High school sweethearts Rachael Craig and Kyle Smith tied the knot in a manner that completely reflected their styles and personalities: colorful, eclectic and relaxed.

The couple attended Lafayette High School together, and met during driver’s education class. They started dating a few months after they met, and dated throughout college. Hanging out in Rachael’s dorm room in October, 2012, Kyle gave Rachael a book he had made with drawings of key moments in the relationship. On the last page, Kyle had drawn a picture of himself proposing in Rachael’s dorm room.

“I was reading the last page and I looked up and he was down on one knee,” Rachael says.

Finishing up their last year of college, the couple started planning a May wedding, set for just six days after their graduation. Rachael says she loved having both the ceremony and reception outdoors at The Gardens at Malmaison. Guests could dance or socialize under the tent, roast marshmallows at the S’mores stations, or take a relaxing stroll on the gardens.

Unique details accented the evening. During the ceremony, the bride and groom stood on stairs above the pastor, whose back was to the audience, so guests could see and hear them as they said their vows. Instead of a guest book, guests wrote notes of advice and well wishes, and slip them into an old birdcage. Rachael says she got a lot of help from Vintage Worn Rentals, who helped her choose vintage pieces for decoration. The couple left for the evening under a canopy of sparklers being waved by family and friends.

Though the couple didn’t go on a honeymoon, they did travel to Denver for a few days to pick out a place to live. Rachael works at a cleft palate clinic at a medical center there, while Kyle is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.

The Date: May 17, 2013

The Bride: Rachael Marie Craig

The Groom: Kyle Scott Smith

The Bride’s Parents: Carol and Paul Craig of Wildwood

The Groom’s Parents: Lynne and Trent Smith of Wildwood

The Ceremony: The Gardens at Malmaison

The Reception: The Gardens at Malmaison

The Wedding Dress: Casablanca from Blossoms Bridal

The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mori Lee from Blossoms Bridal

The Rings: Jewelry by Vicki and Sophia’s Jewelry Studio

The Florist: Fahr Greenhouse

The Cake: Celebrating Life Cake Boutique

The Music: Allegro Entertainment

The Photographer: Krystal Clark Photography

The Tux: Savvi Formalwear

The Invitations: Unique Moments by Mid-west Marketing

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