rachel + colin | wedding | chapel hill, n.c.

It's been a while, too long, actually, since I've blogged. From moving from Chapel Hill to Dallas, traveling here, there, + everywhere, and finally getting used to this sweltering concrete jungle, it was time I took you back to the MOST. BEAUTIFUL. SPRING. DAY. EVER. 

As mottled light danced around the ceremony, a cool April breeze caught Rachel's veil. Her brothers gracefully led their little sister down the aisle of this simple + romantic garden wedding, while tears delicately flowed from her groom's eyes. As prayers were said, followed by "I do's," Colin whisked Rachel into his arms for their first kiss as man + wife.

Both fellow Tar Heels, I was beyond blessed when Rachel reached out to me to photograph their wedding. Who could pass up this beautiful, laid back, brunch-loving couple who's hearts are bigger than the night sky? We first met for their engagement session the summer before their wedding at Jordan Lake + Merritt's Pasture. I was instantly blown away by the sweet, loving way Colin looked as his future bride. That look, so warm + endearing, only grew stronger as their wedding day approached. On April 23rd, the love between Rachel + Colin was (and still is!) so strong, it embraced everyone, bringing all the guests to tears. It truly is a phenomenal moment when a couple's love is so strong it envelopes everyone on a wedding day. 

Their wedding was as fresh + simple as a spring day in Chapel Hill. Rachel + Colin didn't need extravagant decorations to express who they are or how much they love each other because, believe me, their love seeped into every person + soul present. Their families + friends traveled from near + far to bless them with their graces through their ceremony, their super delicious + fun brunch reception which included some intense games of corn hole and bubble popping, as well as a short-lived April shower. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck! This bride + groom's caring hearts made sure that everyone had a memorable, beautiful day before they took off in a dried lavender "toss" (maybe douse is the correct word?) exit.

Rachel + Colin, I am honored to call you friends, but I am more honored that you gave me the opportunity to photograph your love. It is inspirational, fulfilling, and I could not be more happier for the both of you. I wish the Doctor, Mrs., and Brody all the best on y'all's journey together as man + wife (and dog!)!