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Wedding: Victoria & Rachel

Photo by Debbie Peters

When Vickey and Rachel first met back in 2009, neither had dated another female before. They were introduced through mutual friends and initially just really enjoyed talking and spending time together. Soon enough, though, it was clear there was something more.
However, even after they started dating (in January of 2010), they tried to hide their relationship from everyone around them. In time, some of the people closest to them started questioning them and the curtain finally was drawn.
“We were scared and nervous about the reactions we would get, but in turn received nothing but love. No one from either side of our families ever looked twice at us. It all became ‘normal’ and it from then on it was never just Rachel or just Vickey, it became Rach and Vick.” 
The proposal took place late in February of 2015 and was an elaborate and careful scheme. Vickey designed and sent Rachel on a scavenger hunt that had her travel to several different houses of people they knew that meant something to their relationship. At each location, there would be a clue to the next location and a red rose. The chain of clues led to Whiting, where the couple had first met. There Rachel found a candlelit walkway covered in rose petals and Ed Sharon’s “Thinking out loud” playing. Of course Vickey was waiting at the end of the walkway with a burning question.
The couple chose to get married at the Weybridge Church, which is where Vickey’s parents had been married. They said it meant a lot to them that the church openly welcomed their same-sex marriage and made them grateful for the era in which their love blossomed.
With two aisles in the Weybridge Church, the brides were able to each walk down their own aisle simultaneously, meeting at the front. To incorporate the pride they share in their same-sex relationship, Rachel and Vickey chose the song “Same love” for their bridesmaids to walk in to, and for them, “She keeps me warm.”
The happy couple was overjoyed to share their big day with an amazing guest list of family and friends, including their son and daughter, Carson and Amelia. “Every one of them had their own hand in helping things go smoothly and for that we are forever grateful,” Vickey said.
 

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