Omaha Wedding at Shadowridge Country Club
December 19, 2013
RomanticCountry ClubFall Weddings
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 Weddings + Events is as good as they get, and you can see all of them right here.
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From Weddings + Events...From 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 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."