Oh. Man. Culling images for this one HURT! With such great photos and soooo many incredible details, that last 10 images that I had to remove made me a sad panda. Talk about original, warm, and quirky! This Lone Hawk Farm wedding rocks my world. Erin and Ethan seem so legitimately perfect for each other. Even though they had a first look, Ethan looks at Erin when they are standing at the altar as though heâ€™s seeing her for the first time that day â€“ maybe truly for the first time ever. This couple is for keeps! And the photography makes you feel like you are getting glimpses into a personâ€™s memories or daydreams. From the details to the photography to the couple themselves, this wedding is unique and genuine!
We are both from New Mexico. Friends introduced us the summer after high school. We went to a baseball game on our first date, which is funny since neither of us are very into sports. We spent the game chatting about photography and music. We have been together on and off since then, about 10 years. We did long distance three times in those 10 years. We lived together in New York City and then moved to Boulder, Colorado, where we currently reside. Ethan proposed to me at Ojo Caliente, a beautiful hot springs in Northern New Mexico that we have returned to throughout our relationship. Ethan and my sister, Julia, picked out a ring that is perfect for me. It is a delicate and unique damascus steel ring with a small gold square and a small diamond, created by the artist Namu Cho.- Erin
The (Gloriously Not Generic) Details:
Erin wore an antique dress that was over 100 years old. It was restored by a tailor to its former glory and worn with a pair of beautiful heels from an Etsy shop. The dress is a family heirloomâ€¦but nobody knows who wore it!
For the reception, she changed into another beautiful white dress and flats. Both ensembles were so airy and unexpected!
Ethan wore a turquoise bolo tie that was gifted by Erinâ€™s father.
The brideâ€™s grandfather officiated the ceremony.
Erinâ€™s cousins played violin while guests waited for the ceremony. Ethanâ€™s friends (former bandmates) played both the ceremony and reception.
In lieu of a traditional cake, they chose a desert table with VooDoo Doughnuts, his and hers robot cakes, and a make your own sundae bar!
A quirky food truck provided the catering.
The reception featured lawn games and a pinata!
A southwestern theme and color scheme were selected by the New Mexico natives.
Little pepper plants from Ethanâ€™s work (Trader Joeâ€™s) served at colorful, understated centerpieces.
â€œWe worked hard to decorate with simple and elegant crafts that we made ourselves,â€ explained Erin. The overall effect is very cozy, yet curated and exceptionally personal. Among the projects were:
Erin and her sister made the yarn ceremony backdrop and yarn-wrapped branches used throughout the decor. They also made many ojos de dios (â€œeyes of godâ€) out of yarn and sticks to display at the reception â€“ another nod to the coupleâ€™s shared southwestern background.
The brideâ€™s grandmother folded all of the paper cranes that hung at the ceremony altar.
â€œWe strung these between kraft tags with well wishes, advice, poems, lyrics, and drawings that our friends and family members sent back with their RSVPs,â€ described Erin. â€œWe loved this piece because it was a way for people to send their love and support, even if they couldnâ€™t be at the wedding.â€
A friend crocheted the adorable little flowers that were strewn about the reception tables.
Something Old: That DRESS! | Something New: Shoes | Something Borrowed: The peach sash she tied around her ceremony dress belongs to her mother | Something Blue: The turquoise ring she wears daily to remind her of home
The Best Part:
Our favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. We spent a lot of time shaping the content of our ceremony to reflect ourselves as a couple. Both of our parents walked each of us down an aisle and we met at the front. We wrote our own vows and carefully selected music and poems to share with each other and our guests. We incorporated important people in our lives in the ceremony itself and we were married under the kraft tags and cranes that symbolized our communityâ€™s well wishes. We incorporated the Jewish tradition of stomping on a wine glass at the end of the ceremony, to honor Erinâ€™s blended family. Her motherâ€™s family is Christian but her father (technically step-father) is Jewish. The ceremony was truly simple, beautiful, and unique. â€“ Erin and Ethan
Processional: â€œIn These Armsâ€ â€“ Swell Season (Performed by Ethanâ€™s friends)
Recessional: â€ You Are the Best Thingâ€ â€“ Ray LaMontagne
Reception Highlights: â€œHey Hoâ€ â€“ The Lumineers | â€œAll of Meâ€ â€“ John Legend | â€œI Want to Grow Old with Youâ€ â€“ Adam Sandler (All played by Ethanâ€™s friends)
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