Erika Peterson & Richard (Chip) Freeman

August 17th, 2012. Some things really are better the second time around.  For Erika and Chip Freeman, their “second” wedding celebration was far more celebratory than their “first,” which was lambasted by Hurricane Irene.

The couple had planned every detail of their wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on August 27, 2011…except for the storm. “The morning of my wedding, most of Manhattan was shut down,” says Erika. “But, as my husband said, we have this date inscribed on our rings. We’re getting married in the hotel lobby if we have to.”

The couple exchanged vows before family and close friends in a “tiny restaurant” while making tentative plans to reschedule the original reception. Later, living in Boston, they chose the Boston Public Library as “the perfect place to celebrate our one-year anniversary and wipe away the bad memories.”

August 17, 2012 yielded enough wonderful memories to obliterate any remnants of Hurricane Irene as the couple restated their vows on the Juliet balcony overlooking the Courtyard with all their friends and family in attendance.  Erika characterized the occasion as “elegant and romantic”.

“Working with The Catered Affair was the most enjoyable experience,” says Erika. “They really allowed us to customize it. [Event Producer] James Hansen was so positive.  He encouraged me to do whatever I wanted.”

“When I first met with Erika, she had an almost apologetic tone,” says Hansen. “I told her, ‘you’re the bride – no more apologies.’ The tone was playful in kind of a regal way.  We were able to use serious pieces – gold linens and flatware -­- in a carefree way.”

“It was a true celebration,” says Erika.  “We wanted to celebrate with our friends how lucky we are that we found each other – and that we survived a hurricane!”


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Written by: Lenore Cullen Barnes
Photography by: Ryan Brenizer
Wedding Planning, Catering, Cake/Dessert: The Catered Affair
Reception: Boston Public Library

*This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue. 

For more real weddings at the Boston Public Library, check out the post on Whitney Brown & Adam Cooke’s wedding.

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