Tell Us Your Story Rachel & Kyle

Tell Us Your Story Rachel & Kyle

Photography by Haley Jessat of Haley J. Photo

Small destination weddings have become more popular in recent years, and that is exactly how local couple Rachel Sternola and Kyle Brunner celebrated their love this past summer.

“We had a small micro wedding with only 11 guests in West Glacier, Montana,” Rachel explained. “Our ceremony was just outside of Glacier National Park with park views at Glacier Raft Company Weddings. Kyle and I ventured into the park with our photographer and videographer for our bridal shots before heading to our reception.”

Rachel and Kyle were high school sweethearts.

“We both went to Palm Beach Central High School,” Rachel recalled. “I played soccer with his sister, and let’s just say she takes all the credit for us meeting.”

Kyle proposed during a visit to St. Augustine.

“We had a trip planned to stay at a beach house there,” Rachel said. “It was the best weekend with both of our families. He proposed one morning on the beach.”

For the wedding, they rented a house on a large property in Whitefish, Montana, and had a dinner reception there. The reception was photographed by Haley Jessat of Haley J. Photo. The videographer was Molly Pearce of Media by Molly. The dress by Lillian West came from Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon in Wellington. Their first dance was to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

“We are country music people, but we’ve always loved the lyrics to this song,” Rachel said. “Our personal vows we wrote were definitely our favorite part of our wedding day. We went back and forth trying to decide if we wanted to say them in private or during our ceremony, but since we had such an intimate ceremony, we decide to share that moment with them, and we are so glad we did!”

The photo shoot in the park was also a highlight.

“We absolutely loved going off into Glacier National Park for our bridal portraits, just the two of us with our photographer and videographer,” Rachel said. “We had the best time, and this gave us time to really soak in our wedding day just the two of us.”

Their honeymoon included a visit to several scenic locations in the mountain west.

“We left from Whitefish, Montana, after spending the week of our wedding with our families and friends, and drove to Yellowstone and then to Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” Rachel said. “We hiked almost every day of our honeymoon in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.”

So, no matter if you are imagining a large wedding or a more intimate gathering, a ceremony here in South Florida or perhaps a destination wedding, it is all within the reach of your imagination.