Advice // Tux Tips
Navy, cobalt and steel blue are riding a wave of popularity in
menswear. The trend is perfect for the groom who isn't keen on
black or wants something a little different but still classic in a
tuxedo (or even a suit). W.E. love the look of a navy one-button
jacket with a peak lapel or shawl collar, white shirt and black bow
tie. It's Old Hollywood with a modern twist. Best of all, navy
will stand the test of time in your wedding photos.
Shopping For the Right Fit
- A jacket that hangs big and loose from the shoulders might feel
comfortable, but trust us, it’s not a handsome silhouette for
formalwear. Go for a fitted look.
- Don’t judge your trouser length by looking down at your feet.
Stand tall in front of a mirror. Your trousers should have a slight
break on top of your shoes. Summon a tailor if your socks are
showing, or your pants are dragging on the ground or bunching up on
top of your shoes.
- Reject any suggestion of cuffing your trousers. Tuxedo pants
are not made for cuffs.
- Wear cuff links with your tuxedo shirt.
- Weigh the merits of a wing-tip collar versus a lay-down collar.
A bow tie looks swell with both, but the wing tip is more
- Expect a snug fit at the neck. A loose collar looks sloppy, and
will make the tie appear farther away from your face than it
- See that breast pocket? It’s made for a pocket square. A jacket
looks empty without one.
- A black tux or suit requires black shoes. If you're wearing
navy, medium brown dress shoes - for all the men in your bridal
party - will look dashing.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:30 am.
Inspiration // Sweet Styled E-Sesh
5 Reasons to
Have a Styled Engagement Session
1. You're invested. You've put the time
and money into selecting the perfect photographer for your
engagement and wedding. Now it's time to put some thought into
pairing their artistic style with your own personal style as a
2. It's a date. You're not being forced
to pose in a studio so take advantage! Think of your engagement
session as a date. Style your date around the things you love and
like to do as a couple. What makes you, you.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:00 am.
Ally B Designs
Millie B Photography
The Listening Room
Inspiration // Cake Styles
Traditional all white with understated decorations. Sugar paste
flowers, and two or more tiers. Vanilla cake and buttercream
frosting are a classic combo.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:28 pm.
It's raining, it's snowing ... oh wait, that's not
how that jingle goes! But hey, that's Nebraska weather for you.
Don't be fooled by the cold, snow and ice -- they can create
some of the most stunning backdrops. Here's a collection of
some snowy engagement sessions captured by a few photographers we
love -- In His Image Film + Photo, Daniel Dunlap Photography, True Cotton Weddings & Capture
Photography by Kayla Stallbaumer
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:00 am.
Advice // Hiring An Event Planner
A wedding planner’s role is defined by you.
Kathryn “Katie” DeFurio and Justin Beller initially sought a
wedding planner so they could keep her parents in the loop across
the miles. “I was living in Omaha and my parents were in
Wisconsin,” the bride explains. “I thought, ‘How am I going to make
all of this connect smoothly with my parents living 500 miles
Candace Kalasky with Lovestru.ck
Weddings + Events provided the much-needed link. And a whole
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:00 pm.
2015 Oscars // Red Carpet Style
WE watch the Oscars for two things. The fashion and the awards
-- in that order.
Here's some of our faves that we drew some bridal style
inspiration from at last night's ceremony.
Monday, February 23, 2015 7:46 pm.
Miss Courted // Choosing a Photographer
The first vendor we booked once our date
was set was for our wedding photographer. I knew exactly who I
wanted to use and I didn’t want to miss out on being able to book
her. We went with Megan Pomeroy for a few different reasons. I
had seen her work in Wedding Essentials and other projects, and knew
I wanted her to capture our day. She shoots on film, so the
photographs have a soft, romantic feel to them and she is so great
with using natural light. I am keeping this in mind as we decide on
the other details for our ceremony and reception. Even while
choosing my dress, I thought how she would take beautiful
photographs of the lace detail.
When going over her different options, we chose to
go with a package that included our engagement session. This was
the perfect chance for us to get a preview of what our wedding
photos could be.
We did our engagement session the first week of
November, and of course we chose the coldest day! We did our
outdoor and more casual photos in Elmwood Park. We chose this spot
because it is close to where we live and we always go for runs or
take our dog, Charlie, for walks there as well. Our more formal
photos were taken at The Passageway in the Old Market. The best
part about using The Passageway is your photos will look like they
were taken outside on a beautiful day, but in reality it was about
20 degrees and very windy. I can’t wait to go back there on our
wedding day to take photos after our ceremony.
Monday, February 23, 2015 11:30 am.
Real Wedding // Kara + Vincent
A CHANCE MEETING Kara and
Vincent had two classes together at Creighton University, and they
were asked to work together on a group project. From there they
went on a couple of dates, and six years later they are
married! A FAMILY AFFAIR Vincent proposed to
Kara during a family weekend in Okoboji, Iowa. In addition to
Kara’s relatives, Vincent arranged for his family to be there, too.
IT STARTED WITH A SKIRT The inspiration
behind the table runners at the reception was a sequin skirt. “The
table runners turned out stunning. We learned through the process
that inspiration comes in all forms,” the bride
says. SPECIAL MOMENT As Kara’s parents drove
her to the church for the ceremony, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
came on the radio. “That was my great-grandpa’s favorite song,”
Kara says. “At that moment I could feel him smiling over me and my
nerves were calmed.” ALL THE RIGHT MOVES The
bride’s 80-year-old grandpa insisted on dancing with every
bridesmaid, and he lasted longer than the majority of the guests on
the dance floor. “He has some serious dance moves!” Kara says.
UNEXPECTED SERENADE Karaoke style, that is. The
band unexpectedly asked the bride and groom to sing karaoke, which
was “extremely entertaining” for the guests. SPARKS WERE
FLYING The groom’s family has a fireworks business, so the
couple knew a show was coming. But they weren’t expecting a
choreographed show complete with heart-shaped fireworks and songs
that were meaningful to them. HIS SMILING
FACE Kara’s favorite thing to do at any wedding is
look at the groom’s face as his bride is walking down the aisle,
and this time it was her turn. “I had the opportunity to look at my
groom and see the biggest smile on his face. Right then and there I
fell in love with him all over again. It was such a great
moment.”TRIED-AND-TRUE ADVICE Kara and
Vincent were told to seat their friends around the dance floor so
they would be the first to get up and dance and encourage others to
do the same. It worked! The dancing didn’t stop until 1
a.m. BUILT-IN DATE NIGHTS The couple
took dance lessons because they wanted their guests to have just as
much fun watching them dance as they were. The bride says she would
recommend dance lessons to any couple since it’s a great way to
sneak in a date leading up to the wedding.
Friday, February 20, 2015 12:30 pm.
Miss Vino & Vintage // The Myth of the 100% Unique Nuptials
When I started planning my wedding, I had one major goal: to
make it 100% unique. I wanted everything to be new, innovative, and
fresh for our guests and something that truly reflected my future
husband and me. I was committed to creative touches and ready to
watch jaws drop when I surprised everyone on our big day.
Here's the thing...I'm positive that 100% unique
is 100% impossible.
New trends will emerge. In the year or so it takes most people
to plan their weddings, inevitably new trends will emerge.
Pinterest and other internet wedding resources have given us a ton
of inspiration. We find something fabulous, maybe a specific flower
or wording on a sign to place at the entrance, fall in love, and
decide to implement on our big day. By the time they come around,
though, odds are someone else found it and fell in love too. So you
thought a baby's breath bouquet was truly unique and just spoke
to your style? So did hundreds of other brides across the
Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:05 pm.
Miss Vino & Vintage
Wedding Essentials Omaha
Inspiration // Winter E-Sesh
A snow-sprinkled midwest e-sesh to get your heart going.
Sometimes there's perfection in imperfect weather conditions.
Take a look:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:30 am.
Real Wedding // Erin + Gerry
'LADY IN BLUE' Erin and Gerry met at a
“Dancing With the Omaha Stars” benefit for Sunshine Kids. Gerry’s
son, Patrick, who was 3 at the time, referred to Erin as the “lady
in blue” because she appeared on the event poster in a blue dress.
With help from Patrick’s brother, Joe, who was 4 at the time, they
introduced Erin to their dad. A 'SIGNED'
PROPOSAL First, Gerry flew Erin’s parents to Omaha from
New Jersey. Then the boys gave Erin an iPad mini, on which was a
video of Joe and Patrick holding up signs that said, “I love you,
lady in blue” – and “Will you marry our dad?” Then Gerry asked,
“Will you make me the happiest man in the world?” WHO SAID
DESSERT CAN’T BE FIRST? It was a cool 70 degrees the day
before and the day after the wedding, but it was the hottest day of
the year on their wedding day. The cake melted and the guests had
to eat it before the meal, but it made for great memories.
SAVOR THE DAY “At some point during the reception,
step to the side and watch everyone,” Erin recommends. “It was
really cool to see them smiling, laughing, dancing and having
fun.” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT “Just
knowing that we were officially a family was something that was
very special to both of us,” the bride says. “We wanted to make
sure the day was just as memorable for Joe and Patrick (Gerry’s
sons) as it was for the two of us.” FINGER-LICKING
GOOD! Patrick, age 5, stuck his finger in the wedding
cake so he could taste the frosting. It must have been gooey since
the cake melted due to the extreme heat that day – the hottest day
of the year. BEST ADVICE “Things are
going to happen that you didn’t plan for, and if your head is
buried in the details you will not see the big picture of enjoying
and appreciating your day,” the bride advises. “Most of the time
guests won’t even notice.” GROOM'S ONE
REQUEST That the bridal party stop at the bar where
the couple met between the ceremony and reception.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:00 pm.
Inspirations // Vineyard Wedding
Congratulations to all our recently engaged Nebraska brides!
Today we're inspired by elegant vineyard weddings -- not the
rustic, mason jar overloaded outdoor spring weddings we've seen
in the past, but more the lush, romantic garden styled trends
we're seeing for 2015.
Here's our top five reasons why vineyard weddings rock:
Monday, February 16, 2015 6:00 pm.
Inspiration // Intimate Wedding Affair
We know wedding planning can be overwhelming at times --
especially if you're planning a big one. But, if we put our two
cents in, there's something to be said about small, intimate
weddings. Most of the time those turn out to be our faves. If
you're intimidated about the work and cost of a big wedding,
maybe a small gathering of family and a few friends is all you
Here's what's inspiring us today:
Friday, February 13, 2015 12:00 pm.
Real Wedding // Danielle + Talan
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Danielle and Talan live in
Los Angeles, but they wanted to get married in Omaha because
Danielle’s family lives here. AU NATUREL The
bride chose a neutral palette over traditional wedding colors.
WE’LL DRINK TO THAT! The couple met on Danielle’s
21st birthday at a Los Angeles bar. SPARKS WERE
FLYING Talan proposed to Danielle during her family’s
annual Fourth of July party. The bride’s extended family members
were all behind the big surprise. MOST MEMORABLE
MOMENT Danielle’s grandfather, who served in the U.S. Air
Force for 25 years, performed the marriage ceremony. He surprised
the couple by showing up in full uniform. “It was incredible,” the
bride says. OOPS! The best man accidentally used profanity in his
speech. GROOM’S SOLE REQUEST That he and his
groomsmen wear black suits and white shirts. “That was what I
wanted anyway,” the bride says.For fun, the groomsmen wore
corn-themed socks since most of them traveled from California.
BEST ADVICE Always make time for each
other. AGAIN, PLEASE? Danielle loves her
wedding gown so much that she would wear it every day “if it was
socially acceptable!” FLEXIBLE
VENUE Finding a venue that allowed the couple to
choose their own vendors was a huge plus, Danielle says. “We were
able to really make it our own that way.” ‘BEST. CAKE.
EVER’ That’s how the bride describes the cake, which
had white almond and strawberry champagne flavors. “My mouth is
watering just thinking about it,” she says. YOU CAN
ALWAYS COUNT ON MOM Danielle’s mom was the wedding
planner. “I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:41 pm.
Planning Tips // Destination Weddings
Considering a destination wedding? Make it everything you want
it to be – and more – by catering to your interests. “You want to
express yourself in your destination,” advises Elise Aust, manager
and destination wedding specialist at Custom Cruises &
So where are you in your dreams? Are you lying on a beach
soaking up the sun with a piña colada in hand? Are you speeding and
bumping along in an ATV across rugged terrain? Or are you dancing
the night away in a trendy nightclub?
Once you have the type of destination decided, consider your
guests’ budget and time limits, suggests Kem Matthews, owner of
Enchanted Honeymoons Travel. “It’s easy for guests to
say they’re going when the idea first comes up, but factors such as
jobs and budget can get in the way.”
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:45 pm.
Inspiration // Destination Wedding
We've got some tips for planning a destination wedding
coming up on the blog tomorrow, but for now, we'll just let you
dream a little with this Florida D.I.Y. destination beach
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:42 pm.
Miss Vino & Vintage // Going Unplugged
After getting engaged, one of the first things that I did was
set a date...with our photographer. I have been lucky enough to
know Amy McFarland of Amy Cloud Photography for several years and
have loved watching her journey as a professional photographer
specializing in engagements and weddings. I know that Amy has
attended workshops, mentored other photographers, and really
committed herself to being a valuable member of her brides'
vendor teams. She has been published on Green Wedding
Shoes and Buzzfeed because of her unique approach and individual
attention, especially when it comes to offbeat brides. Her style
was exactly what we were looking for, so there was no doubt she was
the one for us.
When discussing our big day with Amy, someone who attends
weddings for a living and has pretty much seen it all through her
lens, I asked some advice on what we should know about our wedding
day. I was surprised to hear her suggest we consider an Unplugged
Wedding, but after discussing it with her, it made total
For those of you not familiar, the concept of an "Unplugged
Wedding" it basically means that you ask your guests to
refrain from taking photos during key moments of the ceremony and
reception, such as the first kiss, the father/daughter dance, cake
cutting, etc. Not only does it ensure they are really able to be in
the moment of the celebration, but it also makes
certain that the professional photographer you've so
carefully selected hired can truly capture your special
Monday, February 9, 2015 6:00 pm.
Real Wedding // Lindsey + John
'OVER' LUNCH John first spotted Lindsey
from across the room in a cafeteria at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. AN ICY PROPOSAL … John surprised
Lindsey with a weekend trip to New York City. They went ice skating
at Rockefeller Center and then everyone cleared the ice, “You &
Me” by the Dave Matthews Band came over the PA system. Then John
got down on one knee. The couple performed a choreographed dance to
the song at their reception. AND A ROCKEFELLER-THEMED
WEDDING Touches of gold were in the wedding party’s
accessories, glitter aisle runner, chairs, cake and flatware in a
nod to the famous gold statue at Rockefeller Center. There were
also New York City-themed signature drinks, a custom white dance
floor and an ice luge for cocktails at the reception. WITH
A LITTLE BIT OF NEBRASKA, TOO! John had a Huskers-themed
cookie for his groom’s cake. For a late-night snack, Valentino’s
pizza slices were served in Huskers game day
boxes. EVEN STEVEN Lindsey and John
chose June 14, 2014 as their wedding date for several reasons.
First, it was the perfect time for a celebration since several
family birthdays occur in the winter. Second, they could go on a
tropical honeymoon immediately after their wedding since John
earned a master’s degree in May. And Lindsey wanted an
even-numbered wedding date! AN INSPIRED COLOR
THEME Lindsey says her wedding colors were inspired
by Kate Spade: blush, bright pink, cream and
gold. ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND Lindsey’s
two best friends, who were both her Maids of Honor, sang a duet at
the ceremony to “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera” –
Lindsey’s favorite musical. A crystal chandelier was also hung over
the dance floor in a tribute to the
musical. GROOM'S ONE REQUEST That
the Huskers’ “Tunnel Walk” and kickoff song “Can You Feel It?” play
as the couple entered the reception.
Friday, February 6, 2015 6:21 pm.
Miss Courted // First Things First
Mr. Courted and I have had a whirlwind relationship. We met on a
dating site we both joined mostly for entertainment purposes in
February 2014 and got engaged on October 15th, 2014. Even while he
was proposing, I kept asking him if he was serious. Since finding
out the stories of how other couples got engaged, I found I was not
alone in my initial response. Once I said “yes!” it all became so
real. We were ENGAGED! After spending hours on the phone calling
friends and family, Mr. Courted and I went out for pie (a regular
thing for us) so he could tell me the whole story of who knew, when
he bought the ring, and when we both knew we wanted to spend our
“So what do we do first?”
Sure, I have had lots of friends get married and I had a
sideline view of planning, but what was I supposed to do
first? If most cases, you haven’t planned your own wedding
before. These are 10 things you should do right away to save
you time and a headache down the road as you begin planning.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:22 pm.
Trending // Proposal Photography
As we draw near to Valentine's Day, a popular day for
proposals, we thought we'd share some thoughts on a trending
wedding topic: capturing the proposal.
- Document the moment. You'll have pictures
to share with family and friends as you tell the story and puts
your engagement photos in sequence.
- Surprise is key. Professional photographers
are good at looking like strangers (as long as they're not
friends or family) so she'll never know it's coming.
- Keep the memory. You'll be able to see the
reaction on her face time after time. It never gets old,
- Instant engagement photos. You'll have an
opportunity to take engagement photos right away when the smile on
her face will be bigger than ever.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 1:17 pm.