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RACHEL DOWNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

rachel downey photography

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Picnic engagement session

How have I never done a picnic engagement session before?! It was so lovely. More please.   Leigh and Gabe wanted a relaxed session where we could all get to know each other better before the wedding–great idea–and they love picnics, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Their picnic setup is incredible: they’ve got […]

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Plenty of people want to elope in Big Sur, but honestly, the entire central coast is incredible. I keep going back, and I’m lucky to have connected with so many couples who love it there too! From Pismo Beach to Monterey, it’s all perfect to me. Sand dunes, forest, rocky coastline, beaches… you can’t go […]

Big Sur Elopement

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Mountain Winery wedding in California

This Mountain Winery wedding was my first of the season in 2019… …and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the year, nor a better couple. Steve, Topher, and I have gotten to hang out a few times since we first met last December, and I know exactly how lucky […]

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I’ve seen various sand dunes engagement photos before, and I’ve always tucked that at the back of my mind. “I bet we could take some rad photos at the sand dunes, given the chance…” Here’s the thing though: you have to make your own chances. Or at least,  you have to seize them when they’re […]

Sand dunes engagement session in central CA

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Redwoods engagement session and hike

I love a good redwoods engagement session. I’ve done several in the last few months, and I’m stoked every time. This time, though, I wanted to find somewhere new for Christina and Nick, somewhere I hadn’t been before. I found a more remote spot, we decided to gamble on both the minimal parking and the […]

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If you’re engaged, or have been engaged, you know what wedding planning is like: people have your very best interests at heart, and they just want you to have a beautiful wedding, but sometimes…they can’t help but overstep.   “You have to do this! You should do that! What? No, you can’t possibly–” Planning a […]

5 Tips for getting through wedding planning when everyone has an opinion

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Developing a wedding timeline for amazing photos

Let’s get on the same page: what do I mean when I say wedding timeline?   It’s basically the schedule of your wedding day. Depending on how many things are happening, a wedding timeline can get pretty complex; it’s important to sort it all out and make sure everyone knows what’s going on. Early in […]

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More and more people are eloping these days, but how do you know if eloping is right for you? What even is eloping?    For starters, “eloping” used to exclusively mean: “the two of you run off together and no one knows you’re getting married.” These days, the definition has broadened to include “intimate weddings” from […]

How do you know if eloping is right for you?

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5 ways to stop stressing about wedding planning

There’s no getting around the fact that wedding planning can be stressful.   I’ve been hearing more and more and more about this from my couples this year. Favourite part of the planning process? “The end.” “We scrapped our big wedding because it got to be too much.” I can go down an incredible side-note about […]

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Welcome back to the styled shoot series! If you missed part 1: why do a styled shoot, you can check that out here. Today we’re going to be chit chatting about the details involved in pulling this off. If you want, you can always get a planner on board and hand it over to them. […]

The styled shoot series: how to pull it off

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