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Erika & Cory: A Modern Wedding in Chicago, IL

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The bridesmaids carried miniature versions of Erika’s oversized bouquet of roses, peonies and cosmos.
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Erika and Cory exchanged vows in the outdoor courtyard at the Nature Museum.
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Erika had a pair of Converse All-Stars embroidered with the phrase “Mrs. Bradford.” Cory had a matching pair printed with “Mr. Bradford.”
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Erika asked her florist to incorporate her favorite flowers—peonies—into her lush bouquet of chocolate cosmos and roses.
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Sandalwood fans—to keep guests cool in the summer sun—accompanied the black-and-white ceremony programs.
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Escort cards sat on a bed of dried split peas inside a white-rimmed mirror. A black stamp decorated the upper right-hand corner of the tented cards and rhinestones added a touch of sparkle.
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Rich chocolate cosmos created depth among the mix of roses, peonies, and geraniums.
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Rich chocolate cosmos created depth among the mix of roses, peonies, and geraniums.
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A black-and-white draped pattern and sugar anemones decorated the three-tiered cake.
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Although they shared their first slow dance to “Fortunate,” by Maxwell, Erika and Cory surprised everyone by entering the reception to “Apache,” by Sugar Hill Gang and doing a little dance.
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Yellow, black and white tags hung from apothecary jars detailing the tasty treats -- like white chocolate lollipops -- at the candy bar.
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A cigar roller was stationed on the terrace to hand roll custom cigars with the couple’s names and wedding date.

Erika & Cory in Chicago, IL

Erika and Cory first met in college, but after dating for a short time, they broke it off. Four years later, they reconnected when Erika emailed him out of the blue to see how he was doing. The Bride Erika Jones, 30, interior designer The Groom Cory Bradford, 30, professional basketball player The Date July 11 Cory was off to Europe to play basketball, but they kept in touch over the next few months. When he came home for the holidays, they met up and rekindled their romance. A year later, Cory proposed to Erika in her apartment. “I knew she didn’t want me to do it around a lot of people, so I made sure it was really private,” says Cory
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