USNA wedding on the yard

USNA Chapel Wedding and Elegant Officer's Club Reception

It was a hot summer day on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy this June but this couple kept it cool with their elegant look, great attitudes, and lots of smiles! Surrounded by their friends and family and a very fun bridal party, Cara and Carrington’s day was beautiful, meaningful, and (from the looks of the dance floor) a really, really fun time!

Cara and Carrington opted to do a first look moment prior to the ceremony. We always feel this is a great option for couples that want more relaxed timeline to take photos together and not miss cocktail hour. Don’t their relaxed, happy faces say it all? We were in love with this perfect setting that Nikki Schell Photography captured for the moment!

The ceremony was awe inspiring in the large chapel and Cara looked stunning in her elegant, clean lined gown with her floor length veil that was the perfect match for the grandeur of the chapel. The ceremony ended with the traditional sword arch which is something all guests look forward to and is also a lot of fun for the bride and groom!

After the ceremony, the guests then walked over to the adjacent Officer's Club where the reception was being held. Once there, guests enjoyed cocktails and the regal decor of the historic building. The groom opted to change out of his Navy dress white uniform into a classic black tux for the rest of the reception.

Once the party started, there was no stopping this group! The dance floor was packed all night long and the DJ did a fantastic job. The end of the night always comes way to soon, but was made extra fun with a glow stick exit, don’t you love the picture? We sure do!

Cara and Carrington, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day, it simply was our pleasure. Congratulations on a fantastic day!

Nikki Schell Photography

“Our wedding would not have been what it was had I not hired Gina. Gina and Katie saved the day MULTIPLE times on the day of our wedding. From setting up our entire reception, getting family members where they needed to be, bustling my dress, fixing my hair, holding ice packs to my back when it was 96 degrees, and so much more. My husband and family could not stop talking about how amazing they were. They thought of things before they happened and were beyond prepared with things I would have never thought to bring, they also kept me so calm and reassured me when I started to become anxious. Gina even created a timeline and passed it out to the bridal party and family with the timelines being down to the minute. I will never be able to say thank you enough for all they did for me! The best decision I made was hiring them. I have already recommended them to several brides getting married in the near future!” ~ Cara, Bride


Two Month & Day Of Coordinator- Gina of Wedding Savvy

Hair and Makeup - Alison Harper & Company

Ceremony Site - USNA Chapel

Reception - USNA Officer's Club / Naval Academy Club

Photographer - Nikki Schell Photography

Videographer - In Motion Video

DJ - Wroyal the DJ

Florist - Fantastic Flowers

Cake/Dessert - Graul’s 

Bridal Party Transport - Z Best Transportation