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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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Creative shoot Moonrise Kingdom Theme

A  couple weeks ago we found ourselves in the beautiful Chez Hay Catering and Event Space in downtown Lincoln.  We partnered with Blooms and Bouquets for the decorations and floral, while Blush Bridals provided the attire for this creative shoot.  The theme was built off of the hit movie, Moonrise Kingdom, and the décor spoke for itself.  Elegant greenery and vintage-style furniture made this set-up stand out from the traditional wedding reception setting.  The gorgeous dress and complementary headband was a perfect fit for the bohemian style we were going for. Natural lighting in the event space set everything up for success, and we were really happy with our results!

Emmy, from Blush Bridal, had a lot to say about the styling she did for the shoot.  “A boho bridal look is THE trend for Bridal this year,” she stated.  “The Ginger gown:  Blush by Hayley Paige embodies the boho feel with it’s flowy chiffon skirt and illusion lace appliques throughout the bodice.” She chose a Casablanca sash as a headpiece to bring a little sparkle but also bring attention to the model’s gorgeous hair!  “Romantic, soft, relaxed and fun best suits this trendy look.”

Blooms and Bouquets Event Productions owner, Melissa, shared the inspiration behind this shoot with us.  “Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of the search for two young lovers who have run away into the wilderness,” she explained.  “The head table was made to feel like a picnic in a natural shelter and the lounge embodied the bohemian spirit that is movies portray.”  The model for the shoot, Dani, is also part of the Blooms and Bouquets team! She was the one who conceptualized the shoot, so it was fitting that she was featured in the beautiful setting.

Chez Hay, in downtown Lincoln, created the perfect atmosphere for this creative shoot.  Event Director, Halie, welcomes wedding couples to, “Discover the new vibe coming from within [their] vintage walls.” Chez Hay will help you create something extraordinary for your special day.  I couldn’t think of a better location to capture the essence of Moonrise Kingdom.

As for us, we had a ton of fun doing this shoot. It’s always a blast to collaborate with other wedding vendors and create something amazing. We got to use our Lomography Petzval lens, which added a lot to the unique style of the shoot. We can’t wait to do more creative shoots like this one, and look forward to doing just that!

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Artistic shoot

I love it when I have a chance to do an artistic shoot during the cold winter season and recently I was able to do so with a team of local wedding vendors. Chez Hay provided the dream location with exposed brick walls, wooden dance floor, tall ceilings, and a striking city view at night. The ambiance was just right. Matthew was my groom for the day and Emsuds Clothiers provided his slacks, suspenders, and tie (a very hot trend, by the way!).  Cameron was fitted byBlush Bridal in a Rowan Blush dress by Hayley Paige.  Untamed Petals and Meg Jewelry completed the bride’s flawless look with their accessories.  I couldn’t thank Emily from Blush Bridal enough for making sure the dress was fitting perfectly. Blooms & Bouquets  made some amazing displays that provided beautiful backgrounds.   Not only did we use some great window light, the vintage light bulbs were a great prop. During a creative shoot I always try to mix up the lighting to create a different feel with each set.  IMG_0627IMG_0670 copyIMG_0854 IMG_0852

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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!