Rachel and Michael had a small intimate ceremony at Sugar Mill Ruins Travel Park. If you've ever been there, you might be wondering... WHERE? Well, all the way in the back of the park, at the end of the road there is a beautiful lake surrounded by trees. A beautiful spot for a wedding. We were fortunate to have perfect weather and lighting for their ceremony. Their reception was held at The Grille at Riverview in a quaint upstairs area, The Promenade Room. The dinner was lit with market lights hanging from the ceiling as well as beautiful purple uplights highlighting the brick pillars. When I asked what made them choose this venue, Rachel said, "We wanted simple and elegant. The Grille at Riverview had everything included for food and drinks that we wanted."
My favorite part of the day was the getting ready photos at The Riverview Hotel. This historic hotel is a cherished Victorian landmark dating back to 1885. The Riverview Hotel began as a two-story hunting and fishing lodge built by Captain S.H. Barber. In 1910 Captain Barber and John Vrooman raised up the existing building to serve as the second and third stories, building a new lobby and dining room underneath. Essentially turning it from a house into a hotel. It has gone through six different owners who have brought different elements to the building over the past 130 years! If you haven't had a chance to stay there, you should take a mini-vacation!
The two met at Publix in 2019 and Rachel recalls that she made two of her friends come with her on the first date because she was nervous. She ended up having a lot of fun! For their proposal, Michael took Rachel to a Painting with a Twist for couples and they each painted a canvas that was supposed to go together and afterward they took a picture holding their canvases and one of the girls behind them was holding one that said “Rachel, will you marry me?” Spoiler: She said yes! We took their engagement photos at Washinton Oaks Garden, and they turned out beautiful! They even had one printed on canvas to display at their reception. Feel free to leave the couple well wishes below!
2nd Photographer: Jenn Ross
Acoustic Musician: Nicole Equerme
Hair and Makeup: Geri at Fleur De Lis
Dress: Maggie Sottero at Blush Bridal
Earrings, bracelet and tiara: Eden Luxe Bridal
Florist: Ling’s Moment
Officiant: Teresa Johnson
Cake: The Bake Shop
Caterer: The Grille at Riverview
Favors - Trees: Dearly Beeloved
Favors - Chocolates: Angell and Phelps
Rentals - Benches: Goldenbear Events
Rentals - Linens and plates: Special Event Services