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Finding Love In The Heartland

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Siekman-Funk Are Set To Wed June 18, 2016

Betrothed Bailey Siekman, 23, of Smithfield, Nebraska and Brenden Funk, 24, of McCook, Nebraska, will pledge their love and commitment during a late spring wedding ceremony on June 18th 2016.
The Holy matrimony will be at the home of the bride’s parents, Brian and Amber Siekman of Smithfield, followed by a reception for family and friends.BaileyandBrenden
The couple has allowed us to tell their love story, courtship and wedding preparations with our readers in the Bertrand Herald’s first edition bridal section.
The bride and bride-groom’s meeting was what some may call unconventional, but in the last several years has been becoming more and more popular. “We met on Farmersonly.com, you know, it’s the commercial on TV that says, City Folk Just Don’t Get It. Every time it comes on the TV, Brenden and I just look at each other and smile,” expressed Bailey.
“Brenden was the first one to flirt, but I spoke first,” commented Bailey. “It’s free to sign up, but you have to pay to talk. I paid for one month and he paid for three, so he had to cancel it.”
“After meeting online, we had our first date a week and a half later,” Bailey said. “I met his parents and sisters and then he took me to The Coppermill Steakhouse in Brenden’s hometown of McCook. It was so incredibly nice!” expressed Bailey.

giftsandthings2x8“As our relationship progressed, we didn’t know what to tell people, we were embarrassed to tell them we met online, so we thought maybe we should tell people that we met at a bar, but then realized that lots of people use dating sites.”
“Other couples I know have met on different sites like Tinder. It’s the way now; it’s very rare that you meet someone at a bar, unless you use an app, then meet there for a date.”
“Dating sites help you alleviate the questions of, is he a stalker? Or a creeper or psychopath? The best thing about it, Facebook, you can check out everything about a person or at least get a good idea of what type of person they are before you plan a date. Plus you can get a good idea of what type of relationship they really want. So after a while I told my dad, Brian, about meeting online and he said, “You didn’t need to tell me that, but hey, it’s fine. It works.”
Brenden told Bailey he loved her for the first time with a pink rose in his hand and after six months of courtship, Brenden proposed to Bailey on July 4th, 2015.
“I knew on the first date, she was the one!” expressed Brenden. “I don’t know why, but Bailey picked me!”
“I know it’s uncommon to be engaged after only six months, but when we looked at each other from the get go, we just knew, when you know you know,” expressed Bailey. “My parents, my grandparents and some great friends of mine only knew each other six months before they were all married,” voiced Bailey.
The relationship progressed and the Siekman family introduction to Brenden was at Bailey’s sister Jordan’s 21st birthday celebration at the family home in Smithfield. Brenden brought a bottle of Pendleton for my dad and a bottle of wine for mom. He commented that my mom was super nice and let’s just say, my dad’s not so humorous introduction was a bit uncomfortable, but Brenden rolled with the punches.
THE PROPOSAL
“The day Brenden proposed he told me we were going to fix fence. It was the Fourth of July and I was a little upset, because I was going to miss the family Fourth of July gathering to fix fence. So when I woke up that day I was a bit crabby. I just threw on some old clothes and boots, put my hair up in a ponytail and said I’m ready to go.”
“Then Brenden looked at me and said “you can’t wear that.”
“I just looked at him and said, why, what’s wrong with this, we are going to fix fence.”
“He said, yah well, why don’t you put on something a bit nicer, so we can go to the parade when we get finished?”
“So we went on horseback and checked the entire fence, it took like an hour and a half, then we found one tiny spot that needed fixed and I said we rode that long to fix that!” At that spot he laid down a blanket and said let’s have some coffee. So he starts talking away and I’m drinking my coffee and I’m like what are you saying? Then he got down on one knee, I just kept saying, you’re kidding right now, you’re kidding, and he said nope, and then I said yes. His mom and sister were recording a video and taking pictures. I didn’t even realize it.”
“I should have picked up on something in May. He asked me what my favorite jewelry store was. I just figured he was going to buy me a necklace or another piece of jewelry. I told him Sandy’s Jewerly in Holdrege, because the family has been friends with the Ouradas for years. Brenden planned it all out and had my ring custom made. Then he let me pick out the band. It’s a rose gold. Brenden wanted a yellow gold band; he wanted to be old fashioned. Lots of people are going with the white gold anymore.”
Bailey expressed that her love for Brenden comes from him being an honest man, that wear’s his heart on his sleeve. Basically, she commented, “He’s a lot like my dad, when I truly look at it.”
Brenden said “I love Bailey’s personality. She is very outgoing, a sensible woman, calm and keeps me steady.”

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Customize Your Ceremony To Give It A Unique Touch

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Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. Those about to tie the knot may feel somewhat limited in their ability to shape their weddings into unique celebrations of their relationships and love for one another. Although it may not seem like there are many opportunities to put your own stamp on the wedding, there are plenty of ways to do just that.
When looking to personalize your wedding ceremony, determine if there might be anything blocking you from doing so. For example, if yours will be a religious ceremony, there may be certain rites that need to be followed. Secular ceremonies may offer more opportunities to customize.

• Vows: Vows are one of the easiest ways to put a personal touch on your wedding. You can select the words you want to exchange during the ceremony as well as any readings during the service. Work with your officiant to narrow down particular phrasing or sentiments that fit with your vision of the wedding and relationship.
• Participants: Wedding party members fulfill certain roles during the ceremony, but they are not limited to those tasks alone. Consider asking wedding party members or other friends or family members to take on specialized roles in the wedding. They may be able to do certain readings, escort guests to their seats, light candles, or sing and participate in other ways.
• Musical interludes: Choose music that connects with your personalities as a couple rather than selecting standard songs merely because they are the easier route. Work with the organist or other musicians and request that they perform or play musical pieces that you enjoy.
• Candle lighting: Many couples like to incorporate candle-lighting components to their ceremonies. Lighting unity candles blends two families together into one in a symbolic way. Other couples choose different traditions, such as mixing two different-colored sands in a new vessel, to represent the joining of two lives together. You can consider these types of additions for your wedding ceremony or come up with your own unique tradition.
Impart a special touch to a wedding ceremony in any number of ways. Doing so will help set this special day apart in the minds of guests and make it even more memorable to look back on as a couple.

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