In high school, Donald kept hearing about this incredible girl named Erica, and then the moment he met her, he knew she was the one. They became high school sweethearts whose connection blossomed into a love story to remember. Plus their Miami wedding style was goals, goals, goals! Take a look!
Here Are The Andersons
Bride: Erica Hicks, 31, Chief Strategist of PR VEIN, a Fashion & Lifestyle Communications Firm Groom: Donald Anderson, 31, Relationship Manager, Healthcare Brokerage Firm The Big Day: 9/4/16 Location: Miami, FL Theme: Modern “Real-Life Goals” All-Black Affair
"Donald is one of a kind – a mature man with swag, charisma and good intentions," says Erica about the man of her dreams. "I’ve never met a human whose heart was made of pure gold. He is the kind of man who likes to celebrate the little accomplishments. Donald is the kind of guy who values “old-school” love, precious time together and family."
"I did not think I would find true love like I did," recalled Erica. "We were just kids. I would have never thought our young love would turn into real love. I am so blessed that God saw fit to make us best friends."
"I love how our friendship has grown over the years," said Erica. "Through all of the ups and downs we’ve both managed to keep a great respect for our friendship. I love the fact that I can have fun and party with her. I also love her spiritual strength, her willingness to overcome any obstacle-no matter how great it is! We both offer one another different perspectives on life."
Erica rocked a custm bridal gown by Michael Costello on her big day. "I knew I wanted a custom glamorous dress. The gowns he has designed for Beyonce, Ciara, JLo, and the Kardashians inspired me to atleast send an email to his sales team. It was a YOLO moment!," she shared.
"We decided to have a chocolate naked cake with buttercream icing," said Erica. "Donald chose the cake because he loves chocolate. I saw a trend of naked cakes and thought the design fit perfectly with our dessert station. We surrounded the cake with baroque themed desserts like rice crispy treats, cookies, cake pops and our favorite childhood candies like lemonheads, now and laters and more. We encouraged our guests to take a candy bag home with them."
"I said yes because this man tells me 'I love you' every single day and sometimes multiple times per day!," said Erica. "He is a true southern gentleman, a protector, a provider and I feel complete with him."
"I knew he was the “The One” when he decided to relocate to NYC where I was living so that we could be together," shared Erica. "We were long-distanced for a year. He just called me one day and said he wanted to move to New York. I just knew he loved me unconditionally."
"I really enjoyed being a bride," said Erica. "I lived for all of the special attention and I especially loved hearing Donald introduce me as his “fiancé”. He was always so proud! It was no fairytale though. The stress made me want to just elope on a few occasions."
"It was an amazing feeling being a groom!," said Donald. "I’ll cherish this moment the rest of my life. I got valuable advice from family, friends, and co-workers. They all told me to take it all in because the special moment goes by so fast. I spent my time enjoying every second of my wedding day. The wedding exceeded my expectations. You never know how prepared you are until you’re on queue! This was my dream wedding."