When she is not behind the camera, she can be found with her husband Bobby, 2 dogs (Remy and Siren), and cat Toulouse. While snuggles with the dogs give her life, one of her favorite things is going to new places. Ireland is one of her favorite destinations, but she cannot wait to visit somewhere warm with blue water. On these adventures, you can always find her with a book in tow. 

Rachael surrounds her life with two colors- dusty blue and pink. To fuel this aesthetic, she frequents Trader Joe to find whatever beautiful flowers they have in store. This is what inspires Rachael's photography style- pastel colors and beautiful light. 

Your Virginia Wedding Photographer

Hi, I'm Rachael


Born and raised in Virginia, Rachael began her photography journey while in high school. Little did she know, the class she took and the sessions for friends would turn into a career of her dreams. She believes that your wedding day should be looked back on as the best day of your life and wants to document it in a way that keeps you coming back for years to come. 

Since starting her business, Rachael has photographed dozens of weddings all over the east coast. While she calls Virginia home, a little adventure never stopped her from capturing love stories. 

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My Story

What makes her different?

Rachael is a photographer that prides herself in business by providing gorgeous images and an amazing experience. Once seen as a burden, Rachael has realized her greatest strength is her empathy. Rachael believes that wedding days are full of joy and moments that deserve to be celebrated- even the little ones. She feels the joy and the emotion and captures it in a way that is intentional and beautiful.

She truly cares about her couples and always puts her client's experience as a priority.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other
- Audrey Hepburn


Rachael's style is romantic, timeless, and light. She captures weddings in an artfully guided way- meaning that couples are directed yet feel and look natural. Rachael is intentional with her images so that the best parts of your wedding day live on forever. Details are something she takes pride in, meaning that you will never worry about forgetting the smallest parts of your wedding day. Her laid back yet bubbly personality enhance the best moments of your wedding day, which results in joy- filled images that feel like they came out of a storybook.

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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 (Jeni's is my fave)

Favorite part of the wedding day

Bridal Portraits

Wedding Day Favorites





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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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