German & Rachel's Love Story
Will you marry me?
Rachel and German share the love we see on the movie screens, the love that seems so rare and too good to be true, but let me tell you... it's very real. I think it's safe to start this story off with a few small details, I first met German and Rachel at Rachel's sister Jennifer's wedding a few years back when I was shooting Jennifer and Carlos' gorgeous garden wedding. We all joked that German would be next, and here we are! German reached out to me months and months ago about traveling to the east coast to photograph the elaborate proposal he was setting up to propose to Rachel. Man, it was beautiful. So I've been along for their love story for a long time now. Literally from proposal, engagement session all the way up to their wedding day, which is every photographers dream might I add.
German and Rachel made the trek to SWFL for their engagement session on the beach and it was everything and more. We started out in a beautiful grass field and made our way to the beach right before the sun met the ocean and I still think to this day that this gallery is one of my favorite engagement sessions I've ever done.
When Rachel reached out to me about photographing her wedding, I don't know why but I was so incredibly shocked-- THEN she told me she didn't even consider another photographer and I held back some serious tears on that phone call that's for sure. Rachel wanted something unique and beautiful just like her and German's love for one another. And man did they make that happen, I couldn't think of a better way to restart my blog than with their insanely gorgeous wedding day, enjoy.
Rachel and German got married at a quaint rustic chic venue on the east coast called, Magnolia Manor. Hidden on a back road is this beautiful property with their own ceremonial island, a house to get ready, guys downstairs and ladies upstairs and an incredible covered barn style gazebo for their reception. The property is covered in lush greenery perfect for hiding away from the Florida sun.
Getting ready for your wedding day is one of the most stressful yet exciting times in your lives, but the entire time German and Rachel were getting ready they kept joyfully talking about how excited they were to see the other at the ceremony. Nothing was stopping these two from their excitement from walking down the aisle.
German was accompanied by his 5 groomsmen that were made up of close friends and family, they chose the timeless black tuxedo with a gorgeous terracotta tie with matching pocket square and a classic rose boutonniere. While capturing German's getting ready photos, he rehearsed and put his finishing touches on his vows. We wandered the grounds to get some groomsmen photos and solo shots for our groom, then back to his suite to cool down before the ceremony started.
Rachel chose a beautiful champagne color for her bridesmaids to wear, which truly complimented everyone's skin tones as well as the wedding day color pallet. While getting ready in her bridal suite upstairs, she decided on doing a first look with her bridesmaids since none of them had seen her in her dress yet. Which makes for an amazing photo op by the way! Next we grabbed some shots of the girls collectively putting in her veil to make sure she looked stunning for German. We snuck out to the ceremony site to grab her bridesmaids photos and eventually made our way back upstairs before guests arrived.
German and Rachel did a religious Spanish ceremony, taking readings from the Bible and sharing their vows in front of their closest friends and family. Their ceremony took place on the properties very own island, each person walked across a stunning wooden bridge leading to the alter, where German stood waiting for his bride. They chose to go a non traditional route and have their wedding party sit in the first row, keeping their ceremony truly about themselves and the vows they made to each other. All eyes were on Rachel as she appeared on the bridge with her dad, making her way to German, who held back not a single tear as he watched his fiancé walk down the aisle.
German and Rachel's wedding party was made up of 5 groomsmen and four bridesmaids, while there was a fifth, but she broke her ankle and had to sit this one out. Featuring ShowMeYourMooMoo dresses and classic black tuxedos, this wedding party looked to die for!
There's truly nothing like a Spanish wedding, and I'll tell you why...THE FOOD! Their reception was a mixture of rustic chic with touches of terracotta and wood, which was perfectly accompanied the by the look and feel of the venue. String lights strung up above long country style tables, with eucalyptus and candles across each table to add a touch of greenery. Magnolia Manor provides amazing design services for reception ideas which is a great help when planning a wedding. Each plate featured a wooden coaster with Rachel and German's wedding branding engraved in it.