Monday, December 3, 2012

Forrest & Rachel's Wedding

   Well she did it.  She said “I do” to the preacher man!  What can I say?  When I found out that Rachel and Forrest were dating I literally wanted to go around screaming like a teenage girl at a concert, it was that cool.  It’s just so amazing when two people are undeniably meant for each other!  Rachel has become a beautiful Godly woman who seeks Christ, and Forrest is a man serving God with a sincere heart.  I know He has brought them together.
   I also know that taking wedding photos where both the Bride and Groom are your close friends is so much fun!  Rachel and I have gone to the same church she’s been a dear friend for years.  Forrest, what can I say?  When you’re cousins and grew up doing all kinds of crazy stuff together there’s just something there that time doesn’t take away. Thank you for asking me to photograph your day!!  And thank you Mandy for all you did as the second shooter.  It was a good day in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
    I was looking forward to this occasion and enjoying all the details I knew would be part of it. Rachel is such a creative person, and the details are her specialty! There were lots of lovely handmade touches, from the invitations she made to the giant chocolate chip cookie favors tied with twine and a tag. 

Forrest and Rachel planned to see each other
 before the ceremony and we caught that
special moment when the man first saw
his lovely bride.

I believe you call this adoration?


photo credit: Mandy Summy

This has to be my favorite shot of the day.


photo credit: Mandy Summy

I couldn’t help but slip in a picture of our
little family all spiffed up for the wedding! J 
Thanks, Mandy, for the picture.


photo credit: Mandy Summy
Music runs deep in Forrest’s family and
his sisters and sister-in-law played beautifully
during the ceremony. The groom andgroomsmen
sang a stirring rendition of the
old hymn “He Leadeth Me”. 

Between the ceremony and reception
we slipped off to out-of-the-way a place beside
the Shenandoah River to capture some
of the newlywed enchantment!

photo credit: Mandy Summy


The cake was created by Tanya Nissley, and I believe it was the most perfect wedding cake I’ve ever seen.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  I actually picked up one of the icing rose petals that were scattered around the cake just to make sure it wasn’t real!  If you live in Virginia and want quality, she’s the person to get in touch with.


God bless you Forrest and Rachel. 
God was already using you as single individuals
 and I know His plans for you
together are even greater!


  1. Very, very pretty wedding and nice work Jessica! I love the first photo, especially and the black and white (I think you said it's you're fav) with the sun streaming down over them!

    1. Thank you, Michelle! It was a fun day. Wish you could have been there!

  2. Love the pictures!! :)


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