We have been waiting to celebrate with Joe and Rachel on their wedding day for almost TWO years! It’s so crazy to think about because it really does feel like just a few months ago I was initially chatting with Rachel as she and Joe were planning all the details of their day. We have absolutely loved getting to know these two and I am just honored to share some images from their wedding on the blog today.
Joe and Rachel are two of the most sincere, selfless people I have ever met. Joe’s best man spoke about this in his speech, sharing that Joe is loyal and a friend you can truly count on, no matter what. Rachel’s father also touched on this as he welcomed and thanked guests for celebrating the marriage of his daughter to a man he is SO proud she chose to marry. I can personally attest to the fact that Rachel has made me feel loved, appreciated, and seen since the moment I met her.
The moment on their wedding day that stood out most to me was when Joe and Rachel chose to serve the Eucharist to their guests during their wedding mass. We have photographed 150+ weddings, MANY of them being Catholic ceremonies, and I have never seen this before. The gesture speaks volumes about who Joe and Rachel are …. truly such a special pair. They are also FUN, quirky, full of joy, and love to make each other and everyone around them laugh : )
I am so excited to share these images with you. It didn’t rain (!!!) even though storms were predicted all day long – hallelujah! Rachel’s classic gown was just breathtaking and her cathedral veil, made by Joe’s grandmother and also worn by his sister on her wedding day, was a perfect, intentional touch. The couple did their first look in front of the church where they attended many masses together during their college days and then photos on the University of St. Thomas campus where they first met : ) We ended the night at the beautiful Minneapolis Event Center where guests laughed, toasted wine glasses (lovingly chosen by Joe’s parents) and danced the night away to the incredible Celebrations Band. Enjoy some of our favorites from such a beautiful day!
A very special shoutout to Joe & Rachel’s wedding day team!
Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The View at Minneapolis Event Centers | Videography: Eclipse Productions | Floral: Pepper Penn Design House | Band: The Celebrations Band | Dessert: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe | Makeup: Heather Traschel | Wedding Dress Shop: AB&É Bridal Shop, Designer: Wtoo | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Menswear: Atmosfere