Category Archives: Reception

Signature Drinks // Peach Bellini

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2 oz peach nectar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 oz peach schnapps
3 oz chilled, dry champagne
1/2 cup crushed ice

Mix the peach nectar, lemon juice and schnapps in a chilled glass. Add half a cup (or more) of crushed ice, stir, and add the champagne. (Serves 2).
May be prepared in a blender to produce a frozen drink.


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.

When Traditional and Rustic Meet

You wouldn’t typically think mixing traditional New England blues with rustic elements would work…but it did for this Oceanside wedding! The sheer amount of flowers that lined the tables of this tented reception were simply spectacular. The details were spot on, from “wishing stones”, to mason jars, to a mossy green place card table. The collision of customary and earthy elements somehow flawlessly came together to create this amazing wedding.

mh4 mh5 mh6 mh7 mh9 mh10 mh11 mh12 mh13 mh14 mh15 mh16 mh17 mh18 mh19 mh20Never get into a mindset that you have to follow just one theme when it comes to wedding décor.  This wedding is the perfect example that two mismatches can be perfectly fitting for one another!

photos: Molly Lo Photography

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


Bride Blogger // Our Rocking Rehearsal Dinner

From Miss Deco:  The guys had played golf, the girls had gotten their pedicures and the out of town guests were arriving … everything was set to kick off our wedding weekend celebration!

Since we were going a non-traditional route we didn’t need to hold a rehearsal in a church. Instead, we had a few members of the wedding party, my father and our ‘minister’ (a buddy living in NYC who got ordained online) check our the ceremony area at the Durham to get a feel of the venue and how things would be laid out.

After the Durham we headed to Lucile’s in the Old Market (where Mr. Deco’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner) to help setup for the evening. Mr. Deco and I had several decoration ideas that we needed help with and really appreciated all the help from both families to make our eclectic and vintage visions come true.

For the table centerpieces we created Picture Wreathes made up of the wedding photos of our family members and wedding party. We collected the photos and Mr. Deco scanned and printed out tons of pictures and my mother and a family friend assembled them. They were the foundation of our centerpieces and they prompted several laughs and really opened up conversations for those that hadn’t met yet. Next, we had our thrift store love title books that Mr. Deco glued together. On top of those were votive candles, mini wine bottles with fresh flowers (which matched our large wine bottles for the reception centerpiece) along with the paper flowers I made and glittered white mini pumpkins his mother made. Mr Deco setup our ipod with their sound system so we had the music for the evening ready to go.

After everything was setup at Lucile’s, Mr. Deco and I snuck off for a quick drink at a nearby pub for our last moment alone before the festivities really started. I highly recommend to do this if given the chance.

Once the guests arrived at Lucile’s, passed canapes began and the bar was open. We gathered the wedding party for a quick run-through of what the ceremony was going to be. With no children and a small wedding party that were all married themselves, it was pretty self explanatory leaving more time to enjoy cocktail hour. Dinner was a plated steak with grilled vegetables, roasted rosemary potatoes and a candied walnut fresh salad with vinaigrette followed by creme brulee for dessert. The food was great, drinks were refreshing and the company even better! After dinner, we did toasts and handed out gifts to our wedding party.

 The party continued in the courtyard, where the weather was perfect for cigars and drinks. Lucille’s courtyard is wonderfully landscaped and sets the perfect atmosphere to stretch your legs after a hearty dinner and laugh with family and friends.  The night was perfect and really captured our vision of our wedding weekend celebration!

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