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Whimsical and romantic winter wedding in Monticello – Rachel & Darren

Rachel and Darren have come a long way since meeting in high school during Science Olympiad. Their wedding day was full of romantic accents, from Rachel’s long sleeved lace dress to the dark red bridesmaid gowns and the evergreen touches to the arrangements. The setting was perfect for an intimate wedding, where the couple was surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Rachel and Darren grew up in the same small town, but the first time they really got to spend time together was when they competed in “Science Olympiad” in high school (by their own admission, they say they were nerds). They were partners for the chemistry lab competition and won first place! They decided to hang out afterwards and watch The Big Bang Theory, but instead just talked the whole time. And they’ve been together ever since! It’s hard to say when Rachel and Daren knew it was “meant to be” since they’ve known each other for such a long time. As they have matured and grown together as a couple, everything just kept falling into place.

Rachel and Darren love to spend time playing with their munchkin cat Toby! He’s their first pet together and they say that he probably gets just as much attention as most human children.

When asked what they love most about each other, Darren said he loves that Rachel is always cheery, “and much more positive than I am”. Rachel says that Darren “is always so patient, and he is the best listener”.

They wanted their wedding to be timeless and classy, with nods to the season they both love. Once of the sweetest moments of their day was when Rachel & Darenn surprised her grandparents with a special dance dedicated to the two of them (they have been married for 53 years!). “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis has been their song for as long as she can remember and so when it played at their wedding reception, Rachel’s grandparents danced as if it were their own first dance.

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Photographer: Rachael Schirano Photography // Venue: Allerton Mansion // Floral Designer: Blossom Basket Florist // Cake Designer: Cakes by Lori // DJ: Elite Entertainment // Beauty: Something You Salon & Spa // Apparel: Mens Wearhouse // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay // Dress Store: Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo

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