A Traditional Ballroom Wedding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One military couple recites their wedding vows at the second-oldest church in the country—followed by a sword tunnel recessional.

Tyler, a decorated Air Force pilot, met Francesca just weeks before he was deployed to Germany—but, the bride says, "when he returned, we picked up where we had left off and we've been together ever since."

It was following yet another deployment that Tyler proposed. As Francesca walked with a friend through Queen Village, Philadelphia—the neighborhood in which she grew up—she spotted Tyler. It was Christmas Eve. "I immediately thought something was wrong, because he was supposed to be spending the holiday with his family in Indiana," Francesca says. "But he took my hand and walked me into Starr Garden Park, which is where we also had our first date, sat me on the swing and proposed."

Photo: Rachel Pearlman Photography