Category Archives: Real Weddings

Real Wedding // Daniela + Ryan

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Bride & Groom – Daniela Alic and Ryan Filbrandt
Photographer – Dink Design + Photography
Rings – Borsheims
Bridal Gown – Ellynne Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses – Etsy
Groom’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Florist – The bride, with help from family and friends. Bulk flowers came from Sam’s Club and Fifty Flowers
Cake – Cindy’s Cakes
Caterer – Country Pines
Music – Harris Academy of the Arts (Ceremony), QuickPro DJ’s (Reception)
Rentals – AAA Rents & Event Services

Real Wedding // Tommy + Peter

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Read Tommy and Peter’s real wedding story here, page 24.

Couple: Tommy Boatright and Peter Gallo
Photographer – Ed Carlson Photography
Rings – Goldworks, Lincoln
Attire – J. Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom
Florist – Loess Hills Floral Studio
Cakes – Boatright
Caterer – Boatright; he also made dark chocolate pistachio sea salt vegan cookies as wedding favors
Music – Personal playlists
Rentals – Gibbs Party Rental


Ralston Arena // For the love of the Lancers

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Meet Michelle and Chris Forkasdi, Omaha Lancers season ticket holders. Being the fans that they are, the Forkasdi’s wedding plan included communicating with the Lancers staff to do the puck drop at the beginning of the game on their wedding day. Unfortunately they weren’t able to do that, BUT the Lancers still wanted to recognize Michelle and Chris at some point during the game. Chris and Michelle had just finished up their first dances when they were whisked away to make an appearance on the ice for the game announcer to congratulate them — definitely a reception highlight!

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After seeing this wedding, W.E. wondered how fun it would be to put on some skates for your reception and sure enough, the Ralston Arena provides that option! How fun! This would be perfect for if you’re planning a winter wedding — or want a slice of winter for whatever time of year your big day lands on.

The ice is rented out by the hour (provide that it’s available). Skates and staffing are also provided for your guests.

And we’ll let you in a little secret — the Ralston Arena is giving $500 DOLLARS OFF its wedding package from now until June 1st. Your wedding/reception must be reserved by June 1st and take place before December 31, 2014. More details here.

Photos: Stribley Photography

Real Wedding // Savannah + Dustin

746C0917 ivLOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: They met at work one morning when he came in to apply. For her, it was love at first sight. She told one of her co-workers that she was going to marry that man some day — and it came true! HIM & HER: He is an avid rock climber and she has played the French Horn for 15 years. LAUGHTER GOES A LONG WAY: During the ceremony, Savannah accidentally tried to put his ring on the wrong hand. She was so nervous, but when everyone laughed it made everything feel more comfortable. D.I.Y BRIDE: Savannah’s budget-saving technique was to make some of the decor. Her stepfather made a rustic wooden cake stand. Her parents also grew the blue and white pumpkins, which were used as part of the fall decor.
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The blizzard. Three days before the wedding Theresa, Savannah’s mother, new they needed a Plan B and decorated the Chadron Arts Center the night before while the blizzard was still manageable. They thought they had everything covered. NOT. Saturday morning, the day of the wedding, the beautician called and said she was snowed in and could not make it. Then, more friends and family called and said they were stranded. Creative Dining Services called and said they were short on staff and couldn’t help with any of the food, china, wine and water goblets, silverware or linens. They were only able to make the food items and have a few family members pick it up. Other family members were tasked with a search for plastic plates, silverware and napkins. The wedding started an hour later than expected, yet with everything going against this couple, they persevered and had an amazing wedding in spite of the blizzard and had the best time. This was surely a wedding to talk about for years to come.
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Photographer: Crystal Bach Photography
Bridal Gown:
Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Johnston & Murphy Shoes; Etsy
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Apple & Ivy
Attendants: 4 bridesmaids, 1 man of honor, 4 groomsmen, 2 flower girls, 1 ring bearer
Rings: Na Hoku, a Hawaiian designer for him + a vintage gold & diamond ring for her
Florist: Mother of the bride; Cleo’s Flowers
Cake: The bride
Caterer: Creative Dining Services
Music: Chadrock DJ Services; plus a banjo player
Wedding Coordinator: Mother of the bride — an interior designer & florist
Ceremony & Reception location: Chadron Arts Center
Colors & Theme: Rustic vintage romance; grey, yellow and turquoise
Number of Guests: 40 — most people didn’t make it to Chadron before they closed the roads due to the blizzard.

Real Wedding // Danny + Rob

We first heard about Rob and Danny through an afternoon chat with Tin Box Weddings. Their story was so intriguing that we just had to learn more about this couple. Even after seeing all of their engagement photos (by Tin Box Weddings), it was a definite YES to sharing about their wedding, too! Love, love, love!Danny_Rob_ENG-2013-03

SCHEDULE CONFLICT The bride is such a huge football fan that she had to promise the groom that she will only watch her favorite sport on “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday — and sometimes Wednesday.” Only a Friday wedding would do. HER PERSONALITY CAME THROUGH The couple met at a National Federation of the Blind conference in Washington, D.C., in 2007 (both the bride and groom are blind). An announcement came over the loud speaker for the driver of a white van to move the vehicle. The groom was smitten by the bride’s funny response: “Like they would let one of us move it.” RED HEELS AND ALL The bride always wears red heels, and her wedding day was no exception. Her 4 1/2-in red heels were even featured on the favors: a chocolate bar with a wrapper that said, “Head over heels in love.” PERSEVERANCE PAID OFF Debra, the bride, visited 23 jewelry stores before she found one that would spell her name in raised gold Braille letters on the groom’s ring. “No one could figure out how to do it. I had given up and ordered another ring.” Then she found Kay Jewelers in Papillion. “It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s everything I wanted it to be.” SHE JUST HAD TO LAUGH The bride’s own sister misspelled Debra’s nickname, “Danny,” incorrectly on the program. Debra didn’t see it until she was ready to walk down the aisle.

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Bride & Groom: Debra “Danny” Jensen & Robert Hobson
Photos: Tin Box Weddings
Ceremony: Holy Cross Catholic Church
Reception: A View West
Rings: Gittelson Jewelers, Minneapolis, and Kay Jewelers, Papillion
Gown: Jasmine Bridal, St. Paul, MN
Bridesmaids: Bettie Page vintage
Groom: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Hy-Vee
Cake: Hy-Vee
Caterer: Hy-Vee

W.E. Love // All the details

Mark Maser and Paul Ledwon exchanged marriage vows on July 26, 2013 at the beautiful Brandeis Mansion, which Mark and his family own.

The couple invited 16 guests for a dinner following their vows. Dustin Moorehead of Creating Atmosphere, designed the masterpiece dining table spreads with a beautiful display of exotic flowers and baby’s breath.

Each guest was welcomed to his or her seat with a flower corsage or boutonniere as a favor. Disposable cameras were also at each place setting.

Nathan Newhouse and several staff from Attitude on Food prepared a six course meal of a tomato and smoked Gouda soup shooter, a salad of seasonal mixed greens, chilled cantaloupe and peach soup, Atlantic salmon, braised Cabernet beef short ribs and Pavlova, a light meringue-based dessert.

Mark and Paul then had a reception for 150 guests on September 15 with an elegant Edwardian garden party theme.


NOTE: The Brandeis Mansion, which expresses a beautiful Downton Abbey feel with crystal chandeliers, silver serving pieces, ornate china and period furniture, is available for private parties, small weddings and receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Real Wedding | Jennifer & Chad

Both sets of the bride’s grandparents attended dances at the Paxton in the past. “When I walked in the venue, I got chills.” She chose muted lilac as a color in the wedding because it was in her grandparents’ wedding. And her gown had elements of her grandmother’s, mother’s and mother-in-law’s gowns with its off-the-shoulder neckline and lace sleeves. “I felt it was modern-vintage with an Art Deco twist. DIVINE TIMING The bride was searching for a new rosary on line when she stumbled across She saw the groom’s picture, signed up and initiated contact. They met at a Starbucks for their first date, only the groom was over an hour late. “He was at Holy Thursday Mass. I almost left!” He proposed four years later at the same Starbucks. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT “When my dad walked me down the aisle. It was a flurry of emotions having the man who has always been there for you give you away to the man who will always be there for you.” A SWEET TOUCH The bride and groom met privately before the ceremony. “I had the nerves of our first date: anticipation and happiness. Fortunately, Chad thought ahead and had two handkerchiefs – one for him and one for me.” THE BEST GIFT “We didn’t give wedding gifts to each other. We considered offering each other up to one another for the rest of our lives was a true gift.” SPECIAL KEEPSAKE “We chose to use artificial flowers. That way we can keep them forever.”

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Bride & Groom: Jennifer Sandiland & Chad Grossnicklaus
Date: 04.26.2013
Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gretna
Reception: The Paxton Ballroom
Photographer: iwen exposures
Flowers: All Seasons Floral & Gifts
Cake: Glaze Your Way
Caterer: Hap Abraham Catering
Music: Master DJs
Dress: Ellynne Bridal
Tux: Tip Top Tux
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico

W.E. BLOG Exclusive | Real Wedding // Alex + Grant

HOW WE MET: Grant and I met at UNL my first week of my freshman year (he was a sophomore). We were introduced in the cafeteria of his fraternity brothers by a mutual friend of ours. HOW HE PROPOSED: Grant proposed at his house. We went out to dinner in the Old Market and were then planning on meeting up with friends at a bar in Aksarben Village. On our way home, he wanted to stop by his house to grab something. I walked through the door and was completely shocked. The room was decorated with balloons and pictures of us along with a cute and funny poem he wrote about our relationship over the years, which then lead to the proposal. It ended with a huge “YES,” flowers and champagne. MEMORABLE MOMENT: As we walked down the aisle and out of the church the two of us got right into the trolley and had a moment alone together to stop and truly enjoy the experience and celebrate. FUNNIEST MOMENT: The most hilarious moment was definitely my Matron of Honor’s speech! She highlighted on all of the funny and embarrassing times we’ve had throughout the years. FOR THE GUESTS: We chose to use small glass bottles with yellow flowers to display our name cards on. Guests picked them up outside the ballroom and then set them at their seat which added extra color and decor to the table. SWEETEST MOMENT: Taking pictures on the rooftop of The Paxton while the sun was setting. IDEA WORTH STEALING: The groomsmen wore navy and white ties with varying designs on each of them. Our ring bearer wore a navy and white polka dot bow-tie. Although they didn’t match, they coordinated very well and put a spin on the traditional matching ties. We also gave the groomsmen navy Puma tennis shoes to wear after the ceremony. Not only were they comfortable and looked great in pictures, but they were able to wear them long after the wedding. FIRST LOOK: Our first moment was in the Elmwood Park grotto area. When we saw each other we were so excited and overwhelmed. We exchanged cards and took photos while finally coming to the realization that it was the start of our big day together. WEDDING TRADITIONS: I wore the garter my grandma and aunt wore on their wedding days and my other grandma’s pearl earrings.

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BIGGEST LESSON: Take time to choose your vendors. They will play a big part in carrying out your vision for your wedding day. Choose vendors you trust are reputable and flexible to work with. There will be less worrying on your big day — ours was a blast!

Proposal date: August 12, 2011
Wedding date: May 18, 2012
Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary
Reception: The Paxton
Dress: Suburban Bridal, (sash from Etsy, yellow Kate Spade heels)
Rings: Borsheims
Florist: Florals, etc.
Cake: The Cake Gallery
Caterer: HAP Abraham Catering
Photographer: iwen exposures
Music: Complete
Colors: Navy + Yellow
Guests: 220

W.E. BLOG Exclusive | Real Wedding // Kacia & Gines

Kacia & Gines-263SIGN LANGUAGE: The groomsmen held up signs that said “Love it!” on one side and “Nice shot!” on the other for the first kiss and other memorable moments of the day. The signs were from the Australian Open, which the men had attended together. “The guys had carried the signs all around town, saying ‘Love it!’ to things (at the Australian Open). It was a fun touch that everyone enjoyed at the wedding, yet had meaning to the boys.”

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Ceremony: Heartland of America Park
Reception: Doubletree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Date: 07.28.2012
Rings: Bride’s engagement ring: custom-made in Australia; bride’s wedding ring: Malashock’s Jewelry; groom’s ring: Takechi’s Jewelers
Dress: Black Tie White Satin, Fremont
Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal
Florist: Mulhall’s
Cake: Jones Bros Cupcakes
Caterer: Doubletree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Photographer: Lindsey George Photography
Music: DJ Ronnie Menicucci
Rentals: United Rent-All
Wedding Planner: The bride
Dance Lessons: Omaha Ballroom
Honeymoon Destination: Since the groom is from Australia, the couple had a second wedding in Australia in January 2013.

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