So, back to this love story…
Sometimes I call him Matt, other times it’s Matthew, but mostly he’s Matty, to me. He came home on leave for several weeks in September 2012. We made plans to go back to our hometown, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for a weekend. I knew he was going to propose at some point. We had been talking about it since April.
We spent the day together with some family and friends. That night there was a reservation waiting for us downtown at Minerva’s. Minerva’s is the most beautiful and elegant restaurant in Sioux Falls. He wore his dress blues and I wore a dress.
He’s relentlessly romantic when it comes to him and I. As long as I’ve known Matt, he’s always been a fan of classy gestures. I knew a proposal from him wouldn’t become a YouTube sensation that would bring girls sitting in their dorm rooms to tears.
I remember telling him that I was worried I wouldn’t be as emotional when he proposed because we had talked about it so much. But then we finished our meal at Minerva’s and our waitress brought out a chocolate brownie souffle and set it in front of me. This time, it wasn’t topped with a cherry, but a gorgeous ring. And of course, I immediately start crying.
The rest of the night was a blur of complete happiness. We couldn’t even eat or drink enough because so many people wanted to cover our tab. It was the most romantic night and absolutely priceless.
That’s the short version, but if you feel so inclined, you can find more details and photos on our blog.
There’s a new face roaming around the office and that’s me — Heidi! Ok, well I guess you can’t really say I’m totally new since I’ve been here for several weeks now. But I’m the intern for the Wedding Essentials Magazine team.
So far, this is one of the coolest internships ever. My face lights up every time I hear the word “wedding” and I was on cloud nine when Chris said I was hired. See, I’m one of those college girls that spends crazy amounts of time pinning photos to her wedding Pinterest board — and now, it’s my job. As if that isn’t enough, to top it off, I’m engaged! I feel like I’m living every girl’s dream!
Now that it makes a little bit more sense why I would be pouring over Pinterest and trolling through wedding blogs, let me tell you a little bit more about my love story. Everyone likes a good love story.
STAY TUNED!! (To be continued….)
The latest issue of our magazine showcased Chanel makeup in the article Experience the Magic & the Mystery (p.60). Here’s a list of what you need to create the same look for your own wedding day!
Skincare: Hydra Beauty Serum and Moisturizer Foundation: Vitalumiere Aqua Blush: Tumulte Eyeshadow: Prelude Eyeshadow Quarda, Fantasme and Mirfique Illusion D Ombré Mascara: Le Volume Lipstick: Ruby Lite – Rouge Double Intensite
Skincare: Hydra Beauty Serum and Moisturizer Foundation: Vitalumiere Aqua Blush: Tumulte Eyeshadow: Eclosion Eyeshadow Quarda, Fantasme and Mirfique Illusion D Ombré Mascara: Le Volume Lipstick: Ruby Lite – Rouge Double Intensite
Makeup by Danielle Lemke for Chanel at Von Maur
Andy Masten and Jordan Bruch started their new year off with a 10-day trip around Europe, traveling through England, Spain, Italy and France.
Having been together for almost six years, Jordan and Andy had talked about getting married. Andy had even come up with his plan to propose to Jordan by getting a puppy and putting the ring it since he knows how much Jordan loves dogs. And now that they were going on quite the romantic getaway, their friends had put the engagement bug in their ear before the trip.
“We actually talked about it and determined that this coming fall would be the more correct timing for us as a couple,” Jordan said.
The day Andy intended to propose, he and Jordan spent the day touring Paris’s major tourist sites — the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
“On the way back to the hotel, we walked a gorgeous street leading up to the Eiffel Tower and stopped in several quaint shops to pick up wine, cheese, baguettes and pizza. We carried our bags back under icicle Christmas lights. It was very romantic,” Jordan said.
Originally, Andy had planned a super romantic proposal for that night underneath the Eiffel Tower. But, on their way back the hotel, they spotted a huge Anti-Gay Protest happening right where Andy was going to propose, throwing off his entire plan. If Andy wasn’t getting nervous already, he was then!
Jordan said that even though the Eiffel Tower would’ve been a dream, the proposal happened exactly the way it should have.
“We had a fabulous view of the Seine River from our balcony and spent the night eating food, laughing and enjoying each others company,” Jordan said. “But honestly, it was a moment that I will remember in my mind forever and it was a cherished memory that I don’t mind keeping private.”
After the proposal, Jordan instant messaged her family back home via Facebook before officially changing her status. And because her ring was being custom made back in the states, she wore a Walmart ring during the rest of the trip that was several sizes too big and turned her finger green, which must’ve been a great story to tell about that one!
Congratulations, Jordan and Andy!
Lindsay was supposed to meet up with Adam’s sister and brother-in-law for drinks when she found herself being led to the outdoor courtyard of the Magnolia Hotel in Omaha.
Adam had prepared a table with flowers, dessert and champagne to top it off. As Lindsay picked up the card that was sitting on the table, Adam pulled out a ring. And by the time Lindsay had finished reading the card, he was down on one knee.
Well done, Adam. Well done!
In October 2012, the couple exchanged vows — but not before Adam took an extra lap down the aisle, forgetting that he already seated the grandparents, not before one of the flower girls individually handed people flowers as she walked down the aisle and not before the best man ripped out his pants before the ceremony (and hid it deceptively well).
Foregoing many of the traditional routes, Lindsay decided to think outside the box to include several new things, making her wedding even more personal and special.
The importance of friends and family was something Lindsay and Adam wished to incorporate into the ceremony. So, instead of having a guest book, they had rocks for guests to sign and place in a vase.
“The concept was to acknowledge them as the ‘rocks’ in our lives. Once their rocks were collected, we poured our sand (unity ceremony) into the same vase to signify the importance of keeping our foundation (friends and family) as a part of our marriage.”
“My sister designed an area called ‘The Tot Spot’ with peanut butter jelly sandwiches, juice, activity bags, and games for kids to utilize during the outdoor cocktail hour.”
And, never having a strong desire for a wedding cake, Lindsay thought of a sweet alternative that meant so much more.
“We had a family dessert bar filled with all of our family favorites and famous recipes. Our aunts, grandmas, sisters, and moms filled the table with their classics. We also incorporated a ‘Family Tree’ by draping family pictures from trees as an accent to the dessert bar.”
Tired of going to weddings where everyone sat at their reception table a majority of the time, Lindsay and Adam changed things up for their wedding with a slightly different layout. Their reception was designed to be like an overblown cocktail party. This allowed for lots of cocktail tables, a few round tables with seating, and lounge areas with white leather couches and lit tables. And instead of a head table, they created an elevated, roped-off VIP area with couches, tables, and bottle service.
“My favorite part was being introduced for the first time as a couple. Looking down from the balcony and seeing all of our family and friends while they cheered for us was a moment I will always cherish.”
Details: Ceremony/Reception: Fountains Ballroom Dress: Martina Liana Style 378 Caterer: Catering Creations Photographer: Erin Williams Colors: Cranberry, Spice, Butter Yellow Guests: 350 Honeymoon: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
From Miss Deco: I am sure you know the trend of chicks recreating the pose from the Bridesmaids movie for wedding pictures … well my mother went completely a different direction. My parents are in love with the movie ‘The Diner‘ (its filmed in Baltimore, where we are from) so she had our wedding photographer (Note: Bellus Photo + Film) recreate something similar to the movie cover. At the time, my father was the only one to have seen the movie, so the guys just went along with it to be good sports. My mother loved the photo and turned it into Christmas presents for all the men and taped the picture to a copy of the movie for each of them.
There’s plenty of talent to be had in Nebraska and we’ve found a tailoring shop nestled in a quaint location just North of Grand Island.
By Faith Tailoring will be presenting designs at Omaha Fashion Week on February 28, 2013. This custom shop prides itself on having a fashionable selection of clothing for every taste, any budget and every occasion with a combination of elegant, dramatic and classic styles.
Not only does By Faith Tailoring work on a lot of formal and bridal wear, they also caught our attention when we found out they will be showcasing their new wedding line, “Only,” at the Omaha Fashion Week.
If you’re a bride looking for a unique style or a one-of-a-kind dress for your big day, this might be your gold mine.
Photography: Moments Portrait Boutique
John Lamey and Rachel Wilhelm have been best friends for six years. Rachel has always said she wanted to get engaged around New Years – and who can blame her? Who wouldn’t want to kick off the new year with happily ever after?
Making a commitment to each other is a significant part of any relationship, but for this couple, it’s the backbone. Much of Rachel’s life has been spent moving around, going to different schools, from England, to Minnesota, to Missouri, to California. Right now she’s in Omaha finishing her senior year at Creighton University. John and the rest of her family live in California.
Over winter break, exactly three years and seven months after they started dating, John popped the question to Rachel on January 7, 2013. Long-distance engagements can be difficult, but to keep Rachel close, John also wears an engagement ring (one of the promise rings the couple got each other a year after dating).
They haven’t set a date yet, but Rachel says that since she and John have been apart for so many years, she’s looking forward to the moment after their wedding when she and John can have that sweet, personal moment together in complete happiness in the realization that they are finally married.
Congratulations, Rachel and John!
Michael and Jayne have been together since they were 15 and 16 years-old, but calling them high school sweethearts may be a little cliche. These two are inseparably crazy about each other. Jayne and Michael go to school in Omaha, but got married in June 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Here are some steal-worthy ideas from their big day:
2. Decorations: We had three different centerpieces at our reception. My aunt, who was also the florist, did a beautiful job on the flowers for each centerpiece. One type of centerpiece were handmade birch vases. Michael and his dad made them all! They really brought our love of the outdoors into the reception hall.
3. Preparation advice: There are a lot of amazing people in this world. We had so many loving people around us supporting us and offering to help. I easily learned that you can never have enough help with a wedding! Before getting engaged, I thought I knew everything I wanted in my wedding, and I could handle planning a wedding (No problem, right?;) ). I swear all the options quadrupled when it actually came to making the decisions, and it was far more overwhelming than I ever thought.
4. Money saving advice: Consignment shops are your best friend. I know that sounds crazy, cheap and maybe a little wrong because you want the biggest, newest, and best for your wedding, but things like candles, vases, and candle holders add up. There are lots of wedding specialty consignment shops. The wedding consignment shops I visited were all clean, very well-organized, and incredibly helpful in saving money!
A little secret, I actually got my dress at a consignment shop! I was there to look for vases and stumbled upon the wedding dress room. The dress was a brand new dress that the owner of the shop had gotten at a sample sale – it was stunning and saved me a lot of money!
5. The ring: Something fun about my wedding ring is that there are sapphires in it, which is Michael’s birthstone. I wanted to add something personal and fun to the ring and now I absolutely love it!
6. The send-off: We gave every guest sparklers, which had a note on it that read “Let love shine, Light the way for Jayne & Michael.”
Photographer: AbbySue Photography