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Classically Elegant Omaha Country Club Wedding

When it comes to classic weddings, visions of full-length dressed ‘maids, bunches of white blooms and a glowing reception come to mind. But when that vision has the touch of elegance that this one does, it’s taken to a whole other level of awe-inspiring beauty. Jeffrey Sampson sits behind every lovely moment, ones that will add an extra twinkle to your eye today. Have a look for yourself right here.

Country Club

From the beautiful Bride… One of the most important things to us was music – first the ceremony music – both the songs and the vocalist – and then the band. I wanted the music in the ceremony to make everyone, including Thom and I, get that same feeling you do when you watch a really deep TV show or movie, haha. The ones that give you that lump in your throat, shake your core and make you feel alive. I by no means want to put church music down, but there songs that make me feel more spiritual than those in the Gather Hymnals if you will and it was important to get to use those songs in the ceremony

We spent countless hours thinking up our favorite songs about love and life and good. I compiled so many word documents with lyrics and looked up videos of acoustic versions in female voices. After we condensed our Spotify playlist down (for the 100th time) to our top 10 or so, it was time to decide where to put each song – it was a lot like choreographing the ceremony. In my opinion, the timing and placement of the music in the ceremony can make such a big difference. Looking back, the ceremony music – both the songs AND Tara’s voice – is one of my favorite parts of our entire day.

My dress. What I had in mind was nothing like the dress I ended up getting. I never thought I would wear a strapless, poofy gown however the second I tried this dress on, I knew it was it. I absolutely loved all the custom details we added to the dress – these details made it mine and made me feel like the bride I had always dreamed of being. We added a big champagne bow to the back that had detachable tails, a designer crystal belt, and most of all, the longer train! My favorite thing about the dress had to have been the train. Since the church was so massive and gothic, the long train and Chantilly lace really seemed fitting. Another one of my very favorite parts of my dress was my veil. My veil was also my “something borrowed”. My cousin, Leigh was one of my Matron of Honors and she wore it in her wedding. It was her mom’s (my aunt’s) and so not only was it super gorgeous, but it had a lot of meaning behind it and it was such an honor for her to lend it to me. My “something old” was the jewelry my nana let me wear – the vintage diamond necklace, diamond bracelet and pearl ring were perfect with my dress and made me feel like a Queen. My “something new” was a pair of earrings my friend picked up for me last minute and my “something blue” was a new pair of light blue hanky panky’s . One thing I underestimated was how much the dress would set the entire “theme” and “tone” of the wedding. Immediately after we found the dress – I knew exactly what I wanted the wedding to be like and was able to start making more decisions and acting on them. I never thought that the dress would have such an effect and be what kicked everything else to start falling into place.

Paper. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the invitation to look like and Allie was very helpful in working with me. We hopped on a Skype call a few times and did the whole thing over the phone and web – pretty cool! I wanted classic and ethereal with a touch of whimsical. I love paper like I said – so paper was important. I wanted to incorporate the outlines of California (for Thom) and Nebraska (for me) and I wanted our names to be in Allie’s whimsical calligraphy so we could use it as a logo and incorporate it in other elements of our wedding. Lastly, I definitely knew I wanted to use vintage postal stamps to again incorporate California and Nebraska and because I thought it made the invite more personalized to Thom and I, helped set the eclectic tone of the wedding and added a pop of color (which in turn also made it stand out in your pile of mail).

Flowers. My bouquet was amazing. Peonies are my all time favorite flower and they were in season! The hand tied bouquet Mullhalls made for me was beyond perfect – even better than I imagined. I was blown away when they gave it to me right before I went outside to meet Thom for our “first look”. It was huge!!! We wrapped it with the fabric from my mom’s veil from when she got married. Her veil would not have matched my wedding dress so rather than scratch the whole thing, she offered taking some of the fabric off and wrapping my bouquet with it for good luck and to have a piece of her with me. I loved that. It was super special. I loved the bridesmaid’s bouquets so much. I loved that the girls had to let the white and blush pink astilbe rest in their arm instead hold it of with their hands and loved the way the champagne ribbon from the bow fell. It was elegant and natural and ethereal and unique all at the same time. At the church, we lined the pews with ivory tulle, a champagne satin ribbon to match my dress, a vendella rose, champagne feather and maidenhair fern.

Decor. One of my very favorite things was all of the vintage wedding photographs Thom and I gathered from our families and dispersed through out the front entry room. We labeled each with who they were, their wedding date and how we were related. It set a very romantic tone and inspired fun conversations as people arrived. We used different types of eclectic and vintage frames that we had from home or bought at Ross and Hobby Lobby. I loved the natural and garden and ethereal feel of the reception décor. The up lighting, candlelight, and hanging soft yellow bulbs from the ceiling created such a beautiful ambience. There were different centerpiece styles dispersed throughout the tables in the ballrooms. All of the tables had mercury vases of all different sizes with monochromatic garden roses, peonies and blush ranunculus. The head table was centered with silk ivy and giant mercury candelabras, column candles and glass bubble balls. Other tables had a giant gold artsy sculpture on them that twisted and turned up and had ivy plants intertwined and moss balls and stacked candles on each “branch”. Other tables had big round bowls with curly willow sticks sticking out of the center, filled with moss balls, white blooming begonia plants, succulents and other textural elements. We used greenery to hang off the ends of all of the fireplace mantles. The flowers were beyond amazing and really set the scene. It was beautiful.

Photography: Jeffrey Sampson | Videography: Complete Music & Events | Event Design: Textiles | Florist: Mulhall's | Wedding Dress: Bridal Images Sf | Invitations: Allie Ruth | Reception: Omaha Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ready Or Knot | Hair & Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Church: St. Johns Creighton University | Transportation: Ollie The Trolly

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Bohemian Inspired Field Wedding

This photo shoot proves that bohemian sensibilities can be wildly elegant.  It’s a layering of vibrant color, the beauty of a free flowing dress, and a naked cake that dreams are made of by Whipped Bakery . With details and styling by Jessica Killsand imagery by Emily Jane, click here for so much more.

From Jessica Kills When Emily Jane and I first began to discuss the elements and inspiration behind our first (of many) styled shoots, we instantly bonded over the love of film photography, which thanks in part to awesome inventive talents like Emily, is making a resurgence all the way over here in Mid-Michigan! Film has such a dreamy and romantic feel to it and this all film shoot really showcases its mesmerizing qualities.

The location also played a huge part in our inspiration for the shoot. Set in an amazing field with beautiful mature trees, tall flowing grasses and dainty wildflowers, Mother Nature truly painted the perfect picture for the boho, “flower child” feel!! The lush field was a breathtaking backdrop for the effortless and free-spirited vibe which is the essence of the bohemian look. We paired an organic bouquet of premium blooms that included timeless peonies and garden roses,funky hanging amaranthus, and delicate ranunculus with a simple yet elegant flower crown. Although we wanted all the focus on the beautiful couple and natural surroundings there is no denying the jaw dropping, show stealing quality of that backless Free People gown!! Just wow!

Kaitlin Parisho Designs gorgeous and unique stained wood stationery suite with white hand lettering alongside the accompanying kraft envelopes with custom gold glitter liners, and gold ink calligraphy escort cards were the perfect complement to all of the woodland elements while remaining chic and adding a touch of glam to the outdoors!

Photography: Emily Jane | Styling: Jessica Kills | Dress: Free People | Cake: Whipped Bakery | Hair: Lindsay Lee | Calligraphy : Kaitlin Parisho Designes | Field: Lansing, MI | Floral: Jessica Kills | Makeup: Ashlee Lauren

Elegant, Rustic Summer Warehouse Wedding at Historic Pritzlaff

I need to profess my love for this wedding, and yet I don’t know where to start. The ceremony backdrop will make your mouth drop right to your desk, the reception is elegant with a fabulous mix of urban and rustic (complete with full size trees), and this couple just couldn’t be more adorable if they tried. It will only take one look at these gorgeous images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography to see why I can’t stop gushing – and you can join me in the swoonfest here

Urban Space

From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyLindsey & Tim’s wedding day was beautifully styled and made for general photographic awesomeness, but despite the fact that this gallery is full of photographs of all their lovely details, I must write that their wedding day was really and truly about love – the love they share for one another, the love they’ve been blessed to grow up with and the love they’ll have for their future family. Tim & Lindsey met in medical school at Mayo and are starting careers at a prestigious institution out east so yes, they have really good resumes, but at their wedding Tim & Lindsey’s big, happy hearts were what anyone noticed and everyone cared about most. All day they exuded a joyfulness that touched everyone around them, that threatened constantly to well up and over into tears, that made everyone present grateful to be a part of such a day. But Lindsey & Tim didn’t just absorb well-wishes – they continuously gave them back (as I suspect is the norm in their everyday lives) and delighted guests with, delicious foods, sights to be seen, games to be played, dances to be danced and even a meteor shower to be enjoyed. And they said Thank You in a most memorable way. After the toasts and dinners had been enjoyed Lindsey and Tim stood proudly in front of all their guests and told everyone about how lucky and blessed they are to have amazing families, parents and friends. Their parents, they said in particular, had formed them, modeling healthy marriages and lives well lived such that Lindsey and Tim have no doubt that they too will have a happy marriage. And as her dad teared up, Lindsey confirmed what everyone instinctively feels about the two of them – they are ready and excited to make each other the ultimate priority and build lives worth celebrating together. She simply said “mom, dad: we got this.”

And a note about their style – Lindsey & Tim adore their urban warehouse venue but wanted to bring a bit of rustic Wisconsin loveliness to the whole thing. They selected barn tables and soft florals plus live full sized trees (!) to soften the venue’s concrete, timber and brick architecture while mix and match linens and glass chargers dressed up their different shaped dinner tables. They custom upholstered lounge furniture and candle lit as much as possible, adding puzzles, bean bag toss and a band to keep the fun quotient high. Their paper was simply to die for – letterpressed and totally customized to share more details about their old, new, borrow and blue, as well as their gift of education to a needy child in lieu of favors. Their vows were screen printed on large swaths of fabric and hung first in the ceremony space and then as a backdrop to a dance floor lounge – very chic, very urban but still somehow romantic and rustic.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: Marius Bell Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Brookfield Wedding Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Angela Nuran | Wedding Bands: Lake Country Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Lee John's | Hair & Makeup: WELL Spa | Calligraphy: Blooming Quill | Band: Spoken Four | Accoustic Guitar: Jim Perona | Barn Tables & Stage: Canopies Events | Bridal Store: Gigi Of Mequon | Bride's Jewelry: Diamond Designs | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Givenchy | Chargers: Arena Americas | Custom Decor, Accessories And Staging: Fabulous Pieces | Day Of Coordination: Classic Coordination | Hanging Vows: Olympus Sign & Banner | Lighting & Sound: Majic Productions | Linens: BBJ Linen | Paper: Monograham | Trees: Minors Nursery | Trolley: DMI Limousine | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Historic Pritzlaff | Venue Coordinator: Cori Coffman

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DIY Michigan Farm Wedding

Get ready to have your socks charmed off SMPers, because this DIY barn wedding couldn’t be more adorable it if tried. Beautifully captured by Kelly Sweet Photography, every sweet detail sitting in this gallery will make your wedding-loving heart sing, and you can see why I am gushing here.


From the Bride…Being a wedding photographer myself, I thought of my whole wedding in pictures. I have been obsessed with wedding since I was little and have been reading wedding blogs and magazines since way before I even met Brian. I knew I wanted something rustic and vintage but I also wanted to try not to do the same thing as everyone else. One of the most important things to me in planning our wedding was that everything reflected us and who we are. I knew immediately that I wanted to use my vintage camera collection and thought that centerpieces would be the best way to use them. But I also wanted to include Brian in them so we decided to use potted herbs because he is a cook and is amazing with seasonings. We both love to read and I love old books so we added those as well as teacups that we collected at thrift stores over the many months before the wedding.

We looked at a lot of venues but nothing seemed quite right until we found The Hitching Post. The outdoor location for the ceremony was perfect and I loved the look of the inside of the barn! We also loved that the venue was very open to our use of different vendors.

I am very crafty and a DIY kind of person so I knew that I wanted to make a lot of the stuff. My mom sewed the flower girl dresses, the groom and ring bearers vests, all of the guys’ ties, some of the banners, and personalized monogrammed totes for the bridesmaids. She also made all the cards that we used for our guest book. She is amazing!

I made my bouquet out of a mix of thrift store, vintage, and Hobby Lobby door knobs. It was very heavy but so perfect! I also made my necklace and also necklaces for all the bridesmaids. I handmade Brian’s ring which turned out great. I hand painted all the signs, made all the boutonnieres and corsages, and the banner above our head table. I designed all the stationary including the save the date, invitations, menu, other cards for the tables, and the programs. I really wanted everything to be personal and meaningful.

My dad built the picture display and also collected, grew, and did everything with the herbs. He also painted and stenciled all the little wooden signs that were given to our guests as favors. He also made the awesome wedding sign that we put out by the road. He surprised me with a whole succulent garden on the day we went to decorate. My parents and brother helped assemble the programs and the place cards. I really have a wonderful and helpful family.

Lots of other friends and family helped out too. My matron of honor made all the bridesmaid bouquets; other friends did the flower arranging, several different friends and family members made the treats that were on our dessert table. It was great having desserts that were personalized- my aunt made her peanut butter fudge that I have grown up with, and my grandma made her caramel and chocolate dipped pretzel sticks which she has been making for years. We made sure to include some of our favorite desserts.

I let each of my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses because I wanted them to have something that they liked and that they could wear again. One we even found at a thrift store for $15! Brian has been wearing converse shoes since he was a baby so we knew that we had to have all the guys wear them.

Kelly of Kelly Sweet Photography did our pictures and did a fabulous job! She captured the day perfectly and I love how the pictures turned out!

I seriously could not have asked for a better day. The whole day went so smoothly. It rained a bit in the morning but the weather was absolutely perfect for the rest of the day. It truly was the best day ever and I got to marry my best friend. We both had so much fun and are so thankful to our friends and family who joined us and made the day so amazing. I miss it already!

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Ceremony Venue: The Hitching Post | Reception Venue: The Hitching Post | Catering: The Hitching Post | Groom\'s Attire: J Crew | Photography - Assistance: James Saleska

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