A Nighttime Military Wedding at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina
Thera ( 26 and a freelance writer) had a huge crush on Sam (27 and a maintenance technician) during middle school but it wasn't until Sam came back from his second military deployment that the two started dating. After Thera moved to North Carolina and Sam's year employment, the pair got engaged on North Topsail Island surrounded by friends. The couple won a free fall wedding through Operation Marry Me Military, a charity that donates weddings to active duty military couples and quickly began planning their Tryon Palace affair. "Since we won, we were given a few choices as to where the wedding could be," says Thera. "The architecture of the building, the history it boasts and the wrought iron gates are what made us ultimately decide!" Personal touches filled the quirky nighttime affair, including a nod to the couple's ongoing Batman versus Superman debate—Thera opted for custom Batman Converse All-Star sneakers instead of heels and Sam wore Superman shoes to the reception. Pops of coral brightened the navy and gray reception along with silk gladiolus and peony arrangements. "I'm crazy about peonies and Sam loves lilies so we did both," says Thera. "But peonies weren't in-season so we opted for silk flowers and added some amazing coral blooms!"