Rachel Havel@rachelhavel

AUTHENTIC LOVE STORIES. EPIC LOCATIONS.
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CO, CA, + Beyond ✈️

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Rachel Havel

The clouds rolled in and the wind was blowing furiously. At one point, I darted outside to move ceremony flowers, worried they would blow over. The planner was inside moving furniture to accommodate an indoor ceremony because when the weather forecast shows rain for the next 6 hours, you make the best back up plan you can. ⠀

For a brief moment, there was a break in the wind and the rain had yet to start pouring. We literally spent 10 mins outside for first look a few portraits before that break was over. At the end of the day, it’s the love that your left with and it’s the love that matters most. ⠀

Couldn’t have imagined this day with a better group of vendors:⠀
Planning: @bluebirdproductions
Florals: @premastyle
Special thanks to @meganwphoto for being a bomb assistant this day!


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Fall is just around the corner and as much as I love that season, I'm not sure I'm ready to say goodbye to these sweet summer evenings. Cue the heartbreaking!⠀
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Lifestyle Editorial + Food Styling: @kellyoshiro⠀⠀
Location: @hammersky_vineyards ⠀⠀
Florals: @lavendersflowers ⠀⠀
Linens: @latavola ⠀⠀
Tabletop: @theark_ ⠀⠀
Glassware: @porch_carpinteria⠀⠀


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Ever feel like you are in a creative rut? Often times, when people find themselves in this position, they start to look at other people's work to gain inspiration. Not gonna lie... I'm totally guilty of that. ⠀

However, tonight I found myself fumbling through old photos I had taken for myself. Photos of adventures we have been on, and of my kids playing in the backyard; picking grass, sitting on a rock, or throwing mud at each other. I was taken back to those moments. ⠀

I remembered sitting on the porch watching my kids play and wondering how I was going to hose all the mud off of them. I remembered laying in the grass next to them just waiting for the moment they’d giggle with me. I remembered walking farther than any person should walk with a load of luggage, attempting to haul my things up and down the many steps of Venice. And I remembered the inspiration I felt as I took in the beauty of Italy. ⠀

It was such a sweet reminder that what I do is not about creating pretty pictures of pretty things. It’s about feeling something and capturing that emotion in a photograph. That way we can relive these precious moments in life, regardless of how grand or seemingly mundane they are. So next time your feeling in a rut, try looking within yourself for inspiration instead.


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Rachel Havel

Miami meets Aspen for this beautiful destination wedding planned and designed by @bluebirdproductions and @premastyle


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Tropical vibes for Ashley & her girls. Love these exotic florals and textured gowns. ⠀
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Planning: @bysutton
Florals: @premastyle
Gown: @bertabridal @annabebridal
Hair: @erinferrishair
Makeup: @lizweg


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What a gift it is to journey through life with the love of your life by your side.
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As seen in @marthastewartweddings
Planning: @wetietheknots


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Who needs a caption?! Look at these faces. ⠀
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Planning: @table6productions
Florals: @designworksevents
Venue: @devilsthumbranchweddings
Makeup: @alchemyfacebar


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When I arrived at the bride's family's house, Kelly was trotting around the house in a flannel robe and slippers. There wasn't a big fuss about making all the things perfect. This couple was simply focused on having a wedding that was meaningful to them. They mowed out a small area in a field of tall grass for their ceremony, and connected with their closest friends and family over dinner in a private lodge nearby. The truth is, these details and decisions are what make your wedding personal to you, and truly reflect who you are and what you value. Whether it's a quaint gathering or a large celebration, making your wedding intentional and personal is always what really matters most. This is what actually makes it perfect.
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Planning: @gemweddingsvail
Gown: @jennypackhambridal ⠀⠀
Makeup: @carriestockert
Hair: @blissstudiovail
Florals: @petalsofprovence


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Anyone else is a total sucker for vines on buildings? Absolutely loved being at @thebroadmoor estate house with @sarahvieraevents to celebrate these two. ⠀
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Planning: @sarahvieraevents
Venue: @thebroadmoor
Florist: @newberrybros
Hair: @royalmakeupandhair
Makeup: @beauty_by_liz_co
Videographer: @bydesignfilms


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Sometimes things just seem to fall in place and make magic. Details. Weddings. Love. ⠀
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Sweet little detail from a recent wedding with @premastyle and @bysutton


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Rachel Havel

Keep on laughing, loving, and always keep on dancing. Happy one year you two! ⠀
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As seen in @martha_weddings
Planning & Design: @laurelandrose
Floral Design: @fiori.flowers
Venue: @milstonwellfarm
Gown: @j_mendel from @lwdbridal
Suit: @bloomingdales
Hair & makeup: @sidedoorsalon @alchemyfacebar @alchemybre
Decor: @pinkmonkeysolutions
Entertainment: @tasoshernandez @cloud9strings @goragoraork


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What a joy to relive this day on @rockymtnbride today. What a joy to be a part of this heartfelt and loving couple’s day. See my story for more from this day.
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Planning: @callunaevents ⠀⠀
Florals: @silohfloral ⠀⠀
Gown: @galialahav ⠀⠀
Suit: @eleveelifestyle ⠀⠀
Hair and Makeup: @mmsalonweddings


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