Between fielding in-law requests, avoiding wedding day disasters, and calling in for swift back-up when a vendor suddenly goes AWOL, we're convinced that a bride-to-be could run an army if she wanted. But as crazy and chaotic as wedding planning can be, it pales in comparison to the lives of the actual military men and women who serve our country on the reg. Truth be told, nothing sets our hearts quite so aflutter than military weddings. The moving time-honored traditions, the dashing ceremonial dress uniforms, all the beautiful formality... Sigh. That's why we're saluting our soldiers this Memorial Day with our newest BRIDES video, featuring a heartfelt look back at military weddings through the ages. Forward, march! (And cue the tears...)
We always find vintage wedding photos totally swoon-worthy, but vintage military wedding photos definitely take the (wedding) cake! Between the bride's flirty and flouncy '60s mod wedding dress, the vintage bridal headwear, and the old-school armed forces uniforms, we're giving these retro, romantic military pics the highest of rankings.
But we're also sending off a sweet salute to the modern day military weddings because, guys, these photos are just too darn gorgeous. But one common thread throughout these decades of military "I dos" is the traditional saber arch, in which the pair of newlyweds are ushered into their new life by passing under the raised swords of their military brethren. Y'all know we're suckers for sweet wedding day traditions!
When you think about how many unique sacrifices and obstacles military couples face throughout their marriages — heart-wrenching separations, countless nights spent worrying for their spouse over seas, seemingly endless work hours... — those wedding vows can suddenly take on an even deeper meaning. So salute these military twosomes along with us and check out these too-sweet wedding photos we can't stop fawning over. S.O.S., we're swooning...