We hope you all are enjoying the week of blogger weddings, we found inspiration in all of them and we hope you are too! Today we are going to share the ultimate rustic chic wedding of Erin from Sparkle and Hay. Each and every image is more lovely than the last!
Bride’s Comments: “Hi L&L fans! Erin from Sparkle & Hay here. A longtime fan of all things Love & Lavender I stalked (yes, I admit it, I am a blog stalker) the blog on a daily basis during my wedding planning process & continue to visit on a regular basis as I know the inspiration found within these pages never disappoints! I am absolutely tickled pink to be guest posting here today & sharing a peek of my wedding with you!”
Tell us about your blog and how you got started
“Sparkle & Hay has a niche focus on rustic chic wedding inspiration, with a little bit of life/décor mixed in. I started the blog as a personal wedding inspiration blog, for more of an organizational tool to sort/remember ideas that inspired me. I come from a business background, so I actually saw blogging as a tool to collect and share all of the ideas primarily with my wedding vendors, and for fun, with family and friends.”
How involved was your husband in wedding planning?
“This is a hard one. I would say he was probably a little bit less than the average guy (but how involved is the ‘average’ husband?) With the décor – he was on board with our overall look but left 99% of the details & decisions to me. He was very into the music, the food, and, actually, our invitations. It was at his suggestion that our invitation designer, Chocolate Creative Design, was able to create a variation of a vintage French post card (so, pretty!).”
Tell us a little about you and your husband
“Technically Dan & I met back in 2002 back in undergrad. We went to a smaller sized liberal arts college where everyone kind of “knew” everyone else. It wasn’t until 2004 when we officially ‘met’ out at a bar one fateful night. He had already graduated the year before but was still in the area so we got to chatting. All went well until I went to give him my phone number at the end of the night and added me to his phone as ‘Erica’. Not a happy camper, I told him to forget calling me & he made some attempt at recovery saying “I’ll change it to Erin next time I see you & we go out”. Well he called – and I didn’t call back – and we didn’t speak for about 2 months until yet another fateful night in another bar. To this date we argue about who approached who, but as they say, the rest is history. After 5+ years of dating (4 years of living in different states) he proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris on June 18, 2009.”
Any budget tips?
“I don’t think I could name 3 things either way – it is different for every bride. Again, back to determining what is important to you & your priorities and sticking to that. But whatever you do (or don’t) do, try not to put yourself into too much debt, feeling overwhelmed by wedding debt is not a happy way to start a marriage nor is it conducive to making/keeping happy memories of the big day to look back at!”
As a blogger, you see tons of amazing inspiration daily. How did you narrow all that inspiration down for your wedding?
“It is super easy to go into overload. Define your vision, stick to it, and be true to yourself (see my below response) will all help. It is so easy to be swayed into adding in too much detail that does not always flow together when you see so many ideas, especially in the final weeks before the wedding. Remember that you are creating an overall ambience & everything (while not needing to be matchy-matchy) should have a related flow. And remind yourself – everyday – not to compare yourself to other weddings. It is YOUR big day and should be special, meaningful, and unique to you.”
What was your favorite moment from your wedding?
“For all of the fun & delight I had reveling in the décor & planning of all the wonderful details, my favorite memory was when we were pronounced husband & wife. Hands down. I even let out an audible “yeeeessssssss!” in the church (true story). Second to that was really just taking a step back at the vineyard that evening & really taking in how beautiful everything looked and how much fun everyone was having. Feeling so lucky to be so loved & surrounded by such an amazing support system/family was such a powerful feeling. Love was in the air.”
Any advice for how to stay balanced during wedding planning?
“Honestly, I don’t know if there is such a thing! Weddings bring out so many emotions in so many people – you, your fiancé, friends, family… just remember that the day is a celebration about your love and the good ALWAYS outweighs the bad. Oh, & spontaneous crying fits are normal (occasionally) as long as they are outnumbered by “Yipeeee” jumping up & down moments.”
Any advice for brides-to-be on how to get inspired for their own wedding?
“Pay attention to the things in YOUR life that make you who you are. From the everyday little things to the longstanding traditions from your heritage. Your wedding should be an authentic representation of who you are as a couple – with a little bit of pizazz. That might seem confusing so I’ll break it out by explaining how this worked for me; how I came up with rustic chic.
“My inspiration drew from 3 main elements of my personality/our life.
- First, that we became engaged in Paris, so I knew I wanted an underlying French theme, but nothing to black & white Parisian chic. (Also, both Dan & I are part French)
- Second, that I had always dreamed of a destination wedding in a Tuscan or Provincial villa/manor; an intimate gathering surrounded by close family & friends.
- Third, the fall is both Dan & my most favorite season.
“From the colors of the leaves to the weather to the holidays (yes, I’m talking Halloween) Dan & I both have always known we wanted an October wedding. When I initially met with our wedding coordinator, Sarah True of True Event, I described my vision as ‘French Provincial meets Paris Chic’.
“I wanted a vineyard setting, but not too wine focused; Fall season, but not overkill of oranges and yellow; soft & warm lighting, browns, blushy peach, dark blues, dark purples, flowers but not too flowery, lots of candles, and textures … to name a few of the ideas I was spouting out. After some refinement finally became: Rustic Chic.”
Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Design and Coordination: Sarah True of TRUE Event
Photographer: Anna Sawin Photography
Catering: Anna Lathrop and Jeanette Holliday of Gourmet Galley
Florist: Hana Floral Design
Paper goods: Chocolate Creative Design
Beauty: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Dress: Augusta Jones from Kleinfeld New York
Bridesmaid and Bride’s clutches: Oatmeal Lace Design