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Fort Mason Wedding General

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Lindsay & David are such a fun and super relaxed couple! When I met them for the first time I remember how they were giggling and laughing, totally in love with each other. They enjoy to travel, with Lindsay having been in countless countries, teaching English wherever she went!

As the days were drawing closer to their wedding day, Lindsay had been obsessing over the weather forecast and while the day before was rather dreary in SF, the skies opened up and the sun came out full force, giving these two love birds the most spectacular wedding weather California has to offer! They celebrated their Fort Mason Wedding at the General’s Residence, with fantastic views over Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco bay! Enjoy ♥

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VENUE Fort Mason Wedding in San Francisco | COORDINATOR Jessica of Dreams on a Dime | FLORAL DESIGN Teresa Stoner | WEDDING DRESS Theia | HAIR & MAKEUP Madison Patalano & Jasmyne Snyder| CATERING Toast Catering | DESSERTS Homemade Family Favorites | CAKE Creative International Pastries Inc. | DJ Jeff Bostic | LIVE MUSIC Jesse Micek & Band

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Lindsay & Dave, thank you for letting us celebrate with you!!

XO, Rahel ♥

 

As Adrian & I prepare for our life changing move to New England, I’m writing a Countdown Journal to keep you all in the loop and to share our adventures in this crazy journey! You can find our full New England journey here

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It’s absolutely crazy, but guess what!? We’re only 5 1/2 months out until we move to New England and things are picking up! Also, things are getting much more real – even though I think the full impact of this adventure hasn’t quite sunken in yet. That will probably happen – I don’t know – when we made an offer on a house? Or when we actually LEAVE California..? It’s an exciting time, that’s for sure!

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Photo Credit // STRANDMON Wing Chair | Open Shelving | Blakely Pendant Light for the Kitchen | Grey Bedroom | Lydford Dining Chairs | Patterned Tiles in Shower

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Agent / We found a great real estate agent in New Hampshire! It was a bit of a daunting task, since we couldn’t just drop into their office and meet them face to face. Our main criteria were: fast turn around times on emails & calls, and someone that truly cares and wants to find us not just any house, but a home.

81 Main Street / We have been making googly eyes on a cute little house. We even named it ‘House on the Hill’. YES, we had fallen head over heels in love with this one. And oh bummer, when it was taken off the market and went into foreclosure just two weeks ago! While it’s super sad and all, it’s also opened our hearts again for other possibilities. I guess we needed that!

Running List / And with that we come to our running list of potential homes! We’ve found two things: A pretty serious amount of remodeling will be necessary with just about any house. Also, google maps is absolutely indispensable! Many times have I liked a little house here or there, just to un-save it again after checking out the neighborhood. Thanks Google Maps!

House Hunting  in June / As we’re getting closer and closer, I booked us some flights out to Boston for early June! You guys, this whole process is getting oh so real now! We’ve been dreaming about the time we can finally go house hunting, and all of a sudden it’s becoming a little nerve wrecking – especially as we see how HOT the market is over there right now. But, we’ll trust in God that he already has our perfect little house ready for us. A house that is everything but perfect, and yet, absolutely perfect for us :)

Decluttering / In all the excitement, I’ve been decluttering some areas in our home. Like my crafting supplies. Boy oh boy, do I have lots of this stuff! And really, if I haven’t used something in like a year (or two or three…) then chances are pretty darn small, that they will ever be used again. Right? Ah, how I LOVE the process of moving :D A decluttered life creates so much room to breathe!

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XO, Rahel ♥

Modern Elegant Wedding by Rahel Menig Photography

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This collaboration came together on a whim, really. When Sarah contacted me via Instagram it was the perfect timing. I had been itching to plan something sweet and was full of ideas! I’ve been observing current trends – or what I think will be coming real soon – and wanted to put a Rahel spin on things :D You know, lots of white, pops of color, modern elegance and a good dose of minimalism!

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We shot at my house. Our bedroom has fresh, white walls with nothing on them. And gorgeous natural light streaming in from two large windows. The perfect setting! To add a bit of hmpf, Darcy and I made a fun little flower backdrop by sticking fresh flower buds with Washi Tape directly onto the walls. If you’re looking for a unique (and oh so beautiful) photobooth backdrop – THIS is it!!

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One thing I love so much about these collaborations is that you get to PLAY with the best wedding vendors in your area – and really dream up a concept and have everyone contribute to the idea. That’s what makes it so much fun! To see the ideas grow into something amazing. That’s the power of a (fantastic) team :D

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My idea was to do purple right! Purple is probably my least favorite color and things can go South reaaaaal quick. It has that 90’s vibe, kinda flat by its own and just… kinda blah. And like in marriage, every now and again, you need to spark things up a bit! In this case, with different shades of warm purple, splashes of pink and fresh, beautiful greenery!

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PHOTOGRAPHY + DESIGN Rahel Menig Photography | HAIR & MAKEUP Sarah of The Hair + Makeup Co. | FLORAL DESIGN Seascape Flowers | BRIDAL ATTIRE & JEWELRY Haute Bride in Los Gatos | CALLIGRAPHY Joy + Confetti | PAPER DIAMOND BACKDROP Rahel Menig Photography | MODEL Julia (with Look Modeling Agency)

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This modern elegant wedding shoot was such a delight to work on! Thanks to the amazing team for all your hard work, energy and support!!

XO, Rahel ♥

 

Sweet Adrian,

I’ve known you for more than half my life. I was a girl when we fell in love. I was 15 and you were 19. You were ‘man with shoulders’ as I lovingly called you in my journal. You had the biggest smile, the bluest eyes and the prettiest eye lashes. Yes, I noticed it all.

My first email – a four line message – took me over half an hour of finding words in the dictionary. Although language was a barrier, we made it work. And I became the teacher’s pet in my English class.

A week before my 19th Birthday you took me to Zermatt, a beautiful little Swiss village right below the magnificent Matterhorn. The mountain air was fresh and crisp as you asked me to marry you.

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One year later, we celebrated our I DO’s. The day was over way too quickly, before the surprise limo picked us up.

We were kids back then!

The other day when I took an IPhone picture of your greying temples, just to show you, a thought crossed my mind. We’ve always talked about growing old together. That’s what marriage is all about. But you know what? It’s been such an adventure these past six years! You’ve taught me to stay true to myself. You’ve taught me to go big or go home. You’ve taught me to be more patient and to trust in God completely.

Babes, thanks for six sometimes challenging amazing years! Thanks for promising to stick with me through the good and bad days. For loving me even when I’m on a PMS trip and far from being human. Thanks for loving me unconditionally!

Your Girl ♥

My early twenties are officially coming to a close. And although it feels kinda weird to think that I’m going to be closer to 30 than 20, I’m super excited! It’s going to be a BIG year for us! The move, (hopefully) becoming home owners soon… It’s really always been a dream of ours. Having a house we can call our own. Creating a home that is truly us.

As Adrian asked for a wishlist, I realized, most things I want are things for the home. Okay, aaaaand I might have a little crush on Kate Spade too.. ♥

 

 

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Hay Lup Candle Holder | ‘Eat Well, Travel Often’ Wall Clock by Cat Coquillette | Kate Spade Bow Tote ‘Clement Street Blair’ | Kate Spade Shoulder Bag ‘Emerson Place Lawren’ | Kate Spade Wallet ‘Cedar Street Lacey’ | Pepper & Salt Mills by Menu | Avvento Candle Holders

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Okay! I might have gotten juuuuuust a tad overboard in the Kate Spade department. And if Adrian were here to chime in, he would say “Babes, you always wear the same purse anyways…” Yeah yeah! I know. But a girl gotta be a girl! And you don’t turn 26 every year… LOL

XO, Rahel ♥