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The couple in today's feature planned their wedding in only three months, so I find that really impressive. The bride planned most of the wedding in Florida while the groom was stationed in Connecticut so almost the entire wedding was a surprise to him, which makes it even more fun! This wedding is a great combination of classic and fun wedding details – I just love all the photos by the talented Rudy and Marta Photography. You can tell that Felicia and Anthony are a fun-loving couple by the amount of smiles and giggles and pure joy captured in their wedding photos.  I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did! xoxo Jessica

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Felicia + Anthony

April 5, 2014

Groveland, FL  |  Magnolia House

What was your budget?

We had originally hoped to spend $8,000 we ended up right around $9,000.

Venue (including food for 75)-$4,000



Candy bar- $200

Cake- $260

Invitations- $30

Lighting- $30



Small details-$700

How many guests did you have?




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

We had a lot of little things to make it personal. We had pictures lining the hallway for all our guests entering, we had the candy bar because I’m not a huge fan of cake and my husband loves the publix elegance cake, and my favorite was garter it was made from the lace of my mother’s dress and my mother in laws dress as well as my husband’s name plate from his Navy uniform.



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We did as much on our own as we possibly could, the biggest thing we did was making our own bouquets, centerpieces, and aisle runners. We only spent $300 on flowers in total.



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

Enjoy it! I was so stressed about money and time that didn’t make the most of planning it and in all reality there were a lot of really great moments along the way. Enjoy the process, the DIY stuff is more fun then you know.



What was your biggest splurge?

My dress



What was your favorite detail?

My centerpieces, they were everything I had imagined.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking down the aisle, I hadn’t seen Anthony in over three months.




Photography: Rudy and Marta Photography  //   Venue: Magnolia House  //  Flowers: Whole Blossoms  //   Cake: Publix




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