When I look at pictures from Erin and Nick's wedding it just makes me happy. The bright fun colors, the personalized details, and of course the couples radiant smiles are all a reflection of their personalites that are reflected in their day. Erin and Nick moved to Seattle, in large part because of the natural beauty in the area, so they wanted their love of nature to be part of their outdor ceremony. Friends and family all pitched in to work on lots of DIY projects including centerpieces at the reception, desserts for the sweet table, and one of Erin's friends even designed all the bridesmaids dresses to reflect each girls individual personality. A huge thanks to Erin and Nick for sharing the details of their day, and to Jennifer Shaffer Photography for the lovely images.
From the Bride, Erin...
After Nick and I got engaged we discussed where we should have our wedding: Seattle or Chicago? We met teaching at a school in Chicago and the large majority of our family and friends still reside in the Midwest. We moved to Seattle three years ago because of the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. We love Seattle and the life we are building together, but we decided that having our wedding in Chicago would be best for us because the majority of our family and friends are there--we wanted to be surrounded by the people we love on our wedding day. We did however decide that we wanted to bring a little bit of Seattle with us--hence, the outdoor ceremony site and the lodgey/homey feel of our reception hall. Nick and I are both teachers so we decided a summer wedding would be best. We both love natural beauty (part of the reason we moved to Seattle) and would have loved to have our entire wedding outdoors but July in Chicago can be really warm. We wanted everyone attending to be comfortable so we settled on a short, intimate wedding ceremony outdoors and then have the reception that still had a warm/relaxed feel to it but was in the air conditioning.
Our wedding had so many details that not only reflected the things we love and value but so many pieces of the day were personalized by family members and friends. The day really wouldn't have been possible without all of their help. The center pieces were created by our family friend Judy Prunty and my mother Sharon-Maack Connolly. The artwork (paintings of trees to reflect Seattle) used in the center pieces were each hand painted by friend Julie Sala. Wildflowers in the center pieces were picked by family and friends in a field near where I grew up the day before the wedding.
Lace from my mother's bridal gown was used on my wedding bouquet. Since both of us our teachers we made little chalkboards to use as table numbers and place settings. We also included a chalkboard for guests to write messages on to us and take pictures with.
Marriage Equality is extremely important to Nick and I. We designed Marriage Equality buttons to be included on all the boutineers and bouquets. We also donated to the Human Rights Campaign in lieu of favors, and one of our readings focused on the rights of all people to choose who they marry. In between the ceremony and reception friends and family gathered at an Irish pub for snacks and live music (the pub happens to be the place that I told my sister very early on in Nick and I's relationship that I was going to marry him).
Participating Vendors: Photographer: Jennifer Shaffer Photography // Caterer: William Tell Banquets // Cake and Dessert vendor: Leeson’s Cakes, Inc. // Florist: Sarah Lowry and my mother Sharon Maack-Connolly // DJ/Band: Calvin Cornell // Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias // Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Sarah Lowry // Groom’s attire Designer: Black by Vera Wang // Groomsmen’s attire Designer: Black by Vera Wang