It's a little surreal that I met Hattie a year ago this month. When I first sat down to talk with her, I left knowing we would instantly become friends. Throughout the months, as we emailed back and forth about life changes, met for their engagement session, and laughed over cups of coffee, I got to know the beautiful heart of this girl who was preparing to walk into life as an Air Force wife.
Daniel and Hattie met in high school and although they were not immediately interested in each other as more than friends, that soon changed as they began to grow closer through each interaction. The uniqueness of their relationship was always in their independence - although they loved each other, Daniel always allowed Hattie to be herself and vise versa. This led Hattie to live in China for a semester, and it gave Daniel the freedom to join the Air Force.
The months leading up to the wedding were stressful - anyone who is a military spouse knows that plans can change at the last minute! - but through it all Daniel and Hattie remained steadfast and focused on the end goal of becoming husband and wife. The strength of their love was obvious not just on their wedding day, but during the many years leading up to that point.
Daniel and Hattie - what can I say? Thank you for being such a strong and enduring example to me. Thank you for welcoming Nathan and me in with open arms throughout our relationship. Thank you for being open, honest, and vulnerable. I love both of you and though I am excited for the many places the Air Force will take you, I will certainly miss seeing both of you. Many blessings on your new family!
These ladies were a blast to spend the morning with!
Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.
After the Arch of Sabers, we took the bridal party around for some fun shots on the Chapel grounds.
In a special touch, Hattie used her bouquet to pay tribute to her late grandmother.
After getting out of the limo and into the reception, Daniel and Hattie danced the night away.
There was a caricature artist who spent hours drawing personalized portraits of the wedding guests. Such a unique touch!
The wedding wouldn't have been complete without the groomsmen throwing the groom into the pool, right?
They exited to a group of guests waiting to toss airplanes at them!
And we will end with one of my favorites - a sunset portrait of the bride and groom. Congratulations, Daniel and Hattie!
And many thanks to everyone who made the day happen...
Photographer: Maria Grace Photography
Hair: Oasis Salon
Dress: The Inspired Bride
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Flowers, Design, and Coordination: The Main Event by Emily and Cindy
Ceremony: Langley Air Force Base Chapel
DJ: Ray LaPointe
Reception: Langley Air Force Base Officer's Club
Transportation: Ashworth's Limousine Service
Caricature Artist: Geoffrey Preudhomme
Cake: Creative Cake Designs