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Monday, January 30, 2017

Why Wilderness Ridge?

Choosing a venue to hold your ceremony and reception can be difficult, as the possibilities are endless! Narrowing it down to a certain style or theme can be helpful. If you are looking for something rustic, yet elegant, look no further than Wilderness Ridge. Here is a little background on what our space offers:

{Services} With the rental of the ballroom, we include chivari chairs, tables, glassware, tablecloths, napkins, the dance floor, two fireplaces, a portion of the outside patio and the setup and tear down of the room. Additionally, if you book our outdoor ceremony site, the Wedding Island, we will provide the setup and tear down of 200 white wedding chairs, 2-3 golf carts to escort your guests down to the Wedding Iisland, and a power outlet located conveniently behind the tree. Décor of both spaces is left to your discretion!

{Bon Appetit} Leave the cooking to us! The expansive wedding menu offers cuisine for bridal party snacks, cocktail hours, seated or self-service meals, interactive stations, and late night munchies. Not seeing what you are looking for? Our from-scratch kitchen allows for personalized menus that accommodate your dietary requirements, personal preferences and overall vision. Enjoy a complimentary food tasting for the bride and groom to aid in creating the perfect menu for your special day!

{One-Stop Shop} If you do not want to spend time driving around on your big day, you do not have to. We have men’s and women’s locker rooms available on-site that offer bright lighting for hair and make-up professionals, lockers for storage, and space for your bridal party to relax, eat, drink and enjoy the day. Beyond our doors sits an expansive golf course, including picturesque waterfalls, bridges, ponds and tree-lined paths that set the scene for first looks, bridal party pictures, and family snapshots. Say cheese!

{Natural Beauty} The Yellowstone Ballroom, complete with an antler chandelier and fireplace, imitates the feeling of a log cabin nestled in the woods. Add some flowers to match your color scheme and candles to enhance the romance. It doesn’t take much to accent its natural beauty!

Get the best bang for your buck! Book a wedding in November 2017 or February 2018 to receive a special package that includes a free room rental, champagne toast for the bridal party, and 100 chef’s selected appetizers. Learn more about weddings at Wilderness Ridge by calling 402.434.5121 or emailing

Jordyn Daubman
Social Sales Manager

Friday, January 06, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

Happy New Year! A new year means more weddings to reflect on and look forward to. Here are some special details from the December 2015 and January 2016 weddings at Wilderness Ridge:

Tom & Erin Stelzer {12.12.15} Tom and Erin personalized their wedding down to the last drop! Wedding guests enjoyed a plated BBQ beef brisket dinner and individual pies for dessert. Then they chose between champagne and Miller High Life (the champagne of beers) for the toast. And for those who needed a late-night snack, there was s’more’s and pizza. Cheers!

Tanner & Annie Boesiger {12.19.15} Tanner and Annie had a beautiful winter wedding! Following their ceremony in the ballroom, guests enjoyed hot chocolate and cider on the patio. As the couple entered the cocktail hour, they were greeted by a tunnel of sparklers and cheers. After re-entering the ballroom, they enjoyed an evening filled with laughter and love. It was merry and bright! [True Cotton Weddings]

Andrew & Taylor Cannon {12.22.15} Andrew and Taylor created an intimate setting for their ceremony and dinner in the ballroom. With their closest family and friends looking on, they said ‘I Do’ before enjoying conversation and dinner at a family style table in front of the fireplace. Taylor added her personal touch by sending attendees home with jars of Earl Grey tea and French Roast coffee beans. [Emily Kowalski Photography]

Tom Stephens & Heidi Cuca {12.31.15} Tom and Heidi rang in the new year with a wedding celebration! After their ceremony in the ballroom, they enjoyed a quiet dinner with those who attended the ceremony before ringing in the new year. As reception guests arrived, they helped themselves to boneless wings and nachos, and hopped in the Fotobrations booth for silly pictures. To end the evening, poppers were popped and champagne was toasted to commemorate the new year! 

Mark & Andie Young {01.01.16} Mark and Andie kicked off 2016 with a New Year’s Day wedding. The fireplace and lantern-lined aisle set the mood for their cozy indoor ceremony. Following the room flip, patrons grazed on an appetizer buffet filled with BBQ meatballs, bacon-wrapped shrimp, mini crab cakes, smoked salmon and dill caper cream cheese lollipops and house baked pizza with chicken, spinach and artichoke. [N2 Photography]

Johann & Stephanie Schneider {01.09.16} Johann and Stephanie had a special day. Upon arrival and during the room flip, wedding-goers were invited to enjoy hot chocolate in the Loft. Once in the ballroom, the DJ dismissed tables for the buffet by playing a designated song that corresponded with their table. Following dinner, the dancefloor was packed as everyone danced the night away! [Chase Vanderveen photography]

Nate & Amanda Ficken {01.16.16} Nate and Amanda celebrated their nuptials in style. Reception guests snacked on bruschetta and southwest chicken salad pinwheels prior to the arrival of the bridal party. After dinner, they indulged in wedding cake and a mixture of red velvet, marble, and chocolate flavored miniature cupcakes. To end the festivities, the bridal party boarded a bus and bid their adieus!

Bryan & Tosca Ritthaler {01.22.16} Bryan and Tosca had a romantic ceremony in the ballroom. Upon entry, guests signed unopened wine bottles for the bride and groom to enjoy on their first anniversary. Following the candlelit ceremony, party-goers interacted with our chef to create the perfect dish at the macaroni and cheese action station and filled their plates with an assortment of appetizers. Wine and dine!

Ryan & Natalie Wendling {01.23.16} Ryan and Natalie held their ceremony in Colorado where Shoe Photography captured photographs in the snowy mountains. Back in Nebraska, they held a small reception in the Bitterroot and Loft for family and friends. Guests enjoyed light music and heavy appetizers while celebrating with the newlyweds. [Shoe Photography]

Happy anniversary to our December 2015 and January 2016 couples! We wish you another year filled with happiness. Celebrate your holiday engagement by booking your wedding at Wilderness Ridge. Call 402.434.5121 or email

Jordyn Daubman 
Social Sales Manager

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!

Love is sweet, isn't it? Some cakes are picturesque masterpieces, but lack in flavor. Others satisfy your taste buds but are blank canvases. At Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward you can have the best of both worlds.

Kitty Vacha, owner and creator of Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward explains how she got her start saying, “I have always love doing anything artistic. While living in Alaska I needed a hobby for the long dark winters and took a couple Wilton cake classes. After the first two courses, they asked me to hurry up and take the third so I could teach for them. Apparently, I had a knack for it! This, however, was short lived as I knew there was so much beyond their format. I spent the next four years studying anything I could online, and practicing at home.” She continued, “I would love to say I had been to a fancy pastry school, but, other than the Wilton courses I am completely self-taught. In May 2011, I opened a small by appointment only cake bakery with the tools I had at home. I spent four years reinvesting all profit and creating what it is today. We now have six employees besides myself!”

It’s all in the name. Choosing a business name to best represent your work can be difficult. Kitty talked me through the process she used when naming her business, explaining, “I wanted a play on words, to reflect that our cakes are indulgent, but tastefully done. Cake Art of Seward was added to make people aware we are indeed trying to create art. We want our cake to be the most amazing you've seen, then when you bite into it... the most delicious you've ever tasted!”

Needless to say, Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward is the place to go for special occasion delicacies. Kitty clarified, “We specialize in cake (and cupcakes) and cakes are all we do! We are not a full bakery. We love what we do and stick with what we know!” And when it comes to cake, they have innovative flavors to offer. In fact, Kitty couldn’t choose just one! When asked what her favorite is she said, “It would be a toss-up between Rum Chata cake with homemade buttercream icing that is topped with a heavy cinnamon sugar crunch OR our fresh strawberry with homemade buttercream.” My mouth is watering!

If Kitty cannot decide, how are clients supposed to choose? Their process goes like this: “We offer complimentary consultations for couples who are getting married. In this consultation, we have them bring color swatches, flower preferences, themes, pictures of dresses, how they will decorate the venue, etc. and together we design a cake specifically for their wedding. As a designer, I try and tie in all the elements and create a centerpiece cake/focal point. At this consultation, they also sample our top three flavors: white almond sour cream, fresh strawberry and decadent chocolate cake.” Sign me up!

Now for my favorite part about Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward… they deliver their cakes in a hearse. Or, as Kitty would say, “DUDE... NOT HEARSES.... THEY ARE CAKEMOBILES! LOL... after all, our cake is to die for. Seriously, we have a crazy following just for our cars (we are constantly asked to stay for pictures at weddings), and, logistically it's genius! There is a ton of room, roll out access and self-leveling air bags! BOOM!” Have I mentioned that Kitty is a hoot?

Another fun fact is that Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward has been on a national TV show. She said, “I had the honor of participating on Food Network's Cake Wars this summer, the SpongeBob episode, and that was a HOOT! It was super fun to fly to Los Angeles and do the "Hollywood" thing, but great to come home to Nebraska.” When Kitty isn’t creating masterpieces, she also gives back to the community. She explained, “I run a prom and homecoming dress closet out of the cake shop. I don't ever want a girl to turn down the opportunity to attend an event for lack of a dress. They are all donated by the community, and the girls are welcome to re-donate them or keep them for future events.”

Recently, Wilderness Ridge had the pleasure of working with Kitty for our Wedding Crash event. Like all vendors, Kitty had full creative freedom. She exclaimed, “My favorite part of the Wedding Crash was having creative freedom. A lot of brides want what is currently trending (and rightfully so) but sometimes it's awesome just to step outside the (cake) box.... go big or go home!” With her freedom, she designed a geode cake that wowed everyone. Her inspiration behind the cake? “My father was a rock hound. I grew up seeing, handling and being around geodes and gems. When I saw, online, that someone had done a geode cake... well.... that's all it took!” Check out our Pinterest page to see more pictures of Kitty’s geode cake from the Wedding Crash. 

Get ahead of the holiday engagement rush! Book your wedding with Wilderness Ridge now by calling 402.434.5121 or email Mention this blog to receive a waived room rental for any wedding related event in February, March or November of 2017.


Jordyn Daubman
Social Sales Manager

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wedding Crash Re-Cap

Eat, drink, and be married! The Wilderness Ridge Wedding Crash is an annual, non-traditional bridal fair that showcases our venue and A-list local vendors. Earlier this year, we teamed up with Froggy 98.1 to find our couple. On October 13th, over 200 attendees crashed the wedding of Jason Novell and Andrea Hall at Wilderness Ridge. Crashers took part in a live ceremony on the Wedding Island, before entering the building for food, drink and conversation. In case you missed this awesome event, here is an overview of the evening!

{The Ceremony} Friends, family, and crashers gathered on the Island for an intimate ceremony at sunset. Petals to Platinum enhanced the natural beauty of the Island with hanging glass lanterns, large floral arrangements placed on whiskey barrels, and an altar filled with wood slices and scattered flowers. Wooden chairs, provided by Nostalgia Rentals, and country songs performed on piano by Harris Academy of the Arts added to the rustic feel. Chaplain Royal, with Inclusive Life + Chapel out of Omaha, guided the audience through a romantic ceremony and had the honor of pronouncing Jason and Andrea as Mr. and Mrs. Novell.

{The Delicacies} After registering, guests entered the building for cocktails and conversation. Servers were circulating with passed hors d’oeuvres including, BLT bites, tortellini skewers, bacon wrapped pineapple bites, smoked salmon cucumber rounds, pear and brie crostini, macaroni and cheese stuffed bacon cups, Cajun shrimp bagel crisps, stuffed mushrooms, smoked chicken tacos, and firecracker chicken meatballs. Crashers also visited our chef-attended Ceviche and Macaroni and Cheese Action Stations, where they interacted with the chef to create a personalized dish. For those with a sweet tooth, we had chocolate avocado pudding (vegan), raspberry and white chocolate macaroons, assorted cheesecake bites, salted caramel apple rose pastries, and of course, our coveted s’mores station. Look for these items on our updated Wedding Menu after the new year!

{The Cocktails} Upon entry, each attendee received a drink ticket to try one of our signature cocktail drinks. Crashers chose between the Heart & Soul Sangria, the “I Do”, the Drunk in Love, and the Marry Me Mimosa. To match the season, we had a hot apple cider station, complete with caramel syrup, cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and red hots. To refresh the palette, we also had orange pomegranate, and cucumber water. Whatever you fancy, we are happy to pour!

{The Reception} The Yellowstone ballroom was transformed with a little help from Petals to Platinum, and Elite Events Rental. The head table was lined with garland and flowers, touches of marble and gold, and illuminated with votives. Following the bridal party entrance, Complete Weddings + Events started the evening with toasts from the maid of honor and best man. While Infinite Productions put together their same-day edit, the bride and groom cut their geode inspired cake created by Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward. While the new Mr. and Mrs. floated around the dancefloor for their first dance, guests hopped in the photo booth provided by Complete Weddings + Events. After watching their day unfold in their wedding video, the bridal party (and some crashers) got down on the dancefloor!

{The Vendors} Thank you to all the vendors who participated and donated their services for this event!  

| Tuxes {Tip Top Tux} | Bridesmaids Dresses {Ellynne Bridal} | Bridal Gown {Blush Bridal Boutique} | Hair {The Fringe Salon} | Makeup {Kiss and Makeup} | Cake {Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward} | DJ & Photobooth {Complete Weddings + Events} | Ceremony Music {Harris Academy of the Arts} | Florist {Petals to Platinum} | Event Design {Nostalgia Rentals} | Calligraphy {Cora Calligraphy} | Rentals {Elite Events Rental} | Videographer {Infinite Productions} | Photographer {Jenn Wiemann Photography} | Transportation {Leisure Limousine + Sedan} | Print Materials {Silver Linings} | Officiant {Inclusive Life Center + Chapel} | Event Coordinator {D.ash Events} | Travel {Cornerstone Travel Group} | Health & Beauty {LipSense} | Entertainment {The Corky Canvas} | Health & Beauty {Body Nouveaux} | Lodging {Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest} | Health & Fitness {9Round} | Merchandise {Rixstine Recognition} | Partners {Froggy 98.1 & Nebraska Wedding Day} |

Check out our Pinterest page for more pictures from the event! To book your wedding with Wilderness Ridge, call 402.434.5121 or email Mention this blog post to receive ½ off your room rental in February and March of 2017 and free room rental in November 2017!

Jordyn Daubman
Social Sales Manager

Monday, November 07, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

Holiday season is almost upon us! With it brings company holiday parties, family gatherings, romantic engagements, and festive weddings. Here is a look back at special moments from our November weddings in 2015:

Erik & Sarah Bjornson {11.07.15} Erik and Sarah kicked off November with an intimate ceremony and reception in the Yellowstone ballroom. The new Mr. and Mrs. took everything in while sitting at their sweetheart table for two under the fireplace. They ended the night with breakfast pop tarts and s’mores by the fire! [The Leekers Photography]

Keith & Cindy Houfek {11.08.15} Keith and Cindy enjoyed an afternoon reception with their closest family and friends. Following a lunch buffet filled with chicken and salmon, guests enjoyed wedding cake provided by HyVee. The Bitterroot room served as the perfect atmosphere for their intimate celebration!

Ben & Cauren Johnson {11.14.15} Ben and Cauren didn’t let a little rain ruin their day! As the sun set on their big day their photographer, Daniel Dunlap, encouraged the couple to head outside into the drizzle for a quick picture. The results were stunning! Back inside, they warmed up next to the indoor fireplace and shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. [Daniel Dunlap Photography]

Ryan & Megan Schwaner {11.20.15} Ryan and Megan kept their evening casual with an appetizer buffet filled with lobster salad served in a mini martini glass, bite-sized beef wellingtons, raspberry & brie spring rolls, and house baked pizza with chicken, spinach and artichoke. They supplemented the appetizers with our hands-on macaroni and cheese action station. There was something for everyone!

Mike & Li Ping Kaufman {11.21.15} Mike and Li Ping entertained their guests with a cello player in the Blackfoot room. Party-goers snacked on bacon wrapped shrimp and house-baked pizza while socializing before lunch. The serenade continued as diners feasted on our famous pot roast or char grilled salmon, and sipped on house wines. 

Walross & Courtney Basit {11.22.15} Walross and Courtney ‘jammed’ out to live music by Gooch and His Las Vegas Big Band. Wedding guests snapped pictures in the photo booth, toasted the bride and groom with Martinelli’s sparkling juice, and danced the night away. To end the night, they grabbed a jar of homemade jam before lining up for the sparkler send-off out front.

Happy first anniversary to our November 2015 couples! We enjoyed being a part of your wedding day and hope to see you at Wilderness Ridge again soon. To book your wedding festivities, call (402) 434-5121 or email Schedule your wedding ceremony & reception, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner with us in February 2017 or March 2017 and receive half off your room rental. Just mention this blog post!

Jordyn Daubman
Social Sales Manager

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