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Katie will be saying “I do” on December 30, 2011 to the love of her life, Jerad!

How we met:

Jerad came to Lincoln with a group of his friends one Friday evening and wound up at The Grove, where I had a fun part-time job bartending on the weekends.  I had just gotten to work & was getting things set up for the night when Jerad’s group came into the bar.  Jerad spotted me from the doorway, but had a slight delay getting in as he fumbled looking for his ID.  Once he got in, he made a beeline to where I was to order a drink.  After a couple of expertly-poured Jim Beams and some witty banter throughout the evening, he asked to take me out that weekend.  Instead, I gave numerous reasons why I would be too busy to go out with him, but he persisted.  Before the night was over, I gave him my number.  We went on 1 date the following week, then he left for California the next day for work (he’s a custom harvester).  We logged over 225 hours on the phone between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when he came back to Nebraska.  The rest is history in the making!
 
How he proposed:
Before Jerad & I had met, I’d made plans to go to New Orleans in late October to visit one of my best friends from college.  It just so worked out that Jerad finished up with harvest in time to be able to make the trip with me.  I cancelled my plane tickets and we set out on our first road trip together.  The main reason for my trip was that my friend Bre & I were going to do our 1st half-marathon together.  A couple of weeks before the trip got underway, Jerad & I had done some ring shopping, so I had an inkling that he might propose in the near future.  On the day of the half-marathon, I spotted Jerad and Bre’s husband cheering for us at various points along the route.  Around the last mile of the route, I spotted them again, only this time, Jerad jogged out to join me for the last leg of the course.  I really thought that was going to be the moment when he popped the question (or at the finish line), but he psyched me out. 
 
It actually ended up happening the following week after we were back in Nebraska, and back into the swing of our every day routines.  Jerad had come to Kearney one evening while I was still at work.  We had chatted briefly about what time I thought I’d make it back to my apartment; I told him not to worry about dinner and that I’d make something quick for us when I got home.  When I did make it home, I found him lingering around the kitchen.  He set to work on doing dishes while I set to work on preparing for us a gourmet meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese.  While I was fumbling around the refrigerator trying to decide which ingredients to pull out, I discovered a curious wooden box.  Jerad got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
 
He did later tell me that he’d had the ring with him throughout our entire trip.  He just never felt like he had the perfect timing.  He wanted it to be an intimate, private setting for us, and my kitchen ended up being just that!

Our wedding theme:

I’d have to say it’s a mix of things.  I love classic, timeless, elegant style.  We’re having a winter wedding so I’m sure we’ll use a lot of candles and some glitz to set the tone for the NYE weekend.  Family will be an important piece of the planning & celebrations because our familes have not yet met.  Mine is primarily in Lincoln, while Jerad’s is spread out around CO, KS, and NE.  We’ll have friends traveling from all over the US also.  While I was finishing my undergraduate degree, I did a study abroad trip to China & was fortunate enough to get to attend a wedding.  One of the things I loved from that wedding was that the bride & groom came to each table (with their maid of honor & best man) & did a toast with each group of guests.  Although we probably won’t do bottles of rice liquor, I love the idea of these “mini celebrations” as you make your way through the reception.  I think the most important detail for us and our wedding planning will be bringing everyone together & having fun with it all!

 

We can’t wait to follow Katie’s journey down the aisle!

 

Image found on pinterest.

Congratulations to our stunning Nebraska brides this weekend, especially our bride blogger Nicole! We will be thinking of you this Saturday!

In case you missed any, here are our posts from this week:

pink ombre inspiration board

a light and bright wedding palette

megan and eric tied the knot

may flowers were in full bloom

we were dreaming deep of lilacs

bride blogger nicole’s final post

our bride blogger megan picks men’s attire and rentals

a backyard wedding inspiration board

bride blogger blair shares her ideas on her bridal party attire

 

I try to do two wedding-related tasks per week. And I try to make one of those things an “absolutely have to do” and the other something that’s more fun. For instance, this week I am working on selecting groom/groomsmen attire. I think you can guess that has been the not-so-fun thing. I already know we won’t be doing the traditional tux, as I would like something a bit more casual and comfortable. (And when I say I would like, I mean that they would like too!). The bridesmaids will be wearing a Bill Levkoff dresses similar to below but in chocolate brown, and since that is a difficult color to match exactly, I want to go with mocha or tan as the suit color. I would love something similar to the male model below.

For the ties, I’m considering having everyone in a paisley design of some sort so we can incorporate our other wedding color—mustard yellow. But I’ve also seen in the pages of NWD and elsewhere the look of each groomsman wearing a tie in a different shade of the same color family. I can’t decide if that’s “cool” or just me trying to be different for the sake of being different? I also don’t know if there are even that many shades of brown to go around!

 In general, my only hesitation in doing something more trendy than traditional is that I can’t necessarily see the ring bearers pulling off this type of look. We’ll have three little guys—two of which are 2 years old and the other is 5. I’ll have to keep thinking about what to have them wear. And yet another thing to think about is asking the guys to rent or to buy the suit. It seems like there are just so many tux shops in Omaha running great deals right now!  You can see why I need something fun to do after all of this.

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Mason jars can bring a gorgeous glow and ambiance to any space. Try lining the tables with them or scatter them around simple floral arrangements. Wheat can be an easy and inexpensive arrangement and brings texture and contrast to a reception table or ceremony. We are swooning over this rustic and inviting look!

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We have had a busy few weeks arranging some details we have put off this spring. Last week we went to Elite Event Rentals to pick out our linens, napkins and chargers. I wanted to bring some color and shimmer to our reception tables and with the help from Hilary at Elite, I decided upon a champagne moire linen(it has the perfect amount of shimmer) and a peach napkin. I went in today to see my choices displayed, and the peach turned out to be more orange than I had envisioned. So, I decided on a tan napkin in it’s place. We also let go of the gold chargers I picked out because they would crowd the table. I found this image below from stylemepretty of how we will arrange the place settings.

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My mom and I have collected all of the candlesticks that we plan to paint all one color. We can’t decide, should we paint them brown, white or a pale mint? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I will also have pale pink, white and soft green flowers on each table.

Tyler and I went to Men’s Warehouse on Tuesday to pick out the men’s attire. He originally wanted to wear a white vest and tie to set himself apart from the rest of the groomsmen but the store made an excellent point: If my dress wasn’t a true white, his vest and tie may make my dress look more ivory or yellow. After we heard that, Tyler decided the entire party will wear this tux, and he will have a white hankerchief and the rest of the groomsmen will have a pale pink. We also bought pink ties for the ushers, who will wear black suit jackets and a white shirt.

 

I love what he picked out and I think he’ll look so handsome! Only 3 more months until the big day…I can’t wait!