July 16, 2013

“Michael and I met in college while working at Trader Joe’s. We hit it off instantly becoming great friends but eventually we found ourselves single and decided to jump into an amorous relationship that’s lasted 9+ years. So it was no coincidence that his proposal took place at Trader Joes, where we first met. We married outside on a private estate in San Jose, Ca. We wanted a place that felt like home and more intimate than most wedding venues feel. Our theme was a “a joining of two cultures” since Michael is African American and Im Mexican American. We had Mexican and African American traditions such as jumping the broom and a mariachi band which actually played as we landed our jump. Both were one of our favorite and cherished moments.” – Erica, the bride

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“Wow! It’s so hard to pick just one but it had to be walking back up the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. We were so happy and overjoyed we hugged each other tight and shared a few happy tears!

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..our wedding was full of DIYs! The program fans, all signs, escort cards, candy favors, cookie favors….uhhhh I think I had too many DIYs. If I had to do it again I would’ve had the escort cards professionally made, I ran out of time and ran into a few problems with the printer (typical)! My advice is to have your friends and family help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

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..keep calm and carry on. The end is near and it’s going to be the happiest day of your life! So don’t worry all the work and money – is worth it in the end.” Erica, the bride

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photography: Chloe Jackman Photography // venue: Bella Montagna, San Jose CA // dress: Enzo Anglioni // grooms suit: Burberry // invitations: Pistachio Press // florals: The Card Mart // cake: Margarets French Bakery


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