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When City Met Country: A Whimsical Wedding at Ackerhurst Dairy Barn

Wedding Date: October 11th, 2019

The rustic charm of the Ackerhurst Dairy Barn, sporting chic notes of abundant greenery, white florals and gold accents, made Lauryn Nyhoff and Jeremy Mohr’s wedding a romantic melding of Jeremy’s small-town upbringing and Lauryn’s city flair. Their love story has always been a little bit country. The two had been dating for three years when Jeremy purchased tickets for them to attend the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Colorado. “We had the best time,” Lauryn recalls. During country singer, Dierks Bentley’s, performance of “Woman, Amen” – a favorite of the two – Jeremy got down on one knee to propose. A year later, though the day was cloudy, with a high of 40 degrees, it was a perfect day for Lauryn and Jeremy. They wowed their guests with a coordinated dance entrance to the reception. “We nailed it!” Lauryn says. “And I don’t think anyone was expecting it.” Another personal touch: serving chips, salsa and margaritas during cocktail hour, followed by a fajita bar dinner, incorporating their favorite date-night fare into their special day.




Photography: Kaylie Sirek Photography

Bridal Gown and Bridal Veil: Ready or Knot

Bridal Earrings: Sample and Soiree

Rings: 14 Karat

Hair: Mollee Ann Ross at Salon for Women

Makeup: Joey Nielsen at Salon for Women

Cakes/Desserts: Omaha Cake Design

Caterer: Attitude on Food

Florals and Rentals: Rouge Rustic Events

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Groom’s Tie: Frank and Buck

Groomsmen Ties: Dazi

Invitations and Programs: Etsy

Music: A Final Take

Videographer: Pearl Productions

Guest Accomodations: Fairfield Inn – Northwest Omaha

Travel Coordinator: Sarah Kanter at Those Who Wander Travel

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


A Classic Fall Wedding with a Modern Twist

Jodi and Austin Carper met in junior high and are high school sweethearts since he asked her to their junior prom. After six years of dating, Jodi started bugging Austin for an engagement ring. On a Monday evening in May 2017, Austin snuck out for a bit and bought a ring for Jodi at Greenberg’s, where a close friend was working. His original proposal plan was to place the ring in a board game, where she’d find it as they played, but Austin couldn’t wait that long. When Austin got home and Jodi opened the front door, he was down on one knee. She was so taken off guard that she almost shut the door on him, but she held back and said yes!

The couple chose to have a classic wedding that featured modern touches to create a sophisticated fall celebration. Jodi was stunning in her elegant gown from Sample & Soiree which she paired with a lush bouquet of white roses. The wedding included a black and white color palette and was complimented by invitations and place cards showcasing a minimalist design. The reception featured long feasting tables adorned with black linens and topped with white chargers and a simple floral arrangement, bringing cohesion to the classic meets modern aesthetic. Creating an upscale look, billowing ivory fabric, string lights and cascading chandeliers were added overhead along with elegant silver chandeliers which softened the space and allowed for more personalized touch.


Photographer: Megan Kovar Photography

Venue: Noah’s Event Venue

Bridal Gown: Sample and Soiree

Bridal Accessories: Ready or Knot , Gunderson’s

Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie

Alterations: Livis Designs Bridal Tailoring

Hair: Reflections A-Salon

Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Gentlemen’s Choice

Catering: Pizza West

Cake/Desserts: Cake Gallery

Flowers: Fancy Plants Flowers and Design

Rentals: United Rent-All

Invitations/Programs/Signage: Designs by Sydney Chapp, Dana Osborne Designs

Musicians/DJ: Image Entertainment

Videographer: Friend of Bride

Wedding Planner: Rachel J Events

Engagement Photos: The Mullers

Rings: Greenberg’s Jewelers

Favors: Chessex

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