Rachel and Justin’s Wedding Day Intertwined Modern Elegance with their Personal Heritage

Although Rachel and Justin Chinich are a house divided, there’s no love lost between the two of them. The couple met in Dallas in the fall of 2014 after Rachel graduated from the University of Oklahoma and while Justin was working on his MBA at the University of Texas. “We were able to look past our Sooner and Longhorn differences,” Rachel says. “And by the end of our first date, we agreed on a second date that coming weekend.” Just three years later, Justin proposed at Snyder’s Union on Katy Trail, where they had previously exchanged their first “I love yous.”

When it came to picking out her gown, Rachel knew she wanted something form fitting, but making her final decision took some time. “I’m indecisive on a good day, so committing to ‘the’ dress was hard … ” Rachel says. “ I tried on upwards of 60 dresses before finally finding the right one. But even then, I slept on the decision for two weeks before calling my bridal consultant and fully committing.”

Rachel and Justin wed on October 13, 2018, at the Hotel Crescent Court in a ceremony that intertwined modern elegance with their personal heritage. “Justin is Jewish, so when it came time to choose the chuppah, we loved the idea of a lucite structure,” Rachel says. “That decision inspired our decor for the entire evening.”

They balanced edgy acrylic chairs, candelabras, and a cake stand with more classic white and cream florals. The bridesmaids donned blue gowns, which inspired other decor and served as Rachel’s “something blue.” But out of everything, Rachel’s favorite decorative elements were the marble dance floor and overhanging floral ceiling treatment at the reception.

While planning the reception, Rachel had one word in mind: fun. She achieved her goal by providing a photo booth, her favorite meal as a midnight snack (mini grilled cheese paired with tomato soup shooters), and a live band that made sure the party never stopped. Rachel says the hora was also a memorable experience, especially seeing their parents lifted up in chairs. While the couple loved when everyone circled around them as the band played “Friends in Low Places,” Rachel’s favorite moment of the entire day was the final car ride.

“We exited to sparklers and took a nighttime drive through Dallas. It was the first quiet moment we had together as husband and wife,” Rachel says. “We talked about the food, the dancing, my dad’s toast, and all of the great moments we didn’t want to forget.” 

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