Where do we start this story? Is the setting in West Point, New York where Richard and Mallory were first introduced by family friends? Is it Washington, D.C., Mallory’s home city and the place where I first met this incredible pair? Do I mention that their own personal style of love is so sweet, genuine and inviting that it makes new friends feel as though they’ve known these two since way back in the day? How about we start in Hubbard, Texas: Richard’s hometown and the place where he asked Mallory to spend the rest of their days together. In fact, Richard tells the story so well, I’ll let him take it from here…
“The day before New Years Eve, Richard took Mallory out to his Grandfathers land to go her fishing. They fished for a while and of course had no luck because it was the beginning of January and a cold windy day. Richard knew they wouldn’t catch any fish, but Mallory didn’t know that so he knew she wouldn’t be too suspicious. After not catching anything for a while Richard said they should change their bait out. While down on his knee, he reached into his tackle box to seemingly get out some new bait, but pulled out a diamond ring instead. He asked her to marry him right there on the banks of the pond where he had been so many times before. She said yes and Richard put the ring onto her finger. Completely together in a field off a gravel road near Hubbard, Texas, their two lives became linked. Exactly where Richard had grown up, Mallory and Richard started their lives forever.”
Oh, do you have something in your eye, too? Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute to compose yourself after that sweetness.
I can’t imagine a more romantic proposal, and knowing the next part of the story just makes it so much more wonderful. Though they started the journey just the two of them in Richard’s hometown, they took the next step and said their vows surrounded by their friends and family in the place where Mallory grew up. Army-Navy Country Club—a fitting venue for two active members of the Army—was filled to the brim with stunning light and handmade details that Mallory had created herself (check out those vintage frames that she spend hours painting!). Mal and Rich, you two have something really really special, and it was such a joy to see your love through my lens. I wish nothing but the absolute best for you both in this new chapter!
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Rainey
Mallory got ready for her wedding day in the same room where her mother’s bridal portrait hangs. Something special.
How about Mal’s gorgeous Casablanca Bridal dress??
Those perfect pearl earrings? Mallory’s moms’! Love a good “Something Borrowed.”
Admiring their beautiful friend!
GAH! Mallory!! I knew you’d be a beautiful bride but this is exquisite!!
Meanwhile, Leslie was over hanging with the guys!
Richard literally could not keep his eyes off his bride!
MARRIED!!! (Can we get a sabre arch at every wedding??)
Not even a week ago I was wishing for a wedding with a vintage car… Dreams do come true! ;)
I just adore y’all.
Models. You two are straight up models.
One of my favorites!
Such a fun bridal party :)
And then my heart fluttered away…
Army-Navy knows how to throw a gorgeous party.
The perfect signature drinks!
Sabre cake cutting… So good!
Rich’s patriotism runs really deep :)
All I’m saying is that Army folk know how to throw a great dance party.
The most epic of bouquet tosses… that got caught in the chandelier!
Congratulations, Mal and Rich! And thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the incredible folks who made this day such a beauty!
Venue » Army-Navy Country Club
Church » Trinity United Methodist Church
Wedding Gown » Casablanca Bridal, Style 1995
Bridesmaids’ Dresses » David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup » Makeovers On Call
Florist » Melle Fleur
Caterer » Army-Navy Country Club
Bakery » Cakes By Design
DJ » Superlative Events, Brian King
Stationery » David’s Bridal
Second Shooter » Leslie Maron Photography