With 20 years experience in the events industry, Rachael always promised herself that she would follow the passion and not the paycheck. In fact, one of the first and most important bi-laws of RK Weddings & Events is that we are friends first and we must have fun doing what we love! Her background is versatile, with experiences producing weddings, social events, galas and corporate events. She has planned and executed events all over the world from Dubai to Hawaii, and for clients such as Office Depot, Apple, HP, Amazon, American Crew and Revlon. Her wedding clients have taken her from Philly, Maryland, Minnesota and all over DFW.
Rachael oversees all the finance and operations for RKWE. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her hubby Brett, their two kiddos Sophie & Ryan, and her 10lb furry Pom sidekick, Tex.
What is your hometown?
Philadelphia, PA, but have lived in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Minneapolis and Texas. Texas has been my home since 2011, and I've happily adopted the phrase "y'all!" with pride.
What color makes you happy?
Emerald Green. It reminds me of my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz and Royal jewels.
What are you currently drinking?
Deep Eddy's Ruby Red, with a splash of Sprite and a lime. It's my all time fav summer drink.
Your quote to live by?
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference..." ~Robert Frost
Your by far favorite wedding moment?
I love all parts of a wedding, but my favorite part is the moment when a groom sees his bride for the first time. I know its coming, I always try to prepare myself, but I never have a dry eye! It's magical...
Where did you go to school?
BA in TV & Film Production - Framingham State University
MEd in Elementary Education - Holy Family University
"Rachael was truly the most incredible planner. She was so understanding that I was in college and probably didn't check my email as much as I should, and most importantly she made everything so incredibly stress free. The whole process was just fun, and she honestly was so helpful when it came to staying on budget. There were so many surprises at my wedding that I didn't even know of because she had already handled it, and the level of organization that she has is just unreal. She is literally the best planner ever and gave me the most beautiful wedding!!!
I truly don't believe our wedding day would have happened without Rachael Kissel and her amazing team. My husband and I worked with Rachael for many months leading up to our wedding and always kept us on track! Through our engagement, we changed jobs and moved out of town and Rachael was always there to keep worries away and help us with all the moving pieces that we couldn't always be there in person for. She was always there for us when we needed advice or questions for difficult decisions and helped us through our problems when we were trying to please everyone. Rachael took over coordinating with vendors, rentals/supplies, etc. at least 60 days out from the wedding day and kept us in the loop of everything without having the extra stress on our plates. Our wedding day was our dream come true and went as smooth as we could've ever hoped for because of all the hard work RK Weddings & Events put into the day. We have received so many compliments on the wedding since from family and friends about how beautiful the day was. We would recommend RK Weddings & Events for any wedding or event that you have, near or far!"
"I started writing this review several times to try and describe our experience with Rachael. We worked with her for over a year to plan our daughter's wedding from beginning to end. Truly, there are no words to describe how much we respect her and her team at RK Wedding & Events. The whole planning process with Rachael ran smoothly and efficiently, but it was the day of that was the true testament to her and her teams abilities. With very difficult weather conditions, and I mean 30 mph winds, sideways rain, flooding and so on, Rachael and her team still managed to pull off our completely custom wedding to absolute perfection! All of it with smiles on their faces! Their hard work paid off and we had a beyond beautiful, magical, and unforgettable wedding. We could not have done it without them!"
~Riva, Mother of the Bride
"Outstanding professionalism, Outstanding organization, Outstanding personal touch. There is no way we could have done the job that RK Wedding and Events did for us. Every detail was completed without missing a beat. From the smallest detail to the biggest was flawlessly done. Rachael, from the time we hired her, worked relentlessly in seeing that everything was done to completion and made the wedding an event that was stated by all that came... (130 family and friends) as simply the most elegant wedding they had been to for many years. All I can say is if you intended to use a Wedding Planner. Choosing RK Wedding and Events, will be a decision well worth your money and the return will be the event of your dreams come true!"
~Michael, Father of the Bride