OMAHA, Neb. — Katie Brown and Kimberly Persons are co-founders of Tiny Luxe Weddings in Omaha. The business is exactly what it sounds like - they throw tiny, yet luxurious weddings for couples that don't want to splurge.
"They were often leaving Nebraska to do this sort of thing, maybe going to Colorado for an elopement or Mexico or somewhere else. But we thought you know what there's no reason with our expertise that we can't offer something right here at home," Persons said.
This Valentine's Day they wanted to try something they've never done before.
"I came to Katie one day and I said, 'I have the world's craziest idea. Why don't we do marathon weddings on Valentine's Day, to introduce the idea of shared weddings to Omaha.'"
And that's exactly what they did. Four pop-up weddings, one right after another in the same venue. Each wedding an hour long and just around $1,000, it was the perfect event for couples on a budget, yet wanting the full wedding experience. Couples like Sarah Schneiderwind and John Turner.
"Couples maybe fight on their wedding day or there's all that stress leading up to it. We planned our wedding in 30 minutes and it's not like we planned it, but it was all that we had to do. Tiny Luxe did everything," bride Sarah Schneiderwind said.
Katie and Kimberly's Valentine's Day special is actually what prompted Sarah and John to get engaged and quickly have a wedding. They say friends and family were shocked, but excited.
"Hey we're getting married...in two weeks! It's just been fun and I love love and it's Valentine's Day, it's just perfect," Schneiderwind said.
Kimberly and Katie also say the demand for these types of weddings is growing not only in Omaha but all across the country, as Millennials are ditching expensive weddings to be more financially independent.