Signature Drink // Gin ♥ ‘Cranbeery’

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1.5 oz Gin (suitable subsitutes: vodka or rum)
4 oz ginger beer (Goslings — because it tastes delicious and reminds us of Ryan Gosling, obviously)
Splash of cranberry juice
Cranberries (to garnish)

Mix gin, ginger beer, and cranberry juice. Add in ice and garnish with cranberries.

Recipe Courtesy of WE Account Executive Kristine
Photo: Heidi’s iPhone

Crash Course // Building an effective theme

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1. RELECT YOUR STORY For theme inspiration, make a list of people, places, objects, songs, sayings, hobbies, collections – anything that speaks to you as a couple. In our example, a bride’s love of antique lace and glassware became the foundation for a vintage-style wedding.

2. BE CONCISE Hold your theme to one word or a short phrase. And make sure that every selection relates to that theme. Here, the bride built her theme around a palette of ivory, pink and teal.
3. RESEARCH RECIPIES You can find food and drink recipes for every era and style.

4. THINK ABOUT SCALE Mix large-scale items with small-scale pieces for visual impact. Create interesting layers by clustering and stacking objects. Stacking also ensures that small items aren’t overlooked. 5. Guest interaction Pay special attention to place settings, glassware and other objects that guests will handle throughout your event.

6. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – OR JAR Look for clever ways to use ordinary items. Metal numerals on Mason jar lids can designate table numbers, for example.

7. PERSONALIZE It’s not just a pretty wedding, it’s your wedding. Use your décor to showcase what is important to you.

Photo: Molly & Ella Wedding Photography

Signature Drink // Love & Lavender

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Ingredients:
2 oz gin
3/4 oz lavender honey syrup (1/4 cup honey, 1/8 cup hot water, 1 tsp dried lavender)
1 oz lemon juice

Here’s a few extra tips:
To make the lavender honey syrup, combine hot water with honey and stir until evenly mixed. Add lavender, stirring to combine. Let cool, approximately 30 minutes, then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender.

For the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 full seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig (English lavender and Provence lavender are most often used for culinary purposes; if you use fresh, garden flowers, make sure they have not been sprayed with pesticides).

Photo: Molly Lo Photography
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Omaha Lace Cleaners // Keeping it in the family

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I’m originally from Nebraska City, but currently living in Kansas City. After I got engaged, I wanted to do all the bride activities (planning, going to bridal shows, everything) and I wanted to include my loved ones in it too. So I drove up to Omaha with my mom to go to a bridal show. That’s where we saw the Omaha Lace Cleaners‘ booth. We weren’t planning on using any of the services at the bridal show since the wedding was not going to take place in Nebraska, but still wanted to get some wedding inspiration. I was considering using my mom’s wedding dress and was impressed with the conservation and restoration services Omaha Lace Cleaners offered. They had a beautiful vintage gown on display, too.

Wanting to enjoy all the perks of being a bride, I did go to a bridal store and tried on new dresses. I found one that I really like, but wanted to give Omaha Lace Cleaners a chance to see what they could do to my mom’s wedding dress.

My mom’s wedding dress was a Grace Kelly style with the long, lace sleeves, sweetheart neckline covered in lace up to the neck, and an empire waist. It also had a beautiful train with lace all around the bottom. The bottom of the dress was very similar to the new dress I had picked out. That was another reason I wanted to see if I could use the dress we already had but make some changes to it to give it a modern feel.

I made an appointment with Kimberly, from Omaha Lace Cleaners, and my mom, a close friend and I all traveled up to Omaha to meet her. She showed me to her studio and had me try on the dress. I wasn’t set on using my mom’s dress and had a hard time envisioning what it could look like. When Kimberly had me take the sleeves off and held the lace up, I knew it was my wedding dress.

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Kimberly had me look in bridal magazines and mail her the pictures of dresses I like to get an idea of what style I wanted. I drove from Kansas City about once every month to work on the dress piece by piece. There were some details I wanted that I wasn’t sure could be done, but Kimberly was able to do it all. She removed the sleeves and lowered the neckline. The lace from the sleeves were used to bring in the waistline. French buttons were added to close a key hole in the back of the dress. Kimberly also helped to sew in a monogram of my parents and my wedding date to the hem of my dress.

My mom only went to the first dress fitting and then waited to see the dress on the wedding day. My mom was so happy. She said she could still see her dress, but it had been made into my own. Kimberly did such a great job of keeping the integrity of the dress and listened to all my ideas to help me design a beautiful gown.

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My husband and I were married on July 4th at Old Orchard beach, ME. I felt so beautiful in my dress and got so many compliments. Being able to wear my mom’s dress was so special to me and my mother. It was perfect.

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Bride: Alexa Casali
Photos: Amanda Joy Photography

 

Miss Cloud Nine // Mom Magic

I love the story of how Mr. Cloud Nine and I met, but he doesn’t readily share it because it involves his mom. I worked at Children’s Hospital and his mom is one of the dietitians.  Since Omaha is such a small world, we quickly realized that his mom and my mom go to the same hairstylist. So through their mom magic, they set us up. It was a complete blind date (I may or may not have Googled him). I was horribly sick, but already cancelled on him one time so I thought I should suck it up and go. Besides, what were the odds that I would like the dietitian’s son? Apparently pretty good, because we were on that first date for hours. First date turned into second date and we were quickly spending lots of time together. You can’t fight the mom magic.

We dated for about a year before we were engaged on December 6th. The engagement story I love — most of it at least. He took me to dinner at Crave in midtown and after dinner he suggested we go downtown to look at the Christmas lights.  I became suspicious at this point because it was about -10 degrees out that night. I went with it though because I thought a proposal might be in the works. We got some hot chocolate and went to the Pedestrian Bridge. Now this is the part of the story I could do away with….we walked on the bridge and he acted like he was getting on a knee. Suddenly it wasn’t so cold.   Just wait though.  He acted like he stumbled and tossed something over the bridge. Huh? What? I was really confused. He got up and said, “I’m a horrible actor, just kidding I don’t even have the ring yet.” I’m sorry, what?

I was not happy. Really not happy. His idea was to act as if he stumbled and dropped the ring over the bridge to play a joke on me. Just a little tidbit about Mr. Cloud Nine: he is a HUGE prankster.

The ride home was silent. I was mad. We pulled up to my house and I stormed inside.  I opened the door and my anger immediately turned into amazement. There were candles all over my house. Over 250 candles everywhere. It was like a scene out of a movie. I turned around and he was on one knee and asked me to marry him.

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He worked with my mom so she could light all the candles while we were on the ride home. He didn’t think I would get so upset, but it definitely threw me off. He drives me crazy sometimes, but he did a pretty good job with this one. One memorable story.

Shape Your Day

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We just LOVE weddings! And we can’t wait to help you turn your day dreams into a dream come true! So feel free to ask us questions, get advice, follow our Pinterest boards, blog, Facebook and Twitter updates to get the most out of your wedding planning experience. You can click here, or on the photo above, to watch how much fun we had with this real bride and her bridesmaids!

Shondy Studios // Preparing for your glamour shot

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Ready for some exciting news? Shondy Studios (known for boudoir, pin-up and glamour photos) has recently joined our list of preferred vendors!

Boudoir photography is hot, hot, hot right now and Omaha has some great photographers that specialize in this type of art. But for many brides, if they are not confident in how they look or they are a little unsure of themselves, making the decision to have boudoir photos taken may add to their wedding stress. However, Shonda Bevill-Nunes, owner of Shondy Studios, has written a great blog post on the do’s, don’ts and what to expect to make that decision a little easier — and making you feel more comfortable and totally sexy.

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“I like to think of myself as having a good enough balance between lipstick and testosterone to really know what my customers (or their spouses) want, which makes Boudoir photography the perfect photography niche for me.” Shonda

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Photos: Shondy Studios

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.

Source: drinksmixer.com

Miss Sparkler // A picture perfect engagement session

We wanted our engagement pictures to describe us, really be a reflection of our relationship and how we interact. I know probably every engaged couple says this…but seriously isn’t that the point?

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To accomplish this feel we brainstormed with McKenzie, our photographer, places that were unique to us as a couple. We decided that Creighton’s campus would be a fabulous place to start because this is where we met and it is a special place for us.

After having the location nailed down we had to pick outfits, which would coordinate, but not be too matchy, matchy, stay true to our personalities, and also photograph well. This task was easier said than done and a true challenge, as Mr. Sparkle “didn’t care” what he wore and thought anything looked good. (Engaged girls out there, I am sure you know where I am coming from.) We decided to go with three outfits: a casual, dressy and one that was somewhere in the middle. This gave us three different looks all in one session.

We were a little nervous… ok A LOT nervous. It took us a while to warm up to the situation and our photographer prodding us to “just hang out” but we finally got the hang of it. We joked and giggled through out the whole session, which is pretty true to who we are and how we hang out.

McKenzie figured us out pretty quickly and helped us to relax and enjoy the moment. We could not be any happier with how the pictures turned out.

Tips for Brides Planning an Engagement Session:

-Really communicate with your photographer the feel you are after:

Think about if you want props, certain poses, outfit changes, certain season…etc.

Pick a location that is special to both of you as a couple, this will help make your pictures that much more meaningful.

Take our photographer’s advice and “just hang out” during your session. When looking back you will be happy you did, the pictures will express you as a couple for many years to come!

Photos: Janine McClintock Studios 

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

 

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