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Jon & Rachael | An Intimate Wedding Celebration at Enchanted Valley Acres in Cross Plains, WI.

July 19, 2016

He spoke about how Rachael was just like one of his own daughters — in fact, at his funeral, he said that he wanted her to be sitting in the pew right alongside his own (flesh + blood) children — that’s how much she meant to him. He then talked about how he first met Jon on a mission trip to Honduras; a bunch of guys went down to build houses. Jon was a carpenter … and also really good with kids. He noticed Jon right away — his quiet, humble, genuine, + kind personality. And then it hit him: “I need to introduce Jon to Rachael.” There was a point when he wasn’t sure if he’d ever find someone “good enough” to introduce to Rachael — she was a woman of great faith, a passionate + devoted mother, someone who had gone through some extremely challenging seasons with grace, dignity + hope. And again, since he considered her his daughter, he was very protective … of sorts … and wanted a man who would lead Rachael + her three daughters with that same love, respect, + faith.

Mike, the best man, is the one you could call “responsible” for the love story on the blog today. Or, I guess you could say that Mike was simply a tool used by God to bring Jon + Rachael together all in His perfect timing : ) Their celebration on Saturday was just that — an intimate gathering of their closest family + friends to CELEBRATE the way in which God’s hand has so obviously orchestrated Jon + Rachael’s story. There were LOTS of laughs, hugs, + tears shared all throughout the day, as well as your fair share of those little firecracker-popper-noisemaker things!! You know what I’m talking about?!? Mike was responsible for those, too : )

When I arrived to Rachael’s house where the ladies were getting ready before the ceremony, her three girls were just BURSTING with energy + excitement for the day ahead : ) It was truly captivating to see their enthusiasm + happiness about their mom marrying Mr. “Jonny-poo” (as they call him ; )), + they looked so beautiful + grown up in their gray bridesmaid dresses + fancy hairdos : ) When Jon + Rachael had their first look, they eagerly watched from a tree at the top of the hill … and then ran down to hug him as soon as they got the “okay” from mom : ) Because as much as the day was about God bringing Jon + Rachael together, it was about God bringing Jon to Rachael AND to Taylor, Addie, + Lola : ) A man who they LOVE … and who loves them right back.

The ceremony was incredibly moving as the officiant, a good friend of the couple, talked of God’s plans + how He has so perfectly completed this beautiful family. Everyone sang worship songs together + prayed over the future of the new Wanta family : ) After the ceremony, there were yard games, henna tattoos, food carts, cupcakes, a toboggan slide, + TONS of fun until the sun went down : ) Truly, the most meaningful + special of days … one that Caleb + I couldn’t help but stand back + think, “WOW. What a privilege it is to be the ones who get to document what God has done + is doing in these people’s lives!!!” Jon + Rachael — thank you for not only sharing yourselves but your family with us. We thank + praise God for bringing you together + for bringing you into our lives as well!! Love you FIVE so much, + enjoy some of our favorites from your day!!

Love this family SO much!!!!

Jon is a carpenter … so this wooden wedding ring perfectly suits him!! I LOVE it!!

Oh, these three! I just ADORE them!! 🙂 🙂

Happy, happy, HAPPY!!!

Time to celebrate with food trucks, a mobile coffee bar, + the best of friends!!

Okay, okay … I just HAVE to comment because the falafel was SO amazing!!


A special thank you to these talented folks!

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Enchanted Valley Acres | Florist: Blooms by Brandi | Cupcakes: Bloom Bake Shop | Hair + Makeup: Rejuvenation Spa | Wedding Dress Shop: Premiere Couture


  1. Meghan

    July 19th, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Literally in tears. Beautiful shots, guys. Beautiful wedding. <3

  2. Maison Engel

    July 21st, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you so much, Meghan :)!! <3

  3. Mike Lee

    July 21st, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Wow, I am humbled by your warm and loving comments, I am so happy that you were able to see first hand how God was so instrumental in the paths he laid out to bring Rachael and Jon together. The joy I had in being a part of this miracle and to be a witness watching God intervene in Rachael’s life still gives me chills. This past 3 years have only reconfirmed in my life that God is still on the throne and loves each of us more than we can possibly know. To God be the Glory for his handiwork in this beautiful marriage between two very special people! Make it a great day, Mike

  4. Maison Engel

    July 21st, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Amen, Mike! To God be the Glory <3

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