3 Tips for Military Brides planning their wedding day | GUEST BLOG POST by Brittney Galeaz

3 Tips for Military Brides planning their wedding day | GUEST BLOG POST by Brittney Galeaz

I am so excited to start my guest blogging series! Here is a new post by an Ali B Bride! Brittney and Sean will be getting married this coming December on Cape Cod and I can not wait! We had so much fun during their Boston engagement session. You can check out their engagement session HERE.  Huge THANK YOU to Brittney for taking the time to blog this subject! I know there are so many other millitary brides out there who will love reading this! Feel free to comment if you have any questions, myself and Brittney can answer them the best we can! 🙂

I first met Sean in 2012 through a mission trip our church organized. On the first day of the trip we did an ice breaker exercise to all get to know one another. The first thing Sean told me about himself was that he wanted to join the Air Force and my first thought was wow, that is going to be so hard on his future wife. Well, here we are 7 years later and I am the future Mrs. Donovan! 

Sean and I have been together through all of college, through ROTC, and are now living in DC with Sean stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Throughout this time, I had somehow convinced myself that Sean would never deploy. This was such an unrealistic mindset but it was the way I stayed positive through the uncertainly. Sean and I got engaged in September of 2018 and his first deployment was scheduled for shortly after. I had mixed emotions about the deployment and planning our wedding on my own. I was happy for Sean as this opportunity was what he had always wanted but of course I was hesitant.

Now, on the other side of our first deployment, I wanted to share some tips and tricks with my fellow military brides on planning a wedding with your person being on the opposite side of the world and still making the process what you always wanted it to be.

#1. Tip number one is include your family! I never would have gotten through wedding planning without my amazing mom, step-mom, future mother in law, my sisters, and all of my bridesmaids. Everyone stepped up in the most amazing way touring venues with me, stuffing save the dates, and planning. It was not only helpful but it was fun! My mom and I split too many bottles of wine to count talking about color schemes, wedding dresses, flowers, and more. I missed Sean during the planning but he was still able to be a part of it. We made every decision together and FaceTimed during venue tours. This way he still was able to plan his own wedding even from thousands of miles away.

#2. Tip number two is to talk to your vendors and your venue about military discounts. I am never one to ask for a military discount but I made an exception in this case! While not every vendor is able to offer for a number of reasons it NEVER hurts to ask. Additionally, ask about a military escape clause. As we all know, the military is unpredictable and if you have to move your wedding for one reason or another you do not want to deal with the cost of transferring the date for your vendors and venue. All my amazing vendors gladly offered this clause, and if someone isn’t willing to, they likely are not the vendor for you.

#3. Tip number three is to stay positive and enjoy the process. There were difficult days and moments throughout the planning process where I missed my fiancé and wanted him with me for cake tastings, venue tours, and everything else we had planned on doing together. I stayed positive mainly by keeping Sean in the loop always via our weekly FaceTime dates. I also leaned on the amazing people around me and took them up on the help they offered. I was beyond thankful that so many people stepped up, it is not something I will soon forget.

I’ll never forget my first reaction to hearing Sean wanted to be in the Air Force back in 2013. I laugh when I think about it now because my perspective is so different. Being a military spouse is an adventure, it takes you to places and cities you have never seen, it pushes you to be independent and self-reliant, and it strengthens your relationship making you stronger as a couple and individually. I feel lucky to become a part of it and become an Air Force Wife. 

I want to thank Alex for allowing me to write this piece to share our story! We feel so lucky to have her as a part of our day and our lives! Always proud to be an Ali B Bride! 

Boston Seaport Engagement Session | Brittney & Sean

Boston Seaport Engagement Session | Brittney & Sean

Friends! I have to tell you, I just love the Boston seaport! It’s always a treat for me to be in the city and these engagement photos just make my heart happy! The backdrop of Boston was just the perfect view for these two before heading home to DC. We had so much fun and I can’t stop smiling when going through their images!

Brittney and Sean are planning a winter wedding on Cape Cod at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel! I can not wait to get back there for the 2nd time this year!! Brittney and Sean grew up around Boston and are currently living in Washington DC. They flew to Boston to spend some time with family and then to meet me! They chose this perfect backdrop for their session because Boston is their “home”. They grew up in surrounding neighborhoods and met on a church mission trip to Vermont in 2012! Brittney was in her senior year of HS and Sean was in his junior year. They were best friends for a year before Sean made the first move and here they are!

We had so much fun walking all around the Boston Seaport! They had me laughing at just about every prompt I gave them and I have to say… Sean is such a pro at my nuzzle pose! It was such a great night to end the weekend and I am so excited to share this sneak peek with you of some of my favorites!! Brittney and Sean, I am so excited to meet your friends and family on your wedding day! Thank you for such a fun session! I can not wait to see you guys again! xoxo

Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Paige Aryn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

CUE THE BABY FEVER OVER HERE! Look at this precious little baby, Paige Aryn! She is just the absolute sweetest and made our session together probably the easiest newborn session I’ve ever had! She was just so content to be close to her momma’s. She was snuggly in her baby wraps and swaddle and really just wanted to be in either of her mom’s arms! She melted my heart the whole time and I am not going to lie, my baby fever is in full force while looking at these photos of her!

Baby Paige has 2 fur sisters who you also love her to pieces! Her fur sister Lola wanted to be close by as did her other fur sister, Emma! While we were not with the pups the whole session, we did get a few family photos of them all together at the end which are just adorable! I love it when we can get the dogs in a few shots! They are family too!

Kristin and Alexa, Congratulations on your perfect baby girl! I am so thankful I got to meet her and capture her first 2 weeks of life. She is beautiful and I still can not get over how great she was the whole session! Welcome to the world Paige Aryn! You are loved!

Best of Weddings + Couples 2018

Best of Weddings + Couples 2018

At the end of each year, I love looking back through all of my images and picking out some photos of what I consider to be the best of the best in Weddings and Engagement sessions. I am sure you can imagine that this is NOT easy. It takes a looooooong time to go through all the images that I have taken over the past year, but its always so fun to see it all come together for this blog post. When I am finished and I hit the publish button on this post, it makes me so happy that I completed this one for you all too see. Plus, whats better than seeing images throughout the year and all these amazing memories come right back into your mind from some of the most fun you have ever had!

This past year brought me back to a few venues that I had been to before Pinehills Pavilion, Indian Pond Country Club, Plymouth Country Club, Captain Linnell House, Bournedale Function Facility, Jones River Trading, White Cliffs as well as some new ones, Osterville Historical Museum, Bittersweet Farm, Brookside Country Club, Dan’l Webster Inn, that I can not wait to go back to!

Looking back at all of these images really makes me feel so grateful. As a wedding photographer, there is really nothing better than being trusted by so many incredible couples to capture one of the biggest days of their lives, an every year that goes by my grate-fullness goes higher and higher! This truly is one of the best jobs in the world. I hope you enjoy this recap of an amazing 2018!

Boston Sea Port Engagement Session | Gina + Kevin

Boston Sea Port Engagement Session | Gina + Kevin

I met Gina and Kevin in the summer when Gina’s sister Jen got married at  Mill Falls. I had so much fun at Jen and Jason’s wedding, when Gina contacted me I was so excited, I knew I was going to love them for their engagement session and I know their wedding is going to be a blast! Guess what….? I was right…I love them.

Gina and Kevin’s engagement session was around the Boston Sea Port. What a perfect location! We were able to have several different backgrounds since there are so many awesome places for photos in this area. I found out that this area has a special meaning to them as they met at a bar not too far from where we were!

Charley. their fur baby attended the shoot for the last half hour! She is such a beautiful pup and I was so happy they brought her with them! You can see the love that is shared between all 3 of them during this shoot and I am so thrilled I was able to capture it all.

Gina, Kevin and Charley, Thank you so much for choosing me to capture these moments. I had so much fun seeing to guys again and getting to meet Charley. I am sad I will not see you guys again until August! I hope you love your photos and I hope you enjoy looking at a few of my favorites from our session together. xoxo.

A huge shout out to Beabout Exposure as they were there during this session documenting behind the scenes video for us! I even did a little interview after their session and I can not wait to share the final product! If you are looking for a videographer, contact them!! Philip and Brittney are awesome!

Gina’s Dress: Nordstrom | Gina’s Sweater: Free People