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kicking it off right.

It’s crazy to think how quickly winter passed us by, although we admit, it was a little slow going at times… However, we couldn’t be more excited to put winter behind us and start our favorite time of the year, wedding season! Full of unique tablescapes, surprising themes, love, laughter, and all around fun, 2016 is sure to be one for the books! Be sure to keep up with all the beautiful images from this year’s weddings here on the blog. We promise not to disappoint.

We kicked this season off right with an ABSOLUTELY stunning display from Florals Etcetera and Lorraine Arthur Cakes. Let’s all just take a moment to pick our jaws up off the ground and bring our thoughts back from the English Rose Garden we’ve been transported to. Seriously though, this collaboration produced a super romantic, super whimsical wedding reception that leaves the eye wanting more. Thank goodness these amazing designers grace the Scoular Ballroom with their presence and creativity often, otherwise we might just have to start making our way around Omaha to see more of the magic.

 

Cocktail of the Month: Red Velvet Delight

Cupcakes, cakes, and cookies…Oh my! With wedding season in full swing, we have cake on our brains. Today’s cocktail, mixed by Attitude on Food, reminds us of our favorite cake flavor: Red velvet! Yum!

All you need is:

1 oz kahlua

1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur

1 oz heavy cream


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Directions:

Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice.  Shake briefly, but vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with fresh berries—yum!

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Please remember to drink responsibly at weddings and events.

Soft Spring Appeal

Come spring, we become all giddy with excitement because wedding season is upon us! We love the way the brides and their wedding coordinators play with the soft, subtle spring colors and incorporate the romantic side of spring into their overall theme. We especially love the floral centerpieces by Flowers for Special Occasions that were used in the wedding photos below. A special shout out goes to Tracey Fricke of Special Occasion By Design for coordinating this beautiful wedding and for capturing it so elegantly in photos! Cheers to wedding season 2015!

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Cocktail of the Month: Strawberry Shaken Not Stirred

Spring is in full bloom and warmer weather is here! To keep cool on these spring days, try a refreshing strawberry cocktail mixed by the professionals at Attitude on Food!

Ingredients:

½ strawberry

¼ lime

¼ lemon

3-4 fresh basil leaves

2 oz spiced rum

1 oz St.-Germain elderflower liqueur

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 Directions:

In a shaker, gently muddle strawberry, lime, lemon, basil—careful not to tear basil.  Fill shaker with ice and add liquors.  Gently shake and strain into iced glass.  Garnish with half strawberry.  Enjoy!

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Getting to Know: DJ Benjamin Doll of Image Entertainment

Music is an integral part of your wedding reception. Choosing the right DJ can make or break the party vibe at your event. If you want your guests dancing the night away, consider selecting a DJ with years of experience and numerous wedding receptions under his or her belt. Benjamin Doll, owner and resident DJ of Image Entertainment, founded his company in 2008 and has been spinning tunes for over 11 years.

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What made you want to become a DJ?

BD: I was a broke college student and  a friend suggested it to me.

What are some of the worst wedding reception songs?

BD: Even though I do like some Metal music…. it just doesn’t work at weddings.

What songs do you absolutely refuse to play?

BD: I try my hardest to stay away from the Macarena!

What’s the hottest trend for 2015?

BD: Custom wedding party intros are trending this year. As far as music, EDM and hip hop are now merging more than ever. I think we will continue to see that. I also am hopeful that funk is coming back.

What’s the craziest first dance that you’ve witnessed at a wedding?

BD: I have seen countless choreographed dances, but the most memorable is a groom that had to run off halfway through the song to the bathroom because he had too many post ceremony spirits.

If you could give people one word of advice for their upcoming event, what would it be?

BD: Don’t lose sight of the reason for the day. Remember that as long as two people say “I Do,” the day is a success. Everything on top of that is just icing on the cake.

Favorite song:  “Toes” Zac Brown Band

Favorite singer/band: Prince

If you’re interested in learning more about Image Entertainment, please visit their website.

Reserving a Hotel for Your Guests

One of the many aspects of the wedding planning process that brides and grooms often overlook is reserving a hotel for their out-of-town guests. It’s a common courtesy to recommend a hotel and reserve a block of rooms for the guests who travel a great distance to be a part of your nuptials. We recently spoke with Kaytie Groen, the corporate catering manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Omaha Downtown, for her perspective on brides and grooms reserving a hotel.

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Why should brides/grooms reserve hotel rooms for their guests?

KG: Many brides and grooms don’t have the space in their homes for all of their out-of-town guests. Reserving a block of rooms allows those guests to stay close together as well as close to the destinations that are most important to the occasion.

How far in advance do brides/grooms need to reserve a block of hotel rooms?

KG: We recommend as soon as possible in order to reserve the best rate. Generally speaking, the further out from the event date, the better the rate. We will always try to provide them with the best rate no matter the time frame.

What should brides/grooms look for when choosing a hotel for their guests?

KG: Location and shuttle service are the number one factors that I hear from my brides and grooms. A low guestroom rate and cancellation charges fall close behind in the decision making process.

What are some of the amenities that the Doubletree Omaha Downtown provides?

KG: Doubletree Omaha Downtown is a full service hotel, which offers great options for travelers including restaurant and room service, bar and lounge areas, a pool for relaxing, as well as dry cleaning services. Complimentary airport shuttle is available to all of our hotel guests, as well as locations within a 4 mile radius of the hotel. Dedicated shuttle service is available to locations of their choice with a two hour minimum with an hourly rate. We create a custom webpage for each wedding group to book from, which allows them to monitor room pick up and names. Also, choosing a hotel that offers a warm, chocolate chip cookie upon arrival is always a good decision!

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For more information on the Doubletree Omaha Downtown, please visit their website.

*Photos courtesy of Doubletree Omaha Downtown.

Looking for Love? Let a Modern-Day Cupid Find Your Match!

 

Tired of being stuck at the singles’ table with a bunch of obnoxious children? Are you happy your friends are getting hitched, but secretly wish it was you walking down the aisle? If you’ve left your love life in the hands of the Internet or you’ve resolved to finding someone the old-fashioned way but haven’t had any luck, consider taking control of your destiny by hiring a professional matchmaker. There’s no better time than the present to solicit the help from someone like Courtney Quinlan of Omaha Love. After all, wedding season is around the corner and you deserve to have someone special by your side through every friend’s “I do.”

How many years have you been a matchmaker?

Courtney: 9 years

How did you get started in this business?

C: I got started by working for a matchmaking company as a sales consultant.  After working for this company for about 3 years, I decided to start Omaha Love.  Omaha Love has been in business for 6 years.

How many matches have you made? 

C: Omaha Love has been responsible for about 50 marriages along with several long-term relationships.

What’s your favorite part about being a matchmaker? It must be rewarding to play cupid, huh?

C: Helping people to find a loving relationship and ultimately achieving the happiness they came to us seeking is extremely rewarding.

What advice do you have for people who are hesitant to enlist the help of a matchmaking professional?

C: You have nothing to lose by setting up a consultation and learning more about how a matchmaker can help you.  Most matchmaker’s do not charge anything for the initial consultation and welcome meeting with singles who are serious about finding love.

How does your service differ from online dating? 

C: We meet and screen everyone in person to verify they are who they say they are, that they’re serious about finding love, and that they are stable.  You are not matched by a computer, but rather by a real person who has met you and your potential match.  We also do criminal background checks, provide date feedback, and have singles events around the Omaha metro.

How does the process work?

C: Our matchmaker’s recommend matches, but we also allow our clients to look through our database and select people they are interested in.  We try to get our members out on their first date within 7 days, but this really depends on them having mutual matches and availability to go on dates.  Most of our client’s find their match within 12 months.  Sometimes it can take 1 month.  There is not really a “science” behind it and that time frame depends on compatibility and chemistry between matches.

Why does everyone deserve to find their soul mate? Do you believe there is a match for everyone?

C:When you are in love, everything in life is more beautiful.  Everyone deserves a chance to experience that.  I do, however, [think] it takes longer for some people than others to find that perfect match.  Also, people must be realistic about what they are seeking in order to find it.

Do you see an increase in people enlisting your services around the holidays, especially around Valentine’s Day?

C: Our busiest time of the year starts around Valentine’s Day and goes until the end of Summer.

Why is it especially hard to be single around Valentine’s Day?

C: Because it is really a holiday that revolves around romantic relationships.  Even if someone is happy being single, this time of year reminds them that they are single and really could be missing out on something great.

With wedding season 2015 kicking off soon, what are the pros and cons of going to a wedding solo?

C: Pros:  You can meet a potential partner and you can mingle with friends and family without having to entertain a date.  Cons:  You may not meet any eligible singles, you will feel extra lonely watching all the love in the air, [and] you will feel awkward during the festivities if there are primarily couples there.

What are your thoughts on establishing a relationship from a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding? Does the whole distance thing matter if there’s a connection?

C: I think it is great if that were to happen.  However, I wouldn’t go to a wedding expecting it to as you may be disappointed. Relationships are hard without the distance.  So yes, from my past experience, I have seen many relationships fail because distance only complicates them more.

How can people enlist your services?

C: They can either call me directly (402) 681-6676, e-mail me at info@omahalove.com, or go to Omaha Love and register for more information about our services.  We do have different services most of which are listed on our website.

Anything else you’d like to add about matchmaking? 

C: This is our favorite time of year at Omaha Love!  We are having a large annual Valentine’s Day bash called Flirt Fest on February 8th at DJ’s Dugout (114th and Dodge).  This is a speed dating event followed by a mixer.  Event details and registration are listed on our website.  Also, for the month of February, we are offering 25% off all memberships!

For more information on Omaha Love, please visit www.OmahaLove.com.

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