Humphrey NE Wedding

I had the privilege of photographing Keisha & Jarod’s wedding in Humphrey, Nebraska.   I’ll start by saying I love small town weddings!   The Saturday started off very emotional when Jarod’s grandpa surprised the couple at their first look with his wedding ring as a gift.  We found a ton of cool spots just around Humphrey St Francis.  This Church was  absolutely gorgeous. After the ceremony we went to the family? farm, which was an endless playground of creativity for me as a photographer.  There were barns, horses, pastures, trucks…you name it!  The next adventure before the reception was downtown. The city of Humphrey has so much character with its beautiful brick streets and old buildings. Oh, and who could forget a local bar with great beer prices?  Enjoy some of these fun images.
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Tiffany & Trey

In mid June, we had the pleasure of capturing Trey and Tiffany’s big day! Along with the images, we wanted to show off how amazing this couple is, and share their story. Although they didn’t date in high school, the two met in English class for the first time in Seward, Nebraska. It wasn’t until 2013 when they had their first date in downtown Lincoln.

Tiffany gave us a little information about their journey towards marriage. She told us of the struggle they experienced living apart. “Once we were dating, we were never able to live in the same town,” she told us, “but in the long run, it was more than worth it, and we wouldn’t change anything about it.”

I started the day off  at the Hilton Garden downtown, where I started photographing the details, the first look with her father and some creative images with her bridesmaids.  Tiffany’s dress  was amazing from Blush Bridal.

Trey and Tiffany were married at Southwood Lutheran Church.  This was an amazing church to photograph there are so many creative backdrops.  The lighting was perfect both inside and out.

Her bouquet was a perfect embodiment of early summer with the light pastel color palette. The dominant colors of the bouquets echo this year’s Pantone’s color of Serenity (light blue) with paired with a summery peach. The bridesmaids’ bouquets are smaller version of the bridal bouquet and include peach stock and garden roses as well as blue delphinium and cream roses. The green plumosa compliments the floral to give a fresh garden feel.

Trey and Tiffany decided to host their wedding reception at the Chez Hay in downtown Lincoln. “We really enjoyed the location of the venue,” she explained, “we were able to see a lot of downtown from the windows and were able to accommodate all of our guests.” Their beautiful decorations matched perfectly with the brick interior, and made for a special scene once the sun went down. “We didn’t have a specific theme except for an upbeat, fun wedding,” Trey told us. “We just wanted to have fun and keep the dance floor full of people.” Tiffany and Trey also credited the food, bartenders, and staff of the Chez Hay for making their day extra special.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to be a part of. We had a ton of fun getting to know Tiffany and Trey, and we wish them nothing but the best in the future. Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Farmer!

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Kendra + Sean

On a beautiful and sunny May afternoon, we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Kendra and Sean. The day was perfect from start to finish, for not only the couple, but us as well!

Sean and Kendra met while attending Norris High School. Kendra’s father is the Trap shooting coach at Norris, and had known Sean for a long time before the two dated. Their engagement story is really fun, and Kendra and Sean told us a little more about it! “Sean will admit that he took me ring shopping (and I found the perfect ring!) a week before the actually event happened but I was still very much surprised,” Kendra told us. Sean asked Kendra’s father for permission to propose the day of the Nebraska vs. Michigan State football game where his response was, “about damn time”. Once the game was over, Sean told Kendra he had a surprise for her. “I said, ‘well it wasn’t the ring,’” Kendra explained, “(it would take too long to be here) so what is the surprise?’” Little did she know that her ring came early, setting up for the perfect engagement.

Kendra and Sean decided to have their wedding at the Champions Club, located adjacent to Memorial Stadium in downtown Lincoln. “We are both huge husker fans with many friends that had never been to Nebraska. For them to see memorial stadium in all its glory was awesome,” the couple stated. They fell in love with the big windows the Champions Club had to offer, and it was perfect for their elegant wedding theme they achieved.

The whole day turned out great and we had a ton of fun photographing these guys. We are excited to share some of these images with you all, as we wish Kendra and Sean a very long and happy marriage! Congrats!

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Amanda & Kent

May 7th brought us together with Kent and Amanda as they celebrated their joining in marriage here in Lincoln. The couple was a ton of fun to work with, and with that being said, we wanted to know a little bit more about their history! Amanda was kind enough to give us the details about their amazing relationship. The two met playing volleyball at Spikes where Kent won Amanda over with his charming and witty personality. Their engagement took place in front of both of their families at a Thanksgiving celebration; an annual tradition for the couple. “He always puts up a million Christmas lights for fun because he loves Christmas and this particular year he completely outdid himself!” Amanda told us. “Little did I know he was using this to propose! I loved everything about it. Best proposal EVER! It was epic.”

The couple held their wedding ceremony at Wilderness Ridge where they were drawn into the beauty of a potential outdoor ceremony the venue could provide. “Once we saw the place, we had to have our ceremony there!” Amanda explained. The venue was perfectly complimented by the couples Rustic Romantic theme.

Since their guest list was very high, they decided to hold their reception at the Pla Mor Ballroom. They not only chose this venue to accommodate the number of guests attending, but it also held sentimental value to the couple. “We chose the Pla Mor Ballroom for a couple reasons:” Amanda told us. “1) Ken and his brothers basically grew up dancing at the Pla Mor, his mom would take them for lessons and dance the night away! 2) It is a great venue for live bands and we had an awesome 80s rock band called AM/FM play at our reception!” The space was perfect, and everyone had an amazing time dancing the night away.

Amanda left us with one final take away from their big day. “We tried to take in as much of the day as we could because it flew by, and we wanted to just enjoy the day with friends and family! It was the best day of our lives!” Congratulations, Kent and Amanda! We wish you many years of happiness!

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Project Purple

The Lincoln Marathon is an annual event that brings thousands of runners together to complete either the half (13.1 miles) marathon, or the whole (26 miles) marathon. Some people run the race for fun, others as a personal goal. One group, however, takes the meaning of running a marathon to a whole new level. Project Purple is a Connecticut based non-profit organization created to raise awareness, support patients and families affected by the disease, and fund research efforts to defeat pancreatic cancer. This team travels around the country to different races in efforts to raise money. We had the honor of documenting their two-day experience at the Lincoln Marathon this last weekend!

Project Purple started their efforts in Lincoln by hosting a dinner for their runners and supporters of their organization. They held it at The Jasmine Room by Venue, and had some amazing stories to share with everyone. The dinner was awesome, and it was really cool for us to tap into why these people are a part of this organization, and hear their inspirations for running these races. These are the kinds of events that make being an event photographer worth it.

Sunday morning, race day, was anything but perfect. It was pretty rainy, cold, and just an overall gloomy day. Despite the weather set back, there were still over 12,000 runners that participated in the race that morning! It didn’t stop any of these runners from fulfilling their goals and accomplishing something that most people could only dream of. We had a ton of fun running around the city capturing key moments in the race. Project Purple also has an amazing support base that follows them to each and every city. Dino Verrelli, the founder of Project Purple, was constantly on a megaphone cheering on not only his team members, but also the rest of the runners participating in the marathon that day. Seeing his passion for this organization and his drive to make a difference is truly inspiring to us.

At the end of the day, we got some amazing shots of the runners, and had a ton of fun doing it. Check out more information on Project Purple by visiting their website at

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They made it to senior year

As parents of upcoming seniors in high school, you are about have a lot on your plate! From cherishing the moments of the last basketball game, to planning a graduation celebration, and not to mention getting your senior ready for college! The time to start thinking about senior portraits is now!

When you wait until the last minute to book your session, you’ll quickly find out that everyone else did the same thing! Booking early will ensure that your photographer has a spot open for you to capture the best images possible. Towards the end of the school year, our busiest time slots are during the evening and on the weekends, so finding free time, not only for you, but also for you senior can be scarce. It’s also no surprise that senior year is super busy, not only for your child, but also for you! Time is limited once the school year starts, so why not get your portraits now?


At Corey Rourke Photography, we offer a wide range of senior portrait packages from digital, to guest books for your graduation ceremony. Check out our website for more information on package deals, session insights, and more! We can’t wait to capture the memories your child has made during their high school career, and create memorable material for you to share for years to come.


Call us at 402-466-4644, or email us at to book an appointment with us today!

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Calling all 2017 Seniors!!!


Attention all 2017 Seniors! This is for you. We are currently booking sessions for seniors in the  2017 school year. We know, you probably have a lot on your plate for senior year. It’s the final stretch! That’s why it’s such a good idea to get your senior portraits done early.

When you wait until the last minute to get yours done, you’ll quickly find out that everyone else did the same thing! It’s hard to book appointments with photographers towards the middle – the end of the school year. Our busy slots are during the evening or the weekend, so finding free time can be scarce. Senior year is all about your lasts. Your last football game, your last spring musical, and your last finals that you have to study for! Get your senior portraits done early so you have time to cherish these moments. Your time, as well as your parent’s time, during school will also be very busy, which is why we suggest booking a session in the summer!


At Corey Rourke Photography, we offer a wide range of senior portrait packages from digital, to guest books for your graduation ceremony. Check out our website and our Senior E-Publication for more information on package deals, session insights, and more! We can’t wait to capture the memories you’ve made during your high school career, and create memorable material for you to share for years to come.


Call us at 402-466-4644, or email us at to book an appointment with us today!

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Defining Dining

It’s the event every guest looks forward to when attending a wedding reception – the meal. Lisa Petersen, Freelance Wedding Coordinator, and Event Director at The Jasmine Room by Venue Catering and Events, is an expert when it comes to dining at a wedding reception. We reached out to her to get a little more insighton what kinds of styles of dining there are, and to help brides-to-be figure out exactly what they are looking for on their big day!

Defining Dining

The wedding meal is as timeless as weddings themselves. Food has always been a strong focus of the entire celebration. Whether it is a light breakfast while bridesmaids and family are getting ready for the day, light snacks for the wedding party between photos and ceremony or the main event itself, it’s human nature to make food a part of the day.

Let’s define the wedding dining experience by starting with the expense of things. People can get intimidated over the cost of providing a meal for guests but if you are thoughtful, educated and informed in your approach, you’ll sail right through the process. When reception site, food and beverages account for typically 42% of the entire wedding budget, it’s important to be educated about things. On to things that will help you decide what type of meal you will have at your wedding.

  1. Cocktail reception – Heavy hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails. This approach is always exciting for guests because there are usually a nice variety of options. This type of meal is best for the wedding ceremony that is going to start after the normal dinner hour. If you go this route it is important that the invitation states hors d’ oeuvres reception so guests know they will not be served a full meal. Also good to know that an hors d’ oeuvres reception does not equal saving money.IMG_0502
  1. Breakfast or brunch – One of my favorites because it accompanies a morning wedding! For me, there’s nothing better than a beautiful 11am wedding ceremony followed by a lovely breakfast/brunch meal. Usually the food at breakfast will be less expensive than a dinner meal and you most likely will have a lower bar bill since it is early in the day. Think omelet station, waffle station, Bloody Mary’s, Bellini’s and mimosas. Yum!IMG_3640
  1. Afternoon tea or cake and mints reception – Does anyone remember the cake and punch reception in the church basement? There is a lot of merit in this concept. One of my most favorite weddings I’ve coordinated utilized a variation of this style and it was fabulous! Have the cake before dinner. If your church has a reception area, invite your guests to go directly from the ceremony in the sanctuary to cake and a lemonade bar right in the church. Then invite fewer guests to a beautiful dinner and dancing at a reception later. This is very intimate, warm and saves money!
  1. Dessert reception – A lovely option to follow a ceremony that say, started at seven o’clock. Usually set up with stations that portray a combination of sweet and savory offerings. Follow the same guidelines as the cocktail reception above, only this should be a money saver for you (depending of course on what sweets you choose!). Also, it produces a shorter evening, therefore potentially less bar expense. Maybe you will decide to have a lively after party with your wedding party!IMG_3659 IMG_0461
  1. Dinner reception – Dinner is the most popular option in this country. There are several terms to know regarding dinners that will help you decide the style you want to have.
  1. Plated service is all about just that…service. This is one of the most expensive options because it is very labor intensive for the caterer. Typically requiring three waiters for every six tables. It is a good way to control portions as the meal is plated in the kitchen and then served to each guest at their table.
  1. Russian Service – This is a very elegant service used if the meal will be presented in courses, i.e. the salad, then the vegetable, then the entre’, etc. Waiters bring the items out to each table on platters.
  1. Table side service – This is very French and dramatic. Best used for a smaller wedding. Waiters use portable cook tops at each table to prepare portions of the meal and then serve immediately to each guest.
  1. Family-style service – Think a beautiful Italian meal! The food is brought out to each table on platters and each guest helps themselves. Bravo!
  1. Buffet service – Most popular in our area. People think a buffet is always less expensive than a plated meal, you do save a lot of labor expense, but it is wise to have one staff person at each chaffing dish for portion control, to move the line along and to keep the chaffing dishes full. No guest wants to scrape the bottom of the dish. To avoid having guests stand in line for a long time, consider having the

DJ dismiss tables just a few at a time.

  1. Stations – Another one of my favorites because it promotes movement through the room. This is a great option if you are not a fan of a formal time to sit down to eat. Many couples want their guests to begin eating when they arrive and not wait for the wedding party and couple to get there. If you like this idea for accommodating your guests, stations are wonderful. Think of it as splitting up the traditional buffet into individual tables or “stations” and setting them all around the space. For example, the carving station, the loaded baked potato bar, the salad station, etc.


This should get you started. Bon Appetit!

Alonzo & Chelsea

March 19th, brought us the wedding celebration of Alonzo and Chelsea.  We had a great time at the wedding, but we wanted to hear a little bit about the history of these two.  They met downtown Lincoln, and soon after, Alonzo took Chelsea on their first date.  After Alonzo captured Chelsea with his southern charm, he decided to pop the question, in a very unique way we might add.  Alonzo got a really big box, taped the ring to the bottom of the box, and covered it with tissue paper. Inside, Alonzo also put the t-shirt that he wore the first night the two hung out, and a letter that he specifically wrote to Chelsea. Not only did he do that, he decided to give Chelsea the box on Christmas morning!

The theme Alonzo and Chelsea went with for their wedding was elegance and romance.  Simple, beautiful, gold accents, and candles were the major things they featured at the venue.  “We just wanted everyone to have a great time and feel the love around us,” Chelsea told us.  The venue looked gorgeous, and they definitely achieved their theme.

When we asked Alonzo and Chelsea what the most important part of the day was to them, the both talked about how special it was to write their own personal vows to each other.  “The fact that our daughters got to see an example of love and unity was really important to us as well,” Alonzo added.  

As for us, we had an amazing time being a part of this wedding.  Nebraska weather is crazy, and we basically had three different seasons throughout the day, which made taking pictures extremely fun! We got a ton of different shots in the snow, rain, and sunshine.  Congrats, Alonzo and Chelsea!


Lonnyof Phoenix Training Systems guest blogger


When planning a wedding, there are a ton of details to think about. You have to find the perfect flavor of cake to feature, book an amazing venue, and create an atmosphere that’ll win over your guests. What a lot of brides forget, though, is themselves! All brides look great on their wedding day, but you want to look amazing! Getting in shape, and toning up a bit before your wedding doesn’t have to be a scary. We talked the owner of Phoenix Training Systems, Lonny Liss, here in Lincoln to get a better idea of how brides can prepare for their big day. “This will be one of the most photographed days of your life; you want your problem areas to be gone or at least less noticeable. Your photos that day will last a lifetime; you don’t want to look at your photos ten years from the wedding and think ‘I should have gone to the gym!’, he told us.

Phoenix Training Systems is all about accountability, customization, and getting you in and out in less than an hour! They have a unique system called metabolic conditioning, achieved by challenging your bodies different energy system. “Ever wonder why you get on that treadmill and burn a ton of calories but don’t see any visual changes?” Lonny told us, “That’s because in order to tone up, you have to build muscle.” With their metabolic training, they do just that.

The biggest tip to brides is that you get out what you put in. “Working out on a consistent basis and changing your lifestyle to a healthier one will give you more energy, a boost of confidence, and a better overall look that will have yourself and others saying you look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on your wedding day.” So when planning your wedding, think about yourself! You have to make yourself happy, and self-confidence is the way to do that. We can’t wait to photograph you guys looking amazing on your big day! I had a chance to visit Phoenix Training Systems last week. Lonnie is invested in each persons goals, strengths and weakness to find out more about what he can do before your big day click here.


Special thanks to owner, Lonny Liss, of Phoenix Training Systems for his expertise on this subject.

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