Today I am thrilled to share the beautiful socially distanced Drive-In Wedding story of Andrew and Rachel which shows whatever the world throws at you, especially a global pandemic that LOVE will always win the day.
Images were captured by Abigail Gingerale Photography.
Abigail Gingerale Photography is Abigail and Andy, a New Jersey based husband and wife team who have a passion for creatively and artistically telling their clients stories.
Bride Rachel says of the couples Drive-In wedding day…
Tell us how you met…
Tinder! We swiped right! and then we met at the Skylark Diner in Edison, NJ for our first date.
Andrew ended up being a teacher at my old high school and a lot of his coworkers used to be my teachers!
It took Andrew almost three months to kiss me and when he finally did, I asked him “What took you so long?” and he said “I wanted to make sure you were the right one!”
Tell us your Engagement story…
Andrew is a die hard Devils fan and I am an intense Penguins fan.
Hockey was one of the first things we bonded over and it’s been a big part of our relationship.
Naturally, hockey had to be involved in our engagement!
Andrew tried for months to get a hold of someone at Prudential Center to make our engagement big and exciting but could never connect with someone!
That didn’t stop him from popping the question after a hard fought Devils vs Penguins match up.
The arena was virtually empty, we walked down to the glass to take a photo and he got down on one knee and asked!
It was so intimate and so full of love!
Tell us your favourite part of the wedding planning process…
Before Corona Virus, we had an entirely different wedding planned!
At that wedding, we were going to have an ice cream cake made – ice cream tasting was definitely the most enjoyable for us!
Our local creamery makes the dreamiest flavors, and for Andrew, Robert Brownie Junior is his favourite while mine is Salty Sea Captain.
Tell us the hardest part of the wedding planning process…
The hardest part of the process was the unknown.
3 months before our wedding, the whole world shut down. We didn’t know which way to go with our wedding!
We got such mixed answers from our vendors and fellow engaged couples.
We were met with a lot of “don’t worry your wedding is in June, you have plenty of time” but deep down knew that the current path we were on was not one that was smart or safe for us, our family or friends.
Weather was also a huge unknown. Up until the MORNING of our wedding, we weren’t sure if it was going to happen that day!
The weatherman called for torrential downpours, severe thunderstorms and damaging winds, at the same exact time we were set to walk down the aisle!
Our prayers were answered with the weather clearing and it ending up being the most perfect evening!
How did your plans change after the pandemic started?
We love a good challenge! We don’t take no for an answer and we never give up!
We knew a few key things; Our current wedding path was not going to work.
Our guests needed to feel safe. We needed to be outdoors. A traditional wedding was out the window.
We got to work with our (AH-MAZING) team of vendors and cultivated the most magical evening!
My family have been throwing a monthly “Movie under the stars” for as long as I can remember, so we basically took that concept and turned up the volume!
The.mrs.leavertons were also a huge help in planning! I found their Drive-In wedding through Buzzfeed and was so inspired!
We instantly knew that we needed to make it happen!
Andrew says that his favourite detail of the day was the 1960 Chevy Impala Convertible we hired which was pretty rad! And it matched his suit, bonus!
For me, music was really important.
Aside from hockey, Andrew and I bonded instantly over music, so I knew that every song that played needed to be chock-full of meaning, since we weren’t going to have the chance to play very many!
What was your favourite part of the day?
Andrew: The first look! We actually were home together in the morning and drove to the winery together so I didn’t think the first look would be as impactful but seeing my future wife in her wedding gown was breathtaking!
Rachel: We took 15 seconds to pause during our ceremony to look out to see all of our favourite people.
We asked them to send their love and support to us. I’ll never forget that moment.
Tell us something that didn’t work out as expected…
It was a very “quick” evening. We wanted everyone to see our ceremony and the only way to do that was to pop up a giant movie screen!
The movie screen worked best when it was totally dark, which meant everything else would need to come after that.
It was difficult to get in all of the “wedding things” and also spend time with our guests before it was time to go home!
Drive-In Wedding Vendors
Venue: Four Sisters Winery
Photography: Abigail Gingerale Photography
Wedding Planner: AMV Weddings & Destinations
Movie Production Company (Screen Rental): Fun Flicks
Dress: Cinderella Bridals
Hair: Kelly Mccormick Hair
Make-up: Christine Swope Makeup
Tie: MyTieShop on Etsy
Florist: The Flower Bar
Vintage Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals
Ice Cream Truck: Sip ‘N Swirl
Taco Truck: Mexican Spice
Rings: Fords Jewelers
Car Rental: DriveShare by Hagerty
Videographer: Trevor Barnes Media
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