Jessica and Mark's vendors:
Photographer // Amanda Basteen Photography | Bridal Attire // Bridal Elegance & David's Bridal | Cake // Glorious Desserts | Event Planning// Anthony Marinaro of Out of Box Event Productions | Ceremony Venue // Sticks | Florals // Bella Flora | Reception Venue // Palmer House Stables | Officiant // Jaime Paca | Hair // Cortney Adams, Level 7 Salon | Tuxes // Skeffington's Formal Wear | Live Music // Michael Walters Orchestra | Videography // Estuary Motion Studios | Catering// Taste! To Go | Invitations // Wedding Paper Divas | Rings // Christopher’s Fine Jewelry | Transportation // NPI Limo Service
Jessica and Mark have an amazing love story that began on eHarmony. Jessica never would have dreamed that her first and last date on the popular dating website would be with the same man who would one day propose to her. The two clicked right away and started dating. When the time came for the proposal, Mark first went to Jessica’s parents and sister for their blessing. Of course they said yes, and he whisked Jessica off to the Omaha Zoo for a little weekend away. No only did she come back with a ring, but she came back with an absolutely perfect fiancé, and of course the surprise of the proposal she wasn’t expecting.
Thinking of blush and soft colors for their outdoor May wedding, the couple started the hunt for the right venue and vendors using recommendations from friends and a little research online. They chose to get married at Sticks, giving them the woodsy surrounding they wanted for their outdoor ceremony, as well as the big beautiful windows and rawness of the inside of the building for the reception. To ensure everything was flawless, they enlisted the help of wedding planner, Anthony Marinaro, who kept track of all the details, and wedding decorator, Bella Flora, who “took one look at my Pinterest page and made my dreams a reality (within reason, of course)!”.
Walking down the aisle with her dad and being serenaded by her groom at the reception are a few of Jessica’s highlights from the night. “He got up with the band and sang, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra. It was amazing. How many other brides can say their husbands serenaded them on their wedding day?! It is a moment I will never forget”. For Mark, spending the day with his groomsmen, many who live out of state, was very special to him. He grew up in Florida and California and appreciated the opportunity to get ready with his best friends. The couple’s biggest piece of advice is, “Include your family and close friends in the wedding planning. It will make the process so much more enjoyable.”
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