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Lauryn and Jeremy are planning an outdoor October wedding.

Weddings are laced with traditional elements, but I hardly consider myself a traditional bride.

Don’t get me wrong — there are definitely aspects of nuptials that have classic and timeless roots. But I like to question the norm and forge my own path (some call it stubbornness, but I say to each their own).

If there's anything wedding planning has taught me, it’s that anything goes, and I love seeing inspiration from brides who created their own experiences. My fiancé Jeremy Mohr and I are finalizing details of our big day in October, and for better or for worse, we're forgoing some traditional wedding aspects in favor of our own unique flair.

What’s in and what’s out for "Mohr Matrimony"

• Instead of going to a church to get married, we’ll be enjoying a less formal outdoor ceremony (and crossing our fingers Nebraska weather cooperates). Jeremy and I have even discussed writing our own vows to add an extra layer of intimacy to the ceremony.

• You won’t find large floral bouquets dripping with crystals and explosions of color in our reception space. Instead, we are opting for bits of greenery, gold accent pieces and the rustic charm of our venue, The Barn at Ackerhurst Dairy Farm, to be our standout décor. Less is more for us.

• When I'm (often) asked, “What are your wedding colors?” I receive mixed responses when I reply, “No color, actually.” My entire closet is void of color, so it’s only fitting that my wedding be planned around an entirely neutral color palette of white, gold, and taupe.

• I’m not sure anyone enjoys a formal receiving line and having to greet your mother’s second cousin’s daughter’s boyfriend, so we’re ditching this tradition in favor of a social cocktail hour. Greeting our guests prior to the reception with margaritas and snacks sounds much more our style.

• Speaking of margaritas, let’s ditch the traditional dollar dance in favor of a chance to tip the bride and groom as your bartenders! We’ll be serving up our best drinks at the bar, then hitting the dance floor after we make sure everyone is having a great time.

While these are just a few of the conventional wedding elements we're putting our own twist on, there will still be “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” And I dream about being arm-in-arm with my dad walking down the aisle.

Don’t be afraid to establish your own traditions while incorporating the essentials that mean the most to you as a couple. At the end of a whirlwind day, I know I’ll remember the times we were true to ourselves, and our family and friends were able to see and celebrate our love!

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