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I love when couples use seasonal colors and their personal stories as inspiration for their weddings. And Holly and Michael do a wonderful job weaving the beauty of the season and their story into their wedding. The deep purple and orange combo is stunning for the outdoor venue. Aren’t their centerpieces adorable? What a creative way to incorporate their love of Paris into their reception? Enjoy this colorful fall wedding in North Carolina! xoxo, Jessica

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Holly & Michael

November 2, 2013

New Bern, NC |  Whitford Estate

What was your budget?

Our budget originally started at $25,000 but we ended up staying under the $20,000 mark. We chose to spend the majority of our money on photography and the venue because they seemed most important.  Photography cost us around $3500, the venue $2500, catering $2000, DJ $1000, beer and wine for guests $700, tent $750, miscellaneous decorations $500, linens $500, flowers $1000, favors $500, the wedding cake was made by a friend. These numbers are all estimates.

How many guests did you have?

120 people were invited but only 98 attended.

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

Our wedding was Parisian inspired because Paris is not only where we were going for our honeymoon but is also where we fell in love. Each table had a small picture of us from our engagement pictures, mercury glass pieces, and other eclectic items that gave each table its own look. We also had a remembrance table for loved ones that are no longer with us. Our wedding favors were French macaroons as well since we enjoyed them so much when we were in Paris.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We chose not to have a videographer to save money as well as make cutbacks with the guest list for a more intimate feel. I did not have bridal portraits done but instead had my photographer take some beautiful pictures of me on the day of that could easily serve as my bridal portrait. We chose a reasonable caterer that allowed us to provide our own beer and wine if they provide the bartender which helped tremendously. The wedding cake was provided to us by a friend. She also helped us to get the favors at a good price which we decorated and boxed up ourselves. The majority of the decorations were found at discount stores over time at great prices until my collection grew to fill all of the tables.

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

The best advice I would have is to stay as calm as possible and to trust your gut. I did the majority of the planning for our wedding and was worried how it would all come together the day of.  I knew that the pieces I had chosen were great individually but how would it look all put together? I was amazed by it all and am happy that I listened to myself for everything.

What was your biggest splurge?

The venue was probably the biggest splurge. The historic look and feel of our venue was exactly what I was going for and the river view and fall leaves were perfect. I am glad that we decided to put the money towards our venue instead of going elsewhere and having the wedding in one spot and the reception somewhere else.

What was your favorite detail?

I loved every detail of our wedding including the simplicity. We didn’t have huge flower arrangements or expensive lighting but nothing looked as if we were pinching pennies to put it all together. The simplicity of it all was beautiful and I’m glad that nothing was overdone.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Preparing to walk down the aisle with my dad as we both stood holding back tears was very emotional. Also, I remember being overwhelmed with love when I saw all of our guests and my sweet husband stare at me so sweetly.


Photography: Ellen LeRoy • Venue: Whitford Event Venue • Flowers: Tildy Designs • DJ: BTA Entertainment • Catering: Chef Ben • Tent Rental: Island Essentials • Cake: Ali Smith Cakes • Wedding Dress: Bridal Mart • Tuxes: Margolis Men’s Store • Linens: Graceful Tables


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