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Tie the Knot: Rachel & Jon

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Rachel Crawford Carmicheal, 28, grew up in Cass County, Missouri, and earned a degree in dental hygiene in 2008. Rachel enjoys educating patients about their oral health and helping them to achieve their best smile. Rachel loves the outdoors, cooking, music, and spending quality time with Jon.

Jon Russell Carmicheal was raised in Brazil, Indiana; he studied engineering physics at Taylor University and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University, planning to focus in biomedical applications. A career opportunity with Ericsson led him to Overland Park, Kansas, where he and Rachel now reside.

“You’ve heard the cliché ‘There were fireworks when we first met’?” Rachel smiles. “For Jon and me, that was literally true. Fireworks lit up the
sky outside Union Station on May 27th, 2012 for the Memorial Day celebration. I was with some friends from my Bible study group, the Mustard
Seed, and Jon came with a group from his church. We had mutual friends, and soon Jon and I were introduced.” A few months later, when Jon started coming to the Mustard Seed, the two began spending time together. They began courting that fall and soon discovered they were in love.

Rachel describes the night of February 15, 2013, as “like a fairytale.” Rachel assumed that Jon was taking her on a fun date night to celebrate
a belated Valentine’s Day, after giving her a pink rose. Jon, however, had carefully planned a surprise. They started the evening with dinner;
Jon had arranged for a vase of ten pink roses to be waiting at their table. A jazz concert at the Folly Theater followed. As they left the theater, a
beautiful, slow snowfall started to blanket the ground and made the evening even more magical. They walked and talked on the way to the
Westin Hotel and rode the windowed elevator which overlooks the city. On their way down they stopped at the game deck, where a carpet of
snowflakes had developed. Jon stopped Rachel under the bright lights of the pavilion on the game deck and asked if she wondered why up until now she had only received eleven roses, instead of a complete dozen. Not waiting for her answer, he knelt on one knee and presented the twelfth pink rose, containing a magnificent and sparkling ring. Jon asked Rachel if she would marry him, and after a few emotional seconds, the answer was “Yes!”

The blissful couple tied the knot on October 6, 2013, at the picturesque Hawthorne House. Attending her as Maid of Honor was Lian; Sarah,
the bride’s sister-in-law, Sara, sister of the groom, and Laura, friend of the bride, served as brides maids. David, one of Jon’s life-long friends, was
Best Man. Groomsmen were Jon’s brother-in-law Justin, Joshua, brother of the bride, and Juan Pablo. Jon’s niece Laura was flower girl and Micah,
his nephew, was ring bearer. Rachel’s cousins Corban and Loren were candle lighters.

Rachel and Jon recently visited the U.K., exploring London, Scotland, and Ireland, and wanted to incorporate Celtic elements into the theme of
the wedding, thus the fresh twist on traditional plaids with non-traditional colors of purple and raspberry for the bridesmaids’ dresses, Celtic
knot design heart necklaces, and the Celtic patterns on the invitations and programs, which the bride and groom designed. The ceremony began
with the bagpipe version of “For the Love of a Princess.” The couple also wanted the wedding to reflect their faith in the Lord, from the message and charge given to the couple and the family prayer time to the Bible verse of 1 John 4:12 that was written on their programs.

The couple honeymooned on the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Maui, enjoying a sunset sail, walks on the beach, snorkeling, waterfalls and
fresh cuisine.