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8 Ways for Unconventional Brides to Wear a Pop of Color

While weddings tend to revolve around white, adding a pop of color can infuse personality into your wedding day look. Whether its accessorizing with a happy hue or turning heads with a shimmering statement, don’t be afraid to infuse your aisle style. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate your color palette into your wedding look.

Martina Liana “Carter” ivory silk corset bodice and “Sachi” tea-length skirt from Ellynne Bridal. Gurhan gold and pink tourmaline necklace and Kirk Kara rose-gold and pink sapphire rings from Borsheims. Gold necklace from Michael Tish Jewelers. Bouquet by Memrical Design Studio.

Allure Bridals style No. A2002 ivory beaded top and style No. A2011 crepe fit-and-flare skirt from Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear. Doves St. Barths Blue collection quartz and turquoise earrings from Borsheims. Lovebird Jewelry Collective rhinestone tennis bracelet from Blush Bridal Boutique. White-gold diamond rings from Michael Tish Jewelers.

House of Wu style No. 22889 chiffon gown with plunge neckline and circle skirt from adorned Bridal. White-gold diamond earrings from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Claire La Faye “Harlan” crepe bell-sleeve top and “Blake” wide-leg trousers from Noa Brides. Oval amethyst, pink tourmaline and diamond ring from Borsheims.

Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals style No. 119111 embroidered Schiffli lace and tulle sequined gown from The Bridal Collection. Kendra Scott “Annaliese” maroon jade pendant and “Charmian” gold drop earrings from Borsheims. Rose-gold starburst diamond ring from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Justin Alexander style No. 9904 strapless sweetheart ballgown from Dream Dress Express. Earthen Joy gold tassel earrings from Noa Brides. Yellow- and white-gold diamond band from Michael Tish Jewelers.

Justin Alexander style No. 88023 jewel-neck ballgown with layered tulle skirt from Blush Bridal Boutique. Diamond ring from Michael Tish Jewelers. Custom-dyed pink veil (held) from adorned Bridal. Floral backdrop by Memrical Design Studio.

Photos: Jessica Blex Photography + Design
Styling; Michelle Meyer
Art Direction: Ashley Nicole Photography + Design
Venue: The Venue at Highlander
Hair and Makeup: Creative Hair Design
Talent: Peyton Saar, Sasha Models
Floral Design: Memrical Design Studio

6 Ways to Use Local Nebraska Flowers In Your Wedding Decor

Go wild with your florals. Picked-from-the-garden styles overflow with lush blooms and cascading greenery for a fresh take on wedding décor.

(Above) Floral by Petals to Platinum
Whether afternoon sun or glowing candles light your table, the vibrant flowers in this centerpiece will brighten the charm of a farm table and flowing linen.

(Below) Floral by Russ’s Market
You’ve said your vows. Now it’s time for the reception, and that means cake. Make it special with this elegant confection from Cake Expressions, Inc., then wrap the whole thing in a wow-worthy bounty of blossoms, vines, branches and grasses. Present the lovely result on a table draped with a rich violet velvet and wait for the gasps of delight.

(Above) Floral by Sweet Cakes & Roses
Make your seating fit for a king or queen—or a bride or groom. This elegant swag of ranunculus and eucalyptus adds a romantic vibe to the sweet simplicity of a wooden chair. Even sweeter? This handcrafted garland of wood and silk will never fade.

(Below) Floral by Petals to Platinum
White lisianthus and accompanying greenery set off cockscomb in bold and pastel hues. Coupled with pale pink roses and dollops of deep purple, these florals make for a table as festive as the day itself.

(Above) Floral by Grow with the Flow
A beribboned bouquet brims with happy abandon in this loose mix of roses, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and protea. Florist-grown hanging amaranth adds a bright pink pop amid the tumbling splendor of it all.

(Below) Floral by Grow with the Flow
Serve up piquant and perfect boutonnieres on an elegant silver tray. Lisianthus contrast with sprigs of dried greenery and jute cording for the perfect touch of rustic elegance.


Text: Sherri Hildebrandt
Photography: J.L. Scott Photography
Styling & Coordination: Sam Areman & Amanda Leise
Venue: Vintage Venue
Rentals: Honeyman Rent-All, Petals to Platinum
Videography: Alisha Cerny Films

Say YES to the Dress with These Tips!

Reality television is created with one purpose in mind— to produce exciting programs by maximizing drama. While you may be familiar with Say Yes to the Dress, it’s not always an accurate depiction of the ideal bridal gown shopping experience. In fact, it can often be a perfect example of what not to do. More drama equals more stress, so most brides are seeking the exact opposite when it comes to dress shopping. We welcome you to take a look at a more accurate portrayal of shopping for your wedding gown.

It is completely within your control to make your dress shopping a positive experience that dreams are made of. In the reality show, brides flock to a popular bridal salon with close friends, family members and assorted others to select their wedding gown. However, as the bride slips into different dresses, her large entourage may have differing opinions rather than gushing over each gown. Usually the bride enters the salon with a budget in mind but may end up breaking the bank when the gown of her dreams is significantly more expensive than her budget allows.

While seeing the drama of dress shopping on television can be highly entertaining, it is not the best model to follow when shopping for your own gown. We’re setting the record straight on a few key misconceptions.

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

When you are dealing with a smaller bridal boutique, bringing a large entourage to shop for wedding gowns just won’t work. It may sound like a great idea to have all of your family and friends there, but inevitably the situation will cause more confusion and stress, making the entire experience less enjoyable for you.

Once you start trying on gowns, you will find that everyone may suddenly have their own strong opinion. While it is nice to receive feedback from one or two loved ones, bringing along multiple people could create unnecessary anxiety. Set yourself up for success by taking along a select few trusted individuals that will provide the quality feedback you seek.

Know Your Limits

Before you set out to gown shop, be certain to set a budget that reflects the exact amount you can afford and communicate it with your shopping companions. If setting a higher budget for your gown is a top priority, look for other areas of your wedding budget to trim, thereby allocating a little more for your gown. Just be cautious about eliminating any of the necessary elements of your wedding simply to increase your gown budget. Ultimately, you will not be happy if you have not allocated properly to pay for the cake or to provide enough tips for the wedding vendors who have worked so hard to make your day perfect.

If your dress is a priority, acknowledge it as one of your top budget items. This can work if you realize you may need to make other choices with vendors, like rethinking those delicious mini- cakes you wanted to provide as favors or the expensive orchids you were having flown in for the centerpieces. If you have a strict budget, you need to honor it. Trying to negotiate more money for a gown with your fiancé or parents can cause stress in other aspects of your wedding planning, as well as add tension to the relationships.

Be Honest About Your Maximum Budget

Nothing causes more frustration for both the bride and the bridal boutique as when you are uncertain about what you can truly afford. If you tell your bridal consultant that your budget is around $4,000, she will bring out breathtaking couture gowns within the $4,000 budget. But, if your maximum budget is really $3,000, you risk falling in love with a gown that is beyond your means. At some point, you will have to be honest with the consultant—and yourself—about your true budget. Then, the process can begin with gowns that fit your budget. Sadly, if you do try on the expensive gown “for fun,” you may find yourself frustrated and longing for that $4,000 couture gown you simply could not afford.

Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and frustrate your bridal consultant by wasting time on gowns you can’t consider purchasing. You will benefit greatly from building an open and honest relationship with your consultant. When it comes to shipping, measurements and all the details, you will want to make sure you are getting the best service possible. A good relationship goes a long way to that end. Taking up unnecessary time not only costs the boutique money, but it is also disrespectful to other brides waiting to shop for their gowns. Many salons work on an appointment-only basis, so those brides with appointments following yours might be delayed or rescheduled to another day if you aren’t communicating with your stylist.

The best approach is to always be honest from the very beginning, with both the consultant and yourself. The bridal boutique will work within your budget—no matter how high or low it may be. Above all else, they want you to leave a happy bride. Being straightforward ensures your gown-buying experience will be a positive one.

Nebraska has so many wonderful bridal boutiques with knowledgeable consultants looking forward to helping you find the perfect gown at the perfect price. Simply come prepared with a list of your wants and needs. Above all else, cherish the experience.

Image Credit: Sam Areman Photo

Go Glam With These Top Hair & Makeup Tips

Coming to a final decision about the feel of your wedding day can be a daunting task. Between follow-up phone calls, dress fittings and finishing up handcrafted details, you may be distracted from your hair and makeup for the big day. So, rather than considering your beauty consultations as simply items to check off your list, use them as a time to relax and be pampered. When deciding on hair and makeup styling, remember that your fiancé fell in love with you and wants to see you walking down the aisle, not someone unrecognizable. Follow these easy suggestions to be well prepared for your hair and makeup sessions, and also truly enjoy them.


When considering your wedding makeup, keep in mind that less is more. Your wedding day is not the time to debut a new smoky eyeshadow or bright red lip color if you’ve never worn them before. It is important to show your true self on your wedding day, so follow these steps to guarantee and flawless look when you walk down the aisle.

Wear your everyday makeup. On the day of your consultation, wear your everyday makeup to your appointment rather than showing up fresh-faced or overdone. Your makeup artist will use this to gauge how much makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis and come up with a perfect balance between done and overdone. If your daily routine includes only wearing concealer and mascara, discuss some neutral eyeshadow colors and light lip gloss options. If you love to wear eyeliner and darker shades, your makeup artist will see that you do not shy away from a bold look and can consider this when discussing options for the day of your wedding.

Bring photos. Bring a few inspiring images with you, such as photos of celebrities or Pinterest finds. Do not hesitate to pick and choose certain elements from different images. Explain what you like and do not like about each. You may love the rosy cheeks on one and a full lash line on another. Most women have a difficult time describing their makeup wishes, so bringing along an image or two can illustrate a better picture of your makeup artist to follow on your big day!

Plan a night out. The best way to test the longevity of your makeup and to fully enjoy your consultation is to plan an evening out with friends or go on a date with your fiancé the same evening. This will not only serve as a test to see if you love sporting those false lashes for a few hours, but you will experience an extended wear time, giving you a feel for how your makeup will look after a turn or two on the dance floor and a few bites of cake. Snapping a few images of yourself is also a great way to see how comfortable you feel with the results. You want your makeup to look flawless, all the while highlighting your gorgeous features. Be certain to take note of any changes you would like to make after this test and communicate them clearly with your makeup artist.


Much like your makeup, your wedding-day hairstyle should be comfortable and reflect your personality and fashion sense. The person walking down the aisle should be the one your fiancé fell for, not someone with a radical new haircut or extra-long extensions. Be true to yourself and wear your hair in a style that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

Hair Care. Many hair stylists will agree that your “day-after” hair is typically the best to style. By not arriving with freshly-washed, squeaky-clean hair, your stylist will have some texture and body to work with. As always, when scheduling your consultation, ask your stylist for their preference.

Come one, not all. Since most salons are smaller spaces, it can quickly become distracting and intimidating for a stylist to practice your wedding-day style with a crowd of bridesmaids or family members surrounding the chair. By bringing one or two select guests, you will relieve pressure and boost the enjoyment of your first session. Remember that this is a practice run-through, not the actual day, so a formal hairstyle might feel slightly out of place in jeans and a T-shirt. While you should be very satisfied with your bridal hairstyle before leaving the salon, it is not the time to obsess over every bobby pin in your updo. Focus on how comfortable you feel with the style, how long the look will last throughout the day and if you have any desired changes to the volume or curl.

Bring Your Accessories. If you plan to wear a veil or other hair accessory, don’t forget to bring it along with you to your consultation. Allowing your stylist to practice with the piece in advance will ensure that the appointment on your wedding day goes seamlessly. Also, you will have the chance to try different positions for your veil or accessory and then snap a few photos of these looks to decide which you prefer for the main event.

Wear Makeup. If you are able to schedule your hair and makeup consultation back-to-back, be sure to at least wear your everyday makeup to your hair consultation. Wearing makeup will allow you to feel more comfortable visualizing your bridal look, and your hairstylist can consider your personal beauty routine while styling your hair.

Image Credit: Sam Areman Photography

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