It was wonderful to return back to The Meadows Stonington for another wedding, this time for Rachel + Jamil. I had been anxiously awaiting this wedding for a while, since I sorta, well definitely did, fall in love with Rachel + Jamil a while ago at their engagement session. They share a beautiful love story and knowing personally some of the family, I knew that this wedding was going to be incredible.
But incredible doesn't begin to do the day justice. I arrived to aunts who were excitedly hurrying around doing last minute wedding things, mom and bridesmaids upstairs in the bridal suite, laughing, dancing, and soaking in every minute of the gorgeous day. Hair and makeup was being done by Kevin + Co., and all of the girls looked absolutely stunning. Rachel especially looked absolutely radiant, no surprise. Putting on her dress, making the transformation to "bride" complete, brought on the tears. As did the moment Rachel's dad saw her as a bride for the first time.
Rachel + Jamil had been dating for almost 7 years on the day they married. So needless to say there were many, many people that were excited to celebrate their marriage. When I looked out at the guests as the wedding was about to start there were just huge smiles everywhere. The love and support from everyone was obvious as they waited for Rachel + Jamil to solidify their relationship. After the ceremony, the newlyweds danced their way back down the aisle. Rachel and Jamil share a love for music, and a huge talent for playing as well, so it was no surprise that was just the beginning of a long night of dancing!
Rachel + Jamil celebrated an absolutely perfect day at The Meadows Stonington, with their closest of family and friends present. The two of them had the biggest smiles the entire time, and between the laughter, tears, vows, toasts, and speeches, this is truly a day that will be remembered forever. I know the two of you have big plans for your marriage, and I am truly so excited to see what happens next!!
Venue: The Meadows
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Hair and Makeup: Kevin & Co.
Wedding Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal
DJ: Derrik Williams
Flora: Erin Johnston
Officiant: Jason Longo