Monday, January 28, 2013

The best is the enemy of the good.

I procrastinated writing about my wedding for ESB because I wanted to write something perfectly awesome, but there are no such words to encapsulate everything I want to say about it. Thankfully Jessica Schilling did one hell of a job with the photos, so they do most of the talking.

I had many of the same struggles all brides have with their weddings, but it was the first (god willing, only) time for me, so of course it felt like I was the only person dealing with xyz. That being said, I highly recommend working full time and being a full time grad student while planning your wedding. You find that you have no time to be indecisive. My mantra became "The best is the enemy of the good."

For instance, we didn't give much thought to how long it would take for the various parties to get down the aisle versus the songs playing. We just cut that shit about 30 seconds into each song (the dudes - "Going the Distance" from the Rocky soundtrack, the ladies - Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane...", and me/my parents - Bach's Cello Suite #something - 1?) with no fancy fading. Sounded kind of hilarious and half assed in retrospect, but world did not end! Laughed a lot instead.

We did this low-ish budget style (for LA at least) but spent a much higher percentage on our officiant than most wedding budgets will tell you to. We hired Gina Zimmerman - the one wearing a glittery shawl and harem pants blessing our marriage site with sage - and it was one of the best decisions we made.

Knowing we had way way WAY too much going on while wedding planning meant we wanted to make sure the one part that actually mattered - the ceremony - was exactly what we wanted. Gina came to our home, nestled up with our cats and listened to us for hours one evening so she could write extraordinarily beautiful things for the ceremony about us, the partnership we have, and the partnership we strive towards. It was totally, completely awesome.

I totally expected to be a crying mess during our vows etc, but it took till our first dance (The Breeders - Off You) for me to totally lose it. And lose it I did! Makes for fun pictures.

Photos by Jessica Schilling. Check out tons more images of Erin & Mike's totally, completely awesome wedding (along with dets about location &c.) over here.

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  1. Looks like the perfect wedding without a lot of fuss and all the smiles to remind you that everyone remembered the REAL reason they were there :)


  2. This was such a great wedding to be a part of, and I love Erin's words of wisdom! Thanks so much for featuring it!

  3. It was such a thoughtful, meaningful, un-cheesy, fun wedding!
    P.S. Erin may act like everything was slapped together but it was GORGEOUS. Check out the teal ombre wedding cake and her succulent bouquet in the photo gallery, omgggg.

  4. That's the same location my very good friend got married at in Eagle Rock!! Looks like a great wedding!

  5. Aw, that's where I got married! Such a special place.

  6. Aw, that's where I got married! Such a special place.

  7. Oh you did your first dance to The Breeders :) So so cool.
    I wish you all the love and joy and happiness, your wedding doees look like lots of laid-back fun. And all the colors :)I particularly like the 4th photo, where you are pulling your dress up in to place.