LaToya Sharp and La’Roderick Bullock had arranged to have only a few of the customary frills for their Nov. 3 ceremony and reception in Omaha.
Things changed when Lindsey Rai Ehlers learned about the bare-bones plan and asked a few friends to help her shower the couple with a few extras. And, boy, did they!
Lindsey Rai is development director for the Ronald McDonald House, where the bride and bridegroom have been living since October 2011. They came here from the Houston area to seek special medical treatment for their son, now 16 months.
Lindsey Rai didn’t know a wedding was even in the works until LaToya’s gown showed up at the Ronald McDonald House five days before the I Do’s. Quizzing revealed a Pinterest board in LaToya’s colors of turquoise and sable brown.
Inspiration in hand, W.E. blogger and event coordinator Jennifer Tyler sent an email to more than 100 Wedding Essentials advertisers asking for “any help you might be able to provide.” Offers for donated goods and services popped into her inbox within seconds.
The day of the wedding (while the bride was having her hair and makeup done), a dozen volunteers showed up at the Ronald McDonald House to build center pieces, drape tables with cloths and set out china and glassware. Within an hour, the community room had been completely transformed. One staffer even remembered the bridal couple’s son by affixing a photo of him to favors in heart-shaped tins. When LaToya returned to the Ronald McDonald House, volunteers made the bride close her eyes while they led her through the community room to the bride’s room to get dressed. They repeated the drill to get LaToya on her way to the church.
LaToya was thrilled beyond words when the bridal party arrived back at the house for the reception.
Photos by Chris Christen
Reception DJ – Complete
Photographer – Chellsey Lynn Photography
Videography – Tin Box Weddings
Bundtinis for reception – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Garter and Guestbook – Village Stationery
Toasting Glasses – Celebrity China & Cookware
Tuxedos for groom and his brother/best man – Mens Wearhouse
Dishes, silverware, glasses – Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Linens for tables, cloth napkins, etc – United Rent-All
Chocolate Chip Cookies for guests (favors) and complimentary room for bride’s family – DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Omaha
Non-alchoholic champagne – Scoular Ballroom
Complimentary Night Stay in a Suite – Hilton Garden Inn at Horseshoe Casino
Flowers for reception – Loess Hills Floral Studio
Brides Bouquet and boutonnière – gifted by Norita Matt, board member of City Sprouts
Décor for reception – Millard Plaza Ballroom
Preservation of Brides bouquet and groom’s boutonnière – Memories Bi-Design
Bridal Gown Preservation – Omaha Lace Cleaners
Decorations for reception, corsages and boutonnieres for couples families, additional food for reception – HyVee
Live music for ceremony – Omaha Musicians Live
Make up for bride – Blush Makeup Artistry