A Sun-Soaked Soirée
Tell us your love story!
Kaitlyn moved to Brooklyn from Wisconsin to become a teacher. She applied to a tough school in Brooklyn. Rachel was working at the school at the time and when her boss was reviewing resumes, Rachel said there's no way a red head from Wisconsin could cut it at this school. Thankfully, Rachel's boss didn't listen and hired Kaitlyn anyway. She started working at the school later that summer and they became fast friends. For quite awhile, they remained mostly platonic. It took Kaitlyn a little longer to come around, but she finally agreed to "give it a shot." Once the guard was down, their relationship blossomed quickly and it was clearly worth the wait.
Kaitlyn and Rachel share a passion for traveling the world together. One of their favorite trips was flying to San Francisco, then taking an Amtrak sleeper car up to Seattle. After spending a few days there, they got on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry where they camped under the stars on the deck of the ship. Two weeks after getting married, K&R moved to Zurich, Switzerland where Kaitlyn took a job as a special education teacher at an international school. They are loving the travel opportunities of their new home.
What about the proposal?
Rachel popped the question while visiting California for Kaitlyn's nephew's birth last April. They drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and pulled off the road to hike out on one of the cliffs. Rachel got down on one knee and Kaitlyn immediately hugged her, forgetting to answer the question. They celebrated by staying in a converted Water Tower in Carmel Valley. Kaitlyn returned the proposal a few weeks later back home on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a breakfast picnic. Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park are special spots for Rachel and Kaitlyn, so the location was obvious for engagement photos.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
This is a tricky one…probably the way we kept coming back to each other. Once we went for it, it was so easy.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Going into the planning we were determined to not let the planning take over life (it did). We also knew that as lovely as a small wedding sounded, we would rather include all of our important people and make it work. This is how we wound up with a 250 person party! It was important for us to have a mostly outdoor wedding (fingers crossed for nice weather). And, it was absolutely gorgeous except for the tornado Friday night, as everyone was arriving upstate. Everyone arrived safely and the result was an amazing double rainbow over the Hudson River. Our wedding day could not have been more beautiful.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We were surprised how tricky it would be to get vendors to reply in the area of our wedding. We must have contacted 50 BBQ vendors and heard back from a small percentage. We were not surprised how wonderfully helpful our friends and family were throughout the process. They helped us stamp stamps, bake wedding cakes, transport cases of toilet paper and other necessary supplies, arrange flowers, apply temporary tattoos and so much more. We could not have done it without so many amazing helpers.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We wish we would have known that we would immediately be picking up and moving to Switzerland two weeks after our wedding. If we knew this when we started the planning process, we probably would have elected to give up some of the DIY details. The wedding week timeline included packing up and moving out of our Brooklyn apartment on Tuesday, driving upstate New York Wednesday and setting up the wedding from scratch. It was amazing, but exhausting! We left two weeks later for Europe in two suitcases each.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Take lots of deep breaths. Everything will be okay! Try to get some quality time with your person on your wedding day. It can be extremely difficult, but it’s completely worthwhile. Spend a few minutes after the ceremony with your partner (away from the crowds).
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
We spent days on end preparing the wedding site. It was basically an empty campsite in a park when we arrived Wednesday. On the wedding morning, we hustled around setting stuff up and at a certain point we needed to head to our Airbnb & get ready. Things were definitely not there yet when we left, but we had lots of help. After we showered and got ready, we loaded up (6 deep) in our friends’ car. When we stepped out of the car back at the wedding venue, it was magic. Everything was perfect and all of our favorite people were there to celebrate the best day.
- Photography By Alicia King Photography
- Hair & Makeup By FV Conceirge Only
- Food By When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ
- Day-Of Coordination By Björn & Company Event Planning & Design
- Florals By Florals By Erin
- Dessert By Dough Doughnuts
- Signage By Megan Webber Designs
- Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Band By Jim Osborn Band
- Reception Band By Silver Arrow Band
- Rentals By Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals
- Save-The-Dates & Gift Bag Inserts By Christian Ort & Brian Moore