Going through Rachel's photos included both happy tears and laughs. In every photo, Rachel seemed to radiate love and warmth and of course we are just dying over her in our Juniper Gown and Lane Wrap. Both pieces fit in perfectly with her dreamy Charleston outdoor wedding and we could not be more excited to show you these stunning captures by Sara Boyd Photography!
Rachel married Michael Dorcy on May 31st, 2020 and below she shares with us this very special day!
How did you two meet?!
"We met in college at Lenoir-Rhyne University, a small liberal arts school in Hickory, NC. Michael played Lacrosse and my best friend (who played on the girls Lacrosse Team) introduced us! We were friends before we started dating."
How did Michael propose?
Michael asked me to marry him after taking a walk on the beach, at Wrightsville Beach in NC at sunset. It was very romantic- he planned it to the exact hour. He had asked my mom & dad for permission. After he proposed we shared a bottle of champagne on the pier! It was an amazing day! I was so surprised and excited!
A little about Rachel and Michael:
" We live in Charleston, SC after moving here for Michael's work a year ago. He is in Real Estate and I am a professional recruiter! We love the beach, it has become very special to us! We are both originally from North Carolina, with family hailing from New York actually- Rebecca's shop being located in Brooklyn has special significance for me- my grandfather was born there. Most of Michael's family still lives in NY and we love to visit when we can. I love to sing- and hope to do so in a church once the virus is more flattened down here. Michael is looking forward to coaching lacrosse"
Your venue was so dreamy! How did you choose your venue/date?
" My mom and I were looking for the perfect garden- I always knew I wanted to be married outside in a garden- and we found it finally at Magnolia- America's oldest romantic garden. It was breathtaking. Our original date was April 18, 2020 but we had to move it due to covid-19 closure of the garden. Luckily our new date worked out- every original vendor said yes and it was perfect."Tell us about your dress shopping experience. Where did you find your gown?
" I found my gown at the Sentamintalist, in Atlanta, GA! It was an incredible experience. After shopping around a bit before with a few of my bridesmaids, and my mom- I simply googled "vintage wedding gowns" in Atlanta and boom- the sentamentalist came up and they DID NOT disappoint. They had me fill out a questionnaire about style/ shape and I just knew I wanted something timeless/ vintage inspired/ romantic for my garden wedding. I loved every single dress I tried on there and the girls who worked with us were amazing and made me feel so special and comfortable in my body. I chose my dress and decided to layer it with another of Rebecca's to create the sleeved look I knew I wanted. It was truly exactly what I wanted and I felt so great in it."Where did you find your dress and how many gowns did you try on before you said Yes?
"Three places. None compared to The Sentimentalist. (And) Probably 20+"
Tell us about your ceremony. Was it religious? Did you choose your own readings, music, or write your own vows?
" My childhood pastor- and friend of my grandfather's married us (Grandfather on my mother's side- a well known Lutheran Pastor from Concord, NC, who fought a long time for civil rights in Greensboro, NC and refugees from Vietnam) My grandfather, Brady, unfortunately has dementia- so I asked Pastor Charlie to preform our wedding. Pastor Charlie actually baptized, and confirmed me as well! It was very special to have him there."
What was your favorite part of the day?
" My favorite part of the day was having everyone I love so much in one place, having dinner together and celebrating love. I actually daydreamed for the longest time about an "Italian style" family dinner, where everyone we loved was sharing a meal together. The weekend felt magical- despite the virus (no one who attended got sick). "
Do you have any advice to offer our future brides?
"HAVE FUN with the details and make it your own. I had no cake (we did a dessert bar), I didn't do a garter toss, or announcements at all- I wanted to make it my own and it was. My advice is no matter what happens- remember why you said yes- and think about the future your going to have with your best friend! All the other details should be fun."
CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL! Thank you so very much for letting us feature you and your BEAUTIFUL DAY!
What was your "Old", "Borrowed" and "Blue"?
"I borrowed my grandmother's pearl earrings. She was a huge part of the vision for the dress- she is a 1920's style icon of sorts and I always wanted her approval. The "old" and "borrowed" were one in the same, and as a nod to Michael's grandfather, Jack, I carried blue thistles in my bouquet. (His golf club flower).
Did you have any major surprises on your wedding day (or weekend?)
" During our rehearsal dinner (at Rue De Jean) a riot broke out below the restaurant, downtown Charleston. There had been peaceful protesting that morning in Marion Square. The rioting started after dinner. There were gun shots and fires set in the street- we were told there was looting downstairs- bricks were thrown through the windows-so we had to be ushered out of the kitchen exit by the manager and were told to take our shoes off. Everyone spent the night in the old citadel building (Embassy Suites by Hilton, Historic Downtown) due to the curfew and bridges closing. We finally got a room and place to stay around 3am. When I woke up around 6am, it was wedding day. I was told there was a hurricane warning, and a cerfew on wedding day but at that point- I was already married and it only rained for about 5 minutes before we arrived at the garden."
How did your dress feel during the day? Anything you would have done differently or anything you feel working out perfectly?
"I felt like a princess and most of my family members/ guests referred to me as a "fairy garden princess" and made remarks about how beautiful and perfect the dress was for the venue. I didn't worry about a bra or shoes and that worked just fine for me :)"