Real Wedding | Erin & Alan

I have the loveliest wedding to share with you guys today. When I was in college I worked with these two lovely people at the Children’s Center on campus. Then, years later, I heard they were getting married! When I saw their gorgeous photos by Fry Photography, I knew I had to feature their wedding. It’s too cute for words. Enjoy!

From Erin: We met working at the Children’s Center. We were coworkers and friends for 5 years, before becoming something more. After 2 years of dating we decided to adventure around the world together, leaving our friends and family behind to start a new chapter in Turkey. We got engaged that year, while visiting Prague.

We wanted our wedding to be a mix of our new home, and our old one. With inspiration from Turkish culture, as well as SLO essentials. We went with a travel theme incorporating Turkish decorations, Turkish food, Turkish favors, and Turkish traditions. Our food also highlighted our favourite foods from home (clam chowder, tri-tip, bacon skewers, central coast wines) We also found beers from Prague, Hawaii, and San Francisco (some of our other favourite places).

My flower girl was my dear friend and roommate of 5 years who always wanted to be my flower girl. She was awesome. Our ring bearers were many of our dearest friends and family members. As a way of including all of the people who might have made up a wedding party (we decided not to) we invited them all to share their favourite quote, advice, or lyric about love. The ring was passed forward from one person to the next, each sharing some sweet words before passing.

The best part of our wedding was all of the help and love we got from everybody. Our friends did the cake, the flowers, the music, the venue, the set up, the ceremony, the photography, my make up, the dance choreography, our guest book design, our logo… everything. (My old preschool class even folded hundreds of paper airplanes for us to use as decorations all everywhere.) It was so nice to just TRUST that they would make it beautiful, because they cared.

We had a lot of fun picking out music that we thought was both meaningful, and different.For our first dance we used  “Just you and me” by Zee Avi. It really kind of tells the story of our relationship, but we before we even realized that, we fell in love with the sweet uke sound. We wanted a song that WASNT traditional for the procession, something familiar to people, without being overdone. We decided on a cover of Journey’s “Faithfully” by Matt the Electrician. And we chose “Sound of Sunshine” by Micheal Franti for the recession. It just sounded like celebration. Rather than doing a traditional father daughter dance etc. We did a family dance, where we started with me and my dad, and Alan with his mom, and then every 30 seconds or so we broke up and all went and got someone else. It wasn’t choreographed, or outlined, so we ended up with all of our family, and some friends too out on the dance floor dancing with our parents and siblings. It was hilarious, and delightful. That was to “Everybody” by Ingrid Michealson.

In short (if you can call it that) it was the best day ever. I still get tingly when I think about how glad I am that we decided to throw out the size limitations and just invite all the people we wanted to party with. We’re so glad they all got to come. It was a party neither one of us will ever forget.

Venue: Grieg Home, Nipomo, CA (Private Residence)

Photographers: Fry Photography

Florist: April Flowers

Cake: Missi Cakes

DJ: DJ DP from The Library, San Luis Obispo

Food: Jaffa Cafe, San Luis Obispo and Splash Cafe, San Luis Obispo

Dress and Suit: Custom made in Turkey

Officient: Mateo (friend)

Day of coordinator: Nikki (friend)

Video: Danielle and Bryan (friends)

Hair: Bladerunner

Dance choreography: Teana Fredeen (friend)

And, here’s Erin and Alan’s stop motion Save The Date. It’s super cute too! From Erin, about the Save The Date: “Alan and I went bowling as a non romantic V-Day activity before we started dating. On a bet, Alan ended up doing the worm on the floor of the alley. That’s when I knew I loved this guy. The rest of the story is rather self explanatory (I think). We spent about 20 hours cutting, placing, replacing, and taking pictures to make this. Worth it.”


Linda Z - October 26, 2011 - 7:51 pm

How sweet and adorable. I love all the pretty, vibrant colors they used as accents.

And what a unique and darling video! I’ve never seen anything like that! :)

Jess - October 26, 2011 - 7:54 pm

Oh goodness those photos of their first look are some of the sweetest I have ever seen! I love them!!! So romantic with that twirling dress :) great wedding

Ashley M - October 26, 2011 - 11:00 pm

WHERE on earth did she get those adorable shoes in my wedding color???

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} - October 27, 2011 - 3:47 pm

What a fabulous wedding! And I love the groom’s choice of wardrobe!

Erin - October 27, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Thanks for the feature Colleen! Lovely! Ashley, I got my shoes here in Turkey. I love them, not only were they the perfect colour, but they were super comfy too. Good luck finding some for yourself!

Ashley M - October 27, 2011 - 11:39 pm

Thanks for the reply Erin, I was afraid of that! I’m searching and I hope I’m as luck as you. Beautiful wedding!

Mateo - October 28, 2011 - 4:03 am

It was such an honor to be a part of all the love. The joy on Erin and Alan’s faces was absolutely electric, I get all tingly thinking about it too!

Erin - October 28, 2011 - 9:23 am

Mateo, you are so loved. You and your silly wife.

bree [capitolromance] - October 28, 2011 - 3:14 pm

those wedding portraits in the tub are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! omg this wedding rules so much. love the bride’s dress and the overall color scheme. the wedding looked like SO much fun

Stasha - October 28, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Wow what a beautiful wedding! I love the the color scheme and all the personal touches. Such great shots; I hope you guys feature more from this photographer!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - October 29, 2011 - 12:56 am

A Tiffany blue tub…how fab! This is such a cute wedding.

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