A groom lounges at the Monarch Prime & Bar in a tuxedo

Wedding Day Looks for the Well-Dressed Nebraska Groom

This season, look beyond the traditional tuxedo and experiment with texture, color and small accessories that make a big statement.

   

(Above) Mark of Distinction velvet tux jacket, merino pinstripe pants, white button-down shirt, black silk bowtie and patent leather shoes from Tip Top Tux. Black tungsten wedding band and NOMOS Glashütte watch from Borsheims.

   

(Above) Ike Behar blue suit, pale blue button-down shirt, pinstripe bowtie and pocket square, and leather shoes from Mr. Tuxedo. Citizen watch and Stephen Webster sterling and lapis cufflinks from Borsheims.

(Below) Cocktail: Prometheus and Barb. A strong, spirited drink featuring smoky mezcal garnished with a dehydrated lime and jasmine flowers, mixed by Beau at Monarch Prime & Bar.

   

   

(Above) Caravelli gray suit with pale grey button-down shirt from Gentleman’s Choice Formal Wear. Cufflinks, watch and tungsten wedding band from Borsheims.

(Below) Metal/wood inlay tungsten band and black zirconium band with meteorite inlay from Michael Tish Jewelers.
(bottom right) Triton black tungsten sandblast band, brushed yellow-gold band and white-gold hammered finish band from Borsheims.

   

   

(Above) Ike Behar blue suit with vest, white button-down shirt, champagne paisley tie
and leather shoes from Tip Top Tux. Citizen watch and tungsten ring from Borsheims.

(Below) Michael by Michael Kors grey suit, white button-down shirt, pinstripe tie
and pocket square, and leather shoes from Tip Top Tux.
  

CREDITS
Photography: Kimberly Dovi
Styling: Sarah Baumann Rogers
Art Direction: Janet McLaughlin
Venue: Hotel Deco and Monarch Prime & Bar
Grooming: Brooke Ryan with Creative Hair Design
Styling assistants: Ashley Nicole Dickes, Emily Kerr
Talent: Sterling Smith, Sasha Models

Private Fireworks Capped Off this Glam Omaha Wedding

Lauren and Jake hosted a glitzy wedding at Happy Hollow Country Club, where guests enjoyed live music, show-stopping floral installations and a delicious meal. The bride’s stepfather surprised everyone with a firework show as a grand finale to a wonderful day.

CREDITS
Photos: Jessica Blex Photography + Design
Hair and makeup: Kiss & Makeup
Flowers and rentals: Petals to Platinum
Music: Karlyn Music
Videographer: Dundee Digital

The bride, her bouquet, and the groom stand at Slattery Vintage Estates

Wedding Inspiration: Bring Autumn Hues to Your Decor

With a change in the air, make your autumn wedding a romantic bounty with the soft shades of fall.

(Above) New horizons never looked so lovely. Our couple celebrates their new chapter at the charming Slattery Vintage Estates, a hidden gem halfway between Lincoln and Omaha. This working vineyard features 84 rolling acres of natural splendor, with vistas to match.

(Below) The artistry of Bobbys and Blush accentuates the positive for a flawless wedding-day look. The sky-blue necklace by Kendra Scott complements her azure peepers, or, if you’re blessed with big brown eyes or sultry green irises, brings the “something blue” quite nicely, thank you. The diamond scroll engagement ring and white-gold diamond swirl anniversary band, both from Borsheims, add delicate sparkle.


(Above) The subtle browns of bare branches against a blue sky find their tabletop echo, with minimalist cutlery and metallic candleholders for just the right modern touch. In the centerpiece by Kearney Floral Co., deftly placed bright blooms pop among the fall hues in this elegant setting for two.

(Below) Soft autumn light illuminates the understated glamour of the bride’s Kendra Scott drop earrings.

(Above) Slattery Vintage Estates’ old world charm and picturesque grounds are a dream-come-true setting for the big day. Options include a banquet hall, vineyard, tasting room, courtyard, deck and patio, plus glamping options for guests.

(Below) This pure white two-tier confection by Cake Expressions, Inc. is, well, pure perfection. No need for fancy décor; artfully draped linens and a floral accent keep it simple,
and simply beautiful.

(Above) Florals stand in for a traditional tiara, an organic complement to a loose yet elegant ’do.

(Below) Harvest-time seedheads add a twist to the traditional boutonniere, while foliage and flowers return to adorn dessert.

   

(Above) The invitation suite by Dana Osborne Design captivates with soft ivories and an ethereal blue. Bold script pairs with a traditional font, with a floral envelope lining that delivers a splash of color, for a taste of things to come.

(Below) Details make the difference, as scalloped Deryn trim softens the bride’s romantic décolletage.

(Above) Family-run Slattery Vintage Estates offers a selection of Nebraska wines to decant—perfect for a cocktail reception on the patio on a dreamy afternoon.

(Below) The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. take a quiet pause, with a natural seasonal centerpiece symbolizing all the autumns they’ll share together.

CREDITS
Design/Styling Assistance: Rachel J. Events
Gown: adorned Bridal
Jewelry: Borsheims
Talent: Sasha Models

Bride and groom in front of their barn venue, photographed by Kaylie Sirek

Choosing the Type of Venue That’s Right for Your Wedding

There are many uniquely beautiful reception venues available in your area, depending upon the size of your guest list and wedding budget. Your venue will set the tone for the ceremony and reception and is a crucial element in implementing your planned décor and overall design. From a romantic blooming garden to a well-manicured country club lawn, here are a few options to help you select the ideal venue.

Banquet Hall
Some banquet halls provide full-service packages, thereby making the planning process easier and more affordable. Others have a preferred list of wedding vendors, allowing for choices within certain parameters. Depending upon the space, banquet halls are easy to transform into your dream wedding experience. Also, the staff is knowledgeable and have established relationships with local wedding vendors, creating an easier flow of communication. The only challenge to choosing a banquet hall as your venue is the possible turnaround time for decorating, especially when an event is scheduled the evening prior.

Barn
Many couples love a rustic barn setting for their reception venue. It provides shelter while also allowing guests to dance under twinkling lights or a moonlit sky. A barn reception can also serve as a special homage to family history or cultural significance. The only tough challenge associated with this type of venue is arranging catering, restrooms and entertainment. Also, remember to consider the season, as a barn typically has neither heat nor air-conditioning.

Country Club
If you dream of a classic space, a country club may be your most fitting option. Set on perfectly-manicured lawns, country clubs offer a sophisticated style and space for weddings of virtually any size. One of the few difficulties posed by this venue is that your event may not be completely private due to club members accessing the pool or grounds.

Garden
Nestled around fragrant blooms and a beautiful landscape, a garden reception can be transformed into a dreamy affair. With this venue it is easy to let the garden setting speak for itself. With nature as your backdrop, your table settings and décor can remain simple and subtle. For this reception venue, be certain to outline a rain plan, just in case the weather doesn’t land in your favor on your special day.

Hotel
If you picture a large wedding in a grand ballroom, a hotel reception may be perfect for you. Hotels are easily able to accommodate a large group and usually can arrange an appropriate space that is more suitable for a smaller guest list. The staff is knowledgeable and experienced, meaning typical day-of snafus are easily dealt with by professionals. The only pitfall is that you may be sharing the venue with a neighboring wedding or other large event on the same day or evening.

Museum
Surrounded by beautiful works of art, a museum is a stunning and sophisticated venue for a reception. Many museums have staff members who execute weddings on a weekly basis and can offer great insight for creating the ideal event. You may find that some museums may have a list of preferred vendors, which may limit your options for catering or décor. However, the bonus with this venue option is that you can usually arrange for certain galleries to be open for a limited time during your event, which can allow your guests a chance to peruse the artwork during cocktail hour.

Park
Depending upon your ideal landscape, a reception comfortably nestled in a park may be just the venue you are looking for. Arranging family-style tables with your ceremony location nearby gives guests a wonderfully intimate feeling. Prior to making plans, be sure to check with the city offices for any necessary permits or special permissions needed to serve alcohol at the given location. Also, scope out the space to make certain there are adequate restroom facilities and enough resources to meet your electrical needs.

Private Home
There are many fabulous weddings held in private homes. This genre of location provides a special space that is uniquely your own. While most parents may shy away from the option due to the workload and amount of necessary preparations, hosting your reception at a family estate can be very intimate. The toughest challenge to overcome is arranging adequate kitchen space, restrooms and parking. If you are planning your event at a private home, inform the neighbors of your plans so they can anticipate the traffic and possible noise that evening. If they know what is going on, they are more likely to be understanding of the special occasion and not call in a noise complaint.

Restaurant
If you are planning an intimate wedding, a posh restaurant is always an excellent option. With possibilities for a unique menu and cozy ambience, this type of reception venue is relatively stress free due to the convenience of having everything on-site. You can even allow guests to order directly from the menu. Prior to booking your reception, consult with the restaurant owner or general manager regarding space limitations and noise level during the time frame you are considering. If the noise inherent in a restaurant environment concerns you, simply inquire about the availability of a separate area for your reception, such as a private event room. Some restaurants may even offer the option to rent the entire space for your event, in which case they’ll close it to the public.

Tent
A tented reception is a fantastic option that can comfortably accommodate a large guest list. While providing guests with shade and cover, everyone is still able to enjoy the sunset and dance into the evening under the stars. A tent vendor will have many options for you to choose from, including specific lighting for the occasion. Prior to finalizing arrangements, we encourage you to do a complete walk-through of the land, so you can provide any essential electrical information to your rental company.

For more venue details, visit our online vendor directory.

High School Sweethearts Host Garden Party Wedding in Columbus

Nick and Emily began dating when they were just 14 and 16 years old. The two dated through college and grad school before getting engaged while hiking in Colorado. On a drizzly spring day, they finally tied the knot at their hometown church. Their reception turned the American Legion into a beautiful garden party, where friends and family enjoyed a warm meal and cold drinks.

Bride and groom kiss during their ceremony exit

CREDITS
Photos: Brooke Confer Photography
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero
Caterer: Wunderlich’s Catering and Barley Shoppe
Florist: St. Edward Floral
Formalwear: Lindley Clothing Inc. 
Hair and makeup: Salon.cek
Entertainment: Voicehouse DJ & Sound
Transportation: Papa G’s Entertainment
Videographer: Alisha Cerny