"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