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Intimate Southern State Park Wedding for $9K

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Ashley and Josh had an intimate Southern wedding with both of their four-year-old sons in tow! They picked a lovely State Park for the ceremony with a reception at a 1920’s styled home they and their guests could stay in. We love the DIY florals Ashley styled and the way they incorporated family heirlooms into the decor. Enjoy this Intimate Southern State Park Wedding for $9K!

Xoxo, Jessica

Ashley + Joshua

May 22nd, 2020
Mandeville, LA | Fountainebleau State Park

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Ceremony- Fountainebleau $136
  • Printed materials- Shutterfly $56
  • Gifts/favors $30
  • Air B&B $3794.17
  • Attire- Dress, handmade suit, tie, boys $575
  • Rings $1,200
  • Hair & makeup $0
  • Flowers $300
  • Cake $100
  • Photography- Becky Cooper $1,794
  • Officiant – Paige $295
  • Ceremony Chairs- 10 (The Tent Man) $90

Total Budget: $9,000

How did you meet?

After each traveling broken roads, we decided to give match.com a try. We are go glad we did!

What is your proposal story?

After only dating for 55 days, Josh left for a 9 month deployment to the Middle East. On September 11, 2018 I finally realized what Josh already knew, they were in love. Realizing how fragile life is I finally told Josh “I love you”. One year later he proposed on a dock at the lake where I spent my childhood summers. My son, Owen, brought the ring box down the stairs to the dock where Josh had set up a jambalaya dinner (bringing some Louisiana to Connecticut). With Owen, josh asked me to marry him.

Tell us about your wedding vision.

This was both our second marriage, we wanted something small and intimidate with only immediate family. We planned on going to Louisiana during April Vacation but then COVID closed down everything. We were devastated. We then rescheduled for Memorial Day weekend, our one year anniversary of meeting.

With COVID 19 only getting worse, we decided to drive our camper and have a mobile quarantine. Less than a week before we were supposed to leave for Louisiana, the original Air B&B we reserved flooded due to 18 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. We were so happy to find the Estate at Charropin Beach. It was everything we could have ever dreamed of. However, my family was unable to attend due to COVID 19.

Tell us about your attire choices.

For my dress, I wanted something short because we each have four year old sons, plus it was May in Louisiana. I loved the lace trim, Swiss dots and of course it had pockets. Josh had a blue suit hand made in Kuwait with orange lining (his favorite color).

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

Spending a week together as a family was most important, so we splurged on our Air B&B. We also splurged on photography, making memories was most important. We also wanted to make sure we had a pool for our boys to swim!

What were your favorite parts of the day?

My favorite part was marrying Josh! Josh’s favorite part was watching me walk down the aisle towards him in the Hall of Oaks at Fountainebleau State Park.

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

After working high end weddings for 11 years, I knew I could make all my own flowers. Getting married in another state was the challenge and wanting to stay quarantined. I found Blooms by the Box via a google search and was extremely impressed with their selection and knowing the flowers would be overnighted. I love white antique roses and garden roses. I also wanted to add blue and texture so I order the thistle as well because Josh was wearing a blue suit and we asked all our guests (all six of them) to wear blue too.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

I ordered a small two-tier wedding cake from Giovanni’s Bakery. The top layer was vanilla and the bottom layer was King Cake to add some more New Orleans in our day. To add a little color, I had the baker add eucalyptus around the second layer.

What did you do for favors?

We had no favors, but we did have wooded names of each of our guests cut out. Each name was at each place setting.

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

I made my bouquet, Josh’s boutonnière and the centerpieces. I was so happy how everything came out. Because my family was unable to join us I wore my mothers pearls, used my grandmothers dishes and my mothers silver.

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

My grandmother passed in 2005, she loved me so much she always called me her treasure. She was present on my wedding day with her broach on my bouquet, and using her dishes for dinner and cake. I wore my mothers pearls and we also toasted with my parents wedding champagne toasting glasses. They just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary July 16th.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Life is more than a big party. Make it perfect and small. We were able to have the wedding of our dreams and keep our family safe while doing it.


Photography: Becky Cooper Photography | Ceremony Venue: Fountainebleau State Park | Reception Venue: The Estate at Charropin Beach | Wholesale Flowers: Blooms by the Box | Officiant: Dat Wedding Chick | Videography: Tyler Drude Photography & Video | Wedding Cake: Giovanni‘s Bakery | Rentals: The Tent Man | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Veil: Ruffled Rose Boutique | Submitted via: Matchology


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