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People are donning their pink ribbons once again now that Estée Lauder is back with their annual Breast Cancer Campaign. With coronavirus leaving the breast cancer community with an increased risk, the company aims to bring their community together under the phrase “It’s more than a ribbon. It unites us.” Since Evelyn H. Lauder launched the campaign in 1992, Estée Lauder has raised over $89 million around the world to support access to research and awareness. Those funds also assist important medical services, such as mammograms, screenings, and support programs. As they continue to inform their community, the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Global Ambassador Elizabeth Hurley said “I am honored to wear the Pink Ribbon proudly and be a small part of the global community that is driven to end this disease once and for all.”

Twenty of the company’s beauty brands have contributed to this year’s campaign. Donna Karan Cosmetics and BECCA will donate $25,000 and $10,000, respectively, to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Other brands are donating the purchase price of certain products to the same foundation. Options range from makeup like Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Lip Kit to skincare, with La Mer Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream. 100% of both products will go towards the foundation. Jo Malone London will donate 50% of the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne purchase price, and Bumble and Bumble will give 20% Hairdressers Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer’s purchase price. A full list of participating brands can be found on the Estée Lauder Companies websiteWhether through a pink lipstick or a floral perfume, any bride can sneak a good cause into her wedding look through a Pink Ribbon product.  

To Plug In or Unplug at Your Wedding

Living in the digital age provides the opportunity for every bride, groom and guest to have immediate access to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Wedding plans can be shared via your wedding website during the months leading up to the day itself and keep guests up to date on essential details. Some couples will revel in the idea of sharing this precious event through social media and cherish every Tweet, Instagram photo and Facebook post. However, there are others that may prefer not to have their plans unfold online.

For couples who embrace social media as a priceless tool in sharing the news and events of their wedding plans, social media can play a helpful role in wedding-day preparation. We have laid out some tips to easily navigate the role that social media will (or won’t) play in your big day.

Your beloved has popped the question and you have accepted the marriage proposal – Congratulations! Before rushing forward with getting the word out, be certain to take a few moments to soak in the moment and truly enjoy this special time with your new fiancé. While you are certainly excited to share your boundless joy and good news, remember to pause and embrace the joy you are both feeling before announcing the engagement to your family and friends.

After you have taken in the moment as a couple, take a deep breath and consider how best to communicate the news. You don’t want your parents, siblings, grandparents and closest friends to find out this special news through social media. Make a list of those that you need to talk with before releasing your social media announcement. Those closest to you will appreciate hearing the big news from you and your fiancé personally.

Once the news has been shared with loved ones, consider how you’d like to announce your engagement on social media. Posting a creative photo of you and your fiancé posed with the beautiful engagement ring on your left hand is one way to go. Remember that your Facebook and Instagram friends want to share this amazing occasion with YOU, so make the social media announcement about this special moment in your life and not just about your ring.

After the well wishes start coming in, take the time to individually respond and thank those who are sharing in the excitement. It is important to write a personal response to each message. The response does not need to be lengthy, but the personal touch goes a long way toward making them feel included during this special time.

The emergence of social media and online inspiration boards has changed the wedding planning process for many couples. After the engagement, some brides turn to Pinterest and wedding inspiration blogs in search of ideas for their own special day. Clearly, it is important to develop a wedding style that truly represents the personality and taste of you as a couple. Wedding blogs and inspiration boards are a great starting point for brides to begin sorting out different elements of their personal style. The internet offers an endless array of ideas for wedding-day details, so it may sometimes seem overwhelming. Obviously no two couples are alike, so in the early stages of the planning process it is best to simply absorb the information you favor and later sort through what is truly the best fit. Some brides enjoy using social media as a helpful tool to share ideas with the wedding party, family members and wedding vendors so they can weigh in on different options.

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When done in moderation, sharing information on social media during your wedding-planning process is a wonderful way to keep your friends and relatives feeling included and in touch with this momentous occasion. You might consider posting progress updates, registry information or the occasional photo of you and your partner enjoying this special time together.

Some couples use social media throughout their wedding day to document the joyous event and engage wedding guests. Creating a unique wedding hashtag for your guests to tag with their online postings is the first step. Share your hashtag via appropriate signage or even the invitation to notify your guests. Creating a hashtag that is singular to your event will allow you to go back after your wedding and look at your big day from the perspective of your guests. Using social media during your wedding will also allow you to share your special day with those who could not attend.

A wedding using social media may not be the best fit for all couples. You may prefer to see the faces of your guests during the ceremony instead of the back of their smart phones. An unplugged wedding also limits the chances of your guests interfering with the photographer capturing must have photos. Restricting the use of social media during the ceremony and reception may be the best option for couples who want their guests to remove themselves from technology and simply live in each moment of the special day.

If you do choose to have an unplugged wedding, you must ask yourself what exactly that means to you. Do you want to have an unplugged ceremony in which your guests tuck away their phones for the vows? Or, do you prefer to be unplugged all day and ask guests not to take photos with their phones for the duration of the festivities?

Once you decide, find the best way to communicate your wishes to your guests. You can consider implementing the following rules: include the announcement discreetly on the wedding program, create signage to place at the entrance to the ceremony, have your wedding party spread the word or ask your officiant to make an announcement at the ceremony when everyone has been seated.

Whether you decide to have a full-blown social media wedding or a discreet unplugged ceremony, the key is to communicate with your guests, so they aren’t left guessing whether or not they may share their photos online. Be clear about announcing special moments guests must observe while in attendance. Regardless, they will be happy to follow your request and enjoy your wedding day with or without social media.

Photo by Sam Areman

Romantic Springtime Nuptials in Snyder

Abbie Hunke has known Mykolas Eggleston since she was 14. After learning through the grapevine that Myk had a crush on her, the two began dating. After exactly 10 years of seeing one another, the happy couple says, “I do.” Having known each other for so long, they can’t remember their first date, but think it might have been at the movies … or a Chinese restaurant … or Taco Bell. Sharing a passion for golf, Myk took Abbie out during her college graduation weekend for a round with family and friends, where he dropped to one knee at a scenic spot. At first she didn’t see him, because she was watching the turtles in the pond, but when she turned around, “I was completely shocked,” she says. With help from Abbie’s sister, Myk had picked out the ring Abbie wanted and had it custom-made with a rose-gold band and oval diamond. Describing her lush bridal bouquet, Abbie says she really wanted greenery for a subtle hint of color. Working with florist Stitches and Petals, Abbie appreciated how helpful they were in the decorating process, while Myk chipped in building the centerpieces. And on their wedding day, the bride carried a gold shoe clip in her bouquet that was worn by her mother, for good luck.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kaylie Sirek Photography
HAIR: Courtney Feurer with Red Brick Hair Chix
MAKEUP: Esthetics by Aimee Jo
RINGS: Michael Tish Jewelers
CATERING: Jeanette Marx with Catering to Suit
CHEESECAKE: Jaki Zahourek
CEREMONY VENUE: St. Leo Catholic Church, Snyder
RECEPTION VENUE: Snyder Fireman’s Ballroom, Snyder


Prairie Magic: Incorporate Natural Grass on your Wedding Day for a Breezy Bohemian Vibe

Enter the enchanted hills of Castle Unicorn, where the scent of warm prairie grasses wafts on a breeze as light as down. You’ll feel like a princess in this flowing tulle skirt by Pure Magnolia and lacy long-sleeved top by Claire La Faye from Noa Brides. A riot of muted blooms and natural grasses from Grow with the Flow add just the right rustic touch.

Table for two? What could be more romantic than your private celebration in the beauty of nature. A white trunk from Hillcrest Wedding Decor Rentals makes a perfect table, and large plumes of pampas grass provide a regal backdrop for an intimate moment. At right, our sweetheart table is complete with sunburst gold chargers, gold and white flatware and pink goblets from Petals to Platinum, with gleaming white plates from Anthropologie.

Let your hair down and enhance your locks with a circlet headpiece of dried grasses by Grow with the Flow. Your bouquet of ranunculus, amaranth and lisianthus brings a whisper of color to the tableau, tied together with a pink pastel ribbon.

Castle Unicorn is nestled in a secluded 440-acre estate in Iowa’s Loess Hills region, 20 miles from Omaha. This unique land formation—its only twin is in China—was formed tens of thousands of years ago. The area is now a National Scenic Byway. Echoing the simple beauty of the land, this invitation suite by Dana Osborne Design uses earthy tones of ivory, gold, pink and stone, with a minimalist pampas grass detail and ribbon.

Everything tastes better outdoors, and this charming cake from Cake Expressions, Inc. is no exception. The three-tiered beauty has textured white and ivory buttercream frosting and cheerful floral and grass accents. Makeup by BUNGALOW/8 takes its inspiration from the environment, in soft tones with a smoky taupe eye shadow and a natural pink lip.

A leisurely walk in the summery hills offers time for quiet contemplation. The rippling skirt and open-backed lace top from Linyage provide elegant, cool comfort. A headband of silver and gold petals and pearls softly frames the face. Both apparel and headband are available at Noa Brides.

Castle Unicorn, Pacific Junction, Iowa
GOWNS & ACCESSORIES: Noa Brides, Omaha
CAKE: Cake Expressions, Inc., Bellevue
FLORAL DESIGN: Grow with the Flow, Denton
STATIONERY: Dana Osborne Design, Omaha
RENTAL & DÉCOR: Hillcrest Wedding Decor Rentals, Seward, Petals to Platinum, Lincoln
HAIR: Rebecca Forsyth for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, Omaha
MAKEUP: Sekara Lorsch for BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, Omaha
TALENT: Hannah Burmeister
VIDEOGRAPHER: Alisha Cerny Films, Lincoln
WRITTEN BY:  Sherri Hildebrandt


A Pretty-in-Pink Garden Wedding at Vintage Venue

Courtney Buhr and Brandon Sedlacek have known each other since kindergarten. Standing the test of time, their relationship has always been built on a connection that kept bringing the two together. “He’s always been a listening ear,” Courtney says of her dapper groom. One weekend in Omaha, the couple attended Brew at the Zoo at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium before taking a horse-drawn carriage ride into the Old Market. Once they arrived at a set of fountains, Brandon proposed with a classic solitaire ring. Courtney, who was living in the town of Adams, chose the newly opened Vintage Venue in Beatrice. “It was an easy choice, it was so gorgeous,” says Courtney. Friends since high school, the tight-knit bridal party sported subtle hues of pink to complement their lush, greenery-filled bouquets. “I wanted the wedding to be like a garden party,” Courtney says. “I love ferns, the texture of them, how big they are, and I wanted to have something new and unique.” As an homage to their relationship, the couple opted to serve a Bundt cake on each table at their reception, because, says Courtney, Bundt cakes are “what we always go to whenever we’re celebrating something.”


GOWN: Ready or Knot
RINGS: Sartor Hamann Jewelers
MAKEUP: Elle Rêve
ALTERATIONS: Felicia’s Couture Creation
CAKE: Nothing Bundt Cakes
CATERING: Colleen’s Catering
FLOWERS: Blossom Khardt
LINENS: Vintage Venue
CEREMONY VENUE: American Lutheran Church, Adams
RECEPTION VENUE: Vintage Venue, Beatrice