Doug + Malary
Well, my little sister is a married woman.
This was hands down the most special wedding that we've been a part of and will be for a long long time.
BUT FIRST......a little back story:
Growing up my little sister and I most definitely did not get along. We fought like cats and dogs almost every time we were in the same room together. She would play the copycat game and I would get mad, she would play the "I'm not touching you" game and I would smack her. She stole my clothes, lied about it and completely 100% drove me CRAZY. It was your typical annoying little sister life. ;) And actually, things stayed this way up until a few years ago (HA).
As the past couple of years went by, things quickly changed. After I got married and moved out we weren't living under the same roof anymore and our relationship completely shifted (almost overnight). We both realized that we actually did love each other, we just never wanted to admit it. Malary became one of my favorite people and best friends. We spent more time together after living 30 minutes a part than we did when we lived 12 feet from each other. She's hilarious, strong, a blast to hang out with, thoughtful, a great listener and overall just a solid person. I'm so beyond proud of the woman that she has become and I couldn't be more thankful for how far we've come since we were younger.
That is why this is the most special wedding we've ever done.
// T H E I R S T O R Y :
While Malary was working at Disney's caribbean beach resort she befriended a girl named Allondra, who just happened to have a cute twin brother....(see where this is going?) Malary and Allondra started hanging out and going to disney + movies together with said twin brother. Sure enough as time went on Malary and Doug couldn't stay away from each other, the only problem was.......both Doug AND Allondra were getting ready to head off to basic training for the US Army.
Over the next couple of months Malary and Doug wrote letters to each other several times a week counting down the days until he got a chance to come home. After a while apart, Doug got the chance to get back to Orlando for Christmas. They spent every minute they could together for those few weeks and right before the new year, Doug proposed to Malary at their favorite spot in the park... where they had spent a lot of time together before he left.
So I'm sure you already know, but things are very unpredictable when it comes to the military. They didn't know where Doug would be, when he would be there or when they'd be able to get married.....but they knew they wanted to be together. Long story short, they found out that Doug had been stationed in Hawaii (uhhhh....ALOHA!) and that he'd have to be there by the first week of May. The planning went into full swing as these two prepared for their late April wedding.
The day finally arrived and it couldn't have been more beautiful. They chose to say their vows at our grandparent's property in Powder Springs, Georgia. We spent the majority of our childhood here and have so many sweet memories of this place. It was the perfect setting for a dreamy ceremony.
Mal & Doug loved every minute of their day, went back to orlando to pack up their belongings and have just moved out to Hawaii for the next few years. It was definitely a bittersweet goodbye....I'll miss them like whoa, but I'm so excited for them as they start this crazy adventure of marriage.
Malary asked me to be a bridesmaid for her big day, but she really wanted Danny and I to shoot the wedding as well. Let me just tell you.......Danny absolutely KILLED his first time being the lead photographer for a wedding. He handled so much of the day with ease and I'm so stinkin' proud of how far he's come in such a short amount of time. A lot of experienced photographers would be too nervous to take on a wedding and he did such an incredible job!
// V E N D O R S
Venue: The Austin's - Powder Springs, Georgia
Dress: David's Bridal
Cake: Publix Bakery
Flowers: Store bought and arranged by Malary Collazo
Signs/Centerpieces/WoodDecorations: Travis Brumbelow (Father of the Bride...aka my Dad)