Rachel and Noah met at Concordia College in Chicago. They were on the same youth ministry team. Even though there was an unwritten rule to not date until the end of your first semester, Rachel and Noah still decided to pursue their relationship. Their first date was to an organ concert at the church they now attend. They hit it off right away and they thank the 35 minute car ride to and from the church for that. They talked the whole way to and from the concert and when the night was over they couldn’t stop thinking of each other. They ran into each other all over campus and couldn’t help but hang out. And their relationship just grew and grew from there and they were certain they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.
When Noah was ready to propose, he planned an incredibly thoughtful day full of their favorite things and people. And he did it in a way that threw Rachel off from his plans, because she had a feeling he was going to propose that day. The day started with breakfast with Noah’s family followed by a trip to the county fair with Noah’s sister. They ended the day with a dinner on the back porch of Noah’s family’s home. At this point Rachel was fairly certain he was not going to propose. So they were just chatting on the porch about some of their favorite memories over the past couple years. The first movie they watched together was, The Room, and as they mentioned that Noah asked if Rachel would want to watch it every year as an anniversary tradition. Rachel quickly shot that idea down but Noah replied “well, we’ll have to find something, because I’m asking you to marry me!” and through many tears Rachel said yes and they spent the rest of the evening on cloud nine.
Rachel and Noah’s wedding day was a beautiful testament to their shared faith. They said their vows with a traditional church wedding at the church where Rachel’s parents were married. Followed by an elegant reception surrounded by all their family. It was a perfect reflection of their effortless love and sweet personalities. I knew when I met them last summer for their engagement session, their wedding was going to be a good day. I am just so excited for the new Mr. and Mrs. Dunsmore!
Photographer: Cat Alkire
Ceremony: Grace Lutheran Church
Reception: Venue St. George
Florist: Linda Blackmore
DJ/Band: Bee Entertainment
Hair: Stacey Schimmel
Makeup: Emi Grace
Cake/Bakery: Nantucket Baking
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Purchased At: I do Bridal Boutique
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie