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Rolling the dice

By Gwendolyn Shearman | Photography by Kristin Vining Photography

Posted: Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

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Erica Muschamp and Brandon Adcock first met as undergrads at Appalachian State. Erica, a sophomore at the time, wasn’t really interested in Brandon, a senior, but as the year went on they became friends. Eventually she warmed up to him, and after he came to her rescue by fixing her computer they went on their first official date.

After five and a half years together, Brandon proposed while the pair was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for Erica’s father’s 50th birthday.

Brandon planned a special day for the pair with the hotel that included horseback riding through the Sierra Madre Mountains. When they arrived at the hotel for dinner, Brandon had arranged a surprise dinner on the beach. “When we went to dinner, I knew he was going to propose. I started to get nervous, and I couldn’t eat any of my dinner because I was shaking,” says Erica. After he slipped the ring from Diamonds Direct onto Erica’s finger, they enjoyed drinks with her parents, who’d been helping Brandon plan the surprise proposal for months. After a girls’ weekend to Charleston and a bachelor party at Atlantis in the Bahamas, the wedding was drawing nearer.

When the day of the wedding finally came in late May, Brandon, an entrepreneur and owner of his own vitamin and supplement company, and Erica, a CPA, decided to see each other before the ceremony. Their photographer, Kristin Vining, recommended first looks. It would give the couple an opportunity to share a private moment before the ceremony, and not rush taking photos afterward.

“At first Brandon was really against it, and we went back and forth about it for a long time,” says Erica. “Afterward, he agreed it was the best thing we did. It was a really great moment.”

The bride walked down the aisle in a vintage-inspired dress from J Major's Bridal Boutique against a backdrop of white flowers by the Carolyn Shepard Design Group. The couple wanted the reception to reflect their fun-loving personalities. Brandon likes to gamble and had traveled to Vegas several times, so when the idea of a Las Vegas-themed cocktail hour came up, the couple jumped at the chance. “Weddings and the City suggested taking it through the whole wedding,” says Erica.

The couple was concerned the Vegas theme would seem cheesy, but the magenta and navy color palette transformed the motif into something classy and all their own. The place cards and table settings at the reception highlighted different casinos on the Vegas strip, and favors included poker chips with personalized bags for guests to remember the day. “Honestly, our vendors took our ideas and made it look the way it did,” says Erica.

Keeping with the old-school Vegas theme, the groom and groomsmen wore pinstripe tuxedos – complete with suspenders – from New York Bride & Groom. The Las Vegas transformation was complete with rentals from Party Reflections.

Greensboro-based band The Dickens jammed at the reception and provided a packed dance floor throughout the night. “They just made it rock. It’s funny because I was dancing so much I felt like Brandon was kind of stuck talking to all our guests,” Erica jokes.

A lively wedding for this fun-loving couple? Mission accomplished. Erica recalls, “It was just a fantastic day. Everything about it was perfect.”

Featured vendors

Bachelor party location
The Cove, Atlantis
www.atlantis.com

Engagement and wedding rings
Diamonds Direct
704-532-9041
www.diamondsdirectsouthpark.com

Flowers
Carolyn Shepard Design Group
704-523-5237
www.carolynshepard.com

Photography
Kristin Vining Photography
704-258-3117
www.kristinvining.com

Rental provider
Party Reflections
704-332-8176
www.partyreflections.com

Tuxedos
New York Bride & Groom
704-529-6400
www.nybride.com

Wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses
J Major’s Bridal Boutique
704-372-0082
www.jmajors.com

Continue reading real wedding stories! Up next: ’She said Yes!- Allison and Westley’

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