Cannon Green Wedding | Charleston Wedding | Paul & Carly

Cannon Green Wedding | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura and Rachel Photography

Cannon Green Wedding Downtown Charleston | A modern tropical vibe isn’t what you normally comes to mind living in DC where Carly and Paul were living when they started wedding planning, and the theme they wanted for not only their wedding, but life. Carly had been visiting Charleston for over two decades and knew deep […]

San Francisco Wedding | Cavallo Point Lodge Wedding | Ryan & Kathryn

San Francisco Wedding | Cavallo Point Lodge Wedding | San Francisco Wedding Photographers Laura and Rachel Photography

Cavallo Point Lodge Wedding, San Francisco, California | We had two more California wedding left after this one, and that was it. It was a weird reality. Not that we would never be back, because obviously we have the west coast in our blood and will always return to where we began, but to not […]

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding | Jonathan & Devan

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding | Laura and Rachel Photography

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Our trips back to California didn’t happen nearly as much as hoped to this year thanks to COVID, but when we did, this one was a stunner! Devan and Jonathan call Los Angeles home, but escaped the city life to get married in wine country, also known as Carmel Valley. The […]

Wild Dunes Resort Wedding | Nicolas & Christina

Wild Dunes Resort Wedding Photographer | Charleston Wedding Photographers Laura and Rachel Photography

Wild Dunes Resort Wedding | If you could go anywhere in the world and get married, where would you go? That’s actually what a lot couples planning to get married are thinking these days thanks to COVID. A lot of 2020 couples who were planning a grand affair and couldn’t because of reschedule after reschedule, […]

Charleston Bridal Session

Charleston Bridal Portraits | Laura and Rachel Photography

Charleston Bridal Session | Filmy. Classic. Iconic. The words we were trying to construe throughout this session. There is something about Charleston that just softly shouts, timeless beauty. Through its historic architecture, ancient tree groves, and cobblestone streets, it resonates through its weddings. There is something about Charleston that is truly magical. This session was […]

Charleston Elopement | Andy & Laura

Charleston Elopement Photographer | Charleston Engagement Photographer | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura and Rachel Photography

Charleston Elopement | You might not know our story. Everyone has their own, but through this bumpy road called life, how from opposite sides of the country (literally California to South Carolina), this small-town girl met a very rural country boy, and that was it. Less than two weeks after we officially had our feet […]

Upstairs at Midtown Wedding | Charleston Wedding | Omar & Rawan

Charleston Wedding | Upstairs at Midtown | Laura & Rachel Photography

Upstairs at Midtown Charleston Wedding | Who would have imagined how 2020 would affect the wedding world. From couples planning their big day, to small businesses shaken to their core, wondering when and if the wedding industry would ever get back to the way it was. Rawan and Omar had a June 2020 wedding planned. […]

Charleston Wedding | Folly Beach Elopement | James & Stefanie

Charleston Wedding | Charleston Elopement | Folly Beach Wedding | Folly Beach Elopement | COVID Wedding | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura and Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

Charleston Elopement | COVID hit yet again, but love stands strong and always wins! James and Stefanie has a very large wedding planned, but with current ways of the world not giving up, they decided to be married was more important than the event itself, and chose her childhood summer home here in Folly Beach […]

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery Wedding | Johnny & Alison

Casa Real Wedding, Ruby Hill Winery Wedding, Pleasanton Wedding Photographer, California Wedding Photographer, San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Fall Wedding, Winter Wedding | Laura and Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

Wine Country Wedding | COVID couldn’t stop them, even though it seriously tried! We met Johnny and Alison through our dear friends Amy & Jordan, who were planning a dream winery wedding in March of 2020. Little did we know when planning this day a year prior, COVID would change the world literally the weeks […]

Wrightsville Manor Wedding | Wilmington North Carolina Wedding | Carlos & Carly

Wrightsville Manor Wedding | Wilmington Wedding Photographer | Featured on The Knot | Laura & Rachel Photography

Wrightsville Manor Wedding | We literally squealed with excitement when Carly and Carlos asked us to be their wedding photographers, because the way it all came to life is a story in its own. Back in 2015, we photographed the Matt and Stacy’s gorgeous Monterey Plaza Hotel wedding. We had met Matt back when he […]

Intercontinental The Clement Monterey Wedding | Chris & Michelle

Monterey Clement Wedding | Intercontinental Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

An Intercontinental The Clement Monterey wedding and an absolute amazing couple. Everything about this wedding was a dream come true! You may remember Chris and Michelle from their sunset Carmel engagement session where we strolled though the golf greens of the valley and ended on the coastal rocky shore for sunset. We walked into the […]

A Bernardus Lodge Wedding | The Ultimate Luxury Carmel Valley Wedding Venue

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Carmel Valley | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Bernardus Lodge Wedding | A wedding venue most brides dream about their entire lives. Nestled in the hills of Carmel Valley, California, with vineyards stretched along the 28 acres of magnificent views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this is the crème de la crème wedding location. The moment you enter the lavender lined driveway, […]

Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall | Monterey Wedding Photographer | Cake & Lace Feature

Monterey Wedding Photographer | Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall

Lauren and Dan’s wedding venue was one of the finest luxury hotels in North America, the Hotel Del Monte, a total hidden gem, now occupies the present Naval Postgraduate School. You would never have imagined there was a real life secret garden hidden just behind these military walls! We were so excited Cake and Lace, Whimsically […]

JW Marriott Camelback Inn | Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding | Walker & Molly

JW Marriott Camel Back Inn Wedding | Scottsdale Arizona Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Scottsdale Arizona wedding. I’m looking back through the images from Walker and Molly’s wedding and in aw of how beautiful the day was, but I struggled with how to write this blog. Do I share with you all the amazing highlights of the day and tell you how everything was perfect, or reveal the […]

Mission Ranch Wedding | Kate & Andy

Details! Details! Details! Our hearts were swooning over all the details Kate had created from us the moment we walked through the door. She was just as excited as we were, if not more, to literally take us by the hand and guide us to the awaiting full invitation suite (which she had the calligrapher […]

Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Mitchell & Lauryn

Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Carmel Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding. Talk about years in the making and we’ve been dying to share this one! It all started back in 2016 when we we hosted the Pottery Barn Bridal Runway Show and Lauryn was the raffle winner for a free couples portrait session. We were instant friends! We hadn’t yet met […]

Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding

Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding, Carmel Valley Wedding, Laura and Rachel Photography

A Santa Lucia Preserve wedding is like no other. Time and time again we are in awe of how absolutely gorgeous the weddings are we capture really are. Every single detail thought of, no stone left unturned, nothing forgotten. It feels as if we’re walking through the pages of a real life magazine!  We love […]

Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding | Robert & Alexandra

In 2011, when we started to photograph weddings, we created a long list of all the dream wedding venues we wanted to capture weddings at, and felt if we were able to book a wedding at each of these venues, we had officially “made it.” It’s so funny for us to look back at this […]

Intimate Charleston Plantation Wedding

Charleston Plantation Photography Laura & Rachel Photography

A Charleston plantation wedding is what southern girls hearts are made of. There is something completely magical about the light, mossy trees, waterfront docks, lush woods, all intertwined with the incredible history. Tucked away deep in the woods of Charleston, a Low Country wedding is what we’ve dreamed about capturing for years! Getting ready in […]

Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Mission | Christopher & Kelly

Carmel Mission Wedding | La Playa Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

That’s right friends, we’re back and better than EVER!!! Where have we been you might be asking yourself? Well, Rachel had a baby, we packed two houses and traveled over 2,100 cross country with three adults, two large dogs, a newborn, and now call Charleston, South Carolina home. That’s all. Oh, do we have stories […]

Carmel Wedding Photographer | Gardener Ranch Wedding | Alex & Harmony

Gardener Ranch Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

A Carmel Valley wedding. Occasionally there are those weddings that leave our hearts aching for more! So much thought goes into the bridal details, the couple uses the timeline we create, they do a first look, nearly everything is outdoors during daylight, and chose their vendors using our preferred vendor list. Oh my word, that […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

  Officially a Charleston Wedding Photographer… someone pinch us! That has been a dream of ours for years to actually say out loud. With the whirlwind of emotions lately with the announcement we’re moving to Charleston, South Carolina and that Rachel’s pregnant, reality has set in that we’re moving our business cross country. Not a […]

The Biggest Announcement Ever | We’re MOVING to South Carolina!!!

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

Notice a theme in our t-shirts, low hanging magical moss, and huge smiles across our faces? Besides keeping the secret we announced last week that Rachels pregnant, we’ve also been holding in something else. As of the end of the year, we will be calling Charleston home! We’re MOVING!!! That’s right, we’re trading the west […]

Carmel Wedding Photographer | Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Dane & Victorya

Carmel Wedding, Carmel Valley wedding, Bernardus Lodge wedding, vineyard wedding, California wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

A Bernardus Lodge Wedding. There is no other place you would rather spend your late summer days than in Carmel Valley. Just miles from the coast, tucked between the rolling mountains, where it’s always warm, yet afternoons have that cool ocean breeze. The grapes from the vineyards have been harvested leaving a sweetness in the […]

The Importance of a Wedding Album | Family History, Heritage, & Legacy

Importance of a Wedding Album

Do you have an album from your parents wedding? How about your grandparents wedding? If so, hold it very close to your heart, because that might be the most valuable thing you own! With age and maturity, comes with the knowledge of family importance. When you’ve met “the one” and start planning your own wedding, […]

Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding | John & Teresa

Carmel Mission Wedding | Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding | Pebble Beach, California Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding. From the moment we arrived to the getting ready cottage, we knew this was going to be a dream wedding! We had met Teresa and John nearly a year earlier, you may remember them from their gorgeous engagement session starting along the greens of The Beach & Tennis Club at Pebble […]

Paris Anniversary Session | Eiffel Tower Vow Renewal | Drew & Veronica

Paris Vow Renewal | Paris Anniversary Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Paris Anniversary Session. Where to even begin! We’ll start by backing things up a year. We received a text from Drew and Veronica, who themselves are a husband and wife wedding photography team in Arizona, asking if we could Skype and catch up. Of course we said yes! They shared with us some big dreams […]

2017 Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings 2017 | Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California Weddings | Laura & Rachel Photography

Best of Weddings 2017 | This is one of our favorite blog posts of the entire year! Highlights of weddings captured, places we’ve been, and friends we’ve made. It’s become a tradition for us to go though and choose photos which we feel are our best work, thinking every year, how can it get any […]

How To Create Your Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

How To Create Your Ideal Wedding Day Timeline | Wedding Day Stress Relief | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

We went from “We don’t have enough time”, “We always feel so rushed”, “We could have done better”, to “That was the smoothest wedding we’ve ever shot!”, “We had ample time for everything we needed – plus more!”, “Everyone was incredibly happy with how smooth the entire day went!”. How? Simply by learning from our mistakes […]

Wedding Chicks Featured Paul & Rachel’s Wedding

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding

Wedding Chicks Feature. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that Paul and Rachel’s wedding has been featured on Wedding Chicks,  a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, for the modern bride! From Amy & Jordan: We’d been looking forward to Rachel and Paul’s McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, […]

InterContiental Clement Monterey Wedding | Alex & Laura

InterContiental the Clement Monterey Hotel Wedding | Monterey Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography

A gorgeous InterContiental Clement wedding! We had always dreamed of shooting this venue! Overlooking the ocean, this Monterey luxury hotel is located right in the heart of John Steinbeck’s historic Cannery Row. New venues bring out an excitement and a creativeness like no other! As we walked in Laura’s bridal suite, the sounds of laughter and […]

The Bench Wedding | McCormick Home Ranch | Paul & Rachel

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding

Planning. Budgeting. Executing. We’ve now been in our bride’s shoes (Badgley Mischka’s to be exact!), on the other side of the lens, planned and executed a wedding! It’s official (nearly 5 months official), Rachel and Paul are married!!! When our brides say planning a wedding is a full time job on it’s own, we now […]

Pebble Beach Wedding | The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Michael & Janice

Pebble Beach Wedding Photographers | The Lodge Wedding | The Beach & Tennis Club Wedding | Laura & Rachel

A Pebble Beach Wedding, forty years in the making. That’s right, 4-0! Plus, the groom is the real life James Bond! Okay, not the real life James Bond, but if he wasn’t a fictional charter, Mike would be the real James Bond. Serious! He worked for the CIA for over 30 years before becoming Microsoft’s […]

On The Line About Doing A First Look? Hear It Firsthand From The Grooms

Importance of First Looks | Monterey Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel

“Are you doing a first-look or waiting to see each other until the ceremony?” is one of the questions we ask our couples in the initial email before our actual meeting. By no means are we asking this as question they can answer wrong, this is simply just another step in getting to better know our […]

Mission Ranch Wedding | Carmel by the Sea Wedding | Jill & Zach

Mission Ranch Wedding | Carmel Wedding | Laura and Rachel

A gorgeous Mission Ranch wedding. Starting a new family tradition, Jill wanted to get married in the green sheep filled pastures that overlooked the ocean as her sister did. Getting ready in the Farm House where she was once a bridesmaid, and now the bride! The morning was filled with laughter, champagne pop’s, and matching […]

Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer | Folktale Winery Wedding | Chris & Erin

Folktale Winery Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding | Photos by Laura & Rachel www.lauraandrachel.com

A Folktale Winery wedding is one of our new favorite venues! A getting ready chateau that resembles something you would find on the hillside in Tuscany, a ceremony location tucked in between rows of vineyards, and crawling greenery scaling the buildings and fences. It definitely resembles a fairy tale! We spent the morning with Erin […]

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