Real Wedding: Rachel + Dale
Imagine a feel-good romantic comedy movie, add some genuinely heartfelt moments and give the wardrobe a serious upgrade, and you have a peek into the fabulousness that was Rachel + Dale’s wedding.
Theirs is a classic love story: the two met at a wedding of mutual friends, Dale asked Rachel to dance, and the rest is history. When I met them last April, they had just booked King Plow which was a perfect setting for their day. Rachel had a vision from the beginning, and helping her execute it was so much fun! All of the images in this blog post were artfully captured by Kaitie Bryant, about whom I can’t say enough wonderful things. Check out her work!
Plenty of candlelight, blooms in shades of soft pink and cream, and touches of burlap came together for a look that was very romantic, delicate and just a bit rustic. The bouquets, which were repurposed as reception centerpieces, were created by a friend of the Bride’s family.
Some of my favorite images from the day are Rachel dressing. You can see on her face how excited she is to get married! There were no nerves, just joy pouring through every person in the wedding party.
This wedding was all about the details, and possibly the best detail were Rachel’s swoonworthy Kate Spade shoes.
I adored the bridesmaids dresses from Etsy. The color was a halfway point between seafoam and mint, and they were just perfect with the neutral decor of the ceremony and reception. Rachel decided to do a First Look with her bridesmaids and it was a highlight of the day! How darling are their expressions seeing the Bride in her gown for the first time?
After some photos with her girls, it was time for Rachel’s First Look with Dale.
I’m always really grateful for photographers that capture emotion like Kaitie did here. Are you as in love as I am with that rhinestone and crystal embellished bow on Rachel’s dress? Another perfect detail!
The Bride and Groom planned an 8pm ceremony, which was a lovely change of pace from the typical Spring wedding. As night fell, dozens of candles were lit and guests arrived, relaxed and cheerful as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
Music was at the heart of this ceremony, and not just any music. For years before the wedding, Rachel had envisioned her bridesmaids and herself walking down the aisle to the same track, a gradual build up of music with the Bride’s entrance at the crescendo. No pressure on the wedding planner! Getting the timing perfect for Rachel’s entrance is one of my proudest moments. Luckily, Jimmy handled all ceremony music and sound for EEP Events so we worked through the logistics as a team.
While guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, I snuck Rachel and Dale into their reception space for a private room reveal. In this photo, they’re pointing at Jimmy who started playing their first dance song when they entered the room. A private first dance practice is never a bad idea!
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