Real Weddings

Happy bride and groom going into a hug after their first look Happy bride and groom going into a hug after their first look

Erica & Ramiyus

Silhouette: Sheath

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Date: May 28, 2017

Photographer: Ézé Amos Photography

Wedding theme: Ballroom elegance

Bride and groom posing with Mother of the Bride and son Bride and groom posing with Mother of the Bride and son

A bridal party to remember:

We asked our guests to dress in white and black so they could all serve as the bridal party alongside me, my fiancé, and my son. We added touches of red for spice–our moms were the only ones in red.

So how did you two meet?

In the spring of 2013, I was waiting in the service area of the local Porsche dealership when Ramiyus walked in. We chatted until he left to look at cars in the showroom. He noticed as I was leaving that I was getting into an identical car to his. He shouted, "Hey, you're getting into my car!" I laughed, and he asked for my number and a date. He asked in such a gentlemanly way that I couldn't resist.

 Bride and groom dancing closely in the street  Bride and groom dancing closely in the street

Tell us about your dress!

My coworker won tickets for a big bridal show and was kind enough to give them to me since she knew I was getting married. Before the event, I went to David's Bridal, but I didn't find my dress. Then at the bridal show, there was a David's runway show. When the dress with the cape came out, I sat straight up, and we ran back over to the store so I could try it on. I felt like royalty! Of course, the best part was the cape.

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Bride with arm around Groom smiling at the camera Bride with arm around Groom smiling at the camera

Meaningful tokens:

My favorite personal touch was our party favors: We gave everyone a Porsche paperweight in honor of where we met.

How did you choose accessories?

I wanted everything to center around my hair and dress, with my hair being my biggest accessory. I wanted to stay true to who I was and keep my hair as a natural fro–hawk. My stylist helped me keep everything else simple. We did a touch of bling for my hair and simple earrings so my hair and dress could do the rest.

Mother of the Bride fastening Bride's dress Mother of the Bride fastening Bride's dress

What made you fall in love with the venue?

When we visited the historic John Marshall Ballrooms, I knew it was perfect. We love the historic look of downtown Richmond, and the John Marshall is filled with gold, white, and black. To me, those are always classic colors. And with such a dramatic and elegant dress, I knew the venue would have to match.

Groom dipping and kissing bride in the street Groom dipping and kissing bride in the street

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