Best Part of Me // Rachel + Kevin

Rachel and Kevin have been sweethearts since high school!  The two shared a couple of classes together and also had mutual friends, so naturally they started to hang out together.  Even though Kevin transferred to another high school for his senior year, they started officially dating and went to each other’s proms.  Then, when it was time for college, they stayed together literally and figuratively!  They both went to the same university and their love continued to grow and evolve.

For their 5th anniversary, the couple decided to celebrate over the weekend in the mountains of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.  They explored the charming and historic Pocono Mountains town and on the next morning, hiked the Glen Onoko trail.  Once they reached the top of the Glen Onoko Falls with its gorgeous scenic views, Kevin got down on one knee and asked Rachel to be his wife!  She was completely surprised and couldn’t stop crying!  Luckily, a couple passing by saw what was happening and took photos while Kevin took out the engagement ring and presented it to Rachel.  It was a breathtaking location and a beautiful moment that they’ll remember forever.  Another day they’ll never forget was their wonderful wedding day!

C.E. Facial Artistry applied the finishing touches as Rachel got ready on the morning of her wedding with her mother and her bridal party at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Bensalem.  The bridal party’s luscious ivory bouquets from Domenic Graziano Flowers, with all that wonderful greenery, coordinated beautifully with the maids’ of honor and bridesmaids’ lovely pale watercolor blue gowns.  And Rachel’s sweet junior bridesmaid and flower girl were so pretty in their special white dresses!

Rachel was an absolutely dazzling bride in her wedding gown!  She wore a sensational dress from Essense of Australia that featured a halter lace illusion neckline, a shimmering sheer lace overlay and a fit and flare silhouette.  And that full lace back was so gorgeous!

Meanwhile, Kevin and his groomsmen prepared for this special day, relaxing and even having a drink at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Newtown!  They all looked so dapper in their classic matching tuxedos.  And both Rachel and Kevin set aside some quiet time to read love notes that they exchanged.  It was so touching how emotional they each got after reading each other’s words.

Rachel and Kevin decided not to see each other before the ceremony and headed directly from their hotels to St. Ephrem Catholic Church.  As Rachel walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, Kevin saw his glowing bride for the first time that day.  Rev. Msgr. McAteer celebrated a traditional Catholic Nuptial Mass and led Rachel and Kevin in reciting their vows.  At the conclusion of the Mass, the two were pronounced ‘husband and wife’!  And as the two left the church, they were saluted with bubbles by their friends and family!

Then, it was off to the reception at the lovely Northampton Valley Country Club with its private, tree-lined drive and glamorous ballrooms!  Professional photos were captured inside Rachel and Kevin’s reception venue, along that quiet drive and on the picturesque golf course by the fantastic talent at Artistic Imagery.  It’s always a pleasure to work with their team and document such beauteous weddings alongside them.

Rachel and Kevin entered the beautiful grand ballroom holding hands and danced a very sweet first dance.  This was followed by a blessing from Rev. Msgr. McAteer, then heartfelt toasts from Rachel’s two maids of honor and Kevin’s two best men as Rachel and Kevin shared a sweetheart table at their reception.  Listen to how they all described their love and admiration for the couple, with Rachel’s maids of honor even reciting a delightful poem together!  Then, Rachel and her father danced a beautiful dance before dinner was served to guests.

EBE Talent’s Love 77 rocked the house all night long and kept Rachel and Kevin’s friends and family out on that dance floor!  Later that evening, a Sweet Pea Ice Cream truck offered guests sweet frozen treats and desserts were served, along with that scrumptious four-tiered cake from Desserts by Design, and everyone continued to dance the night away!

It was such a pleasure to work with this sweet couple and their family!  Thank you to Rachel and Kevin for allowing us to share in your beautiful wedding day and best wishes to you both from the entire team at Cord 3 Films!

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Photographer:  Artistic Imagery – Newtown, PA      

Floral Design:  Domenic Graziano Flowers & Gifts – Southampton, PA    

Hair Stylist:  C.E. Facial Artistry – Philadelphia, PA  

Makeup Artist:  C.E. Facial Artistry – Philadelphia, PA  

Wedding Dress:  Essense of Australia

Bridal Shoes:  Badgley Mischka     

Entertainment:  EBE Talent – Love 77 – Philadelphia, PA   

Cake:  Desserts by Design – Richboro, PA    

Ice Cream Truck:  Sweet Pea Ice Cream – Doylestown, PA

Stationary:  Cupcake Graphics – Newtown, PA

Officiant:   Rev. Msgr. Kenneth McAteer – Bensalem, PA    

Church:  St. Ephrem Catholic Church – Bensalem, PA    

Venue:  Northampton Valley Country Club – Richboro, PA     

Accommodations:  Hampton Inn & Suites Philadelphia/Bensalem – Bensalem, PA; Homewood Suites by Hilton Newtown-Langhorne – Newtown, PA