Liz + Ian: Glamorous Gold New Years Eve Wedding at the Regency Lodge in Omaha, Nebraska

I was lucky enough to get to spend my New Years Eve at the gorgeous Regency Lodge in Omaha, Nebraska watching two of the most genuine people I’ve ever met become husband and wife. I first connected with Liz last February over a mutual connection (thanks, Alex!) and since that first email correspondence I’d been preparing myself for a glamorous New Years Eve wedding! What a fun day to get married!

Bride hairspray and makeup photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

I absolutely love Liz and Ian’s love story. These two actually connected in a modern-day romance (they met online!) and fell in love over a mutual passion of reading and writing. These guys love words (no pressure for a blog post, right!?), and when they described themselves as bookish, dorky, and awkward, I knew we’d get along great. That was just confirmed when we got together last winter for their library and tea themed engagement session!

Bride diamond wedding headband | Maddie Peschong Photography

Liz and Ian’s day started out so relaxed. Since the ceremony wasn’t until 7PM (yay, New Years Eve weddings!), the girls had a laid back morning and met up for hair and makeup around noon. Music played and Liz and her friends sang along while getting primped and pampered, and everyone was all-smiles.

Bride getting ready photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

The tears started flowing early when Liz’s hair was finished with a beautiful sparkly headband, and her mom and best friend (also her Best Man, Lucas) helped her into her wedding dress. I love the photos of him below getting choked up and Liz giving him a kiss on the forehead! Their friendship is so special.

Mom helping bride get dress on | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride first look moments | Maddie Peschong Photography

There were thousands of amazing, unique elements to this beautiful winter wedding, but one in particular was the fact that Liz actually wore her sister’s wedding dress! It fit her perfectly (no alterations!) and worked beautifully for both girls’ weddings. I absolutely love that their bond is so strong they even shared one of the most special dresses of their lives! Sisters are awesome, and these two took the cake.

Bride putting on dress and veil | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride sparkle and gold wedding day details | Maddie Peschong Photography

The details of the day had me drooling early. Liz’s shoes with gold ballet flats with a pointed toe and adorable bow. They were so perfect for a gold wedding!

New Years Eve Wedding dress photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

Liz’s ring is a family heirloom, and absolutely breathtaking. These are some of my favorite detail shots of all time! So much glitz and glam! Who doesn’t love sparkle?!

Gold New Years Eve ring shot and invites | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride gold New Years Eve wedding shoes | Maddie Peschong Photography

Liz and her dad shared a super-special first look at the top of the Regency staircase before he escorted her down to see her groom for the first time that day.

Bride and father first look moments | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom first look new years eve wedding | Maddie Peschong Photography

When I first started working with Liz and Ian, Liz told me that they were quite the romantic pair, and their friends are constantly saying, “Yuck!” when they are together. For a photographer, it was a dream! These two have an amazing chemistry and I didn’t have to ask for much; they just loved on each other!

New Years Eve Gold indoor wedding photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

The lobby of the Regency Lodge made for a beautiful backdrop for photos. That staircase! And we were so happy to still see Christmas and other holiday decor still up. Beautiful!

Bridal headband portrait shots | Maddie Peschong Photography

The day continued being ultra-relaxed as we bopped around the west side of Omaha taking bride and groom portraits. We had so much time, it was absolute magic! We stopped at two nearby spots for photos and had fabulous weather, considering it was December. Liz and Ian about froze and were total troopers, but since we didn’t have wind and it stayed above freezing (even if just barely!) I’ll call it a win!

Bride and groom winter outdoor portraits | Maddie Peschong Photography

Three cheers for a bride and groom who go with your crazy and agree to outdoor photos in December! You guys rock!

Bride and groom winter wedding photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom winter fur coat photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

More details: I was dying over Liz’s fur coat! Seriously!? It was perfect to keep her a BIT warmer in the cold air, and it was so glamorous! Winter brides: embrace the chill and grab something amazing, like some faux fur, to keep warm! Your photographer will thank you 😉

Bride and groom winter embrace | Maddie Peschong Photography

And for your daily dose of adorable: Liz and Ian’s pups joined us for some photos! They hadn’t seen each other in days, so the reunion was heart-melting. And who doesn’t want wedding photos with their fur babies?!

Bride and groom with puppies in portraits | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom in street | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom in hilltop park | Maddie Peschong Photography

We moved on to the next location and broke out more fabulousness: Liz’s broach bouquet. Her mom worked so hard on this and it was a total show-stopper. And super heavy! Liz got an arm workout in for sure.

Bride and groom New Year's Eve winter photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride in gray suit gold tie portrait session | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride with veil and headband portraits | Maddie Peschong Photography

I absolutely loved Liz and Ian’s looks, but when we added in the full bridal party I was beside myself. Liz’s girls wore sequin gold dresses that were all fabulous and different styles, and the guys matched Ian with gray suits and gold ties. So perfect.

Bride and groom New Years Eve wedding portraits | Maddie Peschong Photography

And can I just say I love that Liz had a maid of honor (her sister) and best man (bestie Lucas), and Ian had a best man (his BFF) and best gal (his sister). So fun! I had a blast with this wedding party!

Gold glamorous New Years Eve wedding party | Maddie Peschong Photography

I don’t usually share family formals, but I have to share these because, again, THE REGENCY LODGE. So gorgeous, you guys! I love how these turned out.

New Years Eve wedding family photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

It was so fun to see the reception decor up close after having chatted about it with Liz. Every setting had a popper for midnight, and the centerpieces were Poet-TREES and books! I died. So cool, unique, and perfectly them!

New Year's Eve Gold Glamorous Wedding Reception | Maddie Peschong Photography

A 10 woman choir provided the music for the night, and they were magnificent. Just another unique touch that made it so perfectly Liz and Ian.

Wedding reception chorals | Maddie Peschong Photography

Father walking bride down aisle | Maddie Peschong Photography

Liz and Ian wrote their own vows and had everyone in tears. So beautiful.

Omaha, NE New Year's Eve Wedding Ceremony | Maddie Peschong Photography

New Year's Eve wedding ceremony | Maddie Peschong Photography

Omaha Wedding Reception Photography | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom black and white first dance photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

The. Food. OMG. Liz told me they’d have heavy appetizers, but that didn’t even do it justice. The food just kept coming and was amazing! And so pretty, which I’m sure you know I can appreciate!

Wedding reception buffet line food | Maddie Peschong Photography

Fun wedding reception photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

Speeches by people who all love words. I could get used to that! Everyone was so funny, eloquent and sweet. I could have listened all night.

New Year's Eve wedding toasts and celebrations | Maddie Peschong Photography

I don’t typically take a lot of dance photos, but I also don’t typically shoot weddings on New Years Eve! The dance floor was one big party and it was so fun to see everyone having such a blast. I couldn’t contain my dancing shoes and may have busted a move or two.

Wedding reception dancing photos | Maddie Peschong Photography

Wedding reception sheet cake | Maddie Peschong Photography

Bride and groom end of the night photo | Maddie Peschong Photography

Liz and Ian, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for letting me be part of your beautiful, unique New Years Eve celebration. It’s one I will not soon forget! I wish you two a lifetime of books, tea, and happiness. Cheers!

Venue: Regency Lodge in Omaha, NE

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