It’s hard for me to put into words how invested I become when I photograph weddings without even realizing it until I’m crying at Starbucks as I edit the first round of picks… and then again when I’m sitting in bed at home pulling a highlight blog post together. Rachel & Mike’s Sunday Brunch Wedding at Boerner Botanical Gardens was stunning and filled with so much emotion I had a hard time keeping my key board dry.
To start, it is hard to not fall madly in love with any couple to tells me there will be brunch served with egg back and prime rib, a Bloody Mary bar and passed mimosa’s… yard games and take home cribbage games! I mean… why aren’t Sunday morning brunch weddings a thing? Honestly, best idea ever!
Rather than sharing my own favorite moments I want to share the words of Rachel and Michael…
Rachel & Mike, tell me a bit about some of your most favorites parts from your wedding day?
Mike: “I enjoyed sharing a meal at our (relatively) private sweetheart table, watching our friends and family laugh and relax with one another. It was a beautiful window into how our families have, and will continue to, grow together.”
Rachel: “Seeing Michael’s reaction when I was walking down the aisle. I was completely taken aback on how intense it was and seeing him being in complete awe and completely vulnerable to his emotion is a memory I like to re-visit frequently. My second was when the band played “Footloose” and my dad ran over to me, grabbed me by the hand, told me this was a song my mom and him used to dance to all the time, and then proceeded to try to teach me to swing dance right there on the spot. It was nice to see his happiness show on his face and to share a moment of pure joy with him.”
You and Mike were so thoughtful about your wedding, you included a tradition of washing each others feet that isn’t seen often at wedding ceremonies but was incredibly beautiful. Could you tell me a bit more about this?
For us, the footwash ceremony symbolizes both humbling yourself to serve your partner, and also allowing yourself to be vulnerable, open, and to be served in return. We wanted to openly declare our desire to do all things as equals, and most importantly, our commitment to serving and loving one another in a way that tries to emulate how Jesus approached His ministry.
You had a Sunday Brunch Wedding early in the morning which I thought was brilliant! How did you come up with a brunch wedding idea… any tips for other couples who are interested in planning a morning wedding?
Mike: “We loved being able to celebrate all day, while also having time to ourselves in the evening. One tip: ask early, as well as the week before, to confirm whether or not your venue can accommodate setting up (or dropping things off) the day before. It will go a long way towards making the early morning of the wedding a little less stressful!”
Rachel: “Everyone asked why we chose Sunday as a day to have a wedding. For us Sunday is a day of worship and family. Sundays were all about the church vibes followed by going to grandma’s for a home cooked meal and fellowship. The warm feelings that fill your heart and soul that a Sunday brings are the exact vibes we wanted to have at our Sunday Morning Brunch wedding. “The hardest part was finding hair stylists that could accommodate an early time plus on a Sunday. Be flexible and if need be, ask your bridal party as well if they can be flexible.”
Thank you so much to you both for sharing your Sunday Brunch Wedding with me, and what a beautiful day it was!
The team of vendor’s Rachel and Mike choose were amazing!
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