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BSWOWTosha and Will's adorable wedding has already graced the screen over at Style Me Pretty, so you know it's full of eye candy. 🙂 Tosha was a long-time reader of my blog and I even created her programs for her special day, so I am thrilled to share it with you! They included tons of special and personal details into their wedding and I know you are going to love these incredible images from Watson Studios just as much as I do. Can I just tell you how much I love the baby's breath bridesmaid bouquets?? I swoon for their understated chic-ness. 🙂 Thanks to Tosha and Will for sharing their day with all of us! 🙂

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

Our wedding was full of DIY projects and personal touches. Coming into the ceremony we had a vintage blue bicycle owned by my dad when he was a kid that held a sign that said “wedding” which I painted onto some scrap wood. I did the same for the sign for our DIY photobooth where we just hung a piece of fabric between two trees and had Will's cousin photograph the guests as they arrived. In the ceremony, Will's uncle played “Heart of Life” by John Mayer for the bridal party entrance and “Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson for my entrance all on acoustic guitar. For the reception, we had a giant chalkboard which my Dad and I made out of plywood and chalkboard paint that listed everyones seating arrangements. On either side of the chalkboard I strung twine between two windows that held black and white photographs of all of the couples in our lives (siblings, parents, grandparents, etc.) This part held special significance as we got married on Will's grandparents 61st anniversary.

I also painted table numbers onto slices of cedar tree cut from my back yard and used the extra slices as accents for the tables. Accent flowers for the food table were picked from one of Will”s mom”s best friends garden the day before. Also, instead of a grooms cake, Will”s grandmother made his favorite strawberry pies to use as the grooms pies. Then, at the end of the reception, we rode off in my great uncle”s 46 Ford Coupe.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Doing a lot of the work ourselves. Instead of hiring a planner we did a lot of work on our own and used the help of friends and family where we could. It was stressful at times for sure but in the end we loved it because every aspect was personal and made it even more special. We had a few bridesmaid dress hiccups along the way and we ended up stuck with NO dresses a month before the wedding. My bridesmaids and I all spent countless hours searching the internet for the perfect knee length gray bridesmaid dresses and we finally found them in the most unexpected place….Target! Just proves you don”t have to spend a ton to have a fabulous look!

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

There are so many pieces of advice I have from the big day but the number one thing that I can think of is to remember what the wedding is about, you and your (future) husband. Sometimes in the rush of planning and trying to create the perfect wedding you can really lose sight of whats important. Keeping all the details personal really helped us with that.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress. I shopped for a dress for almost a year and finally found my dream dress in Atlanta. It was way out of my price range, but I fell in love. I turned to a valuable resource called BridePower, a company that searches for designer dress samples in stores across the country. With their help I was able to get the dress of my dreams at a price that wasn”t so out of reach.

What was your favorite detail?

Out of everything, my favorite detail of the day was our ringbearer “pillows.” Throughout our relationship Will and I wrote letters to each other for each holiday and anniversary, including one he used as part of his proposal. I”ve saved all of them through the years and tied them up with twine and used them in lieu of the traditional ringbearer pillows. We had two ringbearers so my little cousin held the letters to me carrying my ring and Will”s nephew held my letters to him carrying his ring. We also wrote letters to each other the morning of the wedding day and gave them to each other that morning and read them separately right before the ceremony and then kept them in our pockets during the ceremony (yup, my wedding dress had pockets!)

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Turning around the corner to walk down the aisle and seeing Will. I will never forget the look on his face, it still makes me tear up.

Photographer: Watson Studios in Knoxville, TN

Caterer and Flowers: Beverly from Main Street Catering in Jonesborough, TN

Cake: Embree House Wedding Cakes – Jonesborough, TN

Programs: JessLehry Designs

Invitations: Hello! Lucky

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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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  • LOVE the dress!! …so many cute details

  • Cassie

    I read your blog all the time. BSWOW are my favorite! I was surprsied you featured one from MY hometown! Beautfiul wedding!

  • wedding101blog

    Ditto on the baby’s breath and I love the chalkboard guest seating chart. Had fun chit chatting yesterday. Have a fabulous weekend!

  • JD

    I love the shoes? What are they?
    I think the baby’s breath bouquets are awesome, I was planning on doing something like that too!

  • Tosha

    The shoes are Ninas and I loved them!

  • Krystle

    I love the dress! Where is it from?

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