A Biltmore Champagne Cellar Wedding With Rebekah and Jarred!
It is always awesome to get to photograph a friends wedding. I, Meriah, have known Jarred for over 20 years. I am best friends with his sister Meredith and feel like he is my “brother from another mother!” When Michael and I got married Jarred actually second shot our wedding and his photos are some of my favorites in our album. Now it feels like things have come full circle! Michael and I were honored to be asked to share in this amazing, intimate wedding.
Now, a little history on these two. Jarred is 38 years old and has never been married. He was simply waiting on the right girl no matter how long it took. He enjoyed life and the journey and was patient for Mrs. Right to come along. And she did!!! Jarred met Rebekah in 2013 and they instantly hit it off. Rebekah is a sweetheart who just happened to make me corn beef and cabbage on St. Patricks Day. (AKA… she is in my “good book” forever!) She has a beautiful, giving heart and is often sharing it with others.
It was amazing and a bit surreal to see these two wed. When I saw Jarred for the first time before his first look, I stole a hug and just cried. I am so very happy for my brother and his Rebekah.
Walk with us as we take a look back at this new chapter in Rebekah and Jarred’s story.
Rebekah wanted her mom’s memory to be present on the wedding day so she had this locket placed on her bouquet with her mom’s photo in it. Later on she had a special moment during the ceremony where she dedicated the bouquet to her mother’s memory. Two Buds and a Blossom made this incredible bouquet!
This is the moment when she is showing her sister the locket. Mom was missed.
Before Rebekah got dressed the gals took a minute to read Scripture and pray. These are the moments that make a wedding very personal and intimate. Since I am a moment junkie I live to capture sweet moments like this.
This was one of the most intimate first looks we have ever captured. Full of tears and joy!
Jarred wanted snow on their wedding day. Rebekah wanted sunshine. God gave them both! It snowed around 5 inches two days before the wedding but melted just enough for out of town family to get there safe and sound. But it hadn’t melted too much for us to get some shots in it.
Shout out to Rebekah’s Wellies! It was super muddy from the melting snow and they proved very practical for the first look and the bride and groom photos! Plus, Rebekah said her Welly boots make her happy.
The ceremony was in the intimate setting of the Champagne Cellar at Biltmore’s Winery. I love these types of candlelit weddings and receptions. So beautiful!
Brilliant idea to put a mirror on the back wall of the ceremony. We loved getting to see Jarred and Rebekah’s faces even when their backs were turned.
For Rebekah’s mom.
Jarred’s father officiated the ceremony. Pastor Jim was my pastor for 17 years and Michael’s pastor for 2 years. He also did our wedding ceremony!
Biltmore’s champagne cellar offers an inside tour of the winery while the main room is being flipped from ceremony to reception. I love getting to shoot in the wine barrel room!
I adore the back of Rebekah’s dress. It looked like icicles and it was perfect for an indoor winter wedding.
Cocktail hour fun! I really do love this family and group of friends. Probably because among them are some of our greatest friends as well.
Intimate moments with Jarred’s parents. I love the love this family shares with one another.
Reception beauty! Rebekah’s best friend Anna out did herself with the decor. A lot of the arrangements were done by her and were simply stunning!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jarred Brackett!
Among my favorite moments of the evening was the toast! Jarred and Rebekah had a small wedding so their toasts were super intimate and fun. A lot of their family and closest friends told very heart felt stories.
Jarred closed the evening with a prayer. He cried and we all cried. The perfect ending to such a beautiful day.
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