December 4, 2013
We have super sweet and very colorful wedding to share with you today! With the help of crafty family and friends along with many talented Etsy vendors, Mike and Erin planned a vibrant wedding that was perfectly fitting to their personalities. Navy blue and lots of vibrant colors created the days palette and was accentuated through all the amazing details!
“For me, the actual wedding ceremony was an extremely emotional and special part of the day; Mike and I had been together for a long time before we got married, so making that commitment in front of our family and friends truly meant a lot. My favorite part of the reception was the cocktail hour: 1) we had a chance to spend time with our guests and 2) we were blessed with the most AMAZING day in terms of the weather; the scenery was beyond picturesque. Our cocktail hour definitely ran over, but we were having too much fun enjoying the weather (and of course the drinks); luckily, the band had a great time as well, so they agreed to play a little longer and make up for the overage at the end of the night.
..The only item that was truly DIY was the wedding program. Although it came out great, it was a project we left until the last minute, and I had to recruit my bridesmaids to help tie 180 bows during their bridesmaids luncheon; everyone obviously pitched in, but I think they would have enjoyed relaxing more rather than manual labor. I did, however, leverage others with DIY skills as I admittedly am not that crafty. Etsy was my go-to website and I basically was able to bring my vision to life by working with small crafters; you can find literally anything on the site and I had a great time working with such passionate people!
..Yes. My something old was my grandmother’s handkerchief; she and I were very close and is sadly no longer with us, so my mom wanted me to have something special from her for my big day. Our closest family friends have 2 daughters of similar age to my sister and I and we have been best friends since the day we were born. Kara and Katie got married before my sister and I, so they started a tradition, and my something borrowed was a garter. Katie passed it along to me on my wedding day and I passed it along to my sister on her wedding day. Finally, my something blue was my shoes; I chose a very classic dress and therefore wanted to wear really fun shoes. My wardrobe is dominated by navy and white, so I obviously fell in love with a pair of navy and white striped J. Crew shoes!
..I knew all the extra details I wanted to include to make my wedding special would add up in terms of costs, so I started buying things as soon as we got engaged; which really helped! A few weeks out from your big day, you are literally handing money out to every single vendor involved, so if you can start buying things earlier, it definitely helps ease the strain on your wallet.” – Erin, the bride
photography: Kate Connolly Photography with Off BEET Productions // dress: Henry Roth (purchased at Kleinfeld) // shoes: J. Crew // bridesmaid dresses: Lilly Pulitzer // men’s attire: Jos A. Bank // ceremony venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help // reception venue: Roxiticus Golf Club // cake & cake topper: Karen Gryctko (aunt of bridesmaid – cupcake tower) // catering: Roxiticus Golf Club // invitations & save the dates: Paperazzi // programs: DIY // flowers: Flowers by Addalia (father of bridesmaid) // music: Cashmere (part of Barry Herman Entertainment) // ice cream truck:Delicious Ice Cream LLC