the wedding

Sit back, fix a tall drink, and enjoy the ride because this is one seriously long post filled with plenty of style and the many happy faces of our family.

First things first.  Meet Peter’s beautiful cousin Erin and her handsome new husband, Will.  Their wedding was in their hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. We adore them both – they’re fun, gregarious, generous in spirit and perfect for each other.  I love how they were  positively glowing.

Will is a Rocket Scientist.  We’re going to have fun saying we have one of those in the family ; )

Erin’s dress was stunning – the style reminded me of  this Alexander McQueen wedding wedding dress from the Fall 2011 collection.   Here is one of the few full length shots I captured.  Don’t you love how she switched to flowers in her hair for the reception?

The reception took place in a restored train warehouse with massive windows and chocolate stained walls with exposed beams and ducts.  Delightful.  The vibe was relaxed, fun and styled just enough to keep your eyes dancing all over the room.

Entering as “Mr. and Mrs.”

THE FLOWERS.  Oh the flowers…Erin’s florist used so many unexpected elements such as eggs, cabbages, glass jars and vintage containers.  The textures, colors and occasional touches of rugged elegance made my heart flutter.

Look at this rope wrapped around a bridesmaid bouquet!

At the tables, no two arrangements were the same.  Each had their own personality yet blended together.  I was really digging that.

This was at the drink station.

Roasted red pepper soup tasters.  Erin and Will are foodies.  Everything was delish.

Their cake was a tower of gourmet cream puffs with a mouthwatering buttercream cake at the bottom.  I ate my weight in cream puffs that night.

A picture of Erin’s grandmother and grandfather was perched next to the cake at the table.  Her name was Ruth – she’s also Peter’s grandmother.  She had a Hollywood glam beauty about her.  But I’m told what made her the most captivating was her ever present kindness and caring demeanor.  What an incredible legacy to leave behind.  Wish I could have met her.   Notice the necklace Erin is wearing in a few up the close shots – it was recreated into a pendant from Ruth’s jewelry collection.

Aunt Patricia and I watching while Erin and Will cut into the groom’s cake.

Trying to keep our busy body out of the cream puffs while we served.

THE FAMILY.  This was our favorite part.  Most of these pictures speak for themselves.


By 7 o’clock the heels came off.  It was time to kick back and have some fun.  We discovered that our kids love to party.  Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

Cousins : )

Peter’s sister, Mary Ann and her husband James.  Love them.
Our handsome boy is growing up…
Yes, we’re holding paper airplanes – more on that in a moment.
Guess who caught the bouquet?  That was a shocker…
And there was stiff competition for the garter.  The top little guy was all about it.
Our youngest somehow snagged it.
In lieu of rice or bubbles, we appropriately threw paper airplanes for Erin and Will’s goodbye.
The next morning was a huge family breakfast – and giant cups of coffee for many of us.  Followed by various arm wrestling matches.  Not sure what that was about, but I believe Peter was the instigator.  Look how much he and our 17 year old nephew favor.  Walter gave Peter a good match, but didn’t quite win.
After losing to your uncle, the only fair thing to do is challenge your new brother-in-law right?  Honestly I can’t remember who won this match – it was a doozy.
We had so much fun.  To Erin and Will – you are an amazing couple and we are so happy for you.  Hurry up and come down here with us so we can all play some more.
And to all of our other family who’s reading – we LOVE all of you and can’t for our next get together.  Maybe the next party can be at the beach…
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  1. So fun! Huntsville is my hometown!! I was just there last week visiting my family! Small world… Her dress and the decor were beautiful! Fun times!

  2. Annemarie says:

    What a gorgeous and fun wedding, Seleta! The bride and everyone looked stunning!

  3. Annemarie says:

    What a gorgeous wedding, Seleta! The bride and everyone looked stunning!

  4. Kerry says:

    Love the creative twist on the croquembouche (yum!) — is either family French? Lovely wedding, looks like wonderful time.

  5. paula says:

    what a beautiful wedding!

  6. CArolyn says:

    A beautiful wedding with beautiful family members! That photo of your youngest with her older cousin is amazing. They could be sisters. The cousin is stunningly beautiful.

  7. Seleta says:

    Thank you for your kind comments : )

    Tiffany – we loved Huntsville!!! What a lovely home town you have.

    Kerry – thank you for reminding me of the proper term for that type of cake. I believe Peter’s family is mostly English and German.

    Carolyn – yes our daughter and her cousin are very much alike in their looks and personalities! It’s spooky.


  8. Vicki says:

    Fabulous post! Oh, how I love weddings and you did an excellent job “covering” it. Fun, fun pictures!

  9. pve says:

    I love weddings and this one looks so fun!
    Thanks for sharing your family!

  10. Marianne says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! Looks like everyone had such a great time, especially your darling kiddos! Wishing you and your family a very happy 4th!

  11. Elaine Sauer says:

    Beautiful, I love those times when everyone gathers for such a beautiful occassion.

    Thanks for sharing…the flowers were amazing!

  12. aunt pat says:

    Seleta, this is so beautiful. thank you!!
    it was so fun getting my hands sticky on that cake with you.

    beautiful photos, beautiful day, beautiful people filled with love.

  13. Amanda M. says:

    Those pics were amazing. That was an amazingly beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Allison says:

    A gorgeous bride, a gorgeous couple and a gorgeous wedding. The floral arrangments were stunning.

  15. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! The bride and groom, the flowers, your family … everything about the wedding was just stunning. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  16. I have been waiting for this post. The wedding looks so good. The hanging globes look beautiful and I loved all the flowers. You look like you had so much fun, and you were all looking so stylish. xx

  17. We are attending my niece’s wedding @ the end of the month. Can I tell you how excited the whole family is? There is no better way to get together with the people you love than to celebrate a wedding. Thanks for sharing the details.

  18. Erin Elliott says:

    Seleta – Thank you SOOO much for this post! Will & I were both so glad that you and your beautiful family came all this way for our wedding! We have both been tickled pink to hear just how much our family and friends enjoyed themselves!

    Yes, another party is needed soon!

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