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.

Style me vintage

Something old, something new and something blue. We’ve found a way for you to make your something old — something new! Local jewelry store, GC Gems, upcycles and repurposes old jewelry.

Store owner, Georgy Collier, shared why she loves doing what she does and says that it “lets me create a forever keepsake for her — a ring, a bracelet or a necklace — something that will bring tears of fond memories and the love that was given with it.”

WE featured a ring from GC Gems on our woodland wedding styled shoot.
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Picture Perfect Tips from the Pros

It’s a cliché for a reason, a picture says a 1000 words. Looking at a photo can invoke emotions, laughter and wonderful memories.  In order to make sure our wedding photos never become the awkward family portrait from your uncles 1980’s celebration Wedding Essentials enlisted the professionals that work on capturing your day. We have had the pleasure of working behind the scenes on numerous photo shoots with TinBox Weddings and have definitely learned a few tricks on how they get such flawless images but here is what they have to say!


1. Airbrush makeup, if it is an option, is an absolute must for the special day. Long lasting, smooth and flawless and doesn’t create shine. We always notice a difference with photos.

2. Avoid makeup with high shine or sparkle. Shimmery face powders translate as sweat not glow in photos. Matte foundation is best. If you really love the look of some glitter add a little shimmer but leave everything else sparkle free.

3. We always work with stylist for our fashion shoots. Our friends at Kontempo’s Salon suggest taking pictures when you get your trial hair and makeup done and see how it translates on camera. Those wedding pictures will last forever, and a bride may feel a little uneasy if she doesn’t typically wear makeup, but what seems dramatic in person, will look completely natural in photos, if done correctly. It’s crucial to find the hair and makeup team that will help you still look like yourself, but just an enhanced version for what will be one of the best day of your life.


3. Choose bridesmaid’s dress colors with some consideration to the girls’ hair color and complexion.  Some deep reds, purple/reds  or purple/blues are difficult to photograph and don’t translate to the true color you see in person. Deep purples can look more royal blue in photographs.  Lime green never translates well.  Any fabric which has iridescent effects don’t tend to translate as the way you see them in person.

4.  We enjoy when everyone isn’t all matched up perfectly but wears different hues of the same color or a few color options are chosen. This allows for contrast in the photos rather than a big blob of color to form. If you are set on all matching bridesmaid dresses, consider allowing different styles, contrasting jewelry and of course don’t match the flowers. This will allow elements to pop in the photos.

5. Resist the urge to dress your bridesmaids in less than flattering styles or colors. Rest assured you the Bride will be the highlight of the day and a good photographer will always set you and your groom up to steal the limelight in your photos. It is important that your wedding party look and feel comfortable to enhance the radiance and beauty of the wedding couple. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable wedding party looking frumpy behind a gorgeous couple.


6. We highly recommend doing an engagement session with your photographer. This allows you to get comfortable working together and learn some tricks and tips about how to hold yourself individually and as a couple. The photographer can offer advice about posture or put you are ease with any discomfort about photos. Think of it as a low pressure practice run.

7. Talk, flirt and laugh.

8. Ladies.  Shoulders back, chin a little forward and tilted down and shift weight into one leg or the other.

9. Fellas. Lean forward at the waist, stand or sit tall and relax into your charming self.


10. Talk to your photographer about what you like and don’t like. Be open to their suggestions and even ask if they have advice for your two body types or “photo” habits.

11. Talk about black and white or color options and what you like. A mix is often nice. Don’t assume because a photo looks great in color it will translate the same in black and white. If you have your heart set on a stunning black and white portrait of the bride, let the photographer know so they can set up lighting or choose a setting accordingly.


12. Choose a fit and cut that truly flatters your body type, not the one of the magazine model. Being trendy is fun, but you may want to consider if a style will look dated or just isn’t flattering. This is so important as you want to be both comfortable and radiantly beautiful in your photos. A true fit is essential.

13. Proper foundation garments are a must and don’t forget dress tape to keep everything in place.

14. Realize that your dress will get a little dirty if you are out of doors for photos. Just be sure it is the underside of your dress touching or dragging on the ground. Also know that no one will be looking that close and really is a once in a life time event you will look at the photos again and again, the dress…not so much!

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