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Kelli and Jason's wedding on Kelli's family farm is absolutely stunning. I LOVE Kelly's gorgeous bouquet filled with succulents and white flowers. And how darling are the photos with their dog? I'm always a fan of when a couple includes their furbaby in their big day. Enjoy this lovely farm wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Kelli + Jason

September 10, 2016

Rockville, VA | Sleepy Hollow Farm

 

What was your budget? 

 

We spent around $16,000.

Photographer: $1,600

Wedding dress: $1,500

Band: $1,200

Caterer: $5,000

Florist: $850

Cake: $500

Wedding Favors: $150

Bathrooms (fancy porta pottys): $1,200

Alcohol: $1,000

Tablecloths and ceiling drapery: $1,200

Hair and Makeup (for my bridesmaids and my mom): $600

A/C Unit (A last-minute rental because it was super hot!) = $1,500

 

How many guests did you have?

We had about 150.

 

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

We had a few! We had the wedding at my parent’s house. Our dog was in the wedding and our good friend was the officiant. We decorated ourselves by borrowing things from friends and shopping at thrift stores. Also my engagement ring is Jason’s great grandmother’s ring and I wore my great grandmother’s necklace and earrings ☺

 

Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Yes, my mother-in-law did the centerpieces on the tables which were driftwood and succulents. We added old spools and vases we found at thrift stores and yard sales to give it a vintage touch. Then my friend and her husband have the same initials as we do, so we borrowed a few of their things to add decorations. We actually borrowed a lot from friends and family. We also used my dad’s friend’s old Ford truck to have the guest book and water for when guests arrived.

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We used my parents' house as the venue! If we didn’t do that, it would have been $6K for us to rent two tents to set up at our house and that doesn’t include tables, etc. They have all of that, so we used what they had.

 

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

Don’t stress it and forget about all the small details because no one notices anyway. I have all the personalized napkins and programs we had made left over!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

My wedding dress for sure! I didn’t plan on spending that much but it was the one that “felt different” to me. Every other dress I tried on, looked and felt like every other dress. We also had a last minute splurge on A/C because we didn’t want guests to melt (although I think everyone did anyway)

 

What was your favorite detail?

Definitely having my dog in the wedding! He was so well behaved and didn’t leave our side! I’m also thankful that our friend officiated the ceremony because it made it extremely special. He knows us so well and was able to make it about ‘us’ rather than a traditional ceremony. We also wrote our own vows which felt more intimate.

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Jason’s grandparents are going to be 90 years old next year and their 65th wedding anniversary is coming up as well. We did an anniversary dance for them and everyone at the wedding could literally see the love they still have for one another. They’ve become my family over the years so we are extremely lucky they could be there to celebrate with us.

 

 

 

VENDORS

Photography: The Letter B • Venue: Family home • Flowers: Family friend • Day-of Coordinator: Family friend • FavorsTiaZoey • Catering: Andrew McKee • Bakery: Katherine’s Confections • Linens: Borrowed from family • Band: Broken Monday • Hair & Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad • Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal • Wedding Gown Designer: Vera Wang • Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal • Shoes: DSW • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: JCPenneys • Ties: Tiebar.com

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