When I was 18, I left California with, let’s just say, a sense of urgency. It came to a surprise for most people that I would join the military. Heck, it was a surprise for me too. But once I hopped on that plane, I was ready for a fresh start.
Except one thing I forgot, I had an awesome girl who I left behind to. At the time I didn’t think it was a big deal. But bootcamp is a lonely place and you realize that once you’re out in the real world, it’s nice to have someone to share your little spot in the world with.
When Delana contacted me, she was stationed at Port Hueneme, California serving in the Navy as a SeaBee (aka construction engineer). She too had surprised everyone when she left Spokane for the military. And like me, once she graduated school and headed to her first duty station, she had to bring the love of her life to share in her new experiences. So Colton, the heavy metal, guitar slaying, long-haired kid from Spokane left to be with his special lady friend in Southern California.
One thing leads to another, and your getting dressed in your first suit about to exchange your vows with all your family and friends in attendance. And because of Delana and Colton’s backgrounds, there were so many great, talented people in attendance — musicians, artists, storytellers, and just solid friends who grew up with these two and slowly saw the evolution of their relationship.
Aside from the company, the venue and light that we were treated with at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane was amazing. So much texture, light, space and areas for solid photography. I liked it … a lot.
After nearly 20 years of marriage, I look back on who and where I was at Delana and Colton’s age and can’t imagine my journey any other way. It’s a crazy, fun, tough, exciting life and if you don’t have someone to share it with, I’d say your living half a life.
Venue — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
Hair & Makeup — Lindsey D Hair Design
Music — Paul Grove, guitarist
Cake — Marcell’s Cakes
Dress — Celestial Selections
Bridesmaid Dresses — David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit — Men’s Warehouse
Catering — Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute