Adrianne & Charlie: An Elegant Affair at Joslyn Castle

by Kate Wood

According to Adrianne Galvin, "anybody who knows me knows that once a decision has been made, it needs to happen right away. I don't have much patience." Luckily for Adrianne, her fiance Charlie Agulla was "more than willing" to pitch in every way he could to pull off their Omaha wedding in just four months!

THE BRIDE Adrianne Galvin, 27, marketing
THE GROOM Charlie Agulla, 30, product management
THE SCENE Ceremony and reception at the Joslyn Castle in Omaha.

READY, SET, WED Adrianne and Charlie met as students at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. They were just acquaintances till Charlie made an overture while both were on a school-sponsored trip ("It wasn't the most storybook romantic situation," Adrianne laughs. "It went something like "Galvin, when we get back to school, we should go out sometime.")

A couple of years later, when the couple had settled in Atlanta, Charlie planned a sweet proposal to Adrianne -- with a 'fake' engagement ring which the bride describes as a giant cubic zirconium "QVC special." The joke was on him, though. "I was so happy and caught up in the moment, I really didn't even notice the ring!" Adrianne laughs. Soon enough, he brought out the real ring which proved to be perfect.

The couple got right down to planning, setting a date right away in the bride's home state (the groom's family is from Long Island). As they now live in Georgia, Adrianne and Charlie took care of all of the details long distance. "In some ways it made it easier because we couldn't schedule appointments with vendors and interview them before we made decisions," Adrianne says. "We just went 100% on other people's recommendations, and we weren't disappointed."

MADE FOR HUE Picking out a simple scheme for the day also helped pull all the elements together. Taking a cue from their May Day wedding date, Adrianne and Charlie chose a fresh spring style, incorporating lots of pink and green. "As long as it was light and bright, I was happy with it!" Adrianne laughs. For her four bridesmaids, Adrianne chose strapless dresses by B2 in celadon, and Charlie's groomsmen wore ties in a matching tone.

Adrianne and Charlie designed the invitations and programs themselves -- gray ink on green vellum affixed to ivory cardstock. "They took a long time, but were well worth it," she says. Flowers provided the finishing touch -- bouquets of orchids, calla lilies, hydrangea, and roses complemented the cheerful dresses, and all the dinner tables needed were vases of pink tulips to fit the wedding style.

I DO, I DO, I DO Adrianne and her father arrived at Omaha's Joslyn Castle in truly majestic style in a horse and carriage. Adrianne and Charlie said their vows with the castle as their backdrop, using a couple of floral arrangements to set up an altar area and then letting the scenery speak for itself. The couple penned their own vows, which came out a bit on the long side but, as the bride says, "people did come to see us exchange vows, so why not!"

They further personalized their ceremony by choosing an unusual trio of instruments to provide the music: guitar, flute, and hammered dulcimer (a harp-like instrument where the strings are struck with a mallet). The couple had first encountered its sweet sounds on the weekend when Charlie proposed, so it was a natural fit.

ROOM TO MOVE Following the ceremony, guests lingered while the bridal party slipped away to take photos. They then headed into Joslyn Castle, where they found tables set up in many of the rooms. Adrianne and Charlie enjoyed a leisurely dinner in one of the rooms with the bridal party, then visited the other rooms to spend time with all of their guests. "It made it so much easier for Charlie and me to get to socialize with everybody without feeling hurried or pressured," Adrianne says.

Afterward, everyone gathered on the dance floor to raise their glasses to the newlyweds -- and then party, party, party, 'till the horse and carriage again appeared to whisk them off into the night.

--Kate Wood
photography © Amber Weiland

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