Cozy, Home Wedding in Erie, PA | Holly and Dan | Matt Mead Photography

Cozy, Home Wedding in Erie, PA | Holly and Dan

You don’t expect to get a request to photograph someone’s home wedding at a roller derby photo shoot, but that’s exactly what happened. It was a pretty typical photo shoot with the Eerie Roller Girls. The skaters were having fun, breaking my chops, and being all around goof balls. Here we were taking photos for their Christmas cards and social media post.

Eerie Roller Girls Christmas card photo from 2016 in Erie, PA

After we finished, one of the skaters, Holly (a.k.a. Flygurl), approached me to ask if I was available her DIY wedding.  She and her fiance, Dan Bowen, were planning theirs for Black Friday. They really wanted me to photograph their wedding. However, during their furious planning they completely forgot to ask me earlier.  As luck would have it, I was available, so I agreed.

The Home Wedding

The Bowens have a beautiful back yard where the wedding was initially set to be held. Unfortunately, Erie weather in November just didn’t cooperate. With the wedding now inside, Holly and Dan spent Thanksgiving week setting up this cozy and beautiful indoor space.

fall table decor from DIY wedding in Erie, PA

fall table decor from a DIY wedding in Erie, PA

dessert table from a DIY wedding in Erie, PA

cake table from DIY wedding in Erie, PA

wedding rings staged on a small white pumpkin at a late fall wedding in Erie, PA

It was an intimate affair with only close family and friends in attendance.

bride, groom and officiant during exchange of rings at DIY wedding in Erie, PA

close up shot of bride and groom exchanging rings in Erie, PA

groom, bride, and bride's mother at their DIY wedding in Erie, PA

bride and groom posing silly with family friend at their wedding in Erie, PA

The ceremony was brief but touching. My allergies started to act up when they read prepared vows not only to themselves, but to their children as well. Damn, it sure was dusty in there!

bride smiling as she reads her vows in Erie, PA

groom smiling as he listens to bride's written vows in Erie, PA

first kiss of bride and groom at Erie, PA DIY wedding

bride and groom about to kiss at their DIY wedding in Erie, PA

portrait of bride and groom at their cozy DIY wedding in Erie, PA

The only thing I regret from that day was I didn’t have the chance to do a celebratory shot with the happy couple. Fear not, Holly and Dan. In the meantime, we at the LLC wish you both nothing but the best! We are honored you chose us to photograph your most special day.

Holly and Dan are proof that you don’t have to have the large, church wedding to capture great memorable moments on your special day. Contact us to talk about bringing the vision of your special day to life!

UPDATE 11/18/2020: If COVID-19 has caused you to scrap your big wedding plans in favor of a smaller celebration, check out some of our other couples who had beautiful, intimate weddings at home:

Rachel and Matt’s Intimate Backyard Wedding That Was Meant to Be

Sue and Erik’s Intimate Garden Wedding in Erie, PA

An Intimate Wedding at Home in Erie PA with Jen and Tim

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