After seven years and two children, Louisiana-based Erin Moniotte and Jason Beck finally made it official. The couple -- along with their 75 guests -- traveled to the brideâ€™s hometown of Arden, North Carolina for their English-garden inspired fete on March 17, 2012.
From the start, the bride, who previously ran a childrenâ€™s stationery company, knew she wanted to design and create the wedding invites. She drew inspiration from swatches of Liberty of London fabric, keeping the color palette neutral with accents of soft greens and red. Erin also incorporated a bear illustration found in an old French book to represent the outdoor setting of their nuptials.
The bride's grandmothers were escorted down the aisle to a guitar rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" right before Jason and his groomsmen walked to The Beatles' "Across the Universe." Before making her debut to "Claire de Lune" Erin's bridesmaids entered to "Here Comes the Sun" (also by The Beatles) and the children followed as "You Are My Sunshine" played.
The day before the ceremony, Erin and her friends put together the table arrangements of Juliet roses, red ranunculus, pink hypericum berries, herbs, and leaves. They placed them in glass vessels from World Market. Many of the containers (which included ice cream dishes, drinking glasses, storage canisters, and trifle bowls) later made their way into the couple's home.
Photography: Kate Headley Photography
Location and catering: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove (888-247-3466)
Day-of coordination: Andrea Skillman Events
Cake: Cakes by Jane
Ceremony and dinner guitarist: James Barr
Reception DJ: Dylan Skidmore of Blazin Sounds Entertainment
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals, Inc.
Hair and makeup: Pi.Salon.Spa
Engagement ring: Blanca Monros Gomez