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Erica and Barkley were married at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, N.C. on April 17. “We were able to have the choice of having our wedding outside in the courtyard or inside the actual church,” Erica said. “It was an old historic, abandoned church that was remodeled and turned into a venue. I loved the rustic feel. The bare brick with metal beams, the windows, and the concrete embedded with oyster shells.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silver satin dresses and carried bouquets of orchids. “My first thought when I walked into the reception, I said to myself, ‘Wow!’ at how pretty and amazing everything looked,” she said. Tables were decorated with custom sage green napkins and gray linens, birdcage centerpieces, and handmade mustaches at each place setting. Fun fact: They were in honor of Erica’s late dad. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “Lady Soul” by The Temptations and exited at the end of the night in a British taxi.

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Photography: Magnolia Photography | Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews | Event Planner: Social Butterfly Events  | Dress Store: Fountaine Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group from A Carolina Wedding | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Jewelry: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Floral Designer: Design Perfection | Ceremony Musicians: Dockside Strings | Officiant: Rev. Tom Kendall | Rentals: Party Suppliers | Caterer: Pine Valley Market | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Hair & Makeup Artist: Plum Hair Atelier | Stationery: The Paper Butterfly | Band: Special Occasions Band

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