Five years ago Rachel and Caleb’s love story began as a result of someone else’s love story. While celebrating a bachelorette party in Florida, Rachel met eyes with Caleb, who’s cousin just so happened to be best friend’s with Rachel’s sister. Rachel knew she wanted to talk to Caleb and get to know him better, so she approached him with some humorous small talk and the two instantly connected.
Rachel and Caleb began to date for a few years, and soon realized a wedding would definitely be in their near future. Caleb did what every guy does and let her know a ring was on it’s way, but that it may be a year or two out. With Rachel patiently waiting, Caleb took her on a zip line date that would end in a memorable proposal sooner rather than later. Once the couple reached the end of the zip line Caleb asked someone to take their picture, so he could then get down on one knee and ask Rachel to marry him. Of course she said yes! Who wouldn’t with a romantic thought out proposal like that?!
With Rachel and Caleb living in Florida, they decided to plan for a wedding in Caleb’s hometown, Dubuque. Dubuque has always had a special place for them, so when Caleb’s parents offered up their home for an elegant backyard reception it was a no brainer. The two held a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Columbkille Church full of fresh floral designed by the Groom’s mother that was later re-purposed at the reception. Caleb’s mom also worked with Rachel to create adorable details throughout the day like textured linens, customized lounge pillows, and tent drapery.
At the reception, guests were greeted with cocktails and appetizers from East Mill Bakery, and a handmade wood backdrop perfect for photo ops with the couple’s names and wedding date. They also continued the rustic wood theme throughout the reception with wood bars and a wood beer tapper built by Caleb himself. Later in the evening, a walking taco bar provided by the groom’s aunt gave guests a late night snack for dancing and mingling.
After enjoying a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise, Rachel and Caleb decided to settle down in Dubuque by family. The two enjoyed starting their marriage in such special place, and the only thing they wished they could have had more of was time. Time to sit and visit with family and friends. Their advice to others planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff and pay more attention to your ceremony than the party; after all that’s what it’s all about!
Photos by Rachel Ann Photography
RACHEL + CALEB’S VENDORS:
Photographer: Rachel Ann Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Columbkille Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Home
Catering: East Mill Bakeshop and Catering, Dubuque, Iowa
Transportation: Trolleys of Dubuque
Entertainment/DJ: Shawn Brown and friends (band)
Ceremony Musicians: Shawn Brown and friends (band)
Hair and Make-up: Absolute Salon and Melissa Brooke
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August
Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Bridesmaids own
Suits: Calvin Klein (Groom’s suite); groomsmen wore own suits
Alterations: Olga’s Bridal, Tampa, Florida
Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski
Linens/Rentals/Florals: Second to None ( Cathy B. with Second to None took over all of the decor and flowers. I only gave her some ideas, and she hit the ball out of the park with decor, etc. of the whole day!)
Bakery: Becky’s Cakes, Dubuque, Iowa
Favors: Coozies from 4imprint.com
Hotel Accommodations: The Hotel Julien and Holiday Inn – Dubuque
Honeymoon Location: Italy, Greece, Turkey