Intimate Rustic Wedding

I adore this intimate rustic wedding I have to share with you today with photos by the talented Twinkling Eye Photography! This couple kept their costs down by keeping their guest list small – and were able to treat their loved ones to a nice time as a result! I know you'll love these photos and details… check out this gorgeous wedding below! xoxo Jessica

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Caroline  + Rob

November 11, 2013

Alpharetta, GA  |  Chukkar Farms

What was your wedding budget? 

Our budget was a tad over $7,000

Venue- $1,600

Décor- $270

Flowers- $425

Dress- $1,570 (including alterations)

Minister- $250

Photographer- $1,200

Food- $ 790

Insurance for bringing our own alcohol -$145

Alcohol – my dad brought the alcohol – I'd say around $250

Linens and Tableware – $156

Hotels for guests -$388

Choosing in season flowers for your wedding

Servers- $200

Cakes- $200

Hair- $150

Music – $free, my mom sang and we played an ipod during the reception.

How many guests did you have?     

23 including Bride and Groom

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

I made all of the decorations myself. (table decorations, place cards, signs etc)

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We got married on a Monday, which helped on the venue cost.  It also made sure that most everyone we requested to be a part of our day was available.  We planned this wedding in 28 DAYS so we had to move fast.  Our venue site was where everything took place so we did not have to pay a separate church fee.

Our cakes were also CHEAP since we used a family member of the person who owned the venue.

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

It is only ONE day. Spend the time, energy, and money investing in your future together.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress, was the biggest splurge because I had to buy it off of the rack and it had to fit the farm venue theme. We had to spend a little more that I had planned, but I do not regret that because I loved my dress and was just happy that we found such a great dress in such a short time.  The Photographer was also a priority to me because after it is all said and done, all you have to remember the day is the pictures.

What was your favorite detail?

I really enjoyed all of the things I made and seeing them all come together the day of. We had many pictures displayed, which was nice. I loved that my husband is active duty military and we got married on Veteran’s Day. The pictures of him in his uniform are priceless.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

I loved that during our reception lunch, everyone shared toasts and well wishes. It was such a small group and the time of the wedding was 11:00 so there wasn’t a need for dancing. We just listened to every guest share special stories as we ate lunch.


Dress: Treasures  //  Venue: Chukkar Farms  //  Catering: Maggiano’s  //  Flowers: Flowers From Us  //  Photographer: Twinkling Eye Photography

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