Married Dec. 10, 2016 With everything from dramatic pops of crimson among the flowers to a surprise appearance by the jolly old elf himself, the December nuptials of Erica Johnson and Sean Pifer radiated glad tidings and joy. The bride, from Fort Worth, met her husband while working in Houston. Though they relocated to Fort Worth during the summer of 2015, Sean ferried Erica back to H-Town the following January in order to celebrate their surprise engagement with friends at their favorite restaurant, Brasserie 19. Eleven months later, some 250 family members and friends watched Erica walk down the aisle of Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, with her middle-school youth pastor, Micah Barnum, officiating the ceremony. “I’d always dreamed of a winter wedding but didn’t really know what kind of dress I wanted,” says Erica. “I went with the second dress I tried on, but only after I brought my dad back to De Ma Fille so I could try it on for him.” Her choice of dress felt even more ideal once Erica discovered that its beading matched what was on her mother’s ’80s-era veil. “I tried to keep a lot of things about our wedding classic and traditional, so wearing something of hers was very meaningful,” says Erica. Thanks to the December chill, the bride also donned a vintage fur stole that she’d bought while studying in London. The couple’s attendants dressed in dark blue, with the house party and ushers clad in black. As a foil to the darker shades, botanical selections — roses, peonies, ranunculus, eucalyptus and small berries — offered a variety of hues and textures. The flowers likewise enlivened the spectacular ballroom where the reception was held. To their delight, the bride and groom took a sneak peek at the space while their guests were downstairs. “As the cocktail hour was going on, Sean and I — just the two of us — also got to have dinner in a private room, a taste of everything we were serving that night,” says Erica. The food — which included a Southern slider station featuring pulled pork, chicken-fried steak and fried green tomatoes — earned raves from guests, as did Sandy Chang’s renowned cakes. “Sean got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wake Forest University in his home state of North Carolina, so Sandy put a WF monogram on top of his chocolate cake,” says Erica. The feast didn’t deter anyone from an evening of dancing, with the celebration ratcheting up a notch once Santa Claus made the scene. With a huge basket slung over one arm, St. Nick passed out glow sticks to partygoers on the dance floor. “When Santa started ringing his jingle bells, people realized he was there,” says Erica, who came up with the idea of inviting him. “Santa made what was already a wonderful night that much better.” — Lisa Martin The Wedding Details Venue Christ Chapel Bible Church, ccbcfamily.org | Reception and caterer Private club Wedding planner Kay Watson, Kay Watson Wedding Consultants, kaywatson.com | Photographer Sara Donaldson, saradonaldsonphotographs.com Videographer Splendor Films, thisissplendor.com | Flowers Kate Foley Designs, katefoleydesigns.com | Invitations Annie Roche, 5 by 7 Designs, 5by7designs.com Wedding dress De Ma Fille, demafille.com | Hair and makeup Something You... Beauty, something-you.com Groom’s attire Culwell & Son, culwell.com | Cake Sandy Chang, Sandy’s Unique Imprint, 817-292-5033 | Ceremony music TCU School of Music, music.tcu.edu Reception music The Special Edition Band, thespecialeditionband.com | Rentals La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, latavolalinen.com Transportation Gene’s Bus Charters, genesbuscharters.com
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