Now for part 3 of Erin + Rob’s lovely wedding!! Their reception was held a the gorgeous Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, is home of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and according to their website “is an important historic structure as well as one of New England’s architectural jewels.” The perfect place for a romantic wedding of a romantic couple. Erin did such an amazing job coordinating the lovely yellows and ivorys with the blues and golds of this hall- it looked stunning in fact!
So, now the details. As the bride, I had a reign over many of the details, and my husband approved. Brides, please make sure your husband is involved (amen, sister!). I don’t know if I was always great at this, but I never made a decision without him knowing and agreeing to it (at least I don’t think I did. He might differ in opinion. ). Anyway, he let me have the reigns, but I wanted him to be involved.
I wanted simple, and traditional with a few modern twists. I have loved the movie Father of the Bride with Steve Martin since I was 10 years old, and as corny as it seems, I wanted her wedding. I spent a lot of time looking at pictures in magazines and online at other people’s weddings to find what I liked. From that I started to get an image of what our wedding could be.
So, I picked a few essential things to create a theme. I didn’t want flashy colors, so I went with a Maiz color as the primary palette. I wanted everything to be understated – a lot of ivory and hints of yellows. From the flowers to the ceremony programs these were the colors. My maid of honor wore a soft blue colored gown (same style as the other girls), and so I added that as an accent color. Also, I fell in love with phallenopsis orchids. I knew nothing about flowers (I still don’t), but I knew I loved the look of that flower. They’re expensive so we incorporated them in the most important accents – my bouquet, the groom’s boutinere, the centerpieces at the reception, and on the cake. With the color palette, and orchids in mind, we planned every element of the wedding. The goal in mind, was simple, elegant, and a modern twist on a traditional wedding.
It may sound like these decisions came easily, but it took me months (if not a whole year) to work on this simple vision. I give kudos to any bride who does things more elaborately.
I definitely also knew that romance was important to us as a couple. To create romance at the ceremony, we chose an organist and a violinist as our musicians. The violin created a very romantic feel without the fanfare of a trumpet. Also, candlelight was important to me. I would have had candles strewn on every inch of space if I could have, but we were limited by our vendor. So, we had three votive candles per table at the reception, and the lighting of the room was nice and soft, which created that candle-like glow that I wanted throughout the night.
One of the most important things I think we did when it came to the cake and flowers was to allow our vendors the ability to create on their own without giving too much input. We trusted that they knew what they were doing, and would make the right decisions. Because they had artistic license with just a few hints about color and style, they were able to create beautiful looks to incorporate into our reception. There were little pops of bright yellows in our flowers that I would have never suggested, but Jeff French put them there because we let him make those decisions. He made a perfect decision and had a vision that I could have never given to him if I had decided every little detail. It was important that I told our vendors that we trusted their vision. And they made everything gorgeous! At least, I think so. Am I getting carried away?!
My dress. I didn’t take it off until 3:00AM when the afterparty finally ended. If my corset wasn’t so tight, I would have kept it on through the next day. My dress was everything I wanted, and it looked completely different from what I originally thought I wanted. I tried on a lot of dresses, and this one just made me feel beautiful, sophisticated, and sexy. I have never felt so much confidence as I did on the wedding day, because I felt radiant in that dress. I definitely felt my dress had the romance that I had hoped to create throughout the day.
The day after the wedding when we woke up we said to each other that the wedding was the most fun we ever had, but we would never want to go through that again. It was exhausting and stressful! But after the tiredness wore off, we wished it hadn’t gone by so fast.
Thank you Erin for taking the time to share with us your thoughts about your wedding day! Paul and I were truly honored to be part of your and Rob’s wedding day, and wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!
Here are all the details about Erin + Rob’s beautiful wedding:
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