Featured on the blog this afternoon is a stunning Inns of Aurora wedding with Erin+John! These 2 were married at our favorite venue, and they might be our favorite blog feature of the year as well with all of this incredible text they shared along with the images. I’ve included it here to read along with the visuals from their incredible wedding!
What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
From Erin: Our wedding colors were shades of mint and green, worn gold, and soft white. We drew these colors from some of our favorite vintage travel posters. While we didn’t have a ‘theme’ per se, these same vintage travel posters had a big influence on our vision for the wedding.
How did you meet? Do you have a special proposal story?
From John: As two former college professors (turned teaching gurus) it was fitting that Erin and I met at an academic conference for young researchers in Canterbury, England in the Spring of 2008. After two days of fierce intellectual discussion on European politics and International Relations, we realized that – contrary to the normal pattern of things – we yet bored of one another’s company. So we thought it might be a good idea to continue these debates together for the foreseeable future. Fast-forward six years, 4 cities, and 2 PhDs and I took it upon myself to ask Erin’s parents, her closest friends, her housemates, her work colleagues, and her neighbours (seriously) if she might say ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal. So with everyone but Erin knowing that I was going to ask her to marry me, we made our way to Boston for New Year’s Eve 2014. There at the Top of The Hub, with the help of friends and family, I asked Erin to marry me as we looked out over the city where her Father was born and where her beloved Grandmother and Grandfather had once grown up.
What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
From Erin: John and I wanted our wedding to be personal, relaxed, and – above all – fun. With friends and family coming from all over the world to celebrate, it was important to us that the atmosphere be both simple and welcoming. It was also important to us that the there be meaning in the details. To reflect and embody this, Kate (Lovewell Celebration Design) put together an amazing design that brought our collective vision of an airy, natural, and timeless celebration to life. To reflect my and John’s love of reading, she gathered some of our favorite quotes for the ceremony program. To reflect our love of travel, she gathered vintage prints, globes, and maps from around the world for decor. And to reflect John’s home and the country where we lived for 7 years – Ireland – she gathered images and posters for the reception, as well as two lovely pillows that now sit on our couch at home.
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
From Erin: Rather than finding their table by numbers, our guests were asked to play a game of ‘where in the world’ – tables were marked by vintage travel posters from various places that John and I have visited. To make things a bit more fun – and a bit more personal – the escort cards were also postcards marked with our address and a request for guests to send us their well-wishes and love.
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
From John: One old Irish wedding tradition I felt it was important to maintain was the placing of bets on the speeches. Combining two important elements of Irish culture – talking and gambling – this custom see guests place their money on the length of each speaker’s monologue and on who will have the longest speech – the Bride’s Father, the Best Man, or the Groom. In the end, somebody at each table wins a bit of money and everybody has a bit of fun.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
From Erin: The selection of The Aurora Inn as our venue was very important to me. I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding day. I was more interested in sports, debate, and world politics than in dresses or flowers. The one thing, however, that I knew I wanted if I ever got married was a wedding at The Aurora Inn. Growing up, my Dad and I used to take long drives through the Finger Lakes on weekends when my Mom had to work. Aurora was always a favorite destination. My Dad loved it for the view of the sailboats on Cayuga and the memories it held of trips he took to visit his sister, my Aunt, while she was a student at Wells College. I loved it for the rare cliff-free approach it gave to the water and the tranquility of its beautiful tiny town. Aurora was a place where both my Dad and I were together and totally happy. I wanted to have that same feeling on my wedding day.
Dress Designer: Jenny Packham
Dress Shop: Calvet Couture, Orlando, FL
Hair/makeup: Sara Leilani Scollan, Auburn, NY
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
Flowers: Whistlestop Florist, Syracuse, NY
Cake: Trina Meyers, Inns of Aurora, Aurora, NY
Catering: Inns of Aurora, Aurora, NY
Entertainment: Fingerlakes Entertainment
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: Heather Davidson, Inns of Aurora (Coordinator);
Kate Brown, Lovewell Celebration Design (Designer)