She danced with her grandma during the reception. And the tears flowed both from them and from so many around the room! It was the sweetest moment! That combined with all the heirloom details clearly showed that Michael and Kacie value both legacy and family! Their entire day not only honored the commitment they were entering into, but also all those that came before them! It was a beautiful testament to a legacy of love they’re building with each other and will be able to pass down to the generations coming after them! . All the images paired with these moments I described are on the blog today! Michael and Kacie’s wedding was beautiful and I can’t wait for you to see it! . If you do go visit their post, would you come back here and tell me what your favorite portrait or image was? I ALWAYS pick WAY TOO MANY favorites and I need help narrowing them down! So your help would be MUCH appreciated! . #rachaelleighbrides #herecombstherandolphs
This Monday is the start to a crazy week full of editing and a ton of prep! BECAUSE in t-minus 7 days, I ship off to Camp Lebanon for my annual three weeks of counseling! Yep! Each June I take three weeks to serve and pour into the kids at my local church camp! I attended camp there from third grade until I graduated high school and I’ve counseled since I was fifteen! I love that this job allows me to keep that trend alive! So, you’ll get to watch my feed switch from solely weddings to a whole lot of camp things! But I can’t wait to let y’all see this part of my life! . #camplebanon #lifeofrachaelleigh
Wrapped up this crazy wedding filled month with Michael and Kacie’s day!! The excitement from this day was unparalleled because Michael finally got to marry the girl he’s been in love with since the sixth grade!! Yep! You read that right!! Just stay tuned for the rest of that story that’ll be hitting the blog next week! But for now! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Randolph!! Have so much fun on your honeymoon!! #rachaelleighbrides #herecombstherandolphs . Plus! Needed to recognize the incredible vendor team that pulled all this off!! . Venue: @magnolia_estate Florals: @flowermanweddings DJ: @alltherighttunes Cake & Cupcakes: @loveamycakes Gown: @davidsbridal Groom & Groomsmen Attire: @menswearhouse Bridesmaids Dresses: @iheartazazie
Life changes and continues to move forward, even when it seems like all time should stop. And when you wish it would just stop for one minute to let you catch your breath, it doesn’t. . So, today I’m thankful for the Constant One who’s never changing and is the same yesterday, today and forever. I’m thankful that he holds the whole world in his hands and that he even notices when one little sparrow falls. That he cares for you and for me. And that he draws close to the broken hearted. . I’m thankful for this day and what it’s going to bring! And I’m thankful for each of you who have been so encouraging this week! Thank you for your prayers! I truly have the best friends here on this app and I couldn’t wish for a better community! . What’s something that you’re thankful for on this Friday?
My response to Katie's initial email was accompanied with a whole lot of excitement! I knew from the beginning that we'd click and when she mentioned their wedding would be at French Park, I was over the moon! She dished out a whole lot of details from her wedding planning process, how she'd settled on a secret garden theme filled with a whole lot of greenery and white and gorgeousness! But I think my biggest takeaway from our initial reactions was how caring and genuine she is. As she told me about her relationship with Charlie and we pushed past only wedding talk, we found ourselves sharing all about life and what it looks like! . And every interaction since that first call, I felt like we were just friends. So as I walked into her bridal suite on Sunday to say hello, I was met with a big hug and her signature Katie smile! I loved walking around as she introduced me to her best friends, her sweet mama and the rest of her family. With each introduction, I could see in the faces of all those around her, that Katie didn't just welcome me with her genuine smile and warmth, but she did the same for everyone around her. She's the kind of gal that speaks life into you and encourages you even when all the attention is on her! And those are just a few things that I love about this gal! . I raved a little more about this gal and her gorgeous wedding day on the blog! That and a whole lot of images that I dub my “favorites” from her day! But y’all already know, my favorites list is typically REALLY LONG! So head over to the blog to see an incredible secret garden themed wedding pulled off by @seratadesign and the florals to match it from @flowermanweddings this is a good one! . #rachaelleighbrides #charlietakesthekate #rachaelleighweddings #frenchpark #premierparkevents #flowermanweddings #birdyinthewild
This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written. And the more I type, the more the reality sets in. . I will forever remember these hands. They’re the hands that would wave to me from the porch when I left home. The hands with a firm grip that would squeeze your hand during prayer. They’re the hands that would reach for mine and hold them a little longer as he smiled at me after hugging him. They’re the hands of my grandpa who went to meet Jesus today. I’ll remember these hands forever and I’ll remember the love of the man that these hands belonged to. Grandpa, I’ll miss your smile. And I’ll miss bringing you food from upstairs and being able to walk out and say hello. I’ll miss seeing your eyes light up when we walked in the room. And most of all, I’ll miss you. See you in the morning, Grandpa. I love you.
God and his goodness are written all over this wedding story and there are two main reasons why: 1. there was a high chance of rain on their day, but Megan faithfully prepared for it. She thought to buy clear umbrellas, had a rain plan for portraits and kept me updated on it all! When the day rolled around though, it only rained for about 40 minutes and it happened during the indoor ceremony! We were praising the Lord for that! 2. A massive storm just ripped through Celina (where this wedding was) last night. A tornado damaged a lot of the town. It’s a huge tragedy that occurred in the light of this celebration on Saturday! And we’re praising the Lord today because he kept the storm back and allowed Andy and Megan’s wedding to go without a hitch! He showed himself true on Saturday in small ways and in the midst of the chaos last night! . And in the midst of the rain on their wedding day, the Joy never dampened and the excitement never wavered. The love that these two have for one another is both giddy and genuine! Just wait til you see what Andy did for Megan throughout the morning of the wedding! All of the things are on the blog along with WAY TOO MANY of my favorites! #rachaelleighbrides #ewinglifetogether
This is the best picture of how everyone felt when they announced the new Mr. and Mrs. Mather!!! Charlie and Katie’s wedding was incredible! We had another outburst of rain right in the middle of everything, but that didn’t damper the spirits of this couple! Or anyone else for that matter! You could just tell that everyone there was genuinely excited for these two to finally tie the knot and that excitement radiates through both smiles and a whole lot of tears! So, be prepared for ANOTHER completely full blog post! . Charlie and Katie! Getting to know y’all throughout this season was so fun! And I’m honored to have been the one by your side documenting it!! Congratulations and enjoy your time away in Europe!!! #rachaelleighbrides #rachaelleighweddings #charlietakesthekate
Andy and Megan!! You’re married!! I’m still marveled at the fact that two years come so fast! The excitement leading up to this day couldn’t be contained! And it showed itself so well in the joy and in the tears!! So many amazing moments, too many to count! And Megan, I’m still so honored you chose to be a #rachaelleighbrides 💙 . Choosing favorites for your blog post is going to be SO HARD because I love them all!! So, just be prepared for a packed full post! ☺️ . Ah! Okay! Congratulations to y’all, again!! I’m so excited for you!! #ewinglifetogether
All packed up and ready to go for a double header wedding weekend! It’s going to be a busy one, but I’m beyond excited to celebrate with two amazing #rachaelleighcouples 💙 . How are you spending your holiday weekend??