Mission Wedding 2013: Laura & James

Mission Wedding is an event to honor and thank our military service men and women. The Kendall Plantation and Haute Weddings have joined forces to host a wedding for a military service man or woman.

Valued at over $60,000 MISSION Wedding will include all the wedding details for 150 guests donated by some of the most respected wedding vendors in San Antonio. Our goal is to reach active duty military and honor him or her with the wedding of their dreams. 

This year's most recent recipients were the Ochoa couple, Laura and James.


Bride and Groom during the rehearsal dinner with their personalized Mission Wedding T-shirts

Bride and Groom during the rehearsal dinner with their personalized Mission Wedding T-shirts

A few questions were asked in the submission form and here's how the couple got engaged and convinced us as to why they should be selected for Mission Wedding:

How did he propose?

While on a military sponsored vacation in Ireland, we made a stop at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. We climbed the cliff side, reaching a beautiful scenic overlook of the ocean. Surrounded by this exquisite beauty, James got down on one knee. He told me about how he had searched his entire life for someone as wonderful and special as me. He told me that he has never loved anyone as much as me and wanted to spend the rest of his life trying to make me as happy as I make him. I was speechless, covered my face and began to cry. A crowd had formed around us but I saw only him. It was the most beautiful and romantic moment of my life. How could I say no?

Why should you be considered for Mission Wedding?

After deploying to Iraq for 15 months as a combat medic, James attended the Army’s license practical nurse (LPN) school in San Antonio, Texas. Around the time James graduated with honors in 2010 from his LPN program, I was graduating from Purdue University, becoming a registered nurse, and getting commissioned as an officer in the Navy. Both James and I headed off to Washington D.C. where we first met during the historic merging of the two military medical centers in the area, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and The National Military Medical Center Bethesda. It was there at the newly combined hospital that James and I fell in love while caring for those wounded in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We deserve to win this wedding because we have made both emotional and physical sacrifices not only fighting for our country but also caring for those who have been injured doing so. Thiswedding would give us the ultimate chance to express our love in front of our friends and family who we rarely see because we are stationed so far away from our homes. James’ next duty station is at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. We will be moving there in September and we would like our wedding to take place in that area because James was born in Texas and all his family still resides there. Being dual military and having had the responsibility of taking care of our nation’s wounded warriors has been very challenging but also very rewarding. Currently we have moved on to working in other areas in the hospital but our time spent getting to know one another while treating our nation’s heroes will always hold a special place in our hearts. It would be our honor to represent our military service branches if we won this wedding.

After receiving their submission we knew Laura and James were worthy and wanted to make them our Mission Wedding. Here are Laura's bridal portraits that started our wedding planning journey with this couple.



This is just the first of Laura and James Mission Wedding blog post series introducing you to them and letting you follow them on their journey to wedded bliss with photos and vendor contributions that went into making their big day so special! Stay tuned for the next blog post in this series coming soon...

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