Rachel’s bridal suite pictures and all things bridesmaids is on the blog today! This was a h.u.g.e. wedding party, and we packed ourselves TIGHT into that bridal suite. Pre-wedding jitters turned into sappy sentiments, bobby pins were flying, and we all excitedly prepped ourselves for one of the best days of Rachel’s life! Her amazing photographer (Abby Grace Photography) snapped this group shot. Do any other budding photographers in the ever-learning, ever-evolving stage creepily watch ever move a “real” photographer makes. I was fascinated watching her swap out lenses so smoothly, drooled over her camera bag contents, and strained my eyes (where are my glasses when I need them?!) to see the settings for each shot on the top of her camera. I resisted the temptation to ask her exactly which settings she was using and how she was taking her pictures – but I promise that wasn’t easy. I realize I sound borderline crazy, but I just love learning photography! It’s a constant learning process!
Since the real photog ducked out pretty quickly (so many exciting things to take pictures of!), Rachel asked me to pull out my camera, and I happily obliged! 🙂
Rachel’s sweet sister and mom! I love them both and I’m so blessed to be so close to her family! After one picture, everyone wanted a picture with the glowing bride! She was STUNNING – and she hadn’t even put her dress on yet!
Y’all, apparently “getting ready” pictures mean pictures in cute robes after your hair and make-up is done. Not actually while you’re getting ready. I’m not 100% up-to-speed on the whole girly thing (I spent all day Thursday and Friday at the shooting range, after all), but I’m learning. I learned a lot this weekend. Like that getting ready can be a serious process. And that I’m totally a fan of “dry bars” (ah-mazing!!!) and about to pull the trigger on buying some dry shampoo. If it’s as good as it’s sound, I’m sold. And for those of you who don’t know what a dry bar is – it’s a hair salon minus the cutting and coloring. They fix your hair up for events, but most importantly, they wash your hair and massage your head as you lay there in a cushy chair forgetting about every stress in the world. I would argue that the head massage is greater than a pedicure (gasp!). I know, that good. It’s probably a good thing that we don’t live near one, because I’d be trying to convince the hubby that I need my hair styled to go grocery shopping at the commissary.
Last, but certainly not least, Deb. I met Deb about 20 years ago, and she is an incredible example of a selfless and amazing woman! She played all roles for Rachel’s wedding – make-up artist, hair stylist, bartender (at the welcome party, hilarious!), her husband DJ’d, surprise flash mob dancer, and all around fun-loving spirit throughout the wedding. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Deb. She is the executive director of an AMAZING company called Variety Children’s Charity in Kansas City. This company is all about providing adaptive equipment for children with special needs. From wheelchairs to bicycles to PLAYGROUNDS – they do it all! They’ve made a visible difference in the lives of special needs children in Kansas City, providing these children with opportunities they might not otherwise be able to experience! Deb’s company focuses on giving children mobility, communication, among other qualities of life so easily taken for granted. I can only imagine what a gift this is to special needs parents, seeing such compassion and love for these children who are so completely perfect in God’s eyes. Variety Children’s Charity helps these children overcome these worldly challenges and live life to the fullest! I’m constantly taken aback by the child’s ability to overcome and adapt to situations with such radiant heart and infectious spirit. These children are often the ones teaching US! I am so impressed by Deb’s complete selflessness and giving spirit through this company, all while raising two awesome kids with her fun husband, Jamie! If you have a minute to check out her company, I HIGHLY recommend watching a few of their videos showing the incredible work they do. I promise it will touch your heart!
And so after the bridal suite, we headed to the venue. When our beautiful bouquets showed up, it started to feel real.
The grandmothers and mothers joined us in the bridal suite, along with Rachel, and it was the sweetest time with all the women in Rachel’s life.
The thoughtfulness of this wedding continued with Annie’s (mother of the bride!) gift to Rachel. This locket symbolized Rachel’s something old, new, and blue. The lockets were Annie’s lockets from each of her three children, and this pinned onto the bouquet Rachel held for the ceremony. I was touched by how special this was and it wasn’t even my gift!
Then Rachel’s veil showed up and it was really real. Only a few moments before she would marry the love of her life!
Wrapping up the bridal suite was one of the most special parts of the wedding for me. Short story about my wedding day, nearly six years ago. Our wedding party was nothing like Rachel’s. We had a maid of honor and a best man – and that was it. It was small and perfect and we wouldn’t change a thing. One of the most special parts of the day was when Rachel asked to pray for our marriage, as we stood in the back of the that chapel before my Dad walked me down the aisle. It was such a special moment for me that I remember to this day. And so I wanted to do the same for her. With my prayer prepared and waiting for the moment, at the same time I started to talk, Rachel asked for someone to pray. It was such a blessing to be able to pray for this journey of a biblical marriage she and Grant are about to embark on. There are inevitably going to be ups and downs, but through HIM, their marriage will be rich and fulfilling as they serve each other all the days of their lives, together. A little more on this later when I have a few more moments. After this, we were off to the wedding! Y’all are going to be blown away by Grant and Rachel’s wedding photos – I promise! Just wait!