Erin + Jonathan have confessed that they have some pretty nerdy pastimes. At one point they even had visions of a science-themed wedding taking place in a hall of minerals (that actually sounds beautiful!), or in the shadow of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton (and that sounds kind of amazing), with a unity thermite reaction instead of a unity candle. Of all the things they could have done to represent all their favorite hobbies, they also didn’t want their wedding to be a catalog of every hilarious internet meme they’ve encountered. In the end they went with something timeless, that would remain relevant even in their old age.
In determining what I could do myself, I felt that I had to be careful how much I added, because simplicity would let the beauty of the gardens around us really come front-and-center. In the end, I chose bunting made out of vintage bedsheets as the sole DIY decoration. Some of the sheet patterns were ways to acknowledge those no longer with us– the patterns I knew from my father’s house and the musty closet at Nana and Poppop’s.
Even while we were making all the decor work so hard for us, we made sure to add in our nerdy touches. We rolled for initiative to see who got to go first in saying vows (I won, but my husband got to eat his cake first.), and in an homage to Dungeons and Dragons, I styled my ring after a magical item, the Ring of Three Wishes.
We’re feeling extra peppy after all those fun bright colors! Congratulations Erin + Jonathan!
Photography: Morgan Trinker / Rings: Silverwoods, Apples of Gold / Hair: by Jill English at Paris Parker / Bride’s dress: made with love by Mom / Veil: TessaKim / Earrings: Sapphirines (yes, sapphirines, not sapphires) from The Gem Trader set by Texas Diamond and Jewelry / Shoes: Luichiny / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers, tie is Michael Kors, shoes are Zengara / Invitations: “Barn Party!” from Minted / Bunting: vintage bedsheets and fabric fat quarters along with wide cotton twill tape from Twill Tape and made using modified instructions from Offbeat Bride / Quaker wedding certificate: Urban Collective / Flowers: Heromans, bud vase flowers from Whole Foods and DIYed by amazing wedding helpers / Cake plates and relish dishes: Ebay and etsy, with one of the cake plates being an heirloom from a beloved great aunt who passed away / Cake decorations: ReadyGo Paper Studio / Ribbon for ring warming: FiniRibbon / Flowered tablecloths: Bride’s own / Rentals: Ginger’s Party Rental / DJ: Brandon Hayes, Press Play DJ / Cakes: Ambrosia Bakery / Fans: Luna Bazaar / Favors: Olde English Crackers