David and Emily met almost four years ago as freshmen at Nebraska Wesleyan University living on the same floor of their dorm. A year later their friendship started turning into something more, so at the beginning of their sophomore year they had their first date at Blue Orchid. David asked Emily to be his girlfriend on her birthday by writing in her birthday card. Their dating relationship included four seasons of football games, college classes, many trips between Denver, Lincoln, and Yankton during breaks, graduation from college, and now “starting our new grown up jobs,” as Emily puts it. “We have truly grown together and I was (not so) patiently waiting for a proposal.” In August, David told Emily to have her ring finger size and talked about an engagement happening "soon"... which turned into Emily waiting for a proposal longer than she originally thought. On Valentine's Day 2015, David took her out to lunch at Blue Orchid and to a movie. After the movie, they made our way back to his house. When they walked inside there were candles lining the kitchen. He started to head to his bedroom and when they reached the doorway, he handed Emily an adorable black lab, the couple later named Lincoln, and he got down on one knee! He was shaking and only managed to get out "Will you marry me?" and Emily, of course, said, "Yes!"
Piece of Planning Advice
Emily’s advice for other brides is to always take time to enjoy planning your big day. “For most brides [myself included], you have been dreaming about this day your whole life and the process goes by so quickly. I know the advice seems cliché but it’s true. Enjoy the process and the time with your fiancé because you only get to do it once!”
Searching for the Dress
“I went to Blush Bridal in February of 2015. It was the very first place I went to. I tried on about 8 dresses before I finally tried on the Casablanca Bridal Style #2163. Once I tried the dress on, I knew it was the one! It had beautiful lace detailing over the entire dress and a great mermaid fit, which I loved. It also had scallop detailing on the top and bottom, which was the selling point for me. It felt so romantic and fit exactly the way I wanted it to. Because Blush Bridal was the first place I went to, we left without purchasing the dress. Everywhere else we went that day, we were comparing all of the dresses I tried on to the “one” at Blush Bridal. At 4:30 in the afternoon it was clear that the Casablanca dress was “the one.” We drove back to Blush super quick because it closed at five o’clock. We tried on the dress one more time and I said, “Yes!” to the dress! The most enjoyable part of wedding planning for me was picking out my wedding dress! It was fun and very memorable to go with my mom and my sister. I think that was the first moment in the planning process that I finally felt like a bride!”
Emily and David got married on September 19, 2015 with their ceremony at St. John’s Catholic Church and the reception taking place at Chez Hay here in Lincoln. Emily’s favorite memory of the wedding day was right before the ceremony. David and Emily didn’t see each other before the ceremony and Emily really wanted the first time that he saw her to be in the church. They blindfolded him and said a little prayer together and talked right before. It was her favorite moment from the entire day because it was just them in a quiet space talking to each other about how excited we were to becoming husband and wife! To include David’s sister, who has cerebral palsy and couldn’t be with them on their wedding day, they placed a framed picture and flowers by the alter during the ceremony to add a personal touch.
Complete Weddings and Events - “Our DJ, Harry, from Complete Weddings and Events was amazing! He kept our dance going the entire reception and added fun, personal touches throughout the dance. He was more than just a DJ. He was always asking David and I if we needed anything and got us drinks. He was very helpful!”
Foto Eleven – “Our photographer, Shelly, was so easy to work with! We had a Pinterest page where I was pinning ideas and she would look through it to make sure I got all of the shots I wanted on my big day!”
Marriage Advice, So Far
What’s a piece of advice Emily wants to pass on? “The one thing we have learned in marriage is to always communicate with one another. Whether it’s about chores, finances, feelings, etc., it is important for your spouse to know exactly what is going on in your head so that you are on the same page.”