In 2007, Rev. Christopher Tuttle received a call from a panicked Marine who wanted to get married. Seems he and his Bride had already secured their marriage license and Officiant and were devastated to learn they were being left stranded on the beach. With this being a holiday Monday, unable to get married by the base Chaplain and the courthouse closed they were indeed in panic mode… They had heard that Elope to San Diego offered a military discount for elopement services and asked for assistance. Rev. Christopher shared his rate and instructions over the phone and agreed to meet them last minute at the beach before sunset to help it all come together.
That is when the magic happened; his epiphany! Following their romantic ceremony Rev. Christopher didn’t accept the Marine’s payment. He simply said “I always enjoying Serving those that Serve us so let’s consider this a “Military Monday”, Semper Fi Marine!”.
That’s when “Military Mondays” was born and, from that very day, literally hundreds of military couples from around the world, from all branches of military service and of various ranks have been provided their elopement service at NO COST as a way to continue Serving those that Serve us!
In November 2015, Vows From the Heart celebrated it’s 500th FREE Military Mondays Celebration!
A San Diego couple is paying it forward, vowing to serve local veterans by helping them exchange their vows free of charge. In fact, Monday marked a major milestone. They officiated their 500th military wedding bayside at sunset on the grounds of the Bali Hai.
The husband and wife team that helps these heroes get hitched has a remarkable story of their own. San Diego 6’s Laura Cavanaugh introduces us to two local wedding chaplains and their selfless journey to serve those who serve us.
The Tuttle’s have been performing Military Mondays since 2007. It is open to all branches of active duty military. Over the last five years, the chaplains, along with their team of wedding vendor volunteers, have donated more than $387,000 to local veterans. To find out how you can connect and help them help you say “I do,” log on to www.militarymondays.net
In February 2016 and 2017, Vows From The Heart celebrated Oceanside Valentine’s Week with FREE mini weddings for our military Brides and Grooms.