Real Bride: Meet Erika!

January 23, 2024

Today, we're honored to introduce you to the radiant Erika, who found her perfect wedding dress at Ventura's Bridal Fashions in Houston. Let's dive into her enchanting wedding story!

Erika's journey to finding the dress of her dreams culminated in the stunning No. 120167, a beautiful lace fit and flare gown. This dress, with its intricate lace detailing and flattering silhouette, perfectly captured Erika's vision for her big day.


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For her wedding day, Erika and her husband opted for a timeless color palette of greenery, white, and light pink florals, accentuated with touches of gold decor. Their choice of colors complemented the natural beauty of their Texas Hill Country venue, a breathtaking Mediterranean-styled mansion.


Erika's love story with her husband began in a charmingly unexpected way. A chance encounter at the baseball stadium where she interned and he played professionally led to a serendipitous first date. Fast forward eight years, and Joe orchestrated a magical proposal during a pre-Christmas getaway, surprising Erika with the presence of her parents from Michigan.



For Erika, finding the perfect wedding dress was about accentuating her curves and embracing intricate detailing. The moment she slipped into her dress, she knew it was the one, with no other gown comparing afterward! The first look between Erika and her husband stands out as the most cherished moment of their wedding day. After spending the morning apart, seeing each other for the first time was a deeply emotional and intimate experience.


Erika and her husband shared their first dance to "De la Ilusion Al Miedo" by Ricardo Arjona, a heartfelt choice reflecting her husband's Puerto Rican heritage and their shared love for Latin music.


Advice from the Bride

Erika's advice to fellow brides is to consider doing a first look. This intimate moment allowed her and her husband to share special time together before the festivities began, emphasizing the importance of focusing on each other throughout the day.


Thank you, Erika, for sharing your enchanting wedding journey with us!

For brides-to-be on the hunt for their dream wedding dress, be sure find a store near you!