The bride and her dog on a winter wedding day.

Winter Wedding Style with Evergreen Sophistication

   

(Above) More and more brides are including Fido and Fluffy in their big day—they’re part of the family, after all. Barking Vows makes it easy with full pet services, including transportation to and from (plus they donate a portion of the proceeds to an animal-friendly organization). Here, even the leash and collar are garlanded—now that’s what we call fetching.

(Below) Palest florals and a graceful spray of greenery take the classic three-tier cake, from Cake Expressions, Inc., to the refined next level.

(Above) Opulence abounds in this Justin Alexander Signature gown from Dream Dress Express. All-over beadwork and the plunging Sabrina neckline keep it posh; with sheer stretch mesh, peekaboo details never looked so good. The lavish bouquet by I Bloom. includes snow-dusted thistle, roses, lisianthus and panda anemone.

(Below) A modern take on the sweetheart table: Gold-plated candlesticks frame the floral centerpiece amid the rustic-luxe surroundings of the Wilderness Ridge. A floral centerpiece from I Bloom. is set in a sleek glass vase for effortless style. 

(Above) White-on-white returns in the table setting, with layered porcelain plates; black glass Champagne flutes bring the drama. Coppery-gold cutlery adds warmth, while a sprig of the eternal evergreen makes a playful cameo nestled in the green table linen. 

(Below) From RSVP, the letterpress invitation suite, by Jessica Downs for Bella Figura, features barely-there type in Garamond font printed in cobblestone-gray ink. Garlands of greenery wend their way throughout.

(Above) Placed at the reception entrance, this swank placecard frame, wreathed in seasonal boughs, puts the “ease” in “easel”: guests have only to find their name, then guide themselves to their seats—no wondering or wandering required.

(Below) The timeless fit-and-flare cut lets brides indulge in their flouncy and sultry sides, all in one stunning gown. Think spare elegance and glam don’t mix? Think again. Drop earrings in quartz, mother-of-pearl and diamonds from Borsheims highlight the glowing bride, with extra shimmer courtesy of Bobbys and Blush’s hair and makeup (and the joyful day, of course).

(Above) The precision-set diamond halo ring with diamond shank is designed for maximum sparkle, so you’ll think of that special “I do” moment every time it catches the light.

CREDITS

Text: Judy Arginteanu
Photos: Emily Jessen Photography
Art Direction, design and styling: Ashley Nicole Photography + Design
Design/styling assistance: Rachel J. Events
Venue: Wilderness Ridge
Florals: I Bloom.
Cake: Cake Expressions, Inc.
Stationery: RSVP
Rentals: United Rentals
Hair and makeup: Bobbys and Blush
Jewelry: Borsheims
Ring Box; The Mrs. Box
Pup: Barking Vows
Model: Lizzy Waite, Sasha Models

Stone Cold Style: Local Baubles, Bangles and Rings for Nebraska Weddings

Daring in design, color, texture and shape, these works of art are aglow with chic appeal.

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Michael Tish Jewelers rings, stacked in splendor on the Sheldon Museum of Art’s marble floor, give new meaning to the phrase “set in stone.” In the array: a shared-prong diamond band, marquise 1-karat diamond solitaire ring, 14-karat white-gold diamond wedding band and 14-karat gold diamond ring.

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This wedding ring of 14-karat white gold is the ideal setting for a classic look, while the 14-karat yellow gold “Lynden” solitaire ring with tapered shank boasts contrast and detail. From Borsheims.

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A dainty set of rings from Borsheims boasts colorful chic. (From top): 14-karat yellow-gold oval peridot ring with beaded shank, 14-karat yellow-gold baguette ruby and diamond ring, 14-karat yellow-gold baguette citrine and round diamond bezel-set ring, 14-karat yellow-gold diamond eternity ring, and 14-karat yellow-gold baguette and round diamond ring.

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If gold is in your palette, consider these statement pieces from Borsheims. The Marika 14-karat yellow-gold tourmaline and diamond cuff bracelet and Marco Bicego 18-karat yellow-gold “Lunaria” double dangle earrings play off the sophistication of a matte finish. Try the 18-karat yellow-gold diamond infinity locket with a matte black chain for a modern twist on tradition.

 

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Add pizzazz with Michael Tish Jewelers sterling-silver pearl druzy drop earrings, yellow-gold vermeil howlite cuff bracelet and Syrena opal necklace.

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Go forth boldly with Michael Tish Jewelers yellow-gold vermeil cerulean howlite cuff, sterling-silver pearl druzy drop earrings, gold and opal stud earrings, and the Syrena blue opal necklace.

CREDITS
Photos: Sam Areman Photo
Venue: Sheldon Museum of Art
Text: Emily Kerr
Art Direction: Courtney Nielson

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