May 31, 2013

{Promotion} Lieutenant Colonel Roberts

Amanda Nicole Miller of Fierce Photography is back to A Military Story with 2 very special posts. Amanda was one of the first photographers to submit her client's wedding post here and today she has shared a promotion event. Amanda describes the event, "Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Roberts and his family on his recent promotion! For any of you who have been in or around the Marine Corps (or at least have some knowledge of the Marine Corps), you surely know that the rank of Lieutenant Colonel is not easily come by: it is a huge accomplishment to say the least. With this being said, Lieutenant Colonel Roberts isn't your “average” Lieutenant Colonel. He deserves even more recognition than that! Lieutenant Colonel Roberts has his Bachelors Degree in Logistics from Park University. He has earned 3 Navy Achievement Medals, 5 Naval Commendation Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal. As it stands, Lieutenant Colonel Roberts is pending assignment as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer of 3d MAW."
To learn more about Lieutenant Colonel Roberts decorated 27 years of service for the Marine Corps make sure you click over to Amanda's blog post here. Thank you to Amanda for sharing this event and be on the look out for her next Drill Field ceremony post.

May 30, 2013

{Real Wedding} Casey & Scott

Lauren Nygard Photography is back with a bunch of military photos that you'll see on the blog these coming weeks. If you missed her adorable baby session click here.
Casey has shared their story and some great insight on being a military spouse, "We both have a love for San Diego, so deciding where to have the wedding was easy. He was stationed at Pendleton from 2006-2009. I am a California native who fell in love with the city while spending time there with my brother, who has been stationed in San Diego for most of his career in the Navy. Scott is from Washington and has 3 sisters. I am from Lompoc and have 4 brothers, 3 of which have served or are currently serving in different branches of the military. Scott began with the Marine Corps by joining ROTC at University of Idaho in 2001. He is currently a Captain and has since been on 2 deployments and has been stationed at Pendleton and Twenty-Nine Palms. We met on eharmony while he was stationed in the desert and I was attending law school.

How We Got Engaged! After some convincing by Scott, we headed up to one of our favorite getaway spots: Idyllwild, CA. After spending the morning walking around Pine Cove and a nice lunch in the afternoon, we headed back down the mountain. On the way down, Scott kept telling me he was pulling off the road to take some pictures of the area. After several pullovers, Scott pulled off the road just above Vista Point. After more convincing, we started walking down the side of the mountain. We took pictures, but I was pretty convinced Scott had gone insane. As I turned to head back up the mountain, Scott grabbed me, turned me around, and got down on one knee. He asked, I said yes! Scott held his breath as he put the ring on. Perfect fit! After getting past the initial shock and tears (I was entirely, completely, absolutely surprised at the proposal!), we spent the next hour or so walking around the lake at Vista Point. True to form, Scott popped the question on April Fool's Day! Yes, most people thought it was a joke!

Being married to a Marine is different, as is being in a relationship with anyone serving in the military. You make a commitment that only fellow military spouses can understand. With a deeper understanding of how precious every minute is, it changes who you are and how you love."

Thank you to Lauren for sharing their fun filled wedding! This was my first military wedding on the blog with a military groom in a kilt :)
Vendors: Wedding Coordinator: Jen Hasse // Florist: Jesslyn Deleissegues (bride's mother) // Bakery/Cake Artist: VG Bakery // Band/DJ: Richard Deleissegues (bride's cousin) // Makeup Artist: Diana Jilk // Wedding Gown Boutique and Designer: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dress Boutique and Designer: David’s Bridal // Mens’ Tux Rental Location/Designer: Men’s Warehouse // Other Rentals: Party Production Rentals // Bartender:  Bartend SD // Bagpiper: Larry Samuels // Caterer: Bar None BBQ

May 28, 2013

{Real Wedding} Amanda & Jerry

I'm back with another breathtaking military wedding from Christina of Zen Photography. If you missed her sunflower military wedding click here and her American Flag engagement session here.

Amanda and Jerry’s elegant wedding was on June 2nd 2012 at St. Martin de Porres Church in Poughkeepsie, NY. They met in the military while stationed in Japan, Amanda is Navy and Jerry is Marines. Even through all the odds, they found love and tied the knot. The beautiful reception was held at Beekman Arms Inn at Rhinebeck, NY. Christina gushes about these love birds, "They are two of the sweetest and most adorable couples. Jerry’s southern drawl comes out a bit and Amanda is a classic beauty, I adore them both!"  Thank you once again to Christina for sharing so many pretty military photos and remember she gives a military discount, find out more here.