By Andrea Bosco Stehle | Photographs from Jackson Signature Photography

For Naval Flight Officers Sarah Davis and Eric Gunn, the wedding planning process was quite unusual. After Eric’s proposal on Sandbridge Beach, Va., the military couple planned their big day during many squadron detachments and a nine-month deployment. In fact, Sarah and Eric were only together five out of the 17 months they were engaged! After a whirlwind week spent in Pittsburgh choosing a venue, a few vendors, and a dress, the pair communicated using FaceTime while relaying information to their stellar team back home. “I was lucky to have my mom, sister, and our photographer, Tiffany, help me plan everything while I was deployed for eight and a half months on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf.” Sarah and Eric incorporated Navy traditions, such as a sword arch with their close friends outside of Saint Paul Cathedral following the ceremony, to reflect how close the Navy is to their hearts. At the reception, they shared their first dance to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice. “We picked the song before I left for deployment and when I would miss Eric, I would listen to it and picture myself spinning around the dance floor in my dress.”


VENDORS
Bride’s Dress & Accessories and Bridemaids’ Dresses: The Exquisite Bride
Cake & Donut Truck: Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
Ceremony: Saint Paul Cathedral
Entertainment: DJ Crush (Tony Griffith)
Florals: Lauren Schoch
Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty
Honeymoon: Aruba
Reception: Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas


The bride wore a blush David Tutera gown with a lace overlay and scalloped edge, while Eric donned his dress uniform.

The bride wore a blush David Tutera gown with a lace overlay and scalloped edge, while Eric donned his dress uniform.

“When the last few songs were playing, I looked at Eric and said ‘This is it?! We’re done?’” says Sarah. “He said, ‘No, we’re just beginning!’”

“When the last few songs were playing, I looked at Eric and said ‘This is it?! We’re done?’” says Sarah. “He said, ‘No, we’re just beginning!’”

Sarah and Eric swapped the cake knife set for a saber to cut into their cake, which was comprised of red velvet batter with cream cheese filling, chocolate batter with dulce de leche filling, and white almond batter with chocolate fudge filling.

Sarah and Eric swapped the cake knife set for a saber to cut into their cake, which was comprised of red velvet batter with cream cheese filling, chocolate batter with dulce de leche filling, and white almond batter with chocolate fudge filling.

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