"I know why Ariel joined the Navy," his older brother stated confidently during his best man toast, "he was always meant to find Rachel." Ariel and Rachel glanced at each other, tears filling their eyes, knowing this was the truth from the beginning.
With several years in the Navy, travel and adventure is at the heart of Ariel and Rachel's love for each other. They have been all over the world, from Dubai to Hawaii, from Singapore to Lake Tahoe, but home for them is wherever they can be together. They met at a poker tournament and fell in love over the course of many years, many overseas trips, and many long conversations about who they wanted to be with - and it just happened to be each other.
Amidst a flurry of blue and silver travel themed details, a stunning lace-backed wedding dress, and bridesmaids in royal blue holding elegant rose bouquets, the love these two have for each other absolutely stole the show. He whispered in her ear and she giggled. He held her close and she pulled herself in closer. He held her hand as they walked side by side, from the church aisle to the beautiful dock at The Water Table as the sun set behind them.
With a future of adventure, hearts full of love, and forever before them, Ariel and Rachel could not hide their joy and love. I know these two will take their wanderlust all over the world - and ultimately, they will always return home to be with the one who loves them most.
Dress: All the Rage Virginia Beach | Hair: EyeDo Makeup & Hair LLC | Makeup: Beach Bridal Artistry | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Florals: Walker Florist | Ceremony: Star of the Sea Catholic Church | Reception: The Water Table | Catering: Sweetwater Cuisine | DJ: Colonial DJs | Cake: Patti Cakes Inc | Transportation: Truffle Shuttle
They both wrote a few words to each other so they could remember the moments right before they became husband and wife.
All of a sudden, after a morning of anticipation, it was time for the wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, we headed over to The Water Table...and oh does this bridal party know how to have fun and look GOOD!
We had some time to sneak away and find some rocks on Rudee's Inlet for this adventure-hearted bride and groom...and oh it was so worth it!
And after THAT beauty, it was time for the reception! From hand-painted globes accompanying signs of places they have visited in the world to bottle opener keys to a map guestbook, everything about the wedding made my traveling heart sing.
Of course we couldn't help but take advantage of the gorgeous golden light as the sun sank below the horizon on the dock!
With the reception came the sweetest father daughter moment, Rachel and Ariel's first dance as husband and wife, and guests having tons of fun the whole night long!
Congratulations, Ariel and Rachel!