Real Weddings: A Modern Twist on Elegance
About the Couple: Throughout high school, Erica and best friend Ashley were always together. Erica never imagined that she'd marry Ashley's brother, Zeb, five years later.
After trying on traditional wedding dresses, Erica fell in love with this vintage-inspired number from BCBG. She topped off the look with a classic pair of black peep-toe shoes.
Bride's Tip: Don't be afraid to go beyond the normal wedding dress. Find something that you'll be comfortable in and that fits your personality.
An Everyday Look
Erica wanted to keep her hair natural and pull it back in a way she would normally wear it. She had her stylist do simple curls topped off with a simple black ribbon that tied into her color scheme.
The Brooch: The favorite jewelry of one of Erica's grandmothers.
The Earrings: Worn by Erica's grandmother on her wedding day, they were Erica's something old.
The Necklace: When Erica and Ashley were in college, long before she was dating Ashley's brother Zeb, Erica told her that she want to wear a single drop pearl necklace for her wedding. Ashley found one and hid it from Erica throughout college and gave it to her after Zeb had proposed.
Erica's bouquet was a twist of modern elegance. Jade roses and white calla lilies were surrounded by banana leaves to give this bouquet a unique look. Her florist, Beth Dowdy at Marilyn's Flowers & Catering, wrapped the bouquet in black-and-white ribbon and added a dragonfly to accessorize the bouquet.
Handy Ring Holder
Erica's mom found this cute box to keep the rings safe in the best man's pocket.
Get the Look: Keeping your rings in their ring box will ensure that they'll not get lost before the ceremony.
Taking Advantage of the Scenery
Erica and Zeb's photographer Michael of M.N. Jordan Photography used unique angles to highlight the architecture of the Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom, a former mill, where their ceremony and reception were held.
Simple Groom's Wear
Zeb decided he wanted to keep his outfit simple with a classic black suit, white shirt, and black tie. He also sported a white calla lily boutonniere that was wrapped in a coordinating black-and-white ribbon.
Get the Look: Let your hubby-to-be have a say in what he wears. Sometimes a simple suit and tie will be the best fit for him.
Due to bad weather, Erica and Zeb had to move their ceremony indoors (it's good to always have a backup plan), so they needed a little more ceremony decor than they originally planned. Their florist came to the rescue, using this large arrangement of calla lilies to dress up the altar. Then the arrangement moved to their buffet table at the reception, as originally planned.
Budget Saver: Using your flowers in more than one location is perfectly appropriate and will save you money.
Simple Ceremony Decor
Erica dresses up the aisle by hanging black-and-white ribbons topped with a green brooch to the end chair. They also placed large green pillar candles in glass hurricanes with black river rocks along the aisle to add an extra glow.
Ashley, Zeb's sister and Erica's best friend/maid of honor, strutted down the aisle in this adorable green dress that she chose. She carried a smaller version of Erica's bouquet and the aisle was covered in Jade Rose petals.
Bride's Tip: Be careful when covering the aisle of an indoor location with rose petals because it can be slippery and dangerous for your bridesmaids (Ashley took a little slip but recovered nicely).
Classic Ceremony Music
Erica always wanted a string quartet play as she walked down the aisle. Rather than walking to the traditional wedding march, she let the quartet choose a song they thought would be beautiful.
Zeb really wanted to have a traditional communion during the ceremony. While the string quartet played, Erica and Zeb took communion then prayed together. Zeb is a worship leader at their local church so they had a pastor from his church perform the ceremony. After communion, they signed their marriage license.
The Perfect Location
When searching for a ceremony location, Erica fell in love with the beautiful chandeliers and exposed brick at Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom.
Erica kept her centerpieces classic yet modern with a bundle of hydrangea in a square vase. To incorporate her green and black color scheme, she chose scrapbook paper (two solid pieces and one patterned) for each table. For a little extra glow, she placed votives around the arrangement.
Budget Saver: Scrapbook paper is a perfect way to add color to your tables without spending too much money.
Erica found vintage glasses and tied them with ribbon in their color scheme. To incorporate their families into their reception, Erica and Zeb had them join them to do the toast.
A Twist on Tradition
Erica and Zeb loved the style of this "mad hatter" cake. It's off-kilter design was classic with a modern twist. Their names were written around the top layer, the middle layer had their wedding date, and the bottom later had je t'aime(I love You), because Erica is studying French. The fondant cake was topped off with candied calla lilies.
Groom's Cake Galore
Zeb turned his passion for music into a one-of-a-kind groom's cake. This cake is designed to resemble one of his guitars. To highlight his cake, Erica themed the table with his favorite musical touches.
Wedding and Reception: Point-Aux-Loups Springs Ballroom, Iota, Louisiana; www.springsballroom.com
Photography: M.N. Jordan Photography, West Monroe, Louisiana; www.mnjordan.com
Florist: Beth Dowdy at Marilyn's Flowers & Catering, Sulphur, Louisiana; 337-625-3002
Cake and Groom's Cake: Terra Cotta's Bakery, Lake Charles, Louisiana; 337-474-1195
Dress: BCBG/Max Azria; www.bcbg.com