David and Tristeen

David and Tristeen’s August wedding truly showcased how gorgeous the Castle (and love!) can be. Their photographer Jantz Sporer did such a wonderful job at capturing their relationship with the Castle as a magical background. Do check out the photographer’s website here. He is still a student at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln! This marriage was not only a new union, but also a blending of families; my favorite photo of the group has got to be the shot of their children closing their eyes at the kissing. That moment seems so cheeky and whimsical. Enjoy this peek into their beautiful day!

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Feeling Social

Follow the Joslyn Castle Trust on social media! The Castle is on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and (newly) Instagram! You can see a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the office, weddings, tours, and other Castle-hosted events.

Take a look at what we’ve been up to on Instagram!

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This flower arrangement by Susan McMannama showcases Thistle flowers, which are a recurring motif in the Castle wallpaper.

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Last Saturday’s wedding ceremony was decked out with ivy on the steps and flower sprays on the railings.

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The Castle staff is enjoying the last bits of summer blooms on the grounds!

Erin and Evan

Erin and Evan got married at the Castle in September last year. I was so excited to get the images from this wedding since it was absolutely one of the most beautifully decorated weddings I have seen here. The couple got married outside in the front of the Castle with greenery hung from the archway on the porch. The dinner reception was held outside on the northwest side of the estate where Erin and Evan set up a long table filled with flowers and candles to create a romantic atmosphere. They strung lights on hooks surrounding the table creating a stunning scene when the sun went down. It was so wonderful to work with this fun-loving and creative couple. I wish them lots of happiness on their new lives together!

Photos Courtesy of: Good Morning Dear Photography

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Mike and Natalyia

Mike and Natalyia got married at the Castle on December 21st of this year. Of course our holiday decorations were still up, which added to the ambiance and beauty of the wedding. (A special thanks to our amazing holiday decorating committee headed by Susan McMannama!) Not only did the couple get married in the gorgeous Music Room of the Castle, but that is also where they enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife. Mike and Natalyia also had their rehearsal dinner here the night before, which was extremely convenient since most guests were traveling from other cities and only needed to know how to get to one location for all of the weekend wedding activities.

I wish this amazing couple a happy and long life together!

Thanks to David Dale Photography for taking and sharing these beautiful images! http://www.daviddalephoto.com/

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Peter and Emily

I am so glad I got the chance to work with these two amazing people and their families! Since Emily and Peter don’t live in Omaha, their friends and families played a huge role in making this wedding magical for them. When I finally got the chance to meet the¬†fun-loving couple a few months before their wedding, I could tell how much they truly loved¬†and cared about¬†each other. They were so grateful and kind, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to watch their fairytale come true. A big thanks to Sam Clark Photography for sharing these stunning images! Check out his website for more images from this wedding at http://samclarkphoto.com/blog/peter-emily-omaha-wedding-joslyn-castle/.

Peter and Emily took advantage of our Sunday “Wedding Brunch” special, which allows couples to rent the Castle¬†on a Sunday morning until 2pm for a discounted rate. For anyone interested in learning more about renting the Castle, please give me a call and I would be happy to chat with you!

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Edna and Felipe

Edna and Felipe got married at the Castle on July 6th this year. It was such a beautiful day for their outdoor ceremony! What I loved most about this wedding were the bright colors the couple chose to use for their decorations and flowers. The vibrant yellow and purple really stood out against the dark wood in the Castle. Edna and Felipe were a really fun couple to get to know, and I wish them lots of happiness on this brand new chapter of their lives!

Table Arrangements: “Decorations by Norma and Esmeralda”

Photography: Fatima Flores

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Violet Joslyn’s Wedding

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Violet Joslyn’s wedding. Violet was the daughter of¬†George and Sarah Joslyn, and all three lived in this magnificent Castle in the early to mid¬†1900s.¬†The young, 20 year old bride¬†was married to David Walter Magowan on Thursday, October 16th, 1913Joslyn Wedding in the music room where many ceremonies are held today. Her reception followed in the other rooms of the home and nearly 500 guests were in attendance. According to an article in The Bee, this wedding “was probably the most brilliant social event of the season!”¬†Many important people from Omaha attended the wedding including: John McDonald (the architect who designed the Castle), Jessie Millard (daughter of US senator Ezra Millard and niece of Joseph Hopkins Millard, both of who were mayors of Omaha and Founders of Omaha National Bank), and Mrs. Charles Offutt (mother of pilot Jarvis Offutt of whom the¬†air force base is named).

“The bride was charming in her wedding gown of ivory satin charmeuse with draped skirt and long square train. The bodice and sleeves were embroidered with pearls and brilliants in rose design… She carried a shower bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley.”

The Castle was “artistically decorated with white chrysanthemums, roses, and polyplum ferns.”

Unfortunately, there aren’t many images from the wedding itself, but we did find a picture of Violet in her wedding dress and the¬†profiles of three of her bridesmaids: Alice Carter, Bertha Dickey, and Margaret McPherson.

Sources: (The Bee, Omaha Daily News, Omaha World Herald)

Unique Style

Tyler and Lucille got married on May 26th of 2012. This was one of the first weddings I was involved with at the Joslyn Castle, as I had just started working here about 2 weeks prior. They had such an incredible style. Lucille wore a Jim Hjelm vintage inspired all-lace dress,¬†and Tyler¬†had on a classy¬†slate¬†suit from¬†Tip Top Tux. The feather boutonni√®re that Tyler wore, matched the¬†gorgeous¬†feather headpiece¬†in Lucille’s hair.¬†Thanks to Nikki Moore of Nikki Moore Photography for the gorgeous images!

This wedding was actually featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Nebraska Wedding Day Magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy to see additional images from this wedding at the Castle.

Lucille and Tyler were such a great couple to get to know and I wish them lots of happiness on this new phase of their lives!

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May Weddings

May is a very popular month for weddings at the Castle! The flowers are blooming and the grounds look magnificent.¬†Randy and Chantel¬†got married at the end of May this year, and had a very lovely intimate ceremony in the grand staircase hallway with about 20 of their closest family and friends in attendance. Chantel’s¬†dress was spectacular with all of the intricate beading and embellishes. May dates book up fast here, so be sure to contact me if you would like to reserve a date for your wedding! Photos taken by Joni Kurnostad.

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