Rachel and Lane are truly special to me. You can read why here. And even though the morning was heavy with rain, I was washed over with a calmness that I didn't expect. We were supposed to have bridal portraits before the ceremony. Outside. At a pond. With no cover. I called Rachel and we decided that I would just head over to the church and we would sort it all out.
We began with bridal party photos under the awning of the church drop-off area. And incredibly, by the time we were done, the rain had let up. Coincidence? Luck? No. Lane has a direct line to God. He's the Youth Pastor at our church. Naturally he called in a favor for his big day. Okay, I'm kidding. Sorta. I know there were a lot of prayers being lifted up about not just the weather, but for Lane and Rachel and the start of their life together. And truly, we were given the gift of a small window of time where the rain let up and we were able to take bride and groom portraits outside under the open sky. In the first photo of them, you can still see hints of drizzle as the sun peeked through the clouds.
Invitations designed and printed by Rachel...
I sometimes think of the rings on the Bible shot as "already been done," but with Lane being a Pastor, and this being his Bible, I couldn't have thought of anything more appropriate.
Rachel's beautiful veil, handmade from Brussels, was worn by her mother as well as several other relatives.
The church was packed with about 300 guests - many church members to include other pastors, and several of the youth. It was truly a celebration not only with Lane and Rachel's families, but with our church family as well.
I absolutely love the uplights Troy had in place. He changed the color to match their color scheme.
Ooops! Lane accidentally dropped the ring! (That's okay, we won't mention how I popped the button off his suit jacket when I was straightening it during bridal portraits.)
Their cake design was so much fun! You can see the circle theme through all the elements in their day, including their invitations and the necklace Rachel wore.
Rachel spray painted all of the vases and table elements black and also made the framed table names, which represented places she and Lane have visited together.
Rachel and Lane, my heart is so full for you both! I hope you're enjoying your honeymoon in Punta Cana, and I can't wait to see you two again!! Loves!!!
2nd Photographer: Armin DeFiesta
Church: Centreville Baptist Church
Reception: Columbus Grill
Coordinator: Nicole Martinez
Hair and Makeup: Valon Salon
Flowers: Ordered from Fifty Flowers and arranged by friends
Cake: Johnny McReynolds (family friend)
DJ: Ben GeyerPin It