The Couple: Michelle and Aaron Brady
Wedding Date: May 19, 2012
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: He’s an A-10 pilot in the Air Force, and I’m an AH-64 pilot in the Army. We met on a joint mission in Korea, where we were both stationed and both Captains.
He proposed in Cambodia, and we currently live in Georgia (though in separate cities due to our duty stations). He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2006 with a degree in history. I went to Columbia College Chicago to attain a degree in fiction writing.
We are pretty different in a lot of ways. He’s super calm and composed, very thoughtful. I’m all energy and impatience, but together we make one pretty capable and generally great person.
What was the most amazing part of your day? Having all my dispirit friends love each other! It was so awesome having everyone I love and admire in one room!
What else would you like to share about your big day?
1. It was the weekend of a solar eclipse that could be seen perfectly from our location. It was so perfect, in fact, that the tiny, out of the way inn we wanted to rent out was booked solid for that weekend two years in advance! We watched it the night after the wedding from the hot tub.
2. My mom was the officiant, and it was wonderful to keep it in the family. His mom played “Moon River” on the viola as I walked down the aisle (up the hill) in my red wellies.
3. My brother was my maid of honor.
4. I carried balloons instead of flowers.
5. There was a photo booth so my mom and aunts could recreate a photo they made when they were my age.
6. At the end of the night we let wish lanterns go…and the next morning my brother took a canoe out to the lake to fish them out.
Ceremony Site & Reception Venue: Private home on Lake Earl
Photographer: Lexigraphics Photography
Videographer: Vanessa McKellar
Band: The Urban Monroes
Caterer & Cake: Lea Scott Catering
Favors: Wine glasses purchased online
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero purchased online
Honeymoon: Alaskan Cruise
Hair and Makeup: DIY
Invitations: DIY, and they were musical! The song “All I Want is You” from Juno was in them.
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Plan like crazy, rehearse even if you don’t think you need to, research your photographer and videographer so you know you’ve found the people that share your vision, and on the day of: RELAX AND LET GO…even if things aren’t perfect.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I would have taken photos in the ocean, regardless of the time it took and that the dress would be ruined.
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Photos courtesy of and copyright Lexigraphics Photography.
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