Heather & Erica : Omni Hotel {New Orleans}


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Heather – One word to describe Erica :Compassionate

Erica – One word to describe Heather : Strong

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How did you two meet?

We met in Washington, DC in early February of 2014. From the second we started sending each other messages on OKCupid, there was an instantaneous connection that grew stronger every day. It was basically love at first message!

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What’s the engagement story?

Erica: I knew Heather wanted a really big romantic gesture for getting engaged, even if she downplayed it. So I decided to trick her, I convinced her that we would talk about getting married once we made our big move from Virginia to Seattle, however I had other plans.

Heather: Erica and I had talked about getting married once we got to Seattle, and I was actually going to propose to her. I wanted to plan a big romantic adventure around our future home, but she beat me to it. We were planning on visiting Erica’s maid of honor, Holt, further South in Virginia for her birthday. We got all dressed up for a fun dinner, but little did I know that it was more than just a birthday dinner.

Erica: When I was convincing Heather that were would get engaged, I told Heather that I really wanted a grand romantic gesture since I was the one who usually does those things. But secretly I was planning on doing the same for her when she was least expecting it. I arranged with my friend Holt who worked on a local plantation for a romantic encounter in the garden at night. I had Holt secretly place Christmas lights around a bench and make a bouquet of flowers from one of the historical gardens. That night, as we walked in the dark looking at the stars, the bench suddenly lit up (Thanks to Holt stealthily hiding in the bushes and waiting to hear our voices!)

Heather: I was a bit confused at first, and just thought they were motion-censored. Erica reached under the bench and handed be some beautiful flowers, but I just thought she was being romantic like she always is. But once I sat down, Erica got down on one knee and I knew. She was proposing. I can’t remember what exactly she said because I was just so filled with joy, love, and thoughts that I had finally found someone who could stand by my side for life. The moment was so perfect. I said yes of course.

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Tell us about the wedding day and what you planned?

Our wedding day went really well! There were not a lot of issues, and when something did happen, our friends and family were amazing and took care it! We had planned on not seeing each other the entire day before the ceremony and reception, but we were too nervous and only hid from each other once we started putting our outfits on and getting our hair and makeup done. Our friends and family were so kind to us and kept us calm and really helped us make sure we were happy and stress free. Planning from Seattle, WA for a wedding in New Orleans was difficult, but we hired amazing local vendors and had hotel staff who made sure everything went perfectly. The easy part was choosing everything, vendors, decorations, colors, etc. because we have such similar taste. Mostly, we just wanted to get married, and we didn’t stress to much about what we picked out and it all kind of just fell into place. We just wanted all of our friends and family in one place for a grand party! The whole day went by way to quickly, and we wish we could do it all over again, but with less planning!

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One word to describe the married life?
Free

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Any vendors you would like to list?

·     Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
·     Party-Tyme Productions DJ & MC Services
·     Urban Earth Design Studios
·     Swiss Confectionery
·     Fabulous Cake Stands by Nola B
·     Bridal 911 by Joy
·     A special shout out to Eray for taking BEAUTIFUL memorable pictures for our special day!

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