Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos

Feb 19

Lauren & Alex :: Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos

Focus on the brides Mikella Bridal gown, her engagement ring holding her bridal bouquet during her Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos

Something that is very near and dear to my heart (besides fur babies) is the military; in fact, many of my family members are, or have been, in various branches of the military. So, when I met Lauren and Alex, and incredible military couple, I knew their big day would be classic and full of emotion. Their Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding did not disappoint!

Lauren and Alex’s big day was just the right amount of fall foliage, coupled with classic wedding colors, and topped off with great weather! This military couple even added in some personal touches that warmed my heart. Be sure to check out the photo of what Lauren hid in the layers of her gown, and of course, they had someone near and dear to them and their careers officiate.

The venue for Lauren and Alex’s big day, the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, was an excellent choice. From the outdoor ceremony site, to the hospitality extended by the entire staff, to some picturesque locations throughout the property, the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal is always a great wedding venue.

Thank you Lauren, Alex, your families and friends for allowing me to be a part of such an important day in your lives! I am grateful for you both, your service to our country, and that I was able to document your wedding day for you!

Vendors

Venue: Princeton Marriott at Forrestal // Cake: Cramer’s Bakery // Band: Cherry Crush Band // Floral Design: Petal Pushers // Wedding Gown Atelier: Bridal Suite Boutique // Wedding Gown: Mikaella // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Stationery: Minted // Hair & Make-up: Hello Beautiful Weddings // Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff // Groom & Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse //

Wedding details: the wedding invitation in gold and cream displayed with the bridal bouquet of blush, burgundy and blue florals
Close up of the round diamond solitaire engagement ring and all wedding rings, both his and her diamond bands
Wedding details: the custom vow books for the bride and groom with their rings laid out on the bridal veil
Close up of the brides Badgley Mischka crystal shoes
Full length photo of the Mikaella Bridal gown on display
A tribute to the brides military family sewn into her wedding gown

How did you and your fiancé meet?

Alex and I met in the spring of 2014 through work.  At the time, I was stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Alex was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

I worked in the B-52 System Program Office and I was an engineer and Alex worked as a test director in a test unit at Barksdale.  We were responsible for developing, and testing a modification on the B-52 platform. We spent a few months working on the program virtually and then later that summer, I went to Barksdale AFB to install and test the modification with Alex.  During the summer in Shreveport, Louisiana, it is HOT and HUMID and when you are out on an airplane runway in an aircraft that does not have central air conditioning it is even hotter! I was a hot and sweaty mess crawling around this massive bomber aircraft while Alex waited for the installation to be completed.  Once I installed the new device Alex took over to begin testing.  I distinctly remember  sitting on the floor of this old aircraft and thinking “this guy is pretty nerdy but super cute but I am sure he has some amazing girlfriend that he is about to propose too”.  While I was at Barksdale, our interaction was strictly professional and work related, it was not until after I left did I decide to Facebook stalk him and friend him. 

Slowly our interactions through work became a little more friendly and while he was visiting Tinker in the fall we went on our first unofficial date–I did not realize when he asked me to grab dinner  after-work, that he meant a real date!   After our unofficial date which was at my favorite pizza place in OKC, we continued our friendly chats outside of work and eventually about 2 months later, he asked me to meet him in Dallas for a weekend (Dallas is the half way point between OKC and Shreveport).  The rest is history after our real date night in Dallas!!

Full length photo of the Mikaella Bridal gown on display
The grooms details of shoes, suspenders, watch, bowtie on display
The bride in a pink oxford shirt with her bridal party in white oxford shirts
Full length photo of the bride being helped into her Mikaella Bridal gown by her maid of honor
Black and white photo of the bride putting in her earrings
Black and white candid photo of the maid of honor helping to place the brides veil on her head
Black and white candid of the groom checking out his tuxedo before putting it on
Black and white candid photo of the groom putting in his cuff links
The brides father beams as he sees her for the first time
Black and white candid photo of the bride during prep, hair by Hello Beautiful Weddings
The bride shares a hug with her father after he saw her for the first time in her gown
Black and white full length photo of the bride from behind, gazing out a window. Gown by Mikaella Bridal
A 3/4 shot of the bride, her Mikella Bridal gown details in view, along with her bridal bouquet of greens, blush, burgundy and blue florals by Petal Pushers
Black and white side portrait of the bride as she walks towards her groom for their first look
The first look outdoors as the bride is walking up behind her groom
The bride taps her groom on his shoulder during the first look
The groom sees his bride for the first time during their first look, beaming at her while reaching for her hand
The groom sees his bride for the first time during their first look, foreheads together, hands holding
Close up of the groom kissing his bride on her temple, her bouquet of greens, blush and burgundy florals with bits of blue in view
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos
The bride and groom enjoying a tender moment in one anothers arms during portraits outside
A close up, from above, of the groom kissing his brides temple while she looks down. Her bouquet by Petal Pushers in full view
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos
The bride and groom hold hands while walking away from the camera amongst fall foliage in Princeton
The bride and groom share a kiss during portraits
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos
The bride and groom sharing a smile while holding hands during portraits
Portrait of the bride and groom sitting on a wooden bench in the fall foliage
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos
A fun portrait of the bride in Mikella Bridal looking back at the camera as she walks behinds her bridal party outdoors during portraits
The bride in a gown by Mikella Bridal in a fun photo with her bridal party in black gowns by Bill Levkoff, florals by Petal Pushers
The bride in a gown by Mikella Bridal in a fun, full length photo with her bridal party in black gowns by Bill Levkoff, florals by Petal Pushers, outdoors at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
The groom and his groomsmen in black tuxedos by Men's Wearhouse
The groom and his groomsmen in black tuxedos by Men's Wearhouse
The entire wedding party portrait outdoors at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
Custom welcome to wedding signage
Wide angle of the outdoor ceremony space at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding
Close up of the mixed greens with blush floral decor by Petal Pushers on the gazebo for the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding ceremony
The groom and his best man watch as the bride walks down the aisle
The bride being walked down the aisle by her father
Wide angle photo of the bride and groom during their Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding ceremony
The bride and groom during their Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding ceremony
Close up of the bride and groom holding hands during the wedding vows
Black and white candid photo of the groom during the wedding vows

What did you look forward to most on your wedding day?

Alex and I planned to write our own vows; writing our own vows is important to us because as a dual military couple we know we will face unique moments during our marriage that the average couple may never understand or know.

Black and white candid photo of the bride laughing during the wedding vows
Black and white photo of the bride and groom having their first kiss as husband and wife
Black and white photo of the engaged couple at the entrance to their wedding reception
Wedding details: name card display
Custom signage for name cards
Wedding details: custom signage for cards and gifts set up against a wrought iron bicycle sculpture
In lieu of favor card set against table florals by Petal Pushers
Signage for the guest quilt
A close up of a personalized quilt used as a guest sign in at the wedding
Ballroom at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding with neutral linens and gold chivari chairs
Wedding details: low mixed florals with a candle hurricane holder in the middle by Petal Pushers at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding
Wedding details: gold embossed table number with florals and greens behind it by Petal Pushers
Wedding details: black and clear candle holder surrounded by florals and greens on a reception table by Petal Pushers at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding
The sweetheart table by Petal Pushers with a light gold patterned table covering, unique multicolored candle holders, various florals and a wagon wheel
The sweetheart table by Petal Pushers with a light gold patterned table covering, unique multicolored candle holders, various florals and a wagon wheel
Wedding detail photo of two crystal champagne flutes at the sweetheart table
Close up of the details of the sweetheart table by Petal Pushers with a light gold patterned table covering, unique multicolored candle holders, various florals and a wagon wheel
Unique glass candle holders by Petal Pushers accented with small florals on a patterned table covering in these Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding Photos
Black and white candid photo of the bride and groom entering their wedding reception
The bride and groom sharing their first dance as husband and wife
Black and white photo of the bride and groom sharing their first dance as husband and wife
The bride shares a hug with her father after their dance
Black and white photo of the groom dancing with his mother
The bride and groom share a kiss at their sweetheart table during their wedding reception
Candid photo of a member of the Cherry Crush Band performing during the wedding reception
The bride shares a dance with a guest during her wedding reception
The bride shares a dance with guests during the reception
Guests dancing during wedding reception
Bride and groom dancing during their wedding reception
Three tiered patterened white wedding cake by Cramers Bakery with custom black kissing bicyclist wedding topper
Wedding details: engraved family heirloom wedding cake knife and server with white patterned wedding cake by Cramers Bakery in the background
The bride and groom cut their three tier white buttercream patterned wedding cake by Cramer's Bakery
Photo of all attending wedding in a happy pose
The bride and groom share a kiss inside their Princeton Marriott at Forrestal wedding
Nightime shot of groom kissing his bride for a kiss outside at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding
Nightime shot of groom dipping his bride for a kiss outside at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Wedding

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