Darbi & Neil’s Destination Wedding

I am so excited to finally be blogging Darbi and Neil’s Nebraska destination wedding. There’s only one problem.. Lara and I took so many cool photos, I can’t possibly fit it into one blog post! So I am splitting them up into two posts, today and Thursday (with an extremely long Humpdate in between).

Darbi, a wedding photographer from Missouri, and I have known each other for awhile through an online wedding photography community. I also was familiar with Neil, although I didn’t know it until the wedding day. Neil was the drummer for one of my favorite bands ever, The Juliana Theory. I have been listening to his music for years and didn’t even know it! He has now moved on to a band called Confident Years (Check out their song She’s The Killer, it’s awesome!). I should have known that these two fun, artistic souls would have the most creative wedding ever. The details were amazing (photographers plan the BEST weddings, we have seen it all!), the guests were all really cool people, and the whole weddings was just a fun, laid back, unique celebration of Darbi and Neil’s love. It was also great to get to shoot the wedding with another talented photographer, Darbi and I’s mutual friend Omaha wedding photographer Lara Adkins. Thanks so much Lara for helping me out!

Check out some of my favorite images from the preparation and ceremony:

Darbi’s bridesmaid taking notes from the hairstylist on how to correctly position Darbi’s veil

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Darbi, her mom, her sister, and Lara checking out one of Lara’s amazing shots!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Makeup time on the couch!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Darbi warned me she had a poofy dress, but I had no clue just how poofy it truly was until the wedding day.
I love how it just swallows her body in these two shots!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Darbi brought these cute pink umbrellas just in case of rain.  Thankfully the whole day was sunny and perfect, but we had to get a few cute photos with them!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Aren’t Darbi’s bridesmaids so hot?  Give me a break!  It made my job way too easy.
I adore this shot of the girls walking, it looks like they belong on a magazine spread!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

We got these two photos of Darbi in a small room in the back of the chapel as she was waiting quietly to walk down the aisle with her father.  I love how peaceful and happy she looks.

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Meanwhile, here is why grooms and groomsmen should never be left alone with a room full of old costumes:

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Neil taking a quick moment alone to write a note to his soon-to-be wife.

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Relaxing before the ceremony, tucked away in a closet so he won’t run accidentally catch a glimpse of Darbi.

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

The quintessential cool groomsmen shot

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

So, there may or may not have been a cool rented trolley sitting in front of the church.. And it may or may not have ACTUALLY been for the wedding scheduled just before Darbi and Neil’s.. And we may or may not have hijacked it for a few photos while the other ceremony was taking place.  It’s hard to say.  :)

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Any clue what Neil and his ushers are spelling out?  Here’s a hint.. That first letter is supposed to be an N.  ;)

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Inside the cute, oooooold chapel (it’s a state landmark!)

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

A few details from the ceremony…

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Despite having their minister cancel on them the morning of the wedding, Darbi and Neil’s ceremony was hands down the most entertaining ceremony I have ever seen.  From the  ringbearer beating his drum and shouting “The bride is coming!” after a trip down, back up, and then back down the aisle, the adorable flowergirl setting down one petal at a time, then returning back down the aisle to pick up each petal one at a time, Darbi and Neil’s hilarious vows (my favorite line: “I love you like a snail loves the sidewalk”), the wax sand candles that requires a little empty-ketchup-bottle-esque smacking to empty out, the groomsmen’s synchronized dancing, and the extremely entertaining replacement minister, I laughed and cried virtually the entire ceremony.  My favorite moment was when Neil’s bandmate and his wife surprised Neil with a song Darbi had secretly written.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Mr. and Mrs. Hebrank!  Woohoo!!

Destination wedding photography of Darbi Gibson and Neil Hebrank in Omaha Nebraska by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

The best photos are yet to come – Thursday I will show you some of the AAAAWESOME details Darbi created for the wedding, the cool wedding party shots we got in Little Mexico, and of course, the reception!  In the meantime, leave me a message and tell me how awesome Darbi and Neil are!  :)

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  • Darbi - Um, Darbi and Neil are soooo awesome. haha
    And so are Stacy and Lara’s photos. WE LOVE YOU!! and our wedding would never have been the same had it not been for having such a trustworthy, talented paparazzi. haha
    I cannot recommend you enough!!

  • Temple Hergenrader - Stacy (and Lara)—you guys are awesome! I love all the pictures. You both did a great job!

  • Jennifer Van De Vyvere - I fall in love with these photos every time I see them. You and Lara did an amazing job!!! Thanks again for providing Darbi and Neil with these faboulous images that will bring back wonderful memories for a lifetime. You guys rock!!!

  • DARBI'S POP - HEY STACY I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR BEEING A VERY IN TRINK NUT PART OF OF DARBIS WEDDING DAY (AND NEILS HA).
    PATTI AND I FELT AS WE HAVE KNOWN YOU FOR YEARS. THANKS AGAIN FOR MAKING DARBI VERY HAPPY LAST MARCH WHEN YOU AGREED TO SHOOT HER.

  • Mom Gibson - Gosh Stacy – what beautiful pictures! (I want them all)! You will never know how special you made Darbi and Neil’s wedding day. It takes a great photographer to capture such beautiful moments of two people in love, and you did it. It was a beautiful wedding and you being a part of it gave Darbi and Neil many memories to share with each other for the rest of their lives. Lara, your assistant, did a beautiful job also. She captured so many priceless moments also. We feel like you both are a part of the family after celebrating the day with you. Heck Stacy, if I were NOT so old, I would find a wedding dress and come to Dallas to be your model for your shoot on Friday. Ha! If and when you are ever in Omaha again, save your hotel expenses and come stay at the Gibson’s Bed and Breakfast. We are always open and would LOVE to have you!

  • Naomi - Hey Stacy it’s Thursday! (or at least it is in this part of the world ;P) I can’t wait to see more, you did an absolutely amazing job of this. I totally knew you would, but still I’m stunned by every one. And the day after stuff – WOW! And Darbi is too gorgeous for her own good. ;P Did I say I can’t wait for post two?

  • Christine - Synchronized dancing? During the ceremony? Ok, now I’m curious. I want to see! :-)

    What beautiful photos – I love them all! You’re awesome!

  • Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves » My clients are fay-moose! - […] former Juliana Theory member, current Confidence Years drummer, and my most rockstar groom ever, Neil Hebrank (and two of his groomsmen)!  Woohoo, congrats Neil! This entry was written by […]

  • Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves » Humpdates! - […] was for my dear friend and wonderful photographer Lara Adkins. Lara was my second shooter for Darbi’s wedding, and I was the second shooter for Darbi at Lara’s wedding. Lara’s details were so, SO […]

  • Jojo - This is so cool! gives me great ideas for my moms upcoming wedding! :-)

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