Kenzie Brokman and Zach Martin have known one another since middle school, but their relationship took a turn toward romance shortly before their senior year of high school. After seven years of dating, Zach took Kenzie back to re-create their first date at the putt-putt golf course in Lincoln. “The one hole in the middle of the course is where we had our first kiss,” Kenzie says, “and that’s where he proposed.”
Kenzie wanted “big, pretty flowers that would pop in the photos,” which Hillis & Co. delivered. On the day of the wedding, big, pretty flakes of snow fell, creating the perfect winter wonderland. Taking advantage of the snowy day, the photographer placed their wedding bands in the fresh powder—Kenzie’s a rose-gold diamond ring, and Zach’s a black band with stags and birch trees to symbolize his love of hunting. During their first-look photos, “Zach started crying, which made me cry,” says Kenzie. The bride walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and soon after, became Mrs. Martin.
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.
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.”
While stargazing in the back of his pickup truck, Andrew’s sweet summertime proposal was something right out of a fairy tale! From a summer engagement to a winter wedding, Erin and Andrew’s special day was a classic winter wonderland. With hints of evergreen and elegant wintry details, this couple’s wedding day was a storybook romance, complete with the perfect picturesque moment as the bride and groom were showered with bird seed exiting the church as husband and wife. Check out all the details from their wedding day in these lovely images by Jessica Blex Photography & Design.
FROM THE BRIDE: I wanted to remember this day for the rest of my life, so the photographer and videographer were the most important part of wedding planning for me. Reflecting back on our wedding day, my favorite memory was seeing my husband for the first time – it was perfect! My wedding day was one of the best days of my life. It was a dream come true, and I truly felt as if I was the luckiest girl in the world.
Photography: Jessica Blex Photography & Design // Venue: Prichard Auditorium // Bridal Gown + Jewelry + Gown Alterations: The Bridal Collection // Hair Stylist: Megan Goff for Studio M on Stone // Makeup Artist: Natalie Bartling with Kiss & Makeup Beauty Boutique // Rings: Sartor Hamann Jewelers // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Collection // Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse // Paper Goods: Brandi Zuger // Floral Design: The Nursery School // Cake: The Cakery by Amber & Shanna // Catering: Melody Teton // Rentals: Takes Two Bridal & Event Rentals // Reception Music + Lighting: Complete Weddings + Events | Lincoln-Norfolk // Videographer: The Wedding Storytellers // Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus // Guest Accommodations: Grand Weaver Hotel + Vision Inn Motel