Category Archives: Ceremony

WE Magazine // Bonus Real Wedding Issue

SS14_RealWedding_BonusIssueCOVERSometimes we just get so many fantastic real weddings that we can’t put them all in the print version — but they’re still too good to pass up! We’re excited to share our Spring/Summer 2014 Real Wedding Bonus Issue!

And on the cover? Chatty Bride Blogger, Miss Behavin!
Photo: TreeSnap Images


Simply Elegant // A Woodland Styled Shoot

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Art Direction: Heidi Hoffman
Wardrobe Styling: Cora Coppock
Models: Madison, represented by Develop Model Management; Mark, independently represented
Hair & Makeup: Kate Luchsinger
Florals: Hy-Vee
Cake: Monica’s Cakes
Location: Private acreage owned by S. Scott Moore overlooking the Elkhorn River Valley
Merchandise: Rhylan Lang, GC Gems, Hy-Vee, Von Maur, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}, Boxed Events by Memrical, Meldeen, NJ & Co., Gadgeteer, Spruce, Debs-tique, Sublime Bridal


Mini Bridal Party // Styled Shoot

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Art Direction: Heidi Hoffman
Wardrobe Styling: Cora Coppock
Hair & Makeup: Kate Luchsinger
Models: McAlister & Natalie, independently represented
Florals: Loess Hills Floral Studio
Location: Scoular Ballroom
Sweets: Mockingbird Cupcakes
Merchandise: Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses, Dillard’s, Target, Mangelsen’s, Mark Edward Private Jeweller, Sublime Bridal, Posh Princess


Introducing: His & Hers Bridal Suites

Something old is new again at the Scoular Ballroom. Last year, the ballroom underwent a freshening. This year, the historic venue is unveiling his and hers bridal suites. The grand reveal will be at an open house celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plan on tasting great food, enjoying a cocktail (or two), checking out bridal hair and makeup styles and taking in beautiful sounds by local musicians if you go.

Theresa Farrage, event coordinator, says 30 percent to 40 percent of couples she meets want space for ceremony and reception in the same room. “We can do a room flip very easily,” Farrage says. Use the atrium space for a cocktail reception, then bring your guests into the grand ballroom for the ceremony and reception. Guests can even sit at round tables while you exchange your vows on the stage. Add drama to the setting with programmable lights. Plus, the Scoular has added a buffet room for 60-65 guests – perfect for a catered rehearsal dinner or shower.

The bridal suites each feature vanities with lighted mirrors, and three-way mirrors.

The grand ballroom can accommodate 325 guests for a sit-down meal. The open floor plan can easily accommodate food stations, which are great for getting guests to circulate and mingle.

Venues // Willow Creek Glass Chapel

WillowCreek1 I guess we have a rustic, country chic wedding theme going on this week so far! WE found these images of the Willow Creek Glass Chapel. My oh my do they have a spacious set-up! After recently doing some remodeling and updating, this might be a new venue option to check out. They of course have the Chapel, but then they also have a barn banquet hall to rent out (with gorgeous new hardwood floors from what we can see!).

Couples would have to apply for a marriage license in Iowa.


Also something to note, they are having an open house on September 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photos: Willow Creek Glass Chapel

Subtle changes to switch things up for the reception

So maybe you’re thinking that you want to change up your look between the ceremony and the reception but you don’t want to spend the extra time and money looking for and buying a whole different dress. Well, here’s an idea for you.

Pick out a piece of statement jewelry — maybe something that follows your color palette and will add a little pop to your after ceremony style. ReceptionJewelry

The three necklaces and turquoise earrings on the left can be found at Von Maur and the two necklaces on the right can be found at Hello Holiday.

What if a necklace or different earrings doesn’t fit your look? Try a dress that can be layered with lace or a tulle skirt like this dress from Blush Bridal Boutique.

Venues // NEW outdoor space

River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs opens this weekend (starting off with a two-week event, Loessfest). If you’re looking for a modern, yet very green, natural look, this would make a great outdoor wedding venue. The park is spacious enough to hold any number of guests and provides perfect photo opportunities on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and Omaha’s riverfront.


Bride and groom would need to apply for a marriage license in Iowa.

Full article here.
Photo: Erin Duerr – Omaha World-Herald


Trends // Mother of the bride

There’s a few new trends we’ve been seeing in mother of the bride attire for 2013, so here’s a few pointers:

  • Get rid of the shawl. If there’s one things at weddings that absolutely screams “mother of the bride,” it’s the shawls and short jackets. But if you’re not too keen on wearing a sleeveless dress or showing off your shoulders, you can easily go from sleeveless to sleeve lace. The three-quarter length sleeves in lace will help keep you cool for summer weddings (and help you ease out of the typical “mother of the bride” look).
  • Go for cap sleeves and illusion necklines. If you’re debating between the two, go with the illusion necklines — those a really on the rise in bridal trends and formal wear across the board.
  • Go for neutral colors. Try on the browns, nudes, blacks, golds, greens or any pastels to see what fits your brides color palette the best. Any of these are bound to match.
  • Go for layered fabrics. Lace over any fabric will add some elegance to your dress. Ruching and pleats at a diagonal are highly flattering.

Mother of the bride attire is getting more and more diverse with different fabric options, layering and style — so try on a few different ones to see what your bride likes best. Similar looks can be found at David’s Bridal!

Flower Girls // Tulle & Tutus

Just in case our cupcake post yesterday didn’t quite brighten your day, take a look at these photos. What an adorable way to dress your flower girls!

Photos and ideas from Louisville Wedding Blog

Ceremony // Cute Kids

I was searching through a bunch of pictures of kids in weddings to get some ideas and these were just the cutest! Sometimes kids can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to having them be a part of the big day but if you’re thinking you don’t want to incorporate kids in your wedding, maybe this will change your mind.

I mean, just look at this face:

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