Sometimes you meet a bride and groom that are just so head-over-heels for each other and so excited about making a public commitment in front of their family and friends, that you can help feeling overjoyed for them. When Rachel and I first met, she was having so much fun with the wedding planning, and was all smiles when she talked about her beau. The day of the wedding was no different. She was calm, collected, and just glowing with joy, as she did her makeup and got dressed with her family and best friends.
The wedding was at Friendship Baptist Church, on a warm June 30th, but that didn't stop quiet a crowd of family and friends from showing up to support Rachel and Dakota. The traditional ceremony and the words of commitment were a reflection their personalities and their faith. It also was not short on tears from either of them (I love it when a bride and groom get all teary eyed).
After the ceremony, we squeezed in some photos with the family in the church, and the bridal party braved the heat, just long enough to get a couple fun ones in, before heading over to the Raleigh Country Club for the reception. There was food, toasts, visiting with family and friends, and a very emotional sorority ritual, all concluded with a bubble exit. Since it was still early in the day (around 3), we ventured out onto the golf course for a few more shots of Rachel and Dakota together. These two really stuck it out - it was 105 - and they were willing stand out on the golf course to get a few more shots. I certainly think it was well worth their perseverance!