Rachel emailed me long ago in February 2011 asking about availability. She sounded so sweet and kind and that first impression was solidified when I met her in person. Then she told me all about her fiancé Jake, what kind of guy he was, how he was into dirt bikes and that he was her best friend. Just very casually and matter of fact. When I met them for their engagement session I witnessed exactly what she was talking about, a true connection.
I had the honor and pleasure of documenting their beautiful purple themed wedding this April. They are two of the kindest, most down to earth, genuine people I’ve encountered. My favorite part of the day was when about 20 mins before the ceremony when everyone was rushing here and there tying up all the loose ends. Rachel was in the bridal room patiently and calmly waiting to marry her best friend. Jake stopped by and leaned in the doorway. I found them face to face quietly chatting with each other. Not a soul around them were calm and quiet. Bridesmaids were doing their final primping, the children of the bridal party were running through the doorway but Jake and Rachel just stood there nuzzling faces and quietly talking and laughing. Anyone could see it, they just calmed one another. I thought about how most often I like to sit back and search for true connections unfolding and here it was right in front of my eyes. I told them how much they inspired me and how this was my favorite part of my job, to witness this true love in a best friend.
I love this shot of Jake’s Dad as he thinks about what he wants to leave as his inscription in their guestbook.
Rachel’s bouquet had some very special ladies’ pictures attached. I love how she shared this moment with Jake.
Their wedding reception at the Omaha DoubleTree Hotel was absolutely beautiful! The staff had gone the extra mile in creating such a stunning party for everyone to enjoy. I loved all the personalized touches that Rachel worked on and incorporated throughout the room.
Rachel and Jake, I am so happy to have gotten to know you and I’m honored to be called your friend. I think so highly of you both. You are wise beyond your years and you value what is most important in life. . . each other.
All my best to you!