Christ the King + Warwick Hotel Classic Wedding | Francesca + Rafael

August 24, 2018

Classic. Joyful. Elegant. 

I’m telling you, if I photographed weddings for people half as joyful as everyone I encountered on Rafael and Francesca’s wedding day, my cup would be absolutely overflowing! I believe I left their joyous occasion beaming ear-to-ear, because I physically couldn’t help it! 

What a special wedding I was able to document, and it was such an honor to do so! 

Every from from Francesca’s classic, stunning details to the luscious florals throughout the reception hall–absolutely perfect. Every person from Rafael and Francesca to literally the event staff–joyous and kind. I’m still recovering from the awe of Francesca’s Hailey Paige wedding gown–it was too perfect! And I don’t think she could have chosen a more elegant hair style to compliment everything special that was her or her wedding dress. 

I could easily tell that the thought and planning put into every detail of their wedding day was planned and important, and I loved this about Francesca. She’s a bride who knew what she wanted. As she was getting ready, she had specific requests for how she wanted her hair and makeup, and this stood out to me. I thought, “I wish I could be better at knowing exactly what I want–being knowledgeable.” 

But mostly, after thought, I realized, this is a woman who knows who she is. She knows and is confident in everything Rafael is, and she oh-so-much joyfully celebrated every bit of this on her wedding day. It was absolutely refreshing to see a couple so perfect for one another take in and celebrate the details of their wedding day WITH the most special and loved people to them. 

It’s very rare for me to not meet face-to-face with a bride and groom before their wedding date, but for travel-sake, this was the case. And let’s just say it didn’t stunt their ability to be comfortable, unashamedly in LOVE and trusting during their portrait time. We had probably double the amount of portrait time for the two of them, and it just about made my little heart burst. Goodness gracious, these two are not only a beautiful couple together, but they cannot be more kind or down-to-earth. 

This was reflected in all of their family, their friends I visited with, their intentional details and those gorgeous smiles ALLDAYLONG. 

Francesca and Rafael, here’s to wishing your honeymoon in Italy is half as wonderful as your wedding day!! Big hugs!


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