CHARISSE X DREW | Surprise Elopement

CHARISSE X DREW | Surprise Elopement

I still can’t get over the fact that Charisse called me only a week before their elopement 😱 they pulled off this surprise elopement with ease! just to give you a little back story, they had a wedding date, venue booked and loads of other vendors booked. when they realized the giant wedding wasn’t them, they actually followed their intuition and opted for an elopement & epic honeymoon!! 

POSING GUIDE, 3 TIPS BEFORE YOUR FIRST PHOTO SHOOT

POSING GUIDE, 3 TIPS BEFORE YOUR FIRST PHOTO SHOOT

Feeling comfortable and REAL is something I think we all want. That's why I'm including these three tips you've got to know before you get out and have your first shoot. Or heck! Maybe you shoot often (hello boss babes!) and you just want to feel your most natural self in front of the camera. You've gotta have these tips to chill out & have a good time. xx

TIA x CODY | MADISON WISCONSIN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY x Sugarland

TIA x CODY | MADISON WISCONSIN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY x Sugarland

A few words come to mind for this precious day, and one of those is "sweet". Everything about Tia and Cody's wedding was sweet. From Tia's smile in the morning getting ready (and she wore it all day long) to their first dance. These two have the sweetest love. Cody was smitten with his bride, and could not take his eyes off of her the entire day. The air was chilly, the fire was cozy and these sweethearts were more in love than ever before. 

KATIE x VINNIE | BEAR LAKE ENGAGEMENT SESSION in ESTES PARK, COLORADO

KATIE x VINNIE | BEAR LAKE ENGAGEMENT SESSION in ESTES PARK, COLORADO

Don't be fooled y'all! This hike gave me some real side cramps. Katie and Vinnie take their hiking seriously, and apparently I don't. HA! 

We had a great time hiking around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park! We had fun driving the windy roads together in between locations in the park. These guys made me laugh a lot and I can't say enough good things about them!  

MARY x KEVIN | DENVER, COLORADO

MARY x KEVIN | DENVER, COLORADO

Mary and Kevin lost a family member this fall. It hurts to even type it out. Mary's sister in-law, Abby, had passed away in an accident. She was young--a mother of two, and a wife to an incredible man. Mary is wearing her sister Abby's red flannel shirt. 

Mary and Kevin are kind, compassionate and beautiful people. See their love. Witness with me, the beautiful landscape God had created. 

Mel x Blake | Unconventional Wedding Photography in Omaha, NE

Mel x Blake | Unconventional Wedding Photography in Omaha, NE

“When I think about our wedding day, all I can think is “the best day ever”. While we were surrounded by all of our family and friends, it felt like Blake and I were the only two people in the room. It’s like the world paused for a moment as we became one. The rest of the day was filled with moments just like that--perfect and beautiful.” -Melinda

 

THE AMAZING TEAM OF VENDORS //

Event Designer x Planner: Beth Wakefield

Florist: County Gardens / Beth Wakefield

Dress Designer: Allure

Hair and Makeup Artists: Darian & Bianca with Salon for Women

Catering: South Creek Conference Center

Bridal Shop: Bridal Traditions 

EMILY x COLT | BOULDER FLATIRONS PROPOSAL STORY

EMILY x COLT | BOULDER FLATIRONS PROPOSAL STORY

FREAKING PUMPED ABOUT THIS 😭😍

I had Colt write out his proposal story so y'all can get all of the lovey-dovey, sweet-surprising vibes we got when this all went down. 

"It was a plan that had been set in motion a few weeks in advance. We would be in Colorado with my sister-in-law who just so happens to be a wedding photographer, what are the odds right? So we went out on a morning hike on Friday to the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. After taking Clay and Rachel's pictures as a cover up, Rach asked if Em and I wanted some pictures together. My response was, 'Yeah!' but Em's was, 'Maybe later.' She hadn't been feeling well that morning so after anxiously walking barely five minutes, Rach offers again and Em begrudgingly accepts.

So at the foot of the mountain I got down on one knee as Rachel captured every sweet moment. Emily truly did not see it coming. Her first words when I went to one knee were, 'What are you doing?' But once she figured it out both of our eyes welled up with tears. I told her how much she meant to me and how I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. After asking for her hand in marriage she, without hesitation, said 'Yes!'. I've never seen so much joy in a person's eyes as I slid the ring onto her finger and the only day that will top it is the day we can finally say 'I Do'.

JULIA x WESTON | EUSTIS, NEB.

JULIA x WESTON | EUSTIS, NEB.

these two cuties invited me and my little family out to their lake home in eustis, nebraska on a late september weekend. needless to say we (Clay, I and the kids) traveled out to wide open country, so I could take their engagements. we loved seeing the rolling hills of rural nebraska. I just have to say thank you to weston and julia and your families for hosting us! YOU'RE THE BEST!

nothing is better than love and making relationships that last. honestly, that's all this "job" is about.  

IN HOME LIFESTYLE | arizona in home photography

IN HOME LIFESTYLE | arizona in home photography

You may have seen a lot of these two lately. Incase you didn't know they took me on rad weekend trip to Arizona. We shot FOUR sessions. Basically, I documented who they are as a couple, wherever they were!  It was pure bliss from a photographer's standpoint. Can't get enough these lovie-dovies? See their Horseshoe Bend shoot or their morning hike in Sedona

If you want a trip shoot like Jamie and Joe, shoot me an email // hello@rachelwakefieldphotography.com

Amanda x Conor | MALIBU VILLA x Malibu West Beach Club WEDDING

Amanda x Conor | MALIBU VILLA x Malibu West Beach Club WEDDING

"Mrs. Harding, 

I can't believe today has finally arrived. I have been waiting my whole life to see you walk down that aisle. Today is the day we get to start our life story together. I can't wait to share all the laughs, smiles, and good times that are ahead. You are my angel and the love of my life. I love you to bits and couldn't be more proud to be by your side. 

xoxoxo
Conor"

TIANA x MARK | California Wedding Photographer

TIANA x MARK | California Wedding Photographer

Meeting up after coffee x breakfast burritos is my kind of morning //

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

It was mid-morning, where the light was still warm. But not too early, just right actually. This little mini session was the perfect amount of time. It was kind of fun, because we weren't entirely sure where we'd shoot at, because we were both traveling for this shoot. Tiana wanted photos next to these giant trees, and after hiking back behind a resort (and not the resort we stayed at, whoops), we found this little camping area!