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Brooke Jacobi and Austin Sankey met in college at a bonfire. "I wasn't interested in a relationship, so when Austin talked to me, I assumed he was chasing after me, and I ran (actually sprinted) the other way," Brooke says. "Oops. Little did I know, he was not looking for a relationship either. So we became friends, and that was something so cool that both of us are thankful for to this day. We didn't start dating until our junior year of college. Austin showed up at my front door, told me he wanted to get to know me more, and asked me out on a date. After dating two years, Austin proposed on Dec. 3, 2017, at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, my favorite place."

THE PARTICULARS Brooke and Austin were married Oct. 13, 2018, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Omaha. Brooke had two maids of honor (her sisters), six bridesmaids and two junior bridesmaids. Austin had seven groomsmen, including his brother as best man. The bride's nephew was ring bearer. They celebrated with about 245 guests at a reception and dinner at Embassy Suites Old Market. 

FLORAL SPRAY After the ceremony, the guests threw flower petals as Austin and Brooke exited the church. The bridal party hopped on a party bus and made a couple of stops for photos (including a karaoke bar in the Blackstone District) en route to the reception site.

GETTING THE PARTY STARTED The newlyweds joined their guests at Embassy Suites for cocktails and appetizers before dinner. "For dessert, we had three flavors of cake along with biscotti made by my aunt and coffee. Then came the toasts, from my sisters/maids of honor, Austin's brother/best man, and my dad, who easily won the crowd over with his witty humor. After that, we did what every good party does − dance!" 

CLASSIC AND TIMELESS "Our wedding style was classic and timeless. I wanted it to be the right touch of modern while still traditional. I wanted to focus my attention on the most important parts: the things our guests and Austin and I would remember and appreciate."

FUNNIEST MOMENT "I walked down the aisle without my bouquet. I completely forgot about it, my mind was a bit preoccupied! The next day, one of my guests said, 'I just thought that was a new trend.' Sure, I'll use that as my excuse!"

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SWEETEST MEMORY During the reception, Austin and Brooke walked to the back of the ballroom and took a moment to appreciate everyone who had come to celebrate their marriage. "We saw so much joy from our family and friends, and they were there because they support and love us. It was such a cool moment to take in, and we felt and continue to feel so incredibly blessed."

IDEA WORTH STEALING "Austin and I used the cocktail hour to greet our guests and thank them for coming," which made the reception more relaxed for the couple.  A tip worth noting: "It's so important to keep a schedule for your reception and to have someone move the night along ... You don't want your guests to get antsy so sticking to the plan is crucial." 

FAVORITE GIFT "During the ceremony, our priest and family friend presented us with a crucifix for our home. His family had a similar crucifix when he was growing up, to remind them that God is always present, guiding us along this beautiful life."

WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER "She is the most creative, kindhearted person I have ever met. She continually brings out the best in me each and every day."

WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM "He's the man I've always prayed for. He is constantly surprising me. He makes me a better person and will continually challenge me throughout our entire lives."

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BEST ADVICE "It (wedding planning) can be frustrating and overwhelming at times, but it's all so worth it ... Make a list of priorities for your time, energy and money. The other details are just accents. Above all, remember the most important thing about the process is that you are getting married." 

BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT "Learning the ins and outs of living together. We spend a lot more time with each other now and we never want to become complacent. We are learning each and every day how to love one another better."

BEFORE MARRIAGE ... "I never knew that Austin had as many clothes as I do (even though he denies it)," Brooke says. And Austin? "I never knew that Brooke was so particular about cooking."

WHO KNEW? "I design wedding invitations as my side hustle, so you'd think it'd be easy to design my own wedding stationery. It was actually one of the biggest challenges of wedding planning," Brooke says.

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ESSENTIAL DETAILS

The couple: Brooke Jacobi and Austin Sankey

Wedding date: Oct. 13, 2018

Photographers: Kelli Dornbos Photography

Videographer: Tom Hoxmeier

Ceremony: St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church

Reception: Embassy Suites Old Market

Rehearsal dinner: Upstream Brewing Company

Bridal gown: Calla Blanche, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}

Accessories: Sara Gabriel, Ready or Knot

Rings: Wrights Jewelry, Lincoln

Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo, Ready or Knot

Men's attire: Jerry Ryan, Tie Bar

Makeup artist: Kate Johnson

Hairstylist: Emily Jackson

Florist: iBloom, Lincoln

Flower petals: Sam's Club

Transportation: Emerald Limousine

Reception planner: Adrianne Lescanic

Music: Complete Wedding and Events

Cake: Whisk + Measure

Biscotti: Enjoy Biscotti Company, Colorado

Wedding stationery: Brooke Sankey

Honeymoon: Jamaica, booked through Kaylene Nienhueser

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