Kelsie McCoy Guthrie, of Denton, Texas, and Brian Bennett Geister, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, were united in marriage July 13, 2013 at the historic Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jeff Williams of First Baptist Church Denton officiated. The wedding celebration, followed by dinner and dancing, was held in the Adolphus Grand Ballroom.
Kelsie is the daughter of Ron and Terri Guthrie of Denton, Texas.She is the granddaughter of Rosalie Byrd and the late Clifton Byrd of Mt. Olive, Mississippi and the late Eleanor and Phillip Guthrie of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.She is a graduate of Denton High School and received a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Bennett is the son of Dr. Brian and Alyson Geister of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.He is the grandson of Mary Ann Wray and the late Dr. Bennett Wray of Altus, Oklahoma and Veronica Geister and the late Dr. Charles Geister of Tulsa, Oklahoma.He is a graduate of Heritage Hall High School and graduated from both The University of Oklahoma and Trinity University of San Antonio with degrees in Business and Finance and a Master’s of Science degree in Healthcare Administration respectively.He serves as Vice President of Operations at Integris Grove Hospital.
The wedding party included Matron of honor, the Bride’s sister, Codi Guthrie Reed and best men, brothers of the Groom, Dr. Brandon Geister and Nick Geister. The bridesmaids were Claire Knight Springer, Abby Daniel, Katie Hart, Taylor Boswell, Laura Thompson, Sarah Ferman, and Chezzarae Hart.Flower girls were Caroline Darring, Gracie Mullenschladder, and Juliette Dumas. Groomsmen were Christopher Wray, Preston Wray, Ryan Wray, Matt Stonecipher, Ev Ernst, Hunter Hoehn, Adam Rainbolt, and Tyler Ward.Ushers included Will Sims, Richard Sims, Bryan Beavers, and Jens Holmboe.The house party included Ashley Collins, Rachel Dooley Roten, Ally Glavas, and Shannon Bass. Junior house party members included Hannah Byrd, Katie Byrd, Ryleigh Byrd, Kennedy Cashman, and Isabella Dumas. Ring bearers were David Darring and Caleb Washko.
The wedding weekend began with an elegant bridal luncheon hosted by family friends Karen Reed and Lauren Reed in the historic French Room restaurant at the Adolphus.The French-inspired dining room was beautifully decorated with lace and pearls. Opulent table runners composed of an abundance of lush roses, hydrangeas and fresh fruit in feminine colors of pink and white cascaded over the table tops. Gold brooches with pearls served as napkin rings and were presented as gifts to the guests. Guests were greeted with refreshing cold peach bellinis and hot appetizers. The delicious luncheon of tea sandwiches, salads and desserts was created with Kelsie’s preferences in mind. A harpist played angelic music in the background as the bride was showered with special tributes and blessings.
On the eve of the wedding, a Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. Brian Geister, at Reunion Tower's 560 Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. Guests rode in a private bus from the Adolphus to Reunion Tower. The venue featuring floor-to-ceiling windows offers a spectacular view of the Dallas skyline as the restaurant slowly revolves. The wedding party and guests enjoyed the famous chef’s creative appetizers, a choice of two unique dinner selections and personal service as they shared stories and memories of the bride and groom.
A video encapsulating Kelsie and Bennett’s lives and their courtship served as an entertaining backdrop throughout the evening. Cindy Prince, cousin of the bride, created the video which will serve as a special wedding memento for both families.
Kelsie and Bennett’s long-anticipated wedding day dawned on a beautiful Dallas day filled with sunshine and excitement. The wedding ceremony began at 5 p.m. in the Century Ballroom. The mirrored walls and center stage of the ballroom were flanked by large urns of lush floral bouquets. The main aisle was draped with pearl swags and a tall iron cross served as the focal point.Candles in glass globes outlined the stage area and the floor to ceiling mirrors reflected the stunning decor and ceremony.
The bride chose a candlelight crystal embroidered lace designer gown from the private collection of J.J. Kelly. Her empire bodice, capped sleeves, sweetheart neckline and deep v-back were encrusted with seed pearls and jewels. The fit and flare silhouette with covered buttons cascaded to a cathedral train. Kelsie selected this beautiful wedding gown while on the TLC television show, “Say Yes to the Dress”.The veil, worn by the bride’s sister, Codi, on her wedding day, was a cathedral length topped with a shorter veil outlined and sprinkled with Swarovski crystals. The bridal bouquet was a lush mixture of roses, peonies, lavender and berries. Her grandmother’s antique rhinestone jewelry pieces were strategically placed among the delicate blooms and served as a shining tribute to this special person in Kelsie’s life.The floral stems were wrapped with a lace handkerchief and Kelsie’s sorority, Chi Omega, was embroidered in blue. The groom wore a white shirt, vest and bow tie with a classic black tuxedo with tails.
The wedding ceremony was a moving Christian worship service lead by Dr. Jeff Williams. The bride and groom wrote their own personalized vows and pledges of love.
Ceremony music was lead by Keith McGee and included vocalist and pianist Valerie Dacus; keyboardist Larry Champ; vocalist Chrys Owens; vocalist and cellist Tonya Blankenship; trumpeter Miles Johnson and a delightful string quartet. In honor of the groom’s love of gospel music, the ceremony ended with the Friendly Five Gospel Quintet of Denton singing "Oh Happy Day!”
The wedding ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour in the Grand Hallway offering guests fresh squeezed lemonade and butler-passed specialty hor d'oeuvres. Guests were entertained by the Friendly Five Gospel Quintet as they viewed the bride’s wedding portraits and placed personalized messages of love and encouragement to Kelsie and Bennett on Wishing Trees draped in crystals.
At 7 p.m. guests were invited to enter the Grand Ballroom that had spectacular giant crystal chandeliers that highlighted angelic artwork on the ceiling.The room was breathtaking featuring a mixture of soft candlelight and specialty colored lighting. The floral and decor reflected a vintage southern vibe with hues of muted purple, pink and gold. The elegant head table was decorated with specialty linens and lighted floral trees draped with pearls.The bride and groom were seated with their immediate families, along with surprise guest, Kelsie's brother-in-law, Captain Tyler Reed who had just returned from Afghanistan.
Once seated, guests were treated to a delicious meal that included salad, beef tenderloin, smoked turkey and accompaniments. In a nod to the bride and groom’s home states of Texas and Oklahoma, gourmet macaroni and cheeses dishes containing ingredients that are indigenous to each state created friendly rivalry over the “dueling macaroni and cheeses.”
Slices of layer cakes and chocolate truffles were served to guests as they completed their meal.
The multi-tiered bride's cake contained elements of the wedding invitation, including thick pearl strands, lace and an embossment of the couple’s initial. The groom's cake, shaped to form The University of Oklahoma logo, was filled with delicious red velvet cake balls. Guests also enjoyed an extensive coffee bar filled with gourmet ingredients.
Soft background music served as an accompaniment to dinner. Following the meals, guests of all ages enjoyed dancing to ‘Downtown Fever,’ the primary entertainment for the evening. The 15-member band played a variety of traditional “oldies” as well as popular hits of today.
As the magical evening drew to a close, colorful pastel ribbon wands were passed out and guests waved their wands and cheered as the couple made their way through the softly-lit Adolphus lobby. They traveled down the impressive staircase to find a white horse drawn Cinderella-type carriage covered in romantic twinkle lights and roses waiting to give them their first ride as husband and wife.
To the cheers and well-wishes of friends and family, the bride and groom rode off under the moonlight with the bright lights of the downtown Dallas skyline as a backdrop. They began their honeymoon at the lovely Rosewood Crescent Hotel. After a wedding trip to Jamaica the couple will reside in Grove, Oklahoma.