This wedding today is gorgeous and I just know you will love it! My sweet friend Cineca who I met at the Dreamers into Doers event in NYC helped make this fab day happen so I'm super excited to feature it! The flowers and rustic details are sure to make you grin, hope you love it as much as I do! xoxo- Jessica
Jenae + Aaron
May 27th, 2012
Fayetteville, Arkansas at Stables On The Hill
What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent it.
Our budget was approximately $10,000
Photographer- Inquire with Krista Campbell Photography for pricing.
Wedding Gown & Accessories- $1,500
Rentals (chairs, dish ware, linens, chandeliers)- $900
Liquor & Drinks- $900
Hair & Make-up for bride & bridesmaids- $350
Wedding Party Gifts- $700
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We wanted an outdoor wedding, but we were aware that it would be very warm at the end of May. I really wanted to have a lemonade stand in order to serve our guests cool drinks during the ceremony. The original stand that we were going to borrow was painted blue, so our wedding planner and her husband built one for us. We were very thankful to have a creative and fun way to provide comfort to our guests, and still have our outdoor wedding! We also added personal touches throughout the ceremony and reception. The groom designed custom Nikes for himself and his groomsmen. I surprised my husband with a song written and performed by his late father for our first dance. And our wedding planner created our ‘rustic chic’ theme by making most of the décor herself. Including wrapping mason jars in twine and raffia for candle holders and flower vases for the aisle; making chalkboard signs, fan programs, a wooden Ceremony & Reception sign, a hay bail sitting area, and our burlap table runners; and displaying photos on an antique window pane.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We had friends help out as much as possible and borrowed items, such as the cake knife. Also, our wedding planner was awesome at finding great bargains and at getting people to let us borrow things, like mason jars, burlap, a trough for bottled water and drinks, and the antique whiskey barrel that served as the cake table.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Hire a wedding planner! No matter what your budget is, work a planner into it. It will be the best investment you make. You will have enough to plan and stress over, delegate some and enjoy the day!
What was your biggest splurge?
The groom say, “The bride’s rings!” LOL But for the actual wedding day, it would probably be the dress. It was my dream dress!
What was your favorite detail?
Our favorite detail was the atmosphere that the venue provided. We were going for a ‘rustic chic’ feel and it really came to life. We wanted simple with touches of elegant. BBQ for dinner served on glass plates, along with real silverware and barware, allowed us to couple the informal with the formal. The chandelier that hung on the arch where we said our vows was perfect. And our guests really enjoyed the beautiful horses on the land while playing horse shoes and dancing during our reception.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Doing the reveal before the ceremony. Seeing each other right before the wedding gave us a moment to really look at each other and prepare ourselves to commit to a lifetime together.
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