HOMEWORK HELP The two met at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Paul was an economics major and spotted Hannah working on economics homework. “He asked if I needed any help. While I didn’t, we got to talking. We went on a nine-hour first date in the Old Market a few days later and began dating the next day.
PERFECT ENDING Paul proposed on the deck of the lodge at Mahoney State Park near Ashland after a marathon day visiting their favorite places. “I had a feeling it was going to happen that day, but he kept me on my feet guessing when and where,’’ she says.
INDUSTRIAL BLING Hannah said they let their venue speak for itself in terms of industrial features, including brick walls, concrete floors, metal accents and wooden beams. They brought in accents of rhinestones, silver and romantic flowers.
KEEP THEM LAUGHING They wrote their own vows and worked in lots of humor. Hannah said the speech by best man Morgan Runice was filled with funny anecdotes, too. Their last name is a little tricky to say, and the officiant used the wrong pronunciation when he introduced them as husband and wife. “He’s a family friend, and we laughed it off.’’
MORE THAN ONE It was hard for Hannah to pick the sweetest moment of the day. “It’s a tie between our first look (our photographer and videographer captured the whole moment, including our nervous giggles, perfectly) and saying our vows,’’ she says.
LET’S DANCE They had an ’80s prom theme for the reception and took song requests on their RSVPs. All but six parties returned them. “Everyone likes ’80s music,’’ Hannah says. Cupcakes instead of a cake let them cater to everyone’s tastes. “We had an unconventional guestbook in a large framed canvas so we could display it on our wall instead of storing it away.’’
BUSY BEE Hannah owns Hannah Caroline Couture and made all the wedding attire, including both of her bridal gowns; ceremony and reception dresses for the bridesmaids, junior bridesmaid, both mothers, and both grandmothers; and bow ties for the groomsmen. It took her eight hours to make her main gown, three for her reception dress and three to four hours for each additional outfit. She also designed all the graphics, from the welcome sign to the save-the-date, program and other signage.
ON TASK Hannah used a project/task management app called Trello, which allowed her to add tasks with due dates, attachments, collaborators (her mom and matron of honor) and checklists within tasks. Her tip: “Hire, at the very least, a day-of coordinator,’’ she says. “Amanda at AB Weddings helped me think of some things I hadn’t thought of and took care of all the set-up, tear-down and day-of details so we didn’t have to worry about things.’’
FUN TIMES Hannah says Paul is hilarious, caring, romantic and smart and has helped her come out of her shell. Paul says she’s intelligent, funny and beautiful and never fails to make him laugh. “We both have been surprised at how often we still get butterflies from simple moments despite being together for almost four years,’’ Hannah says. “And we hope that’s something that never changes.’’
Hannah & Paul's Wedding Photo Gallery
THE COUPLE Hannah Olson and Paul Nodskov
PHOTOGRAPHER Randy Edwards PhotoGRAPHY
WEDDING DATE September 16, 2017
REHEARSAL DINNER Cascio’s Steakhouse
CEREMONY + RECEPTION The Living Room at Mastercraft
VIDEOGRAPHERS Jillian Humphries and Aaron Mefferd
BRIDAL GOWN Hannah Caroline Couture, which the bride owns
ACCESSORIES Jewelry from bride’s grandmother; a rhinestone clutch courtesy of Cameo de Bore Clutches; Kleinfeld Bridal veil
HAIR STYLIST Karyn Peabody
MAKEUP ARTIST Ashley Nelson Studios, Overland Park, Kansas
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Hannah Caroline Couture
MEN’S ATTIRE SnapSuits, quilted leather bow ties handmade by the bride
RINGS Helzberg Diamonds
FLORIST Voila! Blooms and Decor
CAKE Rosary Sorensen, grandmother of the bride
CATERER Hog Wild PIT BAR-B-Q
RENTALS Party Lyk-a Pro, Chair Cover Elegance, AB Weddings
MUSIC Reception DJ, Chaos Productions; ceremony, Mahr Quartet
INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Wedding Paper Divas; Designed by the bride, printed by Vistaprint
GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Omaha
WEDDING COORDINATOR AB Weddings
HONEYMOON Pagosa Springs, Colorado