Leather & Lace

It’s time to think out of the box! There are so many ways to get married and you can get as creative as you want. This shoot by Kirstina E. Photography was a perfect example of how you can shake it up. Think bright colors, unique hair, and a different kind of location. I hope this shoot gives you inspiration to be yourself and do what you want to do!

What is your inspiration for this shoot?

My inspiration for the shoot truly was the idea of, “leather and lace” – a not so typical photo shoot for not so typical brides. I want to encourage brides and grooms to out of the box ideas. Today we see so many extravagant venues and bright white, pastels and other light colors…. I wanted color! …and all the THINGS! So I contacted Hello Beautiful and Divas Floral Shop with the idea of “Leather and Lace” they hopped right on board! Stacy, the florist, stated she had been wanting to do a floral mo-hawk for some time and asked if that would go with my idea… it fed my idea even more! Megan and Jenna are top when it comes to helping another local businesses inspiration and provided a beautiful lace gown and a Tip Top Tux.

That led me to finding the perfect location! A local bar, Gillies, had all of the signs on the wall, colorful seats and a pool table… it was perfect! To show some of the most unexpected locations and their beauty to me is a fun inspirational challenge! In the middle of the state and out west we have a lot of unique areas and my location for the shoot showed just that no matter your area or location I’m up for the challenge to show you just how beautiful we can make it!

My bride and groom, lucky for me, are a real couple! Kyna, our bride, is a hair stylist and makeup artist for Platform Hair Studio in Kearney so it could not have worked out any better!

Kirstina E. Photography

French Provincial Inspiration

As Americans, we are drawn to the French lifestyle and culture. It has been around for so long and their style still rings true: eclectic and timeless. Sam Areman really took that inspiration and created this shoot with other vendors in the Lincoln/Omaha area. You can create the vibe you want anywhere you want as long as people are there to support you and give you the tools you need! Here is what Sam Areman has to say about shooting this editorial piece.

What was your inspiration for this shoot? 

I love European architecture and was inspired when I came across this building in central Lincoln. The pillars, blue hues, and historic feel reminded me of Paris; imagining french provincial moldings and furnishings. I sourced many items from antique stores, locating pieces that fit the french blue and vintage feel of the shoot.

What was your favorite part?

My favorite part of the shoot was working with talented vendors, many who are good friends. All of the pieces came together so perfectly, and I think that’s the magic of giving vendors some initial direction, and then a lot of creative freedom.



Bold Welcome

A welcome sign is often a staple at wedding receptions but instead of doing a boring, expected “hello” to your guests, why not shake things up a bit with a bold statement! We love these unexpected takes on the traditional wedding welcome sign and can truly appreciate how they would set the stage for guests for the special event that would follow.



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11 Lovely Nebraska Wedding Venues

1. The Empire Room at Turner Park

The venue’s sprawling French Chateau-inspired patio overlooks Turner Park and a back drop of the downtown Omaha skyline.

The Empire Room at Turner Park

2. Arbor Hall

With a spacious interior, outdoor garden, and ample parking, Arbor Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding reception and ceremony site.

3. The Durham Museum

Sophisticated enough for the most romantic wedding celebration, The Durham Museum offers you an ideal setting that is sure to leave a lasting impression in the minds of your guests.

4. Simply Ballroom

Simply Ballroom is also proud to be one of the first dance studios in the Midwest to specialize in wedding dance instruction.

5. Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm

Lied Lodge’s on-site wedding specialist helps you design the perfect wedding day with memorable touches: trolley rides, unique menu concepts, signature drinks, and in-room gift baskets for your guests.

6. Scoular Ballroom

Some amenities include custom up-lighting in a variety of hues, professional-quality dance floor, on-site event coordinator, black Chiavari chairs and tables included in the rental fee, and unlimited planning and review meetings with professional event staff.

7. Scottish Rite Masonic Center

The gorgeous character of the building lends to the atmosphere of your event and the beautiful finishes minimize or often eliminate the need for additional decor. Lighting throughout the reception and ballroom area can be set to fit the occasion.

8. Lauritzen Gardens

At Lauritzen Gardens, you will find exquisitely-decorated gardens and rooms available for weddings, receptions, and parties, ranging from the intimate to the elaborate. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the gardens.

9. The Club at Indian Creek

Offering beautiful golf course views, an outdoor veranda, and classic mahogany décor – but our building and grounds are just the beginning!

10. The Old Mattress Factory

Perfect for your rehearsal dinner, reception, and ceremony. On-site coordinator, linens, and many other amenities are included.

11. The Ball Room at Round the Bend

The Ball Room has a very open floor plan and is designed with neutral colors for easy decorating.

8 Open-Back Dresses You’ll Love

Elegant, minimal, and lovely – these eight gowns are simple yet stunning. The warmer months mean open-back dresses! Here are some of our favorites. Whether it forms a nice diamond shape or is complemented by a basic bun, a dress this style is sure to be in for a while.

  1. Diamond-Cut

2. Glam Straps

3. Square Back

4. V-Cut 5. Triangle Cut 6. Deep V 7. Circular Cut 8. Peek-a-boo Back