Mr. & Mrs. Petersen: Burkburnett Red, White, and Blue USMC Military Wedding

When Wren asked me to be her wedding photographer, I said yes immediately. Not only because her groom is a Marine and I’ve been dying to shoot a military wedding, but because Wren and I go way back. I’m talking middle school way back! We were in band together, we had sleepovers with our other BFF’s, we played mud volleyball together, and we had a notebook to pass notes in during class. She’s such a funny, amazing friend and when I heard she and Kyle were getting married, I couldn’t be happier!

Kyle is in the Marines and they are currently stationed in California, but both of them are from Burkburnett, so where better to have the wedding? The two tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the First Baptist Church in downtown Burkburnett and then moved the party across town to the Burkburnett Community Center for dinner and dancing. My jaw dropped when I saw the inside and how gorgeous it was. Growing up in Burk, I’ve attended many events at the Community Center, and this was one of the prettiest. There were tall floral arrangements accenting the Bridal Party table, the most beautiful roses in glass cylinders with glowing white candles floating on top, custom painted toasting flutes for the Mr. & Mrs., and a stunningly sweet wedding cake with a Marine Groom and Bride cake topper. The details were stunning. My favorite part of the whole day, though, had to be the First Dances. Wren and Kyle are perfect for each other and were grinning ear to ear all night long. Wren’s dance with her Mom… I’m not going to lie, I was crying a lot. Wren’s Father had passed away suddenly a few weeks before the wedding, so I know she was holding on to her family a lot closer. It was so emotional for everyone in the room and honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Towards the end of the night, I stole the couple away so we could get sunset portraits at the park next door and oh my… they’re some of my favorite portraits. You’ll just have to see for yourself!

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I LOVE that Wren and Kyle wanted to do a “First Touch” before the ceremony. It’s such an intimate moment for the Bride and Groom, but it doesn’t break that tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony. And look, the reaction is still beautiful!

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Wren: Thank you for being an awesome friend through the years! You looked absolutely stunning!

Kyle: THANK YOU so incredibly much for your service to our amazing country. Thank you for making Wren the happiest I’ve ever seen her.

To You Both: Thank you for trusting me to capture your love. Your wedding was beautiful and perfect. May you two be blessed with lots of love, laughs, and a lifetime together. I hope you’re enjoying that California sunshine!

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