One of our core values at A Big To Do Event is honoring our country’s military. As we prepare to celebrate our country’s freedoms, I often find myself reliving wedding memories from our clients who serve in the military. Military weddings are some of my favorite of all of the events we get to do. The protocol, the ceremony, the importance – those are pieces that I just love. So today, as you prepare to enjoy the 4th of July, here’s some pretty from one of our favorite military weddings.
From the first moment I met Allison and she told me her and Gil’s story, I knew I wanted to be part of their military wedding celebration. Gil was stationed in Afghanistan for almost the entirety of their engagement. Most of the planning was done with Allison, her sweet Mom, and Erica with A Big To Do Event. Gil helped with details via skype and email as he could while he was stationed away.
Allison and Sergeant Gil Aiken continued family tradition and said their vows in the same church as Allison’s parents, Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
(You’ll notice that the men who wear uniforms do not have boutonnieres. It’s considered un-approved decoration.)
Their gorgeous reception, held at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead was designed by the family and Christopher Confero Design.
One of my favorite elements of a military wedding is the saber arch ceremony. This ceremony is usually performed immediately after the ceremony, but we did it just as they entered the reception. It is traditional, as the couple recess through the arch of swords, that the last two men to make up the arch lower their swords in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily, while the sword bearer on the right, with his sword, gives the bride a gentle “swat” on the rump and says, “Welcome to the Army.” (Allison opted out of that piece.)
I mean, how gorgeous are these linens and chairs from Nuage Design?!
Allison and Gil, it was a true honor to work with you and help you celebrate your first day as husband and wife.
Wedding Planner – Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event
Designer – Christopher Confero
Band: Underground Social Club
Church: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Reception: Ritz Carlton Buckhead
Photographer: Artstar Photography