Black Tie Wedding at Notre Dame | Rachel and James Reilly


James and Rachel met in Physics class their freshmen year at Notre Dame. Rachel noticed James immediately and knew she wanted to get to know him. Over the course of a few weeks, she started moving her seat closer to his until she was finally sitting right next to him. That is when Rachel first started flirting with James, however, it took him awhile to catch on. Finally, toward the middle of the semester Rachel invited him to her house for Easter, since she lived in town and he was staying on campus. It wasn’t until then that he finally started to get the hint. She would ask him to study so he could ‘explain’ some of the homework but that was just an excuse to hang out with him. James asked Rachel on a date and they officially started dating at the start of their sophomore year. And in June of 2021 they celebrated with their family and friends with a black tie wedding at Notre Dame.

The wedding day

The day was beautiful. A perfect, sunny June wedding day in South Bend. Rachel waited anxiously at the back of the church, anticipating seeing James for the first time. James paced up by the altar, trying to keep his nerves at bay. And finally, the doors opened and Rachel walked down the aisle with her dad at The Basilica. Her long train and veil flowing behind. James’ eyes met Rachel’s and they kept their eyes on each other for the rest of the day. We had fun walking campus, taking photos and making sure they were taking it all in. The day goes by incredibly fast so checking in to make sure they are enjoying the day was so important to me. After photos we went to Morris Park Country Club and they were finally announced as Mr. and Mrs. Reilly!

Following dinner and toasts, they danced the night away with their family and friends. It’s a night that I know they will never forget. And I am making sure of that by FINALLY blogging their absolutely stunning day almost 2 years later. I am still just as in love with these photos as I was 2 years ago and I hope that they bring you joy whenever you are seeing this!


Photographer: Cat Alkire | Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Reception: Morris Park Country Club
Florist: Local Roots Floral Design | Stationery: Banter and Charm | Band: Blammo
Videographer: 27 Entertainment | Hair: Beauty and Bliss | Makeup: Thee Makeup Team
Cake/Bakery: Macri’s | Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York | Purchased At: Simply Yours Bridal
Tux: Louies Tux Shop Mishawaka | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN Rings: Longs Jewelers

Black Tie Wedding at Notre Dame

Mar 31, 2023

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