Stephanie & Curt have redefined the term 'long-distance relationship". Stephanie is originally from Nebraska and is a First Lieutenant in the Air Force as an Air Battle Manager flying on the E-3 AWACS. She is stationed in Oklahoma and deploying soon. Curtiss grew up in Ballston Spa, NY and he's a Captain in the Army as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, currently stationed at Fort Drum near Watertown, NY. They met one weekend 3 years ago over a game of beach volleyball while they were both in training, Curt at Ft. Rucker in Alabama, and Stephanie at Tyndall AFB in Florida. They will not live together full time for at least another 3 years due to the commitment to their country.
These two were married in a amazing outdoor ceremony on the lawn at Anne's Washington Inn, Saratoga, NY. Due to the long distance, we didn't meet Stephanie & Curt in person until a month before the wedding. But it was clear in that short meeting that there was a spark and comfort level between the two of them.
It was a perfect day for these two families, who all stayed at the Inn, which served as a family reunion, uniting both of the families with Stephanie & Curt's marriage.
Thank you for including us in your day as wedding photographers, and THANK YOU both for your service!
The ladies huddling in the bridal suite.
Stephanie wrote her husband-to-be a quick love note.
Then she asked her flower girl Liv to deliver the note to Curt in the main house.
Curt and his groomsmen gather for a quick photo before the ceremony!
Ring bearer, Aiden, fascinated with Curt's medals.
Curt gifted the groomsmen with these special shirts with wild designs that are hidden until their jackets come off!
Dad's first look at his little girl as a bride.
Getting Mom's flowers fixed just right.
And, Mom-in-law's flowers are set too.
Everyone's ready for the bride!
Especially the Groom!
Curt's first look at his beauty...
Both Stephanie & Curtiss prepared their own vows to each other.
Reverend Neal Relyea officiated the ceremony. A surprise to all after the vows and rings, Reverend Neal proceeded with this exchange after asking past and present military to stand and be recognized. I'll paraphrase: "I have a military background too, and I happen to, at least for now, outrank this young man so I have some orders for him. Soldier! About Face! (Curt faces his friends & family), Right Face!.. Captain..KISS YOUR WIFE!"
"...Captain..KISS YOUR WIFE!"
Reverend Neal counseled them when we were all at the rehearsal, "Be sure you hold the kiss for at least a count of five so the photographers can get a couple of good photos". The count was at least TEN! They're savoring every moment.
The entire wedding party gathered!
Heading inside for the celebration!
Stephanie's sister Jessica with a toast to the newlyweds!
Curt's best friend Shane salutes the couple in his toast!
Stephanie's dad was a big tease, as he describes Curt's positive attributes. He's reading the attributes, but he then jokes with Curt that he couldn't make out Curt's writing in this one spot. Fun and heartfelt words of support for the new husband and wife.
Their first dance included choreography to several songs, making it fun for all to watch!
Proud mother and son dance!
At every wedding cake-cutting time, many guests wonder aloud...are they going to be nice or messy?
Well, we no longer have to wonder.
When all was said and done it looked like this. All in good fun!
Awesome flowers from Samantha Nass Floral Design!
Stephanie & Curt, it was an honor to work with you to provide your wedding photos. Thank you for asking us. We wish the remainder of your service commitment passes safely and quickly so that you can finally settle down and actually live together! :)
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