Our Wedding Photos!

In February, we said I do in front of 150+ of our family and friends at Stauffer Chapel in Malibu, California. It was the fastest, busiest, and most exciting day of my life! It truly blew us away - figuratively and literally. Our wedding was on a Saturday in the middle of Los Angeles’ torrential rain that lasted 3 weeks. Each day I would feverishly check the weather app hoping for the sun to pop out. Up until our wedding morning it was down-pouring for two days straight. Thankfully, the sun came out and it is was a beautifully clear day! There was some heavy winds remaining from the storm, but the sun was out, you could see the ocean, and my handsome hubs was by my side.

Wedding planning is HARD, but even more so when are navigating multiple military schedules and coordinating with leave, deployments, and other major events. We were unable to officially confirm our wedding date and my sweet hubs (!!!) had leave approved until exactly three weeks before the big day. Our entire engagement we knew the potential of our wedding being moved and planned two different weddings just in case. Thankfully our vendors were the kindest, most understanding people in the world and worked with us and our crazy military schedule! Without them and their grace, this day would truly not have been the same. On top of that our guests were so accommodating and flexible with us regarding our date. I hope to find the strength to authentically share with you all my experience planning a military wedding and our story. I believe that each wedding, military or not, comes with it own set of challenges and we called to grow through the process and helps prepare us for the most important part - marriage.

Our wedding was so much fun and we had a blast seeing our family, friends, and loved ones in one place to celebrate! Plus, I snagged a handsome husband out of it! Going through thousands of pictures brought back so many memories of love, laughter, and joy - it was so hard to pick some of my favorites to share with you all! Each second and emotion of the day was captured for us to relive and cherish. Today, I wanted to share with y’all our absolute favorite pictures from the big day!

The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding
The Navy Teacher - Military Wedding

Looking through all of these photos brings back so many happy memories and joy! Our wedding day was such a whirlwind and it truly as the fastest and best day of my life. This day was just the beginning to what is truly most important - our marriage.

Photography: West Imagery

p.s. please feel free to pin the images in this post!

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

  1. The Navy Teacher originally was based off of my blog Cambria Bridget that I created when I was studying abroad in college. I updated it a few times after studying abroad but really couldn’t find a focus. After (finally) discovering my passion for in life (teaching!) and learning to adapt to a military lifestyle I realized there were so many amazing women out and to create a community that supports each other through authentic experiences and stories! I’m still learning how to be a better educator, a better wife, and ALLLL about the military world; but, I know I am not alone and we are in this together!

  2. I changed my major FIVE times in college. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but in college I wasn’t interested in the education classes so I jumped around from major to major (Education, Media Production, International Relations, Marketing, Sports Administration, etc.) until finally I fell in love. I graduated a B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology, a Certificate in Conflict Management from Pepperdine School of Law (I thought I was gonna be a lawyer for a hot second), and a bajllion credits in other subjects. By taking max credits every semester and summer, I was able to graduate in four years. Studying all of these subjects taught me how interconnected our world is and how we label people as “math” or “science” and encourage them to pursue college or careers because of money, not passion. I realized through all of this that what I am most passionate about aren’t the jobs that make money or are famous, but the ones that on a micro-level change people’s lives and I feel called to serve others in the way Christ did. This journey led me to where I firmly believe that I am suppose to be ~ a social studies teacher earning my masters in curriculum, instruction, and teaching. I want to help change education for the better and empower students to be cultivators, creators, and critical thinkers.

  3. My husband and I met in at a Canadian bar in Switzerland! We look back at that night and realize how silly we were to not start dating. It took us a whole year and a half until we actually started dating. I always knew he wanted to go into the military, but it was been such a fun (and challenging) experience to adapt to military life together. We are learning to be flexible, excited, realistic, and everything in between together. With him (and the US Navy), life is always a new adventure and I am so excited about that!

4. I think I was secretly built for military life and God was preparing me all along. My whole life I have always loved traveling, exploring new places, pushing my comfort zone, and logistics. I get excited about figuring out solutions and constantly cultivate a life filled with joy. Since 2013, I have moved EIGHT times!!! From California to Italy to Switzerland to Argentina back to California to Washington D.C. to Connecticut and now Colorado. I have learned how to be flexible, but realistic and to pursue my passions each step of the way.

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5. Interior/Graphic design is secretly my favorite hobby. When I was a little girl, and before the world of Pinterest, I would sprawl across the living room floor cutting magazines of kitchens, living rooms, backyards, dining rooms, etc. and creating dream houses with poster boards and tape. I had a doll house that I would “redecorate” every six months by painting the inside walls different colors and re-doing the furniture. The primary spaces in our life tell a story and have the ability to make us feel at home and safe. That’s why, regardless of where we are living, I try to create an environment that embodies our life through clean, comfortable aesthetic and encourages a loving home. This also goes to my classroom too. I believe it’s not my classroom, but OURS. By creating an inviting and welcoming space for all students, we can learn to respect and love each other in this room despite our debates and disagreements. The way to cultivate a room has the ability to alter our mood and space our perspective.

Balance

It’s all about BALANCE!

There are days where I can spend *hours* diving into lesson planning, creating, and challenging myself so I can create the best learning experience for my students. I lay awake at night thinking about each kiddo and what I can do to meet their needs. And then there are days where I can barely get out of bed because I am so #teachertired and I’m exhausted. 


I think that’s perfectly okay to be excited about a lesson, or unit, and dive head first but also need to take a step back to recharge ourselves. 


We are strong. We are educators, creators, cultivators, collaborators, counselors, friends, cheerleaders, enforcers, mentors, designers, and so much more app wrapped into one. Our mental health is so important because it enables us to show up present, healthy, and available for our kiddos.