A Personal Fairy Tale
Erica Selig and Cody Brady developed their friendship after meeting at Bryant High School, and, after losing touch for a few years, the couple found each other again in 2014.
A few months later, the couple started dating and while Cody was on a two-week leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, he flew home from Camp Pendelton in California to see Erica. They had talked about getting engaged, and how they had both dreamed of a not-so-typical fairy tale story.
“My parents are high school sweethearts and have been together for 25 years,” Erica said. “When my dad proposed to my mom, she was getting something to eat out of the refrigerator. Cody and I have always joked about their story being a `fairy tale' by being so special to them and no one else. Now we both share a similar story.”
The couple spent the entire two weeks together spending time with friends and family, and on the last day Cody was set to fly out late that night.
“While finishing laundry and starting to pack, he was pretending to argue with me about the laundry,” Erica said. “I noticed he suddenly became quiet and knew something was up, so I turned around to see what he was up to. When I did he was on one knee.” The big day: Oct. 25, 2014, on a beautiful fall day.
Best Man and Maid of Honor: I had the joy of having my younger sister, Kendall Selig, as my Maid of Honor and my best friend, Samantha Stratton, as my Matron of Honor. Cody's Best Men were his 4-year-old son, Jay, and his best friend Peyton Wallace.
The location: We got married at Ausley Family Farms in Bismark. The venue was my favorite of all the venues that we researched and looked at. Their staff is so friendly and was always reaching out to lend a hand if and when needed. They were such a joy to work with and always available.
The reception: We had the reception following the ceremony at Ausley Family Farms under their pavilion and inside their barn style venue. We had delicious finger foods by Special Touch Catering.
Our wonderful three layer cake was designed and made by Sugar-Dumplin's Cupcakes out of Bryant. We had the Southern hospitality of Bring Your Own Drinks (BYOD), but also had lemonade and tea provided by Special Touch Catering. The entertainment system was set up by my grandfather, Tom Spann. We were able to enjoy a laid back afternoon of our favorite music, first dance, and father-daughter/ grandfather dance. My sister, the Maid of Honor, gave a speech as well as Peyton Wallace, one of the Best Men.
The look: Our colors consisted of lots of burlap and lace, the southern tradition. The bridesmaids' dresses were a light brown, one strapped, long dress with cowboy boots. The groomsmen wore white button ups, brown vest, jeans, and cowboy boots. Our flowers consisted of white baby's breath and white hydrangeas which were all throughout the ceremony as well as the reception inside and outside. The flowers were the majority of our decorations.
The dress: My dress was the absolute first dress that I tried on. I knew as soon as I had it on that it was the one. My perfect dress was a crème white, all lace, flowy gown from David's Bridal. I also wore cowboy boots with my dress, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings.
Most unforgettable moment: Cody and I decided to write our own vows and incorporate them into the ceremony. Cody, of course, went first. After hearing the man of my dreams confess his absolute love for me, I didn't know if I could top or even compare to his vows. Writing our own vows was the greatest, most special decision that we made about the entire ceremony.
The honeymoon: Our honeymoon was in a luxury treehouse at Oak Crest Cottages in Eureka Springs, where we stayed for a full week. We rewarded ourselves with couple's massages and spent quality time enjoying each other's company.