HUSKER HOMECOMING Even though Andrew and Maggie attended the same middle and high schools, they didn’t know each other until mutual friends played matchmaker at the University of Nebraska Homecoming game in 2009. “We have been together ever since!” says Maggie. ARTFUL AVOCADO Andrew made his famous guacamole and carefully placed the ring box between crackers in the dish. “He asked me to look in the fridge and simply said, ‘Will you marry me?’” CREATIVE CUTOUTS The couple had their engagement photos taken in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and used some of the more playful poses as cardboard cutouts for their photo booth. “We kept the cutouts a secret and loved watching our guests’ reactions at the reception," shares Maggie. “Everyone loved them and had a blast in the photo booth.” ONCE IN A BLUE MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM The couple’s rehearsal dinner took place on a rare blue moon, and they married on the exact day of Midsummer. TYING THE KNOT To honor the bride’s Celtic roots, Maggie and Andrew included a traditional Celtic knot ceremony during their vows with an assist from the bride’s cousin. “She described the symbolism as she tied our hands together,” Maggie explains. “Andrew and I then read letters to each other. I don’t think there was a dry eye among our guests.” STEALING A KISS After the judge announced that Andrew could kiss the bride, the couple stole a second kiss. “The judge responded, ‘I said just one kiss,’” recounts Maggie. “Everyone laughed!” BEAUTIFUL MUSIC A bagpiper played a wedding march from the ceremony pavilion to the clubhouse. PRESENTS OF PRESENCE “We had a lot of out-of-town guests with family and friends travelling from across the country and overseas,” says Maggie. “The celebration would not have been the same without their presence.” PREPARE TO BE MERRY Maggie advises getting organized, planning well in advance and following a timeline to stay on track. “Sometimes brides get so frustrated with the planning, they let their frustration interfere with the wedding day,” she observes. “They lose the big picture. I left ample time to recover from the process. When the wedding finally arrived, there was nothing to do but celebrate, dance, laugh, sing and be merry.” RUEFUL REGRET The couple hired a calligrapher to create place cards and table numbers. “I wish we would have thought to collect them after the reception,” the bride says. They have a few but it would have been nice to have more.
BRIDE & GROOM: Maggie Cox and Andrew Ebert
PHOTOGRAPHER: The Mullers
REHEARSAL DINNER: Charlie’s on the Lake
CEREMONY + RECEPTION: Shadow Ridge Country Club
HAIR + MAKEUP: Kontempo.
BRIDESMAID DRESSES After Six, Bridal Traditions
MEN'S ATTIRE: Tip Top Tux
RINGS: 14 Karat
CAKE: The Cakery
RENTALS: Hollywood Photo Booth
HONEYMOON: Whitehouse, Jamaica; Enchanted Honeymoons