I don’t even know where to begin with this blog post. I have so many emotions, feelings and things I’d love to share about how much I love Rachel and Carlos. Getting to capture the wedding of another one of my siblings was so much fun, and it was even more special being asked to stand by Rachel’s side as her matron of honor.
Growing up we were always at odds, arguing, tattling on each other, and typical sister stuff. There is a 5 1/2 year age gap between us, and it was hard to be close when we were young. I was “too cool” for her, and annoyed that she always wanted to do what I did. My dad said it was the highest form of flattery, but 13 year old Becca thought he was crazy. Fast forward a decade and something between us clicked. All of the sudden the age difference wasn’t noticeable. We actually had common interests. I looked forward to hanging out with her and we became friends and not just sisters.
When I was pregnant with June and Rachel moved 5 minutes down the road from me, we became even closer. James loves his “Chay-chie” and he asked to call and talk to her almost every day… Which meant Rachel and I ended up talking on the phone with each other almost every day! Without even realizing it, the kid sister that I was always irritated with had become one of my best friends.
The first time we met Carlos, I knew he was special. I had never seen Rachel as excited and giddy about someone, and I could see right away that he was respectful and truly cared for her. I officially decided he needed to join the family when I saw how much James took to him. I believe kids are great judges of character, and from the day he met him, James was smitten with “O”. Soon he began assuming Rachel was always with Carlos, and still asks about him every time he sees her. It is so sweet, and I am beyond happy that “Uncle O” is never leaving the family!
Rachel and Carlos’s big day was one of my favorite weddings ever. It was definitely hectic juggling being sister, matron of honor, mom to the flower girl and a ring bearer, AND the photographer, but we made it happen! From getting ready, to pictures ,to the ceremony and reception, the entire day was full of laughter, smiles, a few tears, and just pure excitement for the bride and groom. The Lord was glorified through it all, and I loved hearing the gospel preached during the ceremony.
A big part of our hearts was missing on Saturday. This was the first major event we’ve had without Dad in a while, but I know he would have been grinning from ear to ear if he had been here to see Rachel and Carlos get married. It was very emotional for all of us, and I loved seeing bits and pieces of his legacy sprinkled around the wedding. From my the tie my brother wore as he walked my sister down the aisle, to the dip and kiss to the last song Rachel and Carlos danced to – it was a great tribute to an amazing man we dearly miss.
And this day would not have been a success if it weren’t for Kelli (from Kelli Holder Photography) coming and being my “stand in shooter” as I handled my matron of honor duties. She helped out at my brother’s wedding, and it was so fun having her here again!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Contreras! And welcome to the family, Carlos.
Venue: Under the Wildwood
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair: Morgan Kelso
Make up: Morgan Pamplin
Florist: Bonham Floral
DJ: Patrick Kelley
Cake: Martinez Made
Catering: Slaughter’s BBQ Oasis
Second Shooter: Kelli Holder Photography
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