Rachel and Chris got married! IN AN AIRPORT SHUT DOWN JUST FOR THEM!
Sorry for the yelling, but we really wanted to just scream a bit about how exciting their wedding was! We’ve been looking forward to their nuptials for quite some time.We were fortunate enough to be able to shoot their engagement session inside Dodger Stadium (look forward to THAT post once the MLB gives us approval), and it was so much fun to watch Rachel and Chris bond with each other! Best of friends become the best of couples.
Just had to post one quickie detail of those shoes. We love us some cool shoes!
I met up with Chris down at the Agua Dulce Airport. Rachel’s dad has a hangar at this airport, and he was able to convince the owners of the park to shut down completely for his daughter’s special day! Chris and I headed on over to a nice sheltered part of one of the old hangars for their First Look. We just love that moment when our brides and grooms see each other for the first time on their big day!
So sweet, these two.
Rachel looked absolutely angelic in her gown!
And Chris looked rather dashing with his white on white vest and tie combo!
It was really cool to see all of the planes hanging around the hangars (is that why they call them hangars?!?), but the fact that Rachel’s dad’s plane was right there made it all so very special!
The bridal party needed a plane too!
The airport has a clubhouse as well, and that was where the big moment took place.This nice little lawn (that replaced an old pool…the no diving tiles were still there!) served as the perfect spot for their ceremony, which was beautifully delivered by Chris’ Uncle Bill.
Sometimes that little moment before the moment is the best. I was so stoked when I saw this happen in front of me with Rachel’s grandparents! Awwww!
Unity candles + wind + loving attitude = smiles. They actually stayed lit for a millisecond!
Laughter, followed soon enough by tears of unmitigated joy. <3
We love these few moments right after our couples tie the knot! It’s a great emotional mix of love, excitement, and a little bit of relief, too!
We only had a few minutes to spend with the two of them before they joined their guests, so we headed straight for this wide open runway for some fun!
And rolling foothills in the background…
OK. So we’ve established that this wedding was at an airport. That’s pretty cool. But what truly made Rachel and Chris’ wedding unique was the unbelievably well-thought-out event design, mastered by Peter with Goose on the Loose Productions. This guy did absolutely incredible work in designing Rachel and Chris’ airport/flight/travel themed reception.
The elegance inside the HUGE tent was simple and focused, which we love!
Hilton Airways is ready for it’s maiden voyage… destination: good times!!
The crew greeted every guest as they walked from cocktail hour near the runway and queued up for their boarding passes…
…where they were welcomed by bright and cheerful ticket agents…
…they received their boarding passes…
…waved “Hello!” to by the co-pilot/cigar lounge operator…
And yes, those are airplane seats in the cigar lounge! So clever
…and we have liftoff!
The toasts to Rachel and Chris were hilarious, loving, and emotional. They are truly surrounded by friends and family who love and support them!
Sooooo, quick side note. See this happy family? On the left is one of our previous La Vida Couples, Kelly and Joel! Kelly grew up in Agua Dulce with Rachel, and are also great friends with yet another La Vida Couple, Kelly and Evan, who we can now call a La Vida Family (which is why Kelly and Evan couldn’t make it, of course)!Kelly and Joel, it was so great to see you, your parents, and your sister again!
Daddy and his girl… always such a beautiful moment!
And of course, mom and her son. Chris, you’re a good man.
Rachel and Chris, thank you so much for the good times! We had such a blast being there for you on your wedding day, during our time at Dodger Stadium, and of course over at Golden Road Brewing! We would love to meet you guys there again someday before a game. I can already taste the Dodger Dogs!
To Rachel & Chris’s friends and family: sign in to their Pictage Wedding Event Page… you will be notified as soon as the rest of the individual images go live in a few weeks, and you will receive a gift certificate toward your first print purchase!
Rachel & Chris’s wedding vendors:
Photographers: La Vida Creations Photography
Coordination: Peter with Goose on the Loose Productions
Event Design: Peter with Goose on the Loose Productions
Cinematographers: Piece by Piece Films
Officiant: Bill Hilton-Pastor (Chris’ Uncle)
Hair: N Style Salon
Ceremony Venue: Agua Dulce Airport
Reception Venue: Agua Dulce Airport
Catering: Lapaz Mexican Food
Florist: Acton Creative Flowers
DJ: SOS Entertainment
Wedding Signs, Invitations and Boarding Passes: Beaumont Ink
Airline Signage: Feathers Photo
Logo Design: Arnie Medel
Cake: Cake Goodness
Bar Service: Liquid Catering
Rachel’s Gown: Boutique Saks 5th Ave- Kenneth Poole
Lighting: SOS Entertainment
Event Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals