The Couple: Kirstyn & Caleb

Wedding Date: June 7, 2013

Photography by Unforgettable Portraits

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We had gone to the same high school but Caleb was 2 classes ahead of me. Our entire relationship and engagement was long distance while he attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado, which made planning our wedding quite the adventure! We had a non-traditional proposal and a traditional military wedding!

What was the most amazing part of your day? Caleb says it was watching me walk down the aisle to him. I loved walking through the saber arch at the end of our ceremony, having the saber come down in front of us, getting a swat on the butt with one of the sabers and hearing “welcome to the air force ma’am”

What else would you like to share about your big day? Caleb’s father marrying us. He’s married all of his kids which is pretty special! We also had a military wedding, which our guests seemed to love the little traditions.

Ceremony and Reception Site: Grace Vineyards

Ceremony Musicians: Elite Entertainment

Officiant: The Groom’s Father, Pastor Steve Belden

Photographer: Unforgettable Portraits

Wedding Planner: Family friends, Angie and Jac Sheaffer

Caterer: Fresh and Quick Catering

Cake: Yvonne Lambert

Flowers: Bobbi Fuller with help from the Mothers of the Bride and Groom.

Favors: Candy bags with a Hershey’s kiss, doves, hugs and promises. Sign reads, “Hugs Kisses Promises Caleb and Kirstyn June 7, 2013”

Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo

Hair: Nannette Simmen

Make-up: Jeanne Marie

Invitations: Suites Purchased at Michaels and Printed at Kinkos

Signage: Kirklands and Rod Works

DJ/Entertainment/Band and Lighting: Elite Entertainment

Furniture Rentals: Grace Vineyards

Linen Rentals: Online

Honeymoon Location: Couples Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? We requested a honor guard from Travis Air Force Base to do the sword arch after our wedding ceremony!

First Dance Song: “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Be flexible! Remember no matter what you will still marry your prince charming! Realize you can’t do it alone-you need your family and friends! Start EARLY! Starting early took a lot of stress off.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Unforgettable Portraits.

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