Friday Freebies!

>> Friday, April 30, 2010

Still looking for the perfect reception spot? The Lincoln Firefighter's Reception Hall is a wonderful venue. The coordinators make everything easy and stress-free, and there are plenty of options for set-up. AND...they're offering a half-price room rental to one lucky bride!

Simply leave your email address in the comments below (we promise we won't spam you) to be considered for this prize. (Must enter by Monday, May 3rd.)

What are you waiting for? Enter now to save hundreds of dollars!


Trend Alert

>> Thursday, April 29, 2010

The wonderful Attitude on Food has opened a new specialty picnic company that also will specialize in full-service weddings. What a great idea! Having a picnic-style wedding in the spring would be a great way to add a little twist to your wedding day. Check out the website by clicking here.

What do you think of a picnic-themed wedding? Sound off in the comments below!

*Photo courtesy of Kameron Bayne Images.


Inspiration Board #12: Lemon & Lime

>> Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The weather may be playing tricks on us, but it won't be long before it's lemonade stand weather all day every day! In celebration of that, here's a little lemon & lime inspiration for you. These colors scream summer, and this combination would be perfect for an outdoor celebration.

What's your favorite part of the board? Sound off in the comments below!
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From left to right:
1st row: Floral image, Tent image, Candy bar
2nd row: Yellow and green coasters, Lemon cake, Lemon centerpieces
3rd row: Hairpiece, Bridesmaid photo, Flower girl dress
4th row: Lemonade cocktail, Yellow and lime centerpiece, Table setting


Bride Blogger Kayley: Engagement Photos!

>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In a mere 29 days from now I will be a very happy and married woman! I am so so so so so so soooo excited!!! My dress arrives on May 2nd but my engagement pictures arrived a little earlier. They were taken in Dallas by the talented and lovely Veraya Gachacoop from iSnap Studio. I have to share them because the love between Mark and I was captured beautifully. If it’s not apparent, I am beyond ready to marry this man.


Real Wedding: John+Brooke

>> Monday, April 26, 2010

I absolutely love the cheerful colors and flowers in this wedding! Brandilion Designs did the beautiful flowers. Paula Moser Photography did a superb job capturing all of the details and there are plenty of special details in this wedding for inspiration. What do like about this wedding? Let us know by commenting below!

The combination of purple, orange, green and pink really pops!


Fat Girl Confessional

>> Sunday, April 25, 2010

Well, ladies, I may not be a bride anymore, but as far as wanting to lose some extra pounds, I'm right there with many of you brides trying to slim down for your wedding gown. In fact, NWD is a sponsor for Lincoln's first city-wide weight loss challenge, Wealth for My Health, (coordinated by the amazing Sara Brown of Events Refined) and I decided it was time to get off my butt and get healthy.

So I joined. And I immediately regretted it. What was I thinking? I have my NWD job, two adorable (insane) kids (three if you count my husband), and a host of other activities I'm involved in. Not only will I have to find time - and motivation - to work out, but I'll also have to find the time to cook healthy meals instead of throwing a pizza in the oven. Fabulous.

So I went to my first boot camp session on Monday (with the inspiring but relentless Heather Hall at Body Overhall), and let me tell you, there's a reason they call it boot camp. It's definitely resembles army training, at least in my imagination. You know the drill - I worked out muscles I didn't know I had; I considered other acts of torture that would be more pleasurable than this; I prayed for the good Lord's strength to get me through the next 45 seconds, etc. But a funny thing happened when I was done: I felt GREAT - exhilarated, happy, proud of myself. Two days later, I still can't walk down stairs or sit in a chair without my quads screaming in protest, but for the first time I feel like the pain is worth it.

I've always known it to be necessary, but have never managed to find the motivation to stick with an exercise/healthy eating routine. However, now that I have kids and my metabolism isn't that of an 18-year-old anymore, I know it's time to get this health thing figured out before I end up 150 pounds overweight with a much steeper hill to climb.

So on that note, ladies, I'll be chronicling my weight-loss experiences here every now and then, offering some (hopefully) positive motivation to all of you brides hoping to drop a couple of sizes. We're all in the same boat here. With that said, here's my goal: 25 pounds or 5 inches off my waist - whichever comes first. I'll keep you posted on my progress. And I would appreciate any well-wishes you'd like to send my way!
P.S. Those of you hoping for a Biggest Loser-style "before" photo are out of luck - we did take one, but that image is between me and my trainer only, thank you very much!


Things We Love!

>> Saturday, April 24, 2010

These flower girl dresses are so adorable and unique! This etsy seller, Fattie Pie, makes custom flower girl dresses to order, so you can help design one that fits the theme of your wedding. Or you can purchase one of her already-designed dresses for a really reasonable price. What's not to love?


Friday Freebies

>> Friday, April 23, 2010

Are you and your groom looking for a new home to settle into domestic bliss? If so, this week's giveaway is for you! Use Susan Clark from DEEB Realty in Omaha as your buying agent and you will receive a $100 gift card from Nebraska Furniture Mart at the time of closing! There are NO fees to hire Susan, so be sure to enter for this giveaway and win the opportunity to start decorating your new home with your gift card!

To enter, simply leave a comment with your email address in the comments section below. You must enter by Monday, April 26th to be eligible to win.



>> Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's nice to be loved! Click here to view the sweet thank-you from one of our Friday Giveaway winners.

Jen's video got me thinking...if you're really trying to do something cool for your wedding thank-yous, what about video thank-you notes? Of course, we've already seen the trend of "wedding trailers" included in DVD save-the-dates and invitations, but what about thank-yous? Instead of a preview of your upcoming wedding in your invitations, a "highlight reel" video thank-you could be a fun keepsake for guests. Or carry the cinematic theme all the way through and do both! Check out this video from A Sound Impression - wouldn't this be perfect for a thank-you video to guests?


Inspiration Board #11: Pride & Prejudice

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This week's bride loves all things Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice, and wants an outdoor garden wedding with lots of daisies. I love the hints of pale yellow and green in this palette!

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Special NWD Giveaway!

>> Monday, April 19, 2010

NWD is offering 2 free tickets to The Fantasy Wedding Show! This is Lincoln's hottest show for the bride-to-be! The Fantasy Wedding Show will offer a grand prize drawing is for a free full night of DJ service! If you'd like to enter, simply leave a comment in the comments section below with a valid email address. We will contact the winner Wednesday to mail you the tickets.

The basic rundown of the show is:
April 25, 2010
Lied Center for Performing Arts
12th & Q
Lincoln, NE
Fashion show @ 1:30pm

Check out their website for new information. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask - we hope to see you there!


Real Wedding: Lizel+Chad

Sometimes you see weddings that make you want to get married all over again, and this is definitely one of those weddings. I love the outdoor elegance of this event. Brighten Photography did a great job capturing all the details!


Things We Love!

>> Saturday, April 17, 2010

Inspired by a design seen at iDIY, the talented Megan Gilligan with Inkblot Paper Designs created a story save-the-date for her friend, and the results are pretty awesome! Consider this a preview to this couple's blinged-out (not a word, but oh well) pink Real Wedding, which we will also be featuring on the blog soon.


Friday Giveaway!

>> Friday, April 16, 2010

Who doesn't love The Venue? Known for its hip atmosphere and delicious cuisine, The Venue has been voted the best restaurant in Lincoln for 5 years in a row. Today they're offering one lucky bride a $50 gift certificate so you can take your fiancĂ© out for a night on the town!

Click HERE to register! (Must register by Monday, April 19th to win.)


Bride Blogger Kayley: Bridesmaid Love!

>> Thursday, April 15, 2010

The wedding stress is getting to me; I am now down to the weight I was when I had my tonsils out! It doesn't help that my Type A personality has no idea what the meaning of the word 'relax' means. Thank goodness I have my girlfriends to keep me smiling.

When it came to choosing bridesmaids, I already knew who to call. My core group of girls were ready for the challenge! Karen, my Maid of Honor, has been my best friend since 8th grade. Our last names led to us being seated next to each other in English class and from that moment one it's been nothing but laughter ever since. Kara, Kristin, and Sam are my bridesmaids and each hold a special place in my heart. Kara was my partner in crime when we studied abroad together in Mexico and became my roommate for the remainder of our college years. Kristin, whom I met through Kara, has been there through some of my wilder adventures (and will never share them with Mark) and is one of the funniest people I know. Sam is my Twin (we looked so similar throughout high school) and my soccer buddy. She has a heart of gold and has always been there to offer a kind word or share clothes with me.

I cannot wait to see all my girls next month! They have decided to throw me a bachelorette party with a Sex & The City theme! I am so excited not only to dress up (I am a total Carrie!), drink oh-so-posh Cosmos, but to also enjoy one good night of girly revelry before I become a married woman.

Having a support system of strong women you can depend on is something that can never be replaced by a future husband. My girls get me in a way only they can. I love them for the women they've become and the friends they've always been. So take a moment and tell your bridesmaids how special they are to you. They deserve it.


Trend Alert!

>> Wednesday, April 14, 2010

With the success of Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland comes this amazing Alice-inspired shoot from the talented folks at Style Me Pretty. Wow! Even if you don't want to bring your pet rabbit to your wedding, there is definitely inspiration to be found in the gorgeous colors and designs. Take these images to your talented NWD vendors to create this theme for your event.

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Event Design, Planning & Styling: Kate Miller Events / Photography: Sarah Maren Photography / Flowers: Flourish / Location: Roseville, CA / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Stationery: Luxecuts™ by Kate Miller Events / Dessert Table: Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts / Model: Alison Kranz / Dress: Bella Donna Bridal Salon / Hair & Makeup: Nicole Solarez at Deja Du Salon / Assistant to Mrs. Whiskers (Rabbit): Hannah Moore


Bride Blogger Bailey: Invitations

>> Tuesday, April 13, 2010

After many many hours, lots of going back and forth, a few arguments, and tons of changes, the wedding invitations are done. And they are PERFECT! Evan, my fiance, is a graphic designer, which meant that he wanted to create our invitations. The only challenge is that we have different styles and taste.

I honestly can say that invitations have been the hardest part of all the wedding planning. But it was so worth it. We were able to come up with something totally original, different, completely us and amazingly, something that we both agreed on! :) I love my invites, take a look!
A special thanks to Porridge Papers for letter pressing the invites!


Real Wedding: Jeff+Stacey

>> Monday, April 12, 2010

Is it safe to say that spring is officially here? Hopefully so, because we're celebrating the season with this sweet outdoor wedding! This fun event took place at the Apple Barns at the Arbor Day Farms - also the future site of our Bride Blogger Bailey's wedding. JHD Photography was their talented photographer. We're loving all of the cool country homemade details!


Sweet Treats

>> Sunday, April 11, 2010

Check out these sweet favors for a twist on the popular cookies or cupcakes. Yum!

This bride covered jars of maple syrup with nature-themed fabric and tied it with twine.
This bride placed jars of honey at her guests' table settings.
 This couple filled jars with chocolate peanut butter cookie dough...that was probably a huge hit!
This bride's mother candied all of these Granny Smith apples by hand, using pretzels, peanut butter cups, Butterfingers, and cookies. I hope she at least got a hug.

*Photos and info from The Knot.


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