We are… MARRIED!


Not many words are needed for this post… on Ocotber 14, 2017 at 1 p.m., our ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes started and we were husband and wife as of 2 p.m. Marriage thus far has been magical. My husband and I are the happiest we’ve ever been and taken aback by the outpouring of love, support and well wishes. There will be a lot more to come, but just wanted to share one sneak peek of our day.

Photography: Brovado Weddings


Loving Him is Red…

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I don’t think my fiancé will be too impressed with the Taylor Swift reference, but I’ve been on a Swift kick lately, so he shouldn’t be surprised. The reason that matters is because I want to dedicate this post to my fiancé – my soon-to-be husband – and everything I could ever want in life.

Speaking of Taylor Swift… my very first memories with Joe go back to one of her songs, Mine, which was very popular at the time we met back in 2010. The more we hung out, the more that song made me giddy. Because even though we weren’t dating at the time, I had this sense of comfort, joy and an indescribable feeling every time I was with him. And I felt so incredibly lucky to be spending time with him. I somehow knew he was mine, and I was his. And just like that, loving him was red. And is still…

Fast forward 6.5 years later, and here we are, getting married TOMORROW! And I am truly the luckiest. Joe, you have been there for me through every up and down, encouraged me to be my best but most of all – loved me unconditionally through it all.

I honestly never thought I could feel this way. I honestly didn’t know love could feel so right and so strong and so passionate – to be comforted in the arms of the person you love the most in this world and know that no matter how low you get, you have one true soulmate to turn to. Every moment is exciting and new… so full of life.  Joe – you are by far the most considerate, passionate, hard-working and truly genuine person I know. I don’t know what I did to deserve you but I thank God every day for being able to be on this path with you.

You truly are the best thing that’s ever been mine… and I will continue to love you forever, in this life and the next. I couldn’t be more blessed to have you in my life and I’m looking forward to our forever.

Love you Mr. Handsome – more than you will ever know – for now, and forever – your Rachies




Well we are now just two days away from my older sister’s BIG DAY. Life has been so busy lately, I’ve barely had a moment to process what is actually happening. Yesterday it finally hit me that this is HAPPENING not in a year, or even a few months, but in a couple days! I’m feeling rather emotional and reminiscent.

My sister has and always will be a role model to me. Whether it was following her lead to get in trouble when we were little, begging our dad to let us get a cat (and then a few years later a dog) or figuring out what life was all about after high school, I could always count on her for advice.

Last night before bed, I grabbed a blank sheet of paper to start writing my maid of honor speech. It has been one of those little stresses on my mind lately, like hey maybe I should figure out what I’m going to say because I don’t want to be blabbing and boring her and her fiancé’s friends and family to death. I think staring at that blank page of paper made this huge life event seem very real to me. I am so excited for her, so glad she’s found someone to spend the rest of her life with, and with the memories of when we were younger started flowing through my mind because I realized after this weekend, our family will be different.

On Saturday, she becomes a wife. On Saturday, our family grows by one. On Saturday, I gain a brother. All of this has made me very emotional and I don’t know why. Why do people cry at weddings?! They are a celebration after all, but I already know I am going to be a mess at her ceremony and when I give the speech. I love her to pieces and even though we have had our share of fights and disagreements, my heart is so happy for her. She deserves the best and I know that’s what my soon to be brother-in-law will give her, and we are all happy to welcome him into our family.

Sister, I am so overly emotional and thrilled for you! Thank you for being such a huge influence and supportive person in my life. I am happy to be your maid of honor and support you not only through your big life celebration, but continued on in your future. I love you!