Christian + Kamile | Naval Academy wedding, Annapolis MD

Ceremony Venue:  US Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, MD
Reception Venue:  Prospect Bay Country Club, Grasonville, MD
Cake:  Meggie's Sweet Escape
DJ:  Travis Cowger
Florist:  Little House of Flowers
Wedding Gown:  Sottero & Midgley

From Christian & Kamile...

If you could pick one moment that stands out to you as the best on your wedding day, what would it be? Kamile: Besides becoming Christian's wife, I think that our reception was the best "moment" because it was such a big celebration. The whole week had been a celebration because of Christian's graduation and commissioning from the Naval Academy, but it was all wrapped up at the reception. It was such a happy time for everyone and we had so many people who were able to travel and join us.
 
Christian: The first for me was the kiss and second was the sword arch. The kiss was special because it's the first official moment that Kamile and I were husband and wife. The sword arch was special because of the military tradition involved as well as us being able to involve some of our very close friends - those who have watched our relationship grow throughout the past three years - in that tradition.

During your wedding planning, what was your vision for your wedding day? Both of us had a vision of a simple but elegant day. We were mostly just excited to get married, so we didn't stress over any minor details and when we made a decision we stuck with it.

Describe any special traditions, personal mementos, or helpful friends/family members who played a sentimental role in your wedding planning or wedding day. The unity sand was a special tradition for us and we chose this tradition to represent our joining together rather than the more traditional unity candle. A special piece we added to our unity sand was a cross at the bottom, representing Christ as the foundation. We had many friends and family, but we were lucky to have two very special contributors to our special day. Judith Cho, a bridesmaid, did my hair and makeup for the day and Megan Chapman made the cake, the cupcakes, and the majority of the decorations!

What made you choose your venue(s) for your wedding day? Choosing our wedding ceremony venue was easy. The Naval Academy Chapel has so much fairytale charm and it really made for the most beautiful ceremony. A huge part of choosing our reception venue was that it was all inclusive. We wanted to have the majority of our planning done by January because we were both finishing our last semester of college, I was going to be busy with lacrosse, and Christian was going to be busy with all of his responsibilities at the academy. The wedding coordinator at Prospect Bay, Monica, made our jobs SO EASY when it came to all the details of the reception. She was so flexible and easy to work with that we were able to have the majority of our planning done when we wanted and we didn't have too much to worry about when it came to last minute details. Additionally, being located near Annapolis, this was a great deal for our budget.

What was your First Dance song? Is there a special story behind it? Our first dance song was "The Longer the Waiting" by Josh Turner. The song describes a sailor talking to his wife about the hardships of being separated while he is at sea. With Christian being in the Navy and with many deployments in our future we felt a special connection to the song.

What was one wedding planning decision that proved invaluable? Staying organized was the absolute best thing we could have done. From the moment we began planning we started a wedding binder that we kept EVERYTHING in. The binder had a section for each vendor we used, to include: Cynthia Rose Photography, the dress store, reception venue, flowers, etc. Even if we were deciding on a vendor to use we had a section for each vendor so we could compare quotes. Having everything organized in it's own section made it extremely easy, especially during our busy times right before the wedding, to locate a plan, receipt, or any other important paperwork we needed to access.