Here at Art Paper Scissors, we absolutely love bringing a couples’ wedding theme to life. From save-the-dates to invitations to thank you cards and everything in between, Art Paper Scissors is a bride and groom’s one-stop-shop for all things stationery.
Today we are chatting with our February bride of the month, Erica Mousaw. In 2016, Erica and her husband Michael tied the knot at the gorgeous Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank. We loved designing their bright and beautiful beachy wedding invitation suite, featuring bold hues of green and navy with starfish details.
Erica tells all about her wedding day, theme and plenty of advice - read on and enjoy these gorgeous photos, captured by M2 Photography!
APS: Tell us about your wedding day!
Erica: Michael and I were married on June 24, 2016 at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey. It was a beautiful June day. We were married on the deck, which over looks the Navesink River. We wanted an outdoor wedding, and thankfully the weather allowed us to do so. Our ultimate goal was for it to be a night of love, fun, celebration, and dancing. We had the B Street Band as our band and by the end of the night there was not a spot on the dance floor left! This made us extremely happy! We still look back on the day and wish we could do it all over again, because it truly was one of the best days of our lives.
APS: How do you remember that special day? Any great memory that stands out?
Erica: Our wedding day was the most perfect day for both of us. We were surrounded by all of our friends and family and we were finally going to become husband and wife. Throughout the entire process of planning the wedding our main goal was for all of our guests to have fun, and I believe we reached our goal! A memory that really stands out was right after the ceremony a beautiful rainbow appeared over the river. This to us was a beautiful moment because it had not rained the entire day, but then a rainbow appeared. It was a symbol that all of the people who couldn’t be there for us physically, were there for us in spirit. It was really a moment that will stick with us forever.
APS: What is your favorite part about being married?
Erica: My favorite part about being married is having someone everyday through the good and the bad to share my life with. We are always there to lift each other up. Michael is always doing small things to surprise me or make me happy. I hope I do the same for him! We continue to show each other love and support and I love that we have each other! We are expecting our first child in April and I know our marriage will continue to grow and become stronger each day.
APS: Describe your wedding theme and feel in 3 words. Why did you choose this theme?
Erica: Simple, Beachy, Classic. We went with a very simple, beachy theme for our wedding because we wanted our love to shine through the details. Throughout the entire planning process, there was no stress, no arguments, and each detail came together seamlessly. We continued to remind ourselves that a wedding is one day and while details are important, people were there to celebrate our love and future life most of all. I think this was conveyed perfectly at our wedding. We added a touch of “beach” to the wedding as well, because we both love the beach! I did not want to over do the beach theme so there were touches of starfish around.
APS: How did you decide on the design of your beach-inspired green and navy wedding invitations?
Erica: Lisa made designing our invitations so easy! When we first met with her I must have shared 900 different details that I liked and didn’t like and I had no idea how we wanted them all to fit together. I had gone in only knowing that our main colors were navy and green. Lisa listened intently and created 3 perfect invitations. It was of course so hard to choose between the three but we took details from each one to create our perfect invitation. I think the invitation that we chose definitely speaks with the theme of simple, classic, and beachy.
APS: What design element or feature was a “must have” for your wedding invitations?
Erica: I wanted our invitation to still have an element of “fun” involved. I didn’t want the wording or details to be too formal or stuffy. I think Lisa did a great job of wording things in an exciting way, and adding small fun touches such as pictures of the meal choices. While there were fun details, the invitation was still very classic.
APS: What advice do you have for other brides and grooms looking to incorporate their theme or personal elements into their wedding invitations?
Erica: A piece of advice I could give to future brides and grooms are to stay true to yourself and what you want. Once you decide your theme or specific wants, ensure that your personality and self comes through in the invitation. You want to love your invitation so much that you hang in on a frame in your house (like us!).
Thank you to Erica and Michael! We are so happy that you have enjoyed almost two years of wedded bliss and happiness. Congratulations!
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