Introducing our real bride of the month, Erica! Erica met her husband Josh online when they were both living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "We began talking online, decided to meet, and we immediately connected," Erica says. "We made our relationship official a month later."
After about a year and a half of dating, Josh took Erica on a trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "While we were there, he took me on a boat ride and proposed to me on the lake," recalls Erica. "This same lake is where Josh's grandfather gave his grandmother his college pin as a promise of marriage about 50 years prior. How could I not say yes to that sentiment?"
For her wedding dress, Erica chose Sapphire Style 973. It was a sash that sealed the deal. "As soon as [my consultant Elizabeth] fitted the sash around my waist, it elevated the dress, and I knew this dress was the one for me."
Erica wanted her wedding to have a classic, timeless look. Josh, a pilot, only had one request for the wedding: that he fly them away. Their wedding soon took on an aviation theme, with colors of navy, red and light gray.
"The men in the bridal party wore ties designed with airplanes and tie pins engraved with an airplane," describes Erica. "We placed sick sacks on every other chair that read, 'in case of e(motion) sickness, please use these' with tissues inside. Our cake was also decorated with airplanes. Josh’s grandfather built us a beautiful arbor. We had a string trio play only modern music, with our recessional song being the Lego Movie theme song. Most of the wedding décor was bought on Etsy, or Amazon, with a few handmade items."
On April 22, 2017, Erica and Josh wed at the Aurora State Airport. It was an intimate ceremony, with only 75 people in attendance. "It was filled with so much joy and love," says Erica. "And priceless interruptions by the ring bearer. At the end of the ceremony, we flew away in a Piper Arrow airplane with our photographer sitting sandbag."
After the grand exit, the couple celebrated the night away with great music, tasty food and lots of laughter and tears of joy.
Says Erica: "Our first dance was 'The Way You Look Tonight' by Frank Sinatra. It was a beautiful moment. My father surprised me during our father/daughter dance with 'Tale as Old as Time' from Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie growing up. It was another priceless moment. My older brother, being one of the groomsmen, his girlfriend caught my toss bouquet (and he actually proposed at the end of May). It was truly a day we, and a lot of our guests, will never forget. We can’t thank everyone enough that attended our day of love and happiness."
"It was one of the best days of my life," she adds.
Photography: A Lovely Day Photography