A Southern-Inspired Wedding Day Where Magnolias and a Red Convertible Took Center Stage

Real Wedding
Sarah & Edward's celebration at Arbor Day Farms paid homage to the bride's Southern background
Written by
Sydney Stevens

Sarah Nyberg and Edward Spencer found each other through Tinder in 2019, while both were attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ed popped the question about a year later, during the pandemic. He planned to propose on a hill overlooking his family’s farm, but bad weather squelched that, so instead he dropped to one knee next to their couch halfway through a Harry Potter movie. Their wedding took place under a cloudless sky for an elegant al fresco ceremony with stunning views. Sarah wore her mother’s diamond earrings from her 1989 wedding and a diamond necklace from the groom’s mother as her something borrowed. Sarah and Ed chose a spot in the forest by the lodge for a sentimental first look, where the pair savored their time together before the ceremony began. The palette was based on the magnolia tree as a nod to the bride’s Southern background. “There was a big magnolia tree outside the house [where I grew up] in South Carolina, and I knew it would be my wedding flower. even as a little girl,” she says. After their sunset wedding, guests toasted the happy couple with a signature cocktail, “The Hank,” an espresso martini with tequila named after their blue heeler pup. For a cinematic ending to their chic nuptials, the newlyweds jumped in a classic red car, a Nyberg family heirloom, to drive off as husband and wife. 


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