An Organic, Elegant Art Deco-Inspired Wedding at the Residence Inn in Cincinnati, Ohio

Brittani Ealy (28 and a licensed cosmetologist) and Erikka Gray (36 and a manager/entrepreneur) met on social media while living far apart. At the tim

Brittani Ealy (28 and a licensed cosmetologist) and Erikka Gray (36 and a manager/entrepreneur) met on social media while living far apart. At the time, Brittani was living in Maryland and Erikka was in Ohio, so their first date had to wait until they were both in Kentucky for Brittani’s graduation. They hit it off at Bar Louie's “and closed the place down,” Brittani says. Their chemistry was unmistakable. For the next year, they dated long-distance until Brittani moved home to Ohio, and not long after, they got engaged when Erikka proposed during a surprise engagement party. Their wedding was a perfect combination of their skill sets—Brittani’s creative/crafty side for decor ideas—including combining Brittani's and Erikka’s initials, “BE,” and an art deco hexagon/honeycomb beehive theme—and Brittani’s organization and planning to fine-tune the details. The Ault Park Rose Garden was the perfect ceremony spot, requiring no additional decor, thanks to the beauty of the perennial gardens and arbor-covered area. Also appealing was their two-aisle ceremony, giving each bride her shining moment. Before exchanging handwritten vows, Brittani and Erikka took part in a hand-washing unity ceremony, signifying the washing away of past failures and mistakes for a fresh start into their marriage. After the wedding their 75 guests moved to the Residence Inn for the reception, where a wall-cover tapestry of gold hexagons served as the backdrop during a delicious buffet dinner (complete with crab cakes); a cake carried the hexagon pattern and blue, gold and ivory colors, and favors were custom candles with a signature wedding scent of grapefruit and sage. For a magical end to a magical evening, the dance took place on the roof, with breathtaking views of Cincinnati. —Chrissy Sorenson

Brittani, a master hairstylist, knew she wanted hair like a 1920s flapper with lots of curls. She added a vintage-looking comb for a little bit of glam. For makeup, she went with a dramatic smoky-eye with full lashes and a light lip shade. Her extensions were dyed a rich, warm shade of eggplant for an unexpected pop of color.
Brittani's gold heels were reminiscent of an art deco stained glass design.
Erikka wore a tailored slim-fit suit in deep eggplant by Noose and Monkey, slightly shortened to show off her Cole Haan leather monk strap shoes without socks (it was too hot for socks). She accessorized with a vintage art deco brass bangle and a blue suede Ferragamo belt with a gold buckle.
Erikka wanted a super-clean classic look on her wedding day, so Brittani gave her a high tapper on the sides and a carver’s part, then waved her curls at the top for a medium pompadour.
A peacock feather adds a distinctive look to a corsage or a boutonniere.
As the wedding party and both brides came down the aisle, Lauren Elisye sang “Latch” by Sam Smith, accompanied by her guitar.
Since the first initials of Brittani's and Erikka's names are “BE,”  the couple went with a honeycomb/bee hive theme for the invitations and programs.
Ault Park Rose Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio, is so beautiful on its own, no additional decorations were necessary. Instead of having the flower girl carry a basket and throw flower petals down the aisle (which isn't allowed at the park), she carried a glass bowl filled with water and rose petals to the altar used for the hand-washing ceremony.
Brittani wore a tailored lace mermaid-style gown in vanilla bean, for a Harlem Renaissance/art deco look with earrings from her late great-grandmother.
Brittani's bouquet featured an ivory floral arrangement, ample greenery  and a long floral train to complement her gown.
The photographer had fun with  unconventional wedding party poses.
There were three bridesmaids on each side—both maids of honor wore  fuchsia dresses, and two bridesmaids wore midnight blue silk dresses in styles that best fit their taste. Two bridesmaids wore slim-fit navy blue suits from Express Men, with white shirts, matching socks with brown shoes and a matching belt.
The DIY hexagon backdrop was a nod to the art deco era and the honeycomb bee hive, in honor of Brittani's and Erikka's first-letter initials "BE."
A colorful display of desserts decorated the dessert table at the Residence Inn in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gold-wrapped Hershey's Kisses in gold containers helped tie in the color gold during the reception.
The hexagon-themed cake featured a layer of raspberry cake, a layer of cheesecake with raspberry marble, and a layer of amaretto with amaretto filling.
Brittani and Erikka's first dance was to the uber-romantic slow song “Beautiful” by Tweet.
DJ Pillo mixed R&B, hip-hop, trap music and some old-school tunes as the sun set over the city.