Erin Schwartz didn’t expect to meet her future husband, Danny Yourd, while working in her school library. The couple, then students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, began crossing paths in the school’s computer labs and around elevator doors. But after six months of accidental run-ins, a formal introduction was finally made when Danny came into the computer lab he most often saw her in to meet the girl he had admired for so long.
“This guy made my face blush bright red,” Erin says with a smile.
A month later, the two art students began officially dating. And a little over a year later, Danny planned what the couple calls a “skip day” — requesting off from work, they would spend a day out together.
But Erin, Whirl’s graphic designer, had no idea what Danny had in store for her on that idle Thursday. Following a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum, Danny took Erin for a picnic lunch in Schenley Park. As the couple snacked on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that fall afternoon, Danny presented Erin with a book, Photobooth from the Andy Warhol Museum. It contained pages of photo strips, and being an artist, Danny designed one of the strips to read the words, “Will you marry me?”
“We are very much a DIY couple. We like things to be unique and personable,” Erin says.
“I just thought it would make her smile,” Danny adds.
On October 8, 2005, the young couple wed at the Greenbriar Conference & Party Centrenear the bride’s hometown of Burbank, Ohio. Erin wore a knee-length white silk dress, adorned with black pleated trimming taken from her best friend Kristen Fridley’s bridesmaid dress. Erin designed the dress, with alterations made by her mother, Mary.
“I knew that my mom could help materialize my design,” Erin says.
The bride walked down the aisle to Elvis Costello’s “She.” But she needed a little encouragement when she couldn’t quite get the ring onto the groom’s finger.
“Her hands were shaking, and I just whispered for her to push,” Danny says.
Guests attended a reception following the ceremony. The sweetest surprise came in the form of pink and white confetti cupcakes, arranged on a colorful tier stand built by Erin’s father, Fred.
“When my dad suggested that he make the cake stand, I was ecstatic. I knew my DIY idea would come to life,” Erin says.
The couple spent their honeymoon in New York City, taking in the Broadway production of Wicked and walking along Central Park Zoo, before returning to their home on Mt. Washington.