June 30, 2014

{Real Wedding} Jordan & Rob

It's wonderful to have another Low-country wedding from Savannah, GA, one of the pretties cities, in my opinion! Their wedding photos were shared by Diane L. Dodd.
Jordan writes; “Our first date was on Easter Sunday, April 2012.  We went to dinner and we were the couple who lost track of time and finally realized it was time to go when the waiters were cleaning up for the night.  I was so happy when he said he wanted to see me again, and he asked me out the next weekend.  Our second date was very memorable!  He picked me up and brought me a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers, took me to dinner and then to the Oglethorpe Speedway for dirt track racing! Rob later told me that he felt like it was a risky choice, but I LOVED it and thought it was such a fun date. (We also had our first kiss that night too.)  Our third date was fishing, and it wasn’t long after that we both knew that we wanted to spend our lives together.  He proposed the day before his birthday in July 2013 and got married, well, you know.”
Rob is a Major in the US Air Force and has served 12 years in the United States Air Force as a C-130 Pilot and an Air Mobility Liaison Officer.  After pilot training at Enid AFB, Oklahoma and Corpus Christi NAS, Texas, Rob was stationed at Little Rock AFB with the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron. While at Little Rock, Rob served 2 deployment tours and accumulated over 600 combat flight hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a C-130 pilot in Balad, Iraq.  In 2008, Rob was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia as an Air Mobility Liaison Officer in support of the 3rd Infantry Division.  At Ft. Stewart, he was the lead Air Force adviser to the Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division on optimal employment of Air Mobility Command assets.  During his assignment, Rob deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division twice in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom (Tikrit, Iraq 2010) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Kandahar, Afghanistan 2012). Thank you Rob for your service and Jordan for sharing your love story! Now for the gorgeous wedding photos!!

June 27, 2014

{Deployment} Rountree Family

Welcome back Kelly of Creative Imaginations Photography! With 4th of July right around the corner this family session is so perfect. Such an adorable little girl and patriotic outfit! I'm sorry the family will be separated for some time, but a wonderful chance to capture these images. Kelly shares, "Here is the Rountree family. Dad was getting orders overseas so they wanted to do a family session together. Session location is Koreshan State Park in Estero Florida." 

If you missed Kelly's previous posts and you have time, I'd click on all of these links! She's fabulous :)

The importance of hiring experienced photographer
Establishing a Photographer Relationship
Baby Kayden
Baby Christopher

June 25, 2014

Spartan Up!

Are you ready for some inspiration!!? Do you need inspiration in your life? Feeling kinda down or lacking any energy to do anything? Well I suggest you read this book. But before I begin my review of this book, Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena, I must clarify a few things. 1. There are many profanities in the book so if that upsets you, be prepared for it. Plus my post will have some swears too, sorry! 2. I have not done a Spartan Race, yet, but the book does give me inspiration/fear of doing one (maybe in the future). 3. If you are a literary scholar this book may slightly disappoint you since it does go in funny circles, sometimes lacks structure, plus there are some typos. 4. Lastly, I received this book for free since I offered a giveaway which provided 1 of my followers a free race code for any event of their choice. 

Now with all that being said you can go on to www.spartan.com or https://www.facebook.com/spartanrace to find out more about this treacherous mind & body race that will test the limits of even the most in shape person.

I found these parts of the book very inspirational and I hope I don't disclose too much of the book's contents to ruin it for you, but I still think that reading the book cover to cover is worth it! Also take the time to read my entire post too :)

pg. 5 "My goal wasn't to help them to prepare to win; it was to help prepare them for the unknown."
when doing the Spartan Races you must be prepared for ANYTHING! 

pg. 21 "Michael Phelp's coach prepared Phelps for the Olympics by breaking his goggles before practice, so that they'd fill up with water while he swam. When Phelps' goggles broke during the 2012 Olympics, he was able to push through it to win gold."

pg. 59 "Grit entails working strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress." Do you have Grit?? 

Plan For Success (somewhat abbreviated from the book: pg. 59)
1. Write out your plan for success. Establish your baseline, set a goal, define a clear path toward that goal.
2. Share the plan. The recipient should be someone who is supportive yet can offer constructive criticism when needed. 
3. Eliminate distractions.
4. Keep a journal of your successes and failures. Give yourself a gold star for exceptional performance and success.
5. Adjust as needed. Always work on solutions.
6. Don't give up! Don't let setbacks become failures. Learn from them and keep moving forward. You must remain committed to your goals.

pg. 68 Joe's wife was freaked out because, "One day at our farm a guy showed up unannounced just to thank me for changing his life." 

pg. 119 "School is a mountain. Heartbreak is a mountain. Divorces is a mountain. Obesity is a mountain. Layoffs are a mountain. The death of a parent is a mountain. They come at us one after the other. The Spartan Races demands that you climb over hills and overcome obstacles - because life does this to each of us."

pg. 120 "The way to improve your attitude is to push through adversity. Once you have seen the dark side, you push through until that dark phase comes to an end, and everything after that appears brighter, more hopeful."

pg. 130 "Your values in order should be:
1. Health
2. Family
3. Business
4. Fun
Most people have these priorities upside down."

pg. 147-148 "A healthy lifestyle includes at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Without it, you're more likely to suffer from obesity, cognitive decline, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and perhaps cancer...........You should also avoid using laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc for at least an hour or two before bedtime. The intense blue light emitted by many of today's most popular gadgets shine directly into the eyeballs, confusing the brain, suppressing melatonin production, and disrupting the circadian rhythm developed." -- I'm so guilty of not following these! Are you? 

pg. 150 "Healthy foods, healthy attitude, healthy relationships, healthy mind, and healthy body together define a complete Spartan lifestyle."

pg. 166 "Inform but don't dictate. Share information freely, but allow people to decide their own fate. Allow them to take responsibility for their own happiness." 

pg. 175 "We look for shortcuts, gadgets, and processes to make things easier, seeking what we consider personal fulfillment. We believe that there are things we can do and things that we can't do, and we become conditioned to that distinction. It creates our everyday reality, and it makes us feel secure, because we think we know what to expect of the world and what to expect of ourselves."

pg. 180 "My theory is that you need to rewire your brain to undo the constant onslaught of advertising and convenience and shortcuts that have been thrown at you for decades."

**** This book has come to me almost like an angel since I have been in a slump... BIG TIME! I have gained a lot of weight since my father passed away in 2007. I've had a lot of sucky disappointing life events since then and professional challenges. There are many stories of success in the book that give me faith, strength, inspiration and hope. Joe has been through a lot of life challenges so when you read a book about someone else who has been through a lot of SHIT but has reached success, wealth, and happiness you listen to what they have to say. Thank you Joe for writing this book and creating the Spartan Race. You've changed so many people's lives for the better, including mine!

June 18, 2014

{Babies} Rockwell

I don't know about you, but I'm super excited to see another baby post on A Military Story!! You may remember Valerie of Fleur de Lis Event Consulting who is a wedding planner and shared her super cute Welcome Home Sailor BBQ for her husband. Well, today I have the privalage to share the photos by Hilary Clark Photography of their baby boy Rockwell!! 
From Valerie, "This past April we welcomed our 1st child into the world, Rockwell. My husband, Joshua, is an avid flyer and aviator. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, we decided that we were going to have a vintage airplane theme in his room. However, it didn’t really stop there. As an event planner, when I set my mind to a concept, I have a tendency to go all out. And Hilary Clark Photography captured it all- from our maternity pictures, to the nursery, to our baby’s first pictures.

For our maternity pictures we opted to go to NAS Pensacola where they have a fabulous aviation museum. Here we took various pictures, using the old airplanes as backdrops.

We had a blast putting together Rocky’s nursery. We mixed a lot of old with new and even repurposed a buffet table into a changing table that has been in our home and relationship since the beginning. The changing table is a very sentimental piece. When Josh and I first started dating we walked into Goodwill looking for a project we could complete together. It took us three weeks but we refinished the piece. When we decided to use it in the nursery as a changing table, we had it repainted and had a platform made since we’re both pretty tall people.  At the moment I’m loving the color gray, and finding a gray crib that I liked took weeks, but I’m so enamored with the one we found.  The rocking chair was also another great find.  Josh found this vintage plane material online and we ordered it to make curtains -what a headache that was.  But in the end, worth it.

Once Rockwell was born we took newborn pictures carrying the theme over as you can see. We had a blanket made from some of the leftover material which is what the baby is laying on. A friend got us the cute airplane sleeper- a perfect outfit for an aviator enthusiast." 

Thank you Valerie for sharing and congratulations! 

June 11, 2014

{Giveaway} Eleni shoe by Coloriffics

Coloriffics has offered a wonderful giveaway to support military brides on their big day by giving away a bridal shoe for 1 lucky lady and they are also the newest vendor to join A Military Story!

It was founded in 1950 by George Speen; George and his family grew the company inside the bridal, prom and special occasion shoe niche. In November of 2013 the Speen Family entrusted the continued success of Coloriffics and Sizzle to Verite Capital Partners, co-founded by Don Jones and Lynda Davey.

Sizzle Brands, LLC treasures their legacy and will remain focused on everything bridal. Under new ownership and in combination with a skilled, dedicated team, Sizzle Brands, LLC is poised for expansion and growth.

Now for the gorgeous shoe!! 
Coloriffics is giving away the Eleni in the color of your choice: white, silver, or nude. It is a lace fabric with satin back, and features a pointed toe embellished with stones. The insole is cushioned for extra support. Heel height 3 ¾”. They can ship the shoe directly to the winner!! Have a look.
What shoe size should I order? 
Coloriffics.com shoes fit true-to-size so in most cases it is your usual shoe size that will fit best and be most comfortable for you. If you are between sizes, keep in mind that feet swell throughout the day (or after dancing) so we would recommend ordering the larger size. (i.e., if you could wear an 8 or 8 1/2 - order 8 1/2). 

They also have a conversion chart for Flower Girls Shoes from inches to shoe size and you can see more information about sizing here: http://coloriffics.com/faq/

 How to win!
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post OR on the Facebook page telling briefly about your military wedding you and your fiance are planning. The giveaway winner will be announced on Friday, June 20th, 2014!

Contact info:
Tel: 855-85-SHOES
Fax: 888-213-7300

Mailing Address:
41 Industrial Pkwy
Woburn, MA 01801

June 6, 2014

Brides Across America

It's that time of year again!!! Brides Across America are giving away wedding dresses!
12,000 Wedding gowns were donated to deserving military brides last year!
Over 6o bridal salons came united in 2013 in over 40 states participated in the events.  

In 2008. Heidi Janson founded Brides Across America.  She was inspired to do something special to express gratitude for the dedicated men and women of the United Sates Armed Forces.   

Brides Across America is a national charitable organization uniting military brides and bridal salons across the country for a common purpose by supporting our troops and their families. It is Brides Across America’s mission to turn military brides’ fairy tale wedding day into a reality. The organization teams up with bridal boutiques all across the country in order to help military brides find their dream gowns. Brides Across America wants to help make their dreams come true by giving a military bride a free designer gown during Brides Across America’s Nationwide Gown Giveaway.  

There isn't much more time before the nationwide giveaway takes place. Spaces are filling up but there is still many gowns to give away. Register online at www.bridesacrossamerica.com and follow online to see which states are giving dresses away and for the most updated information on their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bridesacrossamerica Also see which states are participating in an event near you here: http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/events-1.html
and see if you qualify here: http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/qualify.html


June 2, 2014

{Engagement} Alex & Billy

Welcome Jen Osojnicki a photographer based out of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Jen attended the Rhode Island School of Photography in Providence.  She is a wedding photographer who loves to travel, capturing local and national weddings for very happy brides!

Now onto this fun engagement story that has a twist, don't scroll down yet and be nosy! Alex and Billy are getting married at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham, MA on 12/31/15. Billy is going to be stationed in DC soon so they wanted to do their engagement session before they left at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where they met. Alex sent Jen an email right before the session because she needed to tell a secret. They were already married! They had gotten married at city hall so she could qualify for military housing. Her family and friends had no idea so after a little brainstorming we came up with a cute idea to make the announcement. Thankfully their family was super happy for them and looking forward to the big celebration next year.