Photography by Janine McClintock Studios.
Pink Tulle & Blue Skies
STORY BY MEGHAN TOWNLEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANINE McCLINTOCK STUDIOS
Katie Bennett and Jason Light were adamant about not following any of the traditional wedding “rules.” They wanted their wedding to be unique and to represent them as a couple.
When asked to describe her nuptials, Katie laughs and says “nontraditional fiesta.”
The entire wedding was centered on gardening. "I am a pretty big tree-hugger,” says Katie. Jason and Katie exchanged their vows at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. “We had a perfect blue sky with a tree backdrop,” says Katie.
Katie's couture dress was made by Joi Mahon of Sioux City, Iowa. “I had a vision of my dress: short, halter, flared and in my favorite colors of hot pink, bright orange and olive green,” says Katie. Her dress also featured pink tulle skirting.
The groom and groomsmen wore navy vests and pants and white shirts — but no jackets. The look was finished off with navy Converse sneakers. The sneakers were gifts courtesy of the bride and groom.
There was one glitch. “I walked out too early because I was really excited,” says Katie. She ended up standing at the end of the aisle waiting for the string quartet to begin the processional, “All I Want Is You” by U2.
Jason's favorite moment of the day was when he saw Katie for the first time. “He started bawling,” says Katie. “He was crying and laughing at the same time because I came out too early.”
In place of a unity candle, Katie and Jason planted a flower. They took soil from each of the houses where they grew up, and together they planted a hot pink flowering plant.
Katie and Jason's first date took place at Netties Fine Mexican Food in Bellevue. After the ceremony, the limo took the wedding party to Netties, where they toasted the couple before heading to the reception at the Livestock Exchange Building.
Following the nontraditional theme, Katie did not want a typical cake. She gave her baker a piece of 1970s wallpaper for inspiration, and the result was a funky, bright and very original cake, Katie says.
The bride and groom's family helped out with the décor at the ceremony and reception. It was reminiscent of the Mexican fiestas Katie throws for her friends every summer.
“My brother married us, and my cousin sang. It was fairly family oriented,” says Katie.
How he proposed: On their second (dating) anniversary, Jason put a card in the refrigerator while Katie was cleaning the house. She found the card on top of the mayonnaise jar. She read the card and started laughing, and then crying. Jason got down on one knee and proposed. Katie describes the proposal as private and very "them."
WHO DID WHAT
Ceremony: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Reception: Livestock Exchange Building
Number of guests: 100
Color scheme: Bright orange, bright pink and navy
Bride's dress: Joi Mahon, Dress Forms Design Studio, Sioux City, Iowa
Hair: The ICON Studio for Hair
Makeup: Bride did her own
Groom's attire: Tip-Top-Tux
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Cake: Cake Specialists
Photography: Janine McClintock Studios
Transportation: Omaha Fiesta Bus Rentals: United Rent-All
Honeymoon: Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Travel: Enchanted Honeymoons
Invitation design: Stelie Designs
Program design: Bride
Music: Bryan Hill Entertainment
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