When they got engaged near the end of 2015, Erin Dunavant Barrow and her now-husband, Josh, envisioned an intimate day uniting them, as well as Erin’s 5-year-old son, Oliver, into one family. The pair decided that a destination wedding with their closest family and friends would help them achieve the intimate feel they hoped for. They chose New York City, Erin says, because it leant a certain energy to their special day. “After graduating from college, I moved to Manhattan, where I began my career in commercial real estate design. The energy and excitement in the city made me fall in love with it 11 years ago just as I did on my wedding day,” she says. “Josh has visited many times over the years, and it seemed to be the atmosphere we wanted for our guests to get away, enjoy the city, and celebrate our marriage.”
The wedding took place on March 16, 2016. The Barrows had 22 guests—from Birmingham, Nashville, Montgomery, and New Orleans—join them at the W Hotel in Times Square, all of whom rode a party bus around the city as they enjoyed the city and celebrated the marriage. Beginning on Thursday night, the party kicked off with a cocktail reception at the Living Room Bar in the W. The wedding itself took place Saturday at Unitarian Church of All Souls on the Upper East Side and was followed by photos around the city (by Liel with Sarah Merians Photography) and an intimate five-course plated reception at Del Frisco’s Wine Cellar.
Some of Erin’s favorite moments from the day include getting ready surrounded by some of her favorite people (her dress and veil were from The Something Blue Shoppe in Hartselle, Alabama, and tuxedos from Jos. A Banks); dancing at Del Frisco’s with her groom, her dad, and her son; and her dad walking her down the aisle. But perhaps her favorite aspect of the day was incorporating Oliver into the ceremony. He served as Josh’s best man, and the three of them said vows together. “Our wedding bonded not only Josh and I but also Oliver,” she says. “We wanted to make the day special for the three of us surrounded by our closest friends and immediate family. A few words I would use to sum up the day are ‘perfect, intimate, and unforgettable.’”
Flowers: Bastille Flowers / Cake: Butterfly Bake Shop / Jewelry: Nashville Diamond Exchange / Transportation: Diamond Limousine NY