After being separated almost 8,000 miles and several time zones, during Mike’s deployment, Emily and Mike’s wedding was filled with absolute joy in light of their reunion and most importantly union! This couple, you guys, is just too.much.fun. I think we floated through the 9 hour day on pure smiles and our hearts so full of joy. Their continual giggles with each other, being consumed in their own world as Mr. and Mrs., and their silliness were just some of the things that made their wedding infectious! Their love is unique in that it began with a recommendation by Emily’s mom that she should meet Mike. Although their first encounter did not turn out love at first sight, Emily and Mike found each other growing head over heels for each other as time went on. It’s not often enough that I get to say this…”WELL DONE MOM…well done!” haha.
This wedding was an exceptional family affair. Emily and Mike are both really close with their families and the families are closely knit as well. Together their dads officiated the ceremony, giving charges to their children in lue of a sermon. It was truly touching to have such a personalized ceremony that exhorted these two as they committed their lives to one another! I love the traditions in military weddings, one of which being the way they send off the couple with the Arch of Sabers…so beautiful (and fun). I feel like it represents a welcoming of the Bride into the military family, which is very momentous. All of this took place at the Infantry Chapel on Fort Benning. But before I gush over and over about the ceremony – let me get onto more details about this wedding! This couple chose to do a first look, which we love because of the time they get to share – just the two of them – before the day of festivities ensues! During their first look, they also exchanged gifts…Mike presented Emily with a pair of classic and timeless pearls and Emily presented Mike with 2 wooden bowls that she hand-crafted after many months of working side-by-side her grandfather to learn the family art of turning a bowl. Isn’t that spectacular?! The reception tables were also tastefully decorated with the family’s many bowls – each unique to itself.
After the ceremony we traveled to downtown Columbus, GA and enjoyed some romantic portraits on the Chattahoochee River and then joined the reception at Rankin Gardens & Atrium. The party was nothing less than fun! The dance floor was filled with dancers alike, both professionals (like Emily) and others who simply enjoyed a good time – all which made for an awesome celebration!
Emily and Mike; I know that your life together will be full of laughter, joyful hearts, and silly spirits no matter what the Lord brings you on your love journey. Thank you for allowing us to capture your most precious day – Cheers to the newest Mr. and Mrs. Dabeck!
Reception Venue: Rankin Gardens & Atrium
Florist: Bloomwood Flowers and Events
Cake: Fiesta Cakes
Wedding Planner: Dana Coburn