Whimsical Air Force Blue and Coral Wedding in Jacksonville, Illinois

Kimberlee and Michael’s whimsical Illinois wedding paid homage to the Air Force with a cheerful coral and Air Force blue color palette.

The couple knew each other for years, pursuing separate relationships with other people, before reconnecting and falling in love. Michael popped the question on a romantic date to Tower of Americas in San Antonio, a unique rotating restaurant more than 750 feet off the ground. “We ate dinner, then he wanted one last picture by the waterfall,” Kimberlee explained. “He was acting really nervous. His parents took the picture, which was actually a video, and he took out the ring and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.”


Personal elements abounded at both the ceremony and reception. A sand ceremony symbolized the bride and groom coming together as one, while Kimberlee teared up at her husband’s thoughtful handwritten vows. At the reception, the Shoe Game provided a moment of levity and a window into the couple’s relationship. DIY projects also proved to be a special part of the day. “The flowers, my mother and father-in-law helped me make,” the bride shared. “Along with our centerpieces and the altar backdrop. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know how our wedding would have turned out!”


What was the most unique aspect of your wedding?
The most unique aspect was the groom’s cake. As my husband was stationed at Shepherd Air Force Base in Texas and I was in Illinois, he wasn’t able to help with much of the wedding planning. I wanted to get him something to feel like he was involved. There were five sides to the cake including the top with all things he loved and that described him. The first side was the Cowboys football logo. My husband is a die-hard Cowboys fan. The second side was a picture of my husband and his mom and stepdad because they play a huge role in my husband’s life. The third side was a picture of my husband graduating Tech School in the Air Force, which is something he is very proud of. The fourth side was a picture of us because I’m his best friend. And the top picture was a picture of his dog who died, and it took a toll on my husband.


What advice would you give to other military brides?
Be patient! Things will get very hard with all the things the military needs. Be there for your husband because it’s just as stressful for him as it is for you. It’s an honor to be a military spouse. Just remember that the military will take very good care of you.


Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Catering: Hamilton’s Catering
Flowers: DIY
Photography: PSPREMIER Photography, facebook: @pspremierphotography

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