Photos by Christopher Tierney Photography
Photos by Christopher Tierney Photography
Heidi’s engagement story appeared on our blog last January when she joined the Wedding Essentials team as our intern. After waiting seven months for her fiance to get back from a deployment, graduating from college and getting her feet wet as our new designer, she finally got to have her engagement photos taken — so of course we couldn’t help but share!
Heidi’s idea of the perfect engagement session was to go on a date with Matt and have the photographer (Dan Thorson Photography) follow them around to document their day. Typically, their date nights consist of dinner and a movie, but after hearing about their nephew’s recent adventure at the apple orchard, Heidi’s inner child (and need to get outside) kicked in. They decided to take this date to Ditmars Apple Orchard in Council Bluffs.
Best. Decision. Ever.
After spending an hour picking apples and goofing around Heidi and Matt (and Dan) couldn’t resist the smell of fresh apple cider donuts — and what better to go with donuts than some old-fashioned root beer. They parked it on a bench outside the corn maze, ate their donuts and made a quick wardrobe change to go into the corn maze. (Tip: Walking through a corn maze in heels is easy. NOT.).
Once they left the apple orchard, Heidi took Matt and Dan on their first visit to the Pedestrian Bridge to catch the sunset (and perfect light) before going to dinner.
It was one of the best dates the couple has ever had. They still talk about how much fun they had every time they look at their engagement photos.
Photos by Dan Thorson Photography
Kathi and Chris got married on September 22, 2012.
“This is my favorite wedding picture because of the surprise look on my husband’s face. He absolutely loves Star Wars!” Kathi said. “The 501st Star Wars Legion were nice enough to pay a visit to our wedding reception as a surprise for my husband. I didn’t know which characters would show so I was equally shocked that Chris’ favorite character, Darth Vader, was there.”
Photo by: J & B Photography
Here are some of our faves from Real Weddings:
If you’re not familiar with boudoir photography, it’s something that many brides find to be a popular gift for their significant other for a wedding or anniversary. These photos are intimate, elegant, romantic and even a little fun.
Feeling if-y about showing a lot of skin? Whether you want to be super sexy or subtle, photographers ultimately want you to feel comfortable so they allow you to be as revealing (or not) as you want and won’t make you pose or wear something that would make you feel uncomfortable in any way. So have a little fun, make it playful yet romantic and pretend you’re a Victoria’s Secret model.
Ryan and Stephanie (Hix) O’Callaghan, married June 15th, 2012 at Rejoice Lutheran Church
Wedding theme/colors: Marine/Mediterranean Blue, True Red, and platinum
Traditions that made this wedding unique/special for you: Bride and brides paternal grandfather danced to the song “Elvira” by the Oakridge Boys which was a special song that they used to dance to together ever since I was 3 years old
Theme for reception décor: Vintage Americana
Bride’s gift to groom: ‘Mr OCallaghan’ monogramed Converse sneakers, bottle of Hugo Boss cologne
Did you have a “first look” before the ceremony?: Yes, there were separate photos taken, then a first look between bride and groom just before the ceremony
How long did you date: 3 years
How did he propose: Ryan proposed to me the evening before the first day of school 2011. We were winding down from a long day of work, getting ready to watch a movie. When I turned my back to check on some information online, he got down on one knee right behind me. He asked for me, and just when I turned around to respond, he had the ring out, and said “Will you marry me?” in which, of course, I blurted out, “Of COURSE I WILL!”
Transportation: JoneZ Party Bus
Make up: Hair, Make-up, and manicures by Concepts Salon
Dresses: JCPenney.com for bridesmaids dresses, Wedding dress and veil at Suburban Bridal
Tuxes: Exclusive Tuxedos and Dresses
Flowers: Flowers for Special Occasions (Jessica Pitt and Debbie Stoney)
Ceremony Venue: Rejoice Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Georgetowne Club
Who performed ceremony: Pastor Ken Wittrock
Catering: Brandeis Catering
Cake: Ed LeFebvre, CupcakeIsland
Music: Showtime Music
From photographer Janine McClintock: We had the privilege of being a part of the fabulous Wendy Townley’s 2 day wedding blast! She made us instantly feel like friends and guests instead of the help. If you want great photos. . .. that is the perfect start! We were ready to adopt her mother and become her best friend with in 2 minutes of walking in the door. She had a unique style, they were laid back, and it all reflected who they are as a couple. It is going to go down as one of our favorite weddings! Brides- take her advice and make your wedding about you.
From real bride Wendy Townley (via Janine McClintock Photography)
What can a girl say about her wedding day that hasn’t been said (or written) by other brides? Now a few weeks out from my September 21 wedding, I feel I can sincerely echo the advice I heard countless times during the past few months.
Savor every single second of this most memorable day.
To make our wedding weekend distinctly ours, we chose a road not often taken. Instead of one big day, we celebrated over two days. We picked two separate venues and mailed two separate invitations. And, perhaps best of all, this bride wore her wedding dress not once – but twice!
Matt and I exchanged our vows on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon during a small outdoor ceremony at Omaha’s Memorial Park Rose Garden. We kept our Friday guest list to just one-hundred, only inviting immediate and extended family, and a small group of very close friends. Matt’s dad is a Methodist pastor, so we were delighted to have him officially make us husband and wife. With handwritten vows and a kiss to make it official, we then headed downtown with our guests to the Omaha Press Club for appetizers, dinner, drinks, cake, and a relaxed evening to celebrate.
The next evening – Saturday, September 22 – Matt and I hosted a larger reception at the Whiskey Roadhouse, a live music venue inside the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa (just a ten-minute drive from downtown Omaha across the Missouri River). The evening was kept simple by design: the dress was casual, the music was live, and the drinks were flowing well past midnight. All of our Friday guests were also invited to the Saturday night party, as well as an additional three-hundred friends.
Matt surprised me with a Frank Sinatra serenade and a handful of wedding-related jokes. Although my feet looked fierce and fabulous in my Kate Spade heels, by night’s end I was ready for our whirlwind wedding weekend to come to a close.
The next morning we opened our gifts while enjoying a lovely brunch with our immediate family. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend that Matt and I will remember forever.
The other side of the lens … Besides my passion for teaching, I love photography. Luckily I have friends and family who trust me with their special moments, so I’ve photographed everything from engagement to baby pictures. Every time I took pictures I always got very worried about one thing: Who is going to take my engagement pictures? Here are some things I learned:
1. Research, Research, Research. I started researching different photographers in the area before I met Mr. Behavin. I read blogs, looked at every picture, and really got to know each of the photographers’ styles. This is a very important part. If you see a subtle theme with all of their photos, this is what they like to do. I know my style, so I tried to find someone that would understand my own vision. I suggest this for every bride.
2. Don’t give in! If you have a vision in your mind, stick to it! Try your best to find someone that can do that for you. Trust your instinct!
Example: If you like the close formal shots, don’t hire someone that loves the dramatic wide angle shots. You have to find something Also, if you ASK your photographer I am sure they will help you out! But don’t complain when you get your pictures back if you never spoke up!
3. Meet your photographer. My photographer is about the coolest gal around. When I found her, I suggested her to my sister and a close friend. So I was able to meet her before our engagement pictures. But just to make sure we were on the same page, we had a lovely breakfast date at Le Peep! This really eliminated the awkward feelings … well for me, I think no matter what Mr. Behavin was going to feel that this all was strange.
Now that you have your photographer booked you can focus on what you are wearing and all the other fun parts of engagement pictures!
4. Pinterest is evil… but oh so wonderful. Yes I looked at 1 million engagement shots and was so envious of the cute props couples had. No… I can’t make them. Wait…. That doesn’t look too difficult! I made this cute burlap banner for $5!
But please, don’t go into your session asking for 47 exact shots you saw on Pinterest. Still try to be original! Be you!
Photos by Tree Snap Images