We could not be swooning more over Rachel and Sierra’s gorgeous post-elopement photo session. “When we were married, our marriage was recognized by the federal government, but not by our state government. This is why we opted for an elopement somewhere where it was recognized. For a while, we actually considered moving to a state where we were recognized for being married. But, to our surprise, it became legal in our state in October 2014, 7 months after we were married! Go West Virginia!”
Rachel and Sierra opted to have a post-wedding shoot as they had minimal pictures taken on their wedding day. “When marriage became legal in our state, our friends Emily and Bobby (The Oberports) got in touch with us and asked if we wanted a shoot to celebrate… of course we said yes! I would have rather had a post-wedding sesh anyways because we could just wear whatever and be wherever, no stress.”
The girls worked together and were friends years prior to dating. “We decided to have a ‘we hate Valentine’s Day’ date years ago, which ended up being a night where we went to a casino, then to McDonald’s, then we got a Redbox. We went to her apartment and watched a movie and college basketball… and we’ve been together ever since! We’ve been together for 3 years, and just celebrated our first wedding anniversary.”
Sierra says: “My great grandmother lives about an hour away, in the middle of no where, and it’s where I spent a lot of my childhood. When I took Rachel up there for the first time, I took her to a lake where we used to swim. I love it there, and I told her how much these places meant to me. The lake is where I asked to marry her. There was no better place for it to happen.” Awwwwwwwww.
Rachel and Sierra were lucky enough to have awesome friends, The Oberports, in the industry who organised the shoot for them. So of course the girls couldn’t say no! “They have photographed all of our other friends, and we were always super envious of their pics. One of our favorite things about them is that we don’t have those cheesy smiles in every picture.”
“It’s going to sound silly or corny… don’t worry about what society thinks, what your state thinks of your marriage, or any negativity you may get from your friends/family (it can be really challenging). You get married and have the ceremony you want because you want to! It’s your day and no one else’s. Wear what you want, go where you want, eat and drink what you want. Your wedding day should be filled with happiness and excitement, nothing else. Also – if it’s snowing or cold, dress accordingly :) “