Real Wedding: Candace & Rich

A fun, cheery wedding full of sweet details for your Wednesday. And even better than all those details, this is one of the happiest, most darling couples. Enjoy!

The wedding included lots of hand crafted details made by the bride, including signs, a hand-cut window decal, altar backdrop, programs, confetti in stamped glassine bags, and centerpieces.

Says Candace of the ceremony: I thought I would be stressed and anxious on our wedding day, but instead, I was the exact opposite. I was completely relaxed, which allowed me to be totally present and soak in the joy and sincerity of our marriage ceremony. I took in every word as Rich recited his personalized vows and felt the loving energy from our guests. Also, we went against tradition and had our mothers present us with our wedding bands as a symbol of their love and support.

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for tiers of vanilla almond and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting, with a tier for cutting (an award-winning banana cake with fudge filling and vanilla frosting). There were also little bags of cookies with shots of milk.

Some details from Candace about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose a venue in the Old Market district of downtown Omaha. The building was formerly a restaurant and brewery, but originally a nut and bolt manufacturing facility. We felt this refurbished historic location captured the spirit of Omaha and offered a relaxed atmosphere.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The large entrance windows and cream colored brick walls at 1316 Jones Street provided the perfect blank canvas for all of our design elements. I decided to approach the design as if I were designing a brick and mortar store, so I spent my weekends crafting window decals, backdrops, and programs. All of our decor followed a red and lavender color scheme inspired by a Martha Stewart cupcake.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  A moment that stands out was an impromptu trip to Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream with Emily and Aaron (from Gem Photo) during our pre-wedding photo session. I hadn’t eaten much that morning during hair and makeup, so I was beyond excited when Aaron handed us two waffle cones filled with pumpkin and blueberry pie ice cream. I will cherish that memory forever. I felt so relaxed and content as I shared ice cream with the man I was about to marry and share a lifetime with.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Although we wanted our guests to spend the few days and hours leading up to the wedding relaxing, we also needed their help setting up the venue. Months prior to our wedding, I found myself feeling guilty about having to ask our family and friends to spend so much time helping us even though they had all expressed their eagerness to pitch in. Decorating on the morning of our wedding was unforgettable. A mass of family and friends arrived early in the morning. Everyone was so focused on making sure my “vision” was executed the way it was planned. Rich and I felt incredibly loved, and after the wedding, I received so many comments about how much the pre-party set up made them feel intimately connected to our wedding. Their contribution was a true labor of love. To our surprise, Rich and I realized the tables were turned on us: Our goal to show our appreciation and give our guests a gift of a wonderful celebration became an entire day where our guests showered us with their gifts of labor, love and support.



Venue: 1316 Jones Street in Omaha, Nebraska / Photography: Gem Photo / Planning and design: Social Events / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston / Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth / Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s tie: J.Crew / Red dahlias: Swan Island Dahlias / Cake: Lorraine Arthur, 402-734-2931 / Music: BK DJ / Rentals: AAA Rents



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