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We had our last meeting with our priest last night where we went over the ceremony schedule and details. I felt myself stressing and obsessing over the reception decor so it was a blast switching gears to what truly matters…the ceremony.  It hit me as we were selecting our music, decoration rentals and where Tyler and myself will get ready…our wedding is almost here! I couldn’t be more excited!

For the ceremony decor we want to keep it simple and pretty. We will have two large arrangements infront of the alter and we will also rent the church’s wall vases for additional decor. I plan to use the flowers from the ceremony at the reception, and hopefully put the wall vase bouquets  towards centerpieces or small arrangements at the bar, in the bathrooms and in the entry at HillCrest Country Club. The church, Blessed Sacrament, is gorgeous on its’ own so I don’t want to get carried away.

After our meeting last evening, Tyler and I took a walk to a park one block away from our church. It is the perfect location for our first look and for family and bridal party photos. It is exactly what I always wanted as a backdrop for our preceremony photos! I can’t wait to see what our photographer, Leah, will dream up with the space.

Our church, Blessed Sacrament. It has gorgeous rustic ceilings and a small town church feel. Just what we wanted!

The park a block away from our church. A few trees in would be an awesome photo location. There are spots of heavy shade to keep cool and spots of pure sunshine!

I’ve always wanted a path under heavy trees for our “first look” location. I had my heart set on Pioneers Park, where Tyler proposed, but with the timing and distance…this will work perfectly.

I have a growing list of purchases and DIY projects set for the coming weeks. I can’t wait to share!



Chevron is modern and fun and can add a ton of interest with a two-color palette. Some simple ideas to include chevron in your wedding day is through favors, cakes, ribbon, placemats or table runners. The fabric shown comes in several colors and is a very inexpensive way to add some DIY to your special day!

Images from left to right, top to bottom: response card via the knot , fabric found on BuyFabrics, Cake via pinterest, and favor via pinterest.

Jerad & I are pretty early on in our wedding planning process, so I’m sure there will be lots of opportunities to share with you over the next 7 months.  With wedding season well underway, we got some inspiration this past weekend for creating a fun celebration after attending a wedding for one of our favorite couples – Wyatt & Amanda.  The day was just full of fun surprises, from their celebratory exit out of the church (to the tune of “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead) to a choreographed father-daughter dance medly.  They had a beautiful day & succeeded in making sure each of their guests had a great time!
So far, Jerad & I have the venues for our ceremony & reception booked for our December 30th nuptials.  The ceremony wll be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (in downtown Lincoln), followed by a reception at the Holiday Inn Downtown.  One of the great things about the Holiday Inn is that our guests will be able to stay at the same place that the celebration is being held.  This was especially important to us since it’ll be the New Year’s weekend as well.  Holiday Inn allowed us to extend our room block by an additional night for guests that would like to stay beyond the wedding night.  Although the official wedding festivities are taking place Friday evening, we hope to have the celebration continue throughout the weekend & celebrate the New Year, too!  
One of the more minor decisions I’ve been hung up on is picking what our colors will be.  I have it narrowed down to black (always a classic), navy (something blue), or pewter (I thought this would be a festive “New Years-y” option).  I’ve even opened up a poll on Facebook!  As of now, pewter has the most votes (about 60%), followed by black (30%), then navy (10%), which surprised me.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, too!  My goal is to decide this week, then work on finalizing options for bridesmaid dresses.
In the meantime, this is one of the styles of bridesmaids dresses that I’ve been eyeing from Alfred Angelo.

221 days to go!

– Katie

  • Brittani - Pewter definitely has my vote! I think it would be a good color because it fits the “New Years Theme” but also a good color for a winter wedding. 🙂 BUT black is always a safe and easy color to find dresses in and generally looks good on everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I vote for Pewter as well and that dress is gorgeous, LOVE IT!!ReplyCancel

  • Breeana - My vote is for Pewter too! Can you put Pewter together with the black? I love the bridesmaid dresses 🙂 Cannot wait for your next post! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Bre - I like pewter or black. The bridesmaid dress is cute, but it might be a little cold. I am excited for the wedding.ReplyCancel

There is no limited to how many colors you can work into your wedding theme. A confetti or party look is fun and bubbly. Try incorporating a pop of color into your drinks, table arrangements, place cards and desserts!

Images from left to right, top to bottom:  Pinterest via MarthaStewartWeddings, Pinterest via Smittensticks, Pinterest via A Subtle Revelry, Pinterest.