Today is a very special day and we want to do our part to honor and remember on this Veterans Day by celebrating some beautiful military weddings. We'll start the morning off with one of the sweetest DIY military weddings we've ever seen. This Seattle beauty by Andria Lindquist is full of romance and precious hand-crafted details created by the talented bride. These high school sweethearts spent their engagement miles apart and the joy on their faces on their special day is just the most darling thing ever! Click here to see all the details in the full gallery!
From Andria Lindquist...Katie and Tanner are high school sweethearts and that rare case that it actually meant and turned into something. These two are more like best friends than anything and have been patient for this day. Tanner is an exceptional leader and protector, has the temperament of a mid-west gentleman and treats Katie like gold. They have spent the past years of their relationship across the country from each other - she, here in WA and he in Virginia at the Citadel Military College. They were apart for the entire wedding planning process and Katie took on the task of planning every detail and DIY aspect of their wedding.
The day was sunny and hot, both the bridal party and groomsmen got ready in this beautiful country estate with the most wonderful light peeking into each room. The guys played foosball and the girls ate M&M's and drank champagne. When Katie and Tanner finally got to see each other it was so sweet...that is the only word. They are pure giggles and smiles with each other, they are so wonderful to shoot. The entire day, she was so relaxed (almost too much!....they had to tell her to brush her hair, ha) The ceremony was sweet and the pastor shared a lot about their relationship and how long they've waited for this day. The guests played lawn games and enjoyed drinks after the ceremony and after toasts from elementary and lifelong friends, the biggest and best dance party went down. It was an incredible celebration to attend and shoot.
From the Bride...Tanner proposed to me in December. Because he wouldn't receive his orders from the US Marine Corps to report to OCS until May, we had to play it safe and set out date for June 12th. That gave us just less than 6 months to plan the wedding. Added to that, Tanner was still in South Carolina until May, so I was in Seattle planning our wedding. Until I got engaged I had never thought about what I wanted my wedding to be like and had no idea how much goes into it. Luckily I had a few friends who could teach me how to make decisions and plan a wedding. I was also working with a budget of $15,000 which was enough to have an awesome wedding, but I had to get a little creative.
When I started planning our wedding, Tanner and I had a conversation about what we each wanted out of our wedding. We decided that we wanted a short, meaningful ceremony, and then a dance party. Because of that I focused most of the budget on food, drinks, and entertainment so I frequented DIY blogs to make up for it in other areas. I had a great time with the more creative projects of the wedding. My family helped me to make our centerpieces which were wine bottle candles with corks, rocks and mirrors. It was all beautiful and very cost effective (I bought most of it from IKEA). My favorite projects that I took on however, were my bouquet, hairpiece and bridesmaid gifts. My bouquet which was made out of brooches from my family and friends was just a meaningful project which turned out beautifully. I really wanted all of my accessories to be unique and special and with a necklace from my mom, my bouquet, the hairpiece I made, and a sash made by a good friend, it was all perfect.
If I were to give advice to any bride without a planner and doing a lot of DIY projects I would say definitely do no procrastinate. That caused me a lot of unneeded stress. Also, don’t sweat the little stuff. You could go on and on making more little signs and detailed decorations but that will only get expensive and stressful. Lastly, just have a great time. On my wedding day I decided that I just wasn't going to care about anything except Tanner and the people I love that came to celebrate with us. Because of that I had probably the best day of my life and everything was wonderful!
Venue + Catering: Lord Hill Farms / Wedding Prep: French Creek Estates / Flowers: Janelle’s Flowers and Gifts / Wedding Cupcakes/Cake: Bride's Aunt, Darlene / Linens: BBJ Linens / DJ: DJ RT, Ryan Tilton / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Wedding Dress: Sally Crew / Bride's Shoes: Naughty Monkey / Hair + Make-up: Friends / Bouquet: DIY / Wedding Photography: Andria Lindquist