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I think that all weddings are filled with joy (as they should be!), but sometimes, we feature weddings of couples so bubbling over with joy, one can’t help but smile while looking through the photos! That’s how I feel about Caroline and Will. I swear, Caroline has the biggest, most contagious smile in almost every photo Robyn Van Dyke captured! After years of long distance dating, deployments, and many moves, it’s no wonder these two are all smiles on their wedding day. Throw in perfectly classic details and boys in their military uniforms, and you’ve got the recipe for one sweet Southern soirée!

With Memorial Day right around the corner, we’re so honored to share this wedding made up of just a few of the brave men and women who protect and serve our great country. Big hugs to our friend Robyn for sharing it with us!

Girls after my own heart! I spy a few pairs of Jack Rogers to go with their monogrammed robes!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? One of our dearest friends and groomsmen read Revelation 19:5-9 right before they opened the doors and I walked down the aisle with my dad. Our other sweet friend read Ephesians 4:32-5:2 later in the service. Both the scriptures and the readers made our ceremony very special, and we couldn’t have loved it more. Our pastor, Russ Andrews, did an amazing job of keeping our ceremony focused on Jesus Christ. Russ gave a small sermon to make sure our families and friends knew Will and I weren’t taking any credit for finding each other, and that our marriage was going to be based on our faith in the Lord.

Describe your wedding flowers. Our florist was Kelly Odom, and his work is absolutely flawless. I told him my colors and asked for white and very pale pink flowers. I told him as long as the bouquets were round and full with those colors, he could choose the rest. The flowers were breathtaking and exactly what I wanted.

Since Will is in the military as a Navy pilot, we had all military attendees wear their military uniforms, and we had a sword arch out of the church, announcing Will and I as husband and wife for the first time. We had a pretty large wedding party with eight bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, and eight flower girls/ring bearers. We served lots of Southern food at our reception, including shrimp and grits, chicken tenders, and BBQ sandwich sliders. The most important thing to both Will and I are our families and friends, which I like to think comes from us being from the South. We could not have been happier having all the people we love the most under one roof, dancing the night away.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Will and I decided that we wanted that moment of seeing each other for the first time to be when I was walking down the aisle to him to become his wife. There is something so special and amazing about seeing each other in that moment after a long day of preparation and chaos, and knowing that your future starts right there.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Will and I knew we wanted to get married in a church, but my parents’ church was in transition and was meeting at my old high school auditorium at the time. I knew there was absolutely no way Will would get married at his rival high school, so that was out. Will’s family are members at Edenton Street United Methodist church in downtown Raleigh, and once I walked into the empty sanctuary with the gorgeous chandeliers, tall ceilings, and stained glass everywhere, I knew that was it. I had been to a service there before, but seeing it empty and imagining our wedding there was perfect. The reception venue was the Carolina Country Club, where I grew up going with my family. We had made so many memories there in the past that it seemed fitting to make one of our biggest memories there as well.

LOVE Caroline’s face in this shot!!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge during our ten months of engagement was planning our wedding while I was in North Carolina and Will was in Texas. We were both in school, and trying to find time to plan was a little harder then we had expected.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The church where we got married has an amazing organ with the most talented organist. He helped me choose the music for the seating of the guests, grandmothers and mothers. I didn’t really have a preference on those songs as long as it was played by him. I walked down the aisle to “Love Never Fails.” When I first listened to the words of this song, I got chills everywhere. It seemed so appropriate for a bride walking to her groom to be bound in love through Jesus Christ. Our first dance song wasn’t really up for discussion because we both knew what it would be. Coming from oldies-loving families, we decided on “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. It was perfect.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s hard to choose a most memorable moment, but Will and I think it was the dancing and gathering of our friends. Being a part of the military, most of our friends are spread out all over the country or deployed overseas. Getting to see everyone at the same time is very rare, and even though we still had some dear friends missing, sharing our wedding with those who could make it was so special. Our military friends have no problem starting the dance party!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Will and I met our senior year in high school in 2007. My best friend was dating his best friend, and after being introduced by them one night, I decided he wasn’t going to get away. Will played soccer for his school, and for the last few games of the season, I made sure I was at every one. I don’t think it took Will too long to notice, so he asked me if we could hang out after school one day so I could give him a haircut…very smooth of him. That afternoon led to more after-school get-togethers, movie nights with our friends, and both of our senior proms. After high school, Will was going to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland while I was staying at Meredith College in our hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. We knew this was going to mean a lot of long distance and an unknown future, but being without each other would be harder then any of that. We decided to give it a chance. From June-August while he was at boot camp, all we could do was write letters to stay in contact, and that’s exactly what we did. It was a hard summer for both of us but we know it made us so much stronger in the end.
Tell us all about the proposal! Will was in flight school to become an F-18 pilot in Kingsville, Texas at the time. We had been doing long distance for about five years at this point. During my fall break from school in October 2012, I flew to Texas. There isn’t a whole lot to do in the small town of Kingsville, so we drove to Fredericksburg, a little German town with vineyards everywhere. Neither Will nor I had ever been to a vineyard, so that Saturday, we had the best time doing tours and wine tastings. After we were ready to go to dinner, Will started driving up a hill, the opposite direction from town. He kept telling me he just wanted to see if we could see the sunset from the top, and of course, I was fine with that. As we drove to the top, all we could see were construction signs and tape and we couldn’t drive any further. Thinking about it now, I know Will’s stomach must have dropped because he didn’t really have a plan B. He had also taken the ring out of the box and placed it by itself in his pocket, so we drove on to dinner and Will spent the whole night clenching his right jean pocket! That night, we got back to our place, and as we stood on the porch about to walk inside, Will pulled me close and began to tell me how much he loved me and some other things I can’t remember, because he got down on one knee and I’m pretty sure I blacked out. Once I caught my breath, I had to ask him if I had even told him yes–I was so shocked and so overwhelmed with joy and love! I had been waiting for this moment for five long years and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
When did y’all get married? August 24, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 350
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding my dress was probably the thing I was looking forward to the most during wedding planning. My mom and my aunt drove with me to Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am in love with any kind of shopping, so we prepared ourselves for what we thought was going to be a full day of me trying on every dress in the store. As I was looking through the racks, one dress in particular caught my eye. I had to try it on and I wanted it to be the first one. I had never understood why girls cry when they try on wedding dresses or find the dress of their dreams, but I became that girl that day. I saw myself in the mirror and it was so surreal. It was the exact dress I had pictured myself in and I knew Will was going to love it too. I tried on a few more dresses to see if any compared, but none did.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Will and I were very excited about the wedding cake! Cinda’s Creative Cakes gave us amazing cake design and flavor options. Our cake was four tiers high and round. Cinda copied the look of the beaded band around my wedding dress on each tier on the cake, and used all white frosting and flowers on the top tier. The end result was beautiful and absolutely delicious. The flavors we chose were strawberry, funfetti (with pink sprinkles), chocolate, and cinnamon swirl. We can’t wait until our anniversary so we can eat it all over again!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Having the sword arch as a part of our wedding was probably my favorite detail. I have seen it done at many other military weddings, but seeing it from the bride’s view walking out with her new husband is indescribable.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We couldn’t have been happier with our pictures taken by Robyn Van Dyke and her husband Jordan. Because of their amazing talent, we will never forget one detail of our special day. The other vendor that played a huge part in our wedding day was our band, Black & Blue. My parents had heard them for the first time at a friend’s wedding a year before, and she knew right away that we would love them too. To say we had a dance party is an understatement. Will and I still talk about how much fun we had and how we wish we could have our reception all over again!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Always remember the real reason you are having the wedding. Planning a wedding can be stressful, even when you think it’s going to be a breeze, so don’t let the little things cause issues in your relationships. Enjoy every second because it goes by so fast, including the planning!!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are stationed in Virginia Beach for now. It is going to be a huge change for me because I have never left Raleigh or my family, but after six years of distance, I would have gone anywhere to finally start our lives together. We have waited so long for this and could not feel more blessed to be close to home and finally have each other in the same time zone!

Photographer: Robyn Van Dyke / Ceremony Venue: Edenton Street United Methodist Church / Reception Venue: Carolina Country Club / Florist: Kelly Odom / Cake Baker: Cinda’s Creative Cakes / Band: Black & Blue / Bride’s Gown: “Mackenzie” by Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Images by Denise / Bride’s Shoes: Toms / Groomsmen’s Suits: and Suits by Mantoni from Ticknors

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What a beautiful couple!! All of the military traditions they included are so special–loved reading about her going through the sword arch from a bride’s point of view!

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  3. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    “Russ gave a small sermon to make sure our families and friends knew Will and I weren’t taking any credit for finding each other, and that our marriage was going to be based on our faith in the Lord.” – I love that! I think basing your marriage on Christ from the very beginning is a beautiful and hugely important thing.

    Also, using a sword to cut the cake? Epic.

  4. avatar Julianne Bussey reply

    This whole article is flawless! I love every part of the wedding from the scripture readings and prayers to the sword arch! I love that you really tried to keep it focused around Jesus Christ :) What’s funny is that I live in Virginia Beach and totally didn’t expect to see that you are stationed here!

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Y’all know Lisa and I share an affliction for crying over the Real Wedding interviews, well, today I am happy to say that I kept it together while reading Ali + Jonathan’s interview. Not because it wasn’t filled with great details (the story of their church is incredible!) or meaningful memories (um, just the two of them dancing in the rain!), but because my heart was filled with such joy after reading the story of how they met! Not only did these two share the responsibility of telling this story, but they ping-ponged back and forth in such a way that I imagine they’d be ridiculously fun on a double date! I can’t help but see how their personalities continue to shine through in these photos from our very talented friends, Jordan + Landon!

After searching the pages of bridal magazines, (Southern Weddings was my very first–true story! I immediately bought it for myself to get ideas for our wedding and Jonathan, not knowing I had already purchased it, also bought it for me the same day. Great minds think alike!), I decided I wanted a simple, elegant, lace dress. I picked out a few I liked and described my vision to Leah at Alexia’s Bridal in downtown Raleigh, NC before she made a few recommendations for me. She nailed it! I liked each of the four dresses I tried on in increasing measure, until the last one, which quickly became THE one. My mother started to cry when she first saw me in it–a strapless, lace A-line with a sweetheart neckline, by Liancarlo. She said, “This dress makes you look like Jonathan’s bride” and there was no going back.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! Borrowed- My sister in law, Adrienne, graciously allowed me to use her veil. Blue- My shoes were dark blue Badgeley Mischka peep toe heels with a crystal broach on the top. Old- My original proposal ring that was Jonathan’s grandmother’s and the Tiffany pearl bracelet my grandmother gave me when I graduated from West Point. New- My lace Liancarlo wedding dress

The bride’s bouquet was in monochromatic shades of champagne with porcelain peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, lamb’s ear and seeded eucalyptus, with magnolia leaf accents. The bridesmaid bouquets were clutch bouquets of monochromatic shades of pale pink flowers with a magnolia leaf collar. At the reception, we used groupings of silver mercury glass vases mixed with hand-blown vintage milk glass vases with assorted shades of soft ivory and pink blooms, accented with magnolia leaves.

The venue for the ceremony–the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC. We absolutely love this place! There is something so uniquely beautiful about the brick columns and remaining structure standing along in a forest of oaks and Spanish moss. The feeling you get while you’re here is so mysteriously, romantically indescribable. As soon as we saw the church in person, we knew this is where we were going to get married. “The Old Sheldon Church Ruins is a historic site located in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina, approximately 17 miles north of Beaufort. Known also as the Sheldon Church or Old Sheldon Church, the pre-existing building was originally known as Prince William’s Parish Church. The church was built in the Greek Revival style between 1745 and 1753. Prince William’s was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. In 1826 it was rebuilt and later burnt by William Tecumseh Sherman, in 1865. An alternative view has more recently come to light, however. In a letter dated February 3, 1866, Miton Leverett wrote that “Sheldon Church not burn’t. Just torn up in the inside, but can be repaired.” The inside of the church was apparently gutted to reuse materials to rebuild homes burnt by Sherman’s army. The ruins lie amongst majestic oaks and scattered graves. Inside the ruins of the church lies the remains of Colonel William Bull, who “greatly assisted General Oglethorpe in establishing the physical layout of Savannah, Georgia. Bull surveyed the land in 1733 to form the basic grid pattern of the streets and squares.” We set chairs up inside the church, just as the pews would have been set up facing the altar, which is actually still standing and walked down the aisle where the original one would have been.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose to have a cello and violin duo for the ceremony music. We used several selections from Phantom of the Opera as the prelude because we felt like it matched the setting of Old Sheldon Church–beautiful, haunting, and timeless. Also, we both spent a lot of time in NYC during college and loved Broadway plays. Phantom was the first Broadway play I saw and I fell in love with the music at a very young age! We kept the traditional theme going with Canon in D for the mothers and bridal party entrance. I walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri, because I love the song (and will admit to being a huge Twilight fan!) It also sounds fabulous on strings. We chose “Here Comes the Sun” as the first song we’d walk to together as husband and wife, not realizing how true the lyrics would actually be. After intermittent showers all morning, it stopped raining just long enough for our ceremony and then proceeded to pour throughout the remainder of the evening. What a blessing! Our first dance was to “Moon River” with a live violin accompanying the DJ’s piano version. Another classic, timeless song.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The menu and details that Southern Graces Catering designed were uniquely Southern! We wanted our guests to get a taste of the low country since they came from all over the country. The dinner menu included appetizers of deliciously presented she crab bisque soup in petite mason jars with a custom tag, presented with a pimiento cheese straw, and fried chicken satay presented with Cheerwine BBQ sauce. For the main course, we had a shrimp and grits station with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar cheese, crumbled Applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, and diced tomatoes to add in. This was served with a local shrimp and prosciutto cream sauce and was served up in a martini glass. The other main course option was delicious Cheerwine BBQ pulled pork served with bread and butter pickles and Southern yeast rolls. As a side, we had smoked gouda macaroni and cheese.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. J: Ali and Jonathan first met on the hallowed grounds at the United States Military Academy where Cadet Brigade Command Sergeant Major Ali relentlessly hazed young helpless Cadet Private Jonathan. Just kidding, we never met officially at school, but we likely passed each other in the halls and on campus numerous times without knowing it. A: I definitely did not ever haze Jonathan! Or any other plebe for that matter. Our story actually begins one rainy Friday night in September in Fayetteville, NC. Tired, disinterested, hungry Ali laid in bed and wondered if she really wanted to go hang out with the rest of the ladies she had just spent a VERY long five days out in the woods playing Army with. We just completed a physically and mentally demanding “tryout and interview” process and I was looking forward to a full night of sleep. J: To fill the Friday evening of a single Lieutenant, I asked my buddy Sean if he wanted to get some dinner at Latitude 35, where the fish tacos were filling and the music enjoyable. A: Meanwhile, I had decided not to be a complete party pooper, and tired feet, sore body, and all, was having a drink with Sean’s wife, Samantha, at the bar at the Mellow Mushroom. Amid conversations about life, love, and the Army, I happened to ask, “Sam, does Sean have any tall friends?” As a matter of fact, he did… J: At some point in the evening, Sam and Sean hatched a plot to introduce us. After dinner, Sean and I met up with the ladies at Paddy’s. A: Jonathan and Sean were already there, anxiously awaiting our arrival. I remember walking in to Paddy’s, paying my cover, getting my hand stamped, and seeing a strikingly handsome, tall blonde guy at the far end of the bar and thinking to myself, “I hope that’s Jonathan.” J: It was me. After a few songs and a little bit of goofing off on the dance floor with the rest of the group, I introduced myself to Ali, and after a brief exchange of companies and sports (it’s a West Point thing), we went to go find some stools so Ali could get off her feet. A: And my feet were HURTING. We chatted for a bit and even though I was super lame because I was so tired, it was enough to peak his interest. J: When I got home that night, I went straight to the bookshelf to scour the 2006 West Point yearbook and find out more about this intriguing beauty I had just stumbled upon. A: A couple days later, I got a friend request on Facebook from Jonathan and we began to build a wonderful friendship through written communication that soon developed into something pretty amazing. J: And the rest is history. :)
Tell us all about the proposal! I actually got two proposals! Not because I turned Jonathan down the first time, but because he had two rings and two plans, and if you know the guy, nothing Jonathan does is ordinary! We had both recently returned from deployments in Afghanistan, Jonathan about two months earlier, and he used the time to lay the ground for the upcoming proposition of nuptials. He took a trip to Beaufort, SC, to get my parents’ blessing and found the perfect ring in Atlanta. I had been back in the country for about a week and was trying to see all my friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. So when my friend Kim texted to see if I was available for dinner that Friday night, I asked Jonathan if he was up for it too. Of course he was (as he sat across from me at Starbucks that morning surreptitiously arranging the dinner plans with Kim… sneaky guy.) Friday night rolled around, and I put on a cute dress and cute heels, thinking I was in for a night of dinner and dancing downtown. Since I had just moved into a new apartment, my washer and dryer weren’t hooked up yet, so I brought a load of laundry over to Jonathan’s house before dinner at his suggestion. When I got to his house, Jonathan was excited to show me his new bathroom renovations, and eventually lured me outside under the guise that I needed to see the mess the plumber made out on the back deck. I was greeted by Jonathan’s roommate and a roaring fire in the back yard. After some awkward interactions with his roommate, who seemed content to stay seated by the fire for the ordeal, Jonathan finally got him to go inside and brought me over to the fire where two chairs and a champagne bucket were waiting. Jonathan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him (that is, after stumbling over my name in an attempt to be more dramatic and use my full name, but deciding at the last minute to just stick with Ali). Regardless of how it came out (I don’t even remember what he said), I said YES! We sat down to enjoy the fire and admire the ring that Jonathan proposed with, his grandmother’s wedding ring from the 1920’s. As we giddily drank champagne, I realized they were going to be late for dinner! That’s when Jonathan revealed that he had Kim set up the dinner date, but the reservation was only for us. He also divulged that he originally planned to propose on his roof, where we had spent many a evening watching the sun go down and watching the neighbors’ antics, but he didn’t know how to convince me to get on the roof in a dress and heels. Not to be underestimated, I wanted to try it out! I handed the ring back and, evening dress, heels and all, climbed the ladder, and crawled onto the roof! With the waning moon not yet up and poor roof lighting, the roof proposal was quick, but the laughter in the dark was plentiful. So dark, in fact, that I didn’t even notice that Jonathan didn’t give me first ring back until I scurried back down the ladder to show Jonathan’s roommate. As I stuck my hand out to show him, it was then I noticed that something wasn’t right. “That’s not my ring!” I exclaimed and then realized that Jonathan had not replaced his grandmother’s ring, but proposed the second time with a brand new ring of his own design. So I can say I was proposed to twice and proudly wear both rings!
When did y’all get married? May 4th, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 58
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we guess we are just traditionalists. I was living for the moment of walking down the aisle to see Jonathan at the end waiting for me and Jonathan believed the practicality of taking pictures before the ceremony wasn’t as important as seeing his bride for the first time when she was coming up the aisle.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, see above! There is just something about the traditional vows that are timeless and enduring. Plus, we aren’t that artistically creative. :)
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Colossians 3:12-17
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. A classic three-tiered wedding cake, with vanilla butter cake and topped with classic buttercream frosting. It was presented on a vintage cake stand with fresh pink and green floral accents.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? There were actually quite a few challenges. We returned from Afghanistan in the fall of 2012, and because we were both on restrictive military schedules, had to plan the wedding around a couple weeks of “off time” that we both had in common in April/May. This gave us about six months to plan the wedding, which typically wouldn’t have been challenging or stressful, but I was also applying for law school, studying for the LSAT, and still working as an Army officer at Fort Bragg, NC while trying to get all the details together. Jonathan was in Army training for the entire month of February with no communication allowed, so most of the final details waited until he got back and could give his input! It was a very busy six months for both of us. In addition, the added stress of planning an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception in the spring was realized, as we did have intermittent showers on our wedding day! Last minute changes in venue resulted in an indoor reception at Southern Grace’s “Soiree” venue instead of the garden dinner party at the Beaufort Inn as originally planned. Also, American Idol winner Candice Glover made her hometown visit on the same day of the wedding and set up her stage two blocks from the reception. Expected attendance was 15-20,000! Great for Beaufort, not so great for the weddings planned in downtown Beaufort. Parking, travel time, and the threat of having the reception drowned out by her music added to our anxiety. However, the last two issues solved each other, as the rain kept the numbers at Candice’s concert low, Soiree was a great back up option for the reception, and a little extra logistical planning and flexibility resulted in everything turning out beautifully!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Landon Jacob Photography. Jordan and Landon were my first choice after seeing so many of their amazing wedding pictures at the Beaufort Inn. We were thrilled when they told us they were available for May 4th. Our pictures are beautiful and they were such an easy and personable couple to work with! We get so many compliments about how we looked on the wedding day–trust me, it’s all them!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The day’s most memorable moment actually came after the ceremony and reception were over. Because of all the stress and changes created by the weather forecast, I was a little bummed that I wouldn’t have my envisioned garden party dinner and get to dance under the twinkling lights of the Beaufort Inn’s courtyard. Jonathan promised me at the rehearsal dinner that he would make sure I got to dance in my courtyard. He made good on the promise, and after everyone had gone their separate ways, we danced together in the Beaufort Inn Courtyard in the rain. :)
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We thought about eloping to save money and keep perspective on what was really important. It was definitely worth it in the end to spend the day with our family and closest friends. It meant a lot to us and we couldn’t have done it without their love and support. Also, small weddings are the way to go! The intimacy of being able to spend time with everyone we love is definitely something we look back on fondly, especially since the day goes by so quickly.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We honeymooned in New Zealand for two weeks before settling into married life. We live in Fayetteville, NC, where Jonathan is in Special Forces training and I just started law school at Campbell University. Right now, we are both so busy that we really just focus on enjoying the time we have together and making the most of it. We are looking forward to many more adventures together!

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Photographer: Landon Jacob / Planner: Bethany Boyles-Hewitt / Ceremony Venue: Old Sheldon Church Ruins / Reception Venue: Soiree by Southern Graces / Wedding Cake and Caterer: Southern Graces / Cellist: Austin Fitzhenry / Bride’s Gown: Liancarlo / Paper Products: JWD Paperie / Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN / Hair Stylist: Amber White of Kaleidoscope Studio Salon / Makeup Artist: Linda Burton Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Lace Sheath Dress” by Adrianna Pappell / Groom’s Attire: Army service uniform / Groomsmen Attire: Military service uniforms and personally owned tux

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I’ve always thought weddings in the rain were so romantic, and Ali and Jonathan’s gorgeous day confirms that! Love their most memorable moment :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Most magical ceremony venue ever! I’ve actually been there, and it is just as lovely in person :)

  3. avatar Amanda {Amanda Jayne Events} reply

    So beautiful and romantic!

  4. avatar Ashlee reply

    Absolutely stunning wedding! The ceremony in the ruins – amazing! I would love to know where the umbrella/parasols are from. We have an outdoor wedding planned for next April, and should the weather forecast decide to turn rainy (fingers double crossed that is won’t!), I think those umbrellas are a great way to stay dry and still look pretty! :)

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