March 29, 2013

Beach Themed Military Wedding

Another must "did you see" find.... click over to see more of this Beach Themed Military Wedding

March 27, 2013

{Engagement} The Professional Army Wife

I'm so excited to share an engagement session again because it's been awhile since the last one! Well this one is very fun and includes cowboy boots. Rachel, aka, The Professional Army Wife submitted her story along with their adorable engagement pictures!! Make sure you head over to Rachel's new blog too I think their story is going to hit home for many of you......

"On December 22, 2012, I married my soldier in a very small intimate civil ceremony, just weeks before he shipped off for his yearlong tour in Korea. We got engaged just months after he got his orders and I was set on having the wedding when he gets back in 2014. I wanted to have plenty of time to plan for a church wedding and reception in my hometown upon his arrival. After talking about marriage with my soldier some more, we decided to get married by a judge first. We already had every intention to get married and if we sealed the deal before his Korea assignment, I would be granted certain privileges to take care of business for him here. My soldier promised that we’ll still have our dream wedding when he returns (and it’s actually in the works)!

I collected my parents and my closest friends for our civil ceremony. We arranged for a time right after Christmas, so my soldier had leave and it gave us time to fly down to Austin, Texas. I currently live in New York City, but grew up in Austin and that’s where my parents still reside. I wanted to be sure they were there to be witnesses in this momentous event in my life. Along with my parents, I had old friends that attended as well. Before the ceremony, I had a dear friend photograph my soldier and I around town. This photo shoot acts as our engagement shoot! He wore his ASUs with combat boots and I wore a pretty little cream dress with cowboy boots. A lot of my favorite shots were ones taken around the Texas State Capital. As we were walking down the street, my soldier was thanked by a handful of bystanders. It made me feel proud to be marrying him that day. Even though I live in New York City now, I’m still a proud Texan. It was very special to be able to marry my soldier in my hometown!" Thank you Rachel for sharing these fun photos and good luck with planning the big wedding.
Photography: Stephani Smolucha // Photoshoot Locations: Jo's Coffee ("i love you so much" wall), Texas State Capital, Roadhouse Relics ("Greetings from Austin" mural) // Dress: American Rag // Cardigan: J. Crew //  Shoes: Justin boots // Hair: Brooke Scherrer from Dylan Brooke’s Salon // Make-up: myself

March 26, 2013

Military Wedding Traditions

Head over to this great blog based in Annapolis that shares naval and nautical weddings. Plus you should read this nice blog post she did on military wedding traditions.

March 25, 2013

{Real Wedding} Ashlyn & Trey

Cathy Lee Photography has shared this wonderful wedding that was surprisingly planned in under a month! Cathy is available in Arizona. She is a creative photographer who looks for beauty and value in every shot. She thinks that everyone deserves to have professional, unique photographs that captures those special, once-in-a-lifetime moments we remember for the rest of our lives. 

Cathy describes Ashlyn & Trey's Air Force wedding, "This is the wedding of Ashlyn and Trey! They tied the knot in Phoenix on January 28, 2012. Ashlyn and Trey went to middle school together, went their separate ways, and then spontaneously ran into each other at a bar one night just last year. They said a quick hello, caught up for a few minutes, and within days they were planning to meet up! When Trey got down on one knee to ask the love of his life to be his on just New Years' Eve, they had just under one month to plan their wedding!" Well, they were able to plan and organize a red love wedding and even had a sword arch! Thank you Cathy for sharing these beautiful photos and happy anniversary Ashlyn & Trey!!
previous seen on Pretty Pear Bride blog

March 22, 2013

Deployment Countdown

Did you see this great idea!? I've continued my "did you see" posts and you can click on the tag cloud on "did you see" to see all these posts where I share other military themed ideas out on the world wide web. Source of this is here on pinterest

March 21, 2013


**** A few updates and changes going on the blog! Have you been to the INFO page yet, it has a lot of great resources: Also I added a mission statement: A Military Story Mission: sharing beautiful photos & the stories behind the photos, but also to inspire, educate and inform! Lastly I'm considering tweaking the look of the blog design and my ABOUT page. I'm so proud of where the blog has gone in just 5 months I have 194 f.b. likes and even more business likes (I still wish f.b. would include business page likes into the total), 12 blogger followers, 40 twitter followers, lots of people repining my images on pinterest, 30 photographers have been shared on the blog, 1 wedding planner (yes wedding planners can submit too!), and a few personal photos submitted. Thank you so much for all the support, I'm just 1 person and keeping up this blog is so much fun and a such a joy!! ****

March 20, 2013

{Real Wedding} Sasha & Andrew

Kawania (Kay) Wooten, CMP of Howerton+Wooten Events, LLC submitted this very unique wedding. Kay's company is a full-service event management boutique renowned for their "high touch" approach to every conference, event or wedding they plan. They are based in suburban Maryland, but the Howerton+Wooten Events’ professional team has experience planning amazing events throughout the continental U.S., Eastern Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. What I love about her company is that they embrace diversity, wholeheartedly, and have created an inclusive environment that welcomes all couples.

Kay shared some very interesting facts and information about Sasha & Andrew's personalized multicultural wedding. "This very special wedding was held in Arlington, Virginia, in front of the Netherlands Carillon. According to Wikipedia, "The Netherlands Carillon adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery was a gift from the people of the Netherlands to the people of the United States of America in 1954. The gift was made to thank the United States for its aid during and after World War II. First installed at a nearby site in 1954, the 49-bell carillon was moved to the present tower (designed by Joost Boks) in 1960. A 50th bell was added following Dutch- and American-sponsored renovations in 1995, and dedicated on May 5, the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands."  It is located next to the USMC War Memorial. This location was very meaningful to the couple because Andrew was a member of the United States Marine Corps. Before the couple began their recessional from the wedding, the groomsmen took their place to create a saber arch. Underneath the arch, the couple stopped in the arch to kiss one more time. They also used a sword to cut their wedding cake. Their wedding was very spiritual and personal, in fact a close friend of the couple's officiated their wedding. In addition, their wedding was very multicultural -- Their extensive travels and relationships created a multicultural wedding that would rival the United Nations." Thank you Kay for sharing!!

Ceremony: Netherlands Carillon Park, Arlington, Virginia // Reception: Fort Myer Officers Club at Fort Myer in Fort Myer, Virginia // Wedding Photography: Tony Richards Photography, Silver Spring, Maryland // Floral Design: Royal Floral Design // Wedding Cake: Patisserie Lille French Bakery // Wedding Planner: Howerton+Wooten Events

March 18, 2013

{Real Wedding} Emily & Adam

Are you ready to see some gorgeous photos by Tahni Candelaria-Holm of Joyeuse Photography!? Joyeuse is french for joyful in case you were wondering. Tahni is a true creative, bohemian spirit who is available for capturing and inspiring brides & grooms that want a unique wedding and the photographs to prove it. She is located in New York City and will travel worldwide. Speaking of travelling, Tahni went to Hawai'i to capture this breathtaking wedding! Emily and Adam were married in Hawai'i back in December 2010, prior to deployment on both ends, Emily and Adam decided to celebrate their marriage and renew their vows this way. Tahni describes their day, "it was filled with peace and stillness, almost as if everything was right in the world with the marriage of these two.

absolutely love all the vintage details and time theme that went into decorating the barn and reception! Emily actually brought all these personal items to decorate with. Don't miss the Christina Perri - A Thousand Years sign with the words below. One of my favorite songs and such a creative way to illustrate these words: 
And all along
I believed I would find you 
Time has brought 
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a 
Thousand more
Thank you Tahni for sharing these beautiful photos and if you would like to see more click here