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    Welcome to our blog!  This is where we will be posting sneak peaks from spending time with our clients, little goodies we come across to help with planning your wedding or shoot and personal tidbits about our life.

    Life is joyful, messy, hilarious, awkward, big and everything in between...and that's what we love. We love to tell the story of your life as it is, because that's what will matter at your 50th wedding anniversary. Weddings aren't about dresses, bow ties, and mason jars...they're about you and your best friend since 4th grade; they're about your dad walking his baby down the isle; they're about grooms crying in public for the first time since elementary school. They're about life...a big life...and that's the good stuff.

    Drop by often, sit back with a good cup o' Joe and enjoy!

I love these guys.  When you plan a wedding, you spend so many hours making sure every little details is perfect and planned.  So many hours.  They got married in the same church that her parents did, everyone looked perfect, the reception was full of amazing details. However, on the day of, you actually have so little control of how it all goes.  Kelsey got a call early in the morning of their wedding day informing her that her party bus would not be coming to their event.  A lot of brides would have been devastated.  Not this girl! She giggled her way through booking the last ditch effort party bus.  Sometimes when those big things go wrong- it is really an awesome opportunity for real moments and the good stuff that stories are made from to happen.  So a trashed looking shuttle van pulls up out of the church, “Rockin’ Robin” pops out with her cabbie hat and cigarette.  Her two rules, “what happens on the bus, stays on the bus, and don’t burn my seats” were made known, Christmas lights and an American Flag on the back, and we were off for a great time.  It was awesome.  So much fun.  And really, so much better than if things had gone perfectly.  I have no doubt you two will be able to laugh and roll through the many adventures that life will through your way.  You are awesome.  Congratulations!

Ceremony: Grace Methodist Church

Reception: Stoney Creek Inn

Party Bus: Rockin’ Robin

 

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Spring Omaha Wedding at Creighton St. John’s

Embassy Suites, Old Market, Omaha Wedding Reception

What a BLAST this day was!  Kristen and Greg are the luckiest cats in town…the most fantastic and joyous families…the most supportive and loving friends.  I can’t say enough about them!

The day started out nice and easy with the normal to-do’s, however Kristen’s room was overtaken with little love notes left by Greg, including a pretty serious timeline of the day.  It was a hoot!

Their ceremony at St. John’s Parish on the Creighton campus was wonderful.  Personal, thoughtful, and performed by Kristen’s family friend and priest from back home in South Dakota.  There were tears of joy, huge bouts of laughter, leaps of excitement…it was fantastic.  These two are smitten with each other and couldn’t have been more excited to get married.

Post-ceremony their bridal party went to the Crescent Moon to conquer the boot…er…boots.  Now, typically when one bridal party runs into another bridal party, it turns a bit into the Omaha version of West Side Story.  Not with this crew…they congratulated each other, they posed for photos with each other…they had chugging contests together.  Obviously, “we won”.   NBD.

We finished up the evening with a beautiful reception at the Embassy Suites downtown in the Old Market.  Sweet toasts, tear-jerking first dances, and the best dance party in town.  I was GIDDY watching everyone dance and swing each other around!  This was just the greatest group, and I’m so happy we got to be a part of it!

Kristin and Greg…you guys are a riot together.  You’re going to have a wild, adventurous life ALWAYS and I love that about you guys.  Congratulations!

McKenzie

Dress: David’s Bridal Omaha
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Traditions
Flowers: Events Etcetera/Florals Etcetera
DJ: Mike – Master DJs
Cake: Omaha Pastry
Hair & Makeup: Garbos
Photobooth: Hollywood Star Photobooth
Transportation: Ollie the Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner: Stokes
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The Only Way to Throw a Back Yard Wedding

Omaha, Nebraska Wedding

I am going to go ahead and steal a line from their friend and officiant, Dylan.  “Jeepers Creepers”!   This celebration was completely crazy in all the best ways.  Carmen and Joe have known each other since high school but hadn’t reconnected until years later.  When they were planning their wedding they wanted to break the typical wedding mold and do what was true to them.  Their home is a reflection of them and it was important for the day to simply feel like it.  What better way than to have a backyard ceremony that was DELIGHTFULLY inappropriate, followed by a bunch of home brew, pizza, and a glitter beard.  The styling was unique and beautiful; the party was all I could have ever dreamed.  You know it’s one hell of a night when the maid of honor comes away from it with a broken foot!

Thanks for breaking the mold!
Janine

Officiant- friend
Ceremony- backyard
Dress- BHLDN
DJ- DJ Shif-D (the best!)
Pastries- Nostalgia Rentals

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  • May 17, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    krissy - This wedding. I love everything about it.

  • May 18, 2016 - 9:15 am

    Davina - Oh wow! This is an awesome wedding! Totally love that first kiss shot!

  • May 18, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    admin - Thanks Davina!

When two beautiful women fall madly in love

Pioneers Park, Lincoln, Nebraska – Elopement

A few weeks ago I received the most incredible wedding inquiry from Valerie.  She filled out our “contact us” form flawlessly, filled with beautiful words and the most incredible story of her and Whitney’s love.  Anybody that knows Janine and I knows that we’re SUCKERS for a love story, so theirs had me from the get-go.  The only problem was that their wedding date conflicted with another wedding we had on the calendar.  To say I was devastated is an understatement.  You just don’t get a love story like theirs on the regular, and asked to document it.  I drove Janine crazy hashing out with her how I could possibly make it work to shoot both weddings on the same day, and alas, it was impossible.  It was hard for me to come to terms with it…I had felt such a connection with these two women and I had simply received an inquiry for them.  So I sent them an email back telling them how devastated I was that I couldn’t shoot the wedding for them, sent them some fabulous recommendations, and a “if you get a wild hair and change the date, be sure to let me know;)” NEVER expecting a response.  The next day I got an email back from Valerie basically saying they’ve changed their date…they’ve waited too long for this day…what day works for you…let’s find a remote spot in Lincoln and will you sign as a witness.  WHAT?!  This. Literally. Happened.

So 3 weeks later, I drove to Seward, Nebraska on a Thursday evening where Valerie and Whitney secretly got ready in their home, away from each other.  They were shouting from across the house, reading promises to each other separated by a door frame, and calling their parents to tell them they were getting married.  I drove Valerie to Pioneers Park in Lincoln, Nebraska and we walked down a closed off road where she waited for Whitney to arrive and see her for the first time.  There were tears and laughter and a rush of emotions enveloped just for them.  They walked down to a little pond where a judge and his wife met them, and he married them right there on the spot.  Just us.  Just them.  It was quiet and calm…the birds and bees as our orchestra.  There were deep breaths of nerves and excitement…tears of joy and love…and it was perfect.  Whitney surprised Valerie by playing their song on her phone in her pocket so they could have an official first dance right then and there.  The night was perfect.  The ceremony was perfect.  They were perfect.

Valerie and Whitney, I honestly can’t thank you enough for choosing me to be a part of this.  Being a part of an evening and wedding that was solely about you guys was simply amazing.  It’s crazy how I feel like I’ve known you guys for years and I’m so thankful that I can now call you friends.  I wish you the happiest life together.  You’re an example to many.  My heart is bursting at the seams.  <3

McKenzie

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* Believe it or not, I actually have a “Photography Bucket List”…and I’m checking things off left and right.:) “Be an official witness” has been on my list for a long time, and I actually got to be one!  I told them I would only do it if we could take a selfie afterwards.  It’s a crap selfie, but hey…I got what I wanted.  :)  And I was honored.

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  • May 10, 2016 - 12:29 pm

    sandy - you guys. totally beautiful. goosebumps all over. such a wonderful story. the love oozing out of your pores is just magical. McKenzie, you’re adorable. gah! thanks for sharing this. <3 to infinite love and happiness. *cheers* xo

  • May 10, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    krissy - So, so excellent!

  • May 11, 2016 - 3:08 pm

    DENISE - I absolutely LOVE the story, the pictures and LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney and Valerie…. I am soooo happy for both of them. It’s been a ROAD and at the end they have found each other. :) Best Wishes to them both and may LOVE always bring them HOME…

Heidi and Greg had a gorgeous Friday wedding at the First United Methodist Church just up the street from our studio, followed by a fantastic reception at the Paxton Ballroom.  They day was laid back and relaxed and we had so much fun being a part of their day.  Greg and Heidi are completely at ease with each other, make each other laugh, challenge each other, and love to keep life interesting.  They danced the night away with Greg’s brothers rarely taking a breather from the dance floor!  They were a  hoot to watch and we can’t wait to see their adventurous life grow from here!  Congrats guys!

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church
Reception: Paxton Ballrom
Dress: JCrew
Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Janoucek
Cake: Wheatfields
DJ: Complete Music