Over the past year or so, I’ve been talking to Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets about doing a creative shoot closer to Halloween. Blooms & Bouquets not only does great floral arrangements, but their displays are at another level altogether. I went into the shoot with a vision of how to light the subject and the composition, but quickly changed my mind set, which I’m completely okay with. The images we created had a different mood and look from other creative shoots in the past. When initially planning the shoot, I remember talking with Dani and Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets and a non wedding shoot kept coming up. The only thing remotely resembling a wedding shoot was the flowers, our wonderful model Claire, used as a prop. antler floral hybrid pieces could be the trend for next year lol.. I might be the one behind the camera, but there were so many people that contributed. Claire’s hair & makeup was done by Alicia’s Makeup Artistry. Ellyne Bridal provided the dress, and Blooms & Bouquets provided the floral arrangements and display piece. One last person to mention is Jeremy Allen Wieczorek a good photography friend who also collaborated and photographed.
Ciara & Seth married on August 27 of this year. I started off early creating some cool images of the groom and his groomsmen on the street he and a few of them grew up on. The ceremony was at Eastridge Presbyterian. This day was full of surprises! The bride and groom had their dog walk down the aisle with the rings. I know you’re thinking this happens a lot. And, yes, it does but this dog did it perfectly. After being pronounced married, the couple had a band pop up in the audience to play “All you need is love” like in the movie Love Actually. One of the best surprises Ciara could give her husband was to walk on the field at Memorial Stadium. Once we got the emotions in check, the reception was just around the corner at the Johnny Carson Theatre. The wedding in itself had a Hollywood theme. Much thanks to Conrad at the Stem Gallery for the beautiful displays.
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.
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!
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Family-style service – Think a beautiful Italian meal! The food is brought out to each table on platters and each guest helps themselves. Bravo!
- 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.
- 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!
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!
A few weeks ago, we had the honor to be a part of Chris and Kasandra’s big day! They were such a fun couple to work with, and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. We asked Kasandra to tell us a little bit about her and Chris’ history. From what she said, it seems like Kasandra had to chase Chris for a while. “Our first time hanging out was watching a movie at his house… I didn’t get an actual date for three months!”
After months of finally dating, Chris decided to pop the question. The two were on their way to go meet his family for dinner when Chris started to act a little out of the ordinary. Kasandra added to the story. “As we were driving there he was very hyper and overly chatty. When I asked what was going on he would just look at me and say ‘stop being weird’”. They took a detour to a lake where Kasandra was greeted with a bouquet of her favorite flowers and an iPad containing a slideshow about their relationship. “At that time you could hear screaming and cheering coming from across the lake. Chris’ family and my entire family were all waiting for us, alone with one really awesome photographer.” (That’s us!) It was so cool to be apart of a engagement, Kasandra’s sister gave me a hat a fishing pole and bucket to sit on. I felt like the paparazzi photographing.
When we asked Kasandra about the inspiration behind her theme and venue choice, she had a lot to say. They held the reception at The Nebraska Club, which is located on the 20th floor of the US Bank Building in Lincoln. “When we saw the view during sunset, we knew that it would be the perfect place to have a romantic, and intimate wedding.” And that it definitely was. The décor was romantic, elegant, and really personalized. They decided to customize each place setting with a personal message for each of their guests. What a great touch!
We had a blast being a part of this wedding. I’ve known Kasandra for some time. I was so honored to photograph her wedding, and if you know her friends they are just as fun and entertaining. I love it when a bride says Do your thing!
On February 20th, 2016, I was named the Professional Photographers of Nebraska – Wedding Photographer of the Year at the State Competition in Columbus, Nebraska. For this competition, I entered his album from Kayla and Jason’s wedding held at Roca Ridge Event Center. The album included amazing shots from their rustic, chic theme. Peers and jurors of the high-quality photography business choose this award each year, and it was an honor for me to receive this recognition.
Kayla and Jason’s wedding was held at a great location complemented with a rustic feel. I was able to work in multiple areas where I could control the light really, really well. From the ceremony to the reception, there were tons opportunities to get amazing shots of the couple. The sunset was one of his favorite parts of the night, creating an incredible atmosphere for shooting a wedding. I complimented Roca Ridge Events on how fun the venue was to work at. Kayla and Jason as the bride and groom made it easy for him to get such great photos. It’s just really humbling for me to receive this award. It was just overall a great experience.
Check out his award winning album below!
Back in November, we had the pleasure of being a part of Jeff and Gretchen’s big day. We found ourselves Omaha where they had an amazing urban set up. Since these two are such a cool couple, we wanted to learn a little bit more about them.
Jeff and Gretchen have an amazing engagement story. They were on vacation with Jeff’s family in Oahu, so you can imagine the scenery was breathtaking. “I suspected a proposal might happen, but on the last day of the week-long trip, I figured I must have been wrong,” Gretchen told us. After dinner that night, they decided to take a walk on the beach with Jeff’s brother and sister-in-law. “They trailed behind us a bit,” she explained, “and much to my surprise, Jeff got down on one knee with a ring in hand.” Jeff’s brother got some killer photos of the engagement. We can’t imagine a more perfect place for a proposal like that.
On their wedding day, Jeff and Gretchen got married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Omaha. Gretchen and her mom had been members of the parish for years, and the church’s relaxed feel was everything they were looking for. For their reception, they chose Omar Arts & Events. They told us a little more about this choice for them. “We felt like the building had a lot of history and character. It was going to be something different and new for a lot of our friends and family.” The lack of in-house catering allowed them to choose one of their favorite local restaurants, Sgt. Peffers, as the caterer. Size was another thing they kept in mind while choosing a venue, and Omar Arts & Events was perfect for accommodating their large families and guest list.
As for the theme itself, Jeff and Gretchen were going for an urban glamour art deco feel. I enjoyed going to the Benson Business District to photograph. Our first stop was the 1912 bar and then off to Beercade for some gaming What was more important to them, though, was finding ways they could help their guess share in the happiness they felt on their wedding day. “Any decisions we made were based more and more on how we could make sure that the day felt truly joyous for everyone that could share it with us,” Gretchen told us.
The wedding was beautiful, and we wish Jeff and Gretchen a long and happy marriage. Congrats!
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!