Today is my 13th (!!!!!!) anniversary with Andrew. I cannot believe we’ve been together now over 15 years, but also can’t recall life before him ( well I can, but I’d rather not). So a little revisit to our wedding feels appropriate, as it always does. I am so glad that still, 13 years later, our special day looks classic. There aren’t any glaringly obvious “trends” or choices that make me cringe at all, which is shocking — and makes me very happy.
Even though I am SO glad I got married pre-social media/ Pinterest (OMG the PRESSURE), I still have fun thinking about how I would design a wedding today. So that’s what I did today! I know it’s shocking that I would pick blue as a color (insert eye roll) but I would keep it a mix of neutrals, blues and gold and a blend of traditional formality with a hint of country casual.
I love the looks of a simple and structured gown (like my actual dress) but with an off the shoulder detail. Hides the upper arm (my least favorite part) and yet looks super elegant. With some pale blue shoes, a vintage inspired veil and some knockout earrings, I’d be all set. :)
Dress, top // Dress, bottom left // shoes (something blue) // earrings (something borrowed, of course) // hair comb // veil
china // flatware // candlesticks // napkins
I mean, this is imaginary so any budget constraints are OFF the table, so to speak. Tablecloths made from Lee Jofa’s floral print and seat covers in a Schumacher stripe. Bernadaud’s Constance china (which I would register for now if I could) and super loose/ garden style florals, perhaps in blue and white chinoiserie jars, as shown on this amazing Instagram account @cakeatelieramsterdam.
I love the feeling of a historic mansion (which we actually got married in)- like Chanel Dror’s wedding, which was pretty inspirational.
Ugh, I want a room that looks like this, thanks.
These two scenes from Putnam & Putnam events are pretty perfect too– one a little more intimate and formal, the other larger and more rustic.
For the ladies, crisp fitted button downs and MDS Stripes skirts in, of course, “Erin stripe”. :) For the men, a grey-blue slim cut suit and simple dot tie.
skirt // earrings // suit // shirt // tie
I have such an obsession with paper goods, so the common practice of crazy detailed and layered invitations would be too tempting to pass up!
But thankfully, I picked the right guy, and won’t have the need for another wedding :) Andrew is my biggest cheerleader, especially in tough times, and I am so glad to have him as a partner in life. Happy anniversary honey!
Happy Anniversary!! Victoria Burdick married us as well :) Love her! Your wedding looked fabulous!
Everything about your wedding was gorgeous. I got married in 1992 … the late 80s and early 90s were not known for “classic style” in fashion, hairstyles, or decorating. Remember balloon valances? Yeah. With the exception of puffed short sleeves on the knee-length bridesmaids dresses, though, my wedding stands the test of time pretty well. Better than my (now) ex-husband. Ha!
Re this post: I’m totally heart eyes.
Looking forward to your Emmy fashion post. I literally LOL’d when I saw Laura Dern. What in the name of all that’s holy was she thinking. The night’s biggest fail.
May you both live “HAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!” franki
Happy anniversary! What a huge accomplishment!
Lovely, then and now.
Congratulations! May this be your best year yet in marriage. (But also know that you are staring at the second 7th-year stump, so don’t panic if things don’t seem to be so rosy. You have been through a LOT. You are living HIGH STRESS. I never bought into the “funk” of the 7th year until mine came. And then the second. And this year has been the third!- 21 years! Praying you two stay strong and cling to each other…you two are your greatest gifts in life! Peace. Oh, and your style was stunning 13 years ago and as you said, timeless. But I also love your uber expensive do-over inspiration photos.
Love this post, love your attendants’ outfit concept!! But where to get a crisp button down shirt that will stay crisp and is fitted to the waist so it doesn’t sag? Thank you all in advance for any recommendations!
A bodysuit version! A must with a skirt like this!
I love this post! Also picked the right guy so not wedding planning anytime soon, but still nice inspiration for tabletop, fashion etc. This story brilliantly blends the personal and the design-inspo. #nailedit, Erin!
Both your reality and fantasy weddings are stunning! That veil! Those blue shoes! And the gorgeous china!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful and incredible style. Happy Anniversary!!
Happy Anniversary! Both of your weddings look lovely and classy. Natch.
Your wedding was pretty darn perfect. I’ve never been to or hosted one that was more filled with love and fun. Besides those most important features, it was beautiful. The flowers…… the table settings….. and then there was the bride!❤️
This warmed my heart. Is there anything as precious as a mother’s love? : )
If I were to get married at this late stage in life, it would be a simple, inexpensive wedding. I would wear a nice outfit and shoes that I already owned, and would have my favourite florist make a bouquet, a boutonniere and a couple of arrangements for the table. We would have dinner in the formal dining room at our club with 20 or so of our friends and relatives. There would be no band/orchestra/DJ, no photographer, no cake, no custom invitations, just good friends, good food and good wine.
The money we saved by not having all the extras would go towards renovating our kitchen.
What an honor to be featured! Thanks so much, and congrats to you! We’re coming up on two years next week, and seeing this makes me feel all the feels all over.
I started my wedding look with the Manolo Blahnik blue Hangisi gorgeous pumps which a friend at my wedding informed me were the same shoes Kerry wore in her city hall wedding in Sex in the City. They were my something blue and my inspiration for the whole wedding day from the blue hydrangea flowers to the vintage crystal buckle the hair stylist fashioned in my loose bun. Thanks for such a fun post.
Victoria Burdick married us as well! She was just so wonderful and made our ceremony feel so “us!” Your wedding looks beautiful! Also, I too know the rollercoaster that is IVF and the pain and heartache of miscarriage. Sending you and your beautiful family lots of love and light.
Congratulations!! You are so right! Timeless and classic!
I’m married 33 1/2 years and ours was a December wedding done on a miniscule budget (we were buying a house the same month). We had evergreen trees with twinkle lights and I wore a plaid taffeta skirt with a white lace blouse. We had a simple buffet with cheeses and roast turkey and salads and cake. And I had my arm in a sling since I broke it on Thanksgiving day. But if nothing goes wrong, you’ve got no stories to tell!
I think our best choice was to spend all our money on buying a house since we sold it 1 1/2 yrs ago for almost 10 X what we paid for it.
I love both your actual wedding and your pinterest perfect wedding. I love September weddings.
Congratulations! Love this post—it’s fun to think about and revisit. I’m married 16 years this fall and would love to do it again (in my mind). xx
i force my husband to look at our wedding album each june LOL- it was a while ago so there is stuff i would change: my photographs mostly are all formal taken in a studio for example….