Brookstown Inn Old Salem Wedding | Rachel and David

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.
dress in window of historic inn wedding photobride getting make up done on wedding day photoAlongside 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.ring made out of quarter photobride getting ready by window photobride getting make-up done by window photobride getting wedding dress on photoRachel 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.
Bride in window wedding photoHistoric Brookstown Inn Wedding PhotoIt 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 ceremony at brooks town in Winston-salemBrookstown Inn wedding ceremony photoBridal party at Historic Old Salem wedding After the ceremony we escaped to a perfect shaded path that lead to Old Salem for couple’s portraits.Historic Brookstown Inn Old Salem Wedding photoWedding couple in tree lined southern path photocouple walking on treelined path in Old Salem photoRachel 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.carrot and herb centerpiecesfirst dance at North Carolina weddingOld Salem first dance photoBrookstown Inn wedding toast photodad hugs daughter during father daughter dance photoAfter dinner and toasts, it was time to hit the dance floor.the wobble dance photodance party at Wiston-salem wedding photoFirst dance north carolina wedding photoAt 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.bubble exit old salem wedding photoRachel, 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!

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  1. Really really love that dress shot! What a beautiful wedding, and gorgeous work Jennie Crate!

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