You may remember Melissa and Sean from Wedding for Warriors (WFW) in 2012. The experience compelled me to come back for a second year. Well, Jim and Becky Byous, with their loyal volunteers, wowed me again. I cannot thank them enough for the time and effort they put into orchestrating the details. For those who have planned a wedding, think about the effort and multiply that by 20!
If you’re unfamiliar with WFW, they give away free weddings to military service men and women. I’m often asked how I got involved in WFW. In 2009, my sister-in-law married her fiance with the justice of peace because her husband’s orders came for Afghanistan. This coincided with a friend’s son also serving in Iraq. Like many with relatives or friends deployed overseas, I searched for ways to send care packages and to give some small comfort to those who have sacrificed so much. I looked into sending care packages to anonymous soldiers; but because of mailing restrictions, this wasn’t allowed. Frustrated, I felt there had to be something more I could do. And that’s where serendipity stepped in. Stumbling upon WFW, I remembered the excitement I felt when submitting the application. Leaving the reception last night, I felt I was in the right place… and it felt good – really good.
Now – let me introduce you to my couple for 2013. Masuka is a beautiful bride with a striking resemblance to Blake Lively. Eric is a dashing airman with a hint of mischief. Together, they have two adorable and rambunctious sons. I felt privileged while capturing this vow renewal and all its tender moments. Congratulations Masuka and Eric!