Rachel and Jared tied the knot on April 18, 2015 in at The Bottle Factory in Monroe, NC. I love working with creative, fun couples who deliberately plan a celebration true to their personalities and story--and Rachel and Jared were right up our alley. (When Rachel pulled out Lisa Frank stickers from her bridal fanny pack as we showed up, I knew it would be a fun day!) To learn more about Rachel and Jared's "Southern wedding with Brooklyn-loft vibes", read the Q&A with the couple below.
To view all of the photos from Rachel + Jared's wedding and order prints, please visit their wedding gallery on my online print shop!
1. How did you meet and fall in love? I'd love to hear a little bit more of your story. :)
We met online, which is not very romantic. Our first date, however, was at a romantic Italian tapas bar and Rachel likes to say that since Jared ordered a bottle of wine she knew he felt she was attractive enough to be with for a bottle-length of time. We were basically dating from our first date and began an ongoing conversation that never ended. Within a few weeks, Jared abruptly blurted “I’m in love with you” during a walk on the beach, and the rest is history.
2. Tell me about the inspiration for your wedding celebration. How did the day itself line up with your vision and expectations?
We wanted the wedding to be true to us and it was. From the rabbi’s fun and engaging ceremony to the venue and food, it all came together perfectly. We have a pretty clear sense of what our style is and chose vendors who matched that style. As a bonus, they were all extremely pleasant to work with! We ended up with a wedding that was in North Carolina, with a Southern-inspired menu, with Brooklyn loft vibes. Jared is a graphic designer, which meant the wedding was very branded! We included personal touches like setting up a trivia game for the guests taking the buses from the hotel, personalized matchbooks with illustrations of us, a Jared-curated menu, and more. We chose vendors who had a similar sense of our style, so we knew they would create a beautiful event—and they did.
3. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
It is impossible to choose one favorite moment! Highlights include walking in to the venue for the first time and seeing how beautifully it had all come together; the ketubah signing when we had a few moments before the ceremony to regroup with our close family; the fifteen minutes of alone time we spent together after the ceremony; and seeing everyone tear up the dance floor!
4. What factors other than photos went into your decision on a wedding photographer? Why did you pick me?
We loved Courtney’s journalistic style and the photos she shot for our friend’s wedding. We wanted to focus on capturing the spirit of the day with minimal time spent organizing people for photos. Our preference was for candid, spontaneous images, and we could tell from her portfolio that Courtney had an eye for finding those moments and capturing them. We wanted our guests to be able to enjoy the wedding and I think we were able to accomplish that. We appreciated that Courtney took a lot of time to get to know us, which helped us all feel comfortable with each other on the wedding day.
5. Did you foresee any part of your wedding day being difficult logistically or emotionally? Did I make it easier? If so, how?
We wanted to get most of the photos out of the way before the ceremony, but knew we had some group family photos to take care of during cocktail hour. Courtney was very helpful wrangling family members who’d gone rogue to make the process go as quickly as possible. We also hadn’t given too much thought to where we wanted to do our photos in and around the venue. We weren’t familiar with the area, but Courtney did a great job scouting locations in town and finding unique settings for our wedding party photos.
6. What is the first thing you want to do with the images?
Relive the day. Share them with our friends and family.
7. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
The timing of our wedding was perfect. It was a rough winter in New York, so the wedding was one of the first warm weather weekends we had in a while. By the time we got back from our honeymoon, we had lovely May weather in New York! We are very excited to have a relaxing summer this year, with some trips planned to visit friends, and to enjoy NYC without having to think about wedding chores!
Rachel + Jared, thank you so much for hiring me to document your day. I had a blast, and I hope that you enjoy looking at these photos for years to come!
Venue: The Bottle Factory
Coordinator: Ginger Hussey with Hey Love! Events
Officiant/minister: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich
Videographer: Carlisle Wedding Videography
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Flower girl dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom's clothing: J. Crew
Florist: The Bloom Room
Cake: Great Occasion Cakes
Catering: Delectables by Holly
Invites & Programs: Designed by the groom
Band/DJ: Split Second Sound
Transportation: Rose Charter