From the bride, Leigh Anne:
During the 6 years of dating, Lorenzo and I have experienced everything and anything underneath the sun together as a unit, team, and as best friends. When you have your significant other serving in the military, long distance is that infamous topic that no military couple would like to experience but have no choice but making it into a lifestyle and an everyday norm. Long distance isn’t easy but at the end of the day, you have to look at the big picture. Love knows no distance. You definitely learn not to take for granted a hug, a kiss, or an “I love you.” Lorenzo and I have had plenty of highs and plenty of lows during our relationship but there’s one trait that we both possess that have defined our relationship to a tee. It’s called grit. It’s a combination of perseverance and persistence. This trait has followed us throughout our years of dating and will continue on during our journey as husband and wife. We have persevered in our own pursuits but nothing tops how we persevered for one another and for this relationship.
Lorenzo only had one request for the wedding, which was wearing his Army Service Uniform instead of the traditional tuxedo. Our wedding color scheme was inspired by his Army Service Uniform’s color of navy and gold, making the theme and inspiration of our wedding to be classic and timeless. We then added the color coral into the mix for that pop of color and for that romantic feel. Both our ceremony and reception took place at Copper River Country Club in Fresno, California. This is the same venue where Lorenzo took me as his date for his ROTC Army Ball when we first started dating in college. Getting married at the same venue would just complete our love story and would just come full circle.
The memory table filled with pictures of our grandparents who have passed was one of our favorite special details for our wedding. Even though some of our grandparents weren’t there physically, we wanted to include them in a way where they could be there in celebrating with us and our family and friends. Lorenzo and I also had a pinata where our guests would write us advice, wishes, and/or predictions on cards to drop into the pinata. For our one year anniversary, we will bust open that pinata and read every single card from our guests.
Our favorite moment of the day was our blinded first look with prayer. Lorenzo and I wanted to keep our wedding traditional by not having him see me before the ceremony, so we blindfolded him and we both said a prayer. It was such a sweet, special, and intimate moment for us to experience before saying our “I do’s.”
For the future brides out there, don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on looking at the overall big picture. Us brides have a vision of how we want our wedding to be and get stressed about not having it go the way that you want it to go. At the end of the day, none of that really matters. You married your best friend and your lifetime teammate and are celebrating with your close family and friends. When brides tell you that the night goes by way too fast, they are absolutely right. During your reception, take a step back with your husband and just live in the moment and soak it all up. Enjoy it all!
Musical Choices: Processional: “Canon in D”- Pachelbel | Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True”- Hall & Oates | First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” -Ed Sheeran
Our favorite photo are the ones taken in the vineyards. They have a romantic and timeless feel to them. We loved the lighting of the sunset sky in the background and how these pictures were the first pictures of us as Mr and Mrs.
Coordinator: Marean Bechara-Bedoush | Venue: Copper River Country Club in Fresno, California | Florist: Simply Flowers | Cake: Frosted Cakery
Linens: The Linen Shoppe | DJ: JP Fierro | Lighting: Go Bananas Events and Rentals | Hair/Make-up: MUA Studio Fresno by Emily Dudley
Gown Designer: Winnie Couture | Men’s Formalwear: United States Army Service Uniform | Photobooth: The Heartbooth
Videographer: MVP Weddings
To see all of their wedding photos, visit their full gallery here.