Introducing our real bride of the month, Erin!
Erin and her husband Cameron met at work at NeoGenomics Laboratories. From the bride: "He works in one of the technical laboratory departments, and at the time, I worked in the quality department. My job allowed me access to the laboratory areas to perform audits, and I would use every opportunity to 'run into' my now husband. It was so bad that I would file papers away in a room that I knew he had to walk by just so that he would hopefully stop and talk to me (which would work!). I finally enlisted the help of his supervisor after helping her with a couple inspections. She thanked me for my help and said, 'If you need my help with anything, let me know.' Now, she meant work-related help, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. So I asked her help in getting my now husband to ask me out. His supervisor delivered, and he finally asked me out! We had our first date at Disneyland, where his father works as a Train Engineer. It was the perfect date, which lasted nearly 10 hours of me dragging him on every single ride."
Erin chose Style 973 for her classic, woodland and a bit of boho wedding. "It was the first and only dress that I tried on at Alfred Angelo, and I knew the moment that I put it on that it was my wedding dress," she says. "The staff at the Huntington Beach store were so fantastic in assisting me. My requests were that I wanted lace, a sweetheart neckline, off the shoulders and sleeves. The sales attendant knew that she had the perfect dress, and it was!"
Erin and Cameron wanted their wedding to be relaxed, classic and beautiful, with bits of woods and natural tones brought into the indoor spaces. Both share a love of history, so they wanted their wedding to have a timeless look. They chose greens, creams and pops of blush to bring their vision to life. Of her planning, Erin says that Etsy was her best friend. "Most of my wedding decor was custom-made, including custom napkins--because why not!"
On June 26, 2016, Erin and Cameron spent the early morning together packing for their honeymoon. Afterward, they went their separate ways to prepare for the big day. The two did a "first look," which Erin recommends to all brides. "I was feeling a bit nervous and overhwelmed, but after I saw my husband, and we had a chance to talk and laugh, my mind was at ease," she says. Their ceremony was intimate. "There was laughter when I placed the ring on the wrong hand—whoops!," Erin says. "And a lot of tears. It was wonderful being surrounded by family and friends and that they came to share in our wedding day."
There were plenty of memorable moments at the reception, including the fantastic catering, the beautiful strawberry naked cake and a candy bar and ice cream station. "I still tear up recalling the toast I made to my family, especially my mom, who helped me so much in planning my wedding," Erin says. "It made her cry—thanks, Mom!"
"When I think back to my reception, I remember laughter," says Erin. "Friends and family letting loose on the dance floor, getting photos taken in the photo booth, enjoying signature cocktails. It was just a joyful celebration."
Photography: Ashley Paige Photography
Venue: The Chapel of Orange
Flowers: Oceanic Flowers
Catering: No Leftovers Catering
Wedding Cake: Great Dane Bakery
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Chunk-n-Chip