Rachael and John were married at The Reefs, which is one of my favourite locations in Bermuda. They tied the knot surrounded by dear friends and beloved family and the joy from all was infectious. Everything went off without a hitch and the two couldn't have been happier.
Rachael and her attendants prepared for the wedding at the Fairmont Southampton.
As a wedding gift, John had given Rachael this beautiful strand of akoya pearls which she wore for the ceremony and the rest of the evening.
This beautiful double stranded pearls had belonged to the bride's grandmother, Janet, who passed away before Rachael was born. But her mother, Janice, wore them at her wedding too, so Rachael was keen to have some photos taken wearing this special necklace.
The stunning bridal bouquet was designed by Gimi.
Rachael's something new was her dress and veil and shoes.
Her something old was John's Grandma Sally's handkerchief which she pinned to the inside of her dress, and her something borrowed and blue was the ring bearer's pillow.
Rachael and John chose The Reefs after having seen it on my blog which makes me so happy to hear! They figured the wedding venue should photograph well and they very sweetly said that they fell in love with the way I shoot this location which is so kind.
Rachael was so happy to have her mum and brothers and sisters in once place, since it only happens at best once a year. She felt so touched that they made the trek out for the wedding and Tyler, who is training to be a fighter pilot in the US Air Force was only in Bermuda for 17 hours before having to fly out so it meant the world to her to have him, and little brother, Mark, who just became engaged the week before the wedding to the most wonderful woman, walk her down the aisle.
Although Rachael and John are both religious, they had a very short ceremony, believing that they know God didn't need them to belabour the point!!
John designed Rachael's ring with careful guidance from her sister and maid of honour, Grace. He presented it to her Christmas day, 2012 via a red bow tied around a new puppy's neck. When she asked the name of the puppy, John suggested she check. Yet Rachael discovered that instead of a tag around his neck, there was a sparkly ring which, when she tried it on, fit perfectly.
The cocktail reception took place on the upper terrace at Caso's Point.
Dinner was held at Coconuts.
The Reefs created the chic cake with its texture echoed the movement of the ocean beyond.
Some of the most special memories from the wedding were the thoughtful, touching and sincere toasts done by Rachael's sister and maid of honour, Grace, and John's best mad, John. There were laughs, there were tears, and stories from Vegas were tactfully omitted!
Congratulations John and Rachael - I am so happy for you both and wish you the best on your new journey together as a married couple, and in particular, having fun being "parents-in-training" with your darling puppy, Bentley. xx