A Classic Vintage Wedding at 1316 Jones Street in Omaha, Nebraska
Laura Donovan (29 and a nurse practitioner) and Scott Wissing (28 and a health teacher and high school basketball coach) met in the summer of 2011 at the pool of their apartment building. "We had unknowingly lived two apartments down from each other for a year and had never met, although I would see him around the gym and pool and comment to my friends that he was my dream guy because he had a beard," Laura says. "The only pickup line we can remember was 'Would you like a Blue Dew?' -- a drink he and his friends had concocted. The rest was history. He proposed at the Denver Botanical Gardens in August 2013. We were in Colorado visiting his family, and he planned a surprise. I could tell something was going on because he was acting so strange. He brought a backpack with extra shoes and pretended to want to change his shoes, but then decided not to. I knew he had gotten a ring out of his bag. We then walked all around the gardens and came back to the entrance, but because he hadn’t popped the question yet, we had to revisit a few spots. We were sitting at a beautiful spot overlooking a pond in the gardens and discussing what we would like to do that night and he said 'How about celebrate?' I looked up and he was holding the ring. We both cried and had a nearby couple take a picture of us. They didn’t understand when Scott said 'She said yes!' so we had to explain that we had just gotten engaged! It was goofy, emotional and wonderful, all smashed into one. We were just glad he didn’t drop the ring in the water." The couple chose a location in downtown Omaha for their ceremony and reception. "We are both extremely keen on keeping things as simple as possible, and a one-stop shop for all of our festivities was exactly what we wanted," Laura says. "The venue is called 1316 Jones Street, and it is an old nut and bolt factory. It had exposed brick, a beautiful deck, hanging white lights and the simplicity we wanted in a venue. It was a block from the hotel, and all the nightlife in Omaha was within walking distance for our guests."