Real Wedding | Erin & James

Today’s lovely wedding was sent to me by Kelsey Stremel, an extremely talented photographer from Hays, Kansas. It’s filled with stunning black and pink details, a gorgeous gown, and a sweet couple. I hope you enjoy this wedding and the beautiful photography as much as I do! Here’s what Kelsey had to say:

Erin and James’s pink and black wedding was full of handmade details. The couple and their families worked to design the church and reception decorations themselves using pink lilies, feather boas, crystals and white ostrich feathers. It was truly a family affair as the men helped cut the wood base for the table decorations and the ladies arranged the flowers, feathers and crystal details.








Erin’s wedding gown also had a DIY handmade touch and was completely one-of-a-kind wedding gown. She worked with her aunt to modify a stunning Maggie Sottero gown to create the beautiful asymmetrical straps and unique back.








Her pink garden rose and ostrich feather bouquet was also stunning, and smelled divine. The men wore boutineers made from pink garden roses and feathers.


Victoria, the town where the bride and groom are from and where they were married, was originally a Volga German community and the couple incorporated their families ethnic traditions in their wedding reception. One of these was the Brautdusch or Brautlied (Bride’s Song). Before the wedding reception celebration gets underway guests, holding their drinks in one hand, serenade the bride with this traditional Volga German song.






The couple hired a live band, Anthony & the Anamals for their wedding reception. They played a variety of music from traditional polka’s to get the older generation up and moving, to classic rock and country hits. There was a little something for everyone and the dance floor was packed all night.




The couple’s first dance was to Thompson Square’s Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not. It was perfect!

Photography by Stremel Photography
Reception Venue: Schenk Building, Ellis County Fairgrounds
Cake Designer: Linda Augustine
Band: Anthony and the Anamals
Gown: Maggie Sottero, modified and altered by Brenda Hoffman, Master Cleaners
Floral Designer: Dwayne’s Designs

What a beautiful day! Thank you again to Kelsey for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Mel {The Oceanside Bride} - May 28, 2011 - 12:59 am

Such a beautiful wedding! What an amazing dress and her hair….incredible! Makes me want to wear my hair up. Saving this post as a reference for sure! ;)

Jenna @ Heartcarry Press - May 28, 2011 - 1:45 am

The dress is AMAZING. Gorgeous job Kelsey!

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