From The Bride:
Hunter and I met on his boys trip to Montreal, QC, Canada January 2nd 2014, where I lived. I was hostessing at a Restaurant Bar in Montreal when I saw him from a distance waiting in line to check his jacket. I told my girlfriends that I called dibs on servicing him when he arrived at the counter. Once, he arrived I made a point of striking up a 10 minute conversation, he later returned with his friends “sweater (aka shirt)” just to conjure up the courage of asking me out on a date. January 4th we went on a group date until the wee hours of the night and had the best time. March 2014 we knew that this was going to be forever and got engaged. We managed our relationship long distance until June that year, we first got married June 14th 2014 with ten of our closest friends and family members in Annapolis Maryland where he attended the Naval academy. From there, We then made our way over to California (his first duty station) where I started planning our second perfect day.
Our initial engagement was a heart felt conversation over the phone March 2014 however Hunter didn’t feel right about not traditionally and formally proposing to me with the ring we had custom made together (Which he only gave to me when he finally was able to get down on one knee). So when I arrived to America from Canada in June he told me to pack a weekend bag along side a pretty dress because he had something special planned for us in Washington DC. Of course I speculated that he was going to propose but I had no idea what he had in store for me.
We spent the saturday walking around the city, touring the museums, memorials and monument. Every single pause we took that day I was holding my breath for him to get down on one knee.. but it never came. Starting to feel like it was not going to happen he announced that he made a dinner reservations at Capital Grill downtown.
We had the most amazing candlelit, champagne dinner in a reserved area of the restaurant, when dessert rolled around he announced that we had one final stop for the evening, the Jefferson Memorial. After walking around for 20 minutes he brought me to the waterfront, told me he loved me and got down on one knee and popped the very much anticipated question. I said yes.
Inspiration for the wedding day.
I was a stylist for a few years and everyone who knows me would tell you that I believe in classic staples and neutrals because they are timeless, I absolutely wanted that reflected on our wedding day. I wanted our wedding to have a soft, fine art, sophisticated feel. I decided a lush green, soft champagne complimented by various shades of beige and rose color palate would really achieve the feel I was looking for and built from there.
Favorite moment or element from the day?
I am sure most brides would say this but walking down the aisle towards him (with both my mother and father) to Marry me by Train, was a really special moment. I will never forget the look in his eyes. We had decided on a first look however I was running so far behind on our schedule that we didn’t have time for it and we are so happy that it worked out that way. His father then married us for a second time that day, except with all our friends and family present.