From the Photographer:
These high school sweethearts are not only very talented athletes but are madly in love! Rachel played basketball for her college and Ian was going through training the week of his wedding to become the punter for the Purdue University football team. Unfortunately he was required to live with the team for a full 4 weeks before he could move in with his wife, but that didn’t keep the couple from getting married in the first available weekend.
Rachel & Ian were married at the Centennial Bible Church in Westfield, IN. The bride, the mothers, and the bridesmaids enjoyed their morning getting ready at The Beauty Lounge, located in Carmel.
Rachel and Ian had a revealing in the Kawachinagano Japanese Garden in Carmel, IN, right off the Monon Trail. This is the park in which Ian proposed to Rachel. It was incredibly touching that that they chose to have their revealing in the same place that they became engaged. This is an incredibly romantic location for a first look. It was such an honor to witness Ian seeing his bride for the first time, as well as seeing Rachel’s face light up when she saw his reaction.
After the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. made their exit through bubbles, with beautifully crafted get-a-way decor. They headed to the Plum Creek Golf Course to kick off their wedding celebration. It was a packed reception, with guests who were anxious to celebrate the happy couple, and lots of delicious food! Of course their reception was floor to ceiling of a beautiful shade of pink, lace, and their favorite game, scrabble. I’ve never met bigger fans than these two. When they were dating, Rachel’s father made them scrabble tiles with their initials an adorable heart, which I’ve been told will be updated for the new Mrs. Ian & Rachel were just fabulous, and they come from two wonderful families.
We had such a wonderful time capturing their portraits and working with them through the planning. They have been nothing but sweethearts. It’s always a little bittersweet finishing up these weddings, but we have lasting memories of their wonderful day that we will cherish for a long time!
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Photographer: Jennifer Van Elk Photography
Ceremony Location:Centennial Bible Church//Cake Designer: Classic Cakes//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Dress Designer:Maggie Sottero//Floral Designer: Oberer’s Flowers//Reception Venue:Plum Creek Golf Course//Caterer:Sahm’s//DJ:Shawn Liller //Beauty:The Beauty Lounge//Dress Designer: Vera Wang//Submitted via Two Bright Lights