By: Meagan Kinley
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
— Emily Bronte
The greatest of love stories happen in even the most ordinary of places and for Sylvia Rachel Turner and Cory Morgan Neal this was nonetheless true. After meeting through work, Rachel and Cory selected November 7, 2015 for their wedding date. Rachel, who was not originally from El Paso, knew that because the wedding was going to be out-of-town for her, she was going to need some help. So to aid her in tying all the loose ends, Rachel enlisted the help of Laura Carrillo Designs. “Laura and her daughter were amazing.**,” Rachel said.
Before the big day, Rachel and her guests enjoyed a welcome party at Rosa’s Cantina on the Thursday before the wedding. Later that weekend more fun was had as Cory and his friends, Rachel’s stepfather and brothers went and shot at the Rod and Gun Club at Fort Bliss and then enjoyed a delicious dinner in Canutillo. The day of the wedding, Rachel and her bridal party enjoyed a relaxing day at Barragan’s Salon and Spa.
When November 7 finally arrived, the decorations, flowers, and all the details were put into place at Epic Rail Yard in Downtown El Paso. Laura Carrillo put Rachel’s vision into motion, with an elegant mixture of both trendy and chic. “We had so many beautiful flowers. There were flowers everywhere,” Rachel said. “Another aspect that I loved was how all of the place settings were all different. It was so lovely. The entire venue was lit up with candles and all kinds of off-lighting.” Being the Sun City, the weather the day of the event was sunny all day leading up to the 6 p.m. wedding. As the day wore on the air had a hint of chill as Rachel and Cory said their vows and became man and wife in front of their 150 guests. “We had the ceremony on one side of the event center. It was beautiful. Laura had decorated it with light pinks, white rose petals with sheer piping. But on the other side, we had the reception with a completely different vibe. We had dark plum, lime green and lavender flowers. There was even a huge wall of flowers full of flowers with plums lavender and light pink. I was so excited and pleased at how everything came together.”
After the ceremony, Rachel, Cory and their guests sat down at the ornate tables and enjoyed catering from the Coronado Country Club. “Diego came up with the menu. He did fantastic,” Rachel said. “There were crab legs, crab claws, salpicon, salmon—I can’t even remember all the food we had. It was definitely a feast.”
After all the delicious food, Rachel and Cory danced to George Jones “Walk Through This World With Me” and opened up the dance floor for a night of fun with all of their family and friends. After the evening drew to a close, friends were given selfie sticks, shawls, and Jordan almonds with monogrammed bags while Rachel and Cory left for their amazing honeymoon to Sydney Australia, Bangkok, and Phuket Thailand.
Now back and having enjoyed several months of blissful marriage Rachel has some recommendations for future brides. “Hire a wedding planner and just enjoy it! It’s very easy to get overwhelmed so try and take a moment to relax and appreciate the day. If I could go back, I would just take it all in. It was such a beautiful day with so many wonderful people and such a great party. It was certainly a day I will never forget.”