Erin Moser is obsessed with the color turquoise. At least that’s what she says on her blog, House of Turquoise. When she got engaged to her sweetheart, Chris, she knew the color would play a role in their April 2011 wedding.
“It was really important to have color in the flowers, tables, and decorations,” Erin says. “But I didn’t want to get carried away with turquoise and have the wedding look cheesy. So we tried to incorporate it in small ways.”
Subtle hints of turquoise were all over the couple’s wedding. For example, the boutonnieres and bouquets were adorned with turquoise ribbon. The tables had turquoise mason jars with pink flowers. And the bride had a turquoise petticoat under her custom wedding dress.
The venue choice was also important—and emotional—for the couple. “Chris and I both have local churches we grew up in and are very special to us,” Erin says. “But we’ve both had parents pass away. My mother died when I was young, and the church my family goes to is where we had the funeral. I didn’t want guests to have a sadness attached to the building I got married in. The same goes for Chris, who lost his dad. We wanted to find a neutral place where we could have the ceremony.”
The solution? The Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis. The couple loved the chapel’s mosaic tile, artwork, and amazing acoustics. “The fact that the ceremony was in a cemetery is a little strange,” Erin says. “But Chris’s dad is actually buried there. And it was almost like he was there with us that day.”
After the emotional ceremony, guests dined and danced at the St. Anthony Main Event Centre. “It was the only reception site we looked at,” Erin says. “We loved its industrial feel with exposed brick and big windows.”
Looking back, Erin has one piece of advice for couples planning their big day: “Take your time and enjoy it, because it goes by so quickly,” she says. “We planned our wedding in six months, and we wish we would have spent more time just being engaged. Try to stop, step back, and appreciate that time in your relationship. Getting married is such a unforgettable, unique experience you’ll never have again.”
Wedding date: April 15, 2011
Ceremony: Lakewood Memorial Chapel
Reception: Anthony Main Event Centre
Attire: Bride’s dress made by her stepmother; groom’s tux from Saavi Formalwear
Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorrian
Catering: Sons Signature Cuisine
Flowers: Ashley Fox Designs
DJ: Instant Request
Photographer: Spencer Combs