What started off as a friendship slowly grew into something more for Eric and Jessika, who met while studying at the University of the Pacific. During a vacation to Taipei, Taiwan, Eric finalized their courtship when he took it to the next level with a proposal!
The pair were staying in Hualien at a beautiful resort right on the Pacific Ocean. One morning the couple decided to wake up early to see the sunrise.
"We had decided to get up early to watch the sunrise over the Pacific. Living on the west coast, we had only ever seen the sun set over the Pacific, so this was particularly cool. As we were watching the sunrise, Eric got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!"
Before leaving for their trip to Taiwan, Jessika and Eric had dined at one of their favorite Chinese restaurants in Portland where they each received a fortune that would soon come true!
"Eric's post-dinner fortune cookie read: 'You will travel far and wide' and mine read: 'Be prepared to receive something special.' It was one of those rare moments where both our fortune's came true!"
Once the ring was on her finger it was time for Jessika to start the planning! That meant finding the perfect wedding dress was on the agenda.
"I was not a bride who knew what she wanted. I tried on over 100 gowns...I know, I know, not recommended, but it took me awhile to find the right style!"
Jessika started by trying on all the different styles and silhouettes. It took her a while but finally she narrowed it down to a sheath, crepe dress but still hadn't found "the one."
"I arrived at Charlotte's having a better idea of the style I was looking for but hadn't yet found the dress at other bridal shops. Lindsey was my consultant, and the first dress she pulled for me had a lot of the elements I was looking for. I told her what I liked about it and what it was missing, then 2 dresses later, she nailed it! She listened to me and picked a dress that had all of the details I was looking for. The dress was perfect for me so I said yes to the dress!"
Jessika said "I do" wearing a chic, Madison James bridal gown. A fitted crepe base with a low back and beaded lace adorning the bodice. With illusion side cut-outs to give it a sexy edge, the dress had everything Jessika wanted in a gown.