A Southwestern DIY Wedding at a Private Residence in Waco, Texas

Texas bride Melinda Norton (25 and an office manager) and Arizona groom Bryce Norton (26 and a powersports parts manager) hosted a wedding full of Sou

Texas bride Melinda Norton (25 and an office manager) and Arizona groom Bryce Norton (26 and a powersports parts manager) hosted a wedding full of Southwestern flair. “The theme of the wedding took the two places where we are from and mixed them into what I call ‘Texzona,’” Melinda says. The couple got married on Melinda’s grandparents’ ranch located on the Brazos River outside of Waco, Texas. “We chose this because we wanted an outside wedding, and the property has beautiful rolling hills with a pond in the background,” the bride says. The wedding was full of DIY details: The bride’s family built the wooden ceremony benches, aisle and wedding arch from cedar trees on site. The bride crafted a guest book on a piece of leftover cedarwood and potted succulents in candle jars for each guest's place setting and wedding favor. Rosetree Floral Design created light, springtime floral arrangements incorporating succulents and cedar wood atop each peach and lace-topped cable spool table. “The lace and wood was the Texas style coming through, and the succulents in the floral arrangements was the Arizona style,” Melinda says. Lily’s Cakes brought these ideas into focus in the stunning wedding cake display: The couple had a four-tier peach cake with lace and succulent accents, as well as an Arizona cake for the groom. For future DIY brides, Melinda offers her tips for the taking: “I planned my whole wedding from start to finish and had a day-of coordinator (Posh Events) to make sure everything ran smoothly. My advice is to ask for help when you can, and don’t be afraid to let others help you! You will feel less pressure, and others will be excited to help you!” See the details captured by Shelly Taylor Photography.

Princess-Cut Morganite Engagement Ring
Open-Back Pearl-Draped Wedding Dress
Peach and Green Bouquet With Succulents and Garden Roses
Melinda got married in a white wedding dress with pearl and crystal beading and a sweetheart neckline. The most stunning part of her wedding dress? The open back with draped pearl beading, which added an ethereal elegance to her style.
The bridesmaids wore strapless, floor-length peach chiffon dresses with light tan wedges and mint necklaces. “The flowy bridesmaid dresses resembled my free-spirit dance background,” the bride says.
White Hydrangea Bridesmaid Bouquet With Succulents and Alstroemeria
White Flower Girl Dresses for Outdoor Wedding
White Wrapped Flower Girl Basket With Red Blooms
Southwest-Inspired Succulent Groom's Boutonniere
The couple had to build the ceremony site from scratch to provide seating for their guests. All of the lumber used in the ceremony benches was from cedar trees cut on site. The bride’s family worked together to build the benches, aisle and wedding arch.
Peach Garden Rose and White Hydrangeas on Ceremony Arch
DIY Cedarwood Ceremony Arch and Aisle
The bride painted a tree on cedar boards left over from the building of the ceremony site. Guests signed their names on the leaves of the tree.
DIY Painted Chalkboard Signature Cocktail Sign
Rustic Barn Reception With Draping
The dining tables, made from cable spools, added to the rustic atmosphere of the reception. Melinda and Bryce covered some of the tables with chalkboard paint and provided chalk for guests to write inspirational messages; after the wedding, the couple covered the tables in a clear coat and kept them!
The bride made each guest an escort card that doubled as a wedding favor; she wrote each name on a small candle holder filled with river pebbles and sand from the property and topped each with a miniature succulent.
Rustic Sweetheart Table With Succulents and Wood Decor
The couple’s Texas and Arizona cultures blended to create a scrumptious Southwestern menu. Guests pregamed dinner with a salsa bar, which hosted a variety of dips and chips. The taco station dinner had something for everyone with an array of meats, vegetables and toppings.
With Texas and Arizona as inspiration, the couple pulled their color palette from soft desert colors, such as peach, mint and tan. Texas style came through in the lace and wood, and the succulents and floral arrangements represented Arizona flair.
Marquee Letters Cake Table Display
The wedding cake was the true expression of Texas meets Arizona: The four tiers of peach fondant incorporated the soft colors of the desert with Texas lace on two tiers and Arizona succulents scattered throughout the display.
Arizona-Inspired Groom's Cake