This wedding holds a very special place in my heart, and I was honored when Rachel asked me to be a part of her day. Rachel and I met through our love of photos (you can check out her amazing work here), but we connected through our shared faith. Never have I met someone so grounded in her beliefs and finding space to dream big. She is such a beauty inside and out. Andrew and Rachel share an incredible love story, full of joy and redemption. And being able to witness that redemption, throughout their relationship, made their wedding day so much sweeter. When I asked Andrew and Rachel what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, they told me "the Gospel being presented and God being glorified as we make a covenant before Him and so many of our family and friends."
Rachel designed and made all of the paper goods, including these adorable sketches of each wedding party member.
When Andrew asked Rachel to marry him, he presented her with the most beautiful ring. The center diamond was from Rachel's grandmother's wedding ring. What a perfect way to cherish family legacy while beginning a new legacy together.
This lovely banner, by Kristen Snow Letters, was featured at the ceremony and reception. How simple and gorgeous!
Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are the hottest trend, but Rachel's girls nailed it!
I'm a sucker for father/daughter moments on the wedding day, and Rachel had the sweetest first look with her dad.
Rachel's bouquet of eucalyptus and baby's breath was stunning and smelled amazing. I think the entire day showcased a simplicity that was perfectly elegant.
Andrew and Rachel opted for a "first prayer." They did not want to see each other before the ceremony but took some time to come together right before they became husband and wife. It was such a testament to the foundation they are building their marriage on.
Andrew's face while his beautiful bride was walking down the aisle had me in tears. Big, fat happy tears.
Immediately after the ceremony, Andrew and Rachel were surrounded by their friends and family, congratulating them in their first minutes as husband and wife. And for a brief moment, they embraced, and they were the only two that existed. Moments like these are what make me giddy about marriage!
Guests were invited to enjoy lawn games, popcorn, and some homemade children's toys after the ceremony. After all, this is what Memorial Day picnics are made for.
Kristin also lettered this gorgeous trellis. I'm thinking of ordering one for myself!
This was such a fun group of people, and Andrew and Rachel are incredibly blessed to have such sweet friends.
Before the reception, I sneaked away with these two for some portraits. These moments are always my favorite. Weddings can be hectic, but taking even a few minutes to soak up your new spouse is always incredibly moving.
Why have just one cake, when your amazing friends offer to bring homemade ones? I may have tried more than one.
Dancing under twinkling lights makes my heart skip a beat.
These guests had incredible dance moves!
Of course, the perfect wedding would not be complete without an epic send off.
Andrew and Rachel, every single piece of your day was perfect. Thank you for inviting me to share in your best day ever. You are both incredible individuals, but I cannot wait to see where God leads you together!
Ceremony Venue: Devou Park
Officiant: Doug Shell of Christ the King Church
Reception Venue: Christ the King Church
Wedding Planner: Ashley Kohl
Cake: Michelle Faust
Lettering: Kristen Snow Letters
DJ: Brian Crone
Catering: Joe Webb
Videographer: Fyrefly Photography
Second Photographer: Everleigh Photography