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Happy Wednesday, Lovelies! We’re back with another fabulous Wedding of the Week shot by Joanna Wilson. I love the eclectic feel of this wedding, it’s got alot of fun little elements that make it special. Some of my personal favorite details are the bride, Gillian’s brooch bouquet, the use of Scrabble tiles, their handkerchief invitations, and the seed packet escort cards! Such a darling and sweet wedding! Hope you enjoy this edition of the BSWOW! xoxo-Jessica


Gillian + Justin

June 18, 2011

West Stockbridge, Massachusetts



What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Our budget was $20,00. But we only spent 17,912!

Video: $550
Photography: Free- close friend
Flowers and decorations: $300
Dress: $260
Ceremony Location: $300
Reception: $9,000 (Location, Catering, Cake, etc)
Transportation: $350
Brooch Bouquet: $200
Groom’s Ensemble: $180
DJ: $750
Invitations: $400
Rings: $70

How many guests did you have?

We had 109 guests (including children and an infant)

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

Our invitations were made on vintage hankies and the Save the Dates on vintage postcards. We shared letters we wrote to each other years ago in our ceremony. I made my brooch bouquet from family and friend’s brooches. The boutonnieres were made with antique buttons that Justin’s grandmother had collected. We used seed packets for the place settings. And four generations of my family helped us put together our herb centerpieces.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

To save money we made a list of what was important to us and spent more on those aspects. We budgeted everything- rings, honeymoon, postage, etc. We saved by doing a lot ourselves and getting our family and friends involved. We also wanted to keep things green and create as little waste as possible. That helped us cut down on unnecessary details.

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

I am so lucky that I married Justin. I’m even luckier that he wanted to be a part of the wedding planning. Let your groom help. Let other people help, too! Surround yourself with people you trust, can delegate to and will keep reminding you why you are getting married.

What was your biggest splurge?

My veil was my biggest splurge! It was hand made by an Etsy Artisan and I love it so much. I need to find more occasions to wear it!

What was your favorite detail?

It is a toss up between my brooch bouquet and the “international” kids table. My husband and my brother made the seating chart. And they set up a table with our teenage cousins from Indonesia, England, Massachusetts and Florida. They all talked about their lives, hit the dance floor, sparked rumors among the parents and keep in touch via Facebook!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our most memorable moment of the day was the last dance. The song was a different version of our first dance, which also is “our song.”(All I Want is You). The photographers had gone, the night was over and it was a really sweet moment. Our friends and family surrounded us on the dance floor and we were just enveloped in love.


Photography: Joanna Wilson Photography
Video: Tuesday Night Pictures
DJ: A1DJ Russ Davis
Makeup/Hair: Lauren Germain
Reception/Catering: Crissey Farms
Ceremony Location: West Stockbridge Outdoor Chapel

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  • Stephanie

    Love it! So many sweet and beautiful details. Those invitations are such an amazing idea!

  • Grey

    Great Wedding! The bouquet was gorgeous! Which Pontipee brother are you?

  • Amanda

    This was a beautiful day! The attention to detail and the vintage flair made it a such a fun experience for the guests. From the invitations to the table settings to Gill’s bouquet – everything had a personal touch and the couple’s personality shined through the entire wedding.

  • Jessica

    I love the brooch bouquet and the invites are so creative! Beautiful pictures!

  • Jenna

    Love it! The photos are beautiful!

  • Ruth @ My Love Wedding Ring

    Wow – the brides bouquet is so stunning and so unusual!! Love it!

  • Briar

    I had the pleasure of attending this beautiful event! It was a true celebration of love and friendship, and each moment was thought through with such care. I loved the way that Gillian & Justin involved the community of people they care about in the process of preparing for their wedding – it was a sweet and memorable occasion.

  • Laurie

    Gillian and Justin’s true and everlasting love for each other overflowed into every aspect of this wonderful event!

  • Pam

    It was obvious that Gillian & Justin planned this wedding, not someone they hired. As the mother of the bride, I know how much thought & effort went into every little detail of the wedding. It was truly “their day” in every way!

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