FOREVER FRIENDS Johnny’s sister Angel is Tanna’s best friend. The two met in middle school, so Johnny came into the picture as well.
IN THE MOOD The couple went to the Dominican Republic for a friend's wedding. When the festivities were over, they got a bottle of champagne and walked on the beach, where Johnny proposed. Tanna was completely shocked. “He talked to everyone about it,’’ she says. “They all came running out afterward.”
CHANGE OF PLANS They had planned to marry in Breckenridge, Colorado, and she had bought her dress and the wedding party attire based on that location. “We actually paid for a spot that was on a bunch of land, and we could do almost anything we wanted.’’ Because of family circumstances, they instead were married at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. She loved its beauty and being surrounded by nature. “My vision went from bohemian to more of a simple theme. You don’t need much to decorate at Lauritzen Gardens.’’
TIMELY DELAY One of the groomsmen missed his flight and didn’t arrive until 15 minutes before the ceremony. “He was literally getting dressed as he walked into the venue,’’ Tanna shared. The short delay he created actually was perfect. The DJ told Tanna the electricity hadn’t been turned on outside and no one would be able to hear anything during the ceremony. The extra few minutes gave them time to find a maintenance worker to solve the problem.
NO TALKING Tanna woke up with barely any voice on her wedding day, though she felt fine. By the end of the night, her voice was down to a whisper. “It’s something I’ll never forget,’’ she says. Ditto for the wedding recessional. “I forgot my bouquet. My sister Kaylen had to carry my giant bouquet and her bouquet.’’
NO WORRIES Despite not having a wedding planner, the bride stayed calm through every challenge. “It was all just so perfect,’’ she says. She even went to Target after she got her hair and makeup done because she had time to kill. That gave her a chance to pick up some cough drops and check what was on sale.
SPIKY CENTERPIECES Succulents proved easy and economical. She also had some flower centerpieces she arranged herself after getting advice from the floral designer that did the wedding bouquets.
HONEYMOON ON HOLD Because of Johnny’s job they delayed their trip. They got credit for what had been their planned venue in Breckenridge, so Tanna said that could be the perfect place if they don’t go to Jamaica or Hawaii.
RIGHT FOR EACH OTHER There haven’t been a lot of adjustments since they’ve been married. Johnny says Tanna keeps him grounded. “He is always making me laugh,’’ says Tanna.
Tanna & Johnny's Wedding Photo Gallery
THE COUPLE Tanna Kelley and Johnny Piniarski
PHOTOGRAPHER Brett Brooner
WEDDING DATE July 29, 2017
REHEARSAL DINNER Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Lauritzen Gardens
BRIDAL ATTIRE Watters gown, Rhylan Lang
HAIR, MAKEUP Five Salon
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me Your MuMu
GROOM’S ATTIRE ASOS
RINGS Helzberg Diamonds
FLORIST Karen Vice, Fancy Plants Flowers and Design
CAKE Morgan Lunn
CATERING Abraham Catering; Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal
RENTALS AAA Rentals
MUSIC Complete weddings + events
HONEYMOON Enchanted Honeymoons