Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I sat down to write a blog post. And, it kind of has been! It's been a busy year and I have one more wedding to wrap up before the year's over. I'm hoping to keep the blog more updated in the next few months! But since it's been so long, let me give you a little update on our wonderful 2017 so far.
2017 was my busiest year yet! Because it's so important to me to work intentionally with my couples, I only take a limited number of weddings a year. This year I had 14! It was the perfect number for me and each one was so special. To my 2017 couples, thank you so much for trusting me! I worked at some amazing venues and with the most talented vendors this year. A lot of the photographers have been great about sharing images from the wedding days and I can't wait to share those galleries with you in the upcoming weeks. But first, here's a little recap of my weddings and some fun personal information mixed in.
Wedding season for me started on March 11th with Kimberly and Michael. They were married at Our Lady Lourdes church in Omaha and their reception took place at the beautiful Founders One Nine in the Old Market. Founders One Nine is a great blank space for a larger guest count with industrial touches like exposed beams and brick walls. Kimberly chose navy and neutrals as her wedding colors and incorporated rustic touches of wooden crates and mason jars. Their simple table centerpieces were one of my favorites!
One of my sweet highschool friends, Caci was married on April 1st and I had the honor of doing her florals. In true Caci style, her wedding colors were hot pink and black. This has been her favorite color combination since she was in high school-her entire bedroom was decked out in hot pink and black. I created bright pink bouquets with minimal greens for her bridesmaids and a completely white bouquet with a little bling for the lovely bride. She was married at the Masonic Center in downtown Omaha and I got to be a guest for the celebration after dropping off the flowers.
Jordan and Mike were married on Saturday, April 15th. They were such a fun couple. They both had been married before, so they wanted to keep the ceremony very intimate and then throw a huge party for the reception. They were married at noon in the backroom of Stokes, a downtown Omaha Mexican restaurant with a guest count of 35. Then they treated their ceremony guests to lunch at the restaurant. Heather Hall, their photographer then followed them to the airport (Mike is a pilot) for some amazing pictures with a private plane! Their reception was at the Hilton downtown Omaha and involved bright orange florals (that I got to design), a stationed dinner buffet, and an 80's cover band!
April 26th we celebrated Brooks' first birthday with a nautical theme at our house. We did a shrimp boil, he opened a ton of presents, and really enjoyed his cake!
My husband Reid, Brooks, and I were supposed to travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a hockey tournament and a weekend of fun and margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. But, I had been feeling a little off all week. So the weekend instead turned into a hockey tournament in Cedar Rapids without the margaritas (and instead a couple naps) for me since I had a positive pregnancy test that day!
May 20th I traveled to Iowa City for Xiaoni and Jung's wedding. We had planned an intimate affair with 50 guests at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa Campus. It was such a unique wedding since both Xiaoni and Jung's families were from different countries and therefore spoke different languages from me and each other! But for weddings, the emotion is the universal language and even though communication was tough at times, everyone could see how happy the couple was! Xiaoni chose a gorgeous color palette of peach, pink, and ivory and I was so excited to work with the ever talented Shelly Sarver who did flowers and Emily Crall who was the photographer. Both are amazing and I wish they were both located in Omaha!
May 27th Cari and Kevin were married at the beautiful Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha. It's by far one of my favorite venues because of the courtyard. All week the forecast went back and forth between sun and rain on the wedding day, but we lucked out and by ceremony time the sun was out and the weather was gorgeous. Vivian from Tin Box Photography took the gorgeous images and Kate from a Final Take Video captured their video.
June was a slower month for weddings for me, but I had two of my biggest events in July, so the break in weddings was needed. I designed bouquets and personals for gorgeous rustic wedding on June 17th. I put together the bouquets and my parents were nice enough to deliver them since my sister in law's 25th birthday was also that weekend. Friday night, the area that was hosting the ceremony and reception was hit by a tornado and although I didn't get to see the damage, my parents said it was terrible. A lot of extra work went into clearing the site before the ceremony that evening. But with everything, the event was still beautiful!
On July 1st I traveled to Iowa City again for another wedding. Megan and Chris planned a wedding on Megan's family farm and it was so special. Private estate weddings have a lot of details that go into the planning. A sailcloth tent was brought in for the reception and the ceremony was in a clearing in a wooded area. Tiffany from Studio Bloom did their florals-so many gorgeous colors and flowers! Megan's dad made wooden farm tables for the reception and we completed the look with greenery, candlesticks, and a chiffon runner. I'm so excited to share that this wedding will be featured on Snippet and Ink and after the feature I'll be sure to share here!
July 22nd was my brother's wedding! I helped with the planning, designed their invitations and stationery, and did all their florals. Plus I was a bridesmaid and 16 weeks pregnant! They got married at Glacial Till outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. The weather was HOT! Friday we had the rehearsal dinner in my aunt's backyard and the heat index was 105. Thankfully the weather decided to give us a little break on the wedding day and it only felt like 95. But during the ceremony the sun went behind a cloud and a little breeze picked up. The rest of the reception was inside with dancing outside once it cooled down. It was so special to get to help with their big day.
I didn't have any weddings in August, but that was a good thing since I needed to prep for my four weddings in September!
On August 22nd we found out we were having another little boy. Beckett William will join us this December!
September was a whirlwind! But it was a great month full of gorgeous weddings!
Saturday, September 9th started off my fall wedding season. Jessica and Justin were married in Hastings, Nebraska and I was able to plan the event and design her florals. It was a little bit of a challenge to get everything from Omaha to Hastings, but everything ended up going very smoothly. We transported 5 bouquets, 22 centerpieces, two altar pieces, and various personals and detail pieces from Omaha to Hastings the day before the wedding and on the wedding day. It was so special to see Jessica get married in her childhood church and celebrate at the country club she grew up attending. Rachel Wakefield captured all the details beautifully!
The next weekend I had my first doubleheader. Friday the 15th, Stacy and Kevin were married in Omaha at Noah's Event Venue. Both the ceremony and reception took place at the venue and I coordinated all the details. I love Noah's because of the different ceiling packages and all the custom options they offer. Attitude on Food catered the wedding and provided delicious food and I got to work with JM Studios for the first time as they captured the day.
Saturday the 16th, Courtney and Jeremy were married. They were referred to me by Jordan and Mike, one of my couples who were married in April. After carefully watching the weather all week (with no chance for rain) we woke up to a dreary day. But they such a laid back couple that they decided instead of getting married at the park as planned that they would get married in their dining room. They wanted a very intimate ceremony and were only inviting immediate family. So surrounded by about 15 people, the ceremony was performed at their house. It made it extra special! Their ceremony was in the Benson area of Omaha at the 40th Street Theater. I also put together their florals. Their friends from Portland, Oregon photographed the event and they were so talented!
Saturday the 23rd rounded out my month of September. Clayton and Jena were married at the African Lodge at the Henry Doorly Zoo in downtown Omaha. This is a new area of the zoo for weddings and it was gorgeous. Jena chose decor and florals that fit with the theme of the venue and everything came together beautifully.
I only had one wedding in October this year and it was just florals. But Felicia chose a gorgeous color palette for fall that I loved being able to create. Everything was dark-navy, burgundy, orange, and red. It was so much fun to work in a completely different color palette that I had in the past!
I don't have any weddings this November but I am so busy working with my 2018 brides already! I'll also be a vendor at the Ultimate Wedding Experience at The Diamond Room on November 16th. I'm so excited to create a gorgeous tablescape in dark berry tones.
My last wedding of the year is in December and then we'll use the couple weeks of the year to prepare for the arrival of Beckett!
I'm so thankful for all the support that I've had through this year from vendors, couples, and my family. I can't wait to see how 2018 turns out!