HOW WE MET Connor and I met for the first time in preschool at the age of four. We even stood next to each other at preschool graduation! We became friends in high school through mutual friends and mutual classes. Connor started helping me with my advanced algebra homework and we started dating our sophomore year of high school at the age 15.
THE PROPOSAL Connor proposed the day after we attended the wedding of a friend where I also happened to catch the bouquet at the reception! I had to move into my new apartment and Connor helped me move all day and after our parents left, he offered to help me unpack. He sat on my brand new couch with a pillow in his lap and did not, in fact, help me unpack. He eventually asked me to come sit by him on the couch, where he revealed a letter he had written me so he could include everything he wanted to say. When I was done reading it he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!
AN ARTFUL DAY When you get married at a beautiful venue like the Joslyn Art Museum, the rooms speak for themselves. I knew when we decided to have our ceremony and reception there that we wouldn’t need to go over the top with decorations as the rooms are already beautiful and filled with magnificent pieces such as the Chihuly sculptures. I wouldn’t say we had a certain style or theme but we definitely visualized elegance. We wanted to accent the beautiful Storz Fountain Court with flowers around the fountain and up at the altar. We filled the room with the beautiful music of the Mahr String Quartet. For the cocktail hour, guests were able to peruse the Modern and Contemporary Permanent Collection at the Joslyn whilst enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the musical stylings of the Mahr Quartet on the Strauss Bridge.
DAD'S TOAST My father told a couple stories of our interactions before we started dating in high school. He had all of the guests laughing with his impression of 15 year old Connor trying to get my attention!
FIRST DANCE The sweetest moment at our wedding was probably our first dance. We danced to “Annie’s Song” by John Denver and the song combined with the emotions of our wedding day made me very teary. It was so memorable to have that moment alone dancing to one of our favorite songs and we will never forget it!
LIGHT IT UP Our centerpieces consisted of wine bottles that we filled with copper LED lights and then covered with a monogrammed label. It was very cost effective and served as another way to light up the room.
GUEST BOOK We got our “guest book” from Peachwik, who sell customized canvasses for guests to sign. They come in a variety of colors and styles, but we loved the way ours turned out. It is a nice way to put your guest book on display instead of putting it away and rarely looking at it. Ours is on our wall and we see it every day!
WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER Liz is my best friend. She is kind, supportive, and there is never a dull moment. One of her best qualities is that she is never afraid to be herself, which anyone who knows her would attest to. She is silly, sweet, caring, and effortlessly makes anyone around her smile.
WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM Connor is one of the only people who can make me laugh no matter the circumstances. He is also the kindest person I have ever met. He is genuinely interested in the people he meets and he makes a lot of friends by being that way. He knows me better than I know myself and I feel so lucky that I get to call him my husband.
BEST ADVICE Pick a venue that doesn’t require a lot of decorating. When you pick a venue that is already beautiful, you don’t need to worry about all kinds of decorations. These venues tend to cost more, but you will likely save money on decorations and have to deal with a lot less setting up.
SKIP THE FIRST LOOK When we first started planning, I thought about doing a “first look” before the ceremony as that seems to be the trend currently. Connor really wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I walked down the aisle. We ended up not doing the first look and I’m so happy we chose to have that special moment walking down the aisle.
BEFORE MARRIAGE, I NEVER KNEW ... that Connor could make mundane activities so much fun! Things like going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, and walking our dog are so much more enjoyable when we are together.
...that Liz would be so good at cooking. Neither of us had much experience in the kitchen, but she’s not scared to try new things, and hasn’t had any major mishaps yet! I try to show my appreciation by helping with the dishes when we’re done eating each night.
FAVORITE GIFT My grandmother gave us beautiful new silverware from Pottery Barn. It is the nicest silverware I have ever owned and I am confident it will last many, many years. We will always think of her when we use it. We also had a friend give us a fire extinguisher, which we loved because it is hilarious but also very practical!
BRIDE & GROOM Elizabeth Diffey & Connor Rock
PHOTOGRAPHER John Ficenec Photography
WEDDING DATE July 15, 2017
CEREMONY & RECEPTION Joslyn Art Museum
REHEARSAL DINNER Cascio’s Steakhouse
BRIDAL GOWN Essense of Australia Gown, Bridal Traditions
HAIR STYLIST Tracy Klabunde, Avalon Salon & Spa
MAKEUP ARTIST Tonya Taylor, Salon 523
BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal
MEN'S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse
CAKE The Cake Gallery
GROOM'S CAKE Jordan Muller, Friend of the Couple
CATERER Abraham Catering
RENTALS United Rent-All
MUSIC Mahr String Quartet, Complete Weddings + Events
INVITATIONS Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal
PROGRAMS International Minute Press
GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS EVEN Hotels Omaha Downtown