After planning their wedding what felt like a dozen times and realising it was becoming all about other people, Rachael & Matthias finally made the decision to get married on a weekend away to New England with just the two of them. They enlisted the services of Vermont Wedding photographer CHRISTINA BERNALES to capture their intimate snowy celebration.
Rachael tells us, "Matthias and I had been raising my son together for over three years, engaged for two, and our daughter was about to turn one by the time we finally married. We had set out to start planning our wedding practically a dozen times, but every time we stopped when it started becoming more about other people, silly details, and money, than about him and I becoming husband and wife. We had thrown the idea of going to the courthouse around, but despite not wanting to plan a traditional wedding, felt we still wanted something more special and intimate to celebrate our life together. Approaching our daughter's first birthday we were able to get his parents to agree to watch her for a couple days so that we could go out of town. We knew we wanted to go somewhere cold (it was the middle of winter and we live in Florida, but both grew up in the Northeast). We booked our trip to a sleepy little town in southern Vermont and got the cutest airBNB to hole up in for the weekend. One night it occurred to us - we should get married while we are there! re there! Neither of us hesitated, and from the moment we made the decision to elope - just him and I - every detail fell into place perfectly. The Grafton Inn, which was walking distance to our home for the weekend, was the most perfect quintessential New England inn, with gorgeous little parlours to host an intimate ceremony for two. It was so important to us not to get caught up in stressing over the details. We knew the room would be perfect, and we really just wanted to create a space that was as intimate and romantic as possible - lots of candlelight and a roaring fireplace was our only request!"