The sunny, crisp October wedding day began with Sofia getting her hair and makeup done by Danielle Keefe. Preparations were fully underway with many smiling family members abuzz in Sofia's parents' spacious backyard, transformed into a rustic setting with a large tent fitted with cascading lights. The ceremony location was set adjacent to the tent on a grassy section of the yard facing the wooded area of the property. Buckets of blue and green hydrangea plants wrapped in burlap dotted the aisle and rustic baggies filled with petals were imprinted with the day's program. Eric's father's nursery, Ornamental Plantings, provided the tree hydrangeas and plant hydrangeas. Ilex Designs created romantic and whimsical floral arrangements of greens and pinks adorning each table, all surrounding a majestic central tree decorated with string lights in the center of the tent.
As dusk fell, the string lights in the tent and on the trees illuminated the space. Season to Taste Catering provided drinks and appetizers as the live band, Hudson Band by Night Shift Entertainment, took their places and began playing hits and rhythm and blues from the stage. Guests enjoyed their dinner as family members toasted the new couple. Sofia's father George translated her mother's toasts into Spanish for the benefit of the Spanish-speaking guests. Eric's parents also toasted the couple in a sentimental, funny speech.