Patriotic Engagement Session from Jessica Lee Thomas

Before we start celebrating the 4th of July, we thought to share with you a lovely Independence Day e-session featuring the most sweet couple.  Danny is currently serving our country in the Army, and this session and location was perfect for these two love birds. This session is not only celebrating America’s birthday, but a couple’s love for each other. We LOVE this session and thanks to Jessica Lee Thomas for the breathtaking images. So, before you start the beach/pool parties, or barbecuing, take a moment to browse this amazing session.











From Jessica Lee Thomas

Crystal & Danny’s Love Story Session is one I will always remember. From the representation of their upcoming  4th of July Wedding Day, to the military tribute,  and most of all, the beautiful love these two share… their Engagement Session was perfect in every way. It’s important for me as a photographer to not just capture “photos” for an Engagement Session. Instead, I love to capture a Love Story that represents the two as a couple… and really stands to remind them (in many years to come) of their unique relationship. When Danny & Crystal told me they wanted to have their session on the Queen Mary, I knew it would be perfect. It is not only a symbol of patriotism, but also the backdrop to an incredible wedding on the 4th day of July at Hotel Maya. When Danny showed up in his Army Uniform and Crystal matching in her gorgeous army green skirt, black top, & pumps, I was thrilled! They looked amazing & the Queen Mary was a perfect setting for them. The entire afternoon, Danny was so attentive with Crystal. He was a perfect gentleman. Crystal just radiated with her love of Danny, as they laughed effortlessly throughout the session. When Danny and Crystal took out their over 6 ft. tall American Flag, we captured photos as we celebrated the United States of America and most importantly all those who serve selflessly for our Freedom. We also celebrated the day to come- when the fireworks would light the sky above their venue at Hotel Maya, while these two celebrated being husband and wife with their closest family & friends.

Five July 4th Inspired Wedding Ideas

The 4th of July means something different to everybody. Picnics in the park, barbecues, and of course fireworks, are all memories I’m sure many of us have.  There are so many ways to celebrate this special day on your special day. So I pulled together five great 4th of July inspired wedding ideas:

Let Them Eat Cupcakes: Although you may not want a three tiered red, white, and blue wedding cake, you can however do cupcakes with red, white, and blue icing. You can even place them in clear cupcake boxes. This allows your guests to take their cupcakes home. You have now created an edible souvenir for your guests!

Drink Up: Festive drinks are great no matter the occasion. So why not serve one that will help people celebrate the 4th? Try this 4th of July layered drink, Sobe Pina Colada, Fruit Punch, G2 Blueberry-Pomegranate. It’s not only visually appealing, it’s also delicious.

Dress Code: Give your guests a dress code. Ask them to dress in the colors that represent the 4th. Whether it’s a navy suit, red dress, or a white shoe, it doesn’t matter. Giving your friends this kind of creative freedom may be a little scary. It’s okay to give rules that may help rein in those friends who may take it a little too far. There is such a thing as being too festive.

Kiddie Blankets: If your reception is outside, this tip may be perfect for you. Often times kids aren’t allowed to attend the reception. If by chance you are allowing them to do so, instead of a table for the children, try laying out picnic blankets for the them to sit on. Create a space where they can eat, and make a mess. It’s also helpful for parents who worry about their children spilling on the beautiful tablecloth, or knocking over the centerpieces. This is also great if by chance you’re going to have a fireworks show.

Ending The Night: It’s traditional to throw rice, rose petals, or even blow bubbles. Try bending tradition a little. Give sparklers to your guests to light for your exit. You can then walk down the lit aisle arm in arm with the one you love, and into your wonderful new life that’s sure to be filled with infinite happiness.