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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.

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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 | Church: St. Johns Creighton University | Reception: Omaha Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ready Or Knot | Hair & Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Transportation: Ollie The Trolly

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Mod-Inspired Wedding Shoot in Omaha

The broaches in the bridal bouquet sold me on this whole shoot immediately. Not just because of the floral genius at Florals Etcetera, but just the general abundance of talent at Carrie Dayton Events, The Modern Hive, and Geoff Johnson Photography, just to name a few. It’s not easy to do the mod-vibe without being overly kitschy, but this is so sophisticated, it could fit perfectly into the woods or an urban loft.


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From Carrie Dayton EventsThis sophisticated, hip ‘Mid-Century Modern Wedding’ was created for a young professional, urban couple who lives a modern day lifestyle. They appreciate nature and have a passion for design. Mid-Century components were implemented throughout the day’s events to emphasize the couple’s bold personality and lifestyle. Repurposed furniture was selected and used as the inspiration for the couple’s ceremony and reception. The rustic, outdoor setting lends maturity and trendiness to the style. Invitations were printed on wood to give guests the impression this was going to be a different wedding. Contemporary touches, such as the color palate, accent pieces, and flowers allure to a realistic setting for the 21st Century bride. The combination of these elements set the stage for this couple to express their personalities, style and most of all, love.

It was magical how such a large team of creative partners came together on this project including some who aren’t in the wedding industry such as Hutch Furnishings and The Modern Hive who are in the furniture and interior design industry. The team worked together as if they had known each other for years. The day was seamless and flowed like a properly timed wedding. I chose the partners based on their amazing talent and “can do attitudes.”

The bride and groom in the shoot are married and worked with me for their 2011 wedding. Courtney, the bride, is the owner of The Modern Hive and assisted with the design of the shoot. As the day progressed it was fun to watch their love and personalities come out on film. It was like reliving their wedding all over.

Photography: Geoff Johnson Photography | Event Design: Carrie Dayton Events & Consulting | Event Design: The Modern Hive | Floral Design: Florals Etcetera | Wedding Dress: Ready Or Knot (Wedding Chic) | Cake: The Chocolates Bar | Invitations: Inkblot Paper | Event Furnishings: Hutch | Family Farm: MG Acres | Makeup & Hair: Hilda Schluetr

Omaha Country Club Wedding Inspiration Shoot

“Classic and traditional but still fresh and modern.” Rhylan Lang, I think you just defined the SMP wedding. And this shoot from Megan Pomeroy Photography is just the shoot to go along with that “Perfect SMP” definition. Classic, traditional, fresh, modern, and pretty.


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Winter
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Country Club

From Rhylan LangClassic country club inspiration. This shoot focused on soft details like gold accents, rich textures and classic floral arrangements. We loved the touches of unexpected elements like the pop of orange in the centerpieces and rose gold in jewelry. Classic and traditional but still fresh and modern.

Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography | Flowers: Flowers For Special Occasions | Makeup: GretchElizArtistry | Hair: Kontempo | Design and Coordination: Special Occasion by Design | Gown "Watters Adelaide": Rhylan Lang | Jewelry "Haute Bride": Rhylan Lang | Location: Omaha Country Club

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Omaha Wedding at Shadowridge Country Club

Weddings like this one captured by Megan Pomeroy make me want to cry tears of pure happiness, or at the very least kiss my computer screen. Because it simply doesn’t get prettier than this, lovelies. With blooms from Shamrock & Thistle so beautiful I could stare at them forever, a color palette so fresh I plan on pinning every image, and one completely in love couple  – every detail planned by Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events is as good as they get, and you can see all of them right here.

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Fall
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Country Club
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Romantic

From Lovestru.ck Weddings + EventsFrom the moment I met Tara and Randy almost ten months before their wedding, the couple knew they wanted a soft and romantic wedding using shades of pink and purple. Like all Lovestru.ck weddings, we wanted to design an event that spoke to the couple’s personality and style, so we began the design process by getting to know the couple. We found that Tara’s Italian heritage and Randy’s German background played a large role in their lives, so we decided to utilize those strong cultural-ties in our design. Our first step was to focus the color palette. We kept the soft blush color, and we paired it with a wine-inspired reddish-purple tone.

Lesley at Inclosed Studio crafted beautiful letterpress invites and day-of stationery inspired by vintage wine labels and leafy grape vines. She also designed a monogram for the couple that was used throughout the stationery suite.

Tara wore a Monique Lhuillier gown accessorized with Haute Bride jewelry from Rhylan Lang. Her bouquet was wrapped with a piece of her mother’s veil and adorned with an heirloom locket. The men wore slim-cut black suits, and each bridesmaid selected her own black dress.

Tara and Randy were married in front of 200 guests during their traditional Catholic ceremony. Their guests showered the newlyweds as they exited the church with heart-shaped rice. The confetti was packaged in glassine bags, stamped with their gold-foil monogram, and sealed with a custom wax stamp.

Guests were welcomed to the couple’s lively reception by a hand-painted welcome sign that we framed in an ornate mirror. We hung wooden escort cards on mini garden hooks that were arranged in mounds of moss and centered around a grand centerpiece in the couple’s wedding colors.

Throughout their relationship, Randy and Tara created lists of restaurants to try, places to visit, and date-night activities. Over the last few years, they’ve cross items off (ex: eat Philly cheesesteaks in Philadelphia) while adding new items (ex: go surfing) to the list. As a nontraditional guestbook, we instructed guests to fill a wooden book (purchased on Etsy) with their suggestions of items to add to the newlywed’s to-do list.

Shamrock & Thistle arranged earthy and lush centerpieces using deep red amartanthus, dark purple scabiosa, varying shades of garden roses, and the most stunning cafe au lait dahlias. The varying heights of centerpieces created visual interest in the dinner space, and the draping greens hung on the chandelier above the dance floor, carried the organic and airy-feeling florals throughout the reception venue.

The head table was layered with pink textured linens from La Tavola. We had custom napkins embroidered with the couple’s monogram for the couple to take home after the wedding as cherished mementos. We set a box of biscotti (a traditional Italian cookie) that doubled as a place card at each place setting. The table numbers were crafted out of cork and embellished with gold foil.

As a late-night snack, Tara and Randy served German-inspired pretzel bites with beer cheese (so delicious!) and Italian-inspired mini cannolis and tiramisu bites. We stacked wine crates to create height for the food display, and Melissa from Pretty Paperie hand-lettered signs for all of the snacks using her artful and ornate lettering styles.

We also had Melissa create signage for other focal areas at the reception. She lettered our bride and groom chair-back signs. Tara’s sign read “Sposa” (or Bride in Italian), and Randy’s sign read “Bräutigam” (or Groom in German). Melissa lettered welcome signs and a sign for the card birdcage (both in written in Italian and German).

Another memorable moment of the evening was the speech given by the bride’s father:
“I promised you a present on your wedding day and here it is. When I was in London earlier this year I got this I an antique store. It is an old Roman coin, from 830 AD…almost two thousand years old. On the front of the coin is an emperor wearing a crown called a radiate. On the back is the Goddess Fortuna. So the crown radiate represents how the two of you and your love radiate whenever you are together. The Goddess Fortuna represents that you will have great fortune in your life. And may your love last as long as this coin has.”

Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography | Floral Design: Shamrock & Thistle | Cake: Butterfly Bakery | Stationery: Inclosed | Ceremony Venue: St. Wenceslaus | Reception Venue: Shadowridge Country Club | Bridal Attire: Rhylan Lang | Event Design + Coordination: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events | Filmmaker: A Sound Impression | Hand Lettering: Pretty Paperie | Linen: La Tavola | Rentals: AAA Rents

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Surprise Omaha Wedding from Lovestru.ck and The Mullers

I love a good surprise. I’m awful at pulling them off! But I sure do like them. So when I read that this sweet couple surprised their entire guest list with a wedding that no one knew was happening? I was bursting with excitement and quite honestly, impressed beyond words. Of course, Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events was there to help pull off every pretty detail, while The Mullers snapped up every jaw-dropping moment. Join in all the fun right here in the gallery and don’t miss the look on the guests faces in the film by Creative Films!


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From Lovestru.ck… I have known Jocelyn since the first day she opened her bridal salon in Omaha. Since then, we’ve shared in helping multiple brides get married in the Midwest. I knew Jocelyn had been dating her boyfriend, Paul, for nearly fourteen years, so I wasn’t surprised when she asked me this past summer to help plan her wedding. But Jocelyn did have a trick up her sleeve. No one knew Paul and Jocelyn were actually engaged. She wanted her nuptials to be a complete surprise for her guests.

Jocelyn set a date for three months after our initial planning meeting, so we quickly got to work. The bride-to-be wanted her wedding to feel timeless, but we knew we had to come up with fresh and innovative design concepts for Jocelyn who is constantly surrounded by wedding details in her line of work. We drew inspiration from notable dress designers and threw in some highly-personal details along with a few whimsical touches. The french blue and opal color palette was inspired by two Amsale bridesmaid dresses carried in Jocelyn’s store. We even ordered extra Amsale fabric to make a custom linen for the cake table.

One of the hardest decisions for Jocelyn to make was her gown selection. After brainstorming many options, she choose a gorgeous gown from Kelly Faetanini, a newly acquired line at her store. The fit-to-flare gown had a sweetheart neckline and was covered in a stunning gilded guipure lace. We soon realized we had to be very strategic about how we planned the couple’s wedding. The goal was to gather guests at a cocktail lounge under the pretense that Paul was going to surprise Jocelyn and propose to her in front of all of their family and friends. Once guests arrived at the cocktail hour, they would learn that the couple was actually getting married that night and be shuttled to the church and back to a reception at an art gallery across the street from the cocktail lounge.

Inclosed Studio created invitations for the cocktail hour/surprise engagement. Jocelyn loves stationery, so she wanted the invitation to be a work of art, but they had to be designed with more masculine touches as the invitation had to look like it was coming from Paul. In order to give Jocelyn the invitation suite she’s always dreamed of, we decided to use stationery to reveal the evening’s true intentions. Inclosed created a gorgeous invitation along with an paper accordion that was filled with the evening’s timeline, the ceremony program, and each guest’s escort card. We attached the envelope bundles to a floating wall, and prompted guests to grab their marked envelope as they entered the cocktail hour. I was so glad Creative Films was able to capture many of the guests’ astonished reactions.

After guests picked their jaws up off the floor, they grabbed a drink at the bar as they waited for the shuttles to the ceremony. We bundled chicken salad sandwiches on mini croissants and sweet potato chips in boxes for guests to eat on the bus ride and to tide them over during the couple’s catholic ceremony. The element of surprise created a palpable energy in the church, as just over one hundred guests witnessed Jocelyn and Paul’s nuptials. After the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church through a tunnel of sparklers and rode to their reception in a 51 Chevy Convertible.

Guests were once again surprised as they entered the reception. Blooms and Bouquets transformed the art gallery with gorgeous chiffon draping and clusters of chandeliers. Guests were offered a Wedding Cake Cocktail made of vanilla vodka, ginger ale, and fresh raspberry as they found their seats. The table numbers were marked by different years the couple had dated as well as a fun memory from each year. Attitude on Food served a delicious family-style meal to all of the guests. The couple chose to serve their wedding cake a la mode in honor of their late fathers who often shared their love of ice cream with their children after dinner. The bride and groom both love donuts, so we created a wall of donuts for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. We gladly turned a blind eye as the groom’s nephews decided to have pre-dinner donut.

Usually we deem a wedding successful based on the guest experience and the flow of the evening, but we felt extremely proud to help Jocelyn and Paul achieve their top secret mission of throwing a surprise wedding without a hitch!

Photography: The Mullers | Videography: Creative Films | Cake: David Updike for Happy Hallow Country Club | Stationery: Inclosed | Church: Our Lady of Lourdes | Reception: Anderson O'Brien Fine Art | Jewelry: Mark Edward | Catering: Attitude on Food | Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry | Hair: Kontempo | Bridal Gown: Ready or Knot Wedding Chic | Cocktail Hour: J's on Jackson | Event Design + Planning: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events | Personal Flowers: Hy-Vee | Reception Florist/Draping: Blooms and Bouquets | Rentals: AAA Rents | Sparklers: Aerial FX

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