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! 

TD Garden + Sea Port Engagement Session | Boston, MA

TD Garden + Sea Port Engagement Session | Boston, MA

The first time I met these two blushing brides we chatted for over 2 hours! I loved getting to know all about them and their wedding day planning during our first meeting I was so excited to see them again for their Boston engagement session!

They chose these locations for their session as they talked about Boston having a special meaning to them. They shared their first kiss at the TD Garden after a Justin Timberlake concert there. This was where they wanted to start the session. I loved it! It’s not every day I get to walk around the Garden area so when I got there I was able to scope out a few nice areas just outside so that they can have the natural sun light, pretty greens, a city feel as well as the Garden in the background! To say I was freaking out is an understatement. Each time I got a shot with that glowy sun light creeping through the tree I was squealing like a toddler at Christmas! The light, these ladies and the background was just making me all so happy!

We took an Uber to the next location over to Fan Pier Park for that unbelievable sun set that NEVER gets old with the view of the city. The light was dreamy and the city sky line was just a great backdrop to have us end the night there. I am not kidding when I say I can take photos all night. I mean seriously… it was well past sun set but I had my flashes set up as I worked hard to get that crazy color sky.

Kelsey and Carrie, Thanks so much for braving that high heat with me to get these shots! I had a blast and I can not wait to see you both again, as well as your families when you say “I Do”  in May! Here are just a few of my favorite photos from our session! xo.

Hi there! I'm Alex,

Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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My photographic style is light, romantic, airy and, above all, authentic. I believe photography is about so much more than just images, and I strive to tell stories, frame by frame. I want everyone who looks at my work to feel fully immersed in the scene – because there is far more to a moment than what we see.

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Baby Emerson | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby Emerson | Lifestyle Newborn Session

I am declaring 2019 the year of baby girls! Yup, who run the world? GIRLS! This is my 3rd newborn session over the past 3 months and they were all baby girls! Now, I have 2 boys so all these baby girls are really making me want another…. kinda… well… I don’t know… maybe! (Just not yet!)

Emerson was born on July 4, 2019 and welcomed by her mom, dad and grandmothers. She came a little early, but not too early! She is the perfect little peanut and I have to say, photos make her look way bigger than she really is! She is a whopping 6lbs 15oz and she is just a ball of loving! I photographed her mom and dads wedding just about 2 years ago ( see their wedding blog here)  and I feel so honored I get to capture these first time moments of them learning to be parents. I feel like they are two of “my babies” just because I get to watch them go from dating, to fiance’s to husband and wife and now, mom and dad!

Maddie, CJ and Emerson, Thank you so much for having us at your home and letting my boys and I meet the baby at just 5 days old. We all love her so much and we can not wait to see the 3 of you again soon! Don’t blink because before you know it, she will be walking! 🙂 Love you all!

Here are just a few of my favorite photos from our session together. I just can not get enough of her! xoxo.

Hi there! I'm Alex,

Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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My photographic style is light, romantic, airy and, above all, authentic. I believe photography is about so much more than just images, and I strive to tell stories, frame by frame. I want everyone who looks at my work to feel fully immersed in the scene – because there is far more to a moment than what we see.

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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

FEATURED | WEDDING BOSTON

FEATURED | WEDDING BOSTON

This downtown engagement session was nothing but PERFECTION! I loved getting to meet Gina and Kevin and I can not wait to see them again for their big day! This location in Boston is a perfect place for having that amazing view of the city and the sun setting was just perfect as we walked around this sea port area! They were featured on Wedding Boston and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

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