Barn weddings are amazing, that pretty much goes without saying. But when you take a fabulously styled barn wedding and add in two cuties who are sooo in love, it’s palpable, it’s better than anything you could possibly imagine. Because this is a day that is not only chock-full of pretty details, but a whole lot of heartwarming moments, too. See every last one captured by Rachel Whyte in the full gallery. It’s a love-filled beauty.
From Rachel Whyte… From the moment I met Rachel and Reed, I knew they were going to have a really unique wedding. Rachel is one of the kindest and most sincere brides I’ve ever had the honor of working with. Reed is a college football coach who really wanted to be involved in the wedding planning process. It was so refreshing! Their wedding took place in the historic town of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. They rented out the precious Myrtle Cottage for the weekend for their entire wedding party. Rachel threw an awesome surprise wedding “after party” for Reed, and she even got his favorite band to come play! It blew me away how focused they both were on serving each other, their friends and family even though it was their special day.
Rachel and Reed chose the “party barn” at Alegria (between Fredericksburg and Kerrville) for their venue. The barn was built by jewelry designer James Avery as a place to have parties and retreats and it is such a hidden gem! A sketch of the barn was featured on their custom invitation suite, which I LOVED. I also loved the combination of gray dresses and mint green accessories Rachel chose for her bridesmaids.
She used a local grocery store, HEB, as her florist (who knew you could even do that?). Her mom did a majority of the table centerpieces, which were a mixture of vintage and rustic. The couple gave their guests flower seeds for favors which was such a sweet touch. All of the little DIY details were perfect, but the thing that stood out the most to me about their wedding was the pure emotion. Rachel and Reed’s love for each other is rare- it’s passionate and strong without an ounce of selfishness. While I’m a newlywed myself, I’ve been married long enough to know that that’s the kind of love you need to make a marriage last. Take notes, y’all!
Photography: Rachel Whyte Photography | Event Styling: The Bride & Mother of the Bride | Flowers: HEB Florist | Cake: Sophie's Choice Bakery | Caterer: Calbob's Smoke Shack | DJ: Patrick Kelley | Venue: Alegria Barn | After-Party Band: Eleven Hundred Springs | Month of Coordinator: Viridian Design Studio | Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals