August 20, 2012

Mr & Mrs Thiessen - Our Wedding

To be honest, I feel as if I've been putting off sorting through my wedding photos for as long as possible. It was hands down the best day of my life, but looking through my photos brings back a few bitter sweet memories. Shoot, my keyboard is instantly wet with tears as I type do I begin?

My Auntie Marj played a huge part in the weeks leading up to my wedding, she didn't really do a whole lot as far as wedding prep goes, but she was (next to our immediate families) mine and Derek's biggest fan, cheering us on along the way, letting me rip fabric as I sat by the pool, and she let me vent when things weren't going quite as planned. Not only that, but she was an amazing photographer and caught some of my favorite moments of the day! You may wonder why I'm sitting here crying as I write this, but a few months after my wedding she was killed in a car accident. My wedding was the last major event of my whole Reimer family complete with Auntie Marj, but I'm so so glad that it was the best day I ever had...what a good parting memory! The day before she passed away she sent me a photo of a deflated red heart balloon that was blown onto her walking path near my parents' place after the wedding, and she emailed me to tell me that she was so glad she got to be a part of my best day and that she loved me. I grew very close to her because of my wedding and I'm so lucky to have called her my aunt! 

Ok, ok, moving on... I don't want this to be a downer post, because it truly is the opposite!
After 5 years together, I finally got to marry the man of my dreams! We got married on a hot Summers' day on my parents' yard in the country on August 21, 2 years ago tomorrow and it truly was the most magical day. Derek you have been my rock over the past 7 years, I love you to the moon and I can't wait to see what our future has in store for us!

 On that note it's time to share what our day looked like...
Seeing the tent for the first time on the wedding day!

I had such an enjoyable time getting ready with my bridesmaids and I love this tangle of arms primping before the wedding started. My friend Jill, of Tony Chestnut created the bridesmaids' dresses on short notice and I couldn't have been happier with them!
With a lot of help of my wedding party, family and friends, I did a lot of my own decorations and the colors I chose were orange-y red, a light orange and pops of light aqua. Our families were absolutely incredible in the weeks leading up to, and especially on the day before our wedding. They ripped, glued, tied, drew, cut, strung & hung everything my little heart desired and I would still be decorating if it weren't for their amazing help!
My dad built this for us upon my request!
We made this photo backdrop with two sheets of plywood, painted it with chalkboard paint and then my talented sister drew on this amazing house a few moments before the wedding started!

We walked down the aisle to this song:
Zebra by Beach House on Grooveshark
My adorable cousins Kaleb & Maiya were our ring bearer and flower girl! So much cuteness!

I was so incredibly honored to have my grandma marry us, to this day it's one of my very favorite parts of our wedding!
Derek stole the hearts of everyone at the ceremony with his knuckle-biting to hold back tears (which didn't work)!
So apparently my mother did not think there was enough confetti down my dress and in my hair, so she planned this...
She hired a local crop duster to dump out bags of confetti as we walked down the aisle as a married couple, but it was a little delayed and came while family and friends were hugging us and wishing us well! I was completely surprised, and was cleaning confetti out of our car for weeks because we had left the windows open and the plane crossed it's path apparently!
My amazing mother-in-law and me with confetti hair and bra!

How cute is he?
Maiya inspecting the photo prop-a plastic sheep.

Before we knew it, it was time for the red heart-shaped balloon release! 

Up, up and away!
Of course my 1970 Motobecane had to make an appearance!
Like I said earlier, I ripped a lot of fabric for the alter that my dad built me, and then I braided even more for the head table!

Derek and I love mexican food, so of course we opted for a taco bar for our wedding feast!

Speeches during the reception were short and sweet but filled with emotion!

We danced to our song: 
For What It's Worth by The Cardigans on Grooveshark
That's my auntie Marj to the left of my mom, and this is one of my favorite photos from the day!

My dad & I danced to "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter-it's always been our song, and we sang along to all the words, as my little cousins blew bubbles around us!

My mom & Derek-two of my very favorite people.

And then we partied the night away, bare-feet and all...
That was and always will be, the most epic dance party of life.
Happy second anniversary to the love of my life. 
xo, Erin

As far as the photos go, on top of our actual wedding photographers Nils & Kyle, we were lucky to have a handful of super talented photographers including my sister Megan, Brittany Hildebrandt, Janessa Brunet and my auntie Marj. 


  1. A confetti crop duster? That is one of the most creative and magical things I have ever heard!

  2. have mercy. that day will always hold so much magic.

  3. Very Nice I loved the balloon pictures and loved all the decorations!! Especially the wedding party table

  4. Oh my goodness how GORGEOUS! I am actually planning my wedding now and these pictures are really quite inspirational. I LOVE LOVE the balloon pics, and the confetti in the hair.
    SUCH a beautiful day.

  5. I love how everyone in the family worked together to put this wedding. It looked gorgeous!!!! I had little tears coming down. I love how simple and yet heartwarming this wedding looked! Very creative and magical!

    congrats on the 2nd year anniversary :)

  6. That is the cutest thing I EVER EVER... ever seen.
    You're both beautiful and cute and the whole celebration seemed to be pretty amazing! Love it! I wish you the best and I know forever is a long time, but I wish you stay together forever and ever because you are the cutest couple! xxx, Rita

  7. Oh what a fun day it must have been-congrats! I am celebrating my 7th today...10 yrs together, 7 married, and 3 babies later and still very much in love. I wish you the same! xox

  8. The red heart balloon release is AWESOME!!!! Soooooooooooo cool! And love all the details.

  9. What a beautiful wedding look stunning in those photos! And absolutely love the decorations.

  10. awe, ernie! i'm all teary all over again. truly was one of the BEST days. miss you much, my love! xox

  11. Beautiful wedding and so many fabulous ideas. If one of your photographers was Kyle Thomas, I work with him. A good egg that Kyle.

  12. Love your hair! Do you have it just pinned up or is it short. It looks like a great length for you!

  13. Such a gorgeous wedding! Happy anniversary! This was such a sweet post. I'm so glad that you got the chance to celebrate with your auntie Marj.

  14. Oh man, this made me cry! Definitely one of the most beautiful weddings in history. Such great memories. So glad to have been a part of it.


  15. Congrats Erin! Your dress is stunning, this is one of the cutest & most beautiful weddings I've seen! I love the airplane. Such an amazing surprise!

  16. Your song choices were great. First time I heard of Zebra. I loved the balloons, motobecane and the bridesmaids dresses. You looked so gorgeous and thank you for sharing your wedding day pics.

  17. Beautiful wedding photos! so many lovely & creative ideas/pics. love the balloons!
    Oh, My

  18. What an incredible love fest...I'm literally covered in goose bumps. Thank you so much for sharing that with all of us and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

  19. This wedding looks so magical! I'm glad you were able to create some great memories of your Aunt through it as well. Happy Anniversary!

  20. Congrats, that looks beautiful!!
    And the picture with the four guys is my favourite^^ They are looking sooo cool!^^

  21. A year already! Like me and my boy! Congrats! I'm totally in love with your dress <3

  22. This post had me tearing up over here. What a beautiful wedding you had! You look gorgeous. Happy anniversary!

  23. Everything looks so unique and creative. I'd definitely hire you to plan my wedding!

  24. I fell in love with your wedding´s pictures. You looked beautiful, the dress´s back is amazing.


    I made a post about my wedding too. I hope you can check it. I´ll leave the link below.


  25. Oh my. This looks so amazing, it makes me wonder if I'll ever have as amazing a wedding as yours someday because it all looks so amazing. I loved the music too.

  26. Beautiful! It looked like such a fun and amazing day. What a lucky lady you are! I love your dress, i love the alter your father made, i love the men's suits. love love love! x

  27. Wow such a gorgeous wedding. Being married is the best! xoxo

  28. What an amazing and beautiful day. Your dress is simply gorgeous! Happy Anniversary!

  29. Everything about this is absolutely fantastic. Such an inspiring and beautiful celebration! Congratulations!

  30. I can't believe it's been two years! What a great day! Congrats you two!

  31. Congratulations! That's a very cute group photo! Balloons everywhere and in such a beautiful place like that too. I also gotta congratulate you guys for having such awesome photos! You make a beautiful couple!

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  33. Marriage means more responsibilities and expectations from each other. However the meaning of marriage might be different and the way it is done but it still exists all over the world.

  34. such a beautiful wedding! You can see the love in every picture :)

  35. What a lovely and fun wedding. I especially liked the red balloons. This is my first time visiting your blog. You have a great site!