We are showcasing a beautiful outdoor farm wedding today! I positively love the gorgeous florals Stephanie and Tom incorporated into their wedding, from their bouquets to their table decor to the arch for their ceremony. And can you believe Stephanie did all of the calligraphy for their wedding? Enjoy this lovely farm wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Stephanie & Tom
June 11th 2016
Longmont, Colorado | Lone Hawk Farm
What was your budget?
Our budget was $20,000. We first agreed on our priorities which ended up being a full service caterer/good food and also, music. Here’s a rough estimation of how we spent our budget.
Dress: $1,500 (gifted by the bride’s parents which was a wonderful surprise!).
Caterer: $8,000 (our biggest “splurge,” although it should be mentioned this was a full-service caterer who took care of literally everything day-of and acted as day-of event organizers and they were worth every penny. They are the type of company you feel completely secure “surrendering” the day to and made it so that we did not need to spend additional money on a separate design team or planner).
Photographer $1500 (Megan Simpson is a GEM! Her price is incredible and her work is stunning)
Flowers: $1700 (A Florae offered incredible price for stunning work. She was into our strict budgeting from the beginning and she absolutely made it work. I had actually been turned away from other floral designers for not being able to meet their absurd “minimums.” If a vendor has a minimum, move on!)
How many guests did you have?
We had 85 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Our seating assignment cards, which also served as favors, were postcard-style photographs of Colorado which Tom (groom) had taken over the few years we lived there. He does photography on the side so it was nice to highlight his work, too. We bundled 2-3 postcards together with string and attached a tag with the seating assignment to it. The table names were each Colorado high peaks >14,000ft (Mt. Bierstadt, Torreys Peak, etc), and our table was Mt. Antero (the summit where we got engaged!).
The ceremony programs, table name-signs, dinner and bar menus, and welcome frame were designed and created by the bride.
Stephanie had mini photo-lockets of her Grandparents tied onto her bouquet with a blue ribbon, and Tom had mini photo-lockets of his Grandparents pinned into his suit jacket.
We live in a camper and travel the US year-round. Travel was a big part of our wedding too, and their “guest globe” served as a guestbook. They also had a jar titled, “Advice for the Bride,” “Advice for the Groom,” and “Add to Our Bucket List.” It was fun to get everyone writing notes to us!
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
The ceremony programs, table name-signs, dinner and bar menus, and welcome frame were designed and created by the bride. The postcard seating assignments/favors, as detailed above, were also DIY. The “guest globe” was designed and created by the Maid of Honor, my sister Jennifer, and given to us as a gift.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We researched, researched, and researched some more to find AMAZING top-notch vendors, who don’t capitalize on the word “wedding.” We avoided vendors with “minimum charges,” (ie: some florists have a “minimum” line of $5,000 and up!). We sought our vendors who were flexible in their planning- for example our photographer was very happy to credit the 2 hour engagement session towards the wedding day, since we were not looking to do an engagement session. We made many calls and emails, and compared packages closely. If we weren’t finding a vendor for a price that worked for us, we continued researching until we did. Trust that someone is out there for you!
We spent probably the MOST time on finding and comparing vendors, and it was worth it. We stayed within budget, but the work of our vendors is in no way “budget.”
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I will actually say, the stress is worth it!!! Grab a (big) glass of vino and buckle up. Some days aren’t pretty when you’re in thick of planning, but try to enjoy every moment. Planning a wedding and getting married is a privilege!
What was your biggest splurge?
We searched high and low for a band that fit our budget! And our band, Mark Diamond’s DEF Trio, were an absolute blast and very worth it.
What was your favorite detail?
Oh gosh?! Just one?! I love them all. But if we had to choose just one, we vote for the ceremony arch, with the skull & antler rack and flower crown. Aflorae is amazing!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Without a doubt, our first look!
Photography: Megan Simpson Photography • Venue: Lone Hawk Farm • Flowers: Aflorae • Stationery: Designed by the bride and printed on Zazzle (with a Groupon code) • Calligraphy: Bride • Favors: Postcard photographs of Colorado taken by groom • Catering: Biscuits & Berries • Bakery: Costco • Band: Mark Diamond’s DEF Trio • DJ: DJ SYON (Brett) • Transportation: Dream Shuttles • Hair Stylist: Erin Ferris Designs • Makeup Artist: Blush Artistry • Bridal Robes: Silk & More via on Etsy • Bridesmaids Dresses: After Six Collection by The Dessy Group • Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York • Bridal Salon or Shop: Paisley Bridal • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney