Real Wedding // Melissa + Ryan
ALL THAT MATTERED Although Ryan took a video of
himself practicing his proposal speech in the restaurant bathroom,
he was so nervous that he only managed to get the words “Will you
marry me?” out. At least they were the most important words and the
rest could be replayed later! PERFECT TIMING There
was rain in the forecast for the couple’s outdoor ceremony, which
made the bride nervous. But the clouds parted just in time for the
ceremony. “I remember walking down the aisle feeling that
everything was just perfect in that moment.” SILLY
MOMENTS Improvised dances, a rap by the groom to “Ice Ice
Baby” and a group dance to “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
during the reception. RIVALRY FOR CASH The couple
set up a piggy bank competition between the Huskers and the
Hawkeyes at the reception to raise money for their honeymoon fund.
FROM ONE BRIDE TO ANOTHER Do a photo booth for
your guestbook, Melissa says. “While it’s fun to dream up your
wedding on Pinterest, when you look back on the day your favorite
memories will truly be your friends and family just being
Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 am.
Miss Ever After // #MaidsInMexico
When it came to my bachelorette party, I knew that I wanted it
to be one big celebratory vacation for my bridesmaids and me. There
is no better place to do such a thing than Cancun, Mexico. At first
thought going out of the country seems like a large expense for a
bachelorette party, but in reality it is exactly the opposite. It
was so relieving to know that once I boarded the airplane to Mexico
everything would be already covered financially which helped me
truly enjoy my long weekend away.
We decided to spend our bachelorette fiesta at the Valentin
Imperial Maya located in between Cancun & Playa del Carmen. The
location was perfect because we could still enjoy the atmosphere
without the spring break guests which tend to flock to Cancun.
Valentin Imperial Maya is a palm tree filled resort with direct
access to both the beach and multiple pools, and countless fine
dining options. At night, we enjoyed a variety of live music bands
from reggae to Latin, and a guest DJ in the open air plaza.
One of the nights we went into Playa del Carmen to dance the
night away at Coco Bongo. What makes Coco Bongo so unique is the
style of the club. It is a disco, nightclub, DJ, theater style show
including aerial acrobats. Time literally flies when you’re having
fun, and that’s exactly what happened while we were in Mexico. I
would recommend an all-inclusive bachelorette party to anyone who
is wanting to really get away and relax for a long weekend with
their bridal party.
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:30 am.
Inspiration // Vintage Engagement Session
This romantic vintage-styled e-sesh, captured by Amy E Photography,
has the perfect blend of bohemian and rustic themes. And let's
face it, we're suckers for a striking pop of color on an earthy
backdrop. It makes us want to throw heart-shaped confetti, too!
Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:30 am.
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Inspiration // Bridal Session
If we ever dreamed up the perfect destination bridal portrait
session, this one comes pretty close. Love &
Light Productions spent some time in Miami for to capture this
bride in her beautiful gown!
What is a bridal portrait session and why would you want one?
Get the answers here.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:26 pm.
Get Your Glam Squad
There are lots of important wedding decisions that brides have
to make. Duh. But some of the most important ones you'll have
to make are centered around how you'll look. Hair and makeup
rank at the top of the list.
Choosing a bridal look can be overwhelming. You'll want to
make sure your hair and makeup are the right match for your dress.
Here's a few tips for assembling your "Glam Squad" to
achieve your best look.
1. Assemble the Glam Squad -- Your Glam Squad
should consist of a hair stylist, hair colorist, makeup artist and
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:00 am.
Real Wedding // Louise + Matt
RISE AND SHINE! Matt proposed first thing on a
Saturday morning, and Louise’s first reaction was, “I haven’t even
brushed my teeth and I look like a mess.” Matt replied with, “I
love you no matter what you look like … You are beautiful.” “And
then he asked if he could spend the rest of his life with us (my
two kids and I) rather than just me.” ‘EMOTIONAL,
HEARTBREAKING AND BEAUTIFUL’ Louise and Matt were married
at the Methodist Hospital chapel because her dad was terminally ill
and wasn’t well enough to leave the hospital. Louise’s dad died
about three months later. AND TWO EAGER STAND-INS
Louise’s children walked her down the aisle since her dad couldn’t
be there. “They did such a tremendous job, and they were so excited
to have such a large role in the wedding.” Her daughter was also
her maid of honor, while her son was a groomsman. LONG
ENGAGEMENT OVERRATED The couple planned their wedding in
two months, and they highly recommend it to other couples when the
bride and groom are both “heavily involved in the decision-making
Monday, April 20, 2015 8:00 am.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bridal Portrait Sessions
What is a bridal portrait session?
“A bridal session is actually a southern tradition,” says
Audrey and Jennifer of Love & Light Productions. “This session is
shot before the wedding day, and sometimes these photos are even
displayed at the reception.”
Basically it’s like a mini session just for you, the bride. And
it’s a great way to do a trial run of wedding day hair, makeup,
dress, shoes, accessories, etc.
Friday, April 17, 2015 8:30 am.
Engaged // Mariah & Roman
AN ICY PROPOSAL Roman proposed at Tranquility
Ice Rink. He plays hockey and I'm always at every game of his
and that's where we had our first "date". We were
skating around before hockey and I heard the song Close Your Eyes
by Michael Buble playing and I instantly started crying. That's
a special song for us. Then he got down on his knee and asked me to
marry him. THE PERFECT RING He got the ring from
Diamond. He picked it out all by himself never even told or
showed him what style I liked but he picked out exactly what I
wanted! SURPRISE! We have known each
other for two years but have been dating for a year and a half.
Both of our families were there to take photos and videos! I
wasn't expecting it at all! Not until the song started playing.
I just thought it was a normal day for us. Skating before hockey is
normal. 'THE ONE' MOMENT I think I knew he
was the one when he went with me and my dad to our cabin and he
climbed a cliff to save a baby owl. It really hit me when my dad
leaned over and said "I bet you marry him someday!"
I'm a big daddies girl so that meant a lot to me. WHAT
HE LOVES ABOUT HER He says he loves my
personality. WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT HIM I
honestly love everything about him. WEDDING PLANS
We are getting married on a vineyard and our them is the rustic
theme. We are both country people so it just seems right.
BEST ADVICE Take it one day at a time. You will
hear a thousand opinions from others and you just have to hear
their opinion you don't actually have to make it part of your
wedding! I had a hard time the first few months with hurting others
feelings because I simply didn't like their idea for my
wedding. Which caused a lot of unneeded stress on me and my fiancé.
We have learned how to deal with everyone together as a couple
Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00 am.
Bride Blogger // Low-Stress Planning
Planning a wedding can be stressful. Planning a wedding
when life gets in the way can be difficult. Mr. Courted and I sold
our house and now on the hunt for the house we will live in when we
start our married life together and start a family. More stress. We
are both trying to keep things in perspective to keep our sanity
the best way we can. Below are some ideas to keep your stress
levels low when it doesn’t seem very possible, and get some wedding
planning done at the same time.
- Have an unexpected date night. Mr.
Courted and I both love dessert (okay maybe I love it more than
him), so after a busy day of work and house hunting, it is nice to
relax with a cup of tea and an amazing piece of pie to catch up on
each other’s day.
- Treat yourself. Schedule a massage,
pedicure, or meet a friend for happy hour. Give yourself some
time to decompress and relax.
- Make wedding planning part of a night
out. Need to book a musician for the big day
still? Want to find a creative caterer? Need a location
for your rehearsal dinner? Head out for a night on the town
and cross something off your list of things to do!
- Spend the night in on the couch
together. Put your phones, iPads, laptops, etc. away
and just enjoy spending time with each other. Watch a movie you
have never seen, watch old family videos, or go through old photo
albums together and reminisce about your past.
- Exercise. This spring weather has been pretty
great and it makes it so much easier to get out of the house and be
active. Take your dog for a walk, head out for a run, or do a group
exercise class at your gym. You will feel so much better
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 am.
Bride Blogger // Meet Miss Beaches
Occupation: Registered Nurse, soon-to-be
Family Nurse Practitioner in August
Engagement Date: December 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:00 am.
Real Wedding // Jessica + Joshua
BOX OFFICE ROMANCE Jessica and Josh met as
teenagers at a movie theater where they both worked. They saw a
movie together one night after work – and dated for the next seven
years! A ‘FORTUNATE’ EVENING Josh proposed at the
couple’s favorite Chinese restaurant with a metal fortune
cookie-shaped box. The message inside the box read, “Will you marry
me?” AN UNVEILING The bride’s dad hugged her right
before she walked down the aisle to calm her nerves, but he
accidentally knocked off her veil! The pastor’s wife came to the
rescue. HOMEMADE WITH LOVE The bride’s mom made
the decorations. “She really brought all of our ideas to life,” the
bride says. GROOM’S ONE REQUEST That the bride and
groom wear Chuck Taylor shoes. Jessica says she was really proud of
hers. “I am not very crafty, but I bedazzled mine.” BEST
ADVICE Sometimes it’s OK to go to bed angry so you can
wake up with a clearer head.
Monday, April 13, 2015 8:00 am.
Styled Shoot // Romantic Barn Wedding
There's nothing we love more than a beautiful collaboration
of creative wedding vendors. This wonderful styled shoot offers the
perfect touch of rustic chic to a romantic barn
wedding Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch.
Friday, April 10, 2015 9:30 am.
Real Wedding // Rene + Adam
AN OFF DAY For the Huskers, that is. The couple
chose Oct. 11, 2014, as their wedding date because there wasn’t a
football game scheduled. HE REMEMBERED! When René
was a little girl, she gave her dad a quarter and asked him to hold
onto it until her wedding day. She figured he had forgotten about
it – until he pulled it out of his pocket during their first dance.
ALL HANDS ON DECK René’s dad designed the
invitations, her aunt made her wedding dress and the couple made
their own centerpieces and reception decorations. Family members
chipped in to help decorate the reception hall. TREE,
ANYONE? Adam works for the Nebraska Forest Service, so the
couple incorporated trees and wood in the wedding with wooden
centerpieces and a tree stub-shaped groom’s cake. The couple also
gave out tree seedlings from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as
favors. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT When René started
walking down the aisle, she felt like she was walking through “the
gates of heaven, and I was now calm and relieved because I was
walking toward Adam.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:30 am.
Designing Your Invites
The first hint guests will have of your wedding's style is
your invitations. Make sure they represent it well. Sending
something too cutesy is confusing if you're having an elegant
formal wedding -- you don't want to accidentally prepare people
to dress inappropriately.
1. Pick Your
Printing Process Engraving
creates raised type and looks classic but can be pricey.
Letterpress indents letters into the paper, lends
and artisanal air to invites, and is often costly due to it's
hand-done nature. Thermography, in which powder
and resin are heated to form raised letters, mimics the look of
engraving for less. Flat printing is versatile,
affordable and works well for modern affairs.
2. Add Your
Motif & Palette You might want to
incorporate a custom icon, a crest or design element to give a
sense of personalization. Also introduce your colors in the font or
envelope liners and consider fun extras such as maps, destination
info and coordinating stamps.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:00 am.
Bride Blogger // DIY Gold Leaf Details
Gold leafing details are all the rage right now in the wedding
stationery world, but it can be pricey! My wedding colors are gray
and gold, so I was looking for a way to incorporate some shine
without busting my budget.
My invitations are “half-DIY” with the help of some great
pre-made pockets from Cards & Pockets. I love
this website because they have tons of colors and you can order
samples of anything so you know the colors are juuuust
right. As a graphic designer, I was able to locally print and cut
my invitations and just insert them into the pockets. Still, I
wanted that little something extra…
Here’s where this awesome Gold
Leafing Pen by Krylon comes in! I picked up one of these from
Michaels for just $8.99. Actually, it was less than $6.00 because
who doesn’t use a 40% off coupon? Duh!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:00 am.
Real Wedding // Dollie + Janusz
MASSAGE AT LIED LODGE We arrived at Lied
Lodge in Nebraska City one afternoon and he had a surprise spa
appointment waiting for me! When I came back from the massage he
gave me a dozen of the most beautiful red roses I've ever seen
and he got down on one knee and proposed. He could not wait until
later at dinner as he originally planned. He was too excited!
Afterwards, we enjoyed a wine tasting from the local vineyard as a
newly engaged couple. Everyone at the lodge was congratulating us.
It was definitely a memorable day! A BLUSHING
BRIDE I chose a pink wedding dress and ivory bridesmaids
dresses, a little backwards from the
norm. STEAL-WORTHY IDEAS I made pressed
flower lanterns out of wax paper, pressed garden flowers and $1
mason jars. Battery-operated candles fit perfectly inside. I also
etched wine glasses with a monogram I designed and we used them as
favors. They also make for a classy and affordable table
decoration! BEST ADVICE Don't spend so much on
your cake. It can be simple and elegant. I made my own cake toppers
and added fresh wild flowers from whole foods!GOING
SOLO Don't do it all by yourself. Ask for help before
it's too late! MAKE IT YOUR OWN I made my
own menus, name cards, table names, and bride Mad-Libs on my
computer and printed them on kraft paper at home. It was easy and
Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 am.
NEW BONUS ISSUE!
The exclusively digital real wedding bonus issue of Wedding
Essentials is here!
There are so many sweet nuggets of special wedding day moments
in this new real wedding issue you won't want to
If you're interested in submitting your own wedding (either
as the bride or as the photographer) you can find those details
Friday, April 3, 2015 4:00 pm.
Bride Blogger // What's On The Menu?
Of all of the things involved in wedding planning, one of the
items I was most looking forward to was meeting with caterers.
Palazzo as our reception venue allowed us to choose from a list of
preferred caterers, which included some of the most
regarded catering professionals in town.
I was really excited to plan a feast for our guests that would
help set the stage for a fun and festive celebration. After some
deliberation, we decided to hire Attitude on
Food. We felt that their menu was really innovative, there
were several options that fit within our budget, and I feel like
their attention to detail in presentation really sets them apart.
In chatting with our event producer, Shelby Bartels, I discovered
that not only is she a catering guru, she's also a newlywed! So
of course I had to pick her brain to see what helpful gems Shelby
could offer Omaha's brides and she was kind enough to sit down
for a few questions.
Miss Vino & Vintage: After a
couple gets engaged, how soon should they contact potential
Thursday, April 2, 2015 11:00 am.
In Case of Rain // A Contingency Plan
Whenever a bride plans to have an outdoor wedding, the weather
is always a consideration. But, the biggest question is how to plan
your Plan B. What's the timeline? When should I start making
those alternate arrangements. The truth is, it's all going to
depend on a last minute call but there are things you can do ahead
of time that will make that decision easier.
And since we love helping brides, we've put together a short
and sweet list of seven things you should do to help make your
outdoor wedding plans go smoothly. The more you can do ahead of
time, the better.
- Hire a wedding planner.
- Buy event insurance.
- choose an alternate location or rent a tent.
- Tell guests as soon as you make the call as to whether or not
you'll be hosting the event outdoors or not. Use "In Case
- Be waterproof -- umbrellas, wellies & mascara.
- Enjoy the moment -- dance in the rain.
- Drying station -- towels, toiletries, blow dryers, etc.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:23 am.
Real Weddings // Submission Info
WHAT WE NEED:
1. 30-40 images -- think 90% details, 10%
bride/groom/wedding party. For print, photos must be 300 dpi, CMYK,
at least 9x12 inches, JPEG. For online, photos must be 150 dpi,
RGB, at least 9x12 inches, JPEG.
2. A vendor list. The more the
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:00 am.