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Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re so excited for all of our brides-to-be celebrating this special day with their future hubbies. Here’s a lovely real wedding from the fantastic Strohm Photography to start your day of romance off right.

Other Vendors:
Ceremony & Reception: Bellevue Berry Farm
Catering:  Bellevue Berry Farm
Wedding Cake:  The Cake Gallery
Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal
Tuxedos:  Tip Top Tux
Hair & Makeup:  Tyler Gubbels
Florist:  The Bride!

Ceremony & Reception: Bellevue Berry Farm
Wedding Cake:  The Cake Gallery
Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal
Tuxedos:  Tip Top Tux
Hair & Makeup:  Tyler Gubbels
Florist:  The Bride!

For the last four years, Porridge Papers has been doing Love on the Run, a FREE Valentine-making party. Tons of local businesses step up to donate and participate and there are all kinds of cool things to design a Valentine for your sweetie (we especially love the vintage typewriters!).

The last chance to stop in is today; and make sure you get there bright and early as supplies are running out fast!

Today’s freebie is for any NWD bride! Atrium Banquet Facility is offering a great deal on ANY Friday reception booking. Mention this post and you will get  two free kegs of domestic beer for your Friday reception.*

Atrium is a beautiful open space located conveniently right off of the interstate between Lincoln and Omaha with seating for up to 400 guests. They also offer AMAZING catering from “A Better Catering Solution”. Check them out for your wedding!

*Restrictions may apply.

This week I am trying to get some little things for the wedding wrapped up. I found some shoes for my bridesmaids and I’m going to try to get those ordered. They are so pretty!  These soft gold, sparkly slingbacks will go so beautifully with their dark purple dresses!

I’m also going to call the church and get our counseling session set up with our pastor. We need to meet with him 3 times before the wedding, so I figured we could do one session per month.
I’m going to order an aisle runner.  I’m waiting for our wedding coordinator at the church to get back to me on how long the aisle is. It would be just my luck that I would order one and it would only go halfway down the aisle!
I am also going to meet with the people that are doing our flowers, catering, and cake, which is all at Hy-Vee on 40th and Old Cheney, and get the details on everything worked out.
Other than that, I will continue looking for jewelry for my bridesmaids and finish up some other details that I’m sure will pop up!
  • Megan - Love those shoes, Nicole! I’m sure your bridesmaids will too! How fun!ReplyCancel

  • Jes - NY & Co has all their jewelry buy 1, get 1 75% off! Just a heads up, I stocked up last week because of the great deal for all my bridesmaids and female attendants!ReplyCancel

  • An Omaha Wedding Planner - Want my professional advice? Ditch the aisle runner. They are paper-thin and tear easily, you have to keep guests off them, and I have seen more than one bride trip and stumble on them. High heels punch holes right through them. Your wedding will be spectacular without it because, hey, it’s the day you are marrying your beloved. Save the money for your honeymoon instead (or start a fund to save for a downpayment on a house). Good luck and best wishes on a happy and lasting marriage <3ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Thank you for the advice! I never really thought about those aspects of the aisle runner!ReplyCancel

  • morgan - i LOVE these shoes! great choice, Nicole!ReplyCancel

Deciding on bridesmaid dresses was one of the most difficult decisions of my wedding planning so far. I was open to all designs, concepts and colors. I wanted the girls to feel confident, pretty and comfortable. Since I have four bridesmaids, I was even up for the idea of them wearing all different styles and colors.  However, we all decided to wear the same color, which came down to champagne versus a pale blush. We then started searching for all dresses within these two colors through sites like, J.Crew, Nordstrom’s…you name it! If you can remember back to my first post, I used this photo as an inspiration for my bridesmaids. I loved the pale color and style. It’s classic but has a trendy appeal to it (not to mention, super flattering!)

I found this dress at J.Crew and loved it, but it was final sale (amazing price) but no return policy. Since the girls couldn’t try it on, I had some concerns.

I also wanted some structure to the dress to make it more comfortable and flattering. This champagne color was another option besides pink, but the fabric was not as elegant as I hoped for.

Finally, I found this dress by Alfred Sung and found it at Ellynne Bridal (where I also bought my dress). One of my bridesmaids was in town from New York City and was able to try it on. It looked great and I loved the structure of the dress. It’s SO flattering! We decided against champagne since it was too close to ivory, and I think “pearl pink” is perfect. Next decision? Shoes!
I want each bridesmaid to really show their own style since we decided on a uniform look. Also, I wanted their opinion on what they would wear again, style, etc. Since they are wearing the same dress but with different shoes, they needed a “look” to follow. Everyone agreed a nude pump is not only classic, but they can definitely wear them over and over again. I loved these styles they chose!

I am so glad the dresses are ordered and the girls are happy! I cannot wait to see them once they come in!
  • Susan - Do you have any photos of the girls in the pearl pink, I’m looking into using it for my wedding too but haven’t been able to find a sample in this color. Thanks! smvitaz@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • MEGAN - The last photo is the dress in pearl pink. I found the dresses at Ellynne’s and they had a sample swatch there! The dresses come in this weekend so I have yet to see them in person.ReplyCancel