Navy and pink is a classic combination as evidenced in the wedding we're featuring today, and everything about this event is classy. From the bouquets of pink and white roses to the floor length navy bridesmaid gowns to the church ceremony and gray tuxes, all of the details make for an elegant and chic wedding. The balloon backdrop for their rustic wedding cake is absolutely beautiful. Although this wedding has a traditional feel, I love that Rebecca and Isaac weren't afraid to mix in some unconventional wedding decor too. xoxo, Jessica
Rebecca + Isaac
May 24, 2014
Staunton, VA | First Presbyterian Church and American Hotel and Banquet Room
What was your wedding budget?
Our overall budget was $15,000 and we ended up spending $13,408.06
Reception Venue: $2,775
Day of Coordinator: Free
Wedding Dress: $1,200
Favors: Homemade Peach Jam by my In-laws
How many guests did you have?
What creative of personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My name is Rebecca and my husband’s name is Isaac. We both grew up in Christian families and were familiar with the couple in the Bible named Rebekah and Isaac. We had our sister’s read the verses that contained their love story during our ceremony.
My paternal grandfather conducted and sang in his own big band called Dick Crist and the Sound of Swing before he passed away in 2003. A few years before he passed away, his band recorded a CD, and he sang on a track called “Slow Boat to China.” My father was extremely close to him, and to honor him we played that song as our father/daughter dance. It was a surprise to my dad’s whole family, and there was not a dry eye in the room!
Isaac and I both grew up with amazing cooks in our family and we both have favorite recipes from that. The cake that we cut was my grandmother’s Pineapple Orange Vanilla Cake, and we also served Isaac’s mother’s Shoofly Cake.
I had found an arbor online that I fell in love with. I asked my fiancé and father if they could build it based off the picture and other specifications. It was a great time for them to talk and bond while building it. They built it for half the price, and now it stands overtop of our bed!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
My uncle is a second-generation florist based out of South Carolina. As a wedding present to us, he provided all of the flowers and did the arrangements for free. It was a wonderful blessing and was the biggest decoration aspect of our wedding. When you walked into our reception, the smell of roses was the first thing that greeted you! I have been told that the flowers we had were valued around $7,000 and that certainly saved our budget.
Something that we personally did to save money was to have a simple design for our tables. We decided to use mismatched glass pieces with candles to add a glow and elegance to our centerpieces. Part of our engagement was over the summer months, so we were able to go to yard sales and thrift stores to find pieces. Overall, we were able to find all of the glass for our wedding for under $100.
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
Calligraphy is something that I have always found so beautiful. I wanted to have a professional calligrapher design our invitation suite as well as paper materials for our wedding. I shopped around and couldn’t find anyone in our price range. I ended up hand addressing the invitations and getting creative on the computer to create our programs.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I was a full-time student in my senior year during our engagement, and even up to a month before our wedding. I was trying to create my perfect wedding with limited amounts of time because of schoolwork. I wish that I had sought someone to help us carry out our vision of the wedding during the planning process. I am very thankful, though, that I had a day of coordinator. My mother’s cousin is a professional wedding planner in Tennessee and she offered to do the day of coordination for free. That helped relax my mind the day of the wedding and enjoy it that much more!
What was your biggest splurge?
The biggest splurge that I pushed for was renting chairs for our reception venue. The ones provided were white plastic chairs that I knew I would not be happy with. They did not have the warm romantic feel that I wanted my wedding to have. I had to convince my mother and fiancé that it was an important aspect, and $622 later on the wedding day, they agreed with me! It made the biggest difference.
What was your favorite detail?
Our guest book! We had a photo booth with pink and white balloons as a backdrop set up as guests entered the reception venue. The couples and families were given a board to write a message on and write their names, and we had a photographer stationed there to take their picture. We now have an album filled with funny, loving messages from our family and friends pictures just as they were the day of our wedding.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I remember walking down the aisle after the ceremony with my husband and feeling so relieved and excited and ready to celebrate! We ran off into the bell tower and got to ring the church’s bell as soon as we were married. The moments alone with each other right after the ceremony were so sweet, and they are something I will always remember.
Photographer: Kelly Dean Photography • Bride’s Gown: by Casablanca via The Castle Prom and Bridal • Bridesmaids Dresses: Kanali K via The Castle Prom and Bridal • Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church • Reception Venue: The American Hotel and Banquet Room • Catering: Weddings and Things • Florist: Coggins Flowers and Gifts • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Chair Rentals: M&S Events