Last Friday, (March 6) our sweet Rachel married Nathan, the man of her dreams at the Old Pate Chapel on Thomas Road. She came to us in early 2014 as a bride-to-be to find her dream wedding dress and brought Nathan with her. Of course we asked him to “wait outside” so he wouldn’t see the designs she was trying on. It seemed only a few minutes before Rachel was saying “Yes” to her fabulous dress.!!
Rachel was so impressed with our mission she came back in the spring as a volunteer and was quickly adopted as one of our premier consultants. Rachel consulted with numerous brides making them feel as special as she had when she found hers. We all fell in love with her and their love story and enjoyed many days of laughter. I adopted her as another of my CSB daughters as she called me “Mom” when I offered unsolicited advice. Nothing made me smile more than her asking me…”mom what should I do about…….”..!!!
As time went on, Rachel got busy with wedding planning. She had to find a church/venue, pick out colors, order bridesmaids dresses, choose her flower arrangements, decide on a menu for the reception, have alterations on bridal gown, find a photographer and the list goes on. There came a day when I asked if she were having “bridal portraits” taken….She had not added that to her list.
So I got busy…..I was on a mission to make sure Rachel had a day all her own….in full bridal glory… without the expense. There was one photographer I knew I could call who would probably be willing to donate a photo session to the YWCA. Thomasina Walters of ElvisDog Productions jumped on board and even got makeup artist Desiree Baughman to volunteer her time for the bridal styled shoot in our historic downtown building on Valentine’s Day. See a sample of the gorgeous bridal portraits in the slideshow below.
Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the wedding. It was a beautiful service that began with worship through song. As I watched Rachel walk down the aisle on her father’s arm….singing “Amazing Grace”…..I got a little misty. That silly bride-to-be I had met over a year earlier was getting married. Such a bittersweet moment in time……I had been a part of this beautiful journey…..and am now witnessing a union blessed by God…..I couldn’t be happier…..
Congratulations to Rachel and Nathan Cantu from everyone at Church Street Bridal.....
Thanks to: Thomasina Walters of ElvisDog Productions – Bridal Portraits
Desiree Baughman – Bridal Portrait Makeup Artist
Ally Murray – Bridal Portrait Hair Stylist
AnnaMarie Barksdale – Bouquet for Bridal Portrait
Facebook - Wedding Ceremony Photos