Alex + Rachel | Engaged

Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer
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I walked into

my FIRST worship team practice, EVER….. and there he was. Alex Vargas. At first sight, he can be intimidating… he’s always taller than everyone in the room… however, I quickly found out that Alex Vargas is one of the most gentle spirited people I have ever met. Someone once described him as a big teddy bear and I think that title fits him perfectly. He cares so deeply for people and even though he may never show up to practice on time… he’s one INSANELY TALENTED musician. Alex actually played in the band at OUR wedding ceremony and so when Alex and Rachel asked me to be a part of THEIR wedding day, of course

I was thrilled!!  These two are amazing. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this couple because they have dated since high school and that’s HARD to do. When you date over 6 years… you enter into this “umm, we should be married by now” phase and it can be tough. Michael and I dated for 8 years before we were married and so I know how excited these two are! I mean, can you imagine calling someone your “boyfriend” over and over for almost a decade and then one day getting to say “And this is my HUSBAND, Michael!”  I still love saying that…. sometimes I’ll ask a teenager at church “Hey have you seen my husband?” just because I can. It’s wonderful. Marriage is wonderful and I’m so excited for Alex and Rachel’s big day!! I can tell you already that there will be TEARS a-flowing!


Alex and Rach, I loved my time with you! I’m so thankful for your friendship and SO incredibly honored to be a part of your big day!! Bring it on September!!!!!!!! Enjoy my favorites!!

Rachel you’re so photogentic! I love it!

One of my favorites!!!

No, sorry, THIS is my fav! I have many! Gosh!!! How cute are they?!

Alex you have such a great smile! …. and laugh…Alex laughs constantly……like, CONSTANTLY. If he’s not laughing… something is wrong!:)

I made them stand in a briar patch for this one…thorns and all… I’m so MEAN! But it was worth it:)

I love how cute Hilton Village is! Why don’t we design houses like these nowadays?!


Rach… there are no words. Simply beautiful!

Comments (113)


  1. Tammynize: ( )

    oooo. those pictures of them sitting down! I love the poses and composition on those. :) The last one with her hair whipping in the wind is beautiful.

  2. Lawren Bryce: ( )

    Rachel and guys are officially my favorites! Rachel, you are stunning, inside and out! I love you guys so much!! Katelyn, you did a fantastic job (as you always do) of capturing their personalities and their love. YAY for having friends on the blog!!

  3. stephanie b: ( )

    hands down one of my favorite esessions ever. she is SOOOOOO beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

  4. rhonda: ( )

    oh Katelyn – how beautiful – you captured their true beauty and love for each other!! Great job!!!! Love them all!

  5. amanda: ( )

    simply one of the best sessions ever because I can feel the loooooove more than ever! I AM IN LOVE WITH THE RING SHOT!

  6. Isabel: ( )

    Love! They all came out fabu!

  7. Erin Cefalu: ( )

    The last one and the 5th to last one are my favorites! Ah so good!

  8. Rachel: ( )

    Katelyn, thanks again for a fantastic day! The pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! And I LOOOOOVE the ring shot!!! :)

  9. katie yuen: ( )

    GORGEOUS! I think the colors are all really beautiful too! muted and wintery but still vibrant.. great job katelyn :)

  10. Ann Usack O'Grady: ( )

    Such beautiful photos! So happy for you two!

  11. Bridget: ( )

    They are so beautiful, Rachel and Alex.
    Katelyn, what an excellent job.

  12. amanda west: ( )

    Oh My! The first one from your making them stand in the briar patch……….. there is something so totally innocent there. It’s breath taking!! You can literally feel it!! You are so awesome.

  13. Angela B.: ( )

    So beautiful!! Congratulations to you two!

  14. Lynne Boveri: ( )

    These pictures are fabulous and Rachel you are so gorgeous!!! :)

  15. Bethany Boveri: ( )

    I love them all! You guys are adorable!

  16. crystal parks: ( )

    Very cute photos. Love the water ones especially.

  17. erin steuber: ( )

    I miss you guys terribly and these are absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for the both of you. Love you guys.

  18. Kelly: ( )

    Awesome photos! Best of luck Rachel and Alex.

  19. katie matthews: ( )


  20. Gina Crockett: ( )

    These pictures are the best!!! Rachael and Alex are such a handsome couple!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  21. kate iseman: ( )

    BEAUTIFUL!! all i cant think of is…..FINALLY!! and so happy for you both.

  22. Ellie Blalock: ( )

    Congrats to Rachel & Alex! The photos look great!!

  23. Janice: ( )

    wow, amazing pics but it’s easy when your subjects are as beautiful and charming as these two! I remember when they first started dating, being from
    the same area and watching them grow up at Onancock Baptist. They have been in my prayers over the years and I am happy for them and their future! “Love, true love is what brings us together today: God bless Rachel and Alex!

  24. Rachel Patterson: ( )

    These are fantastic pictures! Rachel and Alex – you are such a fabulous couple!

  25. Quagmire: ( )

    giggity giggity goo!

  26. Sara: ( )

    OHMYGOSH I CANNOT PICK A FAVORITE. I love them all…I love Rachel…I love Alex…I love “them” being a “them”…AHHHHH LOOOVEEE!!!!

  27. Michelle Thomas: ( )

    Beautiful pictures, guys! So excited for your big day! :)

  28. Vickie Sams: ( )

    Congratulations! I LOVE these pictures…you two look great, and very impressed with Katelyn James.

  29. jon burrington: ( )

    WOOT WOOT!!!! What a good lookin couple!!! Congratulations guy!

  30. Shannon: ( )

    You two look soo cute together. My fav pic is the one with the ring in the bushes. On how the red leaves (love) surround the ring

  31. Christy Lewis: ( )

    I absolutely love these! My favorite is the one with their reflection in the window. What a beautiful couple. Awesome as always!

  32. Allyson: ( )

    As always…. LOVE! These are amazing!

  33. Laura F: ( )

    Omgosh…so lovely! Such a cute couple, and gorgeous shots!

  34. crystal stanley: ( )

    these photos are gorgeous!! congrats!!

  35. Joe: ( )

    These are really great pictures! It portrayed not only Alex and Rachel but the love that they have between them.

  36. Jenny Lovell: ( )

    These are soooooo beautiful! Great photographer, great people. :]

  37. Allison C.: ( )

    Just beautiful! Congrats, you two!

  38. Bev: ( )

    What incredible photos!! Incredible composition, incredible light, incredible settings, incredible expression…and most of all two incredible people!!!

  39. Emma Sanz: ( )

    Such a beautiful couple!

  40. Ellen Miles: ( )

    Wonderful, beautiful, happy people!

  41. Beth G: ( )

    I love you guys so much and these pictures actually capture how amazing you are! I can’t wait to see you get married!

  42. Lauren W: ( )

    So cute! Such a beautiful couple- and Katelyn, you did such a great job capturing their personalities!

  43. Lydia: ( )

    Beautiful pictures, Ra. Love the ‘Monica’ necklace. Can’t wait to watch you walk down that aisle!

  44. Elizabeth: ( )

    oh my….these are amazing!!! i love love love them!!!

  45. jess: ( )

    these are so pretty so happy for you two!

  46. Diana Cox: ( )

    WOW! you guys are sooooo adorable!!!!!!! I love it!!!

  47. Daniel Gordon: ( )

    I love it! You guys are amazing! and adorable!!!!

  48. Alex Vargas: ( )

    Wow, Katelyn. You did such an amazing job. I honestly can say that I expected nothing less from such a gifted, talented and humble professional. Thank you so much for a being a great friend to me and Rachel! We love you!

  49. Bryan Collins: ( )

    Holy crap! My best friends finally getting married!!! So ridiculous happy for you guys! I literally felt like crying have looking that these pictures cause im soooo ridiculous excited and happy for you both! I love you both and again great pictures! You both look amazing!!!! Katelyn, great job with the photos as well!

  50. Jeremy: ( )

    I love you guys…seeing you guys in these pictures all looking amazing….I love you guys!

  51. Danyelle: ( )

    LOVE these!

  52. leah: ( )


  53. caroline: ( )

    that ring is so unique! beautiful couple!!

  54. Amy J: ( )

    You two are amazing! So excited for you both! Great pictures KK!

  55. Girish: ( )

    That’s one big shoot :), love it. Great candid poses and shots, well use of focus. Good light (overcast I think)

    Well done !

  56. Paul Rienerth: ( )

    Hey congrats you two… I know someone said it earlier but nice ring by the way for real…and these photos are very classy and I like a lot of the black and white ones too…surprised there wasn’t a few random ones of alex doing something ridiculous though :)

  57. wendy eveett: ( )

    Rachel and Alex your pitctures are beautiful. Congratulations to you both.

  58. Anastasia: ( )

    SO excited to see these! Gorgeous pics. Katelyn – you are so talented. These guys have been raving about you for months, I’m glad to finally see for myself!

  59. Anastasia: ( )

    PS I love the sweater dress choice Rachel! :) :)

  60. jessica b: ( )

    thes photos are amazing! I’m so exited for the two of you!

  61. Skyler: ( )

    Alex, I am so luck to have been your roommate, even if it was for just a few short month. You have such a heart for people that its intoxicating to those around you (in a good way, of course). Brown pandas couldn’t be any more tertiary under proximal conditions ;-) Anyways, I love you guys! Congratulations!

  62. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography: ( )

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the reflection pictures!!!

  63. Kimber Wassenberg: ( )

    This is my favorite engagement post yet! I love the outfits, the poses, the light and the couple!!! I LOVE these pictures!!!!

  64. Patrick: ( )

    These photos are wonderful, but I should have expected nothing less coming from Katelyn James. I’m so happy for both of you, this is so great!

  65. Mary: ( )

    Excellent photos! Congratulations to both of you.

  66. Bethany Floyd: ( )

    Beautiful pictures :) You can see thelove exuding from both of you. Congratulations again!

  67. Leigh: ( )

    These pictures are breathtakingly beautiful…..a true reflections of an amazing couple!

  68. Janelle Esposito: ( )

    This is one of the most ADORABLE and joyful engagement sessions I have seen in a long time from anyone.


  69. Trudi: ( )

    Absolutely lovely

  70. Michael Piper: ( )

    Great photos! Beautiful couple. And in my neighborhood! Took me a while to catch on.

  71. Cordie Lee Davis: ( )

    First of all, congratulations!!! Secondly, you two are by far the most perfect match made in heaven! You both have the kindest of hearts and the most loving ways! These pictures definitely showcase the compassion you have for each other. Best of luck on all your further endeavors! :) <3

  72. Danielle: ( )

    These pictures are amazing! Love you guys!

  73. Kari: ( )

    Aww, they’re so very great guys! LOVE them! Congratulations again! Wish you all the very best!

  74. Melody Brackett: ( )

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these pictures! Alex and Rachel, they are beautiful! You both are beautiful and Katelyn you did a beautiful job! I am so excited for you both and Zach and I love and miss you guys!

  75. Jackie: ( )

    Beautiful Pictures! I’m so happy for the both of ya’ll! Congrats!

  76. Nikki: ( )

    These pictures are awesome! Best of luck!

  77. Sarah: ( )

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the ones in the briar patch! Rachel, you are lovelyyyyyy. :)

  78. Alex DeMarco: ( )

    Great pictures

  79. Jenna Detter: ( )

    Really beautiful pictures!!!

  80. Micayla canales: ( )

    These are wonderful pictures guys! congrats!!!

  81. Susan: ( )

    They are so wonderful Rachel and Alex. Rachel, what are you doing selling books, coffee and stationary at the Book Bin? (PLEEEASE Don’t leave us, though!!!!) – you should be modeling!

  82. Leanne Wight: ( )

    Really love the last picture with them leaning up against the white wooden building with black window trim, where you can see their reflection in the window! That is really beautiful! And what a pretty ring! I’ve never actually seen someone with a heart shaped diamond! Cool!

  83. Meghan stapleton: ( )

    You two look amazing… I’m so happy for you… Congrats :)

  84. Naomi: ( )

    Gorgeous! I ADORE the ring shot! Unbelievable…and also the last one with the little piece of hair blowing in the wind. So beautiful!

  85. Matt: ( )

    Congratulation Alex and Rachel! You two are such an awesome couple and I’m so happy to check out these photos. Nice job on the ring ;)

  86. joe: ( )

    Wow Alex, you certainly are marrying up ;). So glad to see such a genuine caring man get such a gorgeous wife.

  87. Ariel: ( )

    Great pictures

  88. Pam: ( )

    Great photos!

  89. Dave: ( )

    Photos look great! Great looking couple.

  90. Andrea: ( )

    Beautiful pictures!

  91. Brittany: ( )

    love the pics :)

  92. Lillie: ( )

    These are absolutely stunning! I’m so happy for you two. :)

  93. Carmaleta Ann: ( )

    Love these pics!!!!! My favorite would have to be the one that shows their reflection in the window! AMAZING!

  94. Rebecca: ( )

    These pictures are amazinggg. You two look awesome and i love you both!

  95. Hope Carroll: ( )

    OK, please tell me – what lens is your fave and which did you use the most for this shoot?

  96. Emily Henry: ( )

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! You two are adorable

  97. Emily: ( )

    Ahh Rachel and Vargas! Your pictures are beautiful! Favorties are the ones where Rachel is smiling at the camera and Alex is just looking at her. Love it. :) Congrats again you two!

  98. Jason Turner: ( )

    looks great

  99. Sara: ( )

    Love!!! Great job!!

  100. Brooke Leatherbury: ( )

    The engagement pictures are great! Rachel you are beautiful and I wish you both a long, happy life together!

  101. Reva: ( )

    Congratulations!! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I wish you both the best!

  102. Zach Brackett: ( )

    Alex you are so superdeeduperdee SEXY! Rachel is so lucky to have such a sexy hunk of man meat!

    Miss you guys! Can’t wait for the big day!

  103. Lauren Rowan: ( )

    These really are gorgeous. Congratulations you two!

  104. Emily Lacasse: ( )

    Awwww you guys are so cute! Congrats Rachel! I’ll probably see you this summer sometime so I’ll congratulate you again then! :)

  105. Emily Lacasse: ( )

    Aww you guys are so cute! Congrats Rachel! Maybe I’ll see you this summer! :)

  106. Catie: ( )

    Oh my gosh I love them. They make me smile! Congratulations you two <3

  107. Stephanie: ( )

    What a natural beauty :) Great photos.

  108. Teresa Chandler: ( )

    These are great! It would be hard to choose a favorite…. your wedding pictures will be stunning!!

  109. mary ellen cornwell: ( )

    LOVE the pictures guys!!! Really like the one with Rach in plaid and you two looking at each other. Sweet and touching!! Best wishes always!

  110. Barbi Talbert: ( )

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! Love you, both!

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  112. James: ( )

    Looking sharp, Sauce. Real. Sharp.

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