Alex + Rachel | Engaged

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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. Brooke Leatherbury: ( )

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

  2. Reva: ( )

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

  3. 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!

  4. Lauren Rowan: ( )

    These really are gorgeous. Congratulations you two!

  5. 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! :)

  6. Emily Lacasse: ( )

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

  7. Catie: ( )

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

  8. Stephanie: ( )

    What a natural beauty :) Great photos.

  9. Teresa Chandler: ( )

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

  10. 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!

  11. Barbi Talbert: ( )

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! Love you, both!

  12. fall wedding virginia eastern shore wedding | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Katelyn James Photography: ( )

    [...] 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 [...]

  13. James: ( )

    Looking sharp, Sauce. Real. Sharp.

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