Oh good heavens... where to begin??
Through the wonders of Instagram, I first met Rachael a couple years ago when we met up to shoot some portraits together (she is a crazy talented photographer). We bonded over our love for photographs and dad jokes and good music. We kept in touch and hung out on occasion, and eventually Rachael started asking me about shooting her wedding. Of course, I was ALL IN.
When I finally had the chance to meet Preston and see them together, everything made perfect sense. Rachael + Preston are easily two of my favorite people in the world. Rachael is steady and down-to-earth and a hard-working creative genius; Preston is made of puns and kindness and a gentle yet intense love for Rachael like I've never seen. So opposite, yet together, so perfect.
These two are the epitome of patience and steady waiting. Because of school, jobs, health problems, and scheduling conflicts, their wedding day was a long time coming. I took their engagement photos in Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains over a year ago, and they were forced to change their wedding date probably three or four times. They worked and planned and waited patiently until the perfect time.
I think everyone involved was overwhelmed with happiness to see this day finally come together. Hosted at the stunning Holloway House in the heart of Oklahoma City, I don't know if I've ever seen a wedding day that was so intentional, so focused on the marriage, so defiant of tradition and instead so beautifully reflective of the couple's unique personalities. Rachael + Preston decided against having a bridal party, got ready together the morning of, and had a private foot-washing ceremony an hour before their guests arrived. The emotion of this day was breathtakingly tangible. You felt it in the air, you heard it in their voices, you saw it on their faces. Rachael + Preston wanted to enjoy and be fully present on their wedding day, and they did just that. They drank sangria and ate pizza and hugged their favorite people and danced to their favorite music and stuffed their faces with cake and donuts. (And did I put their rings on a slice of pizza for a photo? YOU BET I DID.)
Also, fun fact: Rachael and my boyfriend/assistant photographer Michael actually grew up together. In fact, the three of us all grew up in the same small town, but Rachael and I didn't meet until about three years ago, and Michael and I didn't meet until last year. What an ironic, small world. The four of us have become quite the double-dating chums, and it was wonderful to have Michael shoot their wedding with me. It was like we were all just hanging out as friends, having fun and making puns, and celebrating the most perfect, joy-filled day.
Venue: Holloway House
Florals + Planning: The Wild Mother
Cake: Brown Egg Bakery
Pizza: Joey's Pizzeria
Donuts: Missy's Donuts
Appetizers: Empire Slice House
Bartending: Jacob West
Assistant Photographer: Michael Boyd
Payton Marie Photography is run by Payton Wilson, a local and destination wedding photographer based in Oklahoma City. She specializes in working with intentional, adventurous couples who are focused on making their wedding day exactly what they want it to be, regardless of tradition. Every story is unique, every love has its own flair. So whether at home or abroad, in a church or on a mountain, she focuses on creating photos that are celebratory, emotional, and unforgettable.