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Texas Gemstone Wedding

Photos By: Rachel Whyte

“Geometric meets gemstones” is at the heart of this Texas wedding from Rachel Whyte. A focus on whimsy while still maintaining a classic sensibility is just what Leslie and Ryan were after, and it’s certainly what they found. We couldn’t help but fall in love with their style and every single detail in this wedding to remember!

Texas gemstone wedding - photo by Rachel Whyte

From the bride, Leslie: The concept I had from the very beginning was “a classy confection.” My personality and personal style is very much a mixture of well put-together and “buttoned-up” with eclectic and free-spirited flair. You could call it a marriage of Anthropologie and J. Crew :) Also, I have always been a lover of rich color, but have recently fallen in love with the classy look of white and gold. I realized I didn’t want to sacrifice either of these concepts, so I decided to marry the two and create a look that made classy look vibrant and make eclectic look classy.

colorful wedding invitations - photo by Rachel Whyte

oversized paper flowers - photo by Rachel Whyte

red wedding shoes - photo by Rachel Whyte

yellow red boutonnieres - photo by Rachel Whyte

geometric themed invitations - photo by Rachel Whyte

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Rachel Whyte

colorful wedding bouquets - photo by Rachel Whyte

garden rose bouquet - photo by Rachel Whyte
Bouquet recipe: Garden roses, cabbage, dahlias, blue thistle, eucalyptus, dusty miller, billy balls, ranunculus, and lemon leaves.

flower girl outfits - photo by Rachel Whyte

wedding portraits - photo by Rachel Whyte

unique bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Rachel Whyte

My colors were essentially a base of white and gold, with “all colors” mixed in. Specifically, some of the main colors I used were poppy red, cream/white, marigold, peach, plum, wine, and gold. The main DIY projects I did were: tissue paper poms [taken to the next level :)], tissue paper tassel garlands, handmade confetti, geronimo balloons, painted/dipped birch trunks & glass vases, rainbow quartz chunks.

wedding ceremony - photo by Rachel Whyte

wedding ceremony backdrop - photo by Rachel Whyte

pom pom recessionals - photo by Rachel Whyte

tassel garland receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte

white gold centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte

geometric escort cards - photo by Rachel Whyte

white gold centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte

confetti place setting - photo by Rachel Whyte

geometric centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte

colorful wedding receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte

gold chair backs - photo by Rachel Whyte

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick the top 3-5 things you most care about and put your time, money, and energy into those. I am a perfectionist, but it is okay for not every little detail to be perfect. Be confident that the choices you make are the rights ones. Pick the ideas that you truly love. It is your wedding, advice is great, but you want it to be a true reflection of you!

tassel garland receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte

centerpiece ideas - photo by Rachel Whyte

geometric centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte

wedding reception ideas - photo by Rachel Whyte

confetti place settings - photo by Rachel Whyte

yellow wedding cakes - photo by Rachel Whyte

paper flower backdrops - photo by Rachel Whyte

newlyweds kissing - photo by Rachel Whyte

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Be Still,” Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
Recessional: “Colorful,” Will Reagan & United Pursuit
First Dance: “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” Dean Martin

From the photographer, Rachel Whyte: This wedding was all inspired and dreamed up by the bride herself. (It was executed by her and her talented friends). Leslie is a personal friend of mine with incredible taste and a gift for making designs come to life. The florals, invitation suite/other paper goods, and bride’s hairpiece and rings were also all designed by local friends. The colorful, gemstone theme can be seen throughout the entire wedding: the invitation suite, wedding programs, escort cards, centerpieces and cake. Some details that I personally loved were the bride’s red shoes, the gemstone-like designs made out of string in some of the centerpieces,the flower girl attire, and the AMAZING handmade, paper flower backdrop.

Wedding Location: Waco, TX / Photographer: Rachel Whyte / Florist: Wolfe’s Wholesale Florist / Floral Design: Laura Stafford of Kindred Event Studio / Wedding Coordinator: Allison McBrayer / Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Waco / Reception Venue: Carleen Bright Arboretum / Wedding Dress: Mockingbird Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Headpiece: Summer Ellis Bijouterie / Bracelet: J. Crew / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: designed by Summer Ellis / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Hair: Katie Crumley / Makeup: Charis Cochran of Allyah Cosmetology / Men’s Attire: H&M / Wedding Caterer and Cake: JD’s Catering / Vegan Cheesecakes: Vanilla Bean Bakery / Ceremony Flower Backdrop: Grae Apparel / Musician: Antioch Live / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Cedar Gandy / Painting: Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Calligraphy

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