As a family photographer, I am privileged to capture countless beautiful moments, but there are some that stand out as truly unique and heartwarming. Rachel and Geoff's self-united marriage ceremony was one such occasion, where the rain added a touch of magic to their love story.
The story of Rachel and Geoff began just nine months ago at the Rocky Springs Bowling Alley in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Rachel, working behind the counter, caught Geoff's eye when he walked in alone, his demeanor slightly grumpy. However, the moment Geoff laid eyes on Rachel, his face lit up like a Christmas tree. It took him a week to muster the courage to ask for her number, and from that point forward, the rest became history.
Their journey led them to a beautifully intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and children. Both Rachel and Geoff had been married before, but in each other, they found a renewed passion for life and love. Their vows spoke of comfort, safety, and a commitment to forever love – a promise that echoed through the air on a misty, overcast day at the historic Rock Ford in Lancaster County Park.
The choice of venue was not only picturesque but also symbolic of the enduring strength of their union. The rain that gently fell during the ceremony seemed to wash away the past, leaving nothing but a clean slate for their shared future.
Following the heartfelt vows, the celebration continued at Red Pin, where guests enjoyed a delightful dinner and a few rounds of bowling – a perfect continuation of the joyous occasion. Rachel and Geoff's matching hand tattoos, a simple yet powerful declaration that said "hi," were proudly on display. It was a testament to the profound connection they shared, a connection that was both personal and playful.
One of the most touching moments of the day came when Rachel's daughter shared a special poem from their favorite TV show, "The Good Witch." This shared love for a television series reflected the bond between mother and daughter and added an extra layer of significance to the ceremony.
They are about to say 'I do', three little letters, two little words. It's the simplest part of the day; but there is nothing simple about the things that will remain unsaid. 'I do' means I do know I could be hurt, but I am ready to be healed with you. It means I do want to try, even when the fear of failure holds me back. And I do not know the future, but I am ready to be surprised along the way. 'I do' means I do want your love & I do give you mine. And nothing we do will ever be the same, because we will be doing it all together.
Despite the rain, we ventured outdoors to capture the essence of their love in the enchanting surroundings of Rock Ford. The porch of the historic house and the nearby garden provided the perfect backdrop, with unexpected guests—deer in the clearing—adding a touch of natural beauty to the scene.
As a family photographer, moments like these remind me why I love what I do. It's not just about capturing images; it's about telling a story, preserving memories, and immortalizing the unique love that binds families together. Rachel and Geoff's rainy self-united marriage ceremony will forever hold a special place in my heart and in the photographs that will be cherished for generations to come.