Matt & Lindsey had planned to have a small Justice of the Peace wedding, originally. When they found out that Matt would be able to come home for 10 days in the middle of September, they decided maybe they could do a bit more. After all, it’d be nice to have the family all together, and a bit of celebration, no matter how quickly it was planned.
And in the weeks that followed, Lindsey & her family put together one of the sweetest, most simply lovely backyard events I’ve ever seen. That way when Matt got home one week before the wedding, they could focus on just being together, instead of running around too much. Because ultimately, whether they’re at the JP or in San Diego on the base or in Matt’s parents’ backyard, it’s just being together that matters. Knowing that they’ve both signed up for years of missing each other while serving their country, they don’t take a single moment for granted. Being together is what matters most… the where and the how are secondary.
There really were plenty of favorite images from this wedding for me to make it a two part blog post… but instead, it’s just one extra-juicy long post. Enjoy!
This is Titus the Dog, and you’ll see him a lot throughout this blog post. He’s Lindsey’s protector while Matt is gone, and he doesn’t ever want to leave her side…
I think the United States Marine Corps uniforms are about the coolest thing in the world. Bad guys should be scared just LOOKING at our heroes!
Oh stop it. You kids are too cute.
Matt’s niece Olive was quite the little darling running down the aisle.
Mr. & Mrs. Gillespie!
There were thick cloudy skies all day long, except for about 90 seconds after the ceremony when they clouds broke just enough to show a peek of blue sky. We didn’t waste it!
All the decor for the reception was a family effort. Mismatched napkins were sewn by Matt’s sister, Lindsey’s grandmother made jellies for favors… just adorable.
Matt & Lindsey, thank you. Thank you for inviting us to share in this amazing day with you, and for celebrating it to it’s fullest potential. Thank you for the sacrifices you both make in service to our country. We pray that the weeks and months you spend apart will fly swiftly and safely, and that the hours you have together are long and full of joy. Congratulations, dears!