Real Wedding – Erin & Joe Dance at Glen Sanders Mansion

Clark + Walker Studio shared this May 31, 2014 wedding with us and I’m so happy they did. Our ballerina and officer, Erin and Joe, incorporated vintage details and DIY elements into their decor. With antique centerpieces, lace chair covers, and a touching father/daughter dance, how could I pass on this couple?

Their photographer wrote, “the entire feel and theme of the day was about family, love, and people sharing true relationships.” With one of the most emotional first looks between father and daughter, there’s no questioning how much love this family shares.
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When asked about her favorite moments of the day, Erin responded, “Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband for the first time. I had the biggest smile and tears running down my cheeks, and I have never felt happier.
father walking bride down the aisle black and whiteMusic is a big part of our lives. My husband’s mom was an accomplished orchestra teacher and in her memory we had a beautiful string quartet at our ceremony. My good friend sang and a relative who is a professional organist also played at the ceremony.
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I am a dancer and choreographer and Joe is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and a police officer, so we decided to create personalized signature drinks namedThe BallerinaandThe Officer’.” bride and groom first danceI truly loved dancing with my dad during our father/daughter dance. We spent months learning and choreographing a waltz toMy Favorite ThingsfromThe Sound of Music. It was a surprise for our guests; we loved hearing the collective gasps while we danced. father/daughter dance 5 tier white round wedding cake Would you spend more or less on anything looking back?

We made sure to prioritize the things that were most important to us, and in the end I felt like we did a good job following our budget: splurging on our must-haves (i.e. photography) and saving on the rest. There are a lot of opportunities to be creative and DIY.

Is there anything that didn’t go as planned?

We were so fortunate that everything went as planned. It certainly helps that we are extremely easy-going. While all of the little details you’ve spent months and months planning are important…the only thing that truly matters is that you are able to celebrate your marriage surrounded by your family and friends. When you think of it that way, how could it go wrong?

Best use of budget? “Food, band, photographer, and videographer.

Advice for future brides?

Some of these come from a book my bridesmaids made, filled with letters written to me to read the night before my wedding.

  • Your wedding is just a day. What’s important is your marriage because it’s your life. It will likely be the most amazing day of your life; you will love it, you won’t want it to end. You definitely won’t want to ever take off your dress, but at the end of the day you are married, and that’s the very best part.
  • You are SO loved. During the ceremony, take a moment to look around and appreciate the fact that so many people who love you and your spouse are in one place. Do the same at the reception and throughout the day…many times.
  • The day will pass by so quickly. Take mental snapshots of everything. You’ll always want to remember the smell of your bouquet, the sound of your bridesmaids singingGoing to the Chapelin harmony on the way to your ceremony, the smiles on your guests’ faces as you walk down the aisle.

Photographer: Clark+Walker Studio~Venue: Glen Sanders Mansion~Dress designer: Tara Keely~Dress shop: Angela’s Bridal~Bridesmaids dresses: The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne~Florals: Bella Fleur Flower & Gifts~Stylist: Kyle Anne Garcia~Make-up: Flawless by Tina~Cake: Villa Italia Pasticceria~Catering: Mazzone Hospitality~Band: Grand Central Station~Father/daughter first dance: My Favorite Things~Videographer: Philip Coltart Films