She just got out of a relationship, it made Debbie re-evaluate where she wanted to be in both her spiritual relationships and love relationships. Little did she know that a few years later, a Holland State Park wedding was in her future.
At first she didn’t think James was the one. Her friends would always set her up with him, and “conveniently” make double dates but she was dead set on being single. But as time does with many things, he eventually broke down the barriers, and exposed the undying love she wanted to give to that one special person.
She realized she fell in love with him around Tulip Time. They were outside of her aunt and uncles house, and they were trying to find a parking spot. He made a joke, and she laughed as the realization that she was falling in love set in. Quickly changing the subject, they wen’t to go find friends instead of parking, and their relationship grew from there.
Two years later, on January 7th James took Debbie to the new Richmond bridge. The snow fell however so very softly. Quiet and calm it was as the fresh snow sat on the ground soft and white like a winter wonderland. It was freezing she could see her breath, but the warmth of their love could weather even the most frigid of temps. Now James is a history buff, and he started talking about the history of the bridge. He explained to Debbie how the bridge opened up to let passing ships by, and she had a mini freak out. In a panic, she spun around looking for the quickest exit, and as her sight came back to him, he was on one knee. Saying her full name, declaring his love and his inability to live without her, he asked for her hand in marriage.
But the true test of their love came 13 weeks before their wedding day. James, enlisted in the Marine Corps, meaning for the first time in their relationship, they would be forced to spend time apart. Keep in mind, this isn’t a business trip where you can just call your significant other when you miss them, or Face Time when you get a little bit lonely. This is boot camp, meaning their only communication is through writing. And so they did: as often as possible, and whenever possible. Debbie and James had a Holland State Park Wedding on 31 August 2017.
Holland State Park Wedding
Debra’s wedding bands are to die for!
Her bouquet was full of color!
She brought the letters they wrote each other during bootcamp.
Her shoes were appropriate for a beach wedding.
While Debbie was getting ready, her brides maids enjoyed a glass of Moscato.
Meanwhile, Debbie was getting pampered by the wonderful Violeta.
After her hair was done, they enjoyed each others company and shared some laughs.
A dress fit for a princess.
The details of the beautiful belt
Debbie’s mom zipped up her dress.
They shared some tears and a group hug!
Meanwhile, across the city of holland, James and his groomsmen prepared for the big day.
The officer… The Gentalman.
We arrived at the beach as the sunset began.
Look at that glow!
Debbie’s grandpa walked her down the aisle with someone to guard his steps close behind.
The lighting during the ceremony was a photographers dream!
After the ceremony: we ran for our lives to savor the remaining light of the sunset
Off to the reception:
Debbie’s love for modern and clean shined with her decorations and place settings:
I’ve known Debbie for years, and James just brings out a side of her I’ve never seen!
They cut the cake…
And had a cake fight!
But revenge is oh so sweet!
As the festives’ came to a close, they signed their marriage certificate!
I’m going to end with this photo, because it symbolizes the start of the adventure, and many to come!
Special thanks to all those who made this day come together:
Wedding Rings: Rogers and Hollands
Engagement Rings: Kays
Cake: Alexandra Evans
Event Design: Unique Linens
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Danity Jewells
Groom’s Attire: USMC
Wedding Dress: Renee Austin
Rentals: Redi Rentals
Catering: Ryke’s Catering
Florals: Hope Dahlias
Seamstress: Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialist
Hair: Violeta Salas