If I had to pick just one word to describe Rachel and Joe’s big day, it would be joyous, from start to finish. Thoughtfully planned and absolutely gorgeous, of course, but the best moments of the day were the ones no one thought much about beforehand. As I set up Rachel’s bridal portrait in the reception hall hours before the ceremony, her mom cried and hugged me. The prayer Rachel and her bridesmaids shared before the wedding brought everyone to tears. And when the dance floor opened, Rachel and Joe proved to have some of the BEST dancers and partiers among their friends. It’s clear that they are dearly and deeply adored, just as much as they adore one another.
This pair decided to do a first look to relieve a little stress (and give them some extra dancin’ time later), and it was beautiful to watch Rachel give Joe his first Protestant Bible and Joe give Rachel, an avid runner and 2013 Boston Marathon alum, an ID tag with her brand new last name. Everything they did and said touched on something bigger than themselves, which is, really, a perfect picture of how they choose to live their lives.
Rachel and Joe, cheers to you and your new bigger, warmer, and more splendid family! I am so honored to have been a part of your first day of marriage, and even more honored to count you as friends.