ENGAGEMENT: Cameron & Stephanie

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Cherry Blossoms

FIANCÉE: Stephanie Rust, 29

FIANCÉ:  Cameron Rust, 30, Banking 

DATE: March 2023

LOCATION: Windsor Farms Neighborhood, Richmond, Virginia


In June 2018, Cameron and Stephanie met through mutual friends at the Southern Railway Taphouse in downtown Richmond, Virginia. 

“From the first moment we met, I felt Cameron was my soulmate,” said Stephanie. “We have been inseparable.”

First Date

In the fall of 2018, Cameron and Stephanie visited the Circuit Arcade Bar in Richmond, Virginia on their first date. “We laughed over packman and drinks,” Stephanie said.

I Love You

Cameron told Stephanie he loved her early one morning after they had been dating for a month. Stephanie reciprocated immediately.

What You Love Most About Each Other

When I asked Stephanie what she loved most about Cameron, she said, “his energy and passion for life and his kind heart.” And his good looks.”

Cameron told me he loves how Stephanie cares about her family. And her sense of humor. “She is the most beautiful woman I have ever met,” said Cameron. 


Rachael Mattio Photography was Cameron and Stephanie’s engagement photographer. The couple’s engagement session was held in the Windsor Farms neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. 

Rachel knew a street in this neighborhood would have cherry blossoms in full bloom on the date of the couple’s photography session, creating an unforgettable backdrop for the digital images.


Stephanie wore a soft pink midi dress from Showpo. She finished her look with light brown heels from Target.

Cameron wore a white Jos. A. Bank shirt and chino pants from J.Crew.


Cameron proposed to Stephanie on July 23, 2022. He popped the question while they were taking a boat ride along the James River and Kanawha Canal in Richmond, Virginia. 


Stephanie’s engagement ring is a white gold band with a marquise diamond.


Cameron and Stephanie offer these words of wisdom for engaged couples, “Have fun.” “The point of a wedding is not perfection but celebrating your union with family, said Stephanie.


Cameron and Stephanie married at a vineyard in Richmond, Virginia on September 23, 2023. 


The couple honeymooned in Greece. 


PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachael Mattio Photography – @rachaelmattiophotography

DRESS: Showpo – @showpo

SHOES: Target – @target

MENSWEAR: Jos. A. Bank – @josabank and J.Crew – @jcrew

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The author: Debra Shepperson

Debra is a native of Virginia, having lived in both Roanoke and Richmond. She is the co-owner of Relish – Say I Do!! Officiant & Photographer. She is an artist who aims to create ceremony scripts and capture photos that evoke positive emotional responses, inspire others, and deliver nostalgia. Debra holds a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth and an undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University, Florida. Before gaining more than ten years of wedding-related experience, Debra was a human resource executive. She has been happily married to the co-owner of Relish for more than 20 years.