First of all, Becky and Ernie's wedding is just delightful. From the pictures alone, you can tell that everyone is having an amazing time. The best part, though, is that not only is the wedding inspirational, but also the couple. After their honeymoon Becky and Ernie returned to their NY home to find it devastated by Hurricane Sandy. With everything inside covered in five feet of water, they actually only had a handful of possessions left. But their sweet friends rallied around them, loaning them what they needed and giving them a place to stay. And through it all, they have remained upbeat and positive. Thank you so very much to Katie Osgood for sharing not only this great nautical wedding, but also this awesome couple.
What was the vision for your wedding?
My vision was for a nautical, simple wedding that was FUN! I went for lantern centerpieces with simple yet beautiful flowers, chevron accents on invitations, table numbers, programs and linens. I love the classic look of grey and yellow together, yellow is my favorite color and grey helps tone it down for an October wedding. The bridesmaids looked so classic and elegant in grey dresses from Bella Bridesmaids and yellow Nina shoes with yellow bouquets. The groomsmen and my groom looked dashing in their navy suits with yellow ties. The navy brought out the blue in my husband's eyes and looked so rich against the yellow and grey.
For a guestbook we didn't want the classic book for people to write in, that would one day just get dusty and I wouldn't look in it anymore. So we found the thumbprint tree on Etsy from Bleu De Toi. Not only is it a guest book, but now we can hang it in our living room and always look back on the love that surrounded us on our wedding day.
We also didn't want to do traditional table numbers, we both come from divorced families and it didn't feel right to have to number each of their tables and have it feel like a ranking. Instead, we opted to make picture frames with places that meant something to us in each one instead of numbers. My cousin Sarah Vitiello is in graphic design and was able to mimic my invitations and create a chevron background for them. We got frames from the $1 store and spray painted them all white to match.
My invitations were one of my FAVORITE elements. I hated all the traditional ones I found everywhere so I went to Etsy and hunted around and saw ones that were practically made for me. Julie Newbrough was a dream to work with too.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
Saying our vows to each other in the sweetest little church (St Gertrude's in Bayville), I was completely over taken by emotion. I had no idea how much I would bawl while I said them but it just filled my heart with such joy and love I was overcome and couldn't help myself. We found our vows on Pinterest and they really went right to my heart from the 1st moment I read them. Also walking down the aisle with my Dad was so incredibly special to me; it just meant the absolute world and made me feel like a little girl in a way and I wouldn't trade that moment for the world.
How did you know your partner was "the one"?
Ernie has made me feel loved and adored from the first day I met him. I would have never imagined I could feel so secure and safe and confident in someone's love for me before him. What stood out to me the most was the confidence that I felt, that no matter where life took us or what roads we went down, Ernie would always love me and would fight to keep the love we have. I think that really says something; that you are both fully committed to your love and to making it work. Let's face it, life is going to throw you curveballs, we found that out right away in our marriage, but as long as you are both committed to your marriage and willing to fight for it, you'll make it through. I have all the faith in the world that this is true for Ernie and me.
Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?
Enjoy your engagement! It's such a brief period of your life that you only get to experience once. Relish in it, read as many bridal magazines and blogs as possible. Keep your ring clean and sparkly and dream about the biggest, bestest, most perfect wedding ever for a bit before you actually start planning. It can get stressful but always remember all that really matters is that you are marrying this person you love with all your heart and that no matter what, the day will be perfect because THAT is what it's all about!!
My only regret is not having a videographer. I thought it was cheesy and not worth the extra money but that day was so joyous and happy that I wish I had a video to watch over and over again to bring it back to life!
One last thing: if you can afford a planner, get a planner. I didn't but I think life would've been so much better with one!
Photographer: Katie Osgood Photography
Shoes: Steve Madden
Accessories: pearl/crystal Bracelet: Nina from Nordstroms, fitted crystal bracelet worn for ceremony: heirloom (Ernie's grandmother's), Earrings: Lord & Tayor, Veil: handmade by Bridal Veil Falls in NYC
Groom and Groomsmen: SRG Fashion (Giovanni Bresciani)
Venue, catering, and cake: Crescent Beach Club
Cake topper: Better Off Wed
Flowers: Blushing Brides & Blooms