When Rachel Morgan returned from a high school exchange to America she found herself in Evan Pyle’s year level. The next time she traveled to America the high school sweethearts came back engaged. Rachel and Evan married in September in a beautiful vineyard setting.
The couple decided on a rustic theme with lots of fresh flowers and wood. Rachel spent hours making signs, invitations, petal cones, a wooden guest book and shortbread cookies. “My dad even helped, cutting wood to create wooden centrepieces and wood stumps to run along the aisle,” she said.
Rachel, a primary school teacher, involved her class in the celebrations. The students wrote down marriage advice for the newlyweds and these pearls of wisdom were displayed at the reception venue. “They were excited about the wedding leading up to the big day, and were very excited to have their work at the wedding for everyone to see,” she said.
From the first guests arriving to the last leaving, the couple’s ceremony was captured with a time lapse video.
Evan may have taken some convincing to do a choreographed first dance, but after a few practice runs during the wedding photographs he gained confidence. Evan said it was his most memorable part of the day.
Rachel’s advice to other brides is to breathe and take in the moment. “Take time to really burn the memory into your brain because the day is over too quickly,” she said.
Bride’s parents: David and Elizabeth Morgan
Groom’s parents: Charles Pyle and Ruth Coates
Service and reception: Mitchelton Wines, Nagambie
Photographer: Liz Arcus Photography, Shepparton
Bride’s dress: Brides and Maids, Shepparton
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Etsy
Suits: Matt O'Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton
Flowers: Simply Stems, Shepparton
Cake: Cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Shop, assembled and decorated by Mitchelton Winery
Hair: Hair on High, Nagambie
Make-up: Cheekii Makeup, Nagambie
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