Outdoor Military Wedding at Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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In remembrance…
On the 12th anniversary of September 11th, we’re honoring the memory of the victims and dedicating this post to their precious family members. We also want to give a shout out to our men and women in service. Thank you! And God bless.

Catherine and Matt were married in a beautiful, outdoor garden ceremony at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Matt in his dress blues and Catherine in her lace, mermaid gown and cathedral veil–they make a stunning couple! And the only things making this picture any prettier are the lush and gorgeous gardens and the presence of family and friends. Enjoy.

Military wedding photo

Getting ready for outdoor wedding at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Norfolk Botanial Gardens military wedding by Tara Liebeck Photography

First Look!!

First look wedding photo at outdoor wedding

First look wedding photos

First look wedding photos before outdoor garden wedding

coral bridesmaid dresses

Groomsmen in military wedding for outdoor wedding

Bridesmaids in coral dresses

Flower girl and Ring bearer at outdoor ceremony

Father daughter going down the aisle at outdoor wedding

Outdoor military wedding ceremony at Botanical Gardens

Bridea and Groom praying at the altar

Wedding Party in black and pink

Norfolk Botanical Gardens reception photo

Outdoor military wedding photo by Tara Liebeck Photography

Military wedding at Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Grounds of Norfolk Botanical Gardens wedding venue

Military outdoor wedding

Congratulations Catherine and Matt!


Photographer:  Tara Liebeck Photography//Cake Designer: Bliss Bakery//Hair Stylist:Blushing Brides VA//Caterer: Creative Catering of VA//Event Designer:Distinctive Event Rentals//DJ: Liz Daley Events//Event Venue: Norfolk Botanical Gardens//

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Color Monday: Inspiration for a Military Wedding

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Hello there Color Monday!

For today’s color wonderful, we’re balancing the beauty and formality of dress blues with the beauty and informality of a rustic look. This custom shade of green {yes, you can create custom colors in our online design tool!} is fresh, fun and softens the dark blue. Adding to this rustic and romantic feel is the outdoor setting, round wood cake stand, ribbon, burlap and lace. Bringing in the military stripes and the lacy look of the bride’s wedding dress is Romantic Ruche, the featured Wedding Invitation in this board. Lovely! A strong yet soft palette–perfect for a modern military wedding. Thoughts?

Browse rustic and military invitation templates.

Military Wedding Inspiration from MagnetStreet

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military wedding color palette

Photo Credits
For allowing us to use their photography, much thanks to …

Lucy O Photo {via Inspired by This}

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A Special Galveston Island Engagement Session!

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Although Shane and Samantha have been married for three years, they never got the chance to have an actual engagement session or even a real wedding for that matter! Let’s just say, they’ve been busy. Between Shane’s overseas tours as a U.S. Marine, {plus dealing with medical issues from a severe wound he sustained} moving, and Samantha’s small business, they simply haven’t had time for a proper celebration. Having settled down in Texas last year, they decided that 2013 was the year! They were going to renew their vows with a wedding-style ceremony and reception. And the precursor: engagement photos! Since their wedding is beach-themed, they decided that Galveston Island would be their locale. From The Strand to the seawall, they had a great time reveling in their very own engagement session.

Congratulations Shane and Samantha–we’re so happy for you.

Galveston Island engagement photos

military couple and Galveston Island engagement photos

military couple engagement session on Galveston Island

Engagement photos on The Strand in Galveston, Texas

engagement picture on The Strand, Galveston, TX

Galveston Island engagement pictures

beach photos from engagement session on Galveston Island

beach engagement photos on Galveston Island

beach engagement photos

sunset engagement photo on Galveston Island

Romantic, stylish, fun–we love it! Thank you Shane and Sam–for sharing your day with us! Thank you for your military service! Thank you for inspiring us with what marriage is all about!

How about you, dear reader… can you imagine the patience needed to wait like Shane and Samantha did?

Photographer:  Christine Gosch

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Beach Engagement Photos

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If it’s meant to be, it will be … And, if it’s true what they say about a picture being worth a 1000 words, then these tender images tell the sweetest story of love and determination–about going after what you want–even when the going gets hard. Via photographer Jessica Martz of Lux et Amor, here’s Brittany and Jordan to give us a glimpse into their relationship as a military couple and about leaving a legacy of love for their future kids. And for a special treat, they also shared their proposal story with us too!

“Brittany and Jordan have known each other since they were 17. They have a lot in common: both ethnically mixed, both have brothers, both have the same outlooks on life, both can’t shut up.”

Beach engagement photos by Lux et Amor Photography

They were friends for the short time Jordan and his family lived in Louisville but after he left to move back to Arizona, Brittany assumed she’d never hear from him again. And she didn’t for another 2 years. Then, Jordan phoned her out of the blue. After that afternoon of the first call, they talked every night after … about EVERYTHING. It became common for them to be on the phone for hours. Jordan has always been a man who knows what he wants, so that next summer, he bought a plane ticket to come see Brittany in Kentucky. After that first visit, they decided they had to be together, despite the obvious challenge of being on two opposite ends of the country.

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Photography

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Amor Photography

The rest is history. It was another 2 years of long distance relationship before they were able to drive off to Tucson after Brittany’s graduation for a year and a half reward of being side by side rather than on Skype. But once Jordan joined the military, they tackled another year and a half of long distance. To this day, they have a box full of letters and an inbox full of emails from the past 4 years and they are their most treasured possessions in their relationship.

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Photography

They hope that one day their children can go through these and see how much mom and dad were in love. They realized the distance was also a gift, as it only made them stronger and conditioned them for the road ahead as a military couple. They wouldn’t want anything different and continue to be best friends.

beach engagement photos

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Amor Photography

beach engagement photos

Beach engagement photos by Lux t Amor Photography

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Amor Photography

Beach engagement photos

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Amor Photography

Beach engagement photos by Lux Et Amor Photography

Beach engagement photos by Lux et Amor

PROPOSAL STORY: Jordan was able to take leave in Kentucky to be with Brittany after his Combat Control School graduation in North Carolina. They promised each other that they would get dressed up and go on a fancy dinner date at least once while they were there, since they rarely get to do the normal couple stuff. That next Friday, Jordan was given the day off from helping out at the recruiter’s office, so Brittany asked off work as well. They spent the day hanging out around town and at the mall, and planned to go out to dinner later that evening. At the mall, Jordan asked if she would like to go take a look at engagement rings. This was the first time they had been able to look together in person, since Brittany was very adamant about him picking something from his heart and not her opinion. Little did she know, that he had already bought a ring, taken her parents to lunch to ask their permission, and picked up the ring from her father earlier that day–who was keeping it hidden.

Later that night, they went to 610 Magnolia, the most elegant restaurant in Old Louisville. While Brittany was cracking jokes on how she couldn’t understand the fancy menu, Jordan kept text-ing on his phone. After the appetizer, Jordan turned to Brittany and asked if she would stand. He came around the table and went down on one knee with the most beautiful ring she had ever seen. Brittany went into a stupor and will tell you now that she can’t really remember what was said or who exactly in the restaurant started cheering first. The newly engaged couple was spoiled with champagne bought from surrounding tables, applause, and Brittany’s family walking in to join them. They were waiting outside to come in on cue of Jordan’s text! The ring was beautiful but the thought put into the proposal and the celebration was even more amazing.

The joy still hasn’t worn off… they don’t think it ever will!

Congratulations Brittany and Jordan! Thanks for sharing your story and your engagement photos with us. We wish you the absolute best! And we thank you both for your service!

Images by: Luxe et Photography

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