Mickey and Brittain’s Smoky Barn Wedding at Riverwood Winery was a romantic and enchanting day that perfectly blended rustic charm with a touch of elegance.
Get the LookCeremony & Reception Venue: Riverwood Winery Photography: Husband & Wife Photography Gown: Something White Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids: Stephanie’s Bridal Boutique Hair & Makeup: Traci Morby Styling Catering: Hy-Vee DJ: Elite Sounds Entertainment Group Florist: Village Gardens
Mickey & Brittain’s Love Story: Mickey and I first met in the halls of our high school. We bumped into each other a few times between classes, and exchanged a few words, but it never amounted to anything other than a friendly exchange. Little did he know, I had a huge crush on him. In the fall of 2006, we both attended the school’s homecoming dance and found the opportunity to dance together during a slow song. For weeks after, I waited for Mickey to make a move. However, with no sign of progression, I decided to take matters into my own hands and left a post-it note on his truck with my number. A long couple days passed before he called to invite me to a techno dance party he was hosting. I was terrified, but went anyway. We talked at the party, and he was even so kind as to drive me home afterward. We ended up talking for hours in the driveway, which concluded with an invite to hang out more the following day. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Mickey and I have always enjoyed taking road trips together. We’ve driven to New York City, Phoenix, Houston and numerous other destinations. It was always a dream of mine to get engaged in a gorgeous place during one of our vacations. After dating for 9 years, we planned a trip with friends to Omaha. We love visiting zoos and aquariums, so the destination was perfect. During our tour of the jungle dome inside the Omaha Zoo, we stopped to take a photo in front of a waterfall. My best friend and future matron-of-honor was taking the photo as Mickey got down on one knee and proposed. I immediately backed up in shock and complete disbelief to what was happening. I was pleasantly surprised. When planning our big day, I wanted to make sure we stayed true to ourselves. I wanted the wedding to be sentimental and laid back while also being personal and romantic. Our 14 month engagement seemed to fly by and everything was falling into place. The day of, I made a point to soak up as many memories as I could, I didn’t want to lose any of them. Leading up to the ceremony, people kept asking me if I was nervous. Looking back, there wasn’t a single moment in our entire wedding day that I felt anxious. Not during our first look, not while walking down the aisle or reading my vows, I never felt nervous. I had never been more sure of something in my life, every part of me was ready to marry Mickey. Our wedding day was a blur in the best kind of way. I felt so much love on that day, not just from Mickey, but from everyone in attendance. I remember that we were both too excited to finish our dinner because we couldn’t wait to talk to all our guests. And then soon after dinner, the dancing started, and never stopped. Mickey and I got married 10 years to the day of when we started dating in high school. And with the years of memories that we already shared as we said, “I Do,” I am excited to see what the next decade in our lives, and the countless years after that, hold in store for us. A Few Special Pieces: Something Old: The necklace I wore was a gold-encased alexandrite stone from the 1920’s era. Something New: On my right hand I wore a ring my mom gave me with an opal in it for the month of October. Something Borrowed: Wrapped around my bouquet was a hankie that belonged to my great-grandmother. Something Blue: Also around my bouquet was a blue rosary that belonged to my aunt Charity that passed away. The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing Brittain walk down the aisle as I stood there with our dog child, unexpectantly crying through my handwritten vows, and being pronounced hand-in-hand as husband and wife. However, my favorite part of the day was dancing the night away surrounded by our family and friends. The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day Being walked down the aisle and seeing Mickey and our dog-baby, Roxy, waiting for me was my favorite moment of the day. My second favorite memory was our first dance. I was so focused on Mickey and the song that I wasn’t paying attention to anyone else. At one point he told me to look up and when I did, I saw everyone surrounding the dance floor watching us. That moment made me realize how much people love and care for us.