Mychal and I met through the Navy and Marine Corps officer training program in college. We were introduced through mutual friends and made the fateful decision to train for a half marathon together. By the end of the race many months later, he was one of my closest friends and confidantes. That summer he commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer and moved away for training in Northern Va. By the grace of God, my family moved to the same area that summer, and after introducing him to my family and hanging out a few times as friends, he asked me out on his 23rd birthday. That began a 3 year relationship that survived lots of separation and a deployment to Afghanistan. Our love thrived due to the immense commitment we put into our relationship and the instinctive belief that we were made to be together
Hire a wedding day coordinator, it will take the stress off of your family and most importantly go into the wedding day with the attitude that YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED and nothing else is that important so just go with the flow and enjoy your day. You are surrounded by the people you love and you want it to be an amazing day for everyone!
The wedding door was a huge DIY project that my parents, my close family friends and I, all slaved over the week of the wedding. They built it and painted it, while my mom and I built the sign that went on top out of thick sailing rope. It read “God makes beautiful things out of us”, which is a line from my favorite worship song, Beautiful Things, by Gungor. This idea is really important to me because it highlights how God is able to take us as we are, then mold us and transform us with his love, into something beautiful. The idea of opening and closing doors and having a thresh-hold to walk through was also significant to me. We plan on keeping this as a memento and turning it into the center piece of our garden.
I walked down the isle to Pachbels Canon in D, which I can never listen to without bursting into tears. To me it’s the embodiment of what joy and love feels like…I honestly think heaven must sound like that!
The main thing that I focused on was for everything about the day to be meaningful to Mychal and I and for the décor, etc to represent who we were. Therefore, even though neither of us still lived in San Diego, it was important for Mychal and I to have our wedding there, it was where we met, where we went to school and where we call home. I feel so blessed to have gone to PLNU, so it was important for me to have the ceremony on campus. For my inspiration I mixed our love for nature with our love for history and my love for vintage style. The colors of my wedding were inspired by wildflowers, I just wanted to incorporate all of the beautiful muted colors that you see in the countryside. My bouquets were all wildflowers and we lined the isle with dried larkspur. I had my bridesmaids pick out there own vintagey dresses in those muted wildflower colors.