High School Sweethearts Finally Say “I Do” 35 Years Later in a Rustic and Intimate Autumn Wedding

From Rachel, the photographer: 

“Paula and Alan were married under a giant oak tree at the groom’s private residence in Cameron, TX, overlooking a pond and nearby hay bales. The altar was centered between two beautiful ferns and the tree was adorned with flowing fabric that allowed the light to shine through.

Perhaps the most thrilling part of this fairy tale story is that the bride and groom knew one another in high school. When they found each other, single at last, the couple fell for one another. The family farm was recently acquired by the groom and was the perfect setting for this Fall wedding with hay bales, changing leaves and a starry night sky. This loving couple read their own heartfelt vows aloud with teary eyes and joyful smiles. The genuine love of these soulmates was captured by Rachel and Jeff Photography.

All of the details including Paula’s bouquet were handmade by the bride. The decor featured an array of fall colors and green elements including silver dollar eucalyptus. The reception took place in the nearby home’s covered porch. The cake topper was first used by the groom’s mother when she was married in 1955. This was a surprise to her and a very moving gesture for the mother of the groom.

Lit lanterns swayed in the gentle breeze, while Edison lights hung from the ceiling. Everyone complimented the delicious food catered by Cameron’s own Sissy’s Saddle Shop Cafe. The love shared between bride and groom was sincere and heartfelt and all in attendance were moved.”

From the bride: 

“Alan and I felt the same about each other early in our middle school years, but we kept our feelings to ourselves until one month after high school graduation. We started to date until I went off to college. We looked forward to seeing each other at our class reunions. In 2016 we were informed through a mutual classmate that we were both single. We reconnected at 54 and the love was there that we knew all along. Alan proposed and we were married November 4, 2017. We said our own vows under a 46-year-old tree that Alan, his dad, and brothers planted at Alan’s family country home. This became our home.”

Photographer: Rachel and Jeff Photography | Catering: Sissy’s Saddle Shop Cafe |