Oh, I just love this gorgeous, witty, brainy, funny, lovely, foodie couple, and if they didn’t live in England, I think we’d be having an awful lot of fun together.
Erin and I first met more than ten years ago, and I was delighted when she looked me up this year, from across the Atlantic, and booked me for her September wedding. They blended their American, East Coast vibe perfectly with a wonderfully English flavor (including a London cab) and it was just an incredible example of a well-thought out wedding with heart.
I had never met Erin’s Ed, but I got a great glimmer of just how well they fit together when I read over the answers to my “Getting to know you” questions. I could paraphrase, or try to awkwardly explain what I think is so great about them, or I could just let you take a look, skipping the things that I thought were so endearing but might make them blush.
Erin regarding Ed:
“I knew it was meant to be when helping to clear up after our first meal with his parents (I had just met them). I was bringing dishes to the sink and a pretty dish with butter in it crashed to the floor. I panicked and froze, but the second it hit the floor, he said he did it.”
Ed regarding Erin:
“She’s very sort of vintage-glam. I’m just messy… I love her laugh. Specifically, I love it when I make her laugh. It’s never easy, it’s always earned.”
The two of them together:
“We’ve got this idea of marriage as a community endeavour. You know the old ‘it takes a village’ thing? Well, that’s what we’re looking for. For us, this isn’t just the two of us doing something, it’s not an individual endeavour, this wedding and marriage thing. It’s the coming together of families and friends, all of whom will have a role in nurturing and sustaining the marriage – our people, our village, our future.”
And finally when I ask what would you like for me to know about you two as a couple and your wedding day?
“That formality is the sworn enemy of fun. That Ed has the gift of certainty, and Erin the gifts of subtlety and empathy. Ed sees the world in black and white, Erin in technicolour. Strangely enough, it works. A bit like the Wizard of Oz, minus munchkins, plus Toto.”
Sigh. Can you see why I love them? Enjoy a peek at their vintage-glam-loving-smart-witty-erudite-foodie wedding, though it’s just a peek since I think there will be more than a few wedding blogs panting to publish this lovely day.
And their smashing details, like the London Tube map-seating chart. Sigh.
And Erin and Ed, you should auction off your gorgeous program and your amazing readings. Such original choices of poetry and verse, so fresh and honest and perfectly you.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt of one of their chosen readings:
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straighforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you beause I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
from Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
Happy love, Erin and Ed!
Venue: The Towers, Narragansett, RI
Floral: Flower Thyme
Music: Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band
Caterer: West Bay Gourmet
Cake: Ice Cream cake from Brickley’s
Makeup: Sara Faella
Hair: Allen Kapstein Salon
Bridal gown: Anne Harding Bridal Shop, Bristol, UK by Justin Alexander
And, a giant THANK YOU to my amazing team member Steph Stevens of Steph Stevens Photo! I had to check the file data on about 100 pictures from this wedding to figure out which one of us shot it–you make it SEAMLESS, Steph!