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

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  1. Debbie @ Bridalhood
    September 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I love baby's breath bouquets!
  2. Erin * Sparkle + Hay
    September 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    i am head over heels for that bouquet! aaahh!! stunning!
  3. Lyndsey
    September 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I had the honor of standing up for Whitney and Gene and this wedding was amazing. There was so much time and love put into every little detail and it is easy to see how in love they are.
  4. Papa Gene
    September 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    One of the happiest days of my life. Canadians know how to party.
  5. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I LOVE this wedding! I second Erin - that bouquet is stunning!
    -E.
  6. The Perfect Palette
    September 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    loving the details and all the fun vibes here :)

    xo, chrissy
  7. postcards and pretties
    September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    her dress is so sweet!
  8. Alicia @CharityWedding
    September 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous wedding! They look so sweet and like a ton of fun!
  9. Get Candy Dishes
    September 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Looks like everyone had fun at this wedding~ ? I like the guestbook tree part, I wonder how it looked when all the guests have already put up their "leaves" on it.
  10. Drew {Coral Cafe}
    September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    What a beautiful wedding!! The table setting is just so unique and gorgeous!!
  11. Lauren @ ELD
    September 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Looove all of this! Awesome first look photos, gorgeous bouquet, and I love the table numbers!
  12. Melissa
    September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This wedding looks sososo fun! I love the bouquets, the centerpieces, the first look- everything!!!
  13. Candice {Marry Me - Weddings Planners}
    September 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Love this wedding. The photographer has done such an amazing job with the right angles, the right emotions and great post production..
  14. Amanda
    October 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I really love the bridesmaids dresses. Does anyone know where to look for something similar?
  15. Whitney (bride!)
    October 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    @Amanda, I can tell you! (it's my wedding :)) I let the bridesmaids choose whatever dresses they wanted as long as they were a muted color. We found the pale pink, pewter and light purple dresses at anthropologie, the green dress was from shopruche.com and the cream colored dresses were from modcloth.com! Hope that helps :)

    -Whitney
  16. Whitney (bride!)
    October 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    @Get Candy Dishes, here is a picture of what it looked like half-completed! It's actually hanging above our couch in our livingroom right now, I love it!


    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293280_537368877932_163100043_31012364_3872784_n.jpg

    Hope the pic works!

    -Whitney
  17. Laike
    January 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Where are those pink shoes from? I love them!
  18. Kerrie G {Bridal Accessories}
    May 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I love the idea of the guest book tree, saves people have to wait for the book to be passed around.
  19. Occasions In Print
    February 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    What a fabulous wedding! Love the bridesmaid dresses!