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Sean & Holly Andino
June 29, 2019

How We Met: Sean and I met through the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) at a conference in June 2015. We were still in college; he was studying mechanical engineering and in Navy ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and I was studying nursing at UAH. Although I wasn’t too eager to begin a long-distance relationship during my senior year, Sean knew he wanted to marry me the night we met! After much pursuit on his part, including many prayers and handwritten letters, we began dating in September 2016.

The Proposal: My family goes to Stone Harbor, N.J., for our beach vacation every year, and I always do a sunrise walk on the beach the last morning we are there. I thought Sean was in Florida for Navy pilot training, but he had managed to surprise me by coming to Stone Harbor! As I walked onto the beach, I saw him down by the ocean waiting for me. My heart leapt; I knew immediately why he was there. He didn’t propose for quite a while as we watched the sunrise together. Afterward he dropped to one knee and popped the question, and I very quickly said yes! It was so romantic and in such a special spot for me because of all the childhood memories I have there.

Favorite Moment/Special Details: Our wedding day was filled with special details! We were married in the same church my parents were married in, by the same preacher, and my parents also had a military wedding – though my dad was Army, not Navy, which is quite the rivalry in the family now! One of our favorite moments was our first kiss, which we had saved for our wedding day. Although I was naturally anxious, saving our first kiss was a physical representation of our vows and a symbol of our purity to one another. We both agreed it was the right decision for us! Another favorite moment was the salute exchanged between Sean and my dad after he walked me down the aisle. From one military man to the next, it was a way of conveying respect and honor to both me and my dad.

Meet the Team
Venues: Central Church of Christ/The Ledges
Officiant: Allen Wright
Photography: Gari-Ann Kia Photography
DJ: Metropolitan Disc Jockey
Florist: The Petal Pickup
Cakes: Old Vienna Bakery
Hair and Makeup: She Is 
Wedding dress: David’s Bridal
Stationery: Salt and Paperie
Rings: With Clarity and Kiefer Jewelers
Ceremony music: Molly Knickerbocker
Event rentals: Mullins Special Occasions