Internet love strikes again! Mike and Keira met through JDate, but timing was not perfect for Kiera who found that she clicked — literally! — with a military man. You see, Mike had just been reassigned to a base in San Diego and was getting ready for a deployment. Meanwhile, Kiera was living outside of Dallas. But they were both looking for other Jewish people to connect with and they were determined to not let the geographies get in the way.
During Mike’s deployment, the couple sent over 4,000 emails and stamped pieces of snail mail to each other. Mike was deployed for four months and arrived back in San Diego where Kiera flew out to meet him for the first time. He had just moved into his new apartment and their first date was to the Navy Ball.
After the Ball, it was obvious that the two had a connection. They flew back and forth between California and Texas and decided to move in together shortly after. But timing wasn’t on their sides again, as Mike was deployed once more and would be gone for 14 months.
With that news brought quick change. Since Mike was going to be deployed for over a year, they decided to have a civil ceremony prior to his deployment. They had already overcome so much and even though they’d be separated by continents, they knew their love was here to stay. They were married in a civil ceremony on February 15, 2008.
The time apart was difficult, but Kiera kept herself busy planning the wedding celebration for family and friends. A lot of thought went into the chuppah and ketubah as they wanted these Jewish wedding symbols to match. The design reminded Kiera of their wedding bands which are two-toned white and yellow gold. And of course, what’s a military wedding without a traditional sword arch at the end of the ceremony?
So many expressions of “thank you” go into this wonderful wedding: Thank you JDate for bringing Mike and Kiera together; thank you to their families for supporting each other during Mike’s deployment; and thank you to Mike who is not only our bride’s personal hero, but our country’s. Thank you for your service!
Mazel tov, Kiera and Mike!
Venue – The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station
Photographer – Jennifer Schumacher Photography
Floral Designer – Ashleigh’s Garden
Bakery – Creative Cakes by Donna
Ketubah and Chuppah Canopy – MP Artworks
Entertainment – Powerstation Events
Yarmulkes – Yarmulkes.com
Groom’s Ring – Irelia Fine Jewelry, LLC
Invitations – Printing on 5th Ave
Tuxes – Men’s Warehouse
Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses- Alfred Angelo