Benjamin and Shelby’s December 28th wedding rang in the New Year with a classic navy and blush color palette and a bit of gold sparkle.
The bride and her groom, an Army infantryman, met through a mutual friend in college. “The friend had been trying to get me interested in him and I was not having it at all,” Shelby laughed. “So, he went to his roommate and said, ‘hey, she won’t have anything to do with me but maybe she’ll like you.’ I visited their apartment to study and make dinner and was immediately smitten.”
The couple chose Veridian Events in downtown Springfield, MO as the site of their nuptials. “I chose the Veridian because I loved the layout of a two-story venue,” the bride explained. “I loved that the venue had a downstairs area for a cocktail hour and an upstairs room we could use for the ceremony and transform for our reception.” To cut costs, Benjamin and Shelby asked a family member to put together the flowers and made their own playlist. Catering from Otts Pasta included pasta, salad, breadsticks, and all the plates and utensils for only $3 per person.
The bride channeled princess vibes in a stunning dress from Norman’s Bridal, featuring a sheer back and dramatic tulle train. At the same time, Shelby chose to keep things comfortable in a pair of custom white sneakers! Other unique elements of the wedding included a kid’s table with tasty snacks, a “Mission Accomplished” banner celebrating Benjamin’s Army roots, and glowsticks to help the guests light up the night.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding?
My favorite moment of our wedding was right before the ceremony started, when my husband-to-be and I were down in the “getting ready” room. All the wedding party had left to welcome people, and my groom and I had some time to ourselves to just enjoy the moment together.
What was the most special part of your big day?
One very special thing about my wedding was my veil. My grandmother lost her sight when I was very young. Before she lost it completely, she thought to make me and my sister wedding veils. I grew up treasuring this veil and dreaming of the day I would wear it. When I was 13 years old, my grandma passed away. Wearing the veil was like having her there with me.
What advice would you give to other military brides?
My advice would be to stay true to yourself. People will tell you how things should be but stick to what you want and that will make you happy. Also go with the flow! Your wedding is supposed to be fun and at the end of the day you’re marrying the person you love and that’s most important.
Venue: Veridian Events
Cake: Amy Cakes
Photography: Jen Martian Creative
Catering: Otts Pasta
Dress: Norman Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: JC Penney’s