We couldn’t be more proud of all of the men and women who serve our country, so what better way to celebrate a new week with a beautiful Military wedding captured by KSS Photography. Pair this couple’s story with pretty little details and you get one fabulous wedding that’s as sweet as they come.
“Keith and I met freshman year of college while attending The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. We both had a crush on each other in college but the timing never worked out. It wasn’t until tw0 years after we graduated that we began dating. After enlisting in the United States Navy, Keith came home on leave in June of 2008. Keith came to visit me and we went on our first date to the beach. We instantly hit it off, continued to see each other over the course of the next week and decided to start a relationship before Keith had to return from his leave. We dated through Keith’s station transfers, command changes, and deployments.”
Keith proposed with a gorgeous vintage-inspired engagement ring that he designed and crafted at Jewelers Trade Shop in Pensacola, Florida.
Caitlyn’s maid of honor wore a floor-length, A-line navy dress with v-neckline, while the bridesmaids wore navy knee-length, one-shoulder dresses designed by David Levkoff.
At the end of the ceremony, the Air Force color guard, along with a couple of the groom’s naval officer friends, performed a ceremonial sword arch, which the newlyweds shared a kiss as they passed under the arch.
“We chose KSS photography because of their outstanding reviews. They were also very reasonably priced which was important with our strict budget. I loved Kia’s (the owner) bubbly personality and professionalism. My husband and I were nervous about getting our pictures taken but she made us feel completely natural and at ease. Kia captured modern photojournalistic pictures as well as more traditional portraits. On our wedding day, Kia followed us around all day from the salon, to my mom’s house, to a park, to the ceremony and finally the reception. On our wedding day we took our “first look” photos and bridal party photos in Allaire State Park which has historical buildings from civil war times.”
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and guests headed to the Sterling Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tinton Falls for the reception. The couple liked the facility’s warm ambiance, modern décor throughout the facility, and attentive staff. “We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the night without having to worry about driving home,” commented the bride.
Marsdale Productions got the party started following Caitlyn and Keith’s first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley. Their emcee for the night, Bob Marsdale played a variety of music from the ‘70s and ‘80s to today’s top hits that kept guests on the dance floor the whole night.
In addition to the three-tiered vanilla and strawberry wedding cake, chocolate-covered strawberries were served for dessert.
The proposal: For Memorial Day weekend, Caitlyn was flying out to visit Keith in Pensacola, Florida, where he was stationed at the time. Due to bad weather, her flight was delayed three hours, causing her to miss her connecting flight in Atlanta. Not wanting to be away from her any longer, Keith drove five hours to meet Caitlyn in Georgia and brought along with him a bottle of champagne, strawberries, cheese, and crackers. As Caitlyn was struggling to open the bottle of champagne, she turned around to see Keith on one knee proposing. “I couldn’t wait another day. I needed to know that she was going to be my wife,” commented Keith.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: My husband and I wrote our own vows and read them to each other in private. When wanted the promises to be personal and only to be for each other so we chose to do them alone.
What was the most exciting part of planning your wedding? Knowing that at the end of all of this preparation, we were going to get to spend the rest of our lives together.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Don’t get too caught up trying to plan everything out perfectly. Nothing will ever go exactly as planned.
Ceremony Location: The Church of the Epiphany / Celebrants: Father Redstone and Deacon Mollarky / Reception Location: DoubleTree Hotel / Photographer: KSS Photography / Videographer: Martin’s Accent Wedding Video / Entertainment: Marsdale Productions / Florist: Flowers by Addalia / Limousine Service: Bella Limousine / Cake Designer: Chocolate Carousel / Bridal Salon: Wedding Bells / Headpiece: Richards Designs / Veil: Belaire / Shoes: J.Renee / Formal Attire: Naval Officer’s Uniform / Invitations: MagnetStreet.com / Favors: DIY by Bride / Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Abraxas Hair Salon / Jeweler: Etsy.com