Erika Eaker and Michael Moses had a very long courtship, dating for almost seven years before tying the knot. But once they got engaged, things moved along at record speed.

 

It was August of 2011 and Erika was out with a girlfriend when Michael came around the corner and caught her eye. Luckily for Erika, her girlfriend went to high school with Michael so it was the perfect chance for them to meet. After that, they kept seeing each other in various places and Michael asked for her phone number. They knew each other for less than a month when Michael invited Erika to his birthday dinner with his family. Erika declined, telling Michael she had to work. “I wasn’t quite ready to meet the family.” Michael joked, “I was trying to be a nice guy and she turned me down.”

That was the last time Erika turned down a date with Michael. Erika recalls that his fun personality helped her fall in love. “I like funny. That gets me every time.” Michael fell for Erika’s kindness. “I just started realizing how good of a person she was.” Michael admits that what really “sealed the deal” was when Erika bought him tickets to a Drake concert. “That was a big deal.”

On Jan. 21, Erika went to pick Michael up for a party. She was in a hurry and called from the driveway to tell him she was there in the driveway and ready to leave. He would not answer the phone after multiple calls. She sent him a post on Instagram and he “liked” it so she knew he had his phone with him. She was fuming and got out of the car and stormed into their Jacksonville Beach home. That’s when she saw all the flowers carefully laid out on the floor. The flowers led up to the crate of her teacup Chihuahua, Demi. There was a sign that read “Demi has a secret she’s been hiding.” Erika took Demi out of the crate. Then Michael appeared and asked Ericka to marry him. Demi had the engagement ring attached to her collar. Suddenly, all was forgiven and Erika said yes.

Erika and Michael wasted no time in planning their wedding. They had discussed marriage, so it wasn’t a total surprise. Erika already had in mind exactly what she wanted. Just two days after Michael proposed, she found the perfect dress. They set the date, booked the venues and the wedding invitations were in the mail within days of their engagement.

Michael and Erika were married three months later on April 22 as the sun was setting on the rooftop of the Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael’s favorite moment was seeing his bride walk down the aisle with her mother. Instead of the usual sand ceremony, they each poured dirt into an orchid plant in honor of sharing their wedding day with Earth Day. Together they watered the plant that they will be able to keep forever. There was one glitch that ended up being a very poignant moment. Just after the officiant announced them as husband and wife, as they were walking out hand in hand, the music suddenly stopped working. The mother of the flower girl, who is also Michael’s godmother, quickly grabbed the microphone and started singing the song “You and I” to make their exit just perfect. A reception followed for their 47 guests at a nearby Airbnb. They celebrated into the night with dancing and champagne and lots of laughter.

Michael and Erika know they are perfect for each other. Erika loves that her husband is happy and easy going. “And he is always smiling.” Michael appreciates his wife’s selflessness. “She is willing to do anything for anybody.” Although they sped through the wedding planning process, they are now looking forward to slowing down and enjoying the rest of their lives together.

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