- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I already posted a shorter recap of my rainy outdoor wedding. But I finally got my pro pics back!
I really wanted the wedding day to be just a fun party following a love-filled, short, sweet ceremony. I originally wanted my budget to be $10,000, and quickly that bumped up to $12,500. My parents paid for about $6,000, help from other family for about $2,000 (that we are paying back), and his family about $1,000 (including the rehearsal which I didn’t include in my original $13,000.)
We did a fair amount of DIY to try and stay in that price range, and we also had just over a year and a half engagement to save and find deals where we could.
Here start the pics!!!!
Our venue! It was a smaller B&B in my hometown. We got the whole place from Friday at noon until Sunday at noon! Best decision I made for the wedding: It really was a bit more expensive than just renting a ballroom space (in most cases, in my area) but having everything at one place (from rehearsal dinner to morning after brunch!) was amazing. It made things pretty relaxed and helped my sanity (and my mother’s) immensly!
Here is our ceremony space! I loved the wild, overgrown, natural look. It is the remaining ruins of the old stone bank barn once on the property!
Our rings: Black Diamond!
My engagement ring again with my brooch bouquet! We had a flowerless wedding.. the bouts were made of shotgun shells and peacock feathers (and small brown feathers as accent) and my mom and I started collecting brooches, um, before I was engaged 😛 But it helped us keep the cost down, because brooch bouquets can be expensive! All my girls had one, in a specific color, and it was part of their gift!
The girls’ brooch bouquets! And their shoes! I asked them all to either give me a comfy, worn in pair that they were ok with being altered, or to buy very cheap shoes in any style they wanted. Then I used modge podge and glitter to make them the color I wanted! The shoes ranged in price from $2-$20! The pink pair were actually bought by that bridesmaid: she wanted them anyway and they were only $17, and they fit perfectly!
Getting ready: Hair and makeup came to the venue. The hair was a little more expensive that way, but I was so happy with doing it this way! I didn’t ask my girls to get their hair or makeup done UNLESS they wanted to. They also picked out their own dress from Davids, I just dictated the color, fabric, and length!
The mother/daughter bonding time: My mom helped me every step in the wedding planning process! We butted heads a couple times, being mother and daughter, but overall she was SO amazing and I am SO grateful to her!
The final result!!!!!!! The applique on my dress (and a smaller one by my bustle) were $25 and $15 on ebay. The veil (which is SUPER sparkly) I bought 5 yards of fabric for $15 at JoAnn Fabrics, because it was their prom line and it was on sale after prom season!
Quick! Hide! The groom is coming!!!!!!!!!!!
“You guys. Chill out. I so got this.” This was very much my mood all day! I didn’t tear up nearly at ALL. I was so calm, relaxed, and happy! Of course I have also been in five other weddings before mine, so I had to keep reminding myself this was MY wedding! Haha. But the day was so fun and wonderful and I was just so happy. I had several people comment I was the most calm bride they had ever seen.
This was too funny not to share: the ’51 Ford truck was restored by my grandfather (in the pic). He and my great grandfather and great uncle are really into cars and car shows. He has given the four grandkids half ownership of a vehicle, and this one is mine! That’s also his suitcase we used as a prop. he got it on his high school graduation day. Someone came up with the idea for this picture, like my grandfather is going to run off with all my gorgeous girls!
My DH and I did a first look. This worked for us for two reasons: First, since everything was at one place, it made sense to do ALL pictures beforehand so that we could go right from the ceremony into the party! And second, it was fortuitous that we did so, because of the rain!!! More about that after… First, my stepdad got to see me!
So, after the first look we did the entire bridal party photos and the family photos. We had done our individual party photos prior.
The guests started arrive around 3:30 for the 3:30-4:30 PRE-ceremony cocktail hour. This also made sense, so the guests could come, grab a bite to eat, grab a drink, relax and mingle before the ceremony! The rain started right around 3:15.. we anxiously watched the weather radar to see if we would have our outdoor ceremony. I waffled back and forth and asked if we could wait until the LAST possible second to decide: ceremony space or inside the tent. I had finally decided to do the tent, because I didn’t want my guests being wet and uncomfortable. My bridal party kept saying “it’s your day, it’s your choice” but I wanted everyone happy. However, at that moment, the groom and his brother/best man came from the tent to convince me that it was barely a drizzle, and the best man told me “we have a small window before it hits, and most of your guests hope you have it outside.” I said, “really?” and he said “yeah!” so I decided outside. When our DOC made the announcement in the tent, everyone CHEERED. I think that was the moment that I felt most loved and grateful to our guests, and really drove home for me that they were there to celebrate and support our marriage <3
We moved immediately to the reception!! We had a lot of DIY and personal touches. The “guest book” was a small chest DH had given me for one Christmas, I think our second Christmas together. We just had people write something on the little card and we can switch them out in that frame!
Our reception was a heavy hors’ d’eouvres reception. We had a lot of people come up to us and comment that they loved the variety and amount of food we had. Cocktail hour is usually my favorite part (if it’s a good one!) so it worked for our reception!
My mom designed and my stepfather built our Moon photobooth! it was a HUGE hit with guests, there were people at it all night!
Me and DH! There is my reception dress. I am so happy I did that because of the rain. My beautiful tulle dress, once the hem swept the wet ground, got weighed down and I would have tripped over it all night. I couldn’t really walk!
As soon as we had been introduced into the tent, the skies opened up and it POURED!!!!
Oh well! We were safe and dry (and it wasnt cold) under the tent, and honestly I think the rain made people loosen up and just have a great time! Last few details:
My signature cocktail: The Starry-Eyed Bride, a blue margarita! My DH’s was the Golden Groom, a 7&7,
The candy bar and cake: we had a bit of a dessert spread. The candy bar was a huge hit even though we’ve seen it time and time again here! The cake was… the challenge haha. My DH hates icing! So we went with a “naked cake”… the bottom tier has raspberry and italian buttercream filling, and fresh raspberries around the base of the top tier, which is JUST marble cake, his favorite kind of cake. Turns out, he DID like the filling it was that good!
And… my husbands request.. the party shirt! My man is very much an outdoors, hunting, pickup truck driving forester mountain man! And I love him that way. However a camo wedding was NOT my theme of choice. Or second… or tenth haha. So, we had these shirts made! The front panel, cuff, and collar stayed white, and the sleeves and back panel were replaced with camo fabric. When the suit jacket was on, you couldn’t tell! My DH had the bright orange suspenders as well. He had one made for all of his groomsmen (who LOVED them, they are quite similar to DH) and they also posed with a few guns and bows lol. I really submit to the idea that the day is as much his as mine! We were also supposed to have two little bonfire pits, but alas with the rain we couldn’t. These shirts made him feel comfortable and so “him” that I ended up loving them too 😛
All in all, it was amazing!!!!!!! Little things DID go wrong here and there, but because we were very very organized and we had a lot of time to plan, very little went wrong. And we just “rolled with” the one big thing that did go wrong… the rain! But the way we handled it, it was more of just a special factor that made our day OURS and special to us, rather than being a problem!!
Two last precious pictures: the photog captured the little dance circle created by DH and his mother during the mother son dance…
and me and my daddy during the father/daughter dance!
Hope you enjoyed!