& Pearce Brown
Liesl Claire Photography
August 9, 2020 / The Gin at Hidalgo Falls, Brazos County
RACHEL AND PEARCE started dating while they both attended Texas A&M. They dated for over a year before Pearce proposed. Rachel found Pearce to be fun, consistent and honest. He was the man of her dreams and had all of the characteristics she could ask for in a lifelong partner. Their relationship was partially built in a 1999 Toyota 4Runner, where they had many special conversations that eventually led to the two becoming husband and wife.
PLANNING DURING A PANDEMIC
While the pandemic didn’t alter Rachel and Pearce’s year-long planning process, they had to take a few extra precautions on their big day, including cutting down the guest list. They provided hand sanitizer and masks for their guests but didn’t require their attendees to wear them if they felt comfortable without them. With the help of their planner, Rachel Giles of Honey & Co., they were able to navigate all of the hurdles of planning without a hitch.
The couple chose The Gin at Hidalgo Falls as their venue because its industrial vibe was perfect for unifying every aspect they wanted to include from the tablescapes to the floral arches.
The flowers were the focal point of Rachel and Pearce’s wedding. Bobbi at Unforgettable Florals created dreamy arrangements in dusty blues, pinks and oranges.
Citrus fruits were peppered throughout the venue for a creative spin on the décor—oranges popped against the greenery of the tablescapes. And the head table was framed with the arches used in the ceremony.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
Family was a very important part of their big day. Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted by framed photos of family members’ weddings.
Rachel poured her heart and time into her stationery by hand-printing her invitations on a 1918 printing press. She meticulously laid out each letter, cut the specialized paper, mixed the ink color to match their theme and printed them on the press. They had lots of fun, personalized stationery—from the ceremony programs to custom coffee sleeves at the reception.
Rachel’s favorite part of the décor was the quaint, vintage nook they arranged for seating.
Other unique elements included their cake topper, which spelled out their initials in copper piping, and the Scrabble letter tiles used on tables. The tiles spelled out directions, the couple’s names and words like “love” and “forever.” They also created a custom pin of their faces as favors for guests.