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PLANT ENTHUSIAST, TRAVEL JUNKIE, 98% TEA

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the manifesto

The only real question is...
do you want it?

The only real question is...do you want it?

We live in a world of "can't."

You can't make your own choices, can't get married that way, can't be who you are without stepping on toes and rocking the boat. And you mustn't rock the boat. The wedding industry has a history of being restrictive, and the last thing you want to feel on the best day of your life is...restricted.




The Solar Rose is your celestial compass: live your truth, follow your heart, go with your gut. Whatever you want to call that drive you have, my stance will always be the same: you can have the elopement day of your dreams. This isn't a drill, or a joke, or an opportunity for the "lucky few."

I'm here to help you get married whichever way you want to. Your wedding day is about you and your love, your partner for life. Spend that day doing whatever you want to do! Break all the "rules," and stop worrying about what other people want your wedding or your bodies or your love to look like.

I'm offering you a wedding day that shrugs off the expectations and judgments. That allows you to celebrate with your partner in a way that's truly about you. A day that's wild and exhilarating and safe.

We live in a world of "can't."

You can't make those choices, can't get married that way, can't be who you are without stepping on toes and rocking the boat. And you mustn't rock the boat. The wedding industry has a history of being restrictive, and the last thing you want to feel on the best fucking day of your life is...restricted.



The Solar Rose is your celestial compass: live your truth, follow your heart, go with your gut. Whatever you want to call that drive you have, my stance will always be the same: you can have the elopement day of your dreams. This isn't a drill, or a joke, or an opportunity for the "lucky few."

I'm here to help you get married whichever way you want to. Your wedding day is about you and your love, your partner for life. Spend that day doing whatever you want! Break all the "rules," and stop worrying about what other people want your wedding or your bodies or your love to look like.

I'm offering you a wedding day that shrugs off the expectations and judgments. That allows you to celebrate with your partner in a way that's truly about you. A day that's wild and exhilarating and safe. 

I'm here to show you the world of "can."

solar rose co.

my approach

Love is

I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that you have a place here.

Love is love, and the LGBTQ+ community is always welcome. I love you. I am here for you. You are safe here. 

Whomever you love, however you identify. 

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

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for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

How I operate:

Will I help you look great in your portraits? Yes. Will I manufacture moments just for the sake of a photo? Nope. You’ll only have to put your jacket on once. Promise.

The "showstoppers" on social media may be your favourites right after your elopement, but I'm also capturing those sweet moments you'll cherish for your 10-year anniversary, your 50th.

I don't just listen to your vision for the day; I hear you. I want your wedding to be everything you're imagining and more.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

my approach

The important details:

The more weddings I photograph, the more I see how truly unique every couple is. Why wouldn’t your elopement day be unique too?

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, or that your ideas are weird. It’s your wedding: incorporate the details that mean something to you. Love your motorcycles? Bring them. Really into ferns? Style it up with those instead of traditional flowers. Watch the sunrise together over a breakfast picnic and say your vows wherever you freaking want to.

Be fearless. Be intentional. Be you.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

my approach

Connection and trust:

It’s kind of weird to think about, but you could be spending just as much time with me as your partner on your wedding day! Especially if you're eloping with just the two of you.  

I spend as much time in the background as I can, but the better our connection, the more comfortable you’re going to be around me. And then your photos will look better!

...It’s science. Photography science.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

my approach

The photos that really matter:

Social media platforms are a great place for you to share photos with your friends and family. But...let's not think about social media on your elopement day.

When you flip back through your wedding album, are you really going to remember how many likes that photo got on Instagram…? Or are you going to remember how it felt? I'm more interested in the prints on your walls, the albums in your family's hands, the tangible things that bring us back to the intangible memories.

Whether or not you purchase an album, I'm photographing for the story, not for the likes.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

my approach

The best venue:

I got married in front of a pile of rocks, and traveling to windswept places makes me cry (seriously, it's embarrassing). Mother Nature would freaking love to witness your wedding. She really would. She'll get all dolled up for you and everything.

"Adventurous" is anything you make it. Our outdoor elopement involved a 10-minute walk down a flat trail. Still rad, still incredibly beautiful, 10/10 would do again.

And if you aren’t sure where you’d like to get married, that’s ok too!! I can help (:  

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

for a custom elopement experience as unique as you are

my approach

my approach

Love is

I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that you have a place here.

Love is love, and the LGBTQ+ community is always welcome. I love you. I am here for you. You are safe here. 

Whomever you love, however you identify. 

L

o

v

e

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

how I operate

Will I help you look great in your portraits? Yes. Will I manufacture moments just for the sake of a photo? Nope. You’ll only have to put your jacket on once. Promise

The "showstoppers" on social media may be your favourites right after your elopement, but I'm also capturing those sweet moments you'll cherish for your 10-year anniversary, your 50th.

I don't just listen to your vision for the day; I hear you. I want your wedding to be everything you're imagining and more.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

the important details

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, or that your ideas are weird. It’s your wedding: incorporate the details that mean something to you. Love your motorcycles? Bring them. Really into ferns? Style it up with those instead of traditional flowers. Watch the sunrise together over a breakfast picnic and say your vows wherever you freaking want to.

Be fearless. Be intentional. Be you.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

connection and trust

It’s kind of weird to think about, but you could be spending just as much time with me as your partner on your wedding day! Especially if you're eloping with just the two of you.

I spend as much time in the background as I can, but the better our connection, the more comfortable you’re going to be around me. And then your photos will look better! 

...It’s science. Photography science.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

photos that really matter

Social media platforms are a great place for you to share photos with your friends and family. ...let's not think about social media on your elopement day. When you flip back through your wedding album, are you going to remember how many likes that photo got on Instagram…?

I'm more interested in the prints on your walls, the albums in your family's hands, the tangible things that bring us back to the intangible memories. I'm photographing for the story, not for the likes.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

the best venue

I got married in front of a pile of rocks, and traveling to windswept places makes me cry (seriously, it's embarrassing). Mother Nature would freaking love to witness your wedding. She really would. She'll get all dolled up for you and everything. 

"Adventurous" is anything you make it. Our elopement involved a 10-minute walk down a flat trail. Still rad, still beautiful, 10/10 would do again.

And if you aren’t sure where you’d like to get married, that’s ok too!! I can help.

LET'S CHAT ABOUT YOUR ELOPEMENT!

about me

I'm Rachel. And I'm into plants, dogs, and third-wheeling elopements. I'm an Irish girl living with my British husband Duncan, our three-legged dog Whiskey, and a houseplant collection that we'll never admit is "getting out of control."










Duncan and I met in central Pennsylvania, of all places. I was a grad student, teaching on the third floor of the lab building. He was a postdoc, working on...the third floor of the lab building. How did we meet?

Tinder. No shame.

We got married in November of 2018, in a 15-person ceremony above a beach, near a big pile of rocks that I found while scouring Google Earth. My wedding dress still has sand in it. Wouldn't change a damn thing.









my approach

who I am

get to know us

our story

We love plants and dogs and riding motorcyles to cool places. We'd rather make choices for us than for other people. Someone is always going to disapprove, no matter what you do.

So you do you, cupcake.

Travel is a hobby of ours at this point, as well as porch breakfasts and lazy cuddles with the dog. (Also I'm sorry, you can't meet Whiskey; he's an asshole and doesn't play nice with the other kids) 







things we love

life out loud

I’m an old soul. I like early mornings, booty grabs, hot tea, weightlifting, travel, crisp air, crunchy leaves, and sweaters that are much too big for me. My apartment is covered in dog fur and books and probably too many plants. I grew up watching BBC crime dramas and never really stopped.

I’ve been to 16 different countries so far. Happy to pack a bag and go somewhere new, equally happy to visit them all again with new eyes and new friends. I also have the best job in the world: I help couples just like you have the wedding day they deserve, the wedding day of their dreams.

"Your wedding should be about you"

That's basically it. If I had to boil my entire philosophy down to...six words, those are the words that I'd pick.

If that makes you stoked to get married but also overwhelmed, don't stress; I've got you.



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Rachel did an incredible job as our wedding photographer! We enjoyed every moment with her, from our engagement shoot to the big day. Her easygoing nature was super helpful when nerves and stress can run high. The photos are amazing quality; she did a great job documenting the day and capturing natural moments. We love looking though them and can't wait to print and hang in our home. She also gave us a couple referrals for both hair stylists and videographer, helping make sure that the day ran smoothly! We'd definitely hire Rachel again, and would refer her to others in a heartbeat.


-Gabe and Leigh

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel is amazing! We hired her to be our wedding photographer this past March and had done an engagement shoot with her a few months prior. We had a small, intimate ceremony, followed by a reception. She is incredibly talented with a camera and truly captured all the detail that made our wedding so special. She is great to be around and has a great attitude.


-Steve and Topher

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel was our photographer about 5 months ago and had great energy. She was talkative but also calm. She gave great direction and hyped us up when we felt a little awkward (who doesn't when getting photos done?!). I'm glad to have been photographed by her! Highly recommend!


-Madelyn and Emmalaine

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I loved working with Rachel! My wife is not a fan of being photographed- although she is very photogenic. I was able to convince her to have Rachel over for a home session. We were just us. We made dinner and planted succulents on our patio. We just hung out like old pals and got some adorable and very natural photos of us in our home. My wife and I were both extremely comfortable and really enjoyed Rachel's company.


-Kim and Bianca

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel is a joy to shoot with! I love the fun, spontaneous photos she took of my husband and I. They really capture our relationship - full of laughter and adventure.


-Rachel and Jeff

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel did an incredible job as our wedding photographer! We enjoyed every moment with her, from our engagement shoot to the big day. Her easygoing nature was super helpful when nerves and stress can run high. The photos are amazing quality; she did a great job documenting the day and capturing natural moments. We love looking though them and can't wait to print and hang in our home. She also gave us a couple referrals for both hair stylists and videographer, helping make sure that the day ran smoothly! We'd definitely hire Rachel again, and would refer her to others in a heartbeat.


-Gabe and Leigh

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel is amazing! We hired her to be our wedding photographer this past March and had done an engagement shoot with her a few months prior. We had a small, intimate ceremony, followed by a reception. She is incredibly talented with a camera and truly captured all the detail that made our wedding so special. She is great to be around and has a great attitude.


-Steve and Topher

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel was our photographer about 5 months ago and had great energy. She was talkative but also calm. She gave great direction and hyped us up when we felt a little awkward (who doesn't when getting photos done?!). I'm glad to have been photographed by her! Highly recommend!


-Madelyn and Emmalaine

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I loved working with Rachel! My wife is not a fan of being photographed- although she is very photogenic. I was able to convince her to have Rachel over for a home session. We were just us. We made dinner and planted succulents on our patio. We just hung out like old pals and got some adorable and very natural photos of us in our home. My wife and I were both extremely comfortable and really enjoyed Rachel's company.


-Kim and Bianca

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Rachel is a joy to shoot with! I love the fun, spontaneous photos she took of my husband and I. They really capture our relationship - full of laughter and adventure.


-Rachel and Jeff

wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Fill out this wee form to get in touch with me (your photographer!) and set up your free elopement consult. We'll start planning the perfect day for you and your partner to get married in the most "you" way possible xx

contact me

Thanks so much for reaching out!

I'll get in touch within a few hours. If you really need to get a hold of me, you can email me directly: hello@solarroseco.com, or shoot me a text: +1 (408) 883 - 4049. If it's been 24 hours and you haven't heard back, check your spam!

thank you!

Fill out this wee form to get in touch with me (your photographer!) and set up your free elopement consult. We'll start planning the perfect day for you and your partner to get married in the most "you" way possible xx

contact me

Thanks so much for reaching out!

I'll get in touch within a few hours. If you really need to get a hold of me, you can email me directly:

hello@solarroseco.com

or shoot me a text: +1 (408) 883 - 4049.

If it's been 24 hours and you haven't heard back, check your spam!

Thanks so much for reaching out!

I'll get in touch within a few hours. If you really need to get a hold of me, you can email me directly: hello@solarroseco.com, or shoot me a text: +1 (408) 883 - 4049. If it's been 24 hours and you haven't heard back, check your spam!

thank you!