June 10, 2017
The wedding—and romance—of the granddaughter of Cincinnati’s pizza king is straight out of a fairytale.
Not many brides-to-be could imagine—or find the stamina for—planning a wedding during their senior year of college while simultaneously trying to find a job and, well, figuring out the rest of their life.
But that’s exactly what Erika LaRosa did, simply because she could not wait to marry her high-school sweetheart, Scott Maurer. “We graduated in May and got married on June 10, 2017,” says Erika (who is the granddaughter of the Buddy LaRosa). “We knew in high school that we didn’t want to be with anyone else.”
Scott proposed in the couple’s favorite sunset-gazing spot, Ault Park, leading Erika on a scavenger hunt through parts of the 224-acre green space. At her final destination, Erika found Scott on bended knee, ring in hand. She immediately accepted, and their soon-to-be-blended family members emerged from the tree-shaded sidelines. “It was a really sweet day,” Erika says wistfully.
As it happens, Mother Nature also played a key role on their big day. Wedding planner and florist Jessica Barry decorated the outdoor garden tent at the romantic Pinecroft Mansion with tons of twinkling lights and white flowers—even the ceiling had roses, peonies, and orchids hanging from it. “She really made it feel like a starry night,” Erika says.
The sweetness to the day’s sparkle came from—not surprisingly—Scott. Leading up to the wedding, Erika found herself without “something blue.” “When I got my shoes, Scott said, ‘I want to write something on them because that’s what you’ll be wearing when you walk toward me and our life together,’” Erika recalls. So on the soles of her shoes, he scrawled for her, in blue, his undying love.
Meanwhile, Erika’s bridesmaids wore pale pink—so pale, in fact, the dresses almost looked white, which was by design. “My favorite color is yellow, and my sister was like, ‘I look terrible in yellow!’” Erika says with a laugh. “But whenever I think about beautiful things, it’s always all white. Scott and I are Christian, and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of God, because he is a part of our relationship. I just wanted a pure and beautiful day.”
We’d say she got her wish.
Venue: Pinecroft Mansion at Crosley Estate | Wedding planner, designer, and flowers: Jessica Barry, J Barry Designs, Boston (Erika’s cousin) | Lighting: Partech Lighting Systems | Pastor: Vincent Marquis | Invitations, programs,
and signage: Kristen Folzenlogen, Poeme | Catering: Funky’s Catering | Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Cocktail music: Lyrica | Reception Band: Soul Pocket | Videography: Studio 58 | Hair: Alba Beauty Studio | Makeup: Tamra Berry Beauty | Bride’s gown: Hayley Paige, Twirl Boutique, Lexington | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Watters | Groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Peppe Ramundo & Son