“They call me ‘Jewmaican’!” — our favorite line from the interview with the bride! Erica and Robert celebrated with their family and beautiful son as they took their vows on a gorgeous summer day in 2012! Photographer, Kristin Griffin of Kristin Griffin Photography captured this couple and their love for one another beautifully!
Erica and Robert met during a business luncheon “date” and from what Erica tells us, Robert had all of the intentions of it being a date versus a business luncheon! And 10 years later, there was no pivotal ah ha moment that they knew they wanted to marry, they knew they had built a resilient bond that was going to last forever. They purchased a home and moved in together and had a beautiful baby boy! Their actions spoke louder than words and they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
Rob made that clear when he proposed to Erica during a vacation in Puerto Rico. He surprised her (oh yeah, he had spoken to Erica’s mom and worked with her to buy the ring through their jeweler!) with a gorgeous solitaire – Erica’s favorite! And yes she was shocked and surprised and said ‘YES!’.
Organization was key in the planning process and together with her mother, Meryl, Erica took her time to make the right decisions and create the priorities that they wanted for their special day. They found the perfect venue, vendors and didn’t feel pressured to do it all! Erica tells us that it was through this planning and by process of elimination, she was able to secure the perfect dress! She knew the style she wanted and when she found it, her dress had just the right sophistication coupled with the chic-ness, bling, and sexiness she was looking for!
Erica told us, “Sometimes words have a hard time explaining feelings and emotions. Those five hours exude so many different emotions all wrapped up into one that it’s an incredible journey to be a part of. We were fortunate to have almost everybody that we invited there with us. Getting ready in the bridal quarters is so much fun. We were taken care of with beverages (yes alcoholic ones!) food, music, friends, family, and the glam team. I kept it simple with my four bridesmaids, mother, and step mother. It was perfect! Rob was with his boys in the grooms’ quarters and every so often we would get an update of what they were doing versus what we were doing and I’m pretty sure we were having loads more fun!! You wouldn’t think that my now husband would have been so nervous! I’m not wrecking my makeup for anything or anybody! We were jamming in our suite with only happy times!”
Erica and Robert incorporated two very distinct cultural traditions into their ceremony. Rob broke the glass and they both jumped the broom. They had a blessing over the wine and a candle ceremony. Their officiant, Norm Katz, was phenomenal at putting together a heart-felt, culturally sensitive, ceremony that a number of their guests not only cried during, but remember to this today. It was a perfect mix for both Erica and Rob and for everyone they invited.
Erica tells us that her wedding day had several unforgettable moments. From getting ready with her bridesmaids and glam team (shout out to Sarah and Lindsey), to putting her dress on. When her then fiancé laid eyes on her as she walked down the aisle, helped me up to the podium, and said, “I wish I could kiss you right now” – that was very special.
Their first dance was amazing, and really absolutely everything that encompassed the entire day was totally unforgettable! Erica and Rober’s first dance song was a slow reggae song “Deeper” by Alaine. They knew three years in advance that this was going to be their wedding song since it had just the right tempo and meaningful words with a sassy, sexy twist. These two love to dance and danced both close to and away from each other, really demanding the dance floor and having fun as newlyweds. Isn’t that awesome?!
Our favorite tip from Erica to brides on their wedding day: “Ensure that you eat, drink a little, and remember to have fun and enjoy every minute…you plan for a year (or maybe more) and it’s over in five hours. Make every moment last.”
And stay tuned because we’re going to do a post with some more great tips that Erica shared with us and we know they will help future brides as well!