Erica and Tony 09.21.12 / by Bolla Photo

Erica and Tony were referred to us by one of our other 2012 couples, Kelly and Derrick.  We absolutely love working with friends and family of previous clients because we know we’re going to have fun! Like Derrick, Erica and Tony are both police officers. And they’re also just as entertaining to work with!

On the afternoon of their wedding, Jerry and I met up with Erica and Tony at the HoteLumiere, where the guys and girls were getting ready in their separate suites. Shortly after arriving, I heard that there had been a discussion between the bride and her mother that was a first for my books: No, Erica was NOT going to be wearing her gun on her wedding day. Although she complied with her mother’s wishes, Erica still tucked her gun into her garter for a quick photo. Tony and his groomsmen, however, were another story. Needless to say, I felt very safe surrounded by armed police officers all day. 

Erica and Tony chose to have both their wedding at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  It provided the ideal backdrop for not only the ceremony, but also all of the portraits as well as the reception.  Outdoor ceremonies are my personal favorite and Erica and Tony had a beautiful day.  Although it started to rain just after they had their first look, it was only moments before the skies cleared up and for the rest of the day remained crystal blue with some perfect clouds.

A highlight of the evening for Erica was finally getting to see her wedding cake for the first time.  Her mother, who has been making wedding cakes for years, finally had the chance to design one for her own daughter. Patti created the most beautiful purple cake I’ve ever seen! She even made an accompanying groom’s cake in the shape of a pistol and handcuffs.  And what do most police officers like even better than cake?  Doughnuts and Coffee!  Yes, there was a late-night snack station stocked with Dunkin Donuts coffee and assorted doughnuts. What a delicious ending to an all-around fantastic day!

Congratulations, Erica and Tony!

Ceremony:  Gladney Rose Garden, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MO http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

Reception: Monsanto Hall, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MO http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

Floral Designer: Creations by Karen, St. Louis, MO

Cake Artist: Cakes by Patti, Pinckneyville, IL http://www.cakesbypattic.com/

Dress: David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com

Bridesmaids Dresses:  David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse http://www.menswearhouse.com

Ceremony Music: Landolfi Quartet http://www.landolfiquartet.com/music.html