By Kathryn Paden
Photos: Adam Opris
Wedding Date: September 4th, 2016
Surrounded by friends and family at their invite only wedding, high school sweethearts Donald and Erica got married in a three-floor ornate mansion with an outdoor patio. Located in Miami, Florida, The Cruz Building is lined with natural onyx stone and Italian cobblestone floors, and 19th century French ironwork. A red carpet entrance with a custom Anderson backdrop was the perfect place for pictures upon arrival where the photography team acted like paparazzi.
For her special day the bride wore not one, but two beautiful gowns. For the ceremony she wore a long sleeve fitted gown with sheer accents by designer Michael Costello. For the remainder of the night the bride wore a solid white off the shoulder gown by designer LaQuan Smith. Erica made her descend from the second level down the grand marble staircase and onto the Italian cobblestone floor where her groom was waiting. Erica was given away by her Aunt who raised her; her late mother was honored at the wedding. The bride and groom exchanged personal vows along with a Cartier ring for the groom.
After the ceremony guests moved to the second floor terrace where tables lined with palm leaves and black and gold accents provided a place for a home-style brunch meal. Celebrity Chef Richard Ingram prepared a course with a carving steak station and signature dishes like Cajun fried chicken and sweet potato waffles. A dessert bar had a spread of cake pops, various favorite candies from the bride and groom’s childhood, and mini cupcakes for all to enjoy.
- Custom logo for the wedding was designed by Philecia Hardemon
- Officiant is Bride’s childhood pastor – age 85
- Featured in NYT on wedding day, online and in print,
paper was on display at the wedding
- Wedding planner fired couple three months before their wedding
- Bridesmaid wore dresses by Australian designer Portia & Scarlett
in primary colors