Our connection to Rachel goes back quite a few years, but we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her in person until Gary proposed and they reached out to us for their photography! What we knew of Rachel can be summarized as follows: gorgeous, wine lover, photographer, stylish, fun, and compassionate. Yes, all of those attributes were gathered from her instagrams!! ;) So you can easily understand why the two of us jumped out of our chairs when we received a message from her & Gary with news of their engagement!! After a Skype date that truly felt like the four of us were out on a double date, we dove right into planning their engagement session! Early on in their wedding planning, Rach & Gar considered having their wedding on the beautiful farm you see above. The property has been in Gary’s family forever and from the rolling landscape to the charming red barn, it’s a scene that just begs to be photographed. After much deliberation they found another lovely place to celebrate their wedding day, but Gary’s Grandparents’ farm was the PERFECT spot for their engagement session!!
We always love photographing couples in meaningful locations and spent weeks looking forward to this session!! Rachel & Gary put so much thought and planning into what they wanted to incorporate in their images, and we had countless emails bouncing back as they continued to plan & decide on outfits. Don’t you just love their style!? Rachel & Gary’s picnic scene was made even more special by the wine Rachel brought back from Italy five years ago, a blanket that her parents got in Greece, and each of their favorite Cafe Latte treats! :)
What happened on the day of their engagement session can honestly only be described as an experience. The wind chill was maybe a degree or two above zero, but between the four of us our spirits were full of laughter and warmth!! Walking the hillside, we made our way around the farm where we did backflips over the rolling hills and twisty trees that we thought were transplanted from California! If we’re being honest, these two deserve an award for managing to make single digit temperatures look like they were on an adorable date in Ireland.
Rachel & Gary! Thank you two SO much for inviting us out to the farm and into your lives during such an exciting time!! We truly feel lucky to have been chosen as your photographers and can’t wait to photograph your wedding day next September!
Love | Kelsy & Butch
All images captured on film with Contax 645 on Fuji 400H.