Margo and Mike may now be newlyweds stationed in Japan, but their military wedding in DC, captured by Melissa Arlena Photography, celebrated all things Americana. They wed at a venue we haven’t featured before, The National Museum of the Marine Corps, and it was quite spectacular! With a family history with the military wedding, the groom being a Marine himself, a blue and white palette (popped with red!), and a venue celebrating the Marines was the perfect choice for their big day.

Wedding Ring Shot Wedding Invitation

From Margo: Being that my husband is a Marine, we wanted to incorporate our military life into the wedding.  We both had fathers in the military as well.  My husband and I are both very patriotic, so we wanted to incorporate the colors of the Marine Corps but also America in general.  Obviously, red, white, and blue are colors of the American flag, but we decided to focus on the white and blue with just a small pop of red here and there. I wanted everything to be simple, elegant, and clean.  I really like to keep to a color scheme, and I feel like we did just that!

Bride Shoes and Veil

My dress was the second one I tried on.  Being a young bride, I wanted to make sure that my dress fit my age.  I tried on multiple dresses that my family wanted me to try on, but in the end, I had to go with my gut and choose the dress that made me feel the best!

Embellished Wedding Dress Wedding Hairstyle

One small moment that I loved was right after I put on my wedding dress.  My parent’s home has been my home since I was in 5th grade.  Every dance or event that required a dress was experienced in that house.  I have pictures on the same porch swing that I posed on, in my eighth grade formal dress.  It was really important for me to make this day and this dress the most memorable moment in that house.  I went upstairs to my bedroom with all of my bridesmaids; aside from my sister.  After dressing me up, my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew all waited at the bottom of the stairs for me.  We had a “first look” moment that was unlike anything I could have imagined.  It was so special for me to look down at my family and let them see me for the first time on my wedding day, in my wedding dress.

Blue Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Military Wedding The National Museum of the Marine Corps

Virginia Bride

White Wedding Bouquet Virginia Marine Groom

Military Wedding Ceremony

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding Ceremony

We began looking at other dates, and finally, we saw June 2nd.  We decided for sure that we wanted to get married on that date, and we chose it because it is also my parent’s anniversary date.  My husband and I are so happy to be sharing our wedding anniversary with my parents; a wonderful couple to look up to! 

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Weddings

Virginia Bride and Groom

Military Groom and Bride

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Margo and Mike’s wedding:

Venue: The National Museum of the Marine Corps
Photographer: Melissa Arlena Photography
Videographer: Cortney Matz
Floral Designer: Karin’s’ Florist
Ceremony Music: Chris Kim
Reception DJ: Jeremy Winston
Cake: Caroline’s Cakes
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair: Heather Nickens
Bridal Attire + Headpiece: White Swan Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Favors: The National Museum of the Marine Corps Gift Shop

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Photo Credits: Melissa Arlena Photography

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