Elmwood Park Wedding – Karrie + Duke

Karrie & Duke | Elmwood Park Wedding | Omaha Nebraska

Elmwood Park wedding venue was perfect. Elegant outdoor wedding venues are not easy to come by in Omaha But for Karrie & Duke, this park was ideal. Their wedding ceremony was held in the grotto area, Karie made a magnificent entrance down the steps to her waiting Duke and an intimate gathering of friends and family to witness the nuptials. We, Of course, whisked the two of them away for some wedding party pictures right there under the tree covered bridges and walking paths chasing  just the right light. The guests started the party with a cocktail hour and some excellent hors devours. Karrie & Duke are so welcoming, truly fun, and have a love story that will take you over the moon. It’s the story of young love that has lasted over the years. Growing into a romance that is both inspirational and endearing with just the right amount of humor. I’m so glad these two decided to have us film their love story.

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When Karrie and chatted about their wedding plans I immediately felt excited.  I think there is something really great about all three of these things.

1- There is nothing like a relaxed and creative couple.  who want a beautiful and authentic wedding. That focuses the attention on, their friends and their commitment to one another

2- An outdoor ceremony planned to be right when the light is most beautiful (a photographers dream is to hear a bride say, “I want to get married when the light is best”)

3- Friday evening weddings. Think about it, what better way to celebrate than to be the couple that kicks off the weekend!?

When we arrived at the Magnolia Hotel, where Karrie was getting ready, I was surprised when she came walking out the front entrance, looking radiant and offered to help carry in our photo gear! What bride does that! Such a sweetheart (for the record, we, of course, did not let her carry anything). We arrived at her room to find…hand folded paper cranes everywhere. You see Karrie had been working diligently for weeks and weeks hand folding 1000 paper cranes as a gesture of her love for Duke.

There is an old Japanese tradition that if someone folds 1000 origami cranes they will be granted a wish from the gods.  Karrie had a very special wish for her wedding day, a long long life together with her true love.  What a celebration as we witnessed and photographed her fold crane number 1000 just an hour before she walked down the aisle. 

Special Wedding Day DIY Details

Karrie & Duke worked together to add special touches to their wedding day and Karrie clearly has a DIY wedding talent. They…

1- Incorporated an Irish hand binding tradition into their ceremony to include their parents

2- Did I mention 1000 paper origami cranes!

3- Confetti cones made out of old book pages

4- DIY confetti tireless punched out of leaves with a tiny heart-shaped punch (Duke commented, “the most work ever for 2 min of fun, but it was adorable”)

5- Karrie made her own cathedral length veil (check out the knot for top tips to choose your own wedding veil)

Everything about the evening was just perfection. The heartfelt ceremony took place in Elmwood Park Grotto where Duke saw his bride for the first time as she came down on the arm of her dad.  We photographed this stunning couple in the Nebraska golden hour and danced all night at a great reception. Congratulations!

Ceremony & Reception : Elmwood Park Grotto

Photographer & Wedding Video: Tin Box Weddings

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