Rachel and Tim
June 17, 2017

How They Met:
Rachel and Tim met in 2012 at a friend’s annual Christmas party. Rachel had eyed Tim from the moment he walked into the party but didn’t think anything of it. To her surprise, they ended up talking and exchanged phone numbers. From there, the two texted non-stop until their first date at the local bowling alley. They ended up spending most of the night chatting away in Tim’s car, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

The Proposal:
Tim popped the question in 2015 during Rachel’s birthday zip-lining trip in the Shenandoah Mountains. Rachel recalls, “I remember how Tim was SO anxious to go hiking and all I wanted to do was cool down after the adventure we’d just had.” According to Tim, he was just trying to find the best moment to propose. After hiking they decided to drive to Luray Caverns. Even in the beautiful landscape, Tim still didn’t think it was right. “It was getting late in the day, and we decided we should probably start heading back.” Tim had the final idea to take Skyline Drive home so that they could see the sunset against the Blue Ridge Mountains. They pulled over at one of the scenic overlooks, and Tim finally found his spot. “He pulled out the ring and got down on one knee, I was tearing up but of course, I said YES!”

The Details:
“We picked the Boathouse at Sunday Park because we knew immediately how perfect the setting was, especially with their gardens!” The two loved that the venue had everything covered. From the ceremony to the reception, Boathouse made everything easy. They went with a rustic DIY theme, using navy, lilac, and grey colors. The navy worked out well, as Tim’s brother who was serving in the Air Force, showed up last minute in his uniform. “It worked out perfectly as he matched the bridesmaids in their navy dresses and Tim in his Navy suit.”

While planning, Rachel knew she wanted one thing: the ceremony to be outside. “When the day came it was absolutely beautiful as we got ready, then we arrived at the Boathouse and it was POURING rain.” Rachel’s heart sank. But everyone from the photographer to their coordinator Susan with The Boathouse reassured her that no matter what happened, everything was going to be perfect. “At that point, having a great team of vendors and being around family and friends, it really didn’t matter where we had the ceremony because we were getting married and that’s all that mattered.” But as fate would have it, the skies cleared and the ceremony went off without a hitch as the blue sky peaked behind the dusty clouds.

For their flowers they wanted simple, and Vogue Flowers gave them their vision. With hydrangeas and eucalyptus for their centerpieces, the décor was perfect.

Favorite Part of the Day:
“It is hard to pick one favorite aspect of the day, but definitely walking down the aisle to my husband has to be towards the top of the list. Waiting behind the gates at the top of the ceremony area and peeking thru the gate, I could see just a glimpse of Tim, it gave me a sense of excitement. I think that is the moment that made the day feel real!” For Tim? “Waiting at the altar before the ceremony. I could barely see a glimpse of Rachel around the trees. I was elated to see my bride to be!”

Biggest Challenge:
“The guest list!”

Best Advice:
“Really be in the moment! It’s hard with people constantly telling you to stand here or do this, but take mental snapshots of your surroundings throughout the day and truly enjoy it.”