Welcome to the Navy
We were honored to be the photographers for Amanda and Drew’s wedding. Amanda, Wendy (her Mom), Adam (Man of Honor), Drew, and their host of family and friends were just the most wonderful people that we got to work with. I can definitely go on and on about the beautiful event but I will let Amanda and Drew tell their story alongside these pictures. We hope you enjoy their wedding story as much as we enjoyed being a small part of it.
November 9, 2014 is when we became husband and wife and shared in an incredible day with our family and friends. For me, the day began with my favorite breakfast, made by the best mom in the world – pancakes! As the morning progressed we began to get ready as bridesmaids (my dear cousins and amazing friends), my man of honor (not many brothers would be a man of honor, or wear a kilt to honor our Nana, but mine would because, well he is just that awesome), and his sweet girlfriend arrived at house. Our fun camera crew came, too! – Amanda
The time then came to slip into my gown and head to the church to pray with my Drew before the ceremony. This was a special quiet moment to focus on our love and the Lord. – Amanda
Just a few minutes later my mom started to walk me down the aisle – telling me jokes along the way, so we could keep it together. As Drew said his vows though I couldn’t help but tear up as he lovingly looking into my eyes and committed his love. We had our first kiss as husband and wife, hugged our moms, and headed back down the aisle – floating on cloud 9, maybe 10. We passed through the sword arch, as Navy tradition, and I was officially welcomed to the Navy. From then on the floating on a cloud feeling only heightened. – Amanda
The photo time with our bridal party and families was fun and we made great memories as a new family. – Amanda
While Amanda and I were dating, she used to come back from school or work and say, “I’m sorry if I’m a little horsey.” Then she would snuggle close to me as I laughed because she never actually smelled particularly horsey or barn like. It was just Amanda being Amanda and thinking about others before herself. That is Amanda’s most defining quality: her care for others. It is one of the many things I love about her and one of the things I know will make our life together so enjoyable for me in the decades to come.
On our wedding day, Amanda was definitely the farthest thing from horsey. She picked the perfect dress and had her hair done up just right and took my breath away when she arrived at the other end of the aisle. Although most of that day seems to have blurred together, certain moments stick out: the frantic sword arch practice, watching Amanda walk down the aisle, being amazed at how quickly she braided the God’s Knot, getting stuck in the mud during pictures, Adam and Roger’s toasts, the wine cellar, the cake cutting and groom’s “cake,” and just dancing into the night. The most memorable part of the wedding, however, was Amanda. It was so much fun to see her having a good time and enjoying herself so much! – Drew
Drew and I shared our first dance, which seemed surreal and I didn’t want it to end. During the rest of the night we enjoyed visiting with everyone, dancing, eating cake (that I got to cut with Drew’s sword), surprising the groom with his cake, and felt nearly overwhelmed by all of the love shared that day. It was an unimaginably wonderful day that started this new season of life, which we are savoring each day of and so thankful for. -Amanda
I’m also thankful that my parents and family have welcomed Amanda into our family from the first moment (well, after a couple of interrogations, anyway). Amanda’s family has been the same way, for which I am truly grateful. I’m glad so many of my family members were able to make it to the wedding. We sure missed those who weren’t there but everyone in my family has been so supportive of Amanda and me that we felt all their love that day, even from a distance. Hopefully these photos will help them get a sense of how much fun the wedding was and transport them there as they look through the album. – Drew