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High School Sweethearts Host Garden Party Wedding in Columbus

Nick and Emily began dating when they were just 14 and 16 years old. The two dated through college and grad school before getting engaged while hiking in Colorado. On a drizzly spring day, they finally tied the knot at their hometown church. Their reception turned the American Legion into a beautiful garden party, where friends and family enjoyed a warm meal and cold drinks.

Bride and groom kiss during their ceremony exit

CREDITS
Photos: Brooke Confer Photography
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero
Caterer: Wunderlich’s Catering and Barley Shoppe
Florist: St. Edward Floral
Formalwear: Lindley Clothing Inc. 
Hair and makeup: Salon.cek
Entertainment: Voicehouse DJ & Sound
Transportation: Papa G’s Entertainment
Videographer: Alisha Cerny

Leather & Lace

It’s time to think out of the box! There are so many ways to get married and you can get as creative as you want. This shoot by Kirstina E. Photography was a perfect example of how you can shake it up. Think bright colors, unique hair, and a different kind of location. I hope this shoot gives you inspiration to be yourself and do what you want to do!

What is your inspiration for this shoot?

My inspiration for the shoot truly was the idea of, “leather and lace” – a not so typical photo shoot for not so typical brides. I want to encourage brides and grooms to out of the box ideas. Today we see so many extravagant venues and bright white, pastels and other light colors…. I wanted color! …and all the THINGS! So I contacted Hello Beautiful and Divas Floral Shop with the idea of “Leather and Lace” they hopped right on board! Stacy, the florist, stated she had been wanting to do a floral mo-hawk for some time and asked if that would go with my idea… it fed my idea even more! Megan and Jenna are top when it comes to helping another local businesses inspiration and provided a beautiful lace gown and a Tip Top Tux.

That led me to finding the perfect location! A local bar, Gillies, had all of the signs on the wall, colorful seats and a pool table… it was perfect! To show some of the most unexpected locations and their beauty to me is a fun inspirational challenge! In the middle of the state and out west we have a lot of unique areas and my location for the shoot showed just that no matter your area or location I’m up for the challenge to show you just how beautiful we can make it!

My bride and groom, lucky for me, are a real couple! Kyna, our bride, is a hair stylist and makeup artist for Platform Hair Studio in Kearney so it could not have worked out any better!

Kirstina E. Photography

11 Lovely Nebraska Wedding Venues

1. The Empire Room at Turner Park

The venue’s sprawling French Chateau-inspired patio overlooks Turner Park and a back drop of the downtown Omaha skyline.

The Empire Room at Turner Park

2. Arbor Hall

With a spacious interior, outdoor garden, and ample parking, Arbor Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding reception and ceremony site.

3. The Durham Museum

Sophisticated enough for the most romantic wedding celebration, The Durham Museum offers you an ideal setting that is sure to leave a lasting impression in the minds of your guests.

4. Simply Ballroom

Simply Ballroom is also proud to be one of the first dance studios in the Midwest to specialize in wedding dance instruction.

5. Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm

Lied Lodge’s on-site wedding specialist helps you design the perfect wedding day with memorable touches: trolley rides, unique menu concepts, signature drinks, and in-room gift baskets for your guests.

6. Scoular Ballroom

Some amenities include custom up-lighting in a variety of hues, professional-quality dance floor, on-site event coordinator, black Chiavari chairs and tables included in the rental fee, and unlimited planning and review meetings with professional event staff.

7. Scottish Rite Masonic Center

The gorgeous character of the building lends to the atmosphere of your event and the beautiful finishes minimize or often eliminate the need for additional decor. Lighting throughout the reception and ballroom area can be set to fit the occasion.

8. Lauritzen Gardens

At Lauritzen Gardens, you will find exquisitely-decorated gardens and rooms available for weddings, receptions, and parties, ranging from the intimate to the elaborate. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the gardens.

9. The Club at Indian Creek

Offering beautiful golf course views, an outdoor veranda, and classic mahogany décor – but our building and grounds are just the beginning!

10. The Old Mattress Factory

Perfect for your rehearsal dinner, reception, and ceremony. On-site coordinator, linens, and many other amenities are included.

11. The Ball Room at Round the Bend

The Ball Room has a very open floor plan and is designed with neutral colors for easy decorating.

Worried about Sleeping Before Your Wedding? Plan Ahead to Rest Easy!

You’re in the home stretch of your wedding planning, but there’s one more thing on your mind. You’ve heard that soon-to-be-newlyweds may have trouble sleeping before their big day, and you’re worried you might have the same problem. Lucky for you, there’s some good news. By planning ahead and making a few small changes to the day before, you can put yourself in the best place to get a good night’s sleep before you start the next phase of your life!

Exercise

If you can manage some me-time during the day, it’s recommended to try to do a little bit of exercise. It helps your body to feel physically exhausted, as well as the mental exhaustion you are no doubt feeling from your wedding planning. If you have time earlier in the day, try doing some moderate to heavy exercise so that the adrenaline has time to stop racing through your body by the time you go to bed.

If you’re wanting to exercise right before bed, it might be worth trying a few yoga poses to stretch your muscles and focus your mind before bed. You can even do it from bed if you have a firm enough mattress. There are affordable mattress options online if you need a new one.

Keep Your Routine as Normal as Possible

The human body thrives on routine, especially when it comes to bedtime. You might think that keeping a bedtime routine is only for kids, but it’s really helpful for people of all ages, especially when you’re out of your normal environment.

Whatever you do before bed, whether it’s a hot bath, a face mask, half an hour of reading, or meditating, make sure you can do as much of it from wherever you’re staying the night before your wedding.

Avoid Alcohol

It may be tempting to have a glass of wine or three at your rehearsal dinner to deal with the stress of the evening, but you should avoid alcohol for about four hours before you want to go to sleep.

While alcohol might help you get to sleep, it will definitely cause you to wake up more often in the middle of the night once your body starts trying to process the alcohol, according to the Huffington Post. It can also cause you to become dehydrated, because you’ll have to use the bathroom more often.

If you are going to be drinking alcohol, use the two for one rule – two glasses of water for each alcoholic drink. This can help you from becoming dehydrated later, and make it easier for your body to flush out the alcohol.

Avoid Overeating at Dinner

When it comes to the rehearsal dinner, you will want to eat enough to feel full, but not enough to put yourself into a food coma. If you’re hungry when you go to bed, you won’t sleep well. If you’re too full, you’ll feel sluggish, but are more likely to have trouble getting to sleep.

You’ll also want to avoid caffeine, tobacco and foods with high amounts of sugar or saturated fats, because they can cause sleep problems, according to NBC News. The effects of caffeine and tobacco can stay in your bloodstream for up to six hours, so if you’re having coffee, make sure it’s in the morning.

 

Written by Samantha Kent of SleepHelp.org

Planning Your Wedding Means Planning Their Gifts

The wedding planning process can seem to go on forever; especially for the bride and groom to be. After all, you are planning a day for not only yourselves, but all of your closest friends and family to enjoy. This is why we enlist the help of our dearest friends to aid in wedding preparation. From giving their opinion on the perfect dress, visiting potential venues, searching for vendors, test cake flavors, the list goes on!

When all is said and done, it’s important to take a step back and think about the people who helped pull your day together. When you asked your closest friends and family to be in your wedding, you were asking for a large commitment both in time and finances. It’s one of the most selfless things a person can agree to. So how do you let them know how much you appreciate them? Add gifts for your wedding party to the list of things to do before the big day! It can be a little overwhelming to think about, so here are a few ideas we’d like to share:

For Your Mother (and new Mother In Law)

Your wedding day is sure to be filled with lots of emotions. While it’s a joyous day filled with love, it can sometimes lead to tears of joy as the bride and groom say I do. No one wants to carry a pack of tissues around. A great, and maybe a little uncommon, gift to give is a handkerchief! Gift your mother and mother in law a personalized handkerchief with a message of your choice.  Armed with their own personal messages, giving the same gift to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom is great symbolism for the unity your marriage is creating! It’s also a great way to express your thanks, and share a gift that is likely to come in handy.

wedding gift for mom

For Your Father (and Father In Law)

To the same sentiment, get your fathers matching yet personalized presents. One idea is to gift a nice set of cufflinks to wear as they walk down the aisle. Take it a step further than a standard inscription, and find your favorite picture of you and your dad together. If you really want to tug at the heart strings, find pictures from your childhood to include. Nothing says sentimental like taking a trip down memory lane before you set down the aisle on one of the biggest days of your lives.

cuff links for groom

For Your Wedding Party

Getting presents for the entire bridal party is tricky. Getting matching presents for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is an entirely different story. Your best bet is to get them a gif that they will likely use again. Giving your guys and girls fashionable sunglasses is sure to be a hit. Not only can it further distinguish them as a part of the wedding party, but it is a gift that can be used beyond your wedding day. If you’re going to spend money on a present, you might as well ensure that it’s relevant for use for more than just one day!

colorful sunglasses

For Your Bridesmaids

It can be argued that the job of a bridesmaid is one of the most stressful. Thank your girls by putting together a care package of their favorite things. After months (sometimes years) of planning, a great gift option could be a certificate to a day spa! What better way to say thank you than treating your girls to a day of pampering and relaxation. Want to do more than hand them an envelope? Go the extra step and put together a basket of spa day essentials! Equipped with a robe, slippers, a makeup bag, and a cute tote to pull it all together! If you do want to customize and item, the makeup bag may be the way to go. It’s something that is sure to get a lot of use, and something that will likely get a lot of compliments!

bride and bridesmaids with bouquet of flowers

For Your Groomsmen

While not all groomsmen may appreciate a spa day, the idea of treating them to something they can do for themselves isn’t a bad idea. One option to consider is putting together a gift of favorites. It can be anything from a giftcard to their favorite restaurant, a bottle of their favorite drink or even just an assortment of their favorite snacks! Nothing says thank you like a gift of all of your favorite things. Make it easy on yourself and buy a variety of gift cards online!

groom and groomsmen in tuxedos