We’d been looking forward to this weekend’s McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, for so many reasons, we know it’s one that we’ll never forget. Rachel is the daughter half of a dynamic Gilmore Girls-esque mother-daughter wedding photography team from Monterey, California. She and her mom, Laura, attended one of our first photography workshops two years ago in our hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and now they’re running a successful business themselves. They’ve worked so hard, earned every inch of their success and done it all with that genetically infectious signature smile. For that reason (and so many more) we’re proud of them.

And grateful, too, because they gave us a special once-in-career moment last winter when we saw them at a leadership conference we were speaking at in Charleston, South Carolina. We walked outside the old brick building onto the cobblestone sidewalk, where Rachel and Paul were waiting with a hand-crafted wooden box (gifts inside) and a question: Will you be our photographers? WILL YOU BE OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS? You guys, they proposed… to us. We can’t even begin to describe how spoiled and honored we felt in that moment, and continue to feel, every time we think about it.

the only thing better than bringing experiences into a marriage is experiencing them for the first time… together.

Later that year, we met them at the U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland for their engagement session. Our only regret was that we had to wait six more months for their wedding at a private estate in California. Which brings us back to this weekend. The day we couldn’t wait to arrive to and didn’t want to leave. Calling it a photography playground would be an understatement.
Because it was more of a photography dreamland, like multiple styled shoots beautifully woven together. Except it was all real. From start to finish, Rachel and Paul (with Laura’s love, help and support every step of the way) made the subject side of the camera look as simultaneously beautiful and effortless as they do their typical side of the camera.

Rachel and Paul, you might be younger than most couples who get married these days –– we were young, too –– but that doesn’t make you ill-equipped for the road ahead. It just means you’ll get what most people don’t: a chance to look at a blank canvas and chart your own course, carve your own path. Because the only thing better than bringing experiences into a marriage is experiencing them for the first time… together. We love you both to the moon and back. From the bottom of our heart, thank you for trusting us with documenting one of the most important days of your life. It was an honor and a privilege. We wish you nothing but the best that marriage has to offer. Keep God first this day and every day, and He’ll take your dreams for your relationship… and beat your wildest expectations.

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the creative team

wedding designer: Mandi Nack (A Sparkling Event)

floral design: Floral Design by Reina

venue: The McCormick House

bride’s dress: Anne Barge • band: 831 DJ • bride’s shoes: Badgley Mishcka • bridesmaids’ dresses: Watters • catering: DJ’s California Catering • venue coordinator: Mandi Nack & Sarah Villa • dessert: Coming Home Personal Chef (Hannah) • groom’s ring: EMBR • groom’s tuxedo: Craft & Borrow • hair and makeup: MUAH Makeup and Hair • invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations • officiant: Ken Bench (Paul’s dad) • paper products: Program- Basic Invite • Coffee Cart: Cappuccino Man • Bride’s Ring: Fire & Brilliance • Ring Box: Mrs Box • Calligraphy: The Crafting Casa • Bridesmaid Morning Apparel: BooHoo • Flower Girls Morning Apparel: Forever 21 • Bride Morning apparel: Sincerely Sofi Designs (Etsy) • Bridesmaid Wraps: Hayden Harlow PR (Etsy) • Bride Clutch: Embroidered Boutique (Etsy) • MOB shirt: Bride And Entourage (Etsy) • MOB robe: Nela And Company • Streamers: MilkTeaMochiDesigns (Etsy) • Groom’s Cuff Links: Honeybear • Groom/Groomsmen Tie Clips: AngelShop • Groom/Groomsmen Socks: MySocks • Groom’s Tie: TheTieBar • Cake: Sugar Lab Bake Shop  • Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis Rentals • Signage: Jess Velarde

27 comments
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    Laura Hernandez

    What a dream day! Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for making our baby's dream wedding day come true! We love you guys to pieces! What a blessing you are!

    Amy & Jordan

    Hi, Laura! Awe!! We're so happy we could be a part of such a special day!! We love you guys! <3

    Mylah Renae

    This is such a gorgeous wedding! I love all the fun colors, the little details, and that they included their dog! So sweet!

    Amy & Jordan

    SO lovely!! Thanks, Mylah! <3

    Jennifer Bench

    Thank you so much Amy and Jordan! You two are an amazing team, and we are so grateful for these incredible pictures! A lifetime of memories in one day. May God continue to bless you as you serve others and ultimately Him, the giver of everything good!

    Amy & Jordan

    Jennifer!! We love you sooo much! What an incredible day! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it! May the Lord bless you guys and your beautiful marriage! Hugs!! <3

    Brenden

    This was the most amazing wedding. I feel so blessed to know Laura, Rachel, and Paul and getting to share this day with them was amazing. Rachel was the most beautiful bride and I knew before I even saw the photo that they would be incredible, and they are absolutely stunning!

    Amy & Jordan

    She absolutely was! SO beautiful!! Thanks so much, Brenden! <3

    Abigail

    Oh my goodness!! I have only known Rachel & Laura for two years thanks to RTS but I have been looking forward to this day since the moment they "proposed" to you guys at the Leader's Retreat!! Rachel- You should know that I literally CRIED looking through these and I barely even know you!! Ha! When I think of a dream team it definitely includes some of my favorite people in this wedding! Congrats guys!

    <3

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Thanks so much, Abigail!! You're so sweet! <3

    Oh my goodness!! I have only known Rachel & Laura for two years thanks to RTS but I have been looking forward to this day since the moment they "proposed" to you guys at the Leader's Retreat!! Rachel- You should know that I literally CRIED looking through these and I barely even know you!! Ha! Congrats guys! <3

    Silvana Braggio

    OMG! That's like a dream! All the details!!!!! Amazing wedding and the pics are, as usual, breathtaking!

    Amy & Jordan

    It was beyond beautiful!! Thanks so much, Silvana! <3

    Kylie Scott

    Amy & Jordan you both did an amazing job at capturing this very special, very beautiful day!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw!! Thanks so much, Kylie!! <3

    Lauren Buman

    It would be a sin to view this blog post and not leave a comment about just how beautiful this wedding day was! Ya'll captured it beautifully! Just gorgeous!

    Amy & Jordan

    You're so sweet!! Thanks, Lauren! Hugs!! <3

    Christopher

    Congrats Rachel & Paul! Amazing job A&J capturing this beautiful wedding.

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Christopher! <3

    Denise Karis

    What? ........WHAT? How was this a real wedding? WHAT?!?!?

    Amy & Jordan

    Haha!! That was our same reaction! :)

    Tatyana Lee

    That car is incredible!

    Amy & Jordan

    SO cool!! Ahh! :)

    Joanna

    This is so beautiful I can't believe this is a real wedding. ❤️

    Amy & Jordan

    We couldn't either!! Ahh! <3

    allison jeffers

    OH MY GOOOOSSSSHHHH!!! SO MANY beautiful images!! This is my dream wedding!! LOL. My mom and I watch Father Of The Bride every few months! This venue is totally going on my wedding photography bucket list! *insert all the heart eyes here*

    Amy & Jordan

    Thank you so much, Allison! It was such a dream to photograph there!!