Avoca Country Town Wedding {Molly + Nick}

There’s something seriously romantic about outdoor country weddings that are full of lush wedding ideas. Maggie Rife Photography captured this magical one.

Molly and Nick wed in the middle of the town park in Avoca, Nebraska, United States. Molly got the idea for a country wedding when she visited her fiancé’s hometown of Avoca, which has a population of 250. “I knew instantly when I visited my husband’s hometown for the first time, that’s where we would end up getting married. I had a little push back from my family at first, since we were doing a non-traditional wedding and it wasn’t in my hometown. [But] once my family saw my visions they were totally on board.”

With the help of family and friends, the couple were able to create an incredible backyard wedding. The wedding was full of DIY details like wine bottles with lace trim, a clothesline adorned with photos from throughout the years, mason jars with lemonade, chocolate covered pretzels and candied pecans, carpenters lights strung above picnic tables, a buffet of comfort food and pretty wedding banners. “We had an arts and crafts day at my mother’s house 3 months before the wedding. My bridesmaids and sister-in-law, were all there to help tackle some of the big projects and the daunting ones” says Molly.

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“My favorite element from the wedding was using and incorporating items from our families. My great grandmother’s handkerchief was tied around my bouquet. The pearl necklace was given to me by my Grandpa and Grandma and I also used their suitcase that they took on their honeymoon to hold all the photo props. The buttons we used on the banners, silverware and cake ribbon are from my great grandmother and my husband’s grandma. We also had a display of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day” says Molly.

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Molly and Nick chose a pretty grey and yellow colour combination. Molly explained, “Sunflowers are my favorite type of flower. I knew right from the start that yellow would be the main colour. Grey is such a striking colour when paired with yellow, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”

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From the bride:

Wedding dress designer and where it was purchased?

“I purchased my dress from Weddings 826 Boutique in Chicago. It’s an ‘off the rack’ store, so I was able to take my dress home with me that day. I was really torn between a short number that I found & the traditional wedding dress I ended up with. I had my dress altered in the front, which showed the lower part of my legs and my yellow shoe clips I made. With the front bustled I was able to dance comfortably and not having to worry about anyone stepping on my dress. It was the best of both worlds!”

Tell us about the DIY details?

“I made my veil, hairpieces and shoe clips. My mother sewed the ring bearer pillows, the burlap table runners, the curtains behind the head table and all of the burlap banners that we hung.

We had an arts and crafts day at my mother’s house 3 months before the wedding. On that weekend we glued the lace ribbon around the wine bottles that I had been collecting since we first got engaged. We tied twine around the plastic silverware and glued a button on each one. We made all of the photo props from templates I found on-line. We made the chandelier that hung from the basketball hoop using wax paper and ribbon courtesy of designsponge.com. 
My mother-in-law made our wedding cake, all the cupcakes and the cookies that we had on our dessert table. My mother made all the snacks for the cocktail hour, which included chocolate covered pretzels and candied pecans. We also arranged the center pieces for the reception the day before the wedding.”

What was your biggest challenge?

“My biggest challenge was planning from a far. It was really difficult at times, because I couldn’t just run over to the park to scope things out. Luckily my mother & father-in-law were a huge help. Plus, staying really organized helped when it came time for setting up the day of the wedding.”

What was your favorite moment?

“I have 2 favorite moments; the first is riding on a horse & carriage to the ceremony. I guess you don’t have to be “Royal” to make a grand entrance. It was the first time that day that I got to take everything all in. I almost lost my composure as my emotions swept over me, but then I saw my husband standing there waiting for me.

My other favorite memory is the poem that my husband read to me during the reception. His poem made me laugh several times, but also brought me to tears. It was such a sweet moment!”

What’s your advice?

“Stick to your guns! It’s so easy to have family and friends persuade you into planning your wedding that works around them.”

Congratulations Molly and Nick and thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding pictures and story.

To view more of these wedding pictures, head over to our real wedding gallery.

Molly + Nick Style Guide

Photographer: Maggie Rife Photography

Caterer: Annette Erhart

Reception Venue: Town Square

Music: The Rumbles

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”