Hitched Heroes: Heather Allen + Bernard Hudgens

{2017 Seacoast Hitched Heroes}

Every year, a lucky military couple is selected to be Seacoast Hitched Heroes. Wedding vendors donate their services as a thank you for the military couple’s services. 

Heather and Bernard, winner of the 2017 Seacoast Hitched Heroes wedding, met at a military ball in Manchester, NH. They had an instant connection. “The commonality in our lives was undeniable,” Heather says. “We both have two children, we both love the outdoors and the ocean, we love country music… the list goes on and on. I felt like I found my other half.” Bernard, a sergeant in New Hampshire National Guard, joined the army in 2004 and served two tours in Iraq. “The void I didn’t even know existed was filled by this amazing man that I was lucky enough to stumble across one night,” Heather says.

More than 20 area wedding vendors donated their time and services to make Heather and Bernard’s wedding one to remember. The couple, who wrote their own vows, were marred in an intimate ceremony at the Hartley Mason Reserve at the York Harbor Inn in Maine. Heather’s sons, Brady and Colby, walked her down the aisle; Bernard’s daughter, Abby, was a bridesmaid and his son was a groomsman. Everyone enjoyed dinner and dancing afterwards at Foster’s Clambake, also in York. It was, indeed, a special evening.

Written by Debbie Kane

{the wedding recipe}

Photographer
Sarah Marie Studios

Planning and Design
Love Affair

Videography
Timeless Media

Ceremony Venue
Hartley Mason Reserve, York Harbor Inn

Dress
Madeleine’s Daughter

Calligraphy
Bliss Lettering

Invitation Suite
Portsmouth Invitation Company

Entertainment
DJ Revolution

Ceremony Music
CC Talent PR

Catering
Foster’s Clambake

Florist
Heidi H. Designs

Makeup
JoLouise Beauty

Hair
Hair by Sinclair

Nails
Buff and File Nail Bar

Rentals
Exeter Events and Tents

JP
Mary Carey Foley

Transportation
Regal Limousine

Linens
BBJ Linens

Cake
Confection Art

Wine
90+ Cellars

Photo Booth
Photo Booth Planet

Accommodations
York Harbor Inn