We actually met at work, and we realized that we had friends in common. It was crazy that we hadn’t run into each other before. It honestly just turned into a really great friendship where we would stay up late and listen to music, then talk about our families (especially the close connection we each have with our grandmas). We were pretty much inseparable after that.
Covey and I had just moved to Indianapolis from Florida for his job, and I was taking him out to Seasons 52 to celebrate. I also received a job offer that day, so it was going to an extra bit of good news for the night! When we got to dinner, he kept getting up to leave. I didn’t really suspect anything because I knew he had taken multiple phone calls about our moving company running a few days behind schedule. After we ate dinner, our waiter brought champagne to the table and I said to Covey “Oh, did you tell them about our new jobs? How sweet!” He didn’t really say anything. Our waiter then brought me a card, and I thought it was Covey giving me a congratulatory present for the job. Much to my surprise, I opened the card and it said “Erica, will you marry me?” I’ll never forget that feeling of both shock and happiness. I remember looking at him and he was so nervous that he pulled the ring out and was shaking. It was super sweet, and it’s a memory we’ll always cherish. We still go back to Seasons 52 to celebrate all of our milestones.
There was just so much excitement from our families, and that really made the entire process so much more exciting. The best part was when we found our venue and had that feeling of okay, this is where we should get married. We looked at multiple venues, but nothing felt just right until we went to the Gardens of Park Hills. The staff was warm and friendly, and there were mimosas. I mean, who doesn’t love mimosas!? Apart from that, we loved the tasting process because we both LOVE food.
We live in Indianapolis, so that was probably the hardest part. We couldn’t just stop by if we wanted to see something specific in the venue. Our families were helpful in this process, as well as the team at the Gardens. They were always willing to send pictures, descriptions, or anything we needed to make the process as smooth as possible.
Our biggest piece of advice would be to decide on your venue as early as possible. Once the venue is chosen, a lot of the other pieces will fall into place. Make sure to include your partner in the process, too. Everyone hypes up the bride, but it’s the groom’s day as well! And, of course the details are important…but don’t get so caught up on perfecting every little tiny thing that you lose what the day is really about. Everything turned out how we wanted, but at the end of the day it was always about the marriage and bringing our families together.
My wedding planner was Lindsay Morris, and she was a dream. Prior to visiting the Gardens of Park Hills, we visited multiple venues in the Greater Cincinnati area. We met planners who didn’t seem excited about their jobs, let alone our big day. None of it felt right. We happened to visit the Gardens during an open house event, and we were immediately welcomed with smiles, plenty of information, and mimosas. We finally had the feeling of “yes…this feels good, and our families would feel welcome.” That feeling continued throughout the entire process. Lindsay and the Gardens team were so accommodating and took a lot of the pressure away from us so we could really just enjoy the special day with our loved ones. We can’t thank the team enough for making our big day so absolutely special!
Ceremony Location: The Gardens of Park Hills
Florist: Gina Ligon – she is an independent florist in the Northern Kentucky area. I provided her with a budget and said I wanted bright and cheerful colors, and she did not disappoint. Her arrangements and color choices were perfect.
Photographer: Open Field Photography – they are a husband and wife team, located in the Indianapolis area. I knew Robbie from my time at Wittenberg University, and I continued to follow his and Lauren’s work. They are fun, professional, and just have the best way of capturing all of the sweet and emotional moments during the big day!
Bakery: Holtman’s Donuts – they make donuts with fresh bacon bits on them. How could you not pick them? J
Entertainment: McFadden Music – our DJ was David. He. Was. Awesome. He did a great job announcing everything and ensuring we stayed on time. But his musical choices perfectly fit the day. He understood our vibe very well!
Videography: Nathan Dickerson Videography – We found Nathan via The Knot app. He caught so many moments that I would never have seen otherwise. There’s still so many happy tears every time we watch it!
Other: Dress was from Brides by Young in Indianapolis, and suits are from Men’s Wearhouse. Bride’s hair was done by Tiffany Morton, owner of Tress Me Hair & Beauty Bar in Indianapolis.