TOTALLY HOOKED I met Travis about 4 years ago through a mutual friend. I had invited our mutual friend out with a group of others to dinner and drinks afterwards.  My friend said that he had a buddy (Travis) from his home town with him that night and asked if I cared if he came out with all of us. Of course I said that wasn’t a problem and met up with them early so Travis wouldn't feel completely awkward not knowing anyone. When I was introduced to him, he glanced at me and then hid behind his baseball cap until the rest of our group joined us. He tells me now that he was afraid he would have stared at me too long if he looked at me. As the night progressed Travis finally came out of his shell and it turns out he’s got a great sense of humor!  His gorgeous blue eyes had me in a trance and I was hooked! Little did I know, he had called a friend of his after that night and had told him that he had found the woman he was going to marry. We went out on our first date about 3 weeks later and engaged after 3 years! A ROSY PROPOSAL Travis proposed to me in January 2015.  He had recently decided to quit his job and open up his own business, a lumber and farm supply store in rural Nebraska. In preparation for his opening, he was invited to a conference in Minneapolis, MN. I tagged along and after the first day of conference events we were back in our hotel room deciding what to do for the evening. Travis asked me to go see where the pool was at in the hotel and to also get more towels from the front desk. Naturally, I kept blocking his attempts to get me out of the hotel room because I had already found the pool earlier that day and told him if we needed towels, we could just call the front desk. Eventually I realized there was something going on that I needed to just play along with his plan. As I was checking out the pool Travis was setting up a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses, and rose petals that spelled out "Marry Me" on the desk in our hotel room.  Once he let me back into the hotel room, I saw the table and turned around to Travis holding the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Both of our hands were shaking so much as I screamed "Yes!" and he put the ring on my finger. REHEARSAL HUMOR Travis did not realize that rehearsal is pretty much a practice run for the wedding day and that the priest will have you say your vows to prepare. Well, Travis is not as comfortable professing his love in front of an audience and he began to get a little bit nervous. He started giggling, which made me giggle (naturally), then his hands started going wild swinging both of our arms side to side and he looked as though he was about to pass out. I still can't help but laugh as I'm writing about it. He was still quite nervous the day of the wedding but he made it through without passing out! HANDMADE DETAILS Travis's family friend, Sue, handmade my necklace, earrings, bracelet and all of the bridesmaid's bracelets and earrings! She spent months working on my necklace to make it perfect. Sue spends her free time making unique one of a kind jewelry for close family and friends. We felt so blessed when she told us that she wanted to make the jewelry for our wedding! As for Travis, his favorite detail was our get-a-way vehicle. He has had his 1969 GMC pickup for 15 years and it is his pride and joy!  We left the ceremony to find his truck decorated with cans, window paint and balloons piled to the top of the cab! That there was no way would have imagined driving away as Mr. and Mrs. Kenny in anything else! WEDDING VIDEO The sweetest moment that we shared on our wedding day would probably have been watching our wedding video for the first time at the reception. Because our interviews were done separately, we had no idea what the one said about the other and watching that video was a very special moment for us.  It provided numerous laughs but it also brought back so many of our favorite memories while dating that it touched both of our hearts to know that we can now keep that video for the rest of our lives to reflect back on our special day. IDEA WORTH STEALING Our "Groom's Cake" was a complete hit!  Travis and I share numerous hobbies together but getting out into the wild and appreciating nature is definitely our favorite time to spend together. I struggled how to create the perfect hunting scene for his cake but finally found "Hunter Dan" and "Hunter Ann" online. Travis helped me cut some branches to create tree stands for our “hunters” to gaze upon the deer. Hy-Vee made the best outdoor scene for our fake deer to graze too!! WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER: Erica is warm and kind. She is my best friend and has always been there to support me in all of my en-devours. WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM Travis is always looking ahead!  He is so good about planning for our future and making sure the he will provide the best future for us. LET THEM HELP!  When someone offers to help you plan…let them help. We could not have been able to get everything done without our parents both of our families and friends! BEST ADVICE Don't be a bride-zilla! I may have had 2 or 3 moments in the 9 months of planning but for the most part I tried not to let the little things bother me. BIGGEST MARRIED LIFE ADJUSTMENT: Owning a business together -- working every day together and going home and living together has definitely been an adjustment. FAVORITE WEDDING GIFT We received many generous monetary gifts which we used to purchase some land where we will build our future home on!



PHOTOGRAPHER: Tina Norman at IHI Weddings

WEDDING DATE: October 24th, 2015

REHEARSAL DINNER:  Fonner Park, Grand Island, NE

CEREMONY: St. Mary's Cathedral, Grand Island, NE

RECEPTION: Full Circle Venue, Grand Island, NE

VIDEOGRAPHER:  The Wedding Storytellers, West Point, NE

BRIDAL GOWN: Sublime Bridal, Enzoani - Evadale (in ivory)

ALTERATIONS: Suzie Nelson of Oakland, NE

ACCESSORIES: Handmade by family friend

HAIR STLYISTS: Tonia Jelinek and Danelle Kress


BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: David's Bridal (F15928)

MEN’S ATTIRE: Skeffington's Formal Wear, Jim's Formal Wear

RINGS: Nebraska Diamond, Lincoln, NE

FLORIST: Sue's Flower Shop, Oakland, NE

CAKE:  Hy-Vee, Grand Island, NE

CATERER:  Full Circle Venue, Grand Island, NE

MUSIC: Evolution Entertainment, Grand Island, NE

TRANSPORTATION: GI Party Bus, Grand Island, NE

INVITATIONS:, programs created by the bride

HONEYMOOON:  Mexico -- Rhonda Edwards, Superior Tour and Travel

Season/Colors/Theme:  Romantic Country/ Plum, Wisteris, Iris, and Navy

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