LOCK ON HER HEART The couple met online and decided to have their first date at Pitch Pizzeria after meeting at Michael’s apartment.  As they were leaving to go eat, the lock broke on his front door. Instead of canceling the date, Taylor stuck around until the lock was fixed. They ended up staying in and ordering pizza from Dante’s Pizzeria. “He was incredibly frazzled,” she recalls. “But now he tells me, ‘I’m so happy my lock broke and that you decided to stay.’ ’’

FAMILY HEIRLOOM Taylor was thrilled when Michael’s grandmother gifted them a diamond to be used in Taylor’s ring. She couldn’t wait to slip it on her finger. “He let me take it out of the box in the gift-wrapping area at Borsheims. We drove straight to Mark’s (restaurant in Dundee), crying” over the excitement of officially being engaged, she says.

ICELAND OR BUST Since high school, Taylor had wanted Iceland to be one of her first travel adventures. An Internet search led her to a woman who makes a living planning and photographing adventure weddings. The couple were married on the edge of a cliff overlooking Thjofafoss (Thief) Waterfall. “The wind was so strong and so cold coming off the river,” the bride recalls. “We were both completely numb and my hair was a mess, but it was a really beautiful day.’’

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE The couple hadn’t expected to see the Northern Lights, but the forecast changed late in the day. “As soon as we finished dinner, we ran outside for photos. The Northern Lights were dancing in the sky. It was truly a magical ending to an incredible day.’’

NATURAL WOMAN For their Omaha reception, they used locally grown flowers and served a Scandinavian-inspired menu prepared with local ingredients. For their wedding favors, friend Gary Nachman made a special batch of wedding mead with fresh honey and blackberries.  A birch and eucalyptus chandelier for the reception tent took some effort to hang, but Taylor says it was worth it.

CAKE CUTTING 101 They got ready to cut the cake and realized they didn’t know how. Chef Evan Brockman offered pointers. “There are quite a few photos of me cutting into the cake and then not knowing what to do with the knife,” the bride says. “It was a very funny moment.’’

SPECIAL TOUCHES Friend Erin Bragg, a theater costume designer, used components from two ready-made dresses to create one custom design for Taylor. Michael’s tie was made with scraps from Taylor’s dress.

DRAMATIC MOMENT During the reception, it started to storm and the power went out. “My friend and DJ, Joshua Mullady, was super flexible and moved all of his equipment inside to keep the party going,’’ Taylor says. “It was kind of a natural ending to the evening and allowed people the opportunity to leave. Those who stayed danced and sang karaoke. It was a lot of fun.’’

JUST THE TWO OF US The ceremony was private and intimate. “Our reception would be for everyone else,’’ Taylor says. “We wanted incredible food, drinks and atmosphere. Our focus was entirely on family and friends who really wanted to celebrate with us.’’


THE COUPLE Taylor Jackson and Michael Vann


WEDDING DATE September 8, 2017 (Ceremony), SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 (Reception)

CEREMONY Thjofafoss Waterfall, Iceland

RECEPTION Rainwood Vineyard, Omaha

BRIDAL ATTIRE Custom design by Erin Bragg using dresses from BHLDN and Jenny Yoo

ACCESSORIES Earrings, necklace, Goldsmith Silversmith

HAIR AND MAKEUP Reception, Angela Olander/Avalon Suites, Erin Bragg

GROOM’S ATTIRE Tom James Company

RINGS Borsheims

FLORIST Sheila Fitzgerald/A New Leaf

CAKE Goldenrod Pastries, Lincoln

CATERERING Chefs Evan Brockman and Grant Hon

RENTALS AAA Rents & Event Services

MUSIC Joshua Mullady/31st Productions


EVENT COORDINATORS Ceremony, Ann Peters; reception, Sheila Fitzgerald and the bride

HONEYMOON Hamanasi Resort, Hopkins, Belize

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