A Formal Wedding at the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Massachusetts

When Erica Aronson (35 and licenced in social work) attended a modeling audition, she had no idea that romance was right around the corner. “Rob Allison, (39 and in quality control analysis) was the owner of an urban clothing line that was launching in the Boston area, and when he saw me at the audition, he asked me on a date. I was not looking for a relationship that quickly, and I informed him that this was a business-only date. Ten years later, we still joke about that!” says Erica. Fortunately, Rob was persistent and almost twelve years later, he proposed while the couple was vacationing in Puerto Rico. The couple decided they wanted an elegant, formal wedding on a golf course, so they chose the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Massachusetts. Erica planned the whole wedding with her mother, pending Rob’s stamp of approval with the details. “Rob had one request: a summer wedding. Given that he is from the islands [Jamaica], of course we went with his idea!” The ceremony incorporated traditions from both the bride’s Jewish heritage and the groom’s Jamaican roots, including the stomping of the wine glass and the jumping of the broom. Hors d’oevres included Jamaican jerk chicken skewers and knishes with other specialties to complement the eclectic crowd. “We allowed for a very laid-back atmosphere with lots of dancing and eating while remaining a black tie affair,” says the bride. Erica offers her advice for future brides: “Remember to have fun and enjoy every minute. You plan for over a year and it’s over in a few hours. Make every moment last!”