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Blues Brothers Wedding at Ballard Locks & the BalMar | Erica + Eric

Seattle wedding photography Erica + Eric | Ballard Locks & BalMar Blues Brothers Wedding

Remember Erica and Eric? Yeah, that’s E-squared. Last time you saw them during their engagement session, Erica had fiery-red hair that matched the engines at the Belltown Fire Station. On their wedding day, getting ready at Hotel Andra, her locks were jet black and her lips were red as rubies. She was a total firecracker.

For both Erica and Eric, this was a second marriage but that didn’t mean that they wanted their wedding celebration to be any less fun or memorable. Having experienced the hullabaloo on their first go-round, they were both amazingly, blessedly relaxed and ebullient. It was a real joy to watch them as they got ready to tie the knot, saw each other for the first time at the Ballard Locks, and tied the knot at the BalMar in Ballard: the firecracker and her Silver Fox.

Erica and Eric also had a rare sense of humor about the whole affair: realizing that they wanted to do something unique that complimented their personalities, they dubbed their wedding the “Ball and Chain Tour” and set about to create the DIY, retro, Blues-Brothers inspired rock-fest that follows. I can’t even believe some of the creative details they thought of! To “promote” their “tour,” they created their Save-the-Dates on Ticketmaster and then sent out concert posters as invitations. Each guest at their wedding received a “Ball and Chain Tour” VIP badge on a lanyard (what a cool favor!) and a mix CD of their favorite rock songs. Instead of a guest book, friends and family signed electric guitars, which now hang in their home along with two canvases of images from their wedding day.

Their attire was as inspired as the party: She wore a short, custom-made polka-dot dress with a red-ruffled bolero, killer heels, red heart-shaped shades, a birdcage veil to start, and later a bejewelled fascinator. Her ladies were in black, as were the men. The guys were really dressed to the nines, outfitted in full Blues-Brothers style with black fedoras, Ray Bans, white socks and everything. The icing on the cake? Her brooch bouquet and the boys’ electric guitar lapel pins. I know, right?

They walked down the aisle (up the stairs) to to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and Billy Idol’s “White Wedding,” with drinks in hand, and exchanged vows in a super-short, standing-room-only ceremony, then toasted to their new lives together and got started dancing the night away. Their first dance was minutes after their vows and the music didn’t stop until the evening was over.

They wanted a kick-ass party, and they got it. (Oh, and for all you budget brides… they did it for less than $15k! Want to see LOADS more about how they were inspired to put together such an amazing event and keep cool heads? Their wedding is featured today on The Broke-Ass Bride! Go check it out!)

Love you guys! <3

The Wedding Rundown:

Dress: Dolly Couture
Veil: Tiffani Saxton Designs on Etsy
Bouquet: Jen Diehl of The Ritzy Rose on Etsy
Bolero jacket: French Sugar Vintage on Etsy
Bride’s shoes: Iron Fist
Bride’s jewelry: Swarovski
Bride’s rings: Blue Nile
Groom’s ring: Stonebrook Jewelry on Etsy
Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Men’s accessories: Ray-Ban glasses, Express ties
Women’s attire: David’s Bridal and White House/Black Market
Bridesmaid accessories: Coach clutch, Swarovski jewelry
Garter: Heather at Sugarplum Garters on Etsy
Officiant: Julie Cooper
Photography: Persimmon Images
DJ: Adam’s DJ Service
Venue and catering: The BalMar
Cake toppers: PeanutButterBandit on Etsy
Cupcakes: The Yellow Leaf Cupcake
Mini pies: Shoofly Pie Company

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