There is so much beauty in today’s budget-savvy wedding.The simplicty of Allison and Yaphet’s wedding and reception sets an elegant tone and draws the focus to their marriage and wedding guests. Their unconventional attire is perfect for their outdoor Florida setting. They capitalized on the beauty of their venue and captured some stunning moments in the scenic setting. Enjoy this intimate Florida wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Allison + Yaphet
August 1, 2014
Orlando, FL | Kraft Azalea Gardens
What was your budget?
We spent around $7,000
Park Rental for Ceremony – $313
Wedding Dress/Veil – $200
Officiant – $190
Hair and Makeup – $215
Reception dinner and drinks – $2000
Rudy and Marta Photography – $800
Bride’s Ring $1,500
Groom’s Ring $ 900
Hotel for Family members $800
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I wanted a southwestern/Mexican wedding theme for the reception – which is one of the reasons we chose Cocina 214. The long table at the restaurant was adorned with a vintage lace runners and dozens of succulents and small cactuses in tall vases with rocks at the bottom. The cactuses on the table were surrounded by small, tea-light candles. The room was intimate and had a warm ambiance.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did to save money was limit our number of guests to immediate family and a few close friends. We also chose a great restaurant (Cocina 214 in Winter Park) that didn’t have a minimum amount you had to spend.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
The smaller the wedding the better! Having only immediate family and closest friends made the day so special. I got to interact with all my favorite people in a relaxed setting. Afterwards, we didn’t have the financial burden of paying off a huge wedding.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our biggest splurge was the wedding rings. I just couldn’t resist the sparkle!
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail of my wardrobe was the birdcage veil.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
One of the most memorable moments was a surprise guest. A little backstory – Marona, my best friend of 23 years, (we met in first grade) passed away last July. Her older sister was coming to the wedding and kept saying she had a surprise for me. As I was getting ready at the hotel, I heard a knock on the door. I opened it and standing there was Marona’s father, Ron. We embraced and I cried of course. It meant so much that he traveled from Chicago to be there that day. My dad wasn’t in my life growing up. Ron was always kind of a father figure.