It’s no lie that we love weddings. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be in this business. And while I grow very fond of all of our clients, it’s not too often that we have the opportunity to work with family and friends. Pat and Rachel are friends who are like family. When I sit down to write wedding blog posts, I try to make them as personal as possible. To share the details of the day, the joy and love the bride and groom feel for one another, and how honored we were to be part of such a special day. This blog post may read like a love letter to Rachel and Pat because our history together fills me with so much fondness and love for these two.
I first met Rachel many (many) years ago in college but our true friendship didn’t blossom until I had the pleasure of working with both Rachel and Pat at a magical, wonderful (since closed) local restaurant called Village Wine & Cheese. It was our time at Village that cemented my adoration for these two. I cannot explain the magic of Village but I know that it’s where I found out how special Pat and Rachel are. Rachel is vivacious, theatrical, loving, full of joy, and there is no one quite like her. Pat is witty, supremely talented, outgoing but knows when to defer to Rachel’s vivacity, and 110% full of love and devotion to Rachel. These two have been Pat and Rachel for as long as I have known them, having never known them as not a couple. When I saw the news that Pat had proposed, I was beyond ecstatic. Then when Rachel’s inquiry came through about wedding photography, I was overjoyed. I couldn’t wait to be part of their wedding, watching two people I truly cared about get married.
Both the wedding and reception took place at The Club at Old Hawthorne just outside of Columbia, Missouri. Pat and Rachel both worked here right after the Club opened, before they moved to Chicago, so this location holds a special place in their hearts. Justin was joined for a day of photography by the incomparable Nic Benner, which allowed for full photography coverage of everyone getting ready and the ceremony. Old Hawthorne is an absolutely gorgeous location. When they developed the club house, they built upon a beautiful home that was already standing. So there are many place for portraits. The pictures of Rachel on the stairs are some of my favorites and truly showcase her beauty and personality.
The ceremony was held on the patio directly behind the club house, with the legendary Terry Overfelt officiating. Pat and Rachel have known Terry since high school, which made their ceremony incredibly heartfelt, touching, and personal. Terry touched upon the little quirks and moments that make these two who they are as a couple. In true Rachel fashion, she was nothing short of emotion filled. From her walk down the aisle to her tears to her laughter. And Pat’s face was continually filled with love and adoration for his bride. Following the ceremony we headed out on the golf course to take advantage of the excellent fall light and foliage. Normally portraits of the bride and groom can be more subdued but Pat and Rachel kept us laughing the entire time. I especially like the picture of Rachel hitching a ride on Pat’s golf cart!
Once we finished up with portraits, it was back to the club house for the reception. With the club house being so grand on its own, Rachel didn’t fill up the space with too many details. The details she did put out were so very touching and represented the two of them. Rachel’s mother passed away many years ago from breast cancer, so her wedding dress (handmade in 1974) was on display along with a note encouraging all guests to wear a pink ribbon in her honor. Pat and Rachel had free reign of the space and took full advantage of it. The dance floor was full the entire evening as DJ Fat White Boy (Aaron Rose) played songs to get people moving. There was even a flash mob put on by Rachel’s dance friends from her days dancing with Dancearts of Columbia. You know it’s a great flashmob when you can get the bride’s father to join in! Rachel and Pat also took advantage of our photo booth, which was hopping from start to finish. Guests were busy taking lots of photos and placing a copy of their souvenir print into a scrapbook for the lovebirds. You can see the photo booth pictures HERE.
To Pat and Rachel I say, thank you. Thank you for being my friend all these years. Thank you for trusting us to capture the unending amounts of love, joy, laughter, and tears of your wedding day. Thank you for just being you two. I wish you many years of happiness and love.
Cheers! Piper & Justin