Erin & Tristan’s Indie Rock Backyard Wedding
Today’s cool couple Erin and Tristan were in the dream pop band Absinthe Blind, and more recently in the indie rock outfit Headlights, when they were younger so they were on the road together for over ten years. Midwestern photographer Justine Bursoni shares with us that fittingly, “the two finally tied the rock in an indie rock way!” Armed with a DIY budget, they decided to have their cozy wedding in a favorite childhood park (rent-free!) and later partied the night away in the groom’s parent’s backyard garden.
Let’s witness their unique and stylish celebration through Justine’s gorgeous images. Be sure not to miss the free cocktail recipe concocted by the bride herself!
The pretty Erin is luckily on hand to regale us with her and Tristan’s love story:
My husband and I actually met when we were pretty young. Tristan was friends first with my older brother Seth. We didn’t start dating until we were in college though. Tris was in a band wih my brothers which I later joined as well. And the rest is history. Girl and boy go on tour, girl and boy fall in love, brothers initially freak out. But eventually of course everything settled and we are married now! So, we started our own band together and toured for many years. Now Tris is a chef and I am still a musician.
More from Erin:
I got my dress from BHLDN and I absolutely loved it to pieces. It was a little pricey, but we saved money in other ways.
I recorded an instrumental version of Bjork’s song Unison for us to walk down the aisle to. That was awesome! My dad married us. Neither of us are religious so we had our ceremony in one of our favorite childhood parks. All we had to do was let the park district know we were showing up that day and it was free and so pretty!
I guess we made our wedding unique by doing a lot of things in a non traditional way…
We did a lot of handmade things. We made the name and table number tags, the glow jars, we assembled what seems like a million mustaches and lips, and we used a lot of unique music as well. We incorporated some Jewish traditions into our wedding to honor my Jewish family.
Tristan drew our “wedding tree” which people then thumb printed and signed. We also had a lot of Bob Dylan and indie rock playing at the wedding because we really wanted it to be a party we could enjoy. We also set off fireworks at the end…but I can’t say that I recommend this because two people hurt themselves and I almost hit my friend with a roman candle flaming ball… oops! Never mix booze and fireworks kids!
My lovely friend Brooke made all of our cupcakes and frosting and we set up a cupcake bar where people could decorate their own cupcake. People really got into it. It was so funny to see these adults who I always thought were so serious walking around with their lavishly hand decorated cupcakes. Cracked us up!
The wedding’s theme was loosely a backyard, old timey affair. We wanted it to be glowing everywhere so we used a lot of white lights. We made what I called glow jars by using yellow tissue paper to paper mâché mason jars and had those all around the yard. We had invitations that had mustaches and lips on them with this lovely old timey look so we had mustaches and lips on a stick on everybody’s plates. The name tags were made out of coffee stained paper tags that had a mustache or lip at the bottom as well as their name and table number.
We had a band playing Django Reinhardt at the beginning of the night and it was in his parents backyard which his father, who is a biologist, has transformed into such a beautiful garden. It was absolutely magical. We wound up calling it our magical garden wedding.
Erin is also a bartender so she designed their wedding cocktail. She made the mix for it so all the bartenders had to do was pour in the booze. She called it the “Holy Commitment Cucumber Gimlet” and was generous enough to provide us with the recipe!
Erin’s Holy Commitment Cucumber Gimlet (makes 1)
1/12 ounces gin or vodka
2 ounces cucumber purée
1/2 ounce squeezed lime juice
Lime wedge garnish
Build drink over ice in rocks glass. First the booze, then the purée, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour into a shaker. Shake it up! Pour back into rocks glass. Add a little extra ice and top with soda water for a little fizz. Stir and garnish with lime wedge. Mmmmmmm!
Huge thanks to Justine Bursoni for sending this lovely wedding my way and congratulations to the handsome couple! Thank you for sharing your special day with us.
Photographer: Justine Bursoni Photography
Caterer: L.A. Gourmet Catering
Floral Designer: Horcher Farms Country Flowers
Dress Store: BHLDN
Equipment Rentals: Herriott’s
Shoes: Something Bleu
Jewelry: Erickson Beamon
Location: Illinois, USA
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: backyard weddings, DIY weddings, garden weddings, non-traditional weddings, outdoor weddings, US weddings