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


Bride Blogger // Meet Miss Cloud Nine



Age: 35
Occupation: RN
Engagement date: December 6, 2013
Wedding date: August 16, 2014
Wedding & Reception venue: 1316 Jones St.
About me: I love to write but I don’t get to do it much anymore because sometimes life just gets in the way. I have lots of fun ideas to share, plus a whole lot of other fun stuff i get to try to accomplish while planning. We are a goofy couple and ultimately just want our friends and family to have a great time at our wedding. Mr. Cloud Nine is pretty hands-off when it comes to planning, but he chimes in when something is important to him like the band and the cake. He also asked not to wear any pink (does coral count? ha!) We are in our mid-30′s now so different things are important to us now. We’ve finally found each other so we want to celebrate big!

My wedding plan: I like to call the style of our wedding “traditional with a twist.” I like to have traditional elements, but I also want the special/quirky details that our guest will enjoy and remember. In the think tank currently are things like: Lithuanian torte, food truck, burger bar, sparklers, giant light-up letters, and Moscow Mules. Luckily my wedding planner can focus my crazy ideas into a cohesive party. We will have a lot of out-of-town guests, so the Old Market seemed like a great place to have the reception; lots of stuff to do and a cool part of Omaha to show off.

Best of Bridal University 2014

Best of Bridal University 2014 // Runway

Simply Elegant // A Woodland Styled Shoot

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Art Direction: Heidi Hoffman
Wardrobe Styling: Cora Coppock
Models: Madison, represented by Develop Model Management; Mark, independently represented
Hair & Makeup: Kate Luchsinger
Florals: Hy-Vee
Cake: Monica’s Cakes
Location: Private acreage owned by S. Scott Moore overlooking the Elkhorn River Valley
Merchandise: Rhylan Lang, GC Gems, Hy-Vee, Von Maur, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}, Boxed Events by Memrical, Meldeen, NJ & Co., Gadgeteer, Spruce, Debs-tique, Sublime Bridal


Mini Bridal Party // Styled Shoot

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Art Direction: Heidi Hoffman
Wardrobe Styling: Cora Coppock
Hair & Makeup: Kate Luchsinger
Models: McAlister & Natalie, independently represented
Florals: Loess Hills Floral Studio
Location: Scoular Ballroom
Sweets: Mockingbird Cupcakes
Merchandise: Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses, Dillard’s, Target, Mangelsen’s, Mark Edward Private Jeweller, Sublime Bridal, Posh Princess


WE Thank You!

We just want to give a huge shout-out to all our wonderful vendors, contributors and show volunteers for making Bridal University a success this year. WE couldn’t have done it without you!


A View in Fontenelle Hills & A View WestAAA Rents & Event ServicesAesthetic Surgical ImagesAnthony’s SteakhouseArbonne International, Stephen Smith, Ind. Cons. D.M., Attitude on FoodBel Air FashionsBella TerreBellus Photo + Film, Celebrity China & CookwareCelebrity HomesChair Cover Elegance, Cherry Hills Event CenterChristopher Rich Photography, Complete, Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal, David M. Mangelsen’sDavid’s BridalEllynne Bridal, Embassy Suites Omaha – DowntownEnchanted HoneymoonsExclusive Tuxedos and Dresses, First Impressions PhotographyFlorals EtceteraGentleman’s ChoiceHilton Garden Inn at Horseshoe CasinoHilton OmahaHoliday Inn Downtown Omaha, Hollywood Star Photo BoothHooton Images, Image SocietyIt Works!Jeremy Johnson PhotographyJone-Z Party BusJos. A. BankKosamaLane Weddings, Leah Marie PhotographyLindsey George Photography, Loess Hills Floral StudioMain Event CateringMAK Images, MéldeenMemories Bi DesignMen’s WearhouseMid-America CenterMonica’s CakesNobbiesNothing Bundt CakesOmaha Lace CleanersOmaha World-Herald CelebrationsOmaha’s Henry-Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omar Arts & Events, Pettit’s PastryReady or Knot {Wedding Chic}Re-Bath: 5 Day Kitchen, Regency Lodge HotelReveal Salon & Spa, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory & Coldstone CreamerySam & Louie’s Event CateringScott Conference CenterScoular BallroomShowTime MusicSimply Elegant CakesSnap Omaha PhotoboothSullivan’s SteakhouseTap Snap Photo EntertainmentThe Bel Air Banquet RoomThe Club at Indian CreekThe Fountains Ballroom & Fountains West, The Gaming DudeThe Players Club at Deer Creek, The Salvation Army Kroc CenterTheatrical Media ServicesTiburon Golf ClubTin Box WeddingsTip Top Tux, United Rent-All

Introducing: His & Hers Bridal Suites

Something old is new again at the Scoular Ballroom. Last year, the ballroom underwent a freshening. This year, the historic venue is unveiling his and hers bridal suites. The grand reveal will be at an open house celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plan on tasting great food, enjoying a cocktail (or two), checking out bridal hair and makeup styles and taking in beautiful sounds by local musicians if you go.

Theresa Farrage, event coordinator, says 30 percent to 40 percent of couples she meets want space for ceremony and reception in the same room. “We can do a room flip very easily,” Farrage says. Use the atrium space for a cocktail reception, then bring your guests into the grand ballroom for the ceremony and reception. Guests can even sit at round tables while you exchange your vows on the stage. Add drama to the setting with programmable lights. Plus, the Scoular has added a buffet room for 60-65 guests – perfect for a catered rehearsal dinner or shower.

The bridal suites each feature vanities with lighted mirrors, and three-way mirrors.

The grand ballroom can accommodate 325 guests for a sit-down meal. The open floor plan can easily accommodate food stations, which are great for getting guests to circulate and mingle.

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