December 31, 2012

The NotWedding San Diego 2012

As mentioned before I had to share this amazing event call The NotWedding which Callie of Achor & Eden started in 2008. If you missed Callie previous post make sure you check it out here.

The NotWedding is an emotional ceremony, a sit-down dinner, and a dance-party reception - bridal show, yes, and nothing like any bridal show you'll ever go to. I attended the Atlanta, GA one and had so much fun. It's a great way for couples and vendors to mix and mingle, plus get inspired!

The inaugural NotWedding in 2008 was a hit, and it became an annual event in Atlanta. In 2011, Callie was joined by friend Michal Whitlock who helped take The NotWedding to the next level, even bringing the party to two new cities. For the 2013 events, Michal will continue to produce The NotWedding in Atlanta while NotWedding alum Krystel and her team at Couture Events will produce the event in San Diego and Los Angeles. This event being shared today was held on March 27 at The San Diego Air & Space Museum. Thank you to Callie for organizing such a unique event and to all the vendors for sharing their work.

December 28, 2012

Forest Candle Studio

Today is the very first Sponsored Posts and new a vendor to A Military Story! Marcie Forest of Forest Candle Studio. She is also one of the Etsy vendors who donated to our Victorian styled shoot that I did for my other blog/business All the Little Details. Here is 1 photo from that syled shoot that shows today's vendors work in the above photo by Nicki Bursae Photography. She graciously mailed us these ornate candles from her studio in Los Angeles, CA. 

Forest Candle Studio makes and handcraft each candle to be an individual work of art. You can light them, display them, whatever brings you joy! A favorite for weddings, gifts, and home decor, her candles are meant to add beauty and natural luxury to your life. Pefecet for decorating your home for Christmas or using them for your wedding Unity Candles. Her daughter, Camille, and son, Cary help her in the studio making these candles. She makes a limited number of candles each year. Please visit her Etsy shop and facebook page to see more photos of her origininal art of candle making. 

This is the set she lent us - Rose Candle Set, Pillar & Tapers $160.00
Perfect for Christmas, Wedding, Home Decor - Pillar & Tapers Set "Black Magic"
This set was custom handmade as a wedding candle set for a wedding in the Philippines! Organic Spice Candle series: pure beeswax, cinnamon, cloves, lavender buds and crushed rose petals 
Yellow roses for a summer wedding

Please Note: Candles are made-to-order unless listed as "ready-to-ship".

CALL: 310.963.7545

December 27, 2012

{Homecoming} Big Smile

Brianna Venzke of Brianna Venzke Photography has joined our lovely group of photographers to share a touching homecoming. Brianna is based in Southern California, she joined the Navy when she was 18 and her husband still serves as a rescue swimmer. This cheerful photo is of a proud daddy's first time meeting his 4 month old daughter and she gave him the biggest smile! So sweet. The girl in the background crying is his oldest daughter holding one of his sons. What a happy family reunion! Thank you again Brianna for this beautiful photo.

December 26, 2012

{Real Wedding} Mindi & Tim

I'm thrilled to share this next wedding and photographer since Callie of Achor & Eden is the newest photographer to join the vendor page! Callie started Achor & Eden in 2008 and teamed up with her brother Aaron a year later. Callie is based out of Atlanta, GA she is a mom of two and a Navy wife, plus she runs The NotWedding. The Not Wedding is an amazing experience and her next post will be about this event. So today's wedding of Mindi and Tim was in California at the Ponte Winery. I wish you could see how gorgeous this couple is, but due to the nature of Tim's work, I am not able to post any photos showing his face. Mindi just glows of happiness and exudes beauty! Thank you to Callie for sharing these photos and much more to come!

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Stay Safe. Big hugs to all!

December 21, 2012

{Baby} Brady

Get your tissues out for this one! This is the story of baby Brady and how he waited his "whole" life to meet his daddy. Amberly a very proud momma has shared this wonderful story! "My husband, LCpl Jonathan, deployed to Afghanistan when I was 33 weeks pregnant with our second child, his first son. Brady was born 6 weeks (April 20) after my husband left, and waited four months to officially meet his father in person. We also have a daughter, Anabelle (3), who was a big helper while daddy was "at work" for a really long time.  Brady and Tyler (Jonathan) finally met one another August 2012. It was not the easiest giving birth while my husband was deployed, but it was an experience that I will never forget and one that we can tell our son about in a few years. Now that Brady has met his daddy, he is his favorite person in the world. My son is now 8 months old and very happy and quite amazing. 

My advice/words of wisdom to military wives/mommies going through similar situations would to of course try and keep busy to keep your mind from running terrifying thoughts, take as many pictures/videos as possible because even though your husband cannot be there he can still see all the changes and new steps from the pictures and videos. Last but not least, find a great support system within friends who are also part of the military experience.  Family is wonderful, but if they are anything like mine they have no clue what struggle you are going through, and another military wife knows just how you feel and will be by your side helping you fight the battles at home while your best friend is fighting for you over seas." Thank you to Amberly for sharing your personal photos.
 *I warned you, who else is crying right now!?

December 20, 2012

Savannah Weddings for Warriors

Savannah Weddings for Warriors was founded in 2009 by the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council. The event provides free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals to active US Military personnel. Members of the Savannah Wedding Tourism Council joined with other businesses in the wedding, hospitality and tourism industries in the Savannah area to create individual ceremonies for each couple. The SWTC is composed of members from the wedding, tourism and hospitality industries in the Savannah, Georgia Area. Requirements for couples included that at least one, the bride or the groom, be active duty in the U.S. Military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. Also qualified  were members of the National Guard and Reserve. This is a huge undertaking and a fantastic organization! Registration is now closed for W4W on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, but mark you can try for 2014. Here are some photos from previous years.
Jaimi Rickelman is photographed in Temple Mickve Israel prior to her W4W vow renewal with husband SSgt Mark Rickelman. The couple was married at a courthouse with two friends present. They tried to plan a wedding four times but each time deployments prevented a "real" ceremony.  Photo by Shannon Christopher

The Morris Center in Savannah, GA...was the site of Savannah's 2012 W4W Project!!!
Twenty military brides and grooms participated in a group "first" dance that was a highlight of the evening at the Charles H Morris Center. Photo credit James Byous Photography
Seventeen of the twenty+ photographers who participated in the 2012 Weddings For Warriors Project. Over 130 individuals and businesses participated to provide free ceremonies to the 20 couples & 140 of their friends and family members. 
Participants enjoy a group "first dance" as shown here at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum near Savannah, Georgia during the 2010 event. Credit photo by
For more information on this or possible future events call Becky Byous at 912-656-6541 or SWTC President, James Byous at 912-656-6539 or email

December 19, 2012

{Baby} Natalie

Veronica touched my heart with the most precious baby photos and I'm so excited that she is the very 1st photog of the baby posts! She lives in the Beaufort, SC area with her fiance who has been serving in the Marine Corps for ten years. You can find more of her work here Veronica Vinopal Photography. I hope to share more of her photography in the future. Thank you Veronica for sharing these photos. 

Jessica and Jesse, the proud parents of baby Natalie, born November 2012, who is their third child, also have a son (the oldest) and another daughter. Jesse is part of the Aviation Department calibrating MALS-31 at MCAS in Beaufort and has been serving in the Marine Corps for 10 years. My favorite photo is Jessica's beautifully captured baby bump - gorgeous photography too. It's amazing to see the maternity image and then baby Natalie in her daddy's proud arms. Photographers get to capture such precious moments! 
And now for the most adorable little baby photos!!

December 18, 2012

{Elopement} Nicole & Rees

This Charleston, SC Elopement is just too cute and sexy not to share! Nicole & Rees eloped in an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. Their photos come to you from Britt Croft Photography who is a farm girl that lives in a small town of South Carolina with her husband, two yellow lab fur-kids, and three horses.

Nicole and Rees have quite the history and long lovy story. After dating in middle school, rekindling their romance in high school, going separate ways after graduation, then finding their way back to one another, they knew that they were destined to be together. Rees was stationed in Charleston with the Navy and Nicole at home in Florida, they were more than ready to start the next chapter of their lives in the same place and didn't want to wait any longer! So they choice to elope instead of having a wedding that was more of a production to them. Nicole looked gorgeous in her short wedding dress and high heels and Rees is swoon worthy in his Navy uniform. Check out that image of them by the water- HOT! Thank you Britt for sharing the photos!

  Nicole and Rees added a puppy to their family so they had to contact Britt for another photo session but this time with their furbaby! Here is one photo from this portrait session but you can see more here
Venue: The Phillip-Yates-Snowden House, Church St. // Officiant: Diane Aghapour // Dress: Robyn Lynne  // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Flowers: Charleston Florist // Cake: Saffron Cafe & Bakery