HOW WE MET: Grant and I met at UNL my first week of my freshman year (he was a sophomore). We were introduced in the cafeteria of his fraternity brothers by a mutual friend of ours. HOW HE PROPOSED: Grant proposed at his house. We went out to dinner in the Old Market and were then planning on meeting up with friends at a bar in Aksarben Village. On our way home, he wanted to stop by his house to grab something. I walked through the door and was completely shocked. The room was decorated with balloons and pictures of us along with a cute and funny poem he wrote about our relationship over the years, which then lead to the proposal. It ended with a huge “YES,” flowers and champagne. MEMORABLE MOMENT: As we walked down the aisle and out of the church the two of us got right into the trolley and had a moment alone together to stop and truly enjoy the experience and celebrate. FUNNIEST MOMENT: The most hilarious moment was definitely my Matron of Honor’s speech! She highlighted on all of the funny and embarrassing times we’ve had throughout the years. FOR THE GUESTS: We chose to use small glass bottles with yellow flowers to display our name cards on. Guests picked them up outside the ballroom and then set them at their seat which added extra color and decor to the table. SWEETEST MOMENT: Taking pictures on the rooftop of The Paxton while the sun was setting. IDEA WORTH STEALING: The groomsmen wore navy and white ties with varying designs on each of them. Our ring bearer wore a navy and white polka dot bow-tie. Although they didn’t match, they coordinated very well and put a spin on the traditional matching ties. We also gave the groomsmen navy Puma tennis shoes to wear after the ceremony. Not only were they comfortable and looked great in pictures, but they were able to wear them long after the wedding. FIRST LOOK: Our first moment was in the Elmwood Park grotto area. When we saw each other we were so excited and overwhelmed. We exchanged cards and took photos while finally coming to the realization that it was the start of our big day together. WEDDING TRADITIONS: I wore the garter my grandma and aunt wore on their wedding days and my other grandma’s pearl earrings.

BIGGEST LESSON: Take time to choose your vendors. They will play a big part in carrying out your vision for your wedding day. Choose vendors you trust are reputable and flexible to work with. There will be less worrying on your big day — ours was a blast!

ESSENTIAL DETAILS:

Proposal date: August 12, 2011

Wedding date: May 18, 2012

Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary

Reception: The Paxton

Dress: Suburban Bridal, (sash from Etsy, yellow Kate Spade heels)

Rings: Borsheims

Florist: Florals, etc.

Cake: The Cake Gallery

Caterer: HAP Abraham Catering

Photographer: iwen exposures

Music: Complete

Colors: Navy + Yellow

Guests: 220

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