BHLDN is celebrating essential workers during this tough time by giving away 100 dresses.
While the world goes through some strange and unprecedented times, there are so many people playing very critical roles that are often taken for granted, despite being the backbone of our communities. From the doctors on the frontlines to the moms who are caring for family members while balancing working from home, they are all playing critical roles, and BHLDN wants to celebrate the brides-to-be who are working in these capacities.
Are you planning your wedding while supporting us and others through this challenging time? BHLDN recognizes how difficult wedding planning can be under normal circumstances, so they are giving away 100 gowns to those who are making an impact during these trying times. Every story is different, and no contribution is too small, so go ahead and share your #BridesSaveLives story for a chance to win your dream gown from BHLDN!
Chelsea Flynn and Daniel Dunham are proof that love shows up in unexpected places, even in today’s world. They first connected online, and Chelsea says neither of them expected much to come of it—“but here we are today!” During their first date at Omaha’s Upstream Brewing Co. in the Old Market, conversation flowed easily, and after dating long-distance for several months, they bought a house together. One morning Daniel surprised Chelsea with a trip to the South Dakota Badlands. “He woke me up at like 4 a.m. I had no idea what was happening,” Chelsea says. After a hike, Daniel called Chelsea over to help with their dog, Mumford, and when she turned around, Daniel was down on one knee. The couple considered a destination wedding, but opted for Omaha because it was home base. Chelsea fell in love with The Barn at the Ackerhurst Dairy Farm. Her special request was a big, beautiful bouquet; Alisa Roth from Bloom Works Floral came through, and was “so, so easy to work with,” Chelsea says. Kate Spade sneakers with gold glitter were Chelsea’s gift to her bridesmaids to wear with their gorgeous evergreen dresses, in keeping with the dark green and gold color scheme. “It was the perfect day,” Chelsea concludes. “All the vendors we worked with were amazing; there isn’t one I can think of that didn’t do an A-plus job.”
Kenzie Brokman and Zach Martin have known one another since middle school, but their relationship took a turn toward romance shortly before their senior year of high school. After seven years of dating, Zach took Kenzie back to re-create their first date at the putt-putt golf course in Lincoln. “The one hole in the middle of the course is where we had our first kiss,” Kenzie says, “and that’s where he proposed.”
Kenzie wanted “big, pretty flowers that would pop in the photos,” which Hillis & Co. delivered. On the day of the wedding, big, pretty flakes of snow fell, creating the perfect winter wonderland. Taking advantage of the snowy day, the photographer placed their wedding bands in the fresh powder—Kenzie’s a rose-gold diamond ring, and Zach’s a black band with stags and birch trees to symbolize his love of hunting. During their first-look photos, “Zach started crying, which made me cry,” says Kenzie. The bride walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and soon after, became Mrs. Martin.
When Jaylyn Odermann and Tommy Armstrong Jr. met, they were both athletes at the University of Nebraska. Jaylyn, a soccer player, and Tommy, a football player, connected over their shared sense of humor. “When we first met,” says Jaylyn, “he was on a scooter because he had knee surgery. He’s kind of a goofball. He was weaving in and out of things, so it was hard not to notice him.” Over the winter holidays, Nebraska played UCLA in a bowl game, and Jaylyn and Tommy’s families flew in for a celebratory Christmas dinner. Tommy got down on one knee to propose, and the next day, Tommy played one of the best games of his career.
At their reception, the couple opted for an “outdoor elegance” theme with matte gold elements. To make their indoor reception feel like it was outside, they put together a backdrop made entirely out of evergreen trees. “I don’t know anyone else that’s done that,” says Jaylyn. “They were 10 feet tall, probably, and there were some that were short and skinny.” To top off their magical evening, Taco Bell was brought in as a late-night snack, as it’s the couple’s “one guilty pleasure.” Using elements all their own, the couple, with help from some great vendors, made their wedding a day to remember.
Taelor and Keiton planned to say “I do” in 2018, but an unexpected call to work abroad came, and they found themselves delaying their nuptials in favor of spending a year in Tokyo. When they came back to the states, they set about planning a wedding worthy of all that waiting.
The couple said their vows in a church, surrounded by giant stained glass windows and the people they loved. After a quick break to capture some photos in the Lincoln summer sunshine, the group moved to Wilderness Ridge, where they enjoyed dinner and dancing.