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HOW WE MET We originally met in 2009 playing soccer together, but never really spoke much. Fast forward a few years later, we bumped into each again at Krug Park and the rest is history. 

THE PROPOSAL Joel proposed in front of our house on a chilly December night. He spelled out 'will you marry me' in Christmas lights he had attached to our window planter. I had no clue what was going on until he was pulling at my hand, down on one knee.

FUNNIEST MOMENT Before I walked down the aisle, our ring bearer hit his dad (a groomsmen) piercing his finger on his boutonnière and it started bleeding. He was screaming and crying but pulled it together in about a minute but refused to carry the pillow, so dad became the unofficial ring bearer toting pillow and all. 

SWEETEST MOMENT Our first look was emotional (as I'm sure most are). We also had a very personalized ceremony. Royal really made everyone welcome and feel like family. He said a memorial and love story which brought a tear to many eyes. It was touching and special to have so many people comment on the ceremony itself which often gets forgotten. 

IDEA WORTH STEALING Amy sent Joel a gift at the hotel before their first look/couple pictures. She had two handkerchiefs embroidered one of which had the groom's monogram and the other had a phrase 'home is wherever I'm with you' which has special meaning to the couple (and also engraved on the inside of the groom's wedding band). 

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS In the last couple of years I have received some of my grandparents things (now all deceased), one of which was one of my maternal grandfathers handkerchiefs which was hand embroidered with his initials. 

WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER Amy is amazingly intelligent, beautiful, loving and driven.  She is incredibly hardworking and passionate about helping others. Our mutually competitive natures seem to  blend perfectly together.  The best part of my day is getting to hold her after we have been apart. Her presence in my life warms me from the inside out. I love that I get to spend the rest of my life with this one of a kind amazing woman. 

WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM Joel is the most handsome, humble, hard working, compassionate and caring man. Throughout our relationship he has been my rock, especially this year with losing my dad; often keeping me upbeat and always making me laugh and smile even during difficult times. I know he is one of a kind and I am so lucky to come home to him every day. 

KEEP IT SIMPLE We both believe it doesn't have to be complicated and it can be done in a short amount of time. Trust your vendors, they are the experts and let them do what you hired them to do. If there are must-haves for either the bride or groom establish them early on-- making lists helps in this category.

BRIDE'S BEST ADVICE Keep the bigger picture in mind -- the actual marriage to your husband/wife. We both suffered tremendous loss this year and it was truly a blessing seeing how both of our families came together in support and it just put everything into perspective. As they say a wedding is just one day but a marriage is for a lifetime. 

DIY DECOR NO MORE Honestly the best suggestion I received was to hire a decorator. We were lucky to find Dustin with Creating Atmosphere. Our personalities instantly clicked and together we (well mostly Dustin, ha) created a beautiful space for us to celebrate our marriage with family and friends. He also perfectly accented our ceremony space and the wedding party flowers. It was pretty stress free for both Joel and I and alleviated a lot of potential from both us and our families. 

TIME WELL TASTED Besides booking venues and vendors, we essentially planned the wedding in about 2-3 months (after my dad passed). There wasn't enough time to get too tied up in small details. Although we did do around 8 cake tastings but we both felt that was time well invested. 

FAVORITE WEDDING GIFT Handcrafted wood, artisan fold up accent table. It was picked for us by a long time family friend but was made here locally by a Jesuit priest. The piece itself is detailed with different species of wood and different patterns. We thought it was a very thoughtful and unique gift.

 

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

WEDDING DATE October 22, 2016

BRIDE & GROOM Amy Price & Joel Herbert

PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Dunaway Photography

REHEARSAL DINNER Lo Sole Mio

CEREMONY First Unitarian Church of Omaha

RECEPTION Pella at Blackstone

FLORAL/EVENT DECOR Creating Atmostphere

OFFICIANT Royal D. Carleton

HAIR STYLIST Carmen Imm

MAKEUP Artist Room, Amy Barstow

CATERER Abraham Catering

CAKE Cupcake Island

RINGS 14 Karat, Borsheims

MEN'S ATTIRE Tip Top Tux

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}, Jenny Yoo "Inesse"

BRIDAL GOWN Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}, Augusta Jones "Rebecca"

MUSIC Natalie Thomas (ceremony), Kevin Kracher (reception)

TRANSPORTATION T&T Party Bus 

INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Jill Friesen

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Element Midtown Crossing  

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