A Pink Whimsical DIY Wedding in New Jersey
Erica and Rob
Kim, Erica's sister, met Rob at a concert in 2009. After the show, she texted Erica saying she just found Erica's future husband. Two years later, on August 6, 2011, they tied the knot at the bride's childhood home in Clifton, New Jersey.
Vintage garden elements, DIY decor, and lots of musical touches set the mood. The couple (she's a social worker, and he's a digital imaging specialist for Martha Stewart Living) brought their vision for an intimate late-morning wedding to life with loads of handcrafted details.
After spotting album-inspired save-the-dates in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, Erica and Rob decided to customize and send similar ones made by Ello There.
Erica and Rob also ordered a record-player poster from Ello There.
The couple put on records and played guitar in Erica's bedroom while posing for some photos.
Their ceremony arch was decorated with ribbons and tissue paper pom-poms. The paper parasols from Luna Bazaar guarded the 58 guests from the sun during the outdoor ceremony.
Portraits in the Yard
The newlyweds and their bridal party posed for photographer Kella MacPhee in their neighbor's yard.
All in the Family
Sophie, the couple's pup, joined in for a few photos.
Programs, fashioned into fans, sported the couple's favorite lyric from the Cure's "Lovesong." They matched the invitation from Baumbirdy.
Erica walked down the aisle to The Beatles' "All My Loving." After the ceremony, hand in hand with her new husband, she walked up the aisle to the band's "And I Love Her." In between, the nature-loving couple planted a lime tree and the bride's brother, Matthew, read from Louis de Bernieres' "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
Erica wore godetia flowers in her hair. Her bouquet of garden roses, alstroemeria, and heather was tied with ribbons and her late father's wedding band. Both accents were created by Allwood Florist.
Pops of Color
Mason jars wrapped with vintage lace were filled with godetia and placed around the ceremony site.
A Sweet Treat
A cart stocked with strawberry shortcake ice cream bars was wheeled out for a post-ceremony treat.
Festive napkins were customized by ForYourParty.com.
The Guest Book
A poster by Bleu de Toi featuring the couple's names, wedding date, and a bicycle built for two served as their guest book. Guests were encouraged to create "balloons" with their inked-up thumbs.
The reception took place at Madison Bar and Grill in Hoboken, New Jersey. The brunch buffet included creme brulee French toast, eggs Florentine, frittatas, bagels, croissants, and fresh fruit. It also included savory penne vodka, salad, and a raw bar.
A playlist, created by the groom, of the couple's favorite songs was piped through the restaurant's sound system.
Seed bombs from Visualingual carried the garden theme from the ceremony through to the reception.