An Intimate Utah Wedding Filled with Sweet Details
Rachel Foulger and Tyson Apostol
Rachel Foulger and Tyson Apostol owe some thanks to reality television for their marriage. Tyson, a former professional bicyclist who starred in three seasons of Survivor and won the prize during Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013 met Rachel through a mutual friend. Seven years later, they appeared on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 2" where Tyson (now a bike shop owner in Utah) officially proposed to Rachel on the series' finale and took home another prime time win—a fiancée.
The pair wed on February 8, 2015, at the historic Washington Schoolhouse in Park City, Utah. Only 40 immediate family members attended the small and simple ceremony, which featured 12 flower girls, a neutral color palette, and lots of love all around.
After getting engaged, Rachel and Tyson considered all wedding size and location options, and they even talked about eloping. However, after they saw the Washington Schoolhouse—a 126-year-old historic schoolhouse turned boutique hotel in Park City—they knew they had found their ideal venue.
Park City is located only 40 minutes north of the couple's home in Provo and houses two beautiful ski resorts.
The Washington Schoolhouse has a clean style and a touch of old-school vintage charm, which manifests itself in the neutral-colored décor.
Large wreaths of foliage were mounted on the entrance and exit doors of the schoolhouse.
Since the venue suited a small wedding, Rachel and Tyson invited 40 immediate family members—20 adults and 20 children. The pair chose not to send out invitations, but instead emailed their guests about the event and let them know the wedding's color palette of white, taupe, and gray, and dusty mauve. "I thought for sure there would be at least one person in a bright green outfit or something way off, but everyone looked perfect!" says Rachel. The bride's sister was her maid of honor, and Tyson's brother served as best man.
Tyson's boutonniere featured hellebore and spirea.
The Flower Girls
Rachel's 12 nieces—who made up more than one-fourth of the guests at the wedding—shared the duties of a flower girl. "The flower girls were one of the best parts of the wedding," says Rachel. "They all constantly wanted to hold my hand and were so excited for us to be married. Their excitement made me so happy." The girls wore neutral-colored dresses from Dillard's.
"I'm in Love" by Wilson Pickett played as Tyson, the groomsmen, and the flower girls entered the 3 p.m. ceremony. The music switched to "Stay Alive" by José González when Rachel and her father descended a wooden staircase and then walked down the aisle.
The Furry Guest
Rachel's dog, Sampson, made a quick appearance in a pint-sized tuxedo.
The small, cozy service was held in the main room of the hotel, which was simply decorated with flower arrangements on the end tables and in window nooks. The couple stood in front of a fireplace and mantle adorned with a gathering of vines and white blooms.
Stephen Fishbach, a friend of the couple who Tyson first met on Survivor, officiated the ceremony, which included vows and the lighting of a unity candle. "The ceremony was both serious and humorous as Stephen shared funny stories of our relationship and also talked about the significance of being married," says Rachel.
The ceremony concluded with a Navajo blessing before the newlyweds recessed up the aisle to "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles.
The First Kiss
Tyson loved seeing Rachel looking so happy and couldn't resist planting a kiss on her cheek at the end of the ceremony.
The Stolen Moment
After the ceremony, Rachel and Tyson had a special moment alone filled with "tears of happiness and hugs," says Rachel.
The pair then took pictures with photographer Rachel Thurston while guests attended cocktail hour, where they were served charcuterie, nuts, popcorn, fruit-infused water, lemonade, tea, sparkling cider, and hot chocolate.
The Wedding Parade
The newlyweds and their guests then walked along Main Street to Grappa, an Italian restaurant, for dinner.
Figuring that female guests might get chilly during the march, Rachel ordered white pashminas from Amazon; however, the boys ended up loving the cozy pieces as well, and some actually wore them as capes. The couple also bought playful wands from RibbonPersonalized for the kids to wave.
At Grappa, adults sat at two eight-foot tables and children sat at one large table. Lots of candles and touches of light greenery lined the white linens.
The meal kicked off with fondue and followed with family-style salad, fish, pasta, and steak.
The Place Settings
A Vintage Topper
The cake was crowned with Rachel's grandparent's vintage topper, which was also used by Rachel's siblings on their own wedding days.