Introducing our real bride of the month, Rachel!
Some would say that fate brought Rachel and her husband Den together. She was 15, and he was 16. “I was actually trying to call a voice mailbox when I accidentally stumbled upon his,” she says. “There was nobody speaking on the greeting… just a familiar but rare song that not a lot of people would recognize. I decided to just type in my phone number for the heck of it, and a few days later he called me back. The rest is history.” The couple continued their relationship long distance for 15 years before tying the knot on March 28, 2015.
Rachel found her gown at Alfred Angelo in West Covina with the help of stylist Lisa. “When she pulled out Style 880 and had me try it on… I knew I had a winner,” she says. “I loved the fact that the bottom was not made of delicate tulle, but with organza, which was much more sturdy and classy looking… It was everything I wanted in a dress!” The train, however, was not long enough, so Lisa suggested Rachel customize it and add an extended train. “When I received my custom gown I was amazed with how much more beautiful it was!” says Rachel. “The train was perfect. It looked like a bed of fluffy clouds!”
The day that Rachel had been waiting for for 15 years had finally arrived. After a hectic morning, Rachel’s mom walked her down the aisle at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Rowland Heights, California. “I started crying with the ugliest face ever!” recalls Rachel. “From what I heard, it was hard to find a dry eye in the house. I saw my fiancé crying as well, but when I finally met him at the altar, I felt relieved and a sense of calm.”
Rachel and Den’s reception at The Waterfront Beach Resort was a family affair. After an impressive grand entrance, which consisted of 22 godparents, the couple hit the dance floor for a nightclub-like celebration. “My husband put on quite a show for the garter toss… it consisted of him dancing, taking off his jacket and even doing some push-ups! It was hilarious and everybody was screaming and laughing.”
The wedding also had some sentimental moments. The maid of honor and best man gave hilarious and heartfelt speeches, and Rachel’s cousin Shaun delivered an amazing blessing at the beginning of the reception. Since Rachel’s father is no longer with them, Den and her mother danced together instead. “I thought that was it, but my mother and sisters put together a surprise video montage in lieu of a father dance,” Rachel says. “It was a beautiful and emotional video presentation of my father and I dancing together at my 18th birthday, with photos showing in between of my father and I through the years.”
The night continued with an incredible dance party with all 240 guests. “Everyone was dancing and waving glow sticks in the air. It truly felt like we were at a club in Las Vegas,” says Rachel. To this day, the couple continues to receive compliments on their wedding. “I love when I hear people say that it was the ‘The Best Wedding Ever.’”
Photography: Triversity Weddings
Hair and makeup: Katie B.
Suits: Friar Tux
DJs: Katar and Chris from Invisible Touch