June 13, 2019
I got a call a few weeks back from Rachel’s Mom, saying that her daughter Rachel was engaged and would be getting married soon. It would be a small ceremony, just close family, but they moved up the date to ensure Rachel’s grandparents would be there for it. Funny enough, I grew up practically across the street from Rachel’s grandparents, so I knew them very well. Of course I’d be there, it would be an honor.
So I packed up all my gear and headed on the long journey to Rachel’s ceremony….3/4 of a mile from my house.
The whole family was so excited, and super welcoming. It was a sweet, intimate ceremony. Keep scrolling to see the highlights from the day!
The theme of the day was: proud grandparents.
Rachel’s niece Mila was her honorary bridesmaid, she was THRILLED to be the one to hold the bouquet for Rachel.
Juan’s family is Ecuadorian, so Juan’s mother repeated the ceremony in Spanish. Cue: tears from everyone.
Rachel’s family called Mila the “bouncer” of the ceremony. She stood guard over Rachel and Juan and made sure only VIPs were up there. She did great.
Shortly after Juan said his vows, his whole family erupted in applause. The minister said “Oh, it’s not over yet!” Juan’s family then revealed they were just surprised he was able to talk through his tears. They were proud of him for getting through the vows without being a (complete) teary mess. It was kind of the cutest thing ever.
I told you Juan deserved that applause!
Corinne & George live across the street from my great aunt. I was over their house almost as much as any relative while growing up; I would ride my bike in their driveway, hoola hoop on their front lawn, and take peppermints from Corinne’s kitchen. Being there for this special day meant so much to me, and I also learned they could totally be models. Vogue, Corinne! Yaasss, George!
Rachel’s father popped the other champagne bottle mid-toast and scared everyone half to death. We got over it real quick when we realized then there’d be more champagne.
The love between Rachel & Juan was so genuine, they almost couldn’t STOP smiling when we wanted to take some “serious” portraits. We opted for smiles instead.
George, the proudest grandpa in the tri-state area.
Weddings do not have a hierarchy; there is no rulebook that says a $500k wedding is any better than a $5000 or $500 wedding. All that matters is being surrounded by family, friends, and yeah, champagne doesn’t hurt. Rachel and Juan’s wedding day definitely checks all of those boxes. It was a beautiful, sunny, love-filled day. Now, let’s photograph yours.
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