Rolling the dice
By Gwendolyn Shearman | Photography by Kristin Vining Photography
Posted: Monday, Apr. 02, 2012
Erica Muschamp and Brandon Adcock first met as undergrads at Appalachian State. Erica, a sophomore at the time, wasnt 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 Ericas fathers 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 couldnt eat any of my dinner because I was shaking, says Erica. After he slipped the ring from Diamonds Direct onto Ericas finger, they enjoyed drinks with her parents, whod 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. Its 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 vendorsBachelor party location
The Cove, Atlantis
www.atlantis.comEngagement and wedding rings
Carolyn Shepard Design Group
Kristin Vining Photography
New York Bride & Groom
www.nybride.com Wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses
J Majors Bridal Boutique
www.jmajors.comContinue reading real wedding stories! Up next: She said Yes!- Allison and Westley
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less