Snowy Military Wedding in Annapolis | Merrill + John

Navy weddings in and of themselves are pretty epic. The uniforms, the crossed swords…it’s enough to give any girl An Officer and a Gentleman feels! But when all that happens in the snow? Girl, that’s some next level romance.

wedding dress: Allison | photographer: Amy Raab Photography

Which is exactly how things went down for our stunning bride Merrill and her dashing new husband, John. If you’re down for some serious butterflies, read on about this sweet couple’s engagement and snowy celebration at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

“John proposed in June 2014 after we had been dating for nine months. The Navy was sending him to Japan for six weeks and wanted to make sure he left with me as a fiance rather than a girlfriend. He took me to a steak restaurant for dinner. I don’t remember much of the proposal but when John got down on one knee, I said, “Oh no, what are you doing?!”

I had a limited amount of time to choose a dress (we had a eight month engagement), so I knew I’d likely have to purchase a dress off the rack. My stepmom suggested Sabrina Ann, a consignment shop in Ardmore, PA. Allison was the third dress I tried on and the first that fit. I loved her at first sight and I didn’t see a need to try anything else!

Our day was more beautiful than I could have imagined. It snowed, so about ten guests were unable to come, but a lot of people braved the storm and drove to Annapolis. Although it was very cold, the snow made everything absolutely magical! People still talk about our wedding almost a year later.

The one piece of advice I have for other engaged couples is to enjoy the wedding planning process. It’s a significant time in your lives. Don’t stress or fight over small things…it’ll all come together in the end.”

wedding dress: Allison via Sabrina Ann | photographer: Amy Raab Photography | makeup: Behind the Veil  | music : Bay Strings | ceremony: USNA Chapel | reception: USNA Officer’s Club | wedding cake: Fiona’s Cakes

Merrill + John’s Military Wedding Vendors

wedding dress: Allison via Sabrina Ann | photographer: Amy Raab Photography | makeup: Behind the Veil  | music : Bay Strings | ceremony: USNA Chapel | reception: USNA Officer’s Club | wedding cake: Fiona’s Cakes

Snowy Military Wedding in Annapolis | Merrill + John
March 16, 2016 | Category: Lea-Ann Belter Brides | Tags: , , ,

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