Children’s Hula Hoop and Tent Session

We had a  fun day last week photographing an adventurous group of kids. It was enjoyable to relax and unplug outdoors in a new tent we wanted to try out. With just a short time before the rain started, Marlee, Ruby, and Stella showed off their skills recently learned hula hoop skills. Thanks to Gary and Andria for coming out with their kids.

Hope you enjoy the images!

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Derrick & Kellie

Derrick and Kellie recently tied the knot in a beautiful August 2 wedding. The couple that originally met during their summer jobs and went to a movie on their first date started their journey towards marriage on a family trip.

Kellie had no knowledge of what was going to happen when they traveled to Niobrara State Park, something her family has been doing for 29 years. This particular trip was the first year that her boyfriend Derek was joining them. After Derek mentioned that he wanted to see more of the park, the couple decided to go on a drive. Kellie was showing Derek around the area when they stopped to watch the sunset. Four years after they started dating, Derek got down on one knee and proposed.

The couple then committed to each other at their ceremony in Columbus. Derek and Kellie were excited to get married back in Nebraska as they both recently lived out of state for a while. The ceremony took place at Federated Church and the reception was at the Legion, a newly renovated venue. Their wedding was elegant, simple, and classy. The Legion gave a cozy feel for the couple and helped everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.

I was more than happy to return to Columbus to shoot another enjoyable wedding. Derrick and Kellie were awesome to work with. You really couldn’t ask for a better bride and groom. Throughout the engagement and wedding process, we often shared ideas and concepts for their images. Their pictures turned out great and are a reflection of this awesome and unique couple. Check out the images!

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Catering Your Special Menu

Does planning the menu for a special event seem like a stressful process? Our guest writer, Dana Smith, from Chez Hay is giving us some simple suggestions on how to make thoughtful decisions for your menu.To make it easy she has counted down the seven most important tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning for your wedding or special event.

1. We recommend first looking at the time of day the event is taking place when deciding on the type of atmosphere you want to create for your guests.

2. Light Appetizers are great for early afternoon or late evening receptions. If you take this route, state so on your invitations so your guests know to eat something beforehand.



3. Heavy Appetizers are becoming more and more popular, especially if couples want more of a cocktail reception with happy and full guests. The possibilities are endless in the variety of food options available, making it ideal for anyone’s palate.














4. Traditional Dinner buffets are a classic and loved option. Usually these dinner buffets include a salad, one to three entrees, and two sides. Salad and entrée combinations can be as exotic or as classic as desired. Also, carving stations are a great option for couples who want traditionally prepared meats.























5. Make sure you pick options that you will love! If Chicken and Waffles has a special meaning to you as a couple or family, go for it! More and more, couples are using the food and drinks at their weddings and events to reflect their personalities. It gives the event a unique aspect that no one else can imitate.















6. Be mindful of your guests’ dietary restrictions. If your wedding is on a Friday during Lent and 25% of your guests are Catholic, having a fish or vegetarian option for your guests is a great idea.















7. The last tip from Chez Hay is to trust your caterer or wedding planner to guide you in the right direction on some decisions. We know you saw the cutest thing ever on Pinterest, but the pictures on Pinterest don’t always show the price of the item, or the quality of the product. Let your vendors know what you would like them to do, and let them figure out the best way to execute it!

Creative Shoot at Rule G

Corey Rourke Photography Creative Shoot

Location and Collaboration
One of our favorite things here at Corey Rourke Photography is getting out and shooting in some new locations. We had some fun a few weeks back shooting at a fun night club in the Railyard called Rule G.  The collaborative effort was a creative shoot I have been anxious about ever since Rule G opened.

The images, along with the venue, are definitely something different than what is typically photographed in Lincoln.  We love the sleek and urban look of Rule G and it was the perfect place to do some unique images. Along with Emily from Blush Bridal, Blooms and Bouquets, Emsuds Clothiers, Angela from Salon Muse, and our lovely couple, Corey Rourke and Rule G came together to create some sweet images.

The Couple
You may recognize the newlyweds in the images, Jim and Stacy, from their May wedding pictures that hit the blog a few months back. It was our hope that we would be able to shoot at Rule G on their wedding day.  When the schedules didn’t come together on their big day, we decided to still go through with the shoot another day.

Much Appreciated
We want to say thank you to all who helped out and participated in this adventurous day.  If you are looking for a place to hold a wedding or special event, Rule G is a great place to look into (more information below).  Check out our final images!

The Ultimate Venue
Rule G brings the ultimate night club and event venue to the Railyard in Lincoln’s West Haymarket. Three featured locations inside the venue include The Rooftop Patio, The Spin Room, and The Ultra Lounge, each having their own unique atmosphere. Providing full service event coordination and catering for all special events, Rule G is prepared for your special occasion.

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Ashley & Dain

Casual & Romantic

I had the great pleasure of photographing Ashley & Dain’s wedding on Saturday July 26th.  Now living in Denver, they decided to come back home to Lincoln where Ashley grew up.  Ashley went to Hazel Abel Park as a little girl and shared her reason for choosing it:  “It’s such an intimate cute little park,  perfect for a ceremony.” The reception took place at the historic Grande Manse, perfect mix of old charm and modern elegance.   Casual romantic was the theme of their wedding with lots of light pink roses and gold accents.   Below are some of my favorite images.

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