I have an absurd amount to write when it comes to Eric and Ann…and I’m going to try and hone it in, otherwise, we’ll be here for hours, guys. So if you don’t feel like doing some reading (which would be ridiculous) about some of the coolest people on this planet, the scroll on down, and just look at the photos. You’ve been warned.
First of all…how could I ever say “no” to a Halloween wedding? And then when I met Eric and Ann for the first time, I knew this was “wedding fate”…hell…just fate in general. I adore these two as a couple. I admire their complete zeal to live life, and to live it grand, with purpose and a whole helluva lot of laughter. I LOVE that these guys have “their people”. The people that support them with everything they have as a family, as individuals, as a couple, as friends, as women, as men, as a community. Their people are incredible, and I, without a doubt, want my life to be known for “my people” just as theirs will be.
Ann and Eric prepped for the day at the Art Deco Hotel in Downtown Omaha where their family and friends from ALL OVER popped in and out to visit, say hello, admire, joke, laugh, and sneak whiskey. I love watching people. And I love watching people, watch people. Like all of Ann’s friends watching her get her airbrush makeup done. It was HYSTERICAL. Eric and his buddies spent the morning with some light practical jokes, as every room of guys should. While the share of laughs was aplenty, that didn’t subside the true meaning and seriousness of the day. As much as Ann and Eric wanted the day to be fun, they wanted the day to be about celebrating a marriage. There were tears, squeals of joy, gasps of beauty, and tight assuring hand squeezes. Their ceremony was truly a room of love and support.
After the ceremony we hopped into a kick-ass classic car, vintage Hollywood style, and made our way to the Paxton Ballroom for a plethora of hilarious costumes, incredible cakes, and the greatest dance floor to every cross the Paxton’s path. The centerpieces were made out of the fence from Eric’s mother’s farm, and they also used books that they loved to read. Such a personal touch that will be great to tell to everyone years from now. Their first dance started out lovely…sweet and romantic as they always are…and then *BOOM*…they bust out into Thriller. And they killed it. From there, the dance floor went crazy with their custom playlist (and I absolutely need a copy of this) full of songs they knew their family and friends would love. I knew Ann and I could possibly be friends forever when I heard her say in the morning, “Mmmm Bop’s on the list…because I like to dance to it, and I don’t care.”. So…Ann, you had me at Hansen. They danced the night away, kids danced on bigger kids’ shoulders, Eric’s mom cut a rug, and all of a sudden people started jumping off the stage and crowd surfing…including the Ann, and it made me the happiest girl in all the land. Seeing Eric’s face after this was priceless. I still laugh when I think about it.
A wizard, vampire, turtle, Parrot Head, Where’s Waldo…and Walter White X’s 2 were there…and they were all there because they loved The Green’s…and The Green’s love them back. They said that they wanted to remember the whole day as a memory in itself…and I’m pretty sure they’ve got that covered.
Eric and Ann…I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have met you and to have been a part of your INCREDIBLE day. You guys know how to live life to the fullest and you’ll never know the little “takeaways” I’ve gained from our too-brief time together, known as a wedding. I wish you many, many adventures to come! Congratulations you crazy cats!
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Moss Salon - INCREDIBLE.
Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary
Reception: Paxton Ballroom
DJ: Complete Music
Flowers: Flowers for Special Occasions
Photo booth: Omaha Photo Booth Company
A HUGE thank you to Vivian Green for being my assistant and 2nd shooter for the day! You’re fantastic, my friend!
(No real knives were used in groomsmen stabbing. No actual groomsmen were stabbed. Nothing/No one was stabbed.) Photo cred: Vivian GreenTHIS LADY. I die. Even though this, compositionally, is not an award winner – this photo might be one of my favorites of the year, purely because this woman is in it. Going into Ann and Eric’s wedding, they said, “you need to wear a costume”…and so I wore a cat headband and leopard tights, thinking it would just be the easiest thing to shoot in, yet participate in. This amazing woman, however…the videographer, went ALL OUT and wore whatever this is. And I love her for it. I cry laughing at this picture every time I look at it.