Real Wedding | Rustic DIY Wedding

Today’s wedding is an amazing rustic DIY wedding with a beautiful neutral palate. I am completely in love with the effortless and natural florals and all the cute details. But what makes this wedding the most lovely is the joy that just shines from the couple. You can tell they are so in love and certainly know how to have some fun!

The gorgeous bride Whitney shares the sweet details and moments:

Our wedding was a “unification ceremony” of sorts, (quoted from the best man’s speech) I am from Canada, and Gene is a Texan. Since so many of our wedding guests made the trek down from Canada, we wanted to give them a memorable wedding experience. When asked to describe our wedding to many of our vendors, we replied with a whole list of adjectives. We described our wedding as vintage, laid-back, southern, rustic, organic, eclectic, personal, country… and the list went on. We went with burlap and lace for contrasting textures. Instead of having wedding “colors”, we chose to have a color palate, any muted color worked for us!

Gene and I had so much fun through the planning process. We scoured countless estate sales, antique shows & stores all over central Texas to find everything from small details, to large pieces of furniture; if it fit into our vision and our budget, then we were sold! It was also very important that we added personal elements to our wedding; my grandmother made all of the lace doilies used in the decor, my other grandmother’s wedding dress and veil were displayed, as well as family pictures from both mine and Gene’s current family members and those who have passed on. Most of all, we wanted our wedding to be a representation of us, after all, it was our day!

The whole day was perfect, it is so hard to choose one favorite part! Some of our favorite moments include: our amazingly short & sweet outdoor ceremony under 100 year old oak trees (t’was a cool 105 degrees that day, God bless Texas), My uncle married us, so we had a large part in personalizing the ceremony to exactly how we wanted it. Including vowing to be loyal to our favorite Canadian and Texan football teams, through winning & losing, till death do us part. We sang the Canadian and American national anthems to kick-off the reception. A surprise performance by family friends who re-wrote the lyrics and sang “El Paso” by Marty Robinson (where Gene and I met) to tell our story. A spontaneous dance-off between the groom & groomsmen vs. bride & bridesmaids was incredibly memorable. The girls won, of course.

However, there is one moment that sticks out as being my favorite. During the dance, I stopped and thought “Wow, I just married my best friend”. Then I looked around at all of our guests and was immediately overwhelmed by love. Every single person, no matter what they were doing, had a smile on their face.  I felt so blessed to have all of these amazing people from all over the continent in the same room. The best part was that all of those amazing people were for us, my new husband and I.

Photography | Jordan Palmer

Venue | Mercury Hall

Florist | La Fleur Vintage

Caterer | Whole Foods

Cupcakes | hey cupcake!

Bride’s Dress | David’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire | Pants & boots: Urban Outfitters, Shirt & tie: J Crew