floral motifs and loads of sparkle.

A hint of pink from Modern Trousseau for sping 2014: “Annie,” with a figure-flattering silhouette.


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Clutch, $225, Sublime Bridal. Margaret Rowe “Great Gatsby Bouquet” earrings, $170. See the collection at Von Maur.

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J.L. Johnson Bridals rhinestone necklace, $147, Sublime Bridal.


Helen’s Heart ivory satin and glitter platform pump, $198, Sublime Bridal.

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Photography Tin Box Weddings Art direction Heidi Hoffman and Chris Christen Wardrobe styling Cora Coppock Hair and makeup styling Eric Burden and Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing Floral design Loess Hills Floral Studio TABLE styling James Laurent car 1929 Marquette, owned by Robert Snelling


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Emily in Annasul Y tulle gown, $2,515; Enchanted Atelier hair ribbon, $425, both from Rhylan Lang. Platinum and diamond bracelet, 8.00cttw, $9,800; early 1900s ring, platinum center diamond 1.00ct, $5,900. Necklace, 14K white gold with 26cttw of diamonds, $29,000. All jewelry from Mark Edward Private Jeweller. 


“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” "The great gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lusan Mandongus gown, $2,433; Sara Gabriel hair clips, $260 each, from Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} and Rhylan Lang; Hallie by Nina bracelet, $155, from Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Haute Bride earrings, $193, from Rhylan Lang; Hair and makeup styling by Eric Burden and Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing


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Bouquet Cymbidium orchids accented with feathers, vintage bridal gown lace appliquéd to fatsia leaves, satin-wrapped stems trimmed with an antique pearl bracelet. Designed by Loess Hills Floral Studio. Suggested retail: $600. Bracelet Platinum 8.00cttw, $9,800. RING Early1900s platinum center diamond 1.00ct, $5,900. Jewelry from Mark Edward Private Jeweller. CENTERPIECE White hydrangea and calla lilies, from Loess Hills Floral Studio. Table styling by James Laurent. 


Ariel in Amsale bridesmaid dress, $310, La Sposa lace bolero, $300, Hallie by Nina bracelet, $155, all from Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; headpiece, $20, David M. Mangelsen’s; vintage pearls, private collection; Badgley Mischka peep-toes, $225, Von Maur. Larissa in Adrianna Papell gown, $250, Von Maur, Ellene McClay bolero, $95; vintage headpiece, stylist’s own; Nina bracelets, $45 and $115, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Haute Bride earrings, $193, Rhylan Lang; Nina strappy sandal, $99, Von Maur. Hair and makeup styling by Eric Burden and Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing


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“He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way.”

CENTERPIECES White hydrangeas, calla lilies and manzanita branches with crystal chandelier accents displayed in silver ice buckets, courtesy of Mark Allen Maser & Brandeis Millard Mansion. Suggested retail (flowers only): $300. BOUQUET Peonies accented with feathers and an antique brooch; ribbon-wrapped stems overlaid with vintage lace. Suggested retail: $125. DESSERT TABLE Cake designed by Alotta Brownies, Fremont. French macaroons from Delice European Bakery & Cafe; cupcakes from Hy-Vee. Tablecloth from AAA Rents & Event Services. Silver pieces courtesy of Brandeis Millard Mansion. 


Our groom, Zac (center), in DKNY suit, $495, and DKNY button-down shirt, $65; bow tie, $45; Bostonian leather oxfords, $140, all from Von Maur. Vintage silk pocket square, private collection. Nick in Calvin Klein pin-striped linen blazer, $119, and linen trouser, $70; Ralph Lauren button-down shirt, $80; Burberry tie, $165. Sperry loafers, $120, all from Von Maur. Vintage silk pocket square, private collection.

Matt in suit and buttondown dress shirt from Tip Top Tux; bow tie, $45, and Sperry oxfords, $100, both from Von Maur. Vintage silk pocket square, private collection.


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“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.”

Men's RINGS, from top: 14K white gold band with 3 round diamonds, $1,000; 14K white gold hand-hammered design, $600; 14K white gold 9-stone diamond band, ½ cttw, $1,750; 14K white gold carved band, $800, all from Mark Edward Private Jeweller. 


Ariel in ruched satin dress, $388, and Badgley Mischka peep-toes, $225, both from Von Maur; Haute Bride headband, $415, and Bagette earrings, $165, both from Rhylan Lang; vintage pearls, private collection.


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SPECIALTY COCKTAILS: Gatsby Collins, Daisy-tini and Sazerac by mixologist Shaun Rife, Sullivan's Steakhouse. Appetizers: Courtesy of Attitude on Food. Boutonniere: Cymbidium orchid accented with feathers, vintage lace, silver bullion wire, pearls and rhinestone link trim, Loess Hills Floral. Suggested retail: $60. 


from top:

Platinum vintage Art Deco-era ring with 2 diamonds approximately 2.75cttw, price on request. 14K white gold, 5-stone emerald-cut diamond, 2.90cttw, $6,500. 14K white gold micropave halo-style ring with 2.00ct radiant-cut center diamond, $13,950. 14K white gold 3-stone ring, 1.40ct center diamond, $8,950. 14K white gold, princess-cut solitaire diamond, 1.02 ct, $3,900. All from Mark Edward Private Jeweller.


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Larissa wears Sherri Hill high-low sequence dress, $299, Sublime Couture; Sara Gabriel birdcage veil, $197; Nina tear-drop earrings,$65 from Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Nina heels, $99, Von Maur

“All I kept thinking about over and over was, 'You can't live forever.'”

SHOT ON LOCATION in Omaha Omaha Prime Restaurant and Havana Garage, both in the Old Market historic district . Talent Emily, represented by Develop Model Management; Larissa, Zac and Nick, represented by Select Model Management. Ariel and Matt, independently represented.




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Final Stretch

Setting the Stage 9-12 months before wedding

Plan takES shape 6-9 months before wedding

the finer details 3-6 months before wedding

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

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

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

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

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

Select and reserve:  Ceremony site  Reception site  Photographer  Videographer


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

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WHAT YOU NEED 1. $15 cash or credit card (no personal checks) to pay fee for marriage license. 2. Cash to prepay for certified copies of the license ($5 each). A certified copy is required for the bride to change her name on her driver’s license and Social Security records. 3. Proof of identity/age: valid driver’s license, passport or certified copy of birth certificate. If either applicant is not of legal age (19), a notarized consent form must be signed by the applicant's father, mother, legal guardian or custodian. A license cannot be issued in Nebraska for anyone under age 17. 4. Social Security numbers for the bride and groom. 5. The names of applicants' parents (including mother’s maiden name), and parents' birthplaces (city and state or foreign country). 6. If either applicant has been married previously, the date the previous marriage ended will be needed (court date or date of death). GOOD TO KNOW A marriage license is good for one year from date of issuance anywhere in   Nebraska, and it may be used in any county in Nebraska. There is no waiting period.

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The average cost of a U.S. wedding is $28,427, and in Nebraska, the average cost is $21,708 according to If you'll be purchasing mostly everything, here's what you can expect to pay.

Once you've set your wedding budget, you'll need to determine your spending priorities. After you've agreed on what's most important to you, use our flow chart to steer your dollars where they'll count the most. Where the money goes

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Low Priority

Keep your budget in check by getting creative. If you save on some services, you can free up money for things that are important to you.

If you could care less about it, why spend a lot of money on it? Here are ways to dramatically cut costs.

Rental for church or other ceremony site, $500 to $1,800.

Outdoor settings generally require fewer rentals and less decorating.

Choose an off-season date (October through April) for discounts.

Custom invitations for 250 to 400 guests, $4 to $10 per invite, plus save-the-date cards.

Opt for an intimate wedding, inviting only immediate family and close friends. Have an RSVP postcard to save on postage.

Limit your guest list to your immediate family and closest friends. Send out pre-made invitations. Ask guests to RSVP online or by phone.

Couture gown, $2,000 to $10,000. (His tuxedo rental, $200-$250.)

Shop for a discounted floor sample or a gown offered off the rack. (Put your groom in a new suit.)

Wear a special-occasion dress, or rent or borrow a gown. (Put him in a suit or something even more casual.)

Live music for the ceremony, soloist, $300; jazz or classical ensemble, $500 to $1,000.

Ask talented friends to sing/play for the ceremony as their wedding gift to you.

Hook up an iPod to a sound system and ask a friend to hit "play" at the appropriate times.

Videographer, $400 to $2,000, depending on the complexity of the package.

Ask a couple of friends to record your day, and hire a videographer to edit the footage.

Have a friend videotape special moments and burn the footage to a disc.

Rental for reception venue, $500 to $2,500. Catering, add $25 to $125 per person. Linens, $800 to $1,000.

Host the wedding and reception at one location.

Hold your reception at a private home or reserve a city park shelter for free.

Open bar through caterer or venue, $3,000 to $5,000, depending on number of guests, plus 15 percent gratuity for servers and bartenders.

Choose a venue that allows outside alcohol to be brought in. Offer a signature drink, beer and wine.

Offer a cash bar and set out a tip jar for the bartenders.

Professional photographer for entire day, $2,000 to $8,000, depending on experience and the package you choose.

Hire a professional for a few hours and rely on friends and family for your candids.

Ask guests to email you their best photos from the wedding and reception.

Live band or combo, $800 to $1,500.

Hire a DJ for $650, plus tip, for five hours.

Build a playlist and hook up an iPod to a sound system.

Special-order cake, $2 to $6 per person, depending on flavor and design.

Buy a modest cake for display and generic sheet cakes for serving to guests.

Buy a few generic one-tier cakes, set them on pretty stands and decorate with stems of garden-fresh flowers.

Flowers for wedding party, the church and the reception, $1,000 to $3,000.

Order flowers for your wedding party and a couple of arrangements: $1,500 to $1,800.

Borrow vases; buy bunches of fresh flowers and make a couple of arrangements. Forego a bouquet.


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Guide to Gratuity

Whom to tip, how much and when

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Drivers How much: 15 to 20 percent, often included in the contract When: Time of service - CTW Features

W.E. Tip

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




on’t be caught empty-handed this wedding season. Whether it’s a treat for your bridesmaids,  a little something for the groom and groomsmen or a thank you for the youngest members of your bridal party, thoughtful gestures are always appreciated. Written and Photographed by Meghann Schense

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1. Kate Spade tote, Von Maur, $148 2. Chartreuse serving spoon, Tweed Couch, $19.95 3. Framed marriage quote, Tweed Couch, $24.95 4. Mara-Mi stationery, Spruce, $14 5. Dragonfly jar, Tweed Couch, $36.95 6. LAFCO New York candle, Spruce, $50

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1. Mustache stationery, Spruce, $12 2. LAFCO New York soap set, Spruce, $30 3. Hanging compass,Tweed Couch, $86.95 4. "Stuff Every Husband Should Know" handbook, Spruce, $9.95 5. Emporio Armani watch,Von Maur, $395 6. Parker pen, Von Maur, $200



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1. Stretch bracelets, Sublime Bridal, $45 set of three 2. Nebraska Beauty Products at Nebraska at the Market, Tropical Sunrise Sugar Scrub, $19.95 by Nourishingly Natural. Handcrafted in Lincoln 3. Glass decor, Spruce, $35 4. Picture frame, Spruce, $42 5. BAGGU leather pouches, Spruce, $20 each

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1 1. Copper mugs, Spruce, $22 2. "The Ultimate Book of Sports," Spruce, $19.95 3. Matchstick case, Spruce, $35 4. The Art of Shaving Trifecta, Von Maur Razor $90; brush $55; chrome stand $100 5. Kenneth Cole Reaction cuff links, Von Maur, $40

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1. Sticker Dolly Dressing, Weddings Edition, Learning Express, $9.95 2. Purse, Von Maur, $19.95 3. Grama's Boysenberry Jam, $5.99, and Apple Butter, $6.95, made in Lincoln, where the ingredients always include "love." Found at Nebraska at the Market. 4. Reed & Barton silver-plated bank,Von Maur, $50. 5. Ties, $18, Von Maur, Calvin Klein blue plaid and XMI green stripe.

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4 1. Soap gift box, The Linen Gallery, $20 2. "Thanks" book, Spruce, $7 3. Prairie Fire Nebraska wine made by the Glacial Till Vineyard in Palmyra, Neb. Found at Nebraska at the Market, $24.49 4. Soy candles by Heritage Falls, made in Falls City, Neb. Found at Nebraska at the Market, $5.49



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Wedding photography is all about capturing moments and details of the day. Too many times, we’ve noticed, wellmeaning guests get in the way of the shot. It’s not intentional, of course. But it is mildly irritating. Be a considerate guest with these tips from a blog post by  Lindsey George Photography. Leave your camera at home and capture the day with your hearts.


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If you simply must take photos, be careful not to block the official photographer from a shot (first kiss, first dance, etc.) that the newlyweds expect. Use available light to prevent your camera’s flash from ruining the pro’s pictures in the same setting. Don’t make the wedding photographer dance around you. Crouching or standing in the aisle is distracting and can ruin an opportunity for a well-framed professional photo. Also, be aware that the red or green dot on your “zoom” button could show up in the photographer’s frames. Ask permission before posting pictures from the wedding on social media sites. Some couples will prefer to keep their wedding photos private.

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

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

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

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

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Hilton Omaha | p. 27 Regency Lodge | p. 85 Residence Inn | p. 87 Springhill Suites | p. 95 Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 53 DoubleTree by Hilton | p. 89 Embassy Suites| p. 1 Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha | p. 41

Arbonne International Dillard's | p. 17 It Works! Lipo Light | p. 94 Rodan + Fields Salon Evar Urbane Salon & Day Spa Von Maur | p. 3 Younkers

Attire David's Bridal Dillard's | p. 17 Ellynne Bridal | p. 15 Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses Gentleman's Choice | p. 51 Men's Wearhouse My Blue Whimsy | p. 36 Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} Rhylan Lang | p. 10 Sublime Bridal | p. 29 Tip Top Tux | Inside back cover Von Maur | p. 3


Catering & Cakes Alotta Brownies | p. 45 Attitude on Food | p. 45 Gigi's Cupcakes | p. 19  omaha-nebraska Hy-Vee | p. 61 Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 63 Nothing Bundt Cakes Upstream Brewing Company Simply Elegant Cakes

Event Decor AAA Rents & Events Services | p. 87 David M. Mangelsen's | p. 77 Events in Bloom | p. 59 Honeyman Rent-All | p. 62 Memrical | p. 5 Orchestrated Events | p. 48

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Tent Event | p. 60 United Rent-All | p. 47

Floral Events in Bloom | p. 59 Hy-Vee | p. 60 Loess Hills Floral Studio | p. 18

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 77

Invitations Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 84 Méldeen Village Stationery David M. Mangelsen's | p. 77 David's Bridal

Jewelry Borsheims | p. 2 Mark Edward | p. 33

Music Bircher and Bircher Music Complete | p. 49 Michael "Gooch" Gurciullo

Officiant I Tie the Knots | p. 50

Photography & Videography Chellsey Lynn Photography | p. 53 Complete | p. 49

Bell Photography Hooton Images | p. 79 Image Society iwen exposures Janine McClintock Studios | p. 50 JF & M Lane Weddings | p. 13 Lindsey George Photography | p. 8 MAK | p. 85 Omaha Photo Booth Shondy Studios Christopher Tierney Photography T. Sterba Photography | p. 44 Tammy Muecke Photography | p. 63 Tin Box Weddings | p. 19 TK Imaging

Preservation Memories Bi-Design | p. 77 Omaha Lace Cleaners | p. 59

Real Estate Celebrity Homes | p. 91

Registry Bed Bath & Beyond Celebrity China & Crystal | p. 37 Dillard's | p. 17 Nebraska Furniture Mart | p. 11 Younkers

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Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch | p. 55 402-331-5500

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

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

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Castle Barrett | p. 86 402-558-5520

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

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.

Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 8 402-331-7575

CenturyLink Center 402-599-6926

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

Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center | p. 86 402-558-1442

Club at Indian Creek, The | p. 54 402-289-0900

Art Deco venue for your ceremony, reception and next-day brunch. Seating for up to 125; lots of amenities; experienced catering staff.

Indian Creek Golf Course surrounds this impressive facility, and an outdoor veranda lets you and as many as 400 guests take in the views. Professional staff and comprehensive menu contribute to a memorable experience.

Bella Terre | p. 83 402-657-5543

Creighton University Skutt & Harper Centers | p. 79 402-280-1493

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


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

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The ballroom in the Skutt Student Center, and the ballroom on the top floor of the Harper Center both accommodate 350 dinner guests.

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Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 63 402-289-9210

Embassy Suites Downtown and Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista | p. 1 402-346-9000 and 402-408-5470

Lauritzen Gardens | p. 62 402-346-4002

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

The Riverfront Ballroom can handle 800 guests, with amenities for a multi-night stay. The Windsor Ballroom at the LaVista property seats 2,000.

Fountains Ballroom West, The | p. 5 402-496-3000 Mix the charm of an Italian villa with the crisp feel of the Greek Isles and the grandeur of a Bollywood wedding, and you have the Fountains Ballroom West, formerly Erin Court.

Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard, The | p. 4 712-526-2426 Situated in the rolling hills, this venue features a waterfall, pergola, pond and stream. The ballroom seats 250, and has a 30-foot-high vaulted ceiling and grand staircase.

First Central Congregational Church | p. 48 402-345-1533

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

Hilton Omaha | p. 27 402-998-3400 An expert culinary staff serves the 800-seat Grand Central Ballroom, and the 480-seat Blackstone Ballroom.

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.

Millard Plaza Ballroom | p. 51 402-891-0779 A traditional and attractive setting with catering, a dance floor and unique decor for a memorable wedding reception.

Mid-America Center | p. 57 402-326-2268 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.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | p. 95 402-738-2088 Dinner seating for 325 in the Scott Education and Conference Center; 300 in Durham TreeTops Restaurant; 90 in the Scott Aquarium.

Orpheum Theater | p. 33 402-345-0202 This historic venue offers a fairy tale setting for your customized event. Professional planning assistance; seating for 230 in the Grand Lobby.

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha and Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 41 402-341-0124 and 402-421-1893

Players Club at Deer Creek, The | p. 44 402-963-9950

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

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

Holland Performing Arts Center | p. 33 402-345-0202

Regency Lodge | p. 85 402-397-8971

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.


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

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

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

Scoular Ballroom | p. 7 402-449-1424 The Grand Ballroom of this recently restored historic venue offers a number of possibilities for your catered affair. Complete event planning assistance available.

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 53 402-496-0850

Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 18 402-342-0077

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.

Tiburon Golf Club | p. 47 402-896-1323 Stunning golf course views; expert planning staff. Seating for up to 375 in the Great White Ballroom; 100 in the Tiger Shark Ballroom. Continue your celebration on the walk-out patio.

Truhlsen Campus Events Center | p. 82 402-559-5192

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

Modern architecture with neutral colors throughout, foyer with large glass windows and ballroom with dinner seating for 350. Numerous items included with rental.

Strategic Air & Space Museum | p. 49 402-944-3100

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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.

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