Today we are so excited to bring you part 2 of Erin + Rob’s beautiful wedding! Their marriage ceremony was held at the beautiful First Unitarian Church in Worcester. The light coming in this church is absolutely lovely- for the photographers out there reading this, it was like shooting inside a giant white umbrella, with it’s reflextive white walls and soft light streaming in- I wish every church was light and airy like this one- it was a dream to photograph Erin + Rob’s magical ceremony. Erin writes about her ceremony feeling sacred and how it truly celebrated their love, and I couldn’t agree more. You could feel the love between Erin + Rob. You could feel the love of their family + friends surrounding them like a glow as they took their vows to become husband and wife. Their ceremony was one of the most emotional ones I think I’ve ever photographed….it was so beautiful and touching that I found myself choking up several times. I love my job!!! Erin + Rob, you guys really put your hearts and souls into planning your ceremony, and I think that is so special!! You guys are going to remember those moments forever…..
We could feel the sacredness and importance of our ceremony because we had spent so much time planning it, and I felt the romance in our reception from the atmosphere, to the first dance, to the little moments that we stole away from the crowd and overlooked our reception from the balcony above all of our guests. These moments were beautifully perfect, and it all felt special.
This makes me think of the most important advice I could give to any bride. What is most important, in my opinion, is the person you are marrying, the people you celebrate with, and the ceremony you have to celebrate your love. (It is easy to get lost in all the little decisions) All of the details, as beautiful as they were, could not overshadow our ceremony. Friends and family gathered to watch us make a pact to love each other forever. We spent A LOT of time planning our ceremony together so it reflected us, and gave us time to enjoy what the day was about – our love. Many other aspects of the wedding involved other people giving opinions, and making decisions, but the ceremony was ours, and ours alone. Nobody, except our minister, contributed. (And all she did was help us with a ceremony format) We had music, readings, singers, and we planned our vows. We didn’t write our own to share because we were afraid of stage fright, but we planned it all. We have watched our video and looked at our pictures so many times to relive the moment, because it was truly our moment. Others got to witness it, but we really lived it as the couple we truly are.
We were married in the First Unitarian Church in Worcester, MA. Neither of us come from this background, but we chose the church based on our combined beliefs. I was raised Catholic, and my husband was raised Christian, but we have our own philosophies about religion and god. The Unitarian Church allowed us a ceremony that was spiritual and individual. We could not be happier about where we picked to have our ceremony, because, as I have said so many times, it was about a genuine version of us and who we are as a couple in love.
I am not really a do-it-yourself kind of girl, but I managed a few things. The main things I created were the menu card, and wedding programs. The wedding program idea I took from a program I found on The Knot. I liked the initials as a backdrop, and I thought, That looks simple enough. I think I can do that. With a basic graphic design program (It cost $50), I created the programs. I used cardstock from Staples that was meant to be greeting cards (the greeting cards have prefolds in them that made it easy to make a nice clean fold). I printed the programs at home on my color printer (I tried taking them to a professional and the color didn’t come out right. The color worked best on my own printer and matched our color scheme as closely as possible). I used a thin Ivory ribbon to tie along the seam of the programs to make them look more finished. The great thing is that they came out how I wanted them without having to get something that didn’t look like what I envisioned. The menu programs were created in the exact same way, and we bought a paper cutter to cut the paper in half after the cards were printed. My husband put a lot of time and labor in with me to get these projects done. He’s the best! I couldn’t have done it myself, and he is a much better paper cutter than I could ever be (very precise!)
One of my favorite moments I’ve ever captured…..EVER…
After the ceremony, we had a plan, but things just started to flow naturally. I am glad we had a plan, but I am glad we didn’t over plan it. We really wanted the moment coming out of the church to happen without being posed. It’s the moment in the photos where we are running down the church steps just after our ceremony – flower petals being thrown and that little bubble in the picture frame, genius! That picture is real. We came running out of that church and people cheered, threw rose petals (in our pale yellow color scheme) and blew bubbles. It was an exhilarating moment. So much fun!
After that, we scurried to the courtyard at the side of the church, and we had a moment alone. Away from the receiving line, and people, we were able to just be. Amazing! Paul and Krystal captured that time we had together so beautifully. Not one of those pictures was posed. We just existed together in this moment of happiness and they captured it all. Beautiful!
STAY TUNED FOR PART 3 OF ERIN + ROB’S STUNNING WEDDING….coming up tomorrow. : )
Here are all the details:
The Planner : DIY by Erin + Rob
The Dress : Maggie Sottero, Pronuptia Bridal Worcester
The Shoes : Coloriffics
The Hair Stylist : Amy Baker from TuModa, Worcester
The Makeup Artist : Erin did her own
The Rings : Salvatoree & Co., NYC
The Groom’s Attire : Bonardi’s Formalwear, Worcester
The Ceremony Site : First Unitarian Church, Worcester
The Stationary : Erin designed programs, invitation from Hallmark Paper Store
The Officiant : Rev. Dacia Reid
The Reception Venue : Tuckerman Hall, Worcester
The Floral Design : French Bouquet Florist Inc, Worcester
The Food : Struck Catering, Worcester
The Cake : Dianne Rockwell The Cake Lady, Sterling
The Music : DJ Kevin Whitney (Reception), Will Sherwood (organist/pianist for the ceremony)
The Cinematographer : Timothy Bakland