The natural beauty of Bowling Green Country Club Of Detroit, situated on beautiful Lake St. Clair, was the setting for Erika and Bradley’s rustic wedding. Wearing Paloma Blanca Style 4358 that she found at Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor, the bride celebrated her special day with her University sweetheart.

We asked Erika to share more of her romantic day with us:

How did you know your dress was “the one”?
My dress was the second dress I had ever tried on. It was actually a dress my mom had picked out and something I really didn’t envision myself wearing for my wedding day. I went into my appointment wanting something less bridal and more of a flowy and bohemian style. I tried on the dress to show my mom and I was amazed. The combination of the lace bodice and the silk organza skirt with the lace trim was just beautiful to me, classic and whimsy. I loved the uniqueness of the lace on the bodice and the little lace details at the edge of the skirt. I felt like a bride in this dress and I knew Brad would just love it. I knew it was “the dress” when I started to cry as I envisioned Brad seeing me for the first time as his bride. I have never felt so beautiful!

How did Bradley propose?
This still is my favorite story to tell! Brad had planned a mini getaway to our favorite place, Northern Michigan, for a long weekend to celebrate his 29th birthday and our three year anniversary together. Brad proposed on his birthday night and caught me completely off guard. A wedding proposal was that last thing on my mind, I had planned the whole day to revolve around Brad because it was his birthday! It was truly one of the happiest days of my life. I will never forget it!

What inspired your wedding day theme?
Brad and I wanted our wedding to be relaxed and casual with a touch of elegance and sophistication. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, Brad and I stayed very true to ourselves. Our wedding was going to be what we wanted, not what was expected. We wanted to have a traditional Catholic ceremony followed by an outdoor reception. Our ceremony was held at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. St. Paul on the Lake, built in 1834, is statuesque and breathtakingly gorgeous. The front doors open up to a beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Clair. Our reception was held outside on the Bowling Green at the Country Club of Detroit. We really relied on the natural beauty of our venue and flowers for the decor/theme of our wedding. I wanted bright pops of color and lots of greens to incorporate the outdoor setting of our reception space. The outdoor open concept with the sparkling bistro lights, the beautifully crafted Italian menu with modern and rustic twists, and the Motown/Soul music set the exact vibe we were going for. Our wedding day was lovely and romantic, casual and elegant, held in an outdoor setting full of lush florals and greenery. My dress was a perfect complement to our wedding day atmosphere

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