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!

A Military Wedding Brain Dump: One Week

LET THE ONE WEEK COUNTDOWN TILL OUR WEDDING DAY BEGIN!

Yes, you read that right! Seven more days until I get to marry the kindest, most loving, handsome, and amazing man in the entire world. 

This process has been far from easy because planning a military wedding is hard; but we made it!

There are so many emotions, mainly anticipation, for what this amazing life has in store for us. In just 7 days, I get to stand in front of God and the people who mean the most in our life and commit myself to the love of my life. It is surreal to think that just about seven months ago we went on a hike in Evergreen, Colorado and sweet RPG got down on one knee and asked to spend the rest of our lives together. I had no idea what was next for us and even now we still have no clue when/where our next step will be. But I think there is so much beauty in the idea that we get to pick one person who we trust and love unconditionally to take this absolutely crazy adventure of life together and promise, unconditionally, to ride every season with them. I pray that God guides our marriage, our partnership, and our friendship. I am so excited for many more years of rolling on the floor laughter, spontaneous dance parties, home made pizza nights, hikes, and dinners by the ocean. But I am even more excited for the decision we make every day to be together and create our own family.

With all that being said, I am hoping to take the next few days to relax and enjoy these moments with my family friends. For the next week, I am taking a hiatus from all social media because I want to walk into our wedding week focused on what is most important - our marriage and the celebration, happiness, and joy we are going to have.

Brides, do you have any advice on how to stay centered and relaxed on the big day?

A Military Wedding Brain Dump: One Month

WE ARE ONE MONTH AWAY FROM THE BIG DAY!!!!!!!!! TO SAY I AM EXCITED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

This season has been challenging in so many ways. Little did I know the challenges that would occur with planning a military wedding - what it would be like having little to no communication for 2 months and being exactly one month away still without a 100% confirmed date. These past few months I have learned so much about myself, our gracious God, and what is means to show unconditional love. 

There are a lot of challenges and compromises we make for those we love. Our “perfect” wedding vision we had created together transformed into something different, but equally beautiful, than we had hoped for.

To be honest, it took me a few months to adjust to this idea and it was especially hard because he was off at training. As we have gotten closer and closer to the big day the importance of who we are with on this special day means even more to than ever before. We have created a community filled with love, Christ, and laughter - and if we have all three of those aspects present our wedding it will be everything we hoped for.

Wedding planning isn’t easy - and is one of the most emotionally taxing processes. We constantly compare ourselves to others, the images we see on Pinterest, and feel the weight of the expectations others have placed on us, whether implicitly or explicitly. Sometimes it feels overwhelming and other times it is the happiest moments of your life.

Kat Wickstrom Photography  FUN FACT: we took our engagement pictures at the spot where HE proposed!!!

Kat Wickstrom Photography
FUN FACT: we took our engagement pictures at the spot where HE proposed!!!

With one month to go, I look back and think about the times I was stressed or frustrated by the little things, the moments of pure bliss, and the anticipation I have for finally being able to stand next to this man and call him my husband. This process has brought my even closer to my family and helped me to realize how to truly show ourselves, and those around us, grace.

I have learned how I can been a better (future) wife, sister, and daughter through patience and love. This journey has been difficult, but I am so looking forward to walking down the aisle and beginning our life together - whatever crazy adventure that holds next for us.

To say I’m excited to stand next this incredible man and commit ourselves to one another is an understatement. We have grown so much throughout this and I my heart loves him even more each day! We’re almost there!