September 26, 2015
Erika, a nurse, was living in New Jersey and wanting to move back to Texas when she agreed to help her friend’s boyfriend move. She ended up moving into that apartment with the friend’s boyfriend’s roommate Michael, a CPA. She agreed to stay in Jersey if they could have a Texas wedding.
Michael’s family helped with the Christmas day proposal. An emotional dad pulled out the guitar and played Darius Rucker’s “This”, the couple’s favorite song, as Michael tried to sing the lyrics and pop the question.
The ceremony was at Kevin Fowler’s Rustic Ranch in Wimberley, TX. They hung chandeliers in the trees, added floral arrangements and gold accents to create the “Rustic Glam” event. Erika was stunning in her Ivory Casablanca Dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline and soft tulle ruched bodice. The guests, especially those from the northeast, enjoyed the heaping help of Texas with wooden barrels, BBQ, drinks in mason jars and an old-time saloon. A large wooden cut out of Texas served as the guestbook.
Erika and Michael celebrated their honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa where they overlooked white sand and turquoise waters.
“Work together. It’s both of your wedding and it will be easier if you work together as a team than just one person taking control and doing all the work. At the same time, listen to what your significant other wants in a wedding and compromise. We’ve heard horror stories from other friends about planning for a wedding and ours seemed to go pretty smoothly. There were some bumps but we worked together and were able to get through it. Also something will probably go wrong at your wedding, but don’t worry about it. We never had our champagne toast and we were very behind schedule with everything, but no one ever noticed. All your guests are having such a good time that the small things that you notice, they won’t notice at all.”
By Thutrang Mai
Christina Carroll Photography