The Budget Savvy Bride » blog helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inexpensive wedding invitations from Ann’s Bridal Bargains Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000



If there’s one thing I love, it’s pretty paper at the perfect price! That’s why I am so smitten with Ann’s Bridal Bargains as a resource for all things paper for your wedding day.


After seeing the need for good quality, inexpensive wedding invitations, a team of seasoned design professionals got together to create a collection of beautiful, budget-friendly wedding invitations, and that’s how Ann’s Bridal Bargains was born!  Their selection offers something for every bride, and the elegant designs have elevated the brand to be known for more than just their amazing prices, but for the fabulous designs as well.


Ann’s offers great styles for every couple no matter your budget, from vintage to modern and elegant to eccentric. Take a look at some of our favorites below:


Dreaming of a Beach Wedding? We love this beachy design that includes some warn wood textures and seashells!



Want some romance? We love this scrolling artwork combined with the script fonts. A simple design that can easily fit into any wedding style!



If you’re into chalkboard details, this design is a perfect fit for your big day! Use these invitations if you plan to include chalkboard signage in your wedding.


The combination of fonts on this vintage poster style invite is SO chic! Would love this style for an outdoor wedding in the summer with a subtle carnival theme!


Planning an outdoor wedding with a modern vibe? This clean tree design makes quite a statement!


These floral invites are perfect for a spring garden wedding. Just love those flowers and find the design to be classic and chic.


Going for a vintage chic theme for your big day? I love these wood and lace invitations — the seal and send option is very budget savvy, too!


If rustic is the vibe you’re after, Ann’s has a plethora of gorgeous rustic designs like this one below. Perfect for a barn wedding!



Thanks to Ann’s Bridal Bargains, the words style and budget don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Ann’s is built on the foundation that low prices ARE possible without sacrificing quality! The impeccable designs of their discount wedding invitations rival those of higher priced retailers, so you get major style at a fraction of the price. Through efficient printing and clever design, Ann’s Bridal Bargains has truly made it possible to have gorgeous and inexpensive wedding invitations — even offering paper choices to guarantee couples get every bit of quality they want and deserve!


Don’t just take my word for it, head over to Ann’s Bridal Bargains and check out their selection of gorgeous, affordable wedding invitations today! Oh, and did I mention I’ve got something to sweeten the deal? A little something special just for readers of BSB!

*Exclusive Discount!*

A special offer for Budget Savvy Bride readers – Get 20% off your purchase of $99 or more with code SAVVY20.
This offer includes every single thing on the site! Offer valid through 2/23/2015. Shop Now!!

Which design is your favorite? Would love to hear what you think!

Be sure to check out Ann’s Bridal Bargains for beautiful and inexpensive wedding invitations!



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DIY: Eco-Friendly Confetti + Confetti Cones Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:00 +0000 Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with the next post in our DIY series for January! Each Monday this month we’ve shared a DIY tutorial to show you how to make simple, affordable DIY projects for your wedding! Did you miss our first three posts? Check out our DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop TutorialFreezer Jam Wedding Favors, and Glitter Magnet Escort Cards!


Oh, and did I mention… there’s a theme! We decided to build this month’s DIY projects around the color MarsalaPantone’s 2015 color of the year. Although our projects will all incorporate Marsala, you can easily swap in the hue of your choice to match your wedding color scheme. These projects are just meant to show you some simple and affordable ideas that you can easily customize to fit your vision for your big day!


So, without further ado, allow me to introduce this week’s project: Confetti Cones with Eco-friendly Confetti! These cones make a great way to distribute confetti to toss as you leave your reception. And best of all, the confetti is made from eco-friendly seed paper!! Let me break down how we made this project:

Eco-friendly confetti + cones




(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Confetti Cones:


Start by punching out shapes from the different colors of paper. Try using different punch shapes and different color papers for a more interesting effect. We punched out as much as we could get from each sheet.

(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

We used these paper colors we had on hand, but you can choose whatever color seed paper you love that matches your wedding theme!

(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Then once you’ve created your Plantable Seed Paper Confetti, you can create the cones to hold the confetti. Start by taking a doily and folding it on one edge to the solid portion of the paper. (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Then use your Tape Runner to put adhesive on the folded edge.

(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Next, you’ll pinch the paper and start to roll it into a cone. The adhesive you put on the folded edge will help to keep it in place as you roll the paper. (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Press the edges firmly to make sure they stick and voila! A lovely doily cone perfect for holding confetti!

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Then you can fill the cones with the confetti you created.

(C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

We displayed our cones in a square glass vase, and finished the display with a Marsala Ribbon.  (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY (C)Alexis June Weddings, 2014 // The Budget Savvy Bride, DIY

Voila! So easy, right? This is a great project to do in waves, while you watch TV or do something else to distract yourself. You won’t want to do TOO much at a time or else your hands might go numb from all the hole punching, so recruit a friend to help and you’ll knock it out faster. ;)

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Special Thanks to Brandi Webb of Alexis June Weddings for the beautiful photos in this post.

]]> 0 Finding a Wedding Ring for the Groom Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:00:15 +0000 We crossed another “big” item off our to-do list last week—we got my fiance’s wedding ring!  Since exchanging rings is typically a big part of a wedding ceremony, you will probably face ring shopping for him at some point.  Unlike finding an engagement ring or even the band to go with the engagement ring for the bride, finding a ring for your groom is a little less intense. But since your groom probably has not been dreaming of his wedding ring since he was a little boy or has a Pinterest board of rings he has been drooling over, you might be a little lost as to where to start.

Tungsten Carbide Rosewood Inlay Wedding Ring from
Tungsten Carbide Rosewood Inlay Wedding Ring from, $21.95

First, decide what type of ring he wants.  Tungsten Affinity has this great infograph with a basic breakdown of the types of rings available to men and some pros and cons.  Does he want diamonds, a plain band, or something fun like a baseball themed ring?  Just keep this in mind during your search.

Glow in the Dark Tungsten Ring from MatthewsMuses
Glow in the Dark Tungsten Ring from MatthewsMuses, $50

We mainly looked for tungsten rings because they are pretty inexpensive and are very durable.  We started browsing the typical jewelry store websites where a tungsten band costs about $200.  If you browse Etsy, however, you can usually get something a little more unique and engraved for around $50.  Etsy is definitely the way to go if your guy is looking for something unique or colorful.  Another wonderful place to look for rings?  Amazon, where they’re about $20 or cheaper depending on style!

Tungsten Domed Ring from, $8.99
Tungsten Domed Ring from, $8.99

The ring we eventually bought for Kyle was $10 and from  We just lucked out that they had a ring with a design that he loved and went for it!  The ring arrived last week and is perfect–my fiance was so excited to try it on and show it off.  The only negatives I can think of from the sale is that it shipped pretty slowly (but Tanga is very upfront about slower shipping times) and that the ring came without a box.  At the end of the day though, those aren’t really big issues considering we got a ring we loved at a huge savings.

The ring!
The ring!
Does your fiance have a strong preference about his wedding ring?  Where do you plan to order his ring from?
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Wedding Deals: January 23, 2015 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000 Hello lovelies! Happy Friday!!

We’re back with some fab wedding deals from our affiliates to help you save money on your wedding! I narrowed it down to 4 deals this week, but I think they’re all awesome!

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number 1

Save at The Knot Shop

15% Off Orders $99+ at The Knot Shop – Sale valid through 1/27/15. 15% off orders $99+ valid through 1/25/15. Use code: KNOT15. The full sale collection is always available in the On Sale boutique.


number 2

20% Off orders of $150+ from Kiyonna

Save 20% off orders of $150 or more at with COUPON CODE: NEWYOU15!  This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Not valid on bridal, accessories or wholesale orders, but you can totally use it to get a great rehearsal dinner, engagement party, or bridal shower dress!


number 3

Save an extra 50% on sale items at Ruche!

Use Code EXTRA50 at checkout. Ends 1/31.

number 4

Get 25% off everything from Wedding Paper Divas

Now through 12:00pm PST January 27, 2015, you can save 25% sitewide at Wedding Paper Divas! Use code THISYEAR2015 at checkout. You can also get free shipping on all orders with code FS15


Hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Wedding Deals of the week!

Have a great weekend!



*This post contains affliate links. When you purchase items via our affiliate links, there is no additional cost to you, but The Budget Savvy Bride receives a small percentage of the sale as a thank you for making the introduction. You get a great product *and* you help support our website + the free resources that we share with our readers!


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Finding the Dress Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:00:54 +0000 Growing up, I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding day or her wedding dress. As a matter-of-fact, I wasn’t one for prom dress shopping, either. So I wasn’t sure how I would feel when searching for a dress and I had no idea what I was looking for in a dress — lace, tulle, satin, taffeta, a-line, empire waist, etc. were all words not in my vocabulary. I was a little apprehensive about finding THE dress. But truthfully, the entire process was wonderful and still remains as one of my favorite parts in planning our wedding.


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I knew I wanted to keep my wedding dress in the $1,000 range and I wanted my mom to be with me when I was searching. Since I live in North Carolina and my mom lives in Pennsylvania, we made appointments in Pennsylvania during our visits up north throughout the summer and fall of 2013.


I started off at David’s Bridal and the consultants there were amazing. I picked out some styles I thought I would like and was able to narrow down some specifics of what exactly I liked and didn’t like (being that my fiancé reads my posts, I’m not going into any specifics regarding what I liked and disliked so he has no idea what my dress will look like). I found a few dresses I really liked, but didn’t have that “aha” moment (which I wasn’t sure I would have, period), so I decided to make 2 more appointments at local boutiques and a follow-up appointment at David’s to retry on the dresses I really liked.


The second dress shop I went to I found something I really liked within my budget, but again, I could find things wrong with it, and I feel like if you’re spending $1,000 on a dress, you shouldn’t find anything wrong with it (truthfully – those were words of my mother and she was right!). The third dress shop I went to, Renaissance Bridals, was very intimidating, at first. When I walked in and told the sales lady my budget, she informed me they didn’t have many dresses within that budget, but she would pull what she could find. And although I got nervous that I wouldn’t find anything I absolutely loved, my consultant quickly changed my mind. I told her our theme, what I wanted and didn’t want in a dress, and she pulled about 3 or 4 dresses for me to try. It was either the second or third dress I tried on and instantly knew it was the one (I didn’t want to take it off). To put it simply, I definitely had that aha moment I was afraid I wasn’t going to experience!


To be honest, at first I was a little skeptical to go into boutiques because my budget was on the lower end for a wedding gown, but, obviously, I’m so glad I did. I found a dress that I absolutely love within my budget. Most people told me I’d have to go to David’s Bridal in order to purchase my gown, and although, that was a great starting point and I loved my experience there, I am really happy I ignored the naysayers and went to the boutiques to look around. Wedding dress shopping turned out to be a blast and something I will cherish forever, as I got to experience it all with my mother and grandmother, and I can’t wait to reveal my dress to my fiancé!

What was your favorite part about wedding dress shopping?

What was your least favorite part?


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Create your sanctuary with Crate & Barrel’s Wedding Registry Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:00:46 +0000

Wedding planning can be overwhelming — I’m here to tell you I’ve been there, too. There are infinite options for just about every aspect of your big day — how do you start to narrow your focus onto the items that you truly find important, that you really love, and – most importantly – fit within your budget?


Well, dear brides, I’m here to tell you that we’ve got your back. We love sharing our favorite resources and finds with all the budget savvy brides out there to help make your wedding planning process simple and stress-free. That includes your wedding registry!


One of our fave places to register for your wedding is Crate & Barrel — for a variety of reasons. Not only do they have a wide array of items for every room in your home but they cover a large range of prices so that your guests can get something that fits their budget. I thought it would be great to do a little online window shopping (my favorite pastime) to share with you a few of my favorite items from Crate & Barrel that I think are must-haves for your wedding registry.


Since it happens to be frigidly cold here in NYC, all I can think about are cozy blankets and curling up in bed under a warm down comforter with a mug of hot tea. (Hey, whatever keeps the utility bills down, amiright? #budgetsavvy)



With that in mind, here’s some of my favorite bedroom items from Crate & Barrel to help you create the perfect bedroom sanctuary:

crate and barrel favorites

Osborne Four Poster Bed  //  Down Alternative Comforter Insert  //  Siesta Blanket in Seafoam  //  Lino Linen Sheets  //  Taza Linen Duvet Cover + Shams  //  Harper Table Lamp in Mist  //  Decorative Pillows

Hello dream bedroom! Did I mention that January also happens to be my birthday month? *hint, hint*

Just like I always say, being budget savvy isn’t necessarily all about being cheap. It’s about choosing your priorities, and investing in the items that will last or that you’ll get the most use out of. As you know, we spend 1/3 of our lifetime sleeping and therefore in a bed. So why shouldn’t our bedroom be the most comfiest, coziest place in our homes? It seems like a great place to invest — starting with the right mattress (Crate & Barrel has a fab selection) —  so register for the good stuff!


Visit Crate & Barrel online to create your wedding registry from the comfort of home, or attend a Wedding Party at a Crate & Barrel store near you.


Learn more about the benefits of registering with Crate + Barrel.


Happy Registering!

This post has been sponsored by Crate & Barrel.

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Weddings for Wallflowers Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:30:00 +0000 weddingforwallflower


Many girls love the attention and adoration that comes along with being a bride. You hear brides saying phrases like, “This is MY day,” or better yet, “This is supposed to be the best YEAR of my LIFE!” I’m only slightly exaggerating here. And while obviously every woman wants her wedding day to be perfect and memorable, not every girl thrives as the center of attention. Between the daily questions like, “How’s the wedding planning coming?” to the endless justifications for parties and showers plus the all-eyes-on-you “big day” itself, there is a panic attack that lies waiting to spring on the wallflowers-at-heart.

As someone who has always done well by flying below the radar, I was thrilled when I managed to create a wedding day that promises to shirk some of that attention from myself and onto the rest of the family. I did this by keeping things small (family and closest friends only), and by having a reception that showcases talents of our guests attending (sort of like a court entertaining the king and queen). I had a rather rude awakening when I realized, however, that the “big day” isn’t the only special day I will have to get through.

Before you determine that I am just cynical, you may not relate to this feeling, so let me try to describe an everyday scenario for a bride-to-be like me:

I’m sitting in the break-room with the girls in the office, enjoying some cookies and milk for a co-worker’s birthday, and suddenly the conversation shifts from my pregnant, birthday-having friend to me. Girls are commenting on my ring and asking about the proposal story. They’re asking about when and where the wedding will be and what my colors are. I politely respond to their inquiries of course while desperately trying to divert-DIVERT-DIVERT, but the questions persist. The room goes dark except for the bright fluorescent light flickering above our table and the girls that were across the table from me just a moment ago are now inches away from me, practically breathing on me. I start getting squirmy, losing eye-contact with my peers as I’m looking for the closest exit—and when did it get so hot in here? Again, I’m only slightly exaggerating here.

If you do relate this feeling, just know—IT IS NORMAL. I know because many of the important women in my life have related these very same sentiments to me, much to my surprise! I felt like a jerk when I tried to reject offers for showers and dinner parties. After I spoke to some very sound women who have been through these same twisted emotions, I was comforted to know that learning to accept the expression of love and happiness of those around you is just part of the package. The people who love you want to celebrate with you—even if they won’t be at the wedding. Allowing others to shower you with love, gifts and celebration isn’t as narcissistic as it sounds.

Weddings for Wallflowers

So for all the introverts, wallflowers or nervous Nellies out there, here is my best advice:

  • Don’t feel obligated to throw a party for yourself. Chances are someone else will want to do that for you–and you should let them!
  • If bridal showers seem too overwhelming, have a couples’ shower instead.
  • If a typical bachelorette party just isn’t your style, try having brunch or getting a private karaoke room for a more low-key celebration.
  • If you don’t like surprises—make it known and BE FIRM about it.
  • Let people dote on you however they choose. In doing so, you will find it easier to focus on them and take some of that pressure off of yourself.

 Are you an introvert? Can you relate to this feeling?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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Engagement Season is Officially HERE Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:00:07 +0000 Did you know that 1/3 of couples get engaged during the holidays? Check out this infographic created by Wedding Paper Divas that goes over other interesting wedding statistics.

Average Engagement Length, And Other Wedding Planning Statistics (INFOGRAPHIC)
Average Engagement Length, And Other Wedding Planning Statistics (INFOGRAPHIC)

With engagement season being in full force, there are a lot of perks for the newly engaged bride to take advantage of. One of these perks would be the infamous wedding shows. It seems as though (at least where I live) that there are Bridal Shows taking place almost every weekend until March. So is it really worth it to brace the crowded shows with hundreds and sometimes thousands of brides? Being in the industry I can tell you that there are quite a few advantages to attending one or more of these shows. Not only is it a great chance to meet and greet with vendors in all areas of expertise, but there are often amazing giveaways. I have seen Bridal Shows that have given away free wedding bands, honeymoons and even DREAM WEDDINGS! On top of the extravagant door prizes many vendors will offer you discounts or free add-ons for booking their services at the show. So do I think attending a show or two is worth it, most definitely! To find a show near you check out or

What month did you get engaged?

Do you plan on attending any bridal shows?

Have you ever won anything at a bridal show?


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My Best “Steal the Deal” Tips Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000

Here we are, halfway through the month — two lucky brides have already been chosen and there are two chances left for you to get in on the action with the Steal the Deal Sweepstakes from David’s Bridal!



To refresh:

Each week in January one lucky bride will be chosen to get a chance to STEAL the DEAL and score a free wedding wardrobe from David’s Bridal worth up to $10k!! I got to try my hand at the run myself and it was SO fun, but definitely tricky, so I thought I’d share some more tips with you this week. Watch my video below or check out the tips following the video.

#1: Browse the David’s Bridal Website – make note of high priced items you plan to steal.

#2: Visit your local David’s Bridal and get a lay of the land so you can plan your shopping route!

#3: Dress in form fitting clothing and wear lightweight footwear that allows for movement

#4: Try to put on more than one dress! Start with a slim fitting gown or reception dress and cover it up with larger ball gown

#5: After you’ve put on your gown, be sure to load up on accessories. You’d be surprised at how quickly the prices add up!

And remember, you’ll need to grab at least four items from your shopping list: including a dress, headpiece or veil, jewelry, handbag, sash or garter – so use your time wisely!

Think you have what it takes to Steal the Deal? Head over to to enter for your chance to participate in this sweepstakes!

I hope these tips help you make the most of your chance to steal the deal – good luck!

This post has been sponsored by David’s Bridal.

]]> 0 Intimate wedding with handcrafted details Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:00:48 +0000

I just love this sweet intimate wedding with handcrafted details. The bride decided to skip using flowers in her wedding to cut costs, and created her own bouquets out of fabric. I love when brides get crafty! I also love the hand-drawn illustrations included in many of the paper details throughout the day — including the adorable cake topper featuring a custom illustration of the couple. So creative! Hope you love this wedding as much as I did! xoxo, Jessica

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Katy + Eunio Garcia

June 8, 2014

Winston Salen, NC  |  Graylyn Estate




What was your wedding budget?

Our goal was to stay under $15,000.

TOTAL $14,545.49 Notes
Venue and rentals $5,306.00
Food and service $2,550.00
Beverages $2,500.00
Cake $234.50
Miscellaneous fees (Cut Fee) $50.00
Attire $800.00
Gown and alterations $200.00
Headpiece and veil $45.00
Bridal accessories $25.00
Hair and makeup $- Did it myself
Groom’s tux or suit $150.00
Groom’s accessories $20.00
Decorations $200.00
Floral arrangements for ceremony $- Outside ceremony in the garden, didm’t really need flowers
Bride’s bouquet $25.00 Made it myself
Bridesmaids’ bouquets $25.00 Made them myself with fabric
Boutonnieres $25.00 Made them myself with fabric
Reception decorations $200.00
Ceremony musicians $- One of my fiends was a cello player, and played during the ceremony
Reception band, deejay, or entertainment $500.00 DJ coverage during the day for a dicounted rate.
Sound-system or dance-floor rental $- Utilized the dance hall at the venue
Photography $700.00 Only payed for 4 hours of coverage during the day
Photography $69.99 Bought Instant Film Camera (White) for additional photgraphs guests could take
Favors and Gifts (3 percent) $- Hosted a coffee bar instead which was included in the price of the food
Officiant fee or church donation $50.00 Officiant was a good family friend
Invitations and RSVPs $250.00 Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Programs $50.00 Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Seating and place cards $10.00 Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Menu cards $- We had a station style service
Thank-you notes $100.00 $25 for each vendor involved at the wedding
Wedding Rings (2 percent) $300.00
Transportation (1 percent) $150.00


How many guests did you have?

Invited over 100, but we only had about 35 in attendance.


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

The Groom, Groomsmen and Fathers all had cuff links made from coins of their their country origin and state they were born in. Brides bouquet and Bridesmaids and flower girls all had floral elements with hand made fabric flowers that the Bride made herself.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I didn’t use any real flowers in the wedding. I am not a fan of flowers, and the fact that they whither. Instead I used lanterns and Tea candles to represent loves eternal flame and pay tribute to the groom, who is a theatrical lighting designer.


What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?

We didn’t rent a get away car, but it worked out because it was pouring buckets that afternoon and no one would have wanted to watch us drive away in the rain.


What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Keep it simple, borrow whatever you can. Make sure you set aside time for just you and the groom to take location pictures, that was my favorite part of the day.


What was your biggest splurge?

The dress, of course! And I loved it.


What was your favorite detail?

I loved making and picking out the gifts for my wedding party. It made the wedding not just about us but all of our friends who have become like family, celebrating a beautiful relationship.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

There were so many great moments, I couldn’t say which was the best. Seeing old friends who I hadn’t seen in years was such a treat, dancing with my father, watching my groom watch me walk down the aisle and try not to cry was really hard. All of those, maybe.



Photographer: Cathy Durig Photography   •  Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge  •  Car Service: Enterprise  •  Reception Music: DJ Nick Nice  •  Ceremony Music: Jenn Romero •  Venue + Catering: Graylyn Estate

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