What a PERFECT start to wedding season it was!!
Rachael and Colby have been such a joy to know. They have such a love for each other, they are so much fun, and they are grounded in their faith and love for family. And Rachael is so creative and has SUCH an eye for detail. You could tell that everything in this day was so beautifully planned and cared for!
Rachael was a dancer, and as soon as I saw her stunning dress I knew it was PERFECT for her! The fabric and the flow was so beautiful. Her flowers picked up a beautiful spring fuchsia color, and her invitations had a beautiful rustic feel, just like her venue, Highlands Country Club.
The girls arrived in matching pajamas and necklaces that Rachael bought for them, all in smiles and ready for her wedding day! They went outside to give Rachael a toast. Then Rachael and her sister HAD to take an awesome jumping photo that is now a tradition for them When it was time to get ready, Rachael’s mom and sister helped her — and her girls were beaming looking at what a beautiful bride she was! We took some beautiful bridal photos of Rachael downstairs and on the patio, some excited photos with the girls, and then the Peekskill Trolley arrived to take everyone to the church!
Colby was all set waiting at the altar for his bride – and it was priceless to see the look on his face when he saw her! They had a beautiful mass ceremony, and then when they were pronounced husband and wife, Rachael and Colby waited on the altar to watch their entire bridal party exit before them. I just loved that detail – it really reflects their character and the type of people they are! So sweet! Then, after family photos, their guests waited for them outside and they exited the church with bubbles (from a really amazing bubble machine)!
The entire bridal party boarded the Peekskill Trolley and we headed to the waterfront at Cold Spring. It was pretty crowded, being memorial day weekend, but we caught the most perfect light on the waterfront! And Colby whipped out his American flag and we took such fun bridal party shots!! Colby is really inspired by Americana, so all the guys wore flag socks and they even had small flags in their boutonnieres. PERFECT for Memorial day weekend, but Colby would have flags anytime! So before we left Cold Spring, we stopped by the General Store to take a photo of Rachael and Colby with the flags hanging on the street.
We then went to the barn at Highlands Country Club to take bridal party photos, and we caught even more beautiful light!! Then I took portraits of Rachael and Colby, including her jumping into his arms, which she could not wait to do. She was planning this “lift” for a long time – and it came out perfectly!
When the reception began, Rachael and Colby entered and started this beautifully choreographed dance. Rachael wore a shorter dress and fuchsia shoes, so she could do all the turns and twists and flow into all the poses! It really was masterful! They then had speeches done by their family, and I know everyone teared up when Colby’s brother spoke about him. You can tell they are both so close to their family. Everyone danced the night away, and then I took Rachael and Colby outside to enjoy some night photos! They had s’mores at the bonfire stations, and then we took a beautiful shot on the patio. Such a perfect way to end their night!
Rachael and Colby were the BEST start to the season! I truly wish them every continued happiness together!
Enjoy their story, and all the little details!
That DRESS!LOVE this invitation suite on the rose gold runner!
What gorgeous bling!!!
LOVE everything about these details! And aren’t the peonies gorgeous?!
Such a sweet bridal party!
There it is- their classic shot! Nailed it, girls!
What a beautiful bride!!
Loved their reactions when they saw her…
Rachael you are STUNNING!
All ready to go get married!
What’s the start to a wedding without a little game of cornhole?
The first of many flags you’ll see throughout the day!
So fun! They drove in the trolley and stopped at a neighborhood bar right before the ceremony!
Ahh when he saw her!!!
Love this one!
PERFECTION! Complete with sunglasses!
So sweet…This was so worth stopping their trolley in the middle of the road!
Such a fun group!!
How beautiful is this barn for them?!
You are stunning Rachael!
LOVE!! Definitely my favorite!
Get ready for all the beautiful details!!
Love the rustic sweetheart table at Highlands – such a cool texture.
How awesome is that guest book?!
Such an amazing first dance! These two were professional level!
LOVE these night shots!! And those s’mores looked delicious!
A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Rachael and Colby’s beautiful day possible!!
Ceremony: Church of the Assumption, Peekskill, New York
Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club, Garrison, New York
Day of Coordinator: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photography: Kerri Lynne Photography
Cinematography: Kerri Lynne Photography, by Ivan Palaez and Benny Migs
DJ: A Perfect Blend Entertainment
Florist: Annalisa Style Flowers
Hair: Knight Beauty
Makeup: Color Makeup Studio
Ceremony Vocalist: Maura Music
Cake: Pastry Garden
Trolley: Peekskill Trolley
Wedding Dress: RK Bridal, by La Sposa
Invitation Design: Carlson Craft
Favors: Kindly made by the bride’s Aunt Rebecca and Richard Long at their wonderful restaurant, Caffe Rel