It’s here! It’s here! Read all about it! 😉 You are going to just love these highlights from Leah and Zach’s Georgia Fall Military Wedding at Roswell Mill! But first, here is a little back story. We first met Leah and Zach when shooting their Snowy Alaska Engagement Session this past year in a near white-out snowy situation. To read about how Leah and Zach got engaged and see those frosty photos, including our beloved snowflake ring shot later made into a postage stamp and featured below on Leah and Zach’s Invitations (YES it was a REAL snowflake!), be sure to visit that post here.
After Leah and Zach’s Engagement Session, we met for coffee to defrost and chat about their upcoming wedding in Leah’s home state of Georgia. We instantly felt connected to them due to our love of Alaska, our dogs, and being military families. It was really refreshing to hear how they were tackling moving to a place as unique Alaska (even on separate orders – so they were lucky ducks to end up together way out in AK!), buying a home, and getting out and enjoying runs and hikes even in the snow and then planning some lengthy killer bike rides for the summer! Bryan and I couldn’t have been more happy when they decided to have us photograph their wedding, and we soon learned that Leah equally loves breakfast ( I do believe that wine and breakfast played a role in Zach winning Leah’s heart hook line and sinker! ) as much as she and Zach enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Before our move out of Alaska, Leah and Zach were super sweet and had us over for a cookout, at which I learned I LOVE brussel sprouts 😉 …but enough about me and how I love brussel sprouts and Leah and Zach….
It was finally here! The long awaited wedding day! Bryan and I pulled up to Leah’s beautiful childhood home and had the pleasure of meeting Leah’s parents, sisters, sister-in-law-to-be and great friend Kaitlyn. Leah chose classic, elegant details that came together perfectly!
Leah bought a pre-owned gown (her something old, AND Oh my gosh you will LOVE it when you see it!!) and found this handkerchief in the pockets. This became her something borrowed. It’s funny how things work out! 🙂 Leah – your sisters helped me confirm some details (Thanks so much Brenna and Maddie!!!!!)… and we weren’t quite certain which your something new was – but there are lots of pretty new things to choose from! It could be those elegant shoes, sparkly jewelry, silky clutch, or that fancy new wedding band! 🙂
For Leah and her Dad’s first glance, he waited in the yard while Leah walked out onto their front porch where her Daddy could see his little girl all dressed in white!
There are no words for the way a father must feel watching his little girl become a bride, but I know how a daughter feels, and there is no one who loves you and holds you up on a pedestal like your Daddy…and Mr. Bocinsky’s eyes were full of excitement and joy as Leah walked down to give him a hug.
There is also such a bond between a mother and her daughter. Mrs. Bocinsky and Leah’s sisters helped plan much of the wedding since Leah was in Alaska, and Mrs. Bocinsky’s eager delight grew as each moment brought Leah closer to the perfect beautiful day she so long had wished for her daughter.
Let’s all take a moment to BE JEALOUS of Leah’s Wedding Gown, outfitted with pockets!!!! HANDY right?!?! The options of what important purse items to stuff in there are endless!
Leah was calm, cool, and collected…and absolutely drop dead gorgeous, but in a way where you feel like you need to ask her “Do you know how beautiful you look?” because she never seems to think twice about it! 🙂
After everyone was ready, we headed to the Roswell Mill.
Leah is a Captain in the U.S. Air force, and Zach is also a Captain in the U.S. Army – both in the medical field. Being the Military groom that he is, Zach rocked his Army uniform and waited or his beautiful bride to meet him on the bridge.
Zach’s expression was pricless. He took a moment to just admire Leah. He later told me he had it all in his head, and Leah totally surprised him with her wedding gown and bridal details in the absolute most beautiful way.
I must add, Leah and her girls made their bouquets. THEY MADE THEM! I was absolutely amazed at their craftiness, and that they all came together so perfect as if they were right from the florist.
Here is a close up look at those cute Bridesmaids clutches!
Leah and Zach’s wedding ceremony was at the St. Thomas Acquinas Catholic Church. The church was stunning, and everyone was eager to see them say I do!
Leah and Zach’s Reception was held back at the Roswell Mill which was the perfect place to visit with and celebrate with everyone!
Being both military and having loved ones who served, it was important for Leah and Zach to honor the military service members past and present at their wedding.
Also, being the coffee lovers that they are, it was important to have some good brew for the night.
Leah’s Dad admittedly gave the longest speech ever, and had everyone laughing and loving the moment…followed by a sweet speech from Zach’s younger brother Eric.
Leah’s siblings then got up and surprised Leah with some hilarious tips for Zach on “living with Leah” – all fond and funny memories they had of living with their sister.
Something I love about Zach is his way of rolling with the punches. He and Leah had everyone laughing as he never missed a beat and addressed each toast that was made in a humorous and sentimental way!
This Army and Air force duo cut their cake in style with the best utensil on hand – a saber! If you know Leah and Zach, this won’t even surprise you! 😉
Leah and Zach quite possibly had the coolest get-away vehicle. EVER. When making their exit surrounded by nothing less than American flags, Leah and Zach hopped in a motorcycle and side car as everyone waved their flags and wished them well as they headed off into the night!
Congratulations Leah and Zach! Bryan and I wish you both all the best! We hope you are having a blast on your honeymoon in Hawaii and that your first Holiday season as a married couple is beautiful and unforgettable in Alaska!
Bryan and Brittany