April 2nd, 2013

Preferred Vendor Spotlight: Gretna Town & Country Floral


In my little hometown of Gretna, Nebraska, we have a wonderful floral shop called Town & Country Floral that I’ve been dying to showcase on the blog. I always enjoy the chance to stop in and see the incredible designs they’re working on. The owner, Linda, is always eager to help with a warm smile on her face. She graciously allowed me the chance to watch them work one Friday afternoon as they prepared arrangements for an upcoming wedding.

Flowers can make such a big difference in the decor of your wedding and  a good florist knows what will look spectacular in photos. I talked with Linda at great length about her process and her client’s happiness was of highest priority. Linda said it all starts with an initial consultation to discuss the theme and color palette of the wedding day. “Knowing what you like is just as important as knowing what you don’t like,” Linda said. “Bring lots of pictures – it is the best way to help convey what you do and do not want your floral designs to look like she continued. 

She discusses options with her clients based on budget and also what types of flowers are in season for their selected wedding date. Her clients bring inspiration for her to work from while she is designing. Items such as bridesmaid dress swatches, magazine clippings, a copy of the invitation and a photo of the wedding gown help Linda to customize floral designs for the wedding day. Pinterest has also been especially helpful in communicating ideas with her brides.

On the day I visited Town & Country Floral there was lots of activity going on. As you can see in the images, they were finishing up a wedding party order. Linda meticulously reviewed all the notes and inspiration photographs that she and the bride discussed. The flowers turned out flawless and I know those wedding photographs did too.

I am always pleased to photograph a wedding when I know Linda will be designing the flowers. There will be quite a few weddings this summer that we’ll be working on together and I’m anxious to see the incredible designs she’ll deliver.

If you’re looking for a creative florist in the Omaha metro area, be sure to check out Town & Country Floral in Gretna. You’ll be charmed the moment you walk through their incredible storefront. Linda cares for her clients as if they are family. She’ll give you a smile and a hug and send you on your way with a handful of beautiful flowers.


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February 19th, 2013

Lincoln Nebraska Wedding : Ali + Scott

As I drove to Lincoln last June to photograph Ali and Scott’s wedding I couldn’t help but smile knowing the day would be incredible. These two people, Ali and Scott, are kind and generous souls. Can’t you see it in the image below? Being around these two, their family and all their outrageous friends made my time documenting their wedding an absolute blast. They all worked so hard to have the day come together flawlessly with incredible details.

The Grand Manse and St. Paul Methodist Church provided beautiful backdrops to showcase the beauty of Ali and Scott’s relationship.
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Scott designed and lovingly printed all the save-the-dates, invites and reply cards. I am flattered when my clients include me on the invite list. There’s nothing better than getting awesome snail mail like this!

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The look of peace and inward excitement on Scott’s face was so cool to witness while he waited for his bride.
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© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates PhotographyWe all walked from the church to The Grand Manse for the reception. Along the way we found some incredible light in an alley. The wedding party must have thought I was crazy when I told them to “stop right there!”© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates Photography© cb Yates PhotographyAli and Scott’s moms surprised them with a choreographed dance number during the reception.
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Ali and Scott, Thank you for making Lincoln feel like home and including me on your wedding day…I can’t express how appreciative I am to have been there to document it for you! I wish you both  so much happiness!

To see more of Ali and Scott’s wedding please CLICK HERE for a slideshow.

January 30th, 2013

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Wedding: Bridget + TJ

Bridget and TJ’s day started off at the beautiful St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Omaha. I knew the day was going to be a fun one especially after photographing their engagement session. While TJ straightened his tie and Bridget stepped into her gorgeous dress I noticed that these two were already so in sync and they hadn’t even seen each other yet. They had planned on exchanging cards with one another and I noticed they had each wrote, “my love” on the outside of the envelope. Just yet another little sign these two were destined to marry each other.

TJ incorporated his Irish heritage in the wedding ceremony by wearing green argyle socks! I love this little moment where they giggled together over his foot attire.


The day ended at the Scoular Ballroom which was was a perfect choice for their reception. Every detail looked amazing while they danced the night away. TJ definitely had some creative planning involved for the garter toss! Thank you for having me along to document your wedding Bridget and TJ! You both were incredibly fun to get to know. Seeing the love you have for one another is one of my favorite perks of my job.

To see more of Bridget and TJ’s wedding, feel free to check out their slideshow.



January 16th, 2013

David City, Nebraska Wedding: Rachel + David

Rachel and David’s wedding has gone done in history as one of my absolute favorites! I felt a strong connection the first time I sat down to talk to Rachel. I loved to hear all her ideas about wedding planning in her small hometown of David City, Nebraska. When the big day  finally arrived I eagerly drove the long two lane highway knowing that Rachel and David’s wedding day was going to be incredible.

Rachel had planned for their “first look” to be out in one of her father’s alfalfa fields since David had proposed to there. We couldn’t use the exact same field but this one certainly fit the ticket. I love the vastness of the sky in the background and the little purple flowers in front. They both looked so at home in each other’s arms eagerly anticipating the rest of the day together.

Rachel and David’s wedding day was full of so many unique details. The backdrop of the champagne and dessert reception at the old Opera House was by far my favorite though. The old wooden folding chairs, the antique David City advertisement curtain and all the delicious homemade desserts gave the evening such a nostalgic feel. It was such a pleasure for my second shooter Angie and I to tag along and document the start of their life together.

Want to know a little more about how they met? Please click here to see Rachel and David’s engagement images.

Dying  to see more images from Rachel and David’s wedding day? Please click here for their slideshow.

August 30th, 2012

Engaged: Theresa & Nick

When Theresa and Nick mentioned they wanted to use Dave & Buster’s as the backdrop for their engagement session I was immediately excited. I can still see Theresa’s sweet grin and how she told me that while seated together at the quarter game, Nick brushed up close against her and touched her shoulder for the first time. Sweet, young love! It’s the little things like this that make for great stories in a relationship and I am always happy to hear them. I sincerely enjoy getting to know my clients inside and out as we prepare to photograph their upcoming wedding day.

Enjoy your images Theresa and Nick. I am so pleased you chose to utilize them in a custom photo guest book. Your guests will love browsing through it on September 28th!



P.S. Thanks for bringing the “frog” that Nick won on your very first date. I loved incorporating “his” story in with yours too.