May 9, 2014

{Real Wedding} The Professional Army Wife

Welcome back Rachel from The Professional Army Wife with some super exciting news!! If you remember she shared her cowboy engagement pictures here: {Engagement} Professional Army Wife, well her man is finally home from his yearlong tour in Korea and they are MARRIED! YAY! 

Rachel shares, "Our formal wedding was a whole year in the making. As soon as he made his way over there, I started mapping out our second special day! This time, it gave time for more of our closest family and friends to travel from all over to share our marriage with us! 

We decided to hold our wedding in Austin (again!) at my childhood church. My parents still attend the church and my mother is actually a wedding coordinator volunteer, so she knew exactly what to do for our special day. 

Here’s a little unknown fact about my husband and I: we met online! At the time I was living in New York City, too busy to be out and about and my husband just arrived back from a deployment. We actually spent months talking online and phone before he came down to New York City from Fort Drum. It was an immediate connection and I started spending every other weekend upstate – and he came down when he could. Our relationship grew and was tested when he got orders to Korea. Luckily, we were able to date for a year before we were challenged. 

We wanted our special day to be all about us! I’m from Texas and my husband is an honorary cavalry member. I gifted him his NCO sword – and he already had the spurs and hat. It just fit together! Texas, spurs, cowboy boots, Stetson hat equals Texas wedding! I gave my bridesmaids full reigns on choosing a green dress that fit their personality. You’ll see from the pictures, it all turned out really well! All I asked is that they picked a dress that went well with cowboy boots. My dress was extremely special. I received it FREE from a great program called Brides Across America. Because my husband recently (within five years) arrived back from Afghanistan and had orders to Korea, we qualified. I can honestly say that they contributed a lot. We were funding our wedding 100% and without having to worry about a dress, it was immeasurable. I was an extremely happy bride! 

The veil I wore was also extremely special. My mother wore it at her wedding 31 years before! It was made by the family seamstress in the Philippines and I’m just excited to keep the tradition alive and pass it down to my daughter! I come from a military family, so I asked my seamstress to stitch my father’s and husband’s nametape under my dress. It was my something old and new (with my mother’s veil something borrowed). A bridesmaid gave me a blue garter to complete the package! 

I’m half Filipino! So, I incorporated an important Filipino tradition of Coin, Veil, Rope and Candle Sponsors! The coins represent money to make sure the couple has enough to take care of each other. The groom presents that to the bride before the ceremony (almost like, I got enough $$ to take care of you!). During the ceremony, our veil and rope sponsors pin and drape us. I also used the same veil and drape from my parent’s wedding! The veil represents purity and being clothed as one – and the rope represents our bond. The candles of course are lit to help guide us." 

Best Wishes to the happy couple! Thank you Rachel for sharing your photos and story.


Vendors: Photography, Videography and DJ services: The Wedding Shoppe Austin // Wedding Dress: La Sposa (provided by Brides Across America thanks to the bridal salon Sposabella in Feasterville, PA and altered by Signature Bridal in Austin, TX) // Ceremony Shoes: Lulu Townsend from DSW // Reception Boots: Ariat from Country Outfitters // Make-up and Hair: Silk Hair Salon // Ceremony Site: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church // Reception Site: Old Pecan Street Café // Flowers: H.E.B. Floral (local grocery store)

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