Amber and her fiancé’ Jeff were the recipients of a wedding from Operation Marry Me Military Amber and Jeff were chosen for the Mecklenburg County free wedding this past Veterans Day. This is their story.
On December 21, 2011, Jeff proposed to Amber at his parents home in San Antonio, TX. Because he was loosing the element of surprise, Jeff woke Amber up at 5:00 a.m. by slipping a ring on her finger and asking her to marry him. Amber was suspecting it was coming and Jeff wanted to be sure she would be surprised. Amber said she was very surprised at 5:00 a.m.
Amber’s mother found the Operation Mary Me Military site and encouraged Amber to apply there to win a all expense paid wedding. Amber said she didn’t think she would win but just jotted down what came to mind and sent it in. She wrote about the day she found out Jeff was to be deployed to Afghanistan as well as the fact that Jeff would be gone during her Masters Graduation Ceremony and the big move to North Carolina to wait for his return. She said the move across the country alone forced her to become a better person.
Amber and Jeff are so grateful for winning the wedding. Amber had been finding it very difficult to move, get used to a new environment and job as well as plan a wedding with limited communication with her fiancé’
I had the pleasure of donating the Bridal Session. I also wanted to give a shout out to Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery for donating Amber’s very lovely wedding gown. Here are some of my favorite images from that day.