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My daughter and her wedding – Breathtakingly beautiful and perfectly and uniquely Rachel

This past weekend, my extraordinary, kind, intelligent, bright, warm, adventurous, curious, sweet, godly, loving, fun daughter Rachel Marianne christa  taylor photo

was married  in a classic, elegant, vintage, beautiful marriage ceremony at the Academy Chapel in Vancouver. How did 22 years pass by so quickly.  .  .

Rachel picked the perfect venue for her dress  that was a nod to the early 1900’s classic, no-nonsense, timeless style.

Rachel is one of those people that does not follow the status quo in doing things how everyone else does them just because that is what everyone else has done. Take the music she wanted during her marriage ceremony. A couple of musicians had recommended certain “wedding songs” to her, but Rachel said to me, “what makes it a wedding song? One person used it?  . . . that is just not for me. Too sappy.”

She instead found a song called “All I want is you,” which is actually from the movie Juno, and has an upbeat tune and words about love and it is a happy song not some sappy love song that will make everyone cry, she said to me. And, Courtney sang it just right.

Rachel was crystal clear on other things important to her for her wedding ceremony, such as having all of her brothers a part of her special day. Rachel’s 20 year old brother Ryan was one of the groom’s men and the twins were junior groomsmen and Augustin was the cute ring bearer.

And, Rachel did other things differently as well, like wanting both her dad and me to walk her down the aisle, rather than just her dad.

I love that about my daughter. Rachel is not afraid to think outside the box and to do things in a way that others have not before. She thinks things through, she asks questions, and she does not just do things because they have always been done that way.

I have always encouraged that questioning while raising my children, that wondering, that asking. And, now to see her exemplify this in her marriage ceremony planning is fun.

Oh, two days later, the whole day now is a blur. I kept telling myself to just enjoy this day. We hired the most amazing, talented, creative, positive people for the day (like Christa Taylor photographer and Garrett the videographer and Courtney Spears singer and Lisa Reiff pianist), and I wanted to just focus on my daughter getting married. It was her special day.

And special it was. First off — PRAISE to God for the weather. Seriously. It had been raining for days, weeks actually, and just the day before, it was non-stop raining and the morning of Rachel’s wedding day, I texted her at the Lakeshore where she and her bridesmaids were, and I asked how she is doing and she seemed a bit down.

She texted back, “It’s raining” and I said, “We will continue to pray. Just four hours, dear Lord. We would like four hours of a break in the weather.”

And He honored it! Clear skies were breaking through the clouds on the lake.

I thanked the Lord over and over and told people how the Lord honored our prayers to make this day for my only daughter so special. It was such a perfect day in so many ways.

From having our make up  and hair done professionally at the Lakeshore Hotel to being able to observe from a distance the “first look of the bride and groom” near Oswego Lake, to the family photos outside the Academy Chapel, to the preparation time in a special area inside the chapel where we  gathered with some who were involved with the wedding and a few close friends and family before the big moment.

It was Rachel and her fiancé Stefan’s special day.

On this, my daughter’s wedding  day, people from her life, special people from over the years, came to see her as she starts a new chapter in her life, this monumental moment.

When 5 p.m. finally arrived on Saturday March 31, 2012, the day we had been planning since last summer, I just prayed to the Lord, help me to savor every moment with my daughter, to take it all in. And, while walking down the aisle with my daughter on my right, I focused on Rachel and watched her watching others.

And I glanced at some of our friends and family gathered in the pews of this vaulted ceiling chapel where natural light streamed in as they watched Rachel — she was so breathtakingly beautiful, so stunning in that vintage dress  and pearls and diamonds.  And, as we continued to walk down the

aisle, I recognized  that several of these folks here for Rachel were in tears as they saw observed Rachel in her white dress and veil walk down the aisle past them. Something about his moment was just so beautiful. Almost beyond words.

My daughter’s wedding day – she was breathtakingly beautiful and perfectly and uniquely Rachel.

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  1. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Maru- thanks for your kind words- the day was indeed magnificent- and our mutual friend Courtney did a great job singing and playing guitar!!

  2. pongboy says

    Seeing these photos and reading this story, I must say…. MAGNIFICENT!!!! 😀
    Blessings! Blessings! Blessings! Blessings! Blessings! Blessings! 😀

  3. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Faith- Thank you for writing and for your ongoing support- I did try to capture the moment in words and images to share and to preserve the story- it was indeed a wonderful magical start to Rachel and Stefan’s life together-

  4. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Patty- hard to believe our girls are growing up. Still remember them all in 4th grade and late night sleepovers!

  5. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Cathie- fellow writermom-thank you for your kind words- yes, I wanted to capture these moments with words (and photos)…Rachie did look amazing and we do praise God for the weather miracle!

  6. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Dennis- yes, crying for days is right -have not stopped…thanks for the kind words

  7. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Megan-Yes, God’s answered prayers meant so much- helped us get these photos-Agreed, Rachel’s dress was stunning and you are kind to note mine as well- both Rach and Stefan are really happy- in Belize right now!!

  8. Faith Carter says

    Dear Cornelia….
    Your words and images have captured the beautiful, “magical” beginning of Rachel and Stefan’s story as husband and wife. Thank you for sharing with those of us who were unable to attend. We celebrate with you.

  9. Patti Niswanger says

    How lovely! I wish her and her new husband years and years of marital bliss!

  10. Cathie Ericson says

    Thanks for your wonderful, beautiful account. She looked as amazing as the whole day was. So glad for the weather miracle!

  11. Dennis Smirl says

    Beautiful dress, beautiful pictures. Cornelia will be crying for days, I think. God bless.

  12. Megan Daline says

    Cornelia, what a beautiful wedding, complete with answered prayer. Both you and Rachel looked lovely in your amazing dresses. And the bride and groom look so happy. Congratulations.

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