Rachel and I met during our first year at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. We played volleyball together, roomed together sophomore year, spent tons of time hanging out with our good friend Katie, and even took a three-week, cross-country road trip together. We made our own granola to keep in our room, took turns lounging in the most comfortable mini yellow chair, and kept each other in peaceful silent company as we worked away at our homework. Rachel was a double major in Spanish and English and I remember hearing her gabbing away with her sister in French while I knocked out a Biology lab (languages were never my thing). Despite our very different personalities and varied interests, Rachel and I just clicked and I am so grateful we became friends.
After college, Rachel moved to Costa Rica to teach, then later headed back to the US to try her hand at organic farming, teaching, and odds and ends jobs for various non-profits. Along the way, she met David, a quiet, calm guy who was the perfect match for Rachel’s energy.
A short time later, they decided to marry and it was with great honor that I flew to Old Salem, NC to photograph their Brookstown Inn Old Salem Wedding.
Alongside her engagement ring, David made Rachel a ring out of a quarter. I just loved how you could still see the U.S. Mint engravings inside.Rachel and her siblings have a photograph of their mom in a window on their wedding day, so we made sure to create our own version for Rachel’s wedding day.
It was overcast and misty all day, but we got so lucky that we were still able to hold the ceremony outside on the Brookstown Inn patio. The grin on David’s face as Rachel walked down the aisle was pure happiness.After the ceremony we escaped to a perfect shaded path that lead to Old Salem for couple’s portraits.Rachel loves gardening and growing her own sustainable food, so they created the centerpieces out of carrot seedlings and other herbs. After the wedding Rachel was able to add the plants to her home garden.After dinner and toasts, it was time to hit the dance floor.At the end of the night, Rachel and David chose a bubble exit and I know they couldn’t wait to get back to their room, relax, and soak in the fact that they were finally married.Rachel, I’m so so happy I got to celebrate with you and David. And I can’t wait to come visit you at your new house!