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A Summer Night in Paris Wedding

Porsha and Eric

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, bride and groom

Inspiration for the Wedding Theme

Early in the couple’s courtship, Eric was stationed in London with the US Air Force, and Porsha worked for a defense contractor, a job that allowed her to telecommute. The pair made the most of Europe, exploring London and visiting Paris, Rome, and other locales.

The Location

The wedding ceremony was held in Proximity Hotel’s White Oak Room, with a reception following in the Weaver Room.

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, centerpieces

THE COLOR PALETTE

 Black, antique gold, and white/ivory…all with a lot of sparkle and shine! Classic florals in shades of ivory and green complemented the place settings, crystal candelabra, and other table decor.

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, wedding decor

The Menu By Print Works Bistro

Passed cocktails included mini spinach and garlic quiche, crispy zucchini chips with red pepper pesto, and shrimp remoulade shooters. An elegant plated dinner followed, starting with a salad of seasonal greens and featuring seared chicken with sherry mushroom sauce, served with crème fraiche mashed potatoes and wilted spinach.

HOW THEY MET

Porsha and Eric had both attended James E. Dudley High in Greensboro, NC, but hadn’t known one another as students. All that changed at the Dudley Homecoming in 2011, when both participated in the alumni marching band – he on trumpet, and she as a Pantherette. They took note of one another when Porsha inadvertently stepped on Eric’s foot during the performance. Then, a few hours later at an after-party, Porsha almost literally fell in love when she tripped as she entered the door. Guess who helped her up? You guessed it: Eric!

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, bride and father at ceremony

Clockwise, from left: Porsha descends Proximity Hotel’s spiral staircase from her suite to the ceremony; Porsha and her father begin walking down the aisle (her mother joined them halfway); the bride’s mother, in a one-shouldered gown by Adriano Patel

THE PROPOSAL

 Porsha was expecting big things, and Eric knew it. On several occasions, Porsha was convinced the proposal was about to happen in as dramatic and public a way as possible…but each time, she was wrong. It turned out that Eric chose to go low-key, making a loving, heartfelt proposal at home. As Porsha says, “His low-key proposal WAS the shock!”

Most Memorable

Porsha’s favorite memories of the wedding all center on love – the love she and Eric felt so deeply, as well as the love and support of family and friends. She describes the ceremony itself as “sacred, important, and emotional,” and says the reception was “glamorous, elegant, modern, antique…and fun!”

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, wedding reception,

Clockwise, from top left: Porsha changed into an Art Deco gown by Adriano Patel after she tossed her garter and flower; the flower toss; the bridal party in classic black and white attire; the happy couple share a dance; one of the bride’s sorority sisters

Proximity Wedding, Porsha & Eric, bride and groom kissing at exit

One last kiss before leaving the festivities

THE WEDDING MAGIC MAKERS

  • Ceremony Venue: Proximity Hotel, White Oak Room
  • Reception Venue: Proximity Hotel, Weaver Room
  • Chef Designed Menus: Print Works Bistro
  • Wedding Planner:  Jacob Bennett of Proximity Hotel
  • Wedding Coordinator: Susan Marie Cook of Coordinated Events
  • Wedding Photography: Traci Arney Photography
  • Band: Von Neuman & The Band Untitled
  • Ceremony Musician: Gwendolyn Bell, keyboard
  • DJ/Photobooth: Trevor Bethel/DJ Big Cuttz
  • Florist: Brenda McLamb of Proximity Hotel
  • Cake: Maxie B’s

For more information about planning your wedding or event Greensboro, North Carolina, please email our wedding and event specialists or give us a call at Proximity Hotel: 336-478-9111 or O.Henry Hotel: 336-854-2000.