No matter how many weddings I photograph, my heart beats out of my chest when the bride glides down the aisle towards the eager groom. That is a powerful moment, and it never gets old. For the past six years, Rachel has been my dear friend, and I’ve prayed for her husband for years, before he was in the picture. Needless to say, I wiped back tears when she walked towards Alex—whose face was beaming with tenderness. The couple’s joy was contagious, and it was evident that they savored each moment. Homemade touches were sprinkled throughout Rachel + Alex’s rustic, outdoor wedding. Rachel has a reputation. People (including myself!) are in awe of Rachel’s creative DIY abilities. For starters, she MADE snazzy bow-ties for each of her nephews. The bouquets were also DIY: mostly handpicked flowers from Rachel’s garden. To hold the rings in the ceremony, she made a wooden box that said “Mr. and Mrs.” And don’t miss her hand-painted donut sign below (just wait!)
The wedding day was just so personal, and so many people contributed. Esther (Rachel’s sister and MOH) made the bridesmaid dresses! Leah (friend and bridesmaid) did an impeccable job on the bride + bridesmaids’ hair. Artistic friends helped construct the burlap arbor and various reception details. I also had a blast with this particular bridal party, and I love that a lot of family members were included: the bride’s sister and niece and the groom’s brothers and father.
Ok, enough gabbing—here are the photos from a marvelous wedding at the Old Summer House in Lancaster, PA.
For the millionth time, I LOVE first looks! You can't fake this emotion. Alex must have been practicing his GQ face in the mirror. He's a natural! The bride made a unique bow-tie for each of her nephews. I'm still smiling about this special detail!Such a sweet moment before the ceremony: her youngest nephew ran to her with delight. Stop it, guys! You're stunning! "Uncle Alex, here comes your girl!"An emotional walk down the aisle: each of Rachel's nephews walked her part-way, and her father completed it Kicking off the ceremony with some praise + worship Guess who made these pretty things for the sweet-heart table?! Yep, the bride and her sister! I mean SERIOUSLY. Guests snapped and signed polaroids as the guestbook...such a neat way to remember the day Thank you to the groom for finding these delectable donuts (in lieu of a wedding cake). AND an ice-cream sundae bar. My sweet tooth was happy!