Rachel and Zachary’s Elegant Wedding at Gassaway Mansion

Captured & submitted by Nichole Lauren Photography


On September 30th, 2023, Rachel Braun and Zachary Zembko tied the knot at the Gassaway Mansion. The day started off with the ladies getting dolled up at the Cotton Rouge Makeup and Hair Studio. Matching pajamas and mimosas were the perfect way to start Rachel’s special day. The room was filled with smiles, laughs, and tears. While the ladies were worried about making sure they looked perfect, the guys were hanging out and playing pool.

Once the bridesmaids were ready, they put on their sleek black bridesmaid dresses, each one with unique details. Then, the entire bridal party arrived at the mansion and Rachel was whisked away to put on her fairy-tale wedding dress. A beautiful moment was captured between the bride and her mother when her mother zipped her up in her wedding dress.

After that, Rachel decided to do a dress reveal with her bridesmaids and the reaction they had was incredible. Some bridal party pictures were taken in front of the mansion and then it was time to wait for the anticipated ceremony to begin. The details were absolutely breathtaking. The bouquets had ruby red and light pink flowers with lots of greenery. The Zembko’s made sure to incorporate lots of homemade/customized details; for example, the party favors were homemade blends of coffee beans and the wedding programs were formatted like a newspaper customized to their wedding day.

Gold accents were also utilized in the wedding invitations and the place settings. Overall, the details were very elegant and traditional with pops of color. Before the ceremony, Rachel and Zachary shared their vows with each other in a private space. However, Zachary was not allowed to see Rachel in her dress yet so they used the front door as the partition. As Rachel walked down the isle and her groom saw her for the first time, everyone got emotional, especially her groom.

The ceremony was short and sweet; during the ceremony, Rachel and Zachary each had separate containers of sand that they mixed together into one to symbolize union. After the ceremony, more pictures were taken with the bridal party and family. Of course, the newly Weds also had some portraits taken during golden hour. Signature drinks and sunglasses were the perfect way to get the party started! Following dinner, every single guest was on the dance floor singing and dancing their hearts out. After hours of dancing, it was time for the send off so all of the guests made their way to the front of the venue where they started lighting sparklers. During this, Rachel and Zachary shared a last, private dance together.

Their day was so perfect that they had to lie on the ground for a couple of minutes just to soak it all in. Then it was time to run through the sparkler exit and into their getaway car and their wedding day came to an end. Every detail of the Zembko’s wedding day went perfectly and the pictures capture every special moment they shared so no memory is left behind.


Ceremony Location:Gassaway Mansion//Floral Designer:Gassaway Mansion//Caterer:Gassaway Mansion//DJ: The Party Machine//Makeup Artist: Cotton Rouge and Company//Hair Stylist: Cotton Rouge and Company//Photographer: Nichole Lauren Photography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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