Wedded elegance: Rachel + Michael


“He’s just so much fun to be around, and he’s one of the most supportive people you’ll ever meet (apart from my mum, of course). And he’s so interesting – he’s widely read, and is incredibly intelligent; we’re always discussing issues and ideas – I love that. He’s also helped form me into the adult I am today. We grew up together, really, and I am so grateful that he challenged me and taught me to think in new and different ways.”

Rachel and Michael met when they were in their 20s, sparking a romance that even in the early days meant entire days shared together, getting to know each other and growing more and more in love. “We’ve been inseparable ever since. We now live together AND work in the same OFFICE together in the same research lab!!!”

Despite such a quick connection, the pair still took their time to get to know each other properly, and after 12 years, Michael proposed while on a trip to Hawaii. “We got engaged in Hawaii in early 2016, on a trip that we were taking with family before moving to the USA together for our new jobs. After my family returned home, we had one more night in Waikiki. We decided to kayak to a small island off the north shore for the day. It took us an hour to kayak out there – we clambered over rocks to find a quiet nook away from other explorers and to take in the views. I asked Michael to take a photo of us and while he was trying to find a good spot to sit and take a photo of me, he seemed to be mucking around a lot. I started to get annoyed, and then suddenly he was on one knee and was proposing! I started bawling my eyes out and said yes immediately. He had brought champagne with him on the kayak and everything! He was amazing. Pretty funny, though, because I knew it was coming. We’d booked Stones a few months back because it’s so hard to get a good date (we’ve also been together 12 years so it was ABOUT TIME!).

See how their beautiful wedding day came together below, with photography by I Got You Babe Weddings.


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