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Wedding Spotlight - Rachel

You go through so many stages and celebrations in life - graduations, first jobs, weddings, births, birthdays. Now I'm finding myself going through all of these happy occasions again but with the next generation. I brought Rachel into my gallery as a budding artist right out of Stephen F. Austin State University, and I have loved seeing her grow as an artist, person, and now, three years later, as a young married adult! Her wedding was so wonderful that I wanted to share the special day, as well as some of her beautiful art, with you!!

Juggling her time as an elementary art teacher and artist, Rachel has created a signature style with these plaster masterpieces. She has done so many personilzed commissions of wedding and christening gowns. What wonderful heirlooms these become.  This plaster work on wood is embedded with lace - so creative and romantic!!! It was not at all surprising that her wedding was just the same.

What a beautiful couple!! High school sweethearts, they both went to college on athletic scholarships, Zack for baseball and Rachel for soccer. They're such a dynamic duo - nice, fun, gorgeous and athletic!!


They continued dating throughout their school years andd beyond. The ceremony was especially touching with their minister from their college days, to whom they were both very close, marrying them!

No, they are not sisters!!  This is Debbie, mother of the bride - you can see where Rachel gets her good looks from.  Love the hats, gals!!

Choosing to have their wedding at Marburger Farms - the place where the famed antique show is - Rachel started out with the bridal luncheon.

Because Round Top is over an hour from Houston, I wanted to stay nearby. I rented the most wonderful cottage from Kristine, an oh-so-cute, bubbly young mother who owns Big Daddy’s, an antique store in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Shopping at the Round Top fairs each year, Kristine wanted a place they could call their own. She is wonderful to deal with, and the house was just amazing, decorated in the chic country style that Round Top is known for! I would highly recommend this place to all.

Pretty as can be, here's Mom Debbie on the wedding day!!

Here is the groom, escorting his parents down the aisle!  Everyone looked so happy on this day!  Zack's wonderful family came to every art show Miss Rachel had at my gallery.

 Loved the bridesmaid dresses in lavender shades!

 Awwww!!! Their flower girl looked adorable with her flower hair piece and cute bubble dress.

 Too cute!!!!!

Here comes the bride in a gorgeous, vintage-style dress with her proud papa! Her wildflower, country bouquet was so charming.

Now announcing....  There were crystals hanging down from the large oak tree that gently blew in the wind--so romantic!

Marburger Farms is made up of many historical homes from the 1800s.  This one housed the dinner.

Instead of the normal sign-in book, they had a vintage typewriter to leave special notes to the bride and groom! I just loved that touch!!!

The burlap runners on the table and the vintage bell jars for the flowers really fit the theme of the big event!!!

Believe it or not, her mom, Debbie, and a good friend did all the wedding decorations! Amazing job!!

There were so many special touches like the handpainted monograms on the burlap runners of the sweethearts' table.

The entire evening was just dreamy!! Rachel and Zack were so happy during their first dance!

What to get such a special bride?! I chose a loose flap, cream-colored, vintage-style, leather scrapbook. Each thick, interior page of hand-pressed paper was separated with sheer pages. I almost got one for my girls to save for their big day!!!

I had so much fun at the wedding!  I went with Karen, my office manager and right hand, Segreto gal, on the left, and my wonderful friend, Lisa, whose daughter was recently married too! Hope you enjoy some of Rachel’s beautiful artwork below!

Congratulations to Zack and Rachel - Enjoy many happy years together!!! Their love for each other and beautiful ceremony really touched my heart!  To see more of Rachel’s art, go here.  

Thanks to Lisa of Ferndale cottage of doing such a wonderful review of the blog and the book!! She is a blogger extraordinaire who has just moved to Houston!!  Please visit her blog Fern Creek Cottage and welcome to Houston!!  Also that cute store in Brenham Beadboard Upcountry I’m always talking about is having a wonderful trunk show of a oh so amazing knitwear!!  Visit it on line here.   I hope that everyone has a great week-till next Monday!!  xo  Leslie

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Reader Comments (14)

What an adorable couple and it looked like such a happy event. I love her art too! Hope you are keeping well and surviving your Texan summer. x Sharon

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon @ Roses and Rust

What a gorgeous post!! Rachel is not only a talented artist but she also very very beautiful!!! Love every picture here! What a beautiful young couple and a fabulous wedding!
Love the table setting in that barn!!
Oh Leslie, thank you for sharing this post! I admire the work of Rachel! The first picture of one of her works is FABULOUS !!!
And congratulations to the young couple!

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreet

Leslie this post really moved me...I love when you can see such happiness and the brides style and artistry shine through brightly!

What an amazing and talented young couple! Thank you so much for sharing!

Art by Karena
2012 Artist Series

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

Beautiful young lady and so talented as well! Love the wedding simple yet elegant. Many wishes for this young couple as they journey through life!

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoris Myrick

I love seeing a young couple so happy and just starting out life together, Rachel looked so pretty. I love how they kept everything so down to earth and still managed to keep it beautiful. Love her artwork it's so creative!


August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAcquired Objects


I can't think of a more perfect spot for a wedding. There's just something so special about the rustic mixed with the elegant refined touches of a wedding. I love that first photo! Her eyes are so pretty and you can feel the emotions (I started getting tears in MY eyes!)

How fun to relive through the next generation :)


August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

What a darling wedding!!!!!!! They do a great job at Marburger..... Thanks for the mention....... I also love her work.......I wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss!!!!!!!Maryanne xo.

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeeadboard UpCountry

Leslie - Very cool wedding! Beautiful couple. You all looked amazing. Though I love traditional weddings, this one is equally beautiful and very special. I love the simplicity, creativity, and natural setting. I'm forwarding to my partner's niece, who is getting married next summer in a barn in Maine. Rachel is very talented.

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoi Thai

Thanks for sharing the beautiful wedding of this most gorgeous couple...How happy they look!....She is an exquisite artist and certainly is fortunate to have such a great mentor as you. I just love the typewriter idea!! clever!!

what a touching post with bits of lovely weaved throughout. her work is so appealing to my eye: ethereal and understated and fashionable.

thanks for sharing your life, leslie!



August 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichele@hellolovelyinc

Such a beautiful couple and an enchanting wedding. The bride's creativity shows in the originality of the reception's decor. I wish them much happiness in their life together.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

What an absolutely beautiful post! I loved the wrapping on that gift box and everyone looks so beautiful. And not to forget the gorgeous artwork here! Wow!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFashion-isha

Beautiful bride and wedding. Congrats to both of them.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor greenwalt

What a beautiful wedding. And a beautiful couple. The bride is absolutely gorgeous.
We had a wedding this last weekend too. It's the year for weddings it seems!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDelores

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