From Erica: Six months after our ceremony in England, we flew out to California for our very country wedding in my hometown in Northern California. This time we had a full bridal party with friends from high school and college and my best friend wrote and performed our commitment ceremony (including a homily that brought us to tears!). The whole day was hosted as the local county fair grounds, so we camped up the country theme! Guests arrived to fresh apple cider and sweet breads (pumpkin, apple & cinnamon) while a local celtic band played on hay bales. Our ceremony was in a little tucked-away garden. We included a hand-binding ceremony and requested that our parents, bridal party, and guests sign a marriage certificate as our ‘legal’ acts. The evening consisted of cocktails, a tri-tip BBQ buffet, speeches, and copious amounts of dancing to cheesy pop music. The room was decorated with autumnal fabrics in embroidery hoops, English bunting, Christmas lights, and red accents. Our table decorations/favours were homemade jars of jams, tomatoes, salsa, beets—anything red!—made and decorated by our family and friends! As we had over 120 people there for the day, family and friends were also massive in helping set-up and clear-up. We will be forever grateful for all who chipped in to help create both weddings!
We honeymooned the following year in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and continue to make our home in London, England. We were thought we were ‘done’ getting married but then SCOTUS and the UK parliament started to make moves towards marriage equality in 2014 and we got excited that we might actually be able to be MARRIED (and legally recognized!!) in both countries…but that’s a different post!
Photos courtesy of Wyatt Olson Photography.