This couple truly reminds me of the latest social media phenom – The Chewbacca Mom – her laughter and spirit contagious, so was Erica and Matthew’s. Erica is filled with light and has a personality that just melts your heart. When I met with her a few months before her wedding, she was a little frazzled with all the details of planning a wedding. On top of managing the day-to-day life at home with six children while her fiancé was on deployment. And although I met Matthew through email, I could tell he wanted to please his bride-to-be.
During our initial consultation, I enjoyed listening to how they met one another. Erica was a single mother of six and Matt was a bachelor in the Navy. They were introduced to one another through Matt’s aunt. Their love for one another, however, grew the old-fashioned way — pen and paper. Well, not that old-fashioned. They communicated through emails. I loved how he wasn’t afraid to jump right in with the kids. She told me they had so much fun.
“On our first real date, we ended up spending the night in the hospital because one of my daughters was sick, it was then I knew he was the one,” Erica said. “He stayed there with me and was my shoulder to lean on.”
As the consultation continued, it was no surprise both Erica and Matthew wanted an intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family.
I remember their wedding as if it were yesterday, the tables were lined with pristine white table cloths and adorned with teal and hues of pink décor with touches of curly willow. Their bridal party consisted of their totes adorbs children. I think they stole the show but that’s our little secret.
Their families showed up in true fashion with a delicious pot luck feast. They laughed and danced the day away.
It’s been a year and with every Savy couple, we reach out to see how things are going. Matthew, Erica and the kids are all doing well. Everyone is settled into the new house and are loving life. “Marriage… it’s been interesting. We’ve had more ups than downs, but at the end of the day we always remember to have each other’s back. I wouldn’t want to do this with any other man!”
Their advice for couples preparing to say I do is: “If you disagree about something, don’t tell your family because long after you have forgiven and forgotten, they are still holding on to what you told them.”
I enjoyed working with the McCarthys and getting to know the kids, too. And from the Savy family we’d like to wish you a Happy Anniversary!
The Savy Girl