I occasionally like to say I am a homebody, surrounded by my 2 dogs and watching endless movies with my husband and best friend, Bobby. Home is where I can be found curled in bed with my favorite book, filling my favorite blue toile vase with peonies in the spring, and contemplating on which next home renovation will let in the most light. But most importantly, home is where I can plan my next big adventure. 

I am a firm believer that life is full of adventures. Whether it is Charleston in the spring or Paris in the summer, there are so many moments to remember. One thing I love most about what I do is meeting so many of you and hearing about the path of life you are on. Knowing I can freeze those memories so that you can hold onto them forever is so important to me. But even more importantly, creating an experience that makes you feel care-free while entering this next phase brings me immense joy.

Your fine art Wedding Photographer

Hi, I'm Rachael


am so excited you're here.  I am Rachael and I am a Virginia based wedding photographer for the romantic at heart. I serve Virginia and the surrounding states.


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Everything you need to know about me


Dream Destination?

A Château in France

Inspired by

Audrey Hepburn and her timelessness

Favorite Flower

Peonies, garden roses, anemones... the list could go on

Always stocked

Sea salt caramel ice cream

Favorite part of the wedding day

Bridal Portraits

to live by 


The best thing to hold onto in life is each other

Audrey hepburn

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We met before college even began at a pre-orientation trip. After spending a week outdoors together, we were practically inseparable... along with the other new friends we had made. But, as the year went on and the friend group we made started to dissipate, we found ourselves constantly choosing each other. Eventually, we decided that we both wanted more than a friendship and we have constantly chose each other ever since. From camping, to studying abroad in Ireland together, to finally purchasing our own house to begin our life together, I would not choose a different path on that first day.  


My Life

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Now, my life with Remy came totally unplanned but ever since, I realized he was put here for me. He once belonged to my Nanna and he was the light of her life. When she got him, she had lost her long-time furry friend and was looking for someone to fill the void. When she met Remy, she knew he was the one. One look into his sweet eyes, and anyone would. When she passed, he became my responsibility. I did not realize that a time so full of pain could bring the thing I needed most in my life. I have always been a dog person, but he is so much more than a dog to me. He is a cuddle when I need it most, an ear when I need someone to listen, and more importantly, he has the heart of my Nanna. 

The Goodest Boy


An experience that leaves you excited for what is to come.

Take a deep breath and rest easy knowing that working with me means you are working with someone that could not be more excited for your marriage. 

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"Rachael was everything that we needed in a wedding photographer and more! I absolutely love her editing style and the entire process of working with her was a breeze. She captured our day perfectly and also delivered our pictures much quicker than I anticipated. I highly recommend Rachael. "

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"Rachael was a DREAM to work with!!! She took our engagement and wedding photos and they came out absolutely beautiful, with the light and airy style I wanted. She was so fun to work with, put us at ease, very responsive in her messages/texts and made us truly feel important and prioritized the entire time. We HIGHLY recommend her for any event but especially engagement/weddings!!!"

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"We are so blessed to have had Rachael be the photographer at our wedding. She was so responsive and super fun to work with. We will be forever grateful for the beautiful images Rachael captured of our special day!"

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"Rachael traveled to Hilton Head to do our engagement pictures and my family’s family pictures which was SO awesome and they all turned out incredible. She made Tim and I feel so comfortable during the shoot and it was so much fun. We had a blast and the pictures were wonderful. I’m so happy we found Rachael and that she came to take our pictures"

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"Highly recommend Rachael Mattio Photography for your wedding! She was a total joy to work with, very down to earth but highly professional at the same time! Ten outta ten!"

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"Rachael loves what she’s does, that’s important. The difference between Rachael and other photographers is that she puts love into her work and her clients. The photos are obviously stunning, but working with her is even better. She will be my photographer for the rest of my life."

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"Words don’t even come close to how great it was to work with Rachael! She was instantly a great fit for us. We reached out about doing our engagement photos in Walt Disney World- the Boardwalk Resort. Rachael was super responsive the entire planning process and really listened to what our preferences were and made sure we were comfortable the entire time. She was always prepared and ready to answer any questions I threw her way. When she sent over our photos I knew we made a great decision by working with her. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Everyone should consider working with her, you will not be disappointed!"

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"We had a wonderful experience working with Rachael for our engagement photos. She helped us choose a location and time of day that would work in our favor for lighting. She has such a warm and bubbly personality which makes her very easy to work with and enjoyable to be around. During our session, Rachael posed us in so many different ways. I had saved several poses to my Pinterest board ahead of our session but I didn’t even need them because she already had so many poses in her wheelhouse. She delivered a beautiful set of sneak peaks very quickly, and then delivered the rest of the gallery on time. We couldn’t be happier with the way our pictures turned out and our family and friends love them too. We can’t wait to work with Rachael again!"

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