Bailey and Andrew’s sweet, romantic wedding eschewed stuffiness with a light pink and tan color palette and a classy casual vibe.
Bailey, of becomingbailey.com, met her husband on an online dating website and endured years of distance, including during the wedding planning process. The distance, however, did not stop them from carrying out their ultimate vision: a uniquely personal wedding celebrating both their relationship with each other and their relationship with God.
“Our wedding was on a (hot!) Sunday afternoon in June at a riverfront park in my hometown,” the bride shared. “I wore a lace, A-line wedding gown with cap sleeves and my husband, Andrew, wore his ASUs. The ASUs and my Army garter were the only military-related parts of our day, as we wanted our wedding to be about our relationship, not the Army.”
The couple immediately knew the perfect venue for their outdoor ceremony: Smothers Park, one of the stops on their first date weekend. With the wedding scheduled for a Sunday, however, locating the reception venue became a challenge. “Many of our ideal reception venue choices were being used for church services or were closed for the day. Thankfully, a local church happened to have an odd Sunday afternoon off from their regular services in their reception hall!”
What was your favorite moment of your wedding?
There are so many special moments that it’s hard to pick just one! I have two, in fact. The first was our first look at the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens is adjacent to my grandparents’ old house and my grandfather passed away on my birthday 10 years earlier. Those quiet moments spent with only my groom in a place so dear to my heart were so special to me.
My second favorite moment was during our wedding ceremony. We wanted to do something to reflect our shared Christian faith, but wanted something a little different. We opted to have a foot washing ceremony in our wedding. In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet as an act of serving them. In some Christian sects, like the one I grew up in, church members literally wash congregants’ feet as a reminder to serve others and the Kingdom of Christ. To me, it’s always been a beautiful picture of what a marriage is– serving one another with the love Christ has for us. Andy was originally hesitant in doing a foot washing as part of the wedding ceremony; he felt it was too personal and wanted to save it for a time where the two of us were alone. He surprised me by deciding a few months before the wedding that he wanted it in our ceremony, which made it even more special.
What advice would you give to other military brides?
Don’t be afraid to ask for a military discount! Many of our vendors offered military discounts, which was helpful in planning our wedding on a tight budget.
Also, be sure to get wedding insurance that specifically covers military situations, or at the very least, have it written in your contracts that you would get your money (including deposit) back if a military obligation required you to cancel or reschedule. Although we weren’t anticipating any deployment or TDY orders, having a “what if” in our contracts gave us peace of mind, just in case.
Photographer: MD Photography
Videographer: Selah Productions
Wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Ceremony location: Smothers Park
Reception location: Knights of Columbus
Wedding cake: Dalisha’s Desserts
Wedding invitations: David’s Bridal
Honeymoon: The Jewel Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica (planned by Casey of Road Less Traveled Vacations)