Jocelyn & Eric’s Non-Traditional Wedding with Colorful Vintage-Inspired Details
Jocelyn and Eric are definitely non-traditional — they didn’t even have an engagement ring because wearing jewelry isn’t Jocelyn’s style so Eric got her a camera instead when he proposed. It only follows that their relaxed & colorful vintagey wedding was quite offbeat as well, and not so it would stand out but because every handpicked, meaningful detail reflected who they are.
I will let Sara Smile Photography, responsible for these gorgeous photos, tell you how else the couple made their celebration their own:
There are many things about Jocelyn + Eric’s big day that stand out as unique. Jocelyn’s vintage inspired, non-white wedding dress has been my favorite dress to photograph so far. I loved that she opted for colorful paper bouquets from Etsy instead of real flowers. Even though her bridesmaids wore matching purple dresses, they each had different color ruffles underneath. Jocelyn + Eric haven’t needed rings to prove their commitment thus far, so instead of exchanching rings, Jocelyn made a pin with her Grandmother’s wedding rings that Eric pinned to her dress during the ceremony. Eric likes to make guitars out of cigar boxes so he and his groomsmen got together early in the day to drink scotch and jam on hand made instruments. Even though it is pretty common, Jocelyn + Eric decided to see each other before the ceremony. And my favorite part, Jocelyn arriving to the aisle in a classic car that matched her dress.
Let’s get to know more about the couple & their wedding through the lovely bride’s own words. Over to you Jocelyn!
I’m in tourism and Eric teaches public school. We met almost 16 years ago in college and have been together since then through college, graduate school, separate apartments, and now as a married couple 🙂 We actually got married 5 days before our dating anniversary so its nice and easy to remember important dates.
We started off by bucking with my family’s tradition and decided to not get married in a church. Instead, we went to a really nice country club with a historic barn on it where we could have the wedding, dinner, and reception with as little moving around as possible. In addition to that, we had a pretty awesome JP named Claire who had tattoos and a great sense of humor throughout the whole process.
As a nod to our fathers who are both in science, we used a quote from Albert Einstein in lieu of a reading.
The most important personalized thing that we did was to use my grandmother and nana’s wedding rings instead of buying a new one. I don’t wear jewelry, so when we got engaged, Eric bought me a camera instead of a ring. In June, a few months before we got married, my grandmother died after spending 93 long years on earth and before she did, she gave me the wedding rings that she wore every day so that she could be there, too. We put these one a pin from my aunt and after Claire talked about the over 100 years of marriage represented by these rings, Eric pinned these on me instead of putting a ring on my finger. They stayed on for the rest of the night and are currently residing in the ring box that I bought for my nephew to carry them in down the aisle.
My bridesmaids all had different colored petticoats on that they picked and had corresponding paper flower bouquets and boutonnieres for the groomsmen, who each also had the appropriate Boston sports team cuff links. I had a beautiful paper bouquet instead of real flowers, as well.
Our wedding had 2 very loose themes. The major one was travel, which we included in a few different ways. We used a boarding pass type of card for people to find their tables. I also used travel poster post cards as our Save the Date cards and the invitations had maps on them.
The table cards were photos of Eric and I in different places that we had lived or gone to for vacation and had little trivia on the back about our time in that location.
However, the theme that was more important to Eric and I was that it be a relaxed day. We had seen a lot of weddings get out of hand with the planning and stress and everything, and we wanted it to be low key and fun.
Advice from the newlyweds:
Honestly, the best advice I can give other people is to try and pay for as much of the wedding as possible to be able to retain your voice. We sat down with my parents who said that they would pay for x, y, and z and then the rest was up to us. Eric’s parents gave us a check with no strings attached, but it is important to make sure that is the case. That way, you know where you might have to bend and let someone else’s opinions have as much or more weight than yours.
I also didn’t diet or tan or run around like a crazy person before the wedding. We had our rehearsal “dinner” the week before at a park near our house with BBQ from a local joint and brought out some games and had fun. The only time I felt really stressed was driving down the incredibly long road to the venue and waiting to get out of the suite to get married. 🙂
Huge thanks Sara for sending your beautiful photos of this awesome wedding my way, and congratulations Jocelyn and Eric! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Sara Smile Photography
Event Venue (ceremony site, cocktail hour, reception, antique car rental): Blissful Meadows Golf Club
Officiant: Claire A. Miller, Justice of the Peace
Second Shooter: Latimer Studios
Paper Flowers for Bridesmaids, corsages for mothers, boutonnieres for the dads and groomsmen: My Art Treasure
Pinwheels worn by Ring Bearer and other boys: Ms Apple
Pinwheels used by flower girls for their bouquets: Aubabi78
Bride’s paper bouquet: Elite Paperie (doesn’t seem to be operating a shop anymore)
Cuff Links: Cynthia Cool Beans
Bridesmaid Jewelry: The Fab Jewelry Wedding
Suits: Men’s Warehouse: (Bride’s note: though I would not recommend them based on their treatment of my parents)
Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander 8465
Bride’s hair: Regina Weldon, through Blushing Brides Boston
Bride’s make up: Kara Geromini, through Mary Kay
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Dates: Slightly modified 27 piece American Travel Postcard Set from Anderson Design Group
Image submission via Two Bright Lights