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Former Miss Nebraska Shares Her Hometown Wedding

As former Miss Nebraska USA and self-declared fashion lover, it’s pretty safe to say this Bride knows a thing or two about style. She chose an impossibly chic Vera Wang gown for her hometown wedding and it set the stage for an elegant celebration photographed by Megan Pomeroy. Look back at their Chicago engagement sesh, and head this way for the full wedding gallery.



From The Bride…As a follow up to our engagement session featured on Style Me Pretty, it makes me so excited and happy to share our wedding day! When preparing for our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to be elegant, timeless and bespoke. Jackie & JFK’s outdoor wedding reception was a huge inspiration for our day; we admired the simplicity and how timeless their photos looked.

We recently moved back to Nebraska from Chicago, and wanted to take our wedding day back to our small-town roots. We decided to have our wedding in a neighboring town where I grew up – Farwell, a town with a whopping population of 70 people! We both loved the idea of a countryside wedding and the fact that we could have the entire day in one place – the ceremony to the right of the bed and breakfast and white tents to the left for the reception. The B&B had a large wrap around porch, so we utilized that for cocktail hour, extra seating and the bar. The location was very charming and a destination we plan to visit over the years.

When it came to the look of the day, I’m a true lover of all things neutral. We used white, ivory, gold, flowers and greenery to set the stage for the day. There were aspects throughout the day that captured the essence of our relationship and upbringing. The meal at the reception was home cooked by the B&B, our cake was made by a family friend and we only served wine and beer, complementing what we enjoy drinking.

A dear friend, a former Miss Alabama USA whom I met at Miss USA, has a beautiful calligraphy business so I enlisted her help for our paper goods. She drew an illustration of the B&B that we used on our wedding invitations and programs. If I had to pick, our letterpress invitations were my favorite wedding detail! I now have the invitation framed and on display in our bedroom.

As a former Miss Nebraska USA and lover of fashion, choosing a gown was at the top of my list. I had always dreamed of wearing Vera Wang, and when I tried on the Lillian style, I instantly knew it was perfect for our outdoor wedding. I loved the simplicity and how it was made with a soft French lace. And to top it off, my veil and reception headpiece were custom designed by a dear friend and local designer. Walking down the isle to my now husband, on my mom’s arm and wearing my gown was a highlight of the day!

The reception was a blast. We had a dance tent and a dinner tent. During dinner, our videographer played our love story interviews and same day edit of our wedding day. I cried and laughed and was completely blown away. My groom even surprised me during the video and played our favorite Lord Huron song (a song we listened to on repeat during our engagement trip)! Watching our wedding day video together for the first time with all of our guests was so special. After that, we danced the night away and couldn’t stop smiling!

The Monday after the wedding we jetted off to the French Riviera, Cinque Terre and Lake Como for our honeymoon. It’s safe to say August 2015 was hands down my favorite month of all time.

We were so fortunate to work with amazing vendors. Not only did they bring together our vision for the day, but also they traveled hours to get to our remote location to make it happen. When I think about our wedding day, I think of laughing and smiling every second. I’m so glad our videographer and photographer captured these special moments that we’ll treasure forever.

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Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Memories Of Omaha | Floral Design: Petals to Platinum | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Invitations: Huck And Pippa | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Fawnia at Serenity Salon & Spa | Groom’s Attire: Tip Top Tux | Ceremony Music: Harris Academy of the Arts | Venue: Farwell Bed & Breakfast | Accessories (sash, earrings, robe, clutch): BHLDN | Chalk Board Calligraphy: Cora Calligraphy | Invitation Letterpress:Porridge Papers | Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals | Rentals: AAA Rents | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Veil & Headpiece : Felicia’s Couture Creation

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Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event + A Giveaway!

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a reason to celebrate.  Think drop-dead gorgeous weddings, glittery gold anything and, of course, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event happening on April 10, 2016 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.  It’s the city’s most intimate bridal experience, complete with yummy treats, insanely gorgeous inspiration and a never-ending lineup of seriously talented wedding experts. It’s going to be sooo awesome.

Whether you are a modern couple planning your dreamy rooftop wedding or a romantic duo who can’t wait to say “I do” in a garden surrounded by lush florals, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event has everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to plan your perfect Big Day.  I’m talking Cleveland’s most sought-after vendors joining forces with an entire 4 hours of dazzling inspiration and supporting sponsors Catering by Heinen’s and L’Nique Linens.  Plus, each and every stunning moment will take place at The Westin Cleveland Downtown, a hotel that knows everything there is to know about throwing an amazing party.  It’s Planning 101 with vendors who will all make it happen seamlessly.  And we couldn’t be more excited.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Mark those calendars for Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm. You’ll mix and mingle with the best in bridal salons, cake design, floral design, photography, catering, event design, entertainment, cinematography, health + beauty, wedding planning… and more.  Plus, you’ll receive an ah-mazing gift bag, have the exclusive on event-day discounts AND be automatically entered into some fabulous giveaways.  Oh, and did I mention the bubbly and dessert? Don’t miss out.

Register for the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event here and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #JstyleWeddings


What: The Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event is giving one lucky SMP reader a (1) complimentary overnight stay at The Westin Cleveland Downtown with breakfast for (2) and complimentary valet parking ($300 value)!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the MOST at the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event! (Ex: I can’t WAIT to chat with all of the amazing cake designers! Yum!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016!  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves!

Photography (Top to Bottom): Jstyle Weddings (Photos 1,7) + Lauren Gabrielle Photography (Photo 2-6) + Catering By Heinen’s (Photo 3) + Genevieve Nisly Photography (Photo 8) | Event Planning: Kirkbrides + A Charming Fête | Florist: Blooms By Plantscaping + Molly Taylor and Co. | Catering: Catering By Heinen’s | Hotel: The Westin Cleveland Downtown | Bridal Magazine: Jstyle Weddings | Country Club: The Country Club | Linens: L’Nique Linens


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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!