Words From Carmen (the proposer!)
“I can finally breathe! This weekend was a month in the making! Hidden txt msgs, secret phone calls, and a lot of “what are you doing!?” from my now wife – Jess.
Let’s back track! We both decided with our current work schedule and budgets that we would simply go to a courthouse and get married. I started with the ring, after asking for weeks her ring size. I locked in a purchase, and was quite pleased with myself. 2 days later I cancelled the purchase because my mom loves jess so much, she wanted her to have her original engagement diamond. Who could turn down a family heirloom!
“The next day, with nothing planned, we headed to a winery! One of our friends, Stephanie, made shirts for everyone that read “Bride Squad -” even my dad wore one! There were so many laughs at the winery! The owner didn’t want us to leave!”
“The day of the wedding I got my Army dress blues together, and jess was pampered with hair and makeup from our guests. Since Jess didn’t know any of this was happening, her sister brought a few dresses for her to choose from, a fresh sunflower bouquet, and jewelry! Jess was so into this entire idea!
We got dressed separately, and even had a photo session – the photo shoot was exciting and made everything so real! Just before leaving to go to the courthouse, Tara set us up to do a first look – since we wouldn’t be walking down an isle! When I turned around, my world stopped! I felt our whole relationship through my eyes. The laughs, the cries, and the hardship. She was stunning! Of course…I cried!”
“The courthouse was fast! It was a tiny office with two chairs, and a podium. Our friends and family watched through the doorway, and inside the room surrounding us with support + love while we said our vows. We couldn’t take any pictures inside the building (because you know terrorists and stuff) but I will never forget the love + support I felt from everyone in there!”
“This weekend was hard work! From a logistical standpoint the Army has trained me well, but I couldn’t have done it with out the help from our family and friends! I came to them with a vision and we executed it together. Thank you to these people for their creativity, love, + help: Licelyn, Gricel, Ayanna, Stephanie, Pike, Maddy, Ashley, my parents Jr and Gladys, and our loving friend Tara. You truly captured us! Thank you all for a weekend Jess and I will never forget.”