By Ainsley Mandell
Rachel & Jeff Photography
How they met
We have known each other since middle school, and both had feelings for each other, but kept our feelings to ourselves until after we graduated from high school. We started dating until I went off to college. We always looked forward to seeing each other at our class reunions and in 2016 we were told by a mutual classmate that we were both single. We reconnected at 54 and the love was there that we knew all along.
Paula & Alan were married under a giant oak tree at the groom’s private property in Cameron, TX, overlooking a pond and nearby hay bales. The altar area was centered between two beautiful ferns and the tree was adorned with flowing fabric that allowed the light to shine through it. 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.
All of the details including Paula’s bouquet were handmade by the bride. The decor featured an array of fall colors and green elements from 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 from the mother of the groom. Lit lanterns swayed in the gentle breeze, while Edison lights hung from the ceiling.