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I have such a fun wedding for you all today! This couple crafted a gorgeous day with so many wonderful details that are sure to inspire you! They had their florist incorporate succulents that they grew themselves in their own garden into their floral designs – this not only saved them quite a bit of money but the result is absolutely GORGEOUS! I also love all the other woodland themed elements including the little deer as their cake topper, the birdseed escort cards and their guestbook tree painting! Don’t you just love it all? The couple also splurged on photography by AS Photography so they could capture the day in a way for them to enjoy for years to come- something I am totally supportive of. Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding! xoxo- Jessica

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Devin + Trevor 
March 22, 2013
Huntington Beach, CA The Newland Barn

What was your budget?

Here is a rough breakdown:

caterer: $1700
florist: $300
photographer: $2400
Dj: $1200
Cupcakes: $200
Rentals: $1500
Venue: $900

We also had some miscellaneous expenses for our DIY projects, but it total I’d say it was around $10,000.

 

How many guests did you have?    

130 guests attended the wedding

 

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

We loved working on projects and the DIY aspects of our wedding. The time spent together as a family created really special memories. It was fun to see our hard work come together and the venue turned into a true representation of us. We handcrafted a photo booth station. We made bird feeder favors and made most of the decorations ourselves or thrifted in flea markets/second hand stores. I painted a “love tree” on canvas and had guests sign with paint pens as our guest book. 

 

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We grew our own centerpieces. We have quite a large succulent garden and knew we wanted that incorporated into the floral arrangements. Our florist did an amazing job of creating soft arrangements with our homegrown succulents as the main point which cut our costs tremendously.

 

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

Hire a planner. I couldn’t imagine planning that day without help and organization of a third party. My wedding planner and her team were tremendously helpful and reduced my day of stress. 

 

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was our photographer. We wanted to make sure we had beautiful photos from this day and so we spent the extra money on a great photography duo.

 

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was in both mine and my husbands accessories. Both of our wedding rings are family heirlooms and we passed down to us. I wore my late grandfathers watch and he wore a pocket watch I had bought him. Our daughter wore vintage pearls that Trevor gave her right before the ceremony. We felt like family members that could not be there we honored in this way. 

 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment was the first time my husband saw me. We wanted to honor the old tradition and not see each other before the ceremony. As much as it made sense to do pictures and all that before hand, we really wanted to make that moment special and it did. We both talk about that moment as something magical. 

 

VENDORS

Photographer:  AS Photography  //  Event Planner: Agape Planning  //  Reception Venue:The Newland Barn  //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Charmaine
    • October 2nd, 2013

    awh what a sweet wedding

    • Michelle at Making Sense of Cents
    • October 2nd, 2013

    Love this post! This is pretty much exactly how I want my wedding to be :)

    • Adriane
    • October 10th, 2013

    Hello,
    I was curious which caterer was used. I am trying to get ideas for my wedding at the same venue.

    Thank you,
    Adriane

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