We have been together for six years!
We both attended the same college. We had the same upper-level religious study class [conveniently named “Marriage and Family”] when Emily was a senior, and Erica was a sophomore. Erica sat in the back of the classroom and barely talked, but Emily had her eye on Erica from the very beginning of the class.
Later on that semester, Erica joined the same sorority Emily was in, and they started to connect through there. A mutual friend invited us both out, and we haven’t stopped talking since.
After dating for a couple of years, we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We had talked about ring shopping and then asked ourselves who was going to propose to who?
Conveniently Emily wanted to propose to Erica, and Erica was very okay with this!
We went ring shopping together but bought each other’s rings in secret.
On October 23, 2016, Emily took Erica to brunch in Baltimore at one of their favorite restaurants, Little Havana’s. After the brunch, they walked along the water of the Harbor because it was a beautiful day and Emily had told Erica that they were walking to the Science Center to continue the date. Little did Erica know that Emily had strategically placed her best friend [who is also a photographer] on their route to take pictures of the surprise proposal.
As they got to the spot where her friend was hiding, Emily dropped down on one knee and proposed. Erica was completely shocked; she didn’t think she was serious at first!
Of course, Erica said yes, and her friend took tons of pictures of the proposal and pictures afterward along the Baltimore Inner Harbor. That night, Erica took Emily on their deck at home and proposed back to Emily in a more intimate setting.
We were engaged for almost two years. We knew we wanted a long engagement because we bought a house together about six months after the proposal.
We needed to save up money after buying the house before planning our large wedding!
Our wedding day ran so smoothly, and that is all thanks to the wedding coordinator, Katie, who is an employee of Antrim 1844. We did not have to stress about one thing on our wedding day. Katie made sure everything and everybody were where they needed to be and delegated any tasks that would have fallen on us while we were getting ready for the big day.
We decided to get ready separately. We had our own rooms in the main mansion with separate hair and make-up people. We decided to do a “first look” before the ceremony, and we are so glad we did because that was the only time it wasn’t raining!
Our ceremony was about 15 minutes long, very intimate, and personal outside in the rose garden on the premise. It, unfortunately, started raining during the last 5 minutes of our ceremony and continued to rain the rest of the night. [They say rain on your wedding day is good luck though!] We had a small cocktail hour after the ceremony and then a formal reception filled with food, dancing, and drinks.
One of our favorite parts of the reception was the “special dances.”
We had the traditional father-daughter dance, and we both danced with our respective fathers to ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Josh Groban. After that, we did a joint mother-daughter dance.
Growing up, we both had “a song” with our mothers: ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison. We decided to make this our mother-daughter dance, and we all danced together, it was so much fun. We invited the rest of the guests to join us after about a minute into the song, and it really got the party started.
Marriage means so much to us.
The marriage of two women wouldn’t have even been possible in the past, so just being able to celebrate our union with our family and friends was so incredible. We cherish every day that we get to be together.
In our wedding vows, we promised to be always honest, loving, and forgiving with each other. We are committed to each other for the rest of our lives and one day hope to start a family together.
Through our marriage, we encourage and inspire each other to be the best that we can be.
Photographer Boswick Photography
Bridesmaids’ Dresses David’s Bridal
Catering Antrim 1844
Celebrant Mary Ruland
Cinematographer A Treasured Wedding
DJ John Ripple
Gown Essence of Australia, Curvaceous Couture Bridal
Hair & Makeup Fitz Hair Studio, Fleurt Beauty Company, Angela Stone, Sydni Muranaka of Gypsy Sol
Rings Helzberg Diamonds
Venue Antrim 1844