Dakota and Lindsey have a love that has lasted despite years of distance as Dakota went to a military school hours away from Lindsey. Their love is effortless and should be a reminder that good things come to those who wait. I could not have been more excited than to both be in their wedding and to film it.
Lindsey and I have known each other for a long time as our families have always been friends. We lost touch throughout the years because we went to two different schools in neighboring towns. Dakota and my boyfriend, Matt both attended Virginia Military Institute. At the first Winter Military Formal that I attended, I was so happy to see Lindsey there with Dakota. It came as a total surprise because neither Dakota or Matt had filled us in about who the other was bringing to the dance. During those next four years, Lindsey and I shared car rides down to Virginia, danced at all of the formals together, and became closer than we ever had been before.
When I found out that Dakota asked Lindsey to marry her I was ecstatic for them. I instantly called Lindsey screaming after seeing the post on Instagram. The next time we traveled down together to VMI she asked me to be a bridesmaid, a true honor. I not only said yes to her for being in the wedding but also for filming their wedding.
The day of the wedding was a gorgeous, warm Summer day. We started the day at a hair salon and headed to her Mom’s house to finish our makeup. The ceremony was held in the glass chapel at the University of Pitt-Bradford. It was the perfect place for Dakota and Lindsey to exchange their vows to one another. The reception was held at Carter’s Event Center in Allegany, New York. Lindsey decorated the reception hall perfectly. As the DJ started playing, all of us bridesmaids began to dance the night away singing to Beyonce, Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls.
I think what stood out to me the most about this day was the amount of love Dakota and Lindsey have for each other. When they look at each other you can see the passion in their eyes. and their vows express how much they truly care for each other. A few days before the wedding Dakota wrote on Lindsey’s shoe as a way to surprise her on their wedding day. Little did he know that the lyrics he quoted from a song was the same song that she chose to walk down the aisle to – can you say meant to be or what?
Dakota and Lindsey love each other for who they are, not who they want each other to be. Their love empowers them to be better each day. There is no doubt that their love will guide them to success, happiness, and a long-lasting marriage. I cannot wait to watch as their love story unfolds. I wish you both the best my dear friends!
Hannah Marie Tree