Photography by Casey Jay Benson Photography
From the beginning, Crystal Jones and Kelly Tipton knew they wanted a wedding that was spectacular and unique, but still classic and intimate. It was important to them that the evening be a celebration of their love and marriage rather than a walk through of must-do-traditions. They wanted every part of their wedding and reception to be personal, so they incorporated special things that were indicative of them as a couple.
The ceremony was somewhat traditional, but far from ordinary. The reception was elaborate with bold fabrics and colors to show the couple’s fun side. Different florists were used for each venue with completely different color schemes and themes.
They were married in Crystal’s lifelong church, First Baptist of Longview by her childhood pastor. The breathtaking sanctuary was very romantic with white roses, hydrangeas, candles and greenery providing gorgeous décor. Nearly 800 guests attended.
Crystal had a long list of do-it-yourself projects that she had gleaned from wedding blogs, and a very talented and loving family to help carry out the tasks. Her creative mom was the wedding planner, her sister painted the wedding banner, her dad built tree supports and stage props while her grandmothers and aunts made everything from mint tea to pew stand covers.
Crystal had always envisioned her reception outside under a beautiful tent with nature all around, but since the couple planned their wedding in one of the hottest months in history, they had to improvise. Their florist transformed the venue into an English garden with a spectacular tree-lined entry. Organic decor featuring antique church pews, topiaries and tree canopies draped with orchids filled the 20,000 sq. ft. space, aglow with purple uplights and spotlights. Tents with chandeliers housed the various food vendors amidst flowering crape myrtle trees. Bold black and white fabrics with purple, fuchsia, and gold accents spiced up the otherwise soft and romantic garden theme. The black and white dance floor was beneath an amazing 14-foot orchid and hydrangea chandelier.
Instead of traditional wedding cuisine, the guests enjoyed all of the bride’s favorite foods from her favorite restaurants, including BBQ, pizza, seafood, Tex-Mex and original chicken nuggets. Guests also enjoyed snow cones, an ice cream sundae bar and an ice sculpture martini bar. Since the couple met at TCU, they incorporated their beloved Horned Frogs in to a 3D groom’s cake, which was a big hit. They also added touches like personalized sunglasses, koozies, matches and wildflower seeds for their guests to take home.
Crystal and Kelly made their grand exit through a sea of sparklers and watched fireworks from a 1925 roadster. They wanted the reception atmosphere to be upscale with a warm southern feel, and thanks to their amazing vendors, it was exactly that!