A Vintage-Inspired DIY Wedding at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine, Texas

The wedding of Linsie Weatherford (22 and a 911 dispatcher) and Chris Cooley (27 and a police officer) was true to Texas. They got married at Elmwood

The wedding of Linsie Weatherford (22 and a 911 dispatcher) and Chris Cooley (27 and a police officer) was true to Texas. They got married at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine, Texas, nestled in the pine trees of east Texas with a down-home comforting vibe. “We are a very easygoing couple who absolutely love Texas and the gorgeous Piney Woods, and Elmwood Gardens encompassed all that,” Linsie says. “The owners, DeeDee and James Turnage, were the definition of true Southern hospitality.” Even the couple’s fashion showed their state pride: The bride, who says she isn't much of a “heels girl,” wore her Old Gringo cowboy boots with her elegant A-line wedding dress. Chris and his groomsmen, many of whom are in law enforcement, wore bullet cuff links. Linsie and her mother own an event and floral-design company, Southern Magnolias, so they designed all the decor and floral work. “My inspiration pieces were a floral teapot and teacups that were on my bridal table,” which belonged to the bride's grandmother, Linsie says. Another cool detail? This wedding had so many sweets! “Chris isn’t the biggest fan of cake, so we got creative and made a Texas cookie cake as well as jars of cookies to go around,” Linsie says. Her mother even made their wedding cake—a three-tier cake covered in white buttercream and pink peonies. To top it all off, the couple had a chocolate fountain. See the details below, beautifully captured by Photography by Gema.

“Elmwood Gardens was already surrounded by beautiful blooms, but I have a natural love for flowers, so I wanted to make sure I had beautiful arrangements as well,” Linsie says. The flowers that inspired her bridal bouquet were pink peonies, garden roses, spray roses and ranunculus.
The wedding party looked positively Southern in their neutral fashions. The bridesmaids wore petal pink long dresses with pearl necklaces, and Chris and his groomsmen wore tan suits with pink and ivory accents, complete with bullet cuff links (a gift from Chris).
Vintage Hanging Aluminum Planter With Neutral Roses
Lush roses, garden roses and hydrangeas with amaranthus and hearty greens surrounded the wedding arch at the Elmwood Gardens gazebo where Linsie and Chris exchanged vows.
Horse and Carriage at East Texas Wedding
Romantic Sweetheart Table 'Mr.' and 'Mrs.' Signs
“My mother and I own an event and floral design company, Southern Magnolias, so we designed all the decor and all the floral work,” Linsie says. She incorporated peonies, garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace and green amaranthus with pearls, moss and wood to create the vintage-inspired centerpieces.
Simple Bottle Centerpiece With Roses on Moss
Chris isn’t the biggest fan of cake, so the couple got creative and had a Texas cookie cake with jars of cookies to go around.
The bride’s mother created a gorgeous DIY wedding cake. Textured white buttercream frosting and fresh peonies, garden roses and roses topped the three tall tiers.
As wedding favors, the couple gave out little favor bags filled with wildflower seeds so guests could “let love grow” and have a reminder of their wedding.
Tan Groom's Suit With Bullet Cuff Links