Rachel and Chase’s wedding at Anderson Gail Farms in Shelby, AL was one we will not soon forget! We had been looking forward to their day for MONTHS and when the day finally came it did NOT disappoint! When we met with Rachel we immediately felt that her joy was contagious and made everyone in the room light up like she did!
Chase and Rachel met through mutual friends and as they say “the rest was history”. We asked Rachel how Chase proposed and she said “Chase surprised me with a trip to the beach for my birthday (September 29th) after I had been gone for 5 days in Orlando. This was the longest we had been apart so we were both itching to see one another. That night we went to eat and then he took us to the docks by the bay. We spent a good amount of time laughing and catching up on the time we were apart, and then he took me to the exact spot he first (asked me if he could) tell me he loved me as teenagers. We reminisced that night and as we were hugging he asked me yet another question, but this time he was on one knee! I was shocked as I work at a jewelry store and he got this by me, but t was hands-down one of the best days ever!”
Rachel and Chase are most definitely the fun-loving, adventurous, outdoorsy couples in love and this is everything we hope for when we photograph couples. They had so much laughter and real connections. You could tell that Chase just adores Rachel (I mean, how could you not love Rachel?) and the way she looks at Chase you can see that he is the only man in the universe.
Their day was also fun and unique to us because they told us they just wanted to BE MARRIED so they decided to get married a few months before their original November date, so it made the day so chill, low key and down to earth (the best kind of ceremonies, right?). They both showed up to Anderson Gail Farms ready to share that first look and celebrate. After the first look and wedding party photos it was time to say their “I do’s”. We loved that Chase’s father was the minister who married them and he made the comment “You must love each other enough to get married a second time!” (so sweet)
After the ceremony was over we went straight into the fun outdoor reception. We were all surprised by Rachel’s father-daughter dance because she and her father did an impromptu shimmy-shake dance to compliment their goofiness! Everyone was laughing and rooting on their dance moves! The groom’s doughnut cake topper was little figurines of them and their new puppy, Maci!
The sunset was so gorgeous that fall afternoon that we just had to take advantage of it and steal the couple away for a few more romantic shots of them and Rachel’s beautiful fur made an appearance! But one thing we did not expect to make an appearance was a DINOSAUR! One of the wedding party had their dinosaur costume still in their car from Halloween a few days before and surprised them during the sunset photos. Hands down one of the funniest things we have ever had happen at a wedding!
Their guest lined up to wish them well and they rode off in Rachel’s mom’s convertible!
Rachel and Chase, no one deserves this perfect day more than the two of you.
We are beyond happy that you chose us to photograph the beginning of your next big adventure. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. We hope this new adventure together gets better each and every day. Your joy is our joy! And we wish you years and years of blessings and happiness!
Venue & Rentals: Anderson Gail Farms – Melanie Smith // Florist: Windy Petal – Wendy Merriam // Catering: Bellini’s // Cake Designer: The Cake Lady – Pat // Officiant: Groom’s Father – Brook Lovett // Bridal and Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella’s Bridal // Band: Deputy 5 – Tommy & Breck // Ceremony Musician – Gabe Murono // Invitations: The Type Shop: Iris // Wedding Favors: Krispy Kreme // Makeup: Ava Crockett // Hair: Hannah Holsomback