May 19, 2018, Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

NOISE COMPLAINT Adam Schmidt and Kristen Szymborski met at Creighton University, when they lived in the same dorm. Kristen knocked on Adam’s door because he was playing his guitar too loud. “We’ve hit it off ever since,’’ Kristen says.

ANOTHER TEST The week before finals, Adam proposed with a scavenger hunt around their favorite places in downtown Omaha. He popped the question on the rooftop of Old Market Lofts. “It was very romantic!’’

PART OF YOUR WORLD They dreamed of an elegant under-the-sea theme. “We wanted it to be enchanting, formal, fun and unique. It’s not every day you get to dance with the fish.’’ The best part was walking around in the zoo in their wedding attire and receiving congrats from visitors. They said hello to the giraffes and elephants and even had a porcupine, tortoise and macaw at their cocktail hour. They set up lounge furniture in the shark tunnel for guests who wanted to sit and visit.

SEA THEME The invitations featured a coral motif in gold foil. Table assignments were by sea creatures instead of numbers. The escort cards were seashells with white chocolate covered cherries in the middle. The dessert bar had clam-shaped macaroons and sea horse s’mores, and the cake had seashell and bubble details. Their signature drinks included the Mermaid Margarita and Great White Whiskey. Each bridesmaid got a matching sea turtle tote bag.

SPECIAL PLACE Neither of them are from here originally, but Omaha and Creighton’s campus will always hold extraordinary memories. “It’s where we grew together as a couple,’’ Kristen says. “Standing on the altar in front of God at the place we met with all of our family and friends as witnesses. It’s just too magical to describe.’’

WELCOME, GUESTS Because so many in the wedding party were from out of town, the couple had cute welcome bags and maps of the zoo for everyone. They also had a reception after the rehearsal dinner so people had extra time to socialize.

FANCY FOOTWORK The couple went to Omaha Ballroom for dance lessons before the wedding. It was a fun weekly date night. “It also saved us the stress of having all eyes on us while we swayed awkwardly back and forth,’’ Kristen says. “Neither of us knew how to ballroom dance.’’ Instead of a bouquet toss, they had an anniversary dance and gave the toss bouquet to the couple married the longest.

VIDEO TREASURE They didn’t want to miss a minute of the wedding, and they enjoy looking back on their big day. Creating Atmosphere transformed the space beyond their wildest dreams and took care of every detail, leaving them to enjoy friends and family. “It is easy to get caught up in all the small details of wedding planning and lose sight of the vows you are making to each other,’’ Kristen says.

BUSY LIVES Kristen is finishing pharmacy school so things are hectic. “Adam has picked up the slack in every way,’’ she says. “I couldn’t imagine a more loving, giving husband.’’

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Kristen Szymborski and Adam Schmidt in Omaha, Nebraska by Lane Weddings

Essential details

THE COUPLE Adam Schmidt and Kristen Szymborski

PHOTOGRAPHER Lane Hickenbottom of Lane Weddings

WEDDING DATE May 19, 2018

REHEARSAL DINNER Blue Sushi, catered by Roja

CEREMONY St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University

RECEPTION Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

VIDEOGRAPHER Kriha Films

BRIDAL GOWN Martina Liana, Bella Bianca Bridal in Oakbrook, Illinois

ACCESSORIES Martina Liana, Bella Bianca Bridal

HAIRSTYLIST Updo.toyou, Lindsey Waldron

MAKEUP ARTIST Model Perfect Airbrush

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Azazie

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

RINGS Helzberg Diamonds

FLORIST Creating Atmosphere

CAKE The Cake Gallery

CATERER Attitude on Food

RENTALS Creating Atmosphere

MUSIC Karlyn Music, ceremony; Jesse Swanson, Chaos Productions, reception

TRANSPORTATION VIP Limo

INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Hadley Designs

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Embassy Suites Downtown and Residence Inn Downtown

WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Creating Atmosphere

HONEYMOON Disneyland, Oahu and Maui

Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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