W4W Volunteer Joyce Mackey Poston escorts Lauren Koresdoski to the trolley in front of American Legion Post 135.  Lauren is the wife of Cpl Michael Koresdoski USMC  
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Photos 2012
They Serve Us -- We Serve Them
W4W bride Jessica Griffin rides an Old Town Trolley to her W4W Project ceremony.  She and her husband Spc Nicholas Griffin USA met in high school and married in a court house in Fort Riley, Kansas two weeks before he deployed in 2009.   Photo by Roi Crapse of FILMIT PRODUCTIONS
Spc Crystal Egan USA waits for her trolley ride on the stage of the American Legion Post 135 ballroom.  Next to her are the free bouquets donated by local florists and wholesalers.  They were assembled by floral artists Vicki Sepielli and Annette Jones.  Photo by James Byous Photography
Jill Gonzalez was married in 2006 in a courthouse in Jacksonville, NC "wearing tank tops and flip flops."  She is married to Sgt Joe Gonzalez USMC statoned at Parris Island. Photo by James Byous Photography
Pamy Elton watches as her mother while she poses for a portrait shoot in American Legion Post 135.  Her parents are SSgt Eric and Betty Elton met in Korea and married in 2006.  SSgt Elton said, "We went to a Korean court house where a guy stamped a piece of paper and gave it back and told me 'Done. Go to the US Embassy.'" No one said vows or 'congratulations to the couple,  It was done, they were married. Photo by James Byous Photography
Richmond Hill photographer Beth Smithberger of Cobblestone Photography poses Lauren Koresdoski before her ceremony.  Photo by James Byous Photography.
Jaimi Rickelman is photographed in Temple Mickve Israel prior to her W4W vow renewal with husband SSgt Mark Rickkelman.  The couple was married at a courthouse with two friends present.  They tried to plan a wedding four times but each time deployments prevented a "real" ceremony.  Photo by Shannon Christopher
Rev. Doug McGarity and Cpl Shane Gaugh USMC watch from the alter in Temple Mickve Israel for W4W bride Amanda Gaugh to enter.  The couple was married, "In a park by a notary."  He was wearing a black shirt and jeans, she wore a black and white sundress.  Photo by Shannon Christopher.
Savannah photographer Marcus Baumgartner of Marcus Ian Photography photographs
W4W bride Jessica Griffin. Photo by Jame Byous Photography
Kaye McGee helps a junior birdesmaid with makeup.  McGee is a four W4W event veteran
Photo by James Byous Photography
Diane McCray from Green Palm Inn B&B gets help steaming wedding gowns from Jackie Heinz of the Zeigler House B&B in the ballroom of American Legion Post 135 during the 2012 Weddings For Warriors Project. Photo by Roi Crapse of FILMIT PRODUCTIONS
Gainesville, VA (near Washington DC) photographer Mollie Tobias, left, talks with Weddings For Warriors Executive Director, Becky Byous in the ballroom of American Legion Post 135 on Bull Street.  Behind them hair and make up professionals work their magic on brides and attendants.  Tobias traveled from Pinehurst, NC to cover all four Chatham County W4W Project events over the past three years.
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Brides and their families board a trolley to go to their ceremonies.  Two trolley companies donated travel for the W4W Project this year, Old Savannah Tours and Oglethorpe Trolleys.  Drivers were also provided free. Photo credit James Byous Photography
Rev. Creede Hinshaw chats as the group waits for Lauren Koresdoski to arrive for her vow renewal with husband Cpl Michael Koresdoski USMC, shown at left.  Photo by James Byous Photography
Lauren Koresdoski and her dad get ready to go down the aisle at Wesley Monumental Church.  When W4W site director, Adina Estes, was asked by Lauren's Dad what his role would be once they reached the front of the church. Estes gave a brief explanation and said "....just like you did it the first time." Her dad looked at Estes and said sweetly "I didn't get to do this the first time." Then smiled at Lauren who smiled back.  Estes and and another volunteer, both veteran directors of many weddings, immediately burst into tears. This program blesses entire families since most of the military couples were married in simple "court house" ceremonies, usually without family present.
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A "Brooch Bouquet" made by Jewel Petals of Pennsylvania was donated as a raffle item for the brides of Weddings For Warriors.  The bouquet contains hand-made silk roses and viintage brooches. They were donated by Pennsylvania residents who heard about the W4W Project and wanted to participate. 
Photo by Shannon Christopher.
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Piper Rick Buckley leads the Grand Processional from the Mulberry Inn to the Charles H Morris Center.  Behind is Col Jim Vejar USA (Ret) the Commander of the Scottish American Military Society.  The SAMS honor guard escorted couples across traffic of East Broad Street to the Center. 
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Couples line up in the hallway of the Mullberry Inn where a refreshment area was provided between ceremonies and the reception.  The River Front Marriott was also provided as a refreshment and staging area before the final event of the day.
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Seventeen of the twenty-plus photographers who participated in the 2012 Weddings For Warriors Project.  Over 130 individuals and businesses participated to provide free ceremonies to the twenty couples and 140 of their friends and family members. NO PHOTO CREDIT NEEDED
SSgt Eric Elton USA and his wife Betty Elton cut their wedding cake.  Volunteer bakers provided a "group" wedding cake as well as individual small cakes for each couple.  Photo credit James Byous Photography
The family of US Army Sgt Jorge Ortega and his wife Wylessa enjoy a dance together during the reception for the 2012 Weddings For Warriors Project.. 
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Etta James' song At Last was used for the groups "first" dance one day before her death.  The song has been adopted by the Weddings For Warriors Project as a tradition for the last four events. 
Photo credit James Byous Photography
Twenty military brides and grooms participated in a group "first" dance that was a highlight of the evening at the Charles H Morris Center. Photo credit James Byous Photography
The Scottish American Military Society Honor Guard prepares to present arched swords for couples at the Charles H Morris Center.  Photo credit James Byous Photography
W4W couples wait for instructions about the Grand Procession from the Mullberry Inn to the Charles H Morris Center.  Photo credit James Byous Photography
Piper Rick Buckley leads the Grand Procession past the Pirates House Restaurant.  The Pirates House provided the reception meal along with dessert from Lady and Sons Restaurant.  Photo credit James Byous Photography
All images are available for use with photographers credit when accompanying Weddings For Warriors Project stories..
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W4W bride Jaimi Rickelman in the window light of Temple Mickve Israel in Savannah, GA.  Rickelman and her husband SSgt Mark Rickelman USA, renewed vows in the 2012 Weddings For Warriors Project.  Photo credit Nancy Heffernan Photography
Lutenist Christopher Kohut plays for a 2012 W4W project ceremony in Temple Mickve Israel .  Live stringed instruments were provided free of charge for the twenty active duty military couples who enjoyed individual ceremonies in six Savannah, Georgia facilities.
Photo credit Nancy Heffernan Photography
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Col Jim Vejar USA (Ret) Commander of the Scottish American Military Society Honor Guard orders Spc Matthew Stroh USA and his bride, Tizzy to kiss for entry into the reception at the Charles H Morris Center..  Photo credit Nancy Heffernan Photography
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To view other images from participating photograhers check out their facebook pages listed below.

Roi Crapse Filmit Productions  http://filmit.zenfolio.com/p872782200

Mollie Tobias Photography  http://goo.gl/mWCYh  Photos of the wedding of Capt Jennifer McKay ANG and Patrick Carver.

Shannon Christopher Photography (via James Byous)  http://goo.gl/t9H0a

Jing Gessler, My Memories Photography  http://goo.gl/5Ck0B

Molly Morris Smith Photography  http://goo.gl/RpwfZ

Michael Edde Photography  http://goo.gl/YAagn

Nancy Heffernan Photography  http://goo.gl/Agvld

Gina Nguyen-Lewis Redcoat Media  http://goo.gl/ziFLS

James Byous Photography  http://goo.gl/GHmNw
Most W4W ceremonies are small and private like this one for Lauren and Cpl Michael Koresdoski at Wesley Monumental Church in Savannah, GA. Others have many family members who act as bridesmaids, groomsmen or simply serve as witnesses to the exchanging of vows. Photo credit James Byous Photography
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