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Today's wedding is filled with the sweetest vintage details! Stephanie and David selected blue and blush for their color palette and it was the perfect accent for their vintage theme. I love Stephanie's darling bouquet… chic and elegant! And how fun are their photos with the Rolls Royce? What a perfect way to get some photos that go along with their wedding theme! xoxo, Jessica

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June 11th, 2016

Galveston, TX  |  Garten Verein

What was your budget?

The budget was about $20,000.

$2,000 – food and catering

$4,000 on photography

$2,500 on decorations and day of coordinating

$500 on the dress

$2000 on the DJ and all uplighting

$700 on the vintage limo

$700 for the photobooth

$1000 on flowers

$1000 on both cakes

$300 for bridesmaids gifts/robes

$500 for party favors/boxes

$2500 for the venue

$200 on all accessories for bride

$200 save the dates

$700 on invitations,

$150 on hair and makeup 

 

How many guests did you have?

We had 150 guests attend our wedding.

 

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

We went with a garden vintage theme and I really wanted for it to come across as classy but still a little modern. We ended up putting teapots on the tables and my mom had a lot of brass candle holders, and we used those for some of the decorations. We also toasted with champagne glasses that once belonged to my grandmother, and got passed down to us.

 

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

We bought saltwater taffy from La King’s Confectionary and also bought little boxes with personalized stickers from a website, and we put together our party favors. They turned out adorable!

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest things that saved money was creating a budget first before starting our planning. Because we did this, we were able to know which vendors we could use, and where we could splurge a little more.  Also, when looking for wedding accessories and shoes, shop the sales!

 

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

Everything will not go as planned, but don’t freak out; it can be fixed! We were fortunate enough to have an amazing team of vendors and amazing friends and family to help us through anything that came up! For instance, our wedding was right after all the flooding happened in Texas, and the best man’s suit was stuck inside his house and he couldn’t get to it because the area had been evacuated! My girls and I went to Men’s Wearhouse with him and they ended up loaning him the exact pieces so he would still match! I honestly was so stressed because it was the week of the wedding, but we figured out a solution! I am still so grateful to Men’s Wearhouse for that!

 

What was your biggest splurge?

We spent the most amount of money on our photographer, but I would not say it was a splurge. We shot our engagement session with her, my bridal pictures, and then our wedding. We also got our pictures back within a week or two. Looking back, I am SO thankful that we ended up picking Cheryl for our photographer, because the pictures are gorgeous and I feel like I went back in time looking at them. They will last forever, so it was actually a good investment.

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail would have to be pretty much anything Mulberry Basket did for us on their decorating. They made the venue inside and outside just look so perfect. Outside was a pergola in the park, and they put a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. That really struck my eye. My wedding cake was also gorgeous, and I could not get over how good it looked, and then how good it tasted!

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Honestly, every moment of that day was memorable. I can remember that entire day, and the day before! My favorite thing about the day was that our friends and family were there to support us and celebrate us! To me, that was just really special that everyone came there to celebrate us. It was almost hard to believe. I remember sitting down at our head table, looking at the rest of the tables while we were eating, and we held hands and looked at everyone. We both were in shock, and I remember saying “We aren’t attending someone else's wedding, this is our wedding! Can you believe that?!” We sat there, knowing how much we loved each other and how much we loved everyone in the room that supported us.

 

VENDORS 

Photography: Image Studios Group LLC • Venue: Garten Verein • Flowers: Family Flower Shop • Day-of Coordinator, Event Styling and Rentals: Mulberry Basket • Stationery: Minted • Favors: La King’s Confectionary • Catering: On the River Restaurant • Bakery: Cakes by Jula • DJ + Lighting: Darker Side DJ • Transportation: Vintage Limo Service • Makeup Artist: Michelly Villalpando at Tangles Salon • Bridesmaids Dresses: Something Blue • Bridal Shop: BHLDN • Veil:  White Glove Studio • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse •  Ties: The TieBar

 

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