Q : Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A : We wanted our wedding to be fun and a little bit silly since that’s how we are together. We definitely didn’t want anything too serious or traditional.
So we decided on what we ended up calling “geeky eclectic” with a little bit of our favorite things all tossed in: legos, comic books, movies, video games, that sort of thing. From there we ended up picking a color palette like you’d find with legos or old style comic books, with bright, primary colors.
Q : Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A : We decorated by getting an amazing designer! I did source a lot of the more specific elements myself to make sure we had what we wanted, such as the lego figurines we used in the table decorations and the comic books used to make the flowers for the bridal party.
The real work was all done by Melissa and her wonderful team over at Blooms and Bouquets, though. I’ve known Melissa for a while, so it was great getting to work with her on brainstorming ideas and really getting exactly the decor we wanted.
Q : What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A : We had both real flowers and paper flowers made from comic book pages. We picked flowers that fit the colors we wanted as well as ones that would have interesting shapes, such as the blue thistles in my bouquet.
Q : Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A : Everything in our wedding, both the ceremony and reception, was chosen because it meant something to us, from our vows to our decor and music, so we didn’t really do any one big thing but everything was personal in some way. We had a string quartet play for the ceremony and kept in line with the “geeky eclectic” by asking them to play modern songs from some of our favorite movies and musicians. When they played “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid during the prelude, it really set the tone for me for the day. We also left the reception in a horse-drawn carriage which was probably my favorite part.
Q : Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A : Well, with two brides, choosing dresses can get kind of complicated! We broke tradition a bit by going dress shopping together to make sure our dresses would look good together. Mine was more of a princess dress with white lace flowers dripping down the skirt and Janel’s was a mermaid dress with gold lace flowers. We didn’t want them to match, just look like they made a good set.
Q : How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A : We met through a mutual friend online. We’d been dating for a year when I decided to propose on the anniversary of Janel first asking me out. I’d planned a whole day together that was supposed to end with us at the Henry Doorly Zoo for a romantic proposal in the same place we’d had our first date, but I got too nervous and ended up popping the question in the mall as we were leaving Build-a-Bear. We did still go to the zoo, though, and I did it properly that time.
Q : What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A : Definitely the most special moment for both of us was giving our vows at the ceremony and being pronounced married. We’d been engaged for five and a half years, and during most of that time it wouldn’t have been legal for us to get married, so that was a moment VERY long anticipated! Less seriously, a very close second was probably cutting into Cupcakes and More’s delicious cake.
Q : Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Photographer: Andrea Bibeault: A Wedding Photojournalist//Photo Booth Equipment: Omaha Vintage Photobooth//Floral Designer: Blooms and Bouquets//Bakery:Cupcakes and More//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Event Venue:Joslyn Castle//Location: Lucile’s Old Market//Musicians:Mahr Quartet//Groomsman Attire:Men’s Warehouse//Jewelry:Zales//