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I LOVE this wedding, y’all. Everything looks so natural and clean without looking boring or plain. I love the wood + white color scheme and the handmade wooden centerpiece boxes made by the groom. How special is that? Obviously I am in love with the turquoise jewelry worn by the bride and her maids… y’all know how much I love me some turquoise. :) This couple really focused on the important things and in the end it was still incredibly beautiful and classy. These bright and gorgeous photos by Melissa McFadden are sure to delight you this morning! Thank you so much to Rob and Meg for sharing your special day with us! 

Rob and Meg DeBolt

August 21st, 2010


Where did you get married?

Mill Creek Gardens, Walla Walla, WA


What was your budget? Give a rough breakdown of what you spent if possible.

We tried to stay between $5000 and $7500, came out closer to $7500. This doesn’t include our rings or our airfare to get there (we live in Texas and got married in the Northwest).


* Mill Creek Gardens- $2600

* Photography- $1900

* Catering- Bon Appetit- $1800

* Ceremony music- $150 (violin and guitar from Walla Walla Symphony)

* DJ- $300 + tip

* Flowers (Safeway)- $500

* Dress (JCrew)- $300

* Suit (Calvin Klein)- $125

* Sandals (Rainbow)- $50/pair x 3

* Invitations- I did them on my own. Used pressed flowers as an accent and made matching thank you cards- $75 not including postage

* Cake- $250 Johns Wheatland Bakery, Walla Walla WA

* Centerpieces- $250

* Save the Dates- $130

* Gifts for bridal party- $200

* Officiant donation- $100

* Wedding license- $50

* Wine– Maryhill Winery- $400


How many guests did you have?

We had about 105 people


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

I really wanted the wedding to be personal and as non-commercial as possible. Our colors were white and wood and the setting at Mill Creek Gardens was perfect. My fiance and dad made the wood centerpieces and I selected all of the glassware from Pier 1 Imports or Michaels. On the day of, two of my aunts put the center pieces together. I did all of our stationery. Also, I wore vintage heels and jewelery that my husband had given to me after our first date (earrings). The bracelet I wore was made by my great aunt, I love turquoise.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We focused the wedding on our enjoyment, not others. Too many people worry about throwing a great party and forget about what they want to remember. Not only did we have a great party, but we saved money by opting out of little details such as wedding favors, hard alcohol, and a champagne toast (we did Muscat Canelli). In the end, you remember very little about the small stuff, so I am glad we stuck to the basics and focused on enjoying the day.


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

Do a lot of research! You can always get a better deal. More importantly, make sure that you do things the way that you and your fiance want. Don’t let others influence you too much. Welcome their advice, but don’t change your plans based on what others want. This is your day.


What was your biggest splurge?

Photography, but it was worth it! Melissa McFadden is amazing and I have recommended her to all of my newly engaged friends and she will be doing all of our family pictures in the future.


What was your favorite detail?

My husband gave me a beautiful pair of turquoise earrings for my birthday when we first met. They are very whimsical and were the perfect accent.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Exchanging vows, knowing that our day had finally come.


Venue- Mill Creek Gardens

Photography- Melissa McFadden Photography

Catering- Bon Appetit

Ceremony Music- violin and guitar from Walla Walla Symphony

Flowers Safeway

Dress – JCrew

Cake- Johns Wheatland Bakery

WineMaryhill Winery


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  • Becky

    This is one of my all-time favorite BSWOWs!!!! I am in LOVE with this wedding. And the pictures! Congrats!!!

  • lizzie

    Beautiful wedding! I love their details, so pretty!

  • Kate

    I love the wood and white theme as well as the beautiful venue!

    I couldn't believe they pulled it together for $7,500, but based on the totals above it looks like it's closer to $9,500. Still, a great deal!

  • ricardo

    Now this is what I call a real budgeted wedding. I love the entire setting and the fact that it went so fantastically for both the bride and the groom. Keep up the budget when it comes to wedding planning.

  • Dori

    Very simple and intimate, absolutely beautiful :-)