The Little Things
Ariana and Eric met in High School, and after first growing a friendship, started dating during Senior year. They've been going strong since and just celebrated 10 years together this past October!
Ariana knew Eric would be the one after he purchased her a gift that was near and dear to her heart. It wasn't anything rare or expensive or extravagant. It was a mini travel size blow dryer with a diffuser attachment.
This may not seem like much from the outside looking in, but it meant a lot to Ariana. It showed how much Eric cared and how he was paying attention to her needs. She never uses a blow dryer without a diffuser and Eric had shown her so much love in a simple gesture because he truly cared about the little things.
Forever and For Always
The couple stayed together through college. Ariana ended up going to Pharmaceutical School; a 6 year long program. They had been discussing the future and Eric knew that Ariana did not want to get engaged until she was finished with her schooling.
Six years came to a close and it was graduation day. Leading up to this very important day Ariana had been quite stressed. She was the president of the Pharmacy Student Senate, and as such, was responsible for delivering the hooding ceremony speech the night prior. Her stress had kept her from noticing how stressed Eric had also been!
After the graduation ceremony, a party was held in Ariana's honor at the home of her parents. Her mom started pouring champagne and gave the first toast. Next, Eric began to give a speech. Immediately, Ariana knew what was coming. Eric is not one to give speeches...
Here Comes the Bride
The Bride and Groom wed at the same church the bride's parents' had married in. Being able to exchange vows at the same alter as her parents' was very special to Ariana.
As she walked down the aisle, her father by her side, our bride was overcome with emotion.
Ariana wore an elegant Essense of Australia gown in Ivory. The gown features a sweetheart neckline and full A-line skirt complete with cascading organza ruffles and chapel length train. She accessorized the look with a silver sparkle belt and beaded fingertip length veil.
Vendor Spotlight: Two Sticks Studios
All-star photographers, Two Sticks Studios, made the wedding day stress-free and memorable.
Ice Cream Break
Between the ceremony and reception the couple took a quick stop at their favorite ice cream place, Curly Creme.
Then it was off to celebrate and dance the night away with loved ones.
One of the most memorable moments from the day had nothing to do with the bride and groom at all.
Ariana's sister, Cassondra, served as her maid of honor on the wedding day. Eric's best childhood friend, Tim, served as Best Man. Can you guess where we are going with this?
The two first met at the rehearsal dinner and instantly hit it off! Ariana and Eric came back from their honeymoon to find the two had started dating. They have been together since, and are getting married next year! Cassondra also found her gown at Christina's, so stayed tuned - Cassondra just may be a featured Real Bride soon enough!
Partners for Life
One of the qualities Ariana values most in her husband Eric is that they are equal partners in their marriage. "He is kind-hearted and honestly the greatest person I know."
The two are currently enjoying married life together with their furbaby, Kelvin, and traveling together as much as possible.