A couple weeks ago I had the honor of photographing another memorable wedding. Mikaela & Zach had their ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus. St. Thomas Aquinas is very meaningful to them due to their involvement with the Neman center while in college. It misted off and on through the day, but that didn’t stop us from going out and doing some fun and creative images at the Capital and UNL campus. The feel of the wedding was simple, elegant and classy. One of my favorite moments was when they saw each other for the first time and after a hug Zach pulled out one of Mikaela’s flowers from her bouquet. Some people might lose it, but not Mikaela. She just smiled. Many thanks to Melissa at Blooms & Bouquets, who met us on location and fixed the bouquet. I had such a great time photographing the wedding party everyone had was energetic and photogenic. Another moment that stuck out to me and the couple was when they got to the Country Club for the reception. We had about 5 minutes of sunset. It was gorgeous, I remember asking for one more shot. Mikaela and Zach were so gracious in giving me that opportunity. Here are some images enjoy!
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.
What can I say about this couple’s wedding but “what a great day!”? Becky and Chris were married at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Lincoln NE. I’m always drawn to old churches as they have such great character. We had plenty of time after the wedding to do some creative photographs at Sunken Gardens and Pioneers Park. It started raining when we arrived to Pioneers Park but we just embraced it to capture some memorable images. Becky & Chris chose The Gala for their reception. If you’re planning a wedding on a Husker football game day talk to Becky! She planned this perfectly. Their grand entrance was immediately followed by their first dance and then dinner. Take a look at a few of their fun images.
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!
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!
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!
Amber & Matt
First off, this blog’s featured couple, Amber and Matt Bremer, have an engagement story worth sharing: “I had been begging Matt to go to Paint Yourself Silly to put his creative skills to the test.” Amber described. “The employee grabbed a stack of plates so we could get some ideas. The first few were decorated in Christmas theme, then the last one she showed us was a plate that had “Will you marry me?” painted on it.” How sweet!
The end of May brought a beautiful wedding for this fun-loving couple. The wedding took place at the picturesque, and historic, Westminster Presbyterian Church. This Church is full of rich character, and was even where Amber’s parents were married! Embassy Suites in Lincoln provided a full-of-life setting for their reception and perfectly complimented the couples’ Old Hollywood/vintage theme they were aiming for. The styling, decorations, and the couple’s contagious smiles made the entire day unforgettable.
Amber and Matt wanted to embrace every minute of the day, despite a few setbacks. Even though it was rainy, we worked with it and ended up with some really amazing shots. Trying something a little bit outside of the box is really what made this wedding special, not only for Amber and Matt, but for us as well.
In early October I had the chance to photograph Machelle & Ryan’s wedding. It was a touch chilly but the wedding party had great energy to keep it warm. The wedding took place on the island at Wilderness Ridge. The fall foliage was just starting so we had a beautiful backdrop for images. I always enjoy photographing weddings, especially capturing all the little details, from the decorations for the ceremony to the center pieces at the reception.