The first time I met Alan & Kasey (and Kasey's brother who was her Man of Honor and made my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard) my gut told me this was going to be a super fun and memorable wedding and it was. Kasey was so easy to work with and Alan was very involved in the planning process and which is awesome because many grooms are so passive and don't have a ton of interest. Alan & Kasey were ideal clients. Their families were tremendous and it was a complete delight to work with them. Last year I wrote a blog post about how I was touched by an RSVP from one of their guests. I invite you to take a look back at it to truly understand the emotion that went into their wedding planning process and how even the little things can be so impactful.
Recently their wedding Photographer (and good friend) Rhonda Lewis of Rhonda Lewis Photography who is one of my favorite people and photographers (she shot my wedding as well) emailed me a few pages out of Alan & Kasey's wedding album. I demanded that Rhonda allow me the opportunity to share with my readers the beauty of her photographs. She gladly agreed.
Here are a few pictures from their phenomenal wedding day.
This heart was a little surprise that we did for the couple. Kasey's diamond engagement ring was a heart shaped diamond so I thought it would be great to tie it in with a candle light design which was viewed by guests once the sun went to sleep. The view of the candles was from a intimate balcony off the reception that overlooked the golf course. It was a great hit and so affordable!
Alan made a really amazing special request for this table. Check it out below about the meaning behind the details as it was a special recognition to the soldiers that we have lost.
MISSING MAN TABLE & HONORS CEREMONY
COURTESY OF NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES
OF AMERICAN PRISONERS AND MISSING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
This table is reserved to honor our missing loved ones or missing comrades in arms. Set for one, the empty place represents an American (men or women) still missing from anyone of the five services – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard. This Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit. Some (Here) in this room were very young when they were went into combat; however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call and served the cause of freedom in a special way.
The table is round – to show our everlasting concern for our missing men (and women).
The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of their bitter fate
A pinch of salt symbolized the tears endured by those missing and their families
The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s (morning’s/day’s) toast.
The chair is empty – he/she is missing.
Please honor America’s men and women who could not be here with us today.
It was an phenomenal day and I can't thank Alan & Kasey for the opportunity to be a part of it. Special thanks to Rhonda Lewis for all the pictures. You are so talented and have such an amazing connection with all of your clients.
Here is a list of the key players that were involved:
Invitations by: The Invitation Lady
Floral by: Fiori Floral
Venue & Catering : Sharon Bishop of DC Ranch Country Club
Videography: My Wedding Film
Photography: Rhonda Lewis Photography
Linens: BBJ Linen
Bridal Gown Salon: Uptown Bridal
Hair & Make-up: Par Exsalonce
Alterations: Jewel Couture
Lighting: Sound Lighting F/X. Inc
Officiant: From this Day Forward
Pastry Chef: La Dolce Pesca
Rehearsal Dinner: Tommy Bahama
Many thanks to all that were involved.
With all that Life has to offer,