Servicemen and women have always been a group of people that are very near and dear to our heart. Several family members, friends, and loved ones of ours have sacrificed their time and lifestyle in order to serve our country. The people in our life who serve or have served in the military are some of the most polite, kind, thoughtful, driven, and disciplined people we know. We have wracked our brains in a way that we, wedding photographers of all people, could find a way to give back to people who have chosen this as their career path. And then it hit us. It hit us like a ton of bricks, and it seemed so obvious!
A free wedding.
How many times have you heard the stories over and over again about people in the military missing their own weddings or having to reschedule time and time again because of orders? How many veterans do you know who never had a real wedding…they just had to go down to the courthouse because they were going to be deployed soon? How about those who had to get married in a hurry so they could join their spouse on base when they were being sent halfway across the country? Or what about those people who have ever given up hope of getting married or having a fabulous wedding at all because the cost is insurmountable, and there just isn’t enough time? What about those wounded in battle whose entire savings has gone to medical bills?
I don’t know if we can give you an exact answer, but whether you’ve heard it once, or 100 times, it’s too many. These people are the most deserving, hard working, selfless people in our country. They more than most deserve the wedding of their dreams.
So we put our heads together with some of the most amazing people in this wonderful industry, and together, we are making it happen! It sounds way too good to be true, right??? Well, rub those eyes, pinch yourself, splash some cold water in your face, and scream at the top of your lungs. Go on. We’ll wait.
Now that you’re sore, wet, hoarse, and convinced that you are not dreaming, let’s meet your amazing wedding team who is making this possible!
Kate and Bridgett, the two ladies behind Scarlet Oaks Estate, are phenomenal. They both have friends and family members near and dear to them who have served or are serving in the military and they were so excited about the opportunity to help out in any way that they could! They are providing their gorgeous barn that can hold up to 125 of your friends and family for your ceremony AND reception, the estate for cocktail hour, tables and chairs, your bridal suite, places for the both of you to get ready, and use of ANY of their 13 gorgeous acres in Findlay, OH!
The INCREDIBLE April Gladieux-Campbell of Your Perfect Day is one of THE BEST wedding coordinators in the country. This accomplished lady has been featured on the knot, voted the best in our area time and time again, and does it all while looking simply flawless. Her eye for decor is incredible, her knack for planning is impeccable…you simply couldn’t be in better hands. Not only will she be there for you the day of your wedding, she’ll help you stay organized throughout the entire planning process!
(^^^new logo, what????? We’ll get to that in a minute 😉 )
Most of you probably know us, but for those of you who don’t, hi. 🙂 We’re Kent & Stephanie. We’re a husband and wife photography team and we are passionate about people! We will be providing you with your all day coverage on your wedding day, an engagement session, and all of your digital images! And yes. Yes that IS a new logo. Because in 2 short weeks we are rolling out a WHOLE new brand and giving our website a major facelift! But that’s a different blog post entirely. 😉
Brigitta of La Boutique Nostalgie may be small, but she is mighty! So many of the vendors on this list are multifaceted and Brigitta is one of them. Just like April, she does planning, florals, and decor. For your wedding she is going to be focusing all her energy into your florals. We’re talking bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and anything little extras you might need.
Michelle, the owner of Meredith Party Rentals, has graciously offered table linens, overlays, and runners to help you truly personalize your wedding space. She’ll be working closely with April and Brigitta to make sure everything is cohesive and perfect!
Steven has stepped in and generously offered his videography skills in the 11th hour! This guy is INCREDIBLE. Go on. Visit his website. You will be blown away! He’s going to be working right along side of us, providing you with all day coverage, drone coverage (THOSE THINGS ARE SO COOL), amazing sound, a trailer from your big day, online hosting, and more.
Whenever we photograph a wedding, more than 70% of the time, that bridal gown came from Belle Amour Bridal. They are INCREDIBLE. The dresses are gorgeous, and the service is second to none. Michelle from Belle Amour is giving our winner 50% off a brand new wedding dress. Most of those dresses range anywhere from $1200 all the way up to $2700. They are most certainly worth every single penny, but now you’ll be cutting those pennies in half. 😉
As a former marine (though I hear there’s no such thing…once a marine always a marine), Jason was so excited at the chance to give back! He and his team of DJ’s are some of the best in the biz. They can read the crowd, space your evening out perfectly, and make sure no one leaves the dance floor! No matter which one of these guys DJ’s your wedding, you can’t go wrong. Not only are they providing reception coverage, but they’ll do your ceremony music as well!
Signature Scribe & Silhouettes
Laura is an AMAZING artist! She is a calligrapher who will hand design your invitations, response cards, place settings, and any other stationary you’ll need for your wedding day! Talk about having something that’s one of a kind!
Brennan and his team are providing two bartenders, two bars, all your sodas and mixes, cups, straws, napkins…all you need to do is bring the alcohol!
We don’t know about you guys, but one of our favorite parts of wedding day has GOT to be the cake! And Rachel’s cakes are GORGEOUS! You can’t go wrong!
Billie Jo is a FANTASTIC makeup artist. She will work with you to help you realize your vision. And then make it better! Not only will she do your bridal makeup, and the makeup for all your bridesmaids, but she’ll do some super fabulous lashes for you! And trust us. You’re going to want those. 😉
This sweet girl offered her services for you and your entire bridal party!
Should you need an officiant for your wedding day, look no further. Joyce has made herself available if you need her! We have worked with her on several occasions, and she is seriously a class act! One of our very favorite officiants!
So, the only thing that left for you is to enter! It’s pretty easy. 🙂 Here are the steps you need to follow…and every step you do gains you an additional entry, so the more you do, the better your chances!
- Make sure you’re available November 5th, 2016. Because that’s when your wedding is going to be!
- Comment on this blog post (not the facebook page!) with your story! We would love to get to know you! Make sure to include the branch you or your spouse/fiance serves or served in and for how long.
- Follow all of the participating vendors on facebook and instagram by clicking the links! Once you’ve followed all the vendors, come back to the blog and comment letting us know that you’ve done so and we’ll verify!
- Share the giveaway on social media! Make sure you tag Kent & Stephanie Photography for it to count!
- After you’ve done all this, you just need to wait. 🙂 We’ll be drawing the winner via random.org on January 11th!
Super easy, right??? We think so! So to all you active members and veterans, from the bottom of ALL of our hearts: THANK YOU. You guys mean so much to us, and we just want to help in any way we can! Good luck, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!