This Saturday, Brooks’ Copper Beech will hold new significance for one couple. Longtime hospital employees, Alex Vega and Jennifer Erick, will tie the knot beneath its grand splendor. “There’s nothing more lovely than that tree covered in snow,” said Alex, emergency department PCA. “It’s meaningful to us,” he added. While discussing potential outdoor locations for the impending nuptials, the groom-to-be proposed the idea of the couple’s home away from home. Brooks.
Brooks’ Copper Beech was planted in 1945 in memory of local physician and philanthropist, Abraham Wilson Dods, for whom the present day SUNY Fredonia athletic building is also named. Purchased for well under $100 from Koch’s Nursery in Dunkirk, the tree is priceless in this couple’s eyes.
Vega and Erick have been together for 12 years and recently purchased a home in Dunkirk. Congratulations Alex and Jennifer. May your marriage be as sturdy, rooted, and wind-tolerant as the enchanting 72-year old Copper Beech.