Something Borrowed, Something Blue

by Nikki in , — Updated November 28, 2019 — Reading Time: 3 minutes

“Something old, something new; something borrowed, something blue.” These are lines in an old English poem about what brides should wear on their wedding day for luck. Aly took these words to heart as she wore jewelry lent by her family members on her wedding day. Inspired by the ocean (and Aly’s sparkling blue eyes), she and Christian, along with the help of their families, planned a beautiful wedding with various shades of blue.

This creative couple had an artistic hand in many elements of the wedding – the table setting, the flowers, the graphic art on the cake… Even the videography! And speaking of the cake, I love how it says so much about the couple themselves. Come to think of it, a personalized wedding cake doesn’t sound like a bad idea. *wink*

Congratulations on such a blue-tiful wedding, Aly and Christian! (I’m sorry for my terrible pun. Please browse the gallery and read the photographer’s story below to take your mind off it. Hahaha)

The Album Story:

Aly Pickersgill and Christian Holmes were married on August 9, 2014 in Martinez, California. The event marked the day Christian joined a very talented family. Christian, himself a videographer, along with Aly, is the talent in Glitch Films, and somehow they managed to film their own wedding, along with Bryan Gibel. Aly is also an artist and drew the figures for the wedding cake and the decorations.

The bride’s mother, Lisa, spent months designing and landscaping the backyard to turn it into an incredible venue for the wedding. The groom’s godmother, Merry Sturtz, was in attendance from Maui and conducted the ceremony, and the bride’s father, William Pickersgill, who sings in the San Francisco opera, sang before the wedding. The wedding was coordinated by Annie Love, who used to be a stage manager, and was attended by many of the artists who create the Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite every year.

The bride wore a flowing cream-colored BHLDN gown and jewelry from her family members, some borrowed, some blue. The couple had asked all the attendees to wear various shades of blue, particularly cobalt, turquoise and sky blue, so everyone looked like they were part of the wedding as the entire event looked like a sea of blue.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The Theme:

Various shades of blue.

Wedding Outfit Inspiration:

The bride has incredible blue eyes.

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects:

The entire backyard landscaping was done by the bride’s mother. The cartoon designs for the cake, the napkins and the stickers were drawn by the bride. The signs were all done by the couple. The flowers were done by the bride and her maid of honor. The flower girl dresses were handmade. The presentation box for the rings was handmade by the bride. The lighting for the ceremony site was created by the couple. The videography for the wedding was done by the couple, and a friend.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Favorite Part of the Day:

The colors of the wedding.

A Memorable Moment:

The bride’s father sings opera for the San Francisco Opera Company and sang at the wedding.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue


Photographer: Tony Fitzgerald Photography
Dress Store: BHLDN
Ring Designer: Brilliant Earth
Floral Designer: Deb’s Flower Market
Caterer: Deborah Erwin Catering
DJ: DJ Old School
Cake Designer: Glass Slipper Gourmet
Cinema and Video: Glitch Films
Make-up Artist: Jonathan Reisfeld
Hair Stylist: Katey McKee
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant: Merry Sturtz

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