A Per­sonal Fairy Tale

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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.

By Beth Bright, photograph­y cour­tesy of Kim­berly Jean Photograph­y

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