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The bridal party wore forest green for this Lincoln wedding.

Jaylyn and Tommy Brought the Outdoors In at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

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.

 

CREDITS

Photos: Sam Areman Photo
Gown: Blush Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: KF Bridal
Hair: H Salon & Day Spa
Makeup: Spa De Da
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Shannon Formal Wear
Catering: The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Cake: The Rabbit Hole Bakery
Flowers: Petals to Platinum
Entertainment: DJ Next One
Planner & Evergreen Tree Installation: Kari Narduzzo

 

Taelor + Keiton’s Boho Celebration at Wilderness Ridge

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.

                    

CREDITS

Photos: Ness Thomas Photography
Second Shooter: Analise Schrader Photographer
Gown: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Wilderness Ridge
Cake and Desserts: Hy-Vee
Flowers: I Bloom
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Spruce Hair Co. 
Makeup: Alicia’s Makeup Artistry
Music: Complete Weddings + Events

Bride and groom at Generations in Seattle, decked out in Pantone's 2020 color of the year, classic blue.

6 Weddings Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue

In 2019, the year of Living Coral, we saw a resurgence of brightly colored weddings and exciting pops of color. 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue, reminds us of tradition, a sense of home and nature. Of course, every couple knows they need their “something blue” on the wedding day. In color psychology, blue is known to have a calming effect, and brings peace and tranquility to every space. Dream big: let your wedding reflect the sky and the waters around you. For more classic blue inspiration, head to our Real Weddings tab and sort by color, style and season.


Whitney Anderson

1. Moody Blue Watercolor Inspiration
The charms of Maine’s coast move to the Midwest with this styled shoot featuring marine indigos, the catch of the day and watercolor designs.


Ashlea Snell

2. Luxe Styled Shoot with Natural Blues and Greens
Blue tends to be a prominent color in luxury weddings, so this team took it to the next level by showcasing classic hues in a new light.


Sam Areman Photo

3. French Provincial Inspiration
We love the rich blue glassware and ornate details that came together in this styled shoot. Inspired by European architecture, these wistful pastels have us longing for an afternoon wedding in the French countryside.


Courtney Bowlden

4. Dusty Blue Shoot at Generations for Winter Wedding Inspiration
You can’t go wrong with delicate design, lush florals and a sweet puppy for timeless winter wedding inspiration.


When She Knew Photography

5. Mirror-Glazed Cake and Modern Touches
This urban wedding had the river and skyline as a backdrop. Contemporary details and monochromatic decor made for a sleek design.


Angelica Marie Photo

6. A Showstopping Spanish-Style Wedding
Handcrafted ceramic blue place settings, made by the bride and her mother, were the star of this sunny reception. Blue bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories finished the nature-inspired look.

For more wedding inspiration, check out our collection of real weddings.

Emma and Garrett together at The Barn at Ackerhurst Dairy Farm in Omaha

Emma + Garrett: Keeping the Wedding Intimate, Even With 350 Guests

Emma Carlson was intrigued by Garrett Teel before they even met at Nebraska Wesleyan. “I knew him before he knew of me, because he was on the track team,” Emma says. When she heard he had an internship in Omaha, Emma’s hometown, she offered to show him around the city; the two became inseparable that summer. Garrett’s proposal came in December. He was celebrating the end of his first semester of dental school and Emma had just finished finals and was about to graduate. The two went for a walk to look at Christmas lights when he asked her to be his wife. “I was so shocked,” Emma says. “I honestly loved that we didn’t have any photos of the proposal, because that way it was just the two of us.”

They opted for a winter wedding, a season Emma loves: “I think it’s a more intimate time of the year. It’s so cold out, it makes people want to get closer to each other. It’s more about family.” At first, they thought they’d have a small wedding, but it turned out to be a joyous celebration with some 350 guests. Emma and Garrett opted for a twist and served breakfast at their wedding reception, with French toast, cheesy hash browns and doughnuts on the menu. As the new couple made their grand exit, guests waved sparklers. “It was so cool,” says Emma. “The photos can’t even describe how it feels to have everybody you love surrounding you and cheering you on into this next stage of life.”

           

CREDITS
Photos: Emily Jessen Photography
Gown and headpiece: Rhylan Lang Bridal
Earrings: BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sample and Soiree Bridal
Hair and makeup: Garbo’s Salon and Spa
Cake and catering: Hy-Vee
Flowers, linens, rentals and decor: Creating Atmosphere
Stationery: Minted
Video: Isaac Mertens Videography
DJ: Image Entertainment

Bride and groom at the Younes Center in Kearney, Nebraska

Kassi and Aaron’s Jewel-Toned Kearney Wedding

For their summer wedding, Kassi and Aaron wanted an elegant color scheme that would still be light and breezy. They landed on blush, white and gold with touches of burgundy and plum. The bride’s boho gown and the pastel bridesmaids’ dresses lent a romantic tone to the day overall. With several out-of-town guests, the Younes Center proved the perfect venue due to the multiple lodging and restaurant options nearby. 102-degree weather couldn’t stop the couple from having the day they dreamed of – they met on a detasseling bus, after all.

“I will never forget the special dance with my uncle, who is in late-stage heart failure,” says the bride. “He was so determined to dance with me and I’m grateful that we had the chance to share that moment.”

Scroll on for photos of this romantic Kearney wedding.

CREDITS
Photos: John Moler Photography
Gown: Ready or Knot Wedding Chic
Hair and Makeup: The Colourbar Salon
Rings: Hoover’s Jewelers, Kay Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Hello Beautiful Bridal
Decor: Something Beautiful
Flowers: Kearney Floral
Venue: Younes Conference Center