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A Classic New Year’s Eve Wedding that Defines Glamour

Beaded bridesmaids’ dresses, faux fur shrugs, golden hour lighting and a sparkler exit — does it get any more glam than that? Combine those elements with a New Year’s Eve wedding date, and you have all the makings of the most glamorous wedding possible. Fall in love with every moment of this gorgeous day, thanks to lovely photos from Carly McCray Photography, in The Vault!

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From Carly McCray PhotographyYou may remember Lindsay + Jake’s adorable Wisconsin engagement session (featured on SMP last summer!), when they visited my neck of the woods — the pine forests of Central Wisconsin — from where they call home in Chicago.

They welcomed the new year in style during a quiet evening ceremony at the Grand Geneva Resort on a snowy night, after years of a long-distance relationship between Minnesota and Chicago, and a secret bridge proposal with all of their friends watching.

All of their friends joined them in their NYE celebration, adorned in a soft palette of grays, blush BHLDN bridesmaids dresses, soft greens and gold tones. Sparks flew at a sparkler exit for the books, and the night wouldn’t be completely with, of course, a New Year’s countdown + celebrating late into the night!

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Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers of Fontana | Wedding Dress:Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: Grand Geneva | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men’s Warehouse | Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Bridal Boutique – Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Fur: Vintage | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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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.

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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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They Walked Down the Aisle to Kanye – It Doesn’t Get Cooler Than This

There’s no doubt in my mind these two were the cool kids in school. And they carried that vibe all the way into their wedding day infusing it with their personality and lots and lots of chic style. From the super fabulous DIY details to the colorful bridesmaids (thanks to Weddington Way), every single beautiful bit rocks it out of the park. Betsi Ewing snapped away and our Vault sparkles for it!

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From the Bride… When we started off planning our wedding, we talked about the ‘best weddings’ we had ever attended, and we couldn’t remember details like the cake, floral arrangements, or stationery. The best weddings were a great group of people dancing and celebrating together!

So we scrapped the idea of spending a ton on designer gowns and bouquets, and enlisted the amazing DJ Major Taylor, found a venue in the west loop with a BYOB policy for all of our craft beer and champagne needs, and threw a party. I made most of the decorations out of recycled bottles and paints, a lot of twine and hot glue. We bought flowers from TJ’s and had a bouquet-making party in my backyard the day before the wedding.

We used wedding favors to incorporate bikes and our dog Rudie (her face was on the m&m’s), kept the ceremony short, sweet, and meaningful, and walked down the aisle to Kanye. Basically, a very ‘Ally and Rob’ wedding. We had a blast and still have guests telling us it was the best dance party they have ever been to!

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Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse| Jewelry: Grandmother’s ring for “borrowed + blue” | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Food for Thought | Makeup: Tricia Clarke | Hair: Christina Crosthwaite at Fringe Salon | DJ: Major Taylor | Groom’s Attire:BLVDier | Venue: Room 1520 | Ceremony Diamond Backdrop: DIY by bride, friends + family | Floral Design + Decor: DIY by Bride, friends + family | Photography – Assistance: Britography

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Tuscan Inspiration Meets Fresh-Picked Flowers in This Elegant Editorial

When we read that this editorial “was inspired by the intimacy of a Tuscan garden,” we were hooked, and the pretty photos in The Vault demonstrate why. With fresh-picked flowers from local farms, a stunning Hayley Paige gown and a romantic setting, this shoot from Jenny Haas Photography is a dream!


From Jenny Haas PhotographyI was inspired by the intimacy of a Tuscan garden. The colors were soft and neutral so they didn’t compete with the surroundings–The fabric on the table was cut long and had a natural flow to add a romantic flair to the table scape which was complimented with tarnished silver pieces to continue the muted color palette. Leah looked stunning in one of Hayley Paige’s new gowns from Hyde Park Bridal in Cincinnati.

Our flowers were inspired by the season, sourced entirely from Ohio flower farms and a few foraging adventures. The natural curve of the branches gave form and movement to the bouquet and arrangements. The textures of the apple blossom and lilac provided a gentle contrast with the soft and romantic anemone and ranunculus blooms. The aroma was divine…apple blossoms, lilacs, the hint of lemon in a local ranunculus.

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Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Floral Design: Linger Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cake Hope and Love | Invitations: Kelsey Malie | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Makeup: Rachel Lisa Makeup Artist | Hair: French Twist | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Bridal Boutique: Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal