The Wedding Story of Erin and Brian French

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Carri Fras
October 18, 2017

Erin and Brian met on a friend's trip to Las Vegas in 2011. “My friend from college was dating his best friend and invited each of us to come along with them and some others,” Erin recalls. “We lost touch afterwards, but four years later we met again in Chicago, where I lived at the time, and Brian was in town to celebrate his sister’s birthday with our same friends. It was an instant reconnection and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Oh, and our mutual friends are now married too!”


Brian proposed to Erin at home, right before they were supposed to go on a date. “I love that he popped the question at home,” Erin says. “I know the exact spot I was standing in, and I can’t wait to show our children the exact place where our family began."



Getting married near their home was important to the couple. “We live in such a beautiful area and there were so many options to choose from,” Erin explains. “We found our reception venue first, and then picked the date based on when The Brick, and our band, were both available.” The couple was married in the same church Brian’s parents were married in, making the big day super special. They also fell in love with The Brick the moment they saw it. “We were drawn to the industrial look and feel,” Erin explains. “The lighting and the bar with the outdoor space was perfect.”


The couple knew they wanted their wedding day to be a huge party with their loved ones. “We wanted everyone to have fun and for the focus to be on the celebration and bringing together our two families,” Erin says. “Our families have such rich histories that it was important to us to include elements from our loved ones. My engagement ring includes a diamond from Brian’s great-grandfather that he gave his great-grandmother. Brian’s wedding ring was originally his great-great-great-grandfather’s wedding ring. We discovered it was created in London in the 1800s, and it just happened to fit Brian perfectly. I wore my grandmother’s ring on my right hand, and carried my other grandmother’s purse. It was a really special way to honor and include them in our wedding day even though they couldn’t be with us.”




Erin sourced most of her inspiration from Instagram, wedding-focused blogs, and bridal magazines. The couple also worked closely with Merry Me Events, who proved to be very helpful in decision-making and planning.


Erin lived in Chicago for six years prior to moving back to Michigan to marry Brian, and she used to walk past and admire the beautiful gowns in the windows of the bridal salons along Rush Street on her way to work. “Once we were engaged, I knew right away I wanted to go there to find my dress, and luckily I did!” Erin exclaims. “I’m a big fan of the TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress, and to my surprise, when I stepped off the elevator at the dress shop, Ellie from the show was standing there to greet me! She was traveling with the Amsale Trunk Show, and helped me select my gown. It was such a fun and surprising experience.”

Besides the timeless, neutral color palette and beautiful floral elements, this wedding was filled with personal touches. Erin explains, “Brian’s family owns a paper mill. He is the sixth generation of his family’s business, so incorporating their paper into our wedding in as many ways as possible was important to us. We were fortunate to have all of our wedding invites and logo completely custom designed and made by some of the best people in the industry (Bob Ewing, Mama’s Sauce). And we had an incredibly talented artist (Runner Bean Arts) make us a cake topper completely out of French paper. It was one of my favorite elements of our wedding day decor. Everyone who knows me knows my love for French fries, so we had a ‘Mrs. French’s Fry Bar’ as our late night snack. We are huge Cubs fans so it was only fitting to have our rehearsal dinner at the South Bend Cubs stadium. Brian’s mom made all of the baseball-themed favors and table decor, which was a huge hit with our guests."               


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