• Alex + Rachel

a friend’s wedding, it’s like the best of both worlds. I get to be a apart of their celebration and I also get to be behind the scenes.  I literally spent ALL day with Alex and Rachel and I loved every minute of it! You may remember these two from their engagement session.  I was a part of a worship team for Intervarsity at CNU and that’s where I met Alex.  Alex and I met sophomore year and continued to be a part of the band until we graduated. What you need to know is that this band wasn’t a typical band. We were a family. We spent literally HOURS sharing our life with one another. It was the most RANDOM group of people and I loved it. I remember hearing Alex talk about Rachel and since they 

started dating the same time  Michael and I did, I could relate to all of Alex’s stories about how hard it was to have a long distance relationship and how marriage seemed SO far off in the future.  Over the course of those three years, that band shared some amazing stories and then sometimes we would come together and one of us would be really broken. I’ve watched Alex walk through some really hard times in life and because I’ve seen all of the ups and downs that he has experienced…it made being a part of his wedding day so incredible.  I’ve watched the last 3 years of Alex and Rachel’s story unfold and I can honestly say that I have never seen Alex so happy. When he saw Rachel for the first time, he was speechless… and if you know Alex Vargas… that NEVER happens!:)  He hugged her, kissed her and as he tried to hold back the tears, he whispered that she was stunning and he didn’t deserve her……Whew! Those moments get me every time! I’m trying to shoot and I get all choked up! It’s such an honor to be a part of the happiest day of my friend’s life. I was reminded, once again, of how much I love my job. Alex and Rachel have waited 8 YEARS for this day and despite the rain and drizzle, it was absolutely perfect in every way. I love these two and Michael and I are SO happy for them!!!  Alex and Rach, you are two incredible people! I love you both and I hope Mexico is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! You’re MARRIED! FINALLY!!! Yesss!!!


Oh Rachel… there are no words. You look AMAZING.

I was whispering to Alex “don’t you dare turn around! Just a few more seconds!”.  Alex is like a big kid, he could barely contain himself!!

Told ya she looked amazinggggg!!!

I’m pretty sure I told Alex to look off into the distance but he just kept staring at her… and that’s totally fine with me:)

love them.

Love the one on the right!

ALEX!!!!! GAH! You look like you own the place!

It was raining in ALL of these pictures…. these people are awesome.

The band pic.

Probably one of my most favorite bridal portraits ever.

yes. yes. yes.

Of course Kerr Place would have an ORANGE room to match their fall wedding colors. How perfect.

And it was raining during these too! These two care about their PORTRAITS! They would do anything for a good pic!


Ok, this is such a fun idea! Rachel and Alex grew up together in Onancock on the Eastern Shore. Rach made a hand drawn map of their little town and each table was named after a different location in Onancock!

Donuts?! Awesome.

Reception | Ker Place

Dress | Casablanca Bridal (Purchased at Russell’s Formals)

Florals | Basket and Bows

Ceremony | Onancock Baptist Church

Bakery | Corner Bakery

Catering | Exmore Diner

Invitations | The Book Bin


xoxo, Katelyn
24 Comments Weddings
  1. Lawren Bryce Slate reply

    I am in love with every single one of these pictures! I’ve already looked through them three times! Katelyn, as usual, you did an absolutely amazing job capturing their day! Rachel and Alex, I love you both so much!! Hope you’re having fun in Mexico!! xo

  2. Rebekah reply

    That is one of the SWEETEST first looks I’ve seen! Aww… he absolutely adores her and you can totally tell in the pictures. Great job, Katelyn – it’s making me SO excited for my first look… one month from tomorroww……ahhh!!!

  3. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Oh my goodness…Mrs. Rachel is flat out gorgeous! Love the pics in the blue room and, of course, the First Look. :)

  4. britney reply

    aw love these! congrats alex and rachel – and what awesome september colors :)

  5. Michelle reply

    Awwww I LOVE this one!!! They’re so beautiful and the emotions are amazing. Also amazing? Katelyn (James) Alsop!

  6. Kristin Partin reply

    Katelyn! I just did a wedding there back in June! the same exact church :) These are beautiful! Did they have bright blue lights during the ceremony for you? haha, always fun. Gorgeous details and beautiful wedding as usual <3 much love!

  7. Abby Grace reply

    Ok so I looked through these twice, and both times I got to the first look I teared up. These are so beautiful! I love all of the portraits you’ve posted!

  8. Arielle Moen reply

    This is great! The best part for me is that I lived there and went to OBC while my dad was youth minister! I LOVE ME some Corner Bakery!!!

  9. Ashley reply

    Katelyn, these are just beautiful! Makes me excited for fall!
    I am loving the reception photos with the lighting, it looks amazing. I feel that my reception photos always a little too bright, like I am using too much flash power. Do you have any suggestions for reception camera settings?…white balance?….flash output? I know it wont be the same in every scenario, but I feel like I would have washed out all of that gorgeous light that you captured!

  10. Deborah Zoe reply

    i love them all katelyn! beautiful!:)

  11. Becca reply

    I love it mainly cause it’s beautiful images but then again cause I actually have an idea to how the image was created by you so it gave me other things to look for =) haha noses!!! Great job!

  12. Bev Turner reply

    What incredible photographs! You captured the emotions, the energy, the joy!!! Thank you for preserving such a memorable day in such a spectacular way! All who have seen these few photos rave about your talent…maybe more shoots on the ES!!

  13. ashley barnett reply

    This color palette is SO cool!!! :)

  14. Catie reply

    I just about cried looking at these pictures. Alex and Rachel are such amazing people and I’m just so glad I got to see these pictures. They depict them so beautifully.

  15. Robin reply

    So, so beautiful! Love these colors and the beautiful setting.

  16. Laura Britton reply

    This might be one of my favorite weddings you’ve ever photographed!! I looove the orange & red – what a stunning color combo! Everything is beautiful! These photos are great!

  17. Sara reply

    Katelyn, these are PERFECT. The look on Alex’s face at the first look and when she was walking down the aisle make me cry EVERY TIME I LOOK. And Rachel is just drop-dead gorgeous!! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING soooooo happy for you two, Rachel and Alex!!!!!!!

  18. Jennifer Davis reply

    Katelyn! You nail it on every shot! The colors, emotion, love – you capture it all. Thanks for sharing and doing what you do – gorgeous!!

  19. Elise reply

    I love this wedding so much!!!!! Beautiful colors and everything about it!

  20. Victoria reply

    I love every last detail of this wedding and this wedding shoot!

  21. cati reply

    I smiled the whole way through this post. CUTEST COUPLE EVER.

  22. Kristina W. reply

    This is one of my favorite “First Look” series! They rocked it! And the whole wedding is so beautiful! Great job on coordinating all of the photos with their colors Katelyn!

  23. Rachel reply

    Katelyn, thanks again for doing such a great job of capturing our day. We LOOOOOVE the pictures!!!!!!

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