Sweethearts Rachel & Brian, both being in the military, were intrigued with the idea of a vintage patriotic themed engagement session. They met up with Robert J Hill Photography in an old abandoned military yard and set out for an amazing red, white and blue, All-American, engagement shoot that is wonderfully whimsical and super romantic.
From the Bride-to-Be, Rachel:
How did you meet?
Brian and I met in 2010 on the Beach in Ft Walton Beach FL (big military town); Brian was with the 6th Ranger Training Battalion. I decided to head to the beach one day with my best friend. Brian and his friends decided to post up camp right behind us. He saw me sitting right in front of him and started talking to me and we just hit it off and spent all day hanging out on the beach. Until an epic storm came through and we all got ran off the beach and he never got my number. We didn’t see each other until about a year later when my best friend recognized him from the beach and called me over and re-introduced us. He finally got smart this time and asked me for my number. We ended up dating just a couple months later.
How did he propose?
He proposed to me on the 21st of November in 2012. He invited out a couple of our friends to go to dinner, and they were all in on it. When we got up and walked out of the restaurant he pulled me around and was on one knee. He was so nervous he was shaking. All my friends were snapping photos and taking videos and screaming. What was really sweet-sad is that he kept apologizing for the size of the ring and kept promising one day he’ll get me a bigger one. It was sweet how he kept saying he wanted to make me happy. But it was sad that a man has to think his significant others happiness is built around the size of a ring. I loved it! I didn’t care. What meant so much was that it was a ring from him that he picked out on his own. Too many women get caught up in pictures on Pinterest of big rings and demand a huge rock. But I digress.
What are your wedding plans?
We are getting married on the 1st of March of this year on the beach. I have been planning and doing decorations for like 8 months. It’s difficult to be in the military and plan a wedding. But I really love 1940’s, WWII era, antique, Red, white, and blue anything. So as you may have seen by our pics we are doing an American themed wedding (since Brian was in the army, I’m in the air force, we met on 4th of July on the beach, and love America so much it only seemed appropriate), We are having home town BBQ, Everyone gets a mason jar, and Red white and blue cupcakes. I made all the decorations myself to save money. I even made boutonnieres out of paper/ you can YouTube how to make just about anything.
We are also not doing wedding gifts. We told our guest just to make a donation to wounded warrior project or special operation warrior foundation. The attached link is why we chose to do that. It touched our hearts.
Photography: Robert J Hill Photography