There is a special place in my heart for military weddings. They are the start of not just a new life, but a new adventure. This Army wedding from the talented duo of 4Eyes Photography features a bride who checks all the military boxes with ease. She planned the wedding with her husband via Skype, she took it in stride when her veil had a mind of it’s own, she jumped into a bucket of grapes – in her wedding dress – and she handled the saber arch with grace. LOVE it. Spend some time in New York this morning, then pop into the gallery for more!

Winslow and I met in college. After graduating he was commissioned as an officer and started his military career in the Army. In the summer of 2009, Winslow deployed to Iraq as I continued my life in New York City. We went on a cruise for his two weeks of leave and he proposed while cruising to Jamaica! Winslow returned to Iraq to finish his tour and I started planning.

I wanted to have a simple yet elegant wedding and loved the idea of a rustic outdoor celebration. I have a passion for wine and decided that a vineyard would be the perfect location for our reception. We chose Benmarl Winery located along the beautiful Hudson River, close to where I grew up. It was the perfect backdrop for our fall wedding with its rustic charm and breathtaking river views.

I decided to take on a lot of DIY projects for the decorations. I found an amazing vendor on Etsy and worked with her to create a simple design for the invitations. Since the reception was outdoors in the late afternoon, I wanted tons of candlelight. My mom and I found rustic style lanterns and wrapped faux grape vines around each as the centerpieces.

The day was exactly how we had imagined and we loved every minute of it. It turned out to be a relaxed and personal celebration that our friends and family are still talking about, six months later. Our photographers Rupert and Kellie from 4Eyes have a gift for imagery and did a wonderful job capturing the fun and emotion throughout the day.

We used to always talk about how wonderful it would be when we were finally in the same time zone, and I am truly happy to finally have my other half by my side. Needless to say, we would not have been able to put the wedding together without the amazing support and help of our family and friends.

Photography: 4Eyes Photography / Wedding reception site: Benmarl Winery / Catering: Pamela’s Traveling Feast / DJ: Tim Tubridy of DJ’s @ Work / Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Makeup: Christina Amador / Hair: Jessica Gaffney / Flowers: Michael’s Florist / Invitations: LB Creative Paper on Etsy