Today I have a lovely wedding to share with you today from the talented John Defiora. The images from this wedding really spoke to me for some reason- it feels like John and his additional shooters captured this day in a natural way and I really love that. I truly feel like every bride is most beautiful on her wedding day because the happiness in her eyes just radiates out, and this bride is exceptionally beautiful! This couple spent a little more than our typical BSB features but I thought that Lindsey had some great words of wisdom to share when it comes to saving money- including recruiting talented friends to keep costs down. And I always think it's interesting to see all white wedding parties! Hope you enjoy this edition of the BSWOW! xoxo-Jessica
Lindsey + Shaun
September 30, 2012
Spring Lake, NJ at The Breakers
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.
About $20,000 total.
- Allaire Chapel in allaire state park $600
- Venue 13,000
- Music (two bands and a dj @ venue plus guitarist at ceremony) $1600
- Flowers $1100
- Photographer $400
- Grooms suit jcrew $500
- Limos $1000
- Dress $1000
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I used a lot of old frames jars and bottles for centerpieces and decorations
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We had our wedding on a Sunday which saved 15% at the venue, we hired local musicians that we know and love so we didn't get charged “wedding band” prices, I had all my own vases for the florist (mason jars and medicine bottles), and it doesn't hurt to know people … The photographer is a childhood friend of the groom!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don't obsess over the small stuff!
What was your biggest splurge?
There really wasn't any one big splurge, I guess it would have been my dress but my mom purchased that for me.
What was your favorite detail?
I loved the chapel, it is from the 1800's and it was just perfect in the middle of a park on a fall day.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When I was about to get out of the limo, I could see everyone but no one could see me it was a surreal moment
Entertainment: String Bean and the Stalkers + Dub Assassins | Florist: Wildflowers Florist | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Photographer: John Defiora, second shooter: Nino Gallego, third shooter: Liz Cassano
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