FROM THE EDITOR It’s Rachel and Drew Parcell’s 5th wedding anniversary today, and in honor of our 2011 cover couple, we thought it would be fun to take a stroll down gorgeous wedding memory lane. Read the story we originally published below, and then scroll through the impeccable images by Rebekah Westover. Five years later, and their wedding is still a jaw-dropper. Happy Anniversary, Rach and Drew!
August 28, 2010 // Rachel Skalla + Drew Parcell
When it comes to the courtship of Rachel Skalla and Drew Parcell, here’s the tall and short of it:
He’s 6’5”. She’s travel size.
He noticed her (and noticed her, and noticed her). She was too nervous to talk to him.
He asked her out. She was dating someone else.
He waited. She thought about him — a lot.
She asked him out. He was game.
He told her he loved her. She loved him back.
He took a hike … to propose. And on top of Squaw Peak in piles of snow, she totally said yes.
“At first I thought he was joking because he had done that to me before,” Rachel says. “Plus, I didn’t think he had the ring yet, and he was acting really nonchalant the whole day. But all of a sudden he was on one knee, telling me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.”
In short (and sweet), Rachel got the picture — and perfect came tumbling after. With the wedding date set for Aug. 28, 2010, Rachel got her planning on, and adored every moment of it.
From her Alta Moda Bridal gown (“I knew it was my dress the second I put it on”) to the catering (“My wedding wouldn’t have been my wedding without Mary Crafts”) to the hair (“I wanted something different, and Darcy at Suggestions was incredible”) to the photography (“I love Rebekah Westover”), Rachel’s unforgettable wedding fell into place — detail after decadent detail.
Among Rachel’s favorites was her peony-laden cascade bouquet, the idea of which came to her when looking at her mother’s wedding.
“I’m obsessed with peonies,” Rachel says. “And when I saw that my mom had a cascade bouquet, I knew we could do something cool with it.”
But even amidst the vintage parasols, five-tiered cake, and sigh-worthy reception (oh, how we editors have been sighing), Rachel was surprised to discover which wedding day memory stole her heart.
“I thought the reception would be my favorite,” she says. “But the temple was the most amazing part. If I could go back to our wedding, I’d go back to the sealing. To walk in with Drew, who I love so much, and see everyone who loves us sitting there? I’ll never forget it.”
Photography Rebekah Westover
Gown Alta Moda Bridal (Designer: Ines Di Santo)
Catering Culinary Crafts
Cake Carrie’s Cakes
HMUA Darcy Moody at Suggestions Salon
Decor Diamond Rental
Paper Suite Polka Dots And Daisies
Floral Posies & Co.
Tuxes DC Tuxedos
Videography David Perry Films
Band Joe Muscolino Band
Flower Girls J.Crew
Bridals Taken At Sundance Resort