rachel & matt {rockwood manor wedding}

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One of the things I love to hear about when I am meeting with a couple for the first time is how they met and started dating – the early parts of their romance!  It actually rained on the first three dates Rachel and Matt had together – so it was only fitting that there were a few sprinkles on their wedding day, am I right?!  😉

No bride wants rain on her wedding day, but this is especially true for brides who really want an outdoor ceremony!  Rachel had envisioned their ceremony taking place on the front lawn at Rockwood Manor, and although the threat of rain had us all guessing for a while, it (thankfully!) held off (with the exception of literally 5 sprinkled drops during the ceremony!), and they were married on that beautiful front lawn, just like Rachel had hoped.  And, just like every other carefully chosen detail of their day, their ceremony was elegant and classy and absolutely gorgeous.

But I have to say, I think the best part of this day was the sweet moments these two savored once they were officially husband & wife!  Just like during their engagement session, these quiet, romantic moments came so naturally to them, and I just adore them for it!  They would hold each other close and Matt would smile that smile that is just for her, and Rachel would giggle and nuzzle in closer to him and they just made my job an absolute dream.  And now I’m going to stop telling you about it so you can scroll down and see for yourself!  😉

Rachel, Matt, thank you for inviting me into this season of your lives – it has been so fun getting to know both of you, and it has been such a pleasure to be the one to document your relationship.  Y’all made my job so easy!  I hope you enjoy reliving your wedding day through these images, and I hope they always remind you exactly how it felt to officially start your life together!  (And I hope you are having an absolutely AMAZING time in Hawaii!!)

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So I have to brag on Rachel for a second – she did all of her own florals, with no formal training, on the morning of the wedding day!  I don’t know how she did it – but they are absolutely gorgeous, aren’t they?!

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I absolutely loved the combination of the blush and peach florals with the girls’ dusty blue dresses!

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And then Rachel’s earrings?!  LOVE!

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You should probably be sitting down for this next shot – because Rachel is STUNNING!

I literally. can’t. even.

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I’m a little obsessed with this detail shot that my second shooter (who also happens to be my bestie) Megan got of the girls’ bouquets, on the right.  GAH!

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Seriously, those bouquets, though.  All the heart eyes.

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The guys all looked so sharp in their navy suits!  I love that Matt’s whole side of the bridal party was family – his dad, brother, and cousin!

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I also love that they were all such good sports for their photographers!  😉  haha!  thanks for that, guys!

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And then it was time to get married!

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Can’t you see why Rachel had her heart set on this spot for their ceremony?!  So pretty!!

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Husband & Wife!!!

(and I loved Megan’s angle on the kiss, too!  y’all, this is why you want two photographers at your wedding!!)

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I absolutely love Rockwood’s grand porches, and of course we had to grab a few epic, wide portraits of Rachel and Matt on the porch steps!  Tell me I’m not the only one who swoons over shots like this next one on the left?!

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OH, these two!  With their super romantic moments like this next one!

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I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of obsessed with this next shot.  There always seems to be one unassuming moment from each session or wedding that will sneak up on me and kind of steal my heart.  It won’t be anything grand or epic – just a sweet little in-between moment that is so natural and genuine – and I think that’s why they get me.  It’s that authenticity, that in-between-the-big-moments kind of sweetness, that I absolutely love to capture!

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LOVE this next shot of Megan’s!

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Then it was time to join the party!  I loved the blush, ivory and gold reception decor!  So elegant! blush-and-gold-wedding-receptionvirginia-estate-wedding_0058blush-navy-gold-wedding-receptionvirginia-estate-wedding_0060virginia-estate-wedding_0061virginia-estate-wedding_0062virginia-estate-wedding_0063

We had just a few short minutes to sneak Rachel & Matt outside during the reception to take a few more portraits in the vineyard before the rain really started coming down – and I’m so glad we did!  These are definitely some of my favorites!!  (I mean, really though, how can you go wrong in a vineyard, am I right?!)

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We seriously only had about 5 minutes before the rain started really coming down, so we headed back inside for father-daughter and mother-son dances!

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And then JC got the party started…

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… and they were still going when Megan and I left!

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A thousand thank you’s to the amazing vendors who worked together seamlessly to make this day perfect!

Amina of Simplicity Event Planning

Pumpernickel Pickle Catering

JC of Castillo DJ Services

Rockwood Manor Bed & Breakfast

David’s Bridal

Invitation design by Swell and Grand

And a super special thank you to Megan Myers for second shooting with me!

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Rachel, Matt, it was such a pleasure being your engagement & wedding photographer!  I am so happy for y’all!  Congratulations!!!

Big hugs to both of you!

 

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